Porsche Reports High Volume Of Taycan Orders

JUL 18 2018 BY MARK KANE

Porsche opened this month orders book for the Taycan (formerly Mission E) – its first electric car – and seems thrilled by the feedback.

The Porsche Taycan, considered as a competitor to the Tesla Model S, is expected to be unveiled in 2019 with production scheduled for 2020, but customers are interested enough to secure a place in the queue even without seeing the finished car.

The German manufacturer didn’t reveal how many orders it received, so we don’t know whether Taycan is really showing signs of success just yet. Read More

Porsche Panamera GTS, 718 Cayman T, 911 Speedster VINs Registered

If these filings are accurate, then Porsche has been keeping some closely held secrets from the motoring world.

Filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Porsche has three new models coming to the United States for the 2019 model year, and two of them are vehicles with no previous evidence about their arrival. The information came from Vehicle Identification Number details that Porsche submitted to NHTSA, and Auto Guide discovered the reports. Read More

Watch Hennessey's Mental 1,000-HP Cadillac CTS-V In Action

Time to stock up on transmissions and tires.

We already know the 2018 Cadillac CTS-V is a no-holds barred performance sedan. Our man Jeff Perez had occasion to spend some quality time with Caddy’s muscular running back, and his exact words in that review were, “If there’s a sedan that has such an excess of power – apart from maybe the Dodge Charger Hellcat – I haven’t driven it.” If there was ever an invitation for Hennessey to send us its insane HPE1000 CTS-V, this is it. Read More

Watch M5, E63 S, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid In All-German Drag Race

For buyers, there isn’t a loser in the bunch here, but one of them crosses the half-mile first.

If you’re in the market for a midsized German sport sedan, then times are great. The new BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63 S, and Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid form a trio of Germanic automotive greatness. Plus, a fourth pillar is on the way in the form of the latest Audi RS7. A new video from Autocar pits the three currently available machines against each other and records the results at various points along the way. Read More

2019 Kia Soul Turbo Spied Showing Its Fresh Face

We get our best-look yet at prototypes taking a break in Death Valley.

We first heard about an all-new Kia Soul back in February, and we haven’t seen very much since then aside from a couple sightings. That’s about to change, because our spy photographers caught a very good, up-close look at the next Soul while it was taking a break from hot-weather testing in Death Valley, California. Read More

Ferrari Files Patent For Amazing-Sounding E-Turbo 4-Cylinder Engine

The E-turbo can sacrifice its efficiency to make a better sound.

One of the defining features of Ferrari’s vehicles is the way that they sound. Whether there are eight, ten, or twelve cylinders thumping under the hood, the Prancing Horse’s engines need to make a noise that immediately grabs attention. A new patent from Ferrari shows how this beautiful music could exist in the future by imagining an electric turbocharger that can adjust to create a more exciting sound during sporty driving.  Read More

2019 Mercedes B-Class Spotted On A Trailer With Very Little Camo

Do we see an AMG model in there?

We’ve been watching the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class slowly lose it camouflage coverings over the last several months, and this video sighting provides our best look so far of Stuttgart’s small people mover. These test cars were nestled on a transport trailer with a group of new A-Class hatchbacks, and with the standard swirl camo wrap replaced by body-color wrapping over still-secret areas, they almost hide in plain sight. Almost. Read More

Peugeot's U.S. Revival Should Include This Stunning Shooting Brake

The Felidae GT is just a rendering, but man is it beautiful.

Peugeot is back in the U.S. – or at least it will be by 2026. The French marque promised to sell cars Stateside for the first time since 1991 and is currently shopping for a new home. What’s unclear, though, is what vehicles Peugeot will pull over to this side of the pond – we suspect its new 508 will be one of them, as will the 2008 SUV. But if we were imagining our dream lineup, this jaw-dropping shooting brake would be the first arrival. Read More

Peugeot's U.S. Revival Should Include This Stunning Shooting Brake

The Felidae GT is just a rendering, but man is it beautiful.

Peugeot is back in the U.S. – or at least it will be by 2026. The French marque promised to sell cars Stateside for the first time since 1991 and is currently shopping for a new home. What’s unclear, though, is what vehicles Peugeot will pull over to this side of the pond – we suspect its new 508 will be one of them, as will the 2008 SUV. But if we were imagining our dream lineup, this jaw-dropping shooting brake would be the first arrival. Read More

Bugatti Chiron Test Car Spotted At Nürburgring Again

Could it be exercising upgraded components for the new Divo?

