Jamie Oliver Puts The New Range Rover Evoque Through Its Paces

The celebrity chef took the new baby Range Rover around London.

Taking time off from his crusade against Turkey Twizzlers, Jamie Oliver has turned road tester by taking the new Range Rover Evoque onto the streets of London.

In fact, the celebrity chef’s foray onto the streets of U.K.’s capital actually marked one of the first times that someone outside the company has driven the new baby Range Rover. He hasn’t completely given up on food though, because Oliver’s drive took in some of his favorite London foodie spots to pick up ingredients to create the city’s best veggie burger. Read More

Tiny Chevy Sonic Is Now A Mad V8 Rally Car

We want it, and we want it now.

Over the years rallying has played host to some of the more unusual cars in motorsport. From the fire-breathing Formula 1 cars with fenders of the Group B days, to the big-winged shopping cars of today, there isn’t much that hasn’t been on the stages.

That includes this – it may look like the sort of mundane hatchback us Europeans turn into rally cars these days, but unlike our popping and banging four-pots, this one has a V8 in it. That’s right, someone’s shoehorned a V8 into a car that’s about as big as a postage stamp. Read More

Inside Polo Storico: Where Classic Lamborghinis Are Reborn

Lamborghini remains an automotive marque with unique credentials in a technologically-driven world. Blending the hot-blooded Latin traditions of innovation and passion, you needn’t delve deep within Lamborghini’s current stable for exotic materials and advanced all-wheel-drive systems.

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Yet, whereas rival manufacturers adapt to culture’s demand for downsizing and turbocharging, the raging bull bucks today’s automotive trends with steroid-fed V12 engines; capable of making petrolheads go weak at the knees. Read More

Jaguar Offers Pet-Friendly Accessories In Time For Christmas

Now your four-legged friends can enjoy your big cat…

Jaguar has created a range of pet products designed to make animals’ journeys safer and more comfortable.

Released in time for Christmas, the new accessories are more or less identical to those produced by sister brand Land Rover for its owners and their four-legged friends.

The products, which include anti-spill water bowls and upholstery protection rugs, are available across the company’s SUV range, and on the XF Sportbrake. Read More

Revisiting our £100-a-week performance heroes

Even the earliest R35s feel astonishingly fast today both in a straight line and through corners, and since the car has evolved gradually over the past 10 years or so, only the keenest observers will know it isn’t a more recent model. Despite Nissan claiming at the time that the GT-R would be untunable, the R35 spawned a tuning industry across several continents. There are, therefore, plenty of modified examples on sale, so only consider a car that’s been uprated by a reputable company.  Read More

Used supercar guide: the half-price McLaren MP4-12C

As for that driving experience, it’s a lovely thing to thread through the lanes. It’s as rapid as you could want and as grippy, too. The brakes are exemplary. And yet this is where you can see where most progress has been made, and it’s not just in the throttle response. First, a modern McLaren– even a less powerful 570S – feels quite a lot quicker. Today’s Macs have a hurtling capacity that is either amusing or alarming depending on how sensible you are about its deployment; the 12C can’t do this so never feels more than just bloody fast. The gearchange is rather casual, too: the shift itself is still quite quick but the bits either side from issue of instruction to reapplication of power are noticeable, whereas today they are, in effect, absent.  Read More

2019 Ford Raptor Dyno Test Shows 353 Rear-Wheel Horsepower

Hennessey put a bone stock Raptor on a dyno for baseline testing.

Now that the 2019 Ford Raptors are hitting the streets, the folks over at Hennessey Performance are wasting no time and have put one of them on their chassis dyno to do some baseline runs. Unchanged from the 2018 model, the Raptor still retains its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that produces 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Weighing in at around 5,500 pounds, it will hit 0-60 mph in just about six seconds.  Read More

This Custom 1949 Dodge Power Wagon Is Big, Bad, And Awesome

It turns heads and goes anywhere, but such presence comes at a price.

