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

Watch Ferrari 512 Modulo Make First Closed-Cockpit Run

After years of restoration work by its newest owner Jim Glickenhaus, Pininfarina’s Ferrari 512 Modulo concept has made its first run with full aerodynamic coachwork bolted on, with more public appearances to come.

Built on a Ferrari 512S chassis, Pininfarina debuted its Modulo concept at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show as nothing more than a geometric design study, with no intention to create a working car or create a watered-down production version. Read More

1972 BMW Turbo: Concept We Forgot

BMW’s first-ever concept in history had pop-up headlights and gullwing doors.

Name: BMW Turbo

Debuted: 1972 Paris Motor Show

Specs: Based on a modified 2002 chassis, mid-mounted turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine with 200 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) in 6.6 seconds, top speed of 155 mph (250 kph)

Why We Remember It Now:

Not only will it go down in history as BMW’s first concept, but the Turbo previewed the M1’s design and it also incorporated a series of groundbreaking technologies. Read More

Gio Ponti's Revolutionary Car Finally Built After 65 Years

It’ll debut next month at the Grand Basel show.

Imagine designing a car 65 years ago that never progressed further than 1:10 scale model of your design. That’s what happened to Gio Ponti, an Italian architect who designed buildings, furniture, and a car. But that’s about to change. Through the ‘The Automobile by Ponti’ project, a design collaboration started in January 2017, Ponti’s design will finally become a full-size mock-up set to be revealed at Grand Basel next month.  Read More

Infiniti Teases Sharply Styled EV Roadster For Pebble Beach

Infiniti appears to have a follow up the retro Prototype 9 with this more futuristic roadster concept.

Infiniti will unveil an electric vehicle concept at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 23. Unfortunately, the first look at the vehicle only provides an enigmatic glimpse of it. 

The teaser picture is a sketch looking downward on the concept’s cabin. It suggests that there’s no roof and only a single seat. A triangle-shaped intake sits right behind the driver’s head, and the pilot grips a red-accented steering wheel. A tiny, Brooklands-style windshield is the only protection from the elements. The stark shadows here indicate the vehicle has sharp styling that would lend it a futuristic aesthetic. Read More

Mercedes Teases Retro-Flavored Electric Concept For Pebble Beach

The flamboyant 1930’s shape could be a halo car for the company’s electric EQ lineup.

We’re just around the corner from this year’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, as is evident by the various teasers we’re getting from automakers on new projects. Mercedes-Benz tossed us a bone about a month ago for its retro-themed concept called Aesthetics Progressive Luxury that will debut at the event, and now we’re getting another taste in this recent Facebook post from the manufacturer. Read More

1994 Dodge Venom: Concept We Forgot

The Neon’s cooler brother had a V6 engine sending power to the rear wheels.

Name: Dodge Venom

Debuted: 1994 Chicago Auto Show

Specs: Based on a Neon platform, 3.5-liter V6 engine with 245 horsepower, 221 pound-feet of torque, six-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive

Why We Remember It Now:

Aside from having a rather cool name, the Dodge Venom showed how a bland production car such as the Neon could’ve been turned into something truly exciting. Read More

Spied! Next-Gen Porsche 911 Caught Essentially Undisguised

We’ve known for a while that the Porsche 911 was due for a redesign. For more than a year, our spy photographers have regularly caught Porsche testing prototypes in the wild. As with previous redesigns, we assumed from the beginning that the new 911 would hide most of its changes beneath generally familiar sheetmetal. But even so, it’s still cool to get a look at this prototype driving around almost completely camouflage-free. Read More

Spend 11 Minutes With The Opulent Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury

Warning: You’ll need to brush up your Russian to understand the video host’s commentary.

Is it an SUV? A tall sedan? Another body style that doesn’t have a name yet? Call it what you want, the Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is a head-turner, though not necessarily in a good way. The concept original unveiled a few months ago at the Beijing Motor Show in China is back in the news as we’ve stumbled upon a video shot in sunny Valencia, Spain during an event where Mercedes invited only eight people. This Russian guy with the camera strapped onto his head was one of them. Read More

2007 Mercedes F 700: Concept We Forgot

Certainly not the prettiest car to carry the three-pointed star badge, but it made up for that in other areas.

Name: Mercedes F 700

Debuted: 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show

Specs: Four-cylinder 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 238 hp (175 kW), electric motor with 20 hp (15 kW), 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque, 0-62 mph in 7.5 seconds, 124 mph / 200 kph (limited) top speed

Why We Remember It Now:

Featuring a rather controversial exterior design combined with a futuristic cabin, the F 700 was mainly about efficiency by offering diesel levels of fuel economy from a small electrified gasoline engine. Also, how many cars do you know with only the right rear door hinged at the rear? Read More

Opel GT X Experimental Concept Teaser Hints At Sharp Design

This is how Opels are going to look like by the mid-2020s.