Bugatti has been spotted once again at the Nürburgring with a Chiron test car. The photos come from DCN Carphotography on Instagram, and while they don’t show much they do tell us that Bugatti is still up to something. The matte-black tester has different tail lights and we can see what appears to be sensors or perhaps telemetry units on the windshield, and it’s devoid of Bugatti badges. We find that last bit rather amusing since nobody in the world would mistake this car for anything other than a Chiron. Read More

Tesla Model S Deemed Car Of The Decade By Hagerty

HAGERTY: THIS DECADE’S ‘GREATEST CAR’ IS THE TESLA MODEL S

If you’re a collector of classic cars, you’re probably familiar with Hagerty. Started in 1984, this industry leader protects over one million vehicles — insuring some of the world’s finest collector cars. With real-world expertise valuing the classics, Hagerty decided to put together a comprehensive list which includes: “the greatest vehicle of each decade, from the earliest days of the automobile to the present.” Read More

Minis Could Keep Getting Bigger, And Batteries Are To Blame

The 2019 Countryman is the largest Mini ever – and also the first with a hybrid setup.

The first Mini, built in 1959, definitely lived up to its name. It measured in at 6.7-feet (80.4 inches) long. Compare that to the current Mini Cooper, which stretches out to 13.1-feet long (with a four-door configuration), and that’s a serious growth spurt for a brand that prided itself on building small cars. But don’t expect anything to change. Read More

2019 Toyota Supra Has Same Body Rigidity As Lexus LFA

Tada knows that some Supra fans might not accept the new one, but it might be the last non-electrified sports coupe from Toyota.

We still don’t officially know what the new Toyota Supra looks like, but chief engineer Tetsuya Tada is starting to open up about what the motoring world can expect about the upcoming sports coupe. It might be the last vehicle like this from Toyota.

Dynamically, Tada set high goals for the new Supra. “It’s actually the same level of rigidity as the Lexus LFA supercar, and it has been achieved without using carbon fiber so we could keep the price point at an affordable level. That was the most difficult thing to achieve,” Tada told Toyota in a blog post about the vehicle’s development. The team had “a specific ratio of wheelbase and track in mind” when creating the Supra to give the machine a specific driving balance. The new coupe has a wider track than the Toyota 86 but the wheelbase is actually shorter. The center of gravity is lower, too. Read More

Motorsport Network Acquires The Largest Private Ferrari Photography Archive Of Ercole Colombo

The investment marries up with Motorsport Network’s stewardship of the world’s largest online Ferrari community – FerrariChat.

MIAMI, Fla. – July 19, 2018 – Motorsport Network has acquired the archives of renowned photographer Ercole Colombo, which includes the largest private collection of Ferrari images in the world.

The collection will add a rich supplement to the Motorsport Images digital archive that now holds 23+ million assets under management, as well as providing selected iconic images from the collection for the limited edition motorsport art service, Motorsport Gallery, scheduled to be launched next week. Read More

Lewis Hamilton Signs New Two-Year Deal With Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has committed his Formula 1 future to Mercedes, with the team announcing a new two-year contract with the Briton ahead of the German Grand Prix.

Following months of speculation about the world champion’s future, as Hamilton and his team fleshed out the details of a new deal, an announcement was made on Thursday.

Hamilton will be committed to Mercedes until the end of 2020.

Speaking about the contract, Hamilton said he never had any doubts that he would recommit to the team that has helped him land three world titles since 2014. Read More

Lewis Hamilton Signs New Two-Year Deal With Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has committed his Formula 1 future to Mercedes, with the team announcing a new two-year contract with the Briton ahead of the German Grand Prix.

Following months of speculation about the world champion’s future, as Hamilton and his team fleshed out the details of a new deal, an announcement was made on Thursday.

Hamilton will be committed to Mercedes until the end of 2020.

Speaking about the contract, Hamilton said he never had any doubts that he would recommit to the team that has helped him land three world titles since 2014. Read More

Ex-Formula 1 Driver Joins Fifth Gear Team

Karun Chandhok looks to be a part of the revived show.

Former-Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok has revealed that he has joined the presenting team for the new series of Fifth Gear.

Chandhok joins Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, and Jason Plato in the cast of the revived show, and former Fifth Gear host Jonny Smith is also expected to be involved.

“Very excited to join the team – Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato and Tiff Needell – at “Fifth Gear” for the return of the show! Thoroughly enjoyed my first day of filming for the new series coming later this year!” Read More

Bentley Open-Pore Wood Veneer Is Just Nuts

It even sends wood specialists over to the U.S. to check if the trees are growing nicely.