It’s not often we see cool resto-mod trucks rebuilt with an off-road motif, but they do have a devoted following. Usually, the trucks in question are from Ford, Chevrolet, or occasionally Jeep, but this time around it’s an oh-so-sweet 1949 Dodge Power Wagon. And it is very sweet indeed, but also very expensive. We’ll talk more about that in a bit. Read More

News Roundup: This new 50-year-old Ford Bronco is a literal modern classic

The Cold Start is a round-up of automotive news to get you up to speed at the end of the week, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.

Here’s what you missed while you were away.

Ford grants restorers permission to make a brand-new vintage Bronco

Gateway Broncos Fuelie edition recreation 1966-1973

Ford has given the official go-ahead to restorers Gateway Broncos to reproduce the 1966 through 1977 Ford Bronco. All fresh materials and modern engines, but same rugged Bronco looks. Read More

Watch Tiff Needell Test The BMW 8 Series Diesel

The 8 Series returns and Tiff Needell puts it through its paces.

In this recent episode of Lovecars, Tiff Needell travels to Spain to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe. After a 20-year hiatus, the 8 Series returns just as the 6 Series Coupe ends production. Bigger and better, BMW hope the 8 Series will improve upon what the 6 Series left behind. After throwing his golf clubs in the boot, Tiff sets off in an 840d on a quick drive to meet his colleague Paul. Read More

Formula E Is Back for Season 5. Here’s Everything You Need to Know

It’s difficult to imagine that a nearly one-ton Formula E race car with the battery-electric equivalent of a mere 268 hp can attract an enthusiastic global following—Formula 1’s best gas-electric hybrids produce over 900 hp. Yet this weekend in the ancient Saudi city of Ad Diriyah just north of Riyadh, defending Formula E champion Audi Sport will face BMWi Andretti Racing, DS Automobiles (Peugeot’s premium brand), Jaguar, Mahindra, and Nissan along with privateers such as Virgin Racing, Jay Penske’s Geox Dragon Racing, and others. Read More

GM says it has 2,700 jobs available for workers slated to be laid off

DETROIT — General Motors’ plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be quite as bad as originally projected.

The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 U.S. factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved. Blue-collar workers will still lose jobs at four U.S. plants slated for closure next year, but most will be able to find employment at eight other GM factories where jobs are being added. Some would have to relocate. Read More

Alejandro Agag Is The Elon Musk Of Motorsports

Musk is revolutionizing road cars. Agag is electrifying motorsports.

Alejandro Agag stands side-by-side next to Elon Musk as an EV visionary. The similarities between the two men are uncanny and it’s only a matter of time before Agag, like Musk, becomes an international celebrity and household name. It’s hard to remember the time – really not so long ago – when Elon was unknown and musk was just an animal secretion. In the early days, when he founded SpaceX with plans for interstellar travel, analysts like John Pike said, “He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He has fallen into the hands of a bunch of people who have convinced him that they are smarter than everybody else.” Read More

Watch Hennessey's 650 HP Tahoe Drag Race A Stock Mustang GT

It’s not the typical Ford Vs. Chevy showdown.

We’re used to seeing some rather unorthodox drag race action from the folks at Hennessey. Truth be told, this one really isn’t that bonkers. Pickup trucks and SUVs have been steadily getting faster through the years, even in non-performance-spec trim. A Chevrolet Tahoe RST already makes 420 horsepower (313 kilowatts) and can rip to 60 mph in under six seconds. Meanwhile, a new Mustang GT dishes 460 hp (343 kW) but at approximately 3,700 pounds, the Pony Car is considerably lighter. In ideal conditions, it nabs 60 mph in just under four seconds. Read More

Alejandro Agag Is The Elon Musk Of Motorsports

Musk is revolutionizing road cars. Agag is electrifying motorsports.