To mark one year since becoming a member of the PSA family, Opel has released a teaser video revealing the name of its brand new concept car due to be unveiled by the end of 2018. It’s called the GT X Experimental and points towards the company’s next design language set to be applied across the entire range by the middle of the next decade. Read More

2019 Subaru Ascent Interior Review

With the 2019 Ascent, Subaru’s finally back in the three-row crossover game. From the outside, it certainly looks like a Subaru, but what about the inside? How’s the cabin look and feel? Is it functional and practical enough for families? After testing an Ascent Premium and Touring, we got to know Subaru’s largest CUV very well. Read on to see what we thought in our latest interior review. Read More

Audi PB-18 E-Tron Concept Hopes To Woo Enthusiasts At Pebble Beach

It looks sleek, but will passionate car buffs fall for its all-electric powertrain?

Audi is teasing a new supercar concept with a sleek silhouette and an electric driveline. It’s called the PB18 e-tron, which according to the automaker stands for the location and year of its reveal. In this case, the place is not peanut butter (admit it, you were thinking that) but Pebble Beach, with the 18 obviously standing for 2018. To be even more specific, Audi plans to reveal this new concept on August 23 at Laguna Seca. Read More

Most Expensive Toyota Supra Costs $2 Million, But You Can't Buy It

Nor can you drive it on public roads.

Roughly $90,000 will buy you the most expensive Toyota on sale in the United States, the 2018 Land Cruiser with all the possible options added. However, that’s chump change compared to the new Century available only in Japan for double the price: nearly $180,000 (converted from Japanese yen at current rates). While the fullsize luxury sedan is the priciest production new car ever made by Toyota, it’s no match for the GR Supra Racing as far as value is concerned. Read More

Celebrity Drive: Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter Darius Rucker

Quick Stats: Darius Rucker, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter
Daily Driver: 2018 Mercedes G 550 (Darius’ rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Other cars: See below
Favorite road trip: Columbia, SC to Key West
Car he learned to drive in: 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass
First car bought: 1995 Ford Explorer

Cars come and go, but Darius Rucker’s 1964 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is the kind of car he plans on keeping forever. It’s also the car he drives when he feels like “having a lot of fun.” Read More

2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition First Drive Review

If you know anything about the Toyota 86 and TRD, your first question about this 2019 Toyota 86 TRD Special Edition will be whether it has more power, so let’s get it out of the way: No. Keep reading.

Lots of people think the 86 needs more power. They’ve been begging for it for years, but I’m not one of them. I’m on board with Toyota’s position that power is appropriate for the purpose and personality of the car. It’s already fun the way it is. So much so that in our 2017 comparison test, “The Leftovers,” I personally placed it first and wrote an impassioned defense when I was outvoted and it landed third. Read More

Our 8 Favorite FCA Cars Built Under Sergio Marchionne

In 2009, led by CEO Sergio Marchionne, Fiat purchased a 20-percent stake in Chrysler. Over the next few years, Fiat continually acquired a larger share of the previously bankrupt American automaker. Five years later, in January of 2014, Fiat spent $4.35 billion to acquire the 41.5-percent stake still held by VEBA, the United Auto Workers’ pension fund. With that agreement, Fiat gained full control of Chrysler, and a new company was formed: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Read More

2004 Chrysler ME Four-Twelve: Concept We Forgot

The mid-engined supercar had a quad-turbo AMG V12 with 850 horsepower.

Name: Chrysler ME Four-Twelve (after mid-engined, four-turbo, twelve-cylinder)

Debuted: 2004 North American International Auto Show

Specs: mid-mounted AMG V12 quad turbo engine with 850 horsepower, 850 pound-feet (1,150 Newton-meters) of torque, seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, rear-wheel drive, 2,880 pounds (1,310 kilograms) weight Read More

2019 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

We’ve got so much to tell you. From updates to an awesome—and affordable—sports car to the redesign of a popular luxury car carrying a six-figure price tag and a new Prius fighter, there’s a ton of activity. And you’ll learn about every new 2019 sedan, convertible, coupe, hatchback, and minivan below. With info, basic specs, and even IntelliChoice five-year retained value figures on many models, the 2019 New Cars Ultimate Buyer’s Guide is here to help. Read More

2020 BMW i4 EV to have Tesla-beating range

The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show previewed what a production full-electric four-door might look like. Now, BMW has confirmed that a production version will indeed arrive by 2020 and that it will have Tesla-beating range.

As reported by Auto Express, BMW CEO Harald Kruger says that brand’s fully electric eDrive line-up, which includes the i4, will be able to do 550-700 kilometres (340-435 miles) on a single charge. Last September, the concept was only mentioned to be able to reach 370 miles, so the projected range has improved significantly. Read More

Leaked images show digital gauge cluster for Mazda3

Most everything divulged about the 2019 Mazda3 so far has focused on the trick Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) Skyactiv-X engine. If a series of photos posted on a Chinese website are accurate, it looks like Mazda has novel plans for the cockpit as well. The three images show a three-color, all-digital gauge cluster in two different configurations. The first configuration places a three-digit speedo in the center of a blue-ringed tachometer, with gear indicator and water temp displays on the left, fuel range calculator and what appears to be a funky clock on the right. Read More

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