Bentley has revealed a swanky new wood trim that you’ll go nuts for – the open-pore Walnut trim has been created using the highest quality wood and an ultra-thin lacquer that means you can still feel the natural grain. 

The finish will be available on cars from Bentley’s personal commissioning division, Mulliner, where staff are tasked with meeting the every whim of the company’s demanding buyers.  Read More

While We're Waiting For The Z4, BMW Is Showing The Concept Again

We already know the production car won’t look as nice as this.

It was back in August 2017 when BMW took the wraps off the Z4 concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Since then, the sensuous roadster has traveled to a variety of car shows all over the world to wow attendees with its beautiful bodywork. Fast forward to mid-July 2018, we’re still patiently waiting for the production car, but BMW likes to toy with our emotions by exhibiting the showcar yet again. It happened over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the Z4 concept was shown alongside the production 8 Series and another gorgeous concept, the M8 Gran Coupe. Read More

While We're Waiting For The Z4, BMW Is Showing The Concept Again

We already know the production car won’t look as nice as this.

It was back in August 2017 when BMW took the wraps off the Z4 concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Since then, the sensuous roadster has traveled to a variety of car shows all over the world to wow attendees with its beautiful bodywork. Fast forward to mid-July 2018, we’re still patiently waiting for the production car, but BMW likes to toy with our emotions by exhibiting the showcar yet again. It happened over the weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where the Z4 concept was shown alongside the production 8 Series and another gorgeous concept, the M8 Gran Coupe. Read More

Hyundai i30 N Line Looks Like A Hot Hatch, But It's Not

Most of the i30 N’s show, but without its extra go.

Now you can trick your friends into believing you’ve just bought Hyundai’s speedy i30 N without having to pay the hot hatch premium. On sale across summer in Europe, the new i30 N Line takes styling cues from the hotter model and combines them with the engines of the regular five-door hatchback. The new i30 flavor rides on 18-inch wheels and gets sportier front and rear bumpers featuring a silver paint line. Read More

Finally, Google Maps For Motorcyclists

Bike-friendly navigation being tested in some markets

Google Maps has become the traveling partner of anybody who has to get from point A to point Z and all the letters in between. Until now, the app has been providing efficient navigation for pedestrians, commuters, and drivers. Motorcycles were thrown into the bigger “motorized vehicle” category. The digital giant has now decided that riders deserved their own system. Read More

Renault Megane RS Trophy Breaks Cover With More Power And Torque

The hottest version of the Megane RS packs 296 horsepower and up to 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.

As promised last year when the regular Megane RS made its debut, Renault is introducing the even hotter Trophy derivative packing an assortment of upgrades. For starters, the turbocharged four-cylinder 1.8-liter engine has been massaged to deliver more power, now at 296 hp instead of 276 hp. Torque is also up from 390 Newton-meters (288 pound-feet) to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) with the manual gearbox, but go for the optional dual-clutch automatic and maximum torque rises to 420 Nm (310 lb-ft). Read More

New Right-Hand-Drive Mercedes-AMG A45 Spotted Briefly In Traffic

Good things come in small packages, and by good things, we mean more than 400 horsepower.

The smallest AMG model to carry the Panamericana grille has been caught testing in a right-hand drive configuration, so folks from the U.K., Australia, and other RHD markets can rest assured the new A45 has been engineered for those countries as well. What we don’t know for sure is the car’s name, with some saying it will stick to the “A45” moniker while others are suggesting it will be promoted to the “A50” badge or even “A53.” The latter seems unlikely as “53” is used for bigger hybridized performance cars such as the E53 and the CLS 53. Read More

Cheapest 2019 Audi A8 Money Can Buy Costs $83,800 In The U.S.

Audi USA has fired up the online configurator for the A8, but only a V6 model is listed for the time being.

Audi introduced its revamped A8 flagship sedan about a year ago (July 11, 2017) in Europe together with pricing details for domestic market Germany, but it’s only now the company’s U.S. branch is sharing preliminary info about how much it costs. The Four Rings have quietly uploaded the configurator for their luxobarge, which will set you back from $83,800 plus the $995 taxes bringing the grand total to $84,795. Read More

MLB All-Star Game MVP Alex Bregman Wins 2019 Chevy Camaro SS

But he won’t be driving it as he’ll be giving the car to his mom.

Being a professional athlete at the top of your game certainly has its perks as aside from having a high-paying job, there are other benefits sportsmen get to enjoy throughout their careers. Soccer players are being given the privilege to drive shiny new high-end cars for free, golfers can take home expensive cars after scoring a hole-in-one, while baseball players in the MLB have the opportunity get the keys to a new Chevrolet. Read More

Nissan Leaf Nismo Debuts In Production Guise

Maybe we’ll be forced to wait until after the 60-kWh version of the LEAF gets released later this Fall though.