Alejandro Agag stands side-by-side next to Elon Musk as an EV visionary. The similarities between the two men are uncanny and it’s only a matter of time before Agag, like Musk, becomes an international celebrity and household name. It’s hard to remember the time – really not so long ago – when Elon was unknown and musk was just an animal secretion. In the early days, when he founded SpaceX with plans for interstellar travel, analysts like John Pike said, “He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He has fallen into the hands of a bunch of people who have convinced him that they are smarter than everybody else.” Read More

Our 2017 Genesis G90 Soothes, Cossets, and Generally Impresses for 40,000 Miles

Unlike some vehicles that only reveal their true personalities after you spending months in close contact, our 2017 Genesis G90 sedan was much the same car at the end of its stay as it was at the beginning. For that reason, its logbook grew quiet as it neared the 40K-mile mark. But that’s not to say it wasn’t called upon frequently. In fact, after returning from its five-month, 10,000-mile-plus western odyssey in the care of Montana-desk editor John Phillips, the G90 immediately resumed its place as the vehicle of choice for lunch, photo, and limousine duty right up to its final days in our hands. Read More

Hyundai Kona Electric Gets Shockingly Low Price Tag In US

This should really juice demand!

The Hyundai Kona Electric has been long awaited in the U.S. But, when it arrives here early next year, we now know how much it will cost: $36,450. If we subtract the $7,500 federal tax credit from that, we’re looking at a mere $28,950. Then, there are the various state incentives that can reduce that number even more. Californians, for example, could be looking at an overall starting price of just $26,450! Read More

Kia Stinger GT S Takes On Tesla Model S In Top Gear Drag Race

It’s a good old gas vs. electric drag race. Place your bets.

Ever since the Tesla Model S first made its debut back in 2012, it’s been leaving its competitors for dead when it comes down to all-out acceleration. In the name of science, Top Gear brought out a Kia Stinger GT S and the slowest Model S you can buy and lined them both up for a drag race. Last year, they put the Model S P100D up against the Porsche 911 R. Though being down on power, the 911 is lighter than the Tesla, but the result was inevitable with the P100D absolutely crushing the R in the quarter-mile. Read More

This 1971 Ford Galaxie 500 Wagon with 429 Police Interceptor V-8 Is up for Grabs

Stereotypes exist for a reason. And as anyone who grew up on a steady diet of 1970s disaster flicks and trash television or spent time glued to crime-scene investigation programs knows, coroners tend to be weirdos. While first responders disappear into a hive of activity, the coroner always stands to the side making sardonic remarks to anyone within earshot-note: it’s always the sheriff-while clutching a sloppy sandwich and a tiny foam coffee cup. Maybe that’s why it seems only natural that this car, one of eight ever built-a triple-blood-red 1971 Ford Galaxie 500 station wagon powered by a 429-cubic-inch Police Interceptor V-8-was ordered new by a Louisiana coroner for use as his official vehicle in his rural parish. Read More

GM searching for jobs for workers affected by Oshawa plant closure

General Motors of Canada is working to set up jobs and training programs for employees who will be put out of work when it closes the Oshawa Assembly plant next year, even as Unifor promises an extended fight to keep the operation open.

The auto giant said Friday that several employers have identified about 2,000 jobs that will become open in Durham region in 2019 and 2020—many of them related to the refurbishment of the Darlington nuclear power plant southeast of Oshawa. Read More

Infiniti Teases Electric SUV Destined for Detroit Debut

Infiniti will unveil a new concept previewing its first electric car at the North American International Auto Show next month. On Friday, Nissan’s luxury division released a digitally shrouded image of the model to help build anticipation.

While Infiniti spent much of the past year showcasing interesting concept vehicles, precious few have a snowball’s chance in hell of reaching production. Instead, the autos served as an opportunity for Infiniti to dabble in a new design language while simultaneously proving that it hasn’t forgotten about electrification. Last January, the company showcased the Q Inspiration, announcing it would electrify its entire portfolio from 2021 onward, using either e-Power or pure EV powertrains. Seven months later, it unveiled the Prototype 10 at Monterey Car Week — which it said solidified the look of upcoming models, especially those of the electric persuasion. Read More

Hyundai’s not building a Sante Fe diesel after all

Hyundai has decided to not offer a diesel powertrain in its Sante Fe crossover, ending the program for bringing the option to North America before it even got off the ground.

