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Production Porsche Mission E confirmed as oft-rumored 'Pajun' sedan

Talk of Porsche adding a second sedan to its lineup has been making the rounds since 2011. We’re talking about the oft-rumored Pajun, whose nickname, a portmanteau of “Panamera” and “junior,” was chosen due to the car’s expected smaller size than the Panamera. The Pajun faded off the radar for a while but then...

2019 BMW i8 Spyder spy shots

BMW’s upcoming i8 Spyder has been spotted for the first time. The vehicle is due on sale in 2018, meaning we should see it arrive as a 2019 model. Its arrival will trail that of an updated version of the i8 coupe BMW will introduce later this year. An i8 coupe can be seen in some of our spy shots and reveals the differences between the two...

Goodyear envisions its spherical concept tire as part of an autonomous future

Just as we look toward the future with automaker-produced concept vehicles, the tire manufacturers are also envisioning the world of tomorrow. Be it a future filled with death-race machines or airless tires, the future is looking...interesting. Goodyear has a new vision of the future, and it involves a tire that's quite a bit more round than the...

The benefits of Individual Throttle Bodies vs. a single throttle body

Your average new car has a throttle body and an intake manifold. The engine sucks in air through the air filter before it passes through the open throttle body and into the manifold. From there, it moves into the cylinders as called upon during the combustion cycle. You'll find one throttle body and it's used to feed air to all of your cylinders...

Porsche picks its five best concept cars, including one stinker

Porsche has been handing out a lot of "Top 5" accolades to itself as of late. We're not complaining, mind you, as it's brought us videos showing off the tope five rear spoilers and wings, the best noises, and the rarest road cars. Now Porsche is exploring the world of its concept vehicles, and the German automaker has five that it believes are the...

Tesla Model S-rivaling Lucid Air to start at just $60,000

There’s nothing like a bit of competition to help you get more for your dollar. Case in point is the battle that could be about to erupt between electric car firms Tesla and Lucid. Lucid fired a shot at Tesla on Wednesday by announcing that its first product, the Air electric sedan, will be priced from a very reasonable $60,000, or just...

Fire up the daydream machine and configure a McLaren 720S

You're bored at work right now, aren't you? It's OK. We won't tell your boss. Put down the TPS reports and let your mind wander to thoughts about your dream garage. There's a good chance one of the stars of that garage is the new 2018 McLaren 720S. It was recently shown for the first time in Geneva and now McLaren has put up a configurator so you...

Following Opel sale, more downsizing in store for GM

General Motors this month finally sold its struggling European unit Opel (along with Vauxhall, Opel’s brand for the United Kingdom) to France's PSA Group after racking up two decades of losses totaling close to $20 billion. However, it’s unlikely the automaker has finished its downsizing. It’s a process that’s been in the...

Report: US-spec Buick Regal to adopt Opel Insignia Grand Sport’s fastback body

Buick’s next Regal for the United States will reportedly adopt the fastback sedan body style of the Opel Insignia Grand Sport that debuted last week at the 2017 Geneva auto show. A Regal with a conventional notchback sedan body style is also in the works, but this will reportedly be sold in China only. (The difference between the two body...

Audi Q4, Genesis G70, Porsche 911 GT2: Car News Headlines

Audi has confirmed plans to launch a Q4 in 2019. It’s one of at least three new SUVs to be added to the automaker’s lineup. The others are the Q8 and e-tron electric SUV. Genesis’ rival to the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been spotted in prototype form. The upcoming sedan sports a handsome look that should lure...

2018 Kia Stonic spy shots

Kia is about to expand its lineup with a subcompact crossover SUV tipped to be called the Stonic, and prototypes for the vehicle have just been spotted. Kia filed the Stonic name with the United States Trademark and Patent Office last October, and while there’s no confirmation the name will be used for the new SUV, the Korean...

Audi Q4 confirmed for 2019

During a press conference on Wednesday to discuss financial results, Audi confirmed a number of upcoming models. The identity of most of the models was already known but among them was a new model to be called the Q4. This will be a compact crossover SUV slotting between the Q3 and Q5 in Audi’s high-riding lineup in 2019. Audi previewed the...

Cadillac compact crossover to be an XT4, launch in Europe

Cadillac has confirmed it’s working on a crossover SUV smaller than the XT5, and that the vehicle will be called an XT4. We've already spied prototypes for the vehicle and initially thought it would be called an XT3. The XT4 will be launched on the market in 2018 and will eventually be sold in Europe. The information was confirmed by...

Porsche to offer 911 GT2 with PDK only, manual as no-cost option on GT3

There’s a new generation of the Porsche 911 brewing but the current 991 series still has some life left in it. In fact, it’s about to spawn a new GT2 variant. We’ve been spying prototypes for almost a year but now Porsche CEO Oliver Blume has dropped a few details. Speaking to Drive at last week’s 2017 Geneva auto show...

Safari-ready Porsche 911 stops by Jay Leno's Garage

Turning a stock automobile into something more interesting and more fun is limited only by the builder's imagination. You can accomplish this goal with anything from light mods up to an engine transplant, and anything else in between or even beyond those approaches. One of my favorite ways to modify a car is to start with something that should...

Lincoln to start production in China in 2019

Lincoln is set to join the increasingly long list of luxury automakers building cars in China. The brand has confirmed it will start production of an SUV in the country in late 2019. Lincoln didn’t name the vehicle but said it will be it suited to Chinese tastes, suggesting that it might be a long-wheelbase model to be sold exclusively in...

The Demon's toolkit: the Snap-On tools you'll get with the Dodge Demon

The Dodge Demon is set to be shown in April at the New York auto show, but Dodge is slow-rolling information