2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is ready for the drag strip

Ford has just unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet drag car to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary, and it’s mean-looking. It’s also fast. As previously reported, it features a bigger-displacement version of the Mustang GT’s Coyote engine at 5.2 liters. On top of it is a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger, and power is sent rearward to a Ford 9-inch solid axle. Ford claims it can do the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range at 150 mph or more. Read More

Pininfarina PF0 Hypercar Teased for Pebble Beach Debut

The Italian design giant Pininfarina is coming to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with something quite special. They used to bring only pointless concepts to this event, but this year’s they are bringing the Pininfarina PF0 which is a hypercar with a production plan. 

To be more precise, the Pininfarina PF0 is a luxury electric hypercar, handcrafted in Italy with a kind of design the company says is the most beautiful of its kind. There’s a lot of lofty claims about the P50, so the prospective customer they will be showing the car to at Pebble Beach should have no problem loving it, which means Pininfarina should have no problem selling the 150 copies of it they plan to produce. For now we have only a few renderings of the interior to drool over, but if what they’re saying is right the P50 would be a rival for the likes of Chiron and Regera and Rimac One and Two. And yes, that means it will have an wince-inducing price tag. Read More

Compact, Mid-Size, or Corvette Z06? Hertz Now Renting Special-Edition Vette

It’s likely that the most memorable car Hertz ever made available for the great unwashed to rent was the Shelby GT350-H of 1966. In that era, we described the extra-zoot Mustang as “a real guts sports car—with hair on its chest all the way down to its navel.” Ford, which later owned Hertz from 1987 to 2005, paid tribute to the original 1000 rentable GT350s in 2006–2007 and again in 2016 with the sorta-breathed-on GT-H, celebrating the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the program, respectively. But to celebrate its 100th anniversary as a going concern, Hertz turned to another former owner, General Motors, for a vehicle endowed with hair from its palms to its toes: the 650-hp Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Read More

Rollin’ in My 2.0: Honda Debuts 2019 Civic Sport in Sedan and Coupe Form

It was possible to get into a Sport-trimmed Honda Civic before the 2019 model year, but you’d have to agree to the hatchback bodystyle first. Not everyone gazed upon that particular Civic’s styling with admiration and desire.

Not a problem. If buyers don’t want a five-door Sport, we’ll give it to ’em in coupe and sedan form, Honda figured. And so it is for 2019. However, checking the box for this slightly more aggressive treatment fails to bring aboard one of the hatchback version’s best attributes. Read More

The 2019 Mazda Miata’s Extra Power Makes a Great Car Better

The 2019 Mazda Miata isn’t completely revamped, but then again, it didn’t need that. Now, though, it is more powerful, more efficient, and basically just a tiny bump better. The car was already great, now it’s even more of a goddamn blast.

(Full Disclosure: Mazda kindly flew me to San Diego and gave me a Miata to drive up to San Luis Obispo over the course of a few days. The company kept me well-fed, not thirsty, and sheltered at night along the way.)  Read More

Lewis Hamilton Previews the Mercedes-AMG Project One Hypercar

Lewis Hamilton greets me in his air-conditioned trailer holding a box of raw cremini mushrooms. “Want one?” he asks, extending his arm. I decline. “Suit yourself,” he says, and pops one in his mouth. “I quite fancy mushrooms. Well . . . not those kind of mushrooms,” he adds with a laugh. He is still wearing the last look from his earlier photo shoot for Robb Report, an outfit he chose himself after eschewing a more traditional suit. The black trousers and houndstooth-and-velvet coat by Colombian-​born designer Haider Ackermann are far too glamorous for our digs—a Star Waggon parked on a dusty runway in Inyo-kern, roughly 3 hours by car from Los Angeles in Southern California’s high desert. What the locale lacks in panache, however, it makes up for in scenery—an arid pastel landscape set against the Sierra Nevada foothills. For racing fans, Hamilton needs no introduction. Last year he earned his fourth Formula 1 world championship, putting Read More

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 gives Raptor and Ram a new off-road rival

The 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 blends off-road hardware into a modern, thoroughly updated pickup truck that doesn’t skimp on power, luxury, or safety equipment. From its higher suspension setup to its available carbon-fiber cargo bed and the new MultiPro tailgate, the 2019 Sierra AT4 is a direct shot across the bow — or cargo beds, if you prefer — of staunch rivals like the Ford F-150, Dodge Ram and Toyota Tundra. Read More

The new Toyota Corolla will have Apple CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa

Still no word on Android Auto, though.

The 2019 Toyota Corolla is making its global debut at the New York International Auto Show this week, and it has a few surprises hidden inside its tiny hatchback — most notably Apple’s CarPlay and Amazon’s Alexa.

Toyota first added CarPlay earlier this year in the 2019 Avalon. It was a shift for the Japanese automaker, which famously abstained from adopting either CarPlay or Android Auto in its cars for years. Up until 2015, Toyota was on record as preferring its own in-house proprietary operating system, and even when Toyota eventually switched to another company’s system in 2016, it was to adopt Ford’s SmartDeviceLink app platform, not Apple or Google’s software. Read More

These are the 20 cool cars we can’t wait to see at the 2018 New York Auto Show

After the annual supercar festival that was the Geneva Motor Show, the New York International Auto Show is a much more laid-back affair with more of a focus on cars for everyday life.

But don’t you worry. There’s still plenty of automotive hotness to go around.

For over 115 years, the New York Auto Show has been one of the largest car shows in the US and a place for carmakers to see and be seen. Read More

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