Combining sporty and the words Nissan LEAF for the first time in production form. It’ll feature all sorts of custom upgrades, but will additional performance be part of the mix? Well, to a degree, it seems. Read More

Watch A McLaren 720S Effortlessly Hit 202 MPH On The Autobahn

Its biturbo 4.0-liter engine produces 710 horsepower.

There’s little doubt the McLaren 720S is fast. The biturbocharged 4.0-liter V8 produces an astonishing 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That’s plenty of power to get in trouble with, especially when you wring the 720S to over 200 miles per hour (321 kilometers per hour). However, if you do such high-speed driving in the correct location such as the German Autobahn, then you don’t have much to worry about other than an errant driver getting in the way.  Read More

BFGoodrich Launches 4.75-Inch-Tall Off-Road Tires

It’ll help scale mountains triple its size.

RC cars are a hoot for both kids and adults alike. While you likely don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on an RC car for your destructive child to destroy in a matter of minutes, plenty of adults enjoy the hobby. For those who take the hobby a bit more seriously, some companies make some great aftermarket parts. BFGoodrich, partnering with Pro-Line Racing – a company known for its RC parts and accessories, has created a tiny off-road tire that mimics its real-world automotive counterpart.  Read More

Lamborghini Celebrates Making 11,000th Huracan, 8,000th Aventador

Production isn’t over yet, so the total assembly numbers for these supercars are only going to grow.

Lamborghini has set major production milestones for two of its models by building the 8,000th Aventador – specifically an Aventador S Roadster in Grigio Telesto gray for a customer in Japan. In addition, the Italian firm built its 11,000th Huracán, and the example in Blue Nethuns is for a buyer in Italy. Read More

8 Minutes, 2 Drivers, 1 Car: Parallel Parking Is Not For Everyone

If you can watch this video without fidgeting in your chair or yelling, you’re better than us.

Here’s our disclaimer before you choose to push play on your phone, tablet, PC, or whatever device you’re using to visit our online home. Make sure you can either control your outbursts of laughter or frustration, or find a suitable environment where you can just let it all out in a massive scream. The bathroom at the local pub is probably not a good idea but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Read More

Volvo Says New S60 Will Be Its Best Car Ever In Terms Of Quality

This is after the company finished third to last in J.D. Power’s 2018 Initial Quality Study.

If you’re an avid consumer of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study, then you noticed Volvo slipping over the last several years. In 2018’s study, Volvo finished third to last in the company of Jaguar, Land Rover, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, and Subaru. In an interview with Automotive News Europe Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc, Volvo R&D boss Henrik Green attributes the low-quality scores to the launch of the XC90, which debuted in 2014 as a 2015 model. However, Green said in the interview the S60 launch would help the automaker climb back up the IQS.  Read More

McLaren 720S Fights Tuned GT-R, Stock RS3 Sedan At The Drag Strip

The RS3 Sedan holds its own against Mclaren’s supercar.

When you drop over $300,000 on a McLaren 720S, you probably expect to have one of the quickest vehicles on the road. Then a tuned Nissan GT-R arrives for a drag race and ruins your day. At least an Audi RS3 Sedan poses no threat to your new supercar’s acceleration. 

Unfortunately, this video from the Netherlands doesn’t tell us how long the course is, and it doesn’t provide any of the timing information, either. Looking at this clip’s time stamps from the point that the 720s launches to the time the brake lights come on indicates this run is around 1,000 feet (305 meters). Read More

Where Is The Second Bullitt Mustang Now?

You probably already know that two ’68 Mustangs in Dark Highland Green were used in the filming of Bullitt. The car revealed at the Detroit show by Ford on January 15 was the ‘hero car’ driven by Steve McQueen, but the other was used as the stunt car for those jaw-clenching jumps on San Francisco’s hilly streets, and for the part of the car chase when it forces the Dodge Charger into a fuel station, causing an explosion. Read More

Audi SQ3 Prototype Sounds Angry On The Nürburgring

The hot crossover could come with as much as 340 horsepower.

Something tells us the new Audi Q3 will be a handsome thing – maybe it was the spy photos we saw of it almost completely uncovered, or maybe it was the close-to-reality rendering our artists pieced together. But it won’t be the only offering in the range; Audi has two hot SQ3 and an RS Q3 versions of the small crossover planned. Someone managed to capture the former on film showing off its skills on the Nürburgring. Read More

Peugeot Considering 15 States In Return To U.S.