Earlier this year Hyundai teased us with a diesel trim for its refreshed Sante Fe, but now, according to Hyundai spokesman Brandon Ramirez, it won’t be coming to the U.S. market after all. Read More

2020 Ford Police Interceptor Looks Ready To Fight Crime

Spy photographers nabbed photos of the new cruiser in action, complete with spotlights and Interceptor badging.

New spy photos are out of the next-generation police cruiser from Ford – AKA the Explorer – and they give us our best look so far at the crime-fighting machine. Not that we didn’t have a good look before – the cruiser was last seen in August sporting massive Police Interceptor branding overtop its camo cover, but now we can see badges, spotlights on the mirrors, and what appear to be built-in LEDs behind the grille for making those traffic stops extra bright. Read More

6-Wheel Mercedes X-Class Custom Is Pickup Of Your Nightmares

The massive rig has significantly wider fenders, and all the body panels are carbon fiber.

Carlex Design is launching a new, truck-focused sub-imprint that has the rather obvious name Pickup Design, and the division’s first undertaking is building a six-wheeled version of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class that has the suitably outrageous moniker the Exy Monster X Concept.

The custom truck doesn’t exist in the real world yet, but Pickup Design is promising it all of the body panels to be carbon fiber. A massive bulge adorns the hood, and there’s a light bar on the roof. In addition to the extra axle, there are also wider fenders for mounting bigger wheels underneath the machine. To contrast with the dark exterior, the bed features a vibrant shade of yellow in what the firm calls “protective, structural paint.”  Read More

Volkswagen Made the World’s Fastest Electric Race Car—And You Can Now See It at the Petersen Museum

Drafting back into the spotlight in the wake of its appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show—which wrapped up on December 9—the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak electric race car is now on display at the Petersen Automotive museum through February 1, 2019. Holding claim to the title of world’s-fastest electric race car, the car comes fresh off of a major victory earlier this year at the venerated Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Co., where it set a record in the electric prototype class, completing the 13-mile course in a blistering seven minutes and 57 seconds—15 seconds faster than the previous record. Read More

Aston Martin replacing upcoming V8s with inline-sixes

A proper sports car has a straight-six—it just does. That’s why we’re glad Aston Martin is returning to its roots, and once again offering a straight-six engine in its sports cars, replacing the AMG V8s of its most recent machines.

The borrowed AMG 4.0-litre biturbo was supposed to act as a stop-gap between engines for the British firm. Read More

Tesla Workers Are Attempting to Unionize Again

Employees at Tesla’s solar-panel factory in Buffalo, New York, are launching a drive to unionize with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the United Steelworkers. The campaign aims to unify about 300 production and maintenance employees at the the facility.  If it succeeds, it will be the first time the automaker has failed to stop its staff from organizing inside the U.S. Read More

The Hyundai Kona Electric Has a Longer Range than the Chevy Bolt and Costs the Same

UPDATE 12/14/18: The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $37,495, which just so happens to be the exact same starting price as its closest rival, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

The affordable-EV space has a new hero of driving range, and it’s the Hyundai Kona Electric. This battery-powered crossover has been officially EPA rated to go 258 miles on a single charge, the longest estimated range of any electric vehicle currently on sale that isn’t built by that company run by Elon Musk. Read More

Mazdas cheapest to repair when ‘check engine’ comes on: study

When your ‘check engine’ light comes on in your car, your first thought is probably “Oh, sh—! This is going to be expensive.”

But according to a new study by CarMD, if you own a Mazda, you might want to hold the profanity.

The study tested all manner of vehicles and found that on average, Mazda vehicles had the lowest cost associated with check-engine-light (CEL) repairs. Read More

Check Out The Brickyard Lit Up For Christmas

See Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a whole new light.

Every year as soon as December comes around, many touristy attractions all over the country go into full holiday season mode and put up as many Christmas lights as possible. For car and racing fans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the place to be during this time of year. For its third year in a row, IMS hosts the Lights at the Brickyard and it’s not just a sight-seeing trip for holiday decorations. Visiting families will have a chance to drive their cars on the famous yard of bricks while seeing tons of light formations ranging from traditional Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and the evolution of IndyCar. Read More

Sub-Ranger Ford Pickup Spotted?

We’ve heard rumblings about Ford’s plan to bestow a small, unibody pickup on North American customers before, but now there’s photographic evidence.

Images published by Ford Authority show what appears to be a van tooling around the automaker’s Dearborn campus, but is actually a compact pickup wearing an entire tent of camouflage. A telltale trademark filing and reports over the summer are now starting to bear fruit. Read More

These are the 10 best engines of 2018

WardsAuto has released its list of the top 10 engines out this year, whittled down from a starting point of 34 powerplants and electric systems.

For the first time ever, three pickup truck engines are on the list, joined by two powerful V8s and four electrified systems.

But before we get into details, here is the list of this year’s winners: Read More

Trademark Filing Hints At Silverado High Desert Edition Pickup

General Motors applied for the trademark on December 8, but it may not be approved.

The sleuths over at GM Authority uncovered a trademark application for the name High Desert, filed by General Motors just last week. That by itself may not seem too interesting, however the filing offers a very detailed description of the “goods and services” associated with this name. In short, the application spells out what could be a new High Desert edition of the Chevrolet Silverado. Read More

These could be spy shots of a Ford Focus-based pickup truck

Plenty of the spy shots floating around out there are worthy of heavy skepticism due to the manufacturer’s deception techniques. These in particular should be taken with several hefty pinches of salt. Our spy photographers are convinced this vehicle we’re looking at here is a Ford Focus-based pickup. That’s right, Focus underpinnings with a truck bed out back. If Ford were to bring back the name of its old compact pickup for such a vehicle, that could mean we’re looking at a Ford Courier. Read More

First Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature

Whistler, B.C. — Mazda makes a lovely little two-seat convertible. Some call it the MX-5; many more use the familiar Miata moniker. Though not fast, it is zippy. It boasts fluid, communicative steering and grip, excellent brakes and has one of the best manual gearboxes anywhere. The very definition of a sports car, it rewards with an intimate experience any driver displaying even a modicum of skill. (Yes, I own one.) Read More

Mercedes E320 Pickup Is The X-Class Americans Can Enjoy

It’s for sale in California, and it could go for a surprisingly low price.

Do not attempt to adjust your screen. What you’re seeing is real; in fact, it was even done on purpose. Not only that, it was commissioned by a Mercedes-Benz dealership on a brand-new 2000 E-Class wagon, and frankly, we freaking love it. Yes folks, this is a Mercedes pickup truck years before the X-Class came to light, and it’s up for auction right now through Bring A Trailer. Read More

The Strange Winter Life in the Icy Far North

Even in the land of ice and snow, life finds a way. Ask your nearest arctic woolly bear caterpillar, which spends much of its life frozen solid. Or ask the woolly humans who live north of the 45th parallel-that is, they live closer to the North Pole than to the equator. They not only survive decades of deeply uncomfortable, face-blistering cold (through liberal use of saunas, alcohol, hot meat pies, engine-block heaters, and alcohol), but they find ways to actually enjoy their habitat. Upon great sheets of frozen water, they ride machines powered by fiery explosions. This is their story. Valhalla, they are coming! Read More

2020 Jeep Gladiator Configurator Goes Live, But No Pricing Yet

Build your dream Gladiator now, but the price remains a surprise to find out later.