Southern states like Florida and Georgia, as well as provinces like Alberta and Ontario are in the running.

Peugeot is heading back to the States (or so we hope). The French automaker, which hasn’t had a presence in the U.S. since 1991, recently announced plans to set up shop in North America, either in one of 15 states mentioned by Larry Dominique, CEO of PSA Group North America, or one of four Canadian provinces. Read More

First North American McLaren Senna By MSO Has Us Green With Envy

It goes to one lucky owner in New York City.

Buying a supercar isn’t the same as buying a new minivan to haul the soccer team to the state finals. When you’re spending hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on the latest and greatest hypercar, the experience is a tad different. Just look at the McLaren Senna above. It’s a bespoke creation for the first North American customer that looks nothing short of gorgeous.  Read More

Changing Fluids On Bugatti Veyron Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

The dealer apparently charges $21k for this service. Doing it yourself doesn’t look easy.

What happens when your Bugatti Veyron needs an oil change? Most owners would probably arrange a service appointment with the local dealer, but the folks at Royal Exotic Cars figure that they have all the necessary equipment, so they decide to do the work themselves. The resulting video makes it clear just how low on the priority list that Bugatti’s engineers put vehicle serviceability. Read More

BMW Says All Future 5th Gen Cars Will Have Room For Battery Pack

BMW expects that by the year 2025, between 15 and 25 percent of the cars coming from the Bavarian-based car maker will have electric drivetrains

There are two major gripes that come from the old guard of car makers in regards to fully electric vehicles: one is the cost, and the other, the uncertainty of every country’s political system, holding down the fragile incentives programs that may or may not continue in the same fashion going into the future. For new kids on the block – such as Tesla – a much more straight-cut system was needed, as the company didn’t have to make the necessary switch from ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) cars to electric vehicles in their production facilities.  Something that can’t be said for the legacy car makers, playing catch up with the California based automaker. Read More

1981 BMW M1 Is Dark Blue Beauty For $695,000

This supercar has spent time all over the world. Its new home could be your garage.

It’s odd to think of a $649,000 vehicle being inexpensive, but by the recent standards of BMW M1s for sale, the cost of this gorgeous, dark blue example that’s currently available in Miami.

According to the dealer selling the supercar, this one has quite a story to go with it. BMW allegedly invited a former journalist to buy the car, which was one of the last produced. He took delivery in Germany, and then took the supercar with him over the course of 36 years to in South Africa, New Zealand, Mexico, Arizona, and Miami. In that time, the M1 covered just 8,078 miles (13,000 kilometers). Read More

Porsche 911 GT3 Cabrio Spied On The Streets Without Any Disguise

It appears Porsche will offer this car in addition to the Speedster.

A couple months ago we spied a very similar looking Porsche to the one featured here. At first glance (and possibly a second and third) you might be tempted to say this is a prototype of the 911 Speedster, which we’ve seen in earlier spy photos and most recently as a one-off concept going up the hill at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Unless Porsche is going to some added lengths to confuse us, however, this is not a Speedster but in fact a straight-up 911 GT3 Cabrio. Read More

Ford Only Built 138 GTs In 2017, Promises To Make Up Difference

All 1,000 GT supercars will be built and delivered… it will just take a bit longer.

Ford fans are still chomping at the bit to get their hands on a new GT supercar. The Blue Oval announced its revival in 2016, alongside a limited production run of just 250 per year – which spawned more than a few application videos from eager enthusiasts. But now it looks like Ford, and its Canadian partner Multimatic, have fallen short of promised figures in its first year of production. Read More

Williams-Developed Singer 911 Sounds Like This

How can you improve on perfection? Like this apparently.

Perfection – an overused word, a concept that doesn’t exist… or does it? Californian Porsche skunkworks Singer begs to differ.

At the weekend we got our first look at the latest Porsche 911 by Singer. The car, co-developed with Williams Advanced Engineering (an offshoot of the once successful Formula 1 team), was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and completed runs up the famous hill climb course. Read More

See How Formula 1's New Mirrors Could Look

Formula 1 mirror designs will be under the spotlight next week when technical chiefs meet with the FIA to discuss potential changes to help improve driver visibility.

As revealed by Motorsport.com, the FIA wants to move the mirrors so that a drivers’ view is not obstructed by the top edge of the sidepods and wider wings, as has been increasingly happening.

Although an attempt by the FIA to stipulate a new location on safety grounds was redacted for procedural matters, the proposal does show what the governing body is trying to achieve. Read More

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