You can now build your dream example of the new Jeep Gladiator pickup. Unfortunately, the brand’s configurator doesn’t yet provide prices for any of the truck’s trims or options, so we can’t yet say how expensive the vehicle could be when you tick all of the boxes.

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Jeep currently lists that the Gladiator is available in four trim levels: the base Sport, Sport S, Overland, and range-topping Rubicon. Opting for the Sport S gets improvements over the lowest grade like 17-inch wheels, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, and remote keyless entry. The Overland further benefits from 18-inch wheels, side steps, and body-color fender flares. Finally, the Rubicon is for folks who really intend to go off-road with features like Jeep’s Rock-Trac 4X4 system with an 84:1 crawl ratio, 33-inch tires, fender flares that allow for extra wheel clearance during suspension articulation, electronic sway bar disconnect, Fox shocks, locking differentials at both axles, a vented hood, and rock rails to protect the cab and bed. Read More

The 2019 BMW X5 Is the Brand’s Most Accomplished SUV Yet

This story has been updated with test results.

Unlike BMW’s sports sedans, its SUVs have no revered progenitors, no E39 or E46 to engender nostalgia and unfair comparisons. The X5 has always been competent and commercially successful, but it has never really been exalted. So BMW doesn’t have to launch the fourth generation of its mid-size SUV with the promise that the company is getting back on track, as it’s doing with the impending new 3-series. Instead, the Bavarians are perfectly content to prove that this X5 is simply a better, more capable, and more advanced version of the last X5. And that’s exactly what it is. Read More

2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e First Drive – Keeping Green On the White Stuff

While an inarguable success for Toyota, the Prius lost considerable clout through some odd styling decisions, a market trending toward crossovers, and smug owners who put a sour taste in everyone else’s mouth. I was never really a fan of the model, but I appreciated what it offered — outstanding economy, sufficient utility, and rather good comfort (especially in the current generation) for a reasonable price. Read More

First Drive: 2020 Hyundai Palisade

SEOUL — It doesn’t seem that long ago that the little car was at the top of many people’s lists. But that’s turned around and bigger is better, with more and more automakers prioritizing three rows of seats in their sport-utes.

Hyundai has its newest one in the 2020 Palisade, which will replace the retiring Santa Fe XL. As is usual, it’s longer, taller, and wider than the outgoing model, with more legroom in all three rows, along with more cargo space. But what’s important is that, despite the larger dimensions, the Palisade feels marvellously nimble and light on its feet — and drives like something half its size. Read More

12 affordable watches for gearheads | Autoblog gift guide

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Affordable watches for car guys

Whoa, Christmas is less than two weeks away. If you’re still struggling to find a gift, know that people who like cars also tend to like watches. Instead of the usual spendy Rolex Daytonas and Omega Speedmasters, we’ve limited this lineup to watches costing less than $1,000 — some a lot less. Most are chronographs, and all of them are pretty good-looking. And though these are men’s watches, some come in women’s versions. Read More

Infiniti teases fully electric crossover ahead of Detroit reveal

Infiniti mid-December showed off a teaser image of the fully electric crossover it plans to reveal at the North American International Auto Show in mid-January 2019, a debut that will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the brand’s global introduction at the same event in Detroit in 1989.

The photo shows off the vehicle’s razor-thin headlights and a backlit grille outline with highlighted lettering. Like most concepts, the wheels appear absolutely massive, ensconced in fluid bodywork that meets strongly defined arches. Read More

2019 Porsche Cayenne First Drive Review | More flavor, fewer calories

NAPA VALLEY, Calif. — If Porsche fanatics had their way, the pitchfork-wielding minority would probably have never permitted the German carmaker to release an SUV into the market. Fifteen years and more than 770,000 units later, the 2019 Porsche Cayenne ushers in a third-generation take on Zuffenhausen’s biggest sporty utes, a model that has been indisputably effective in forging Porsche’s long-term financial success. Read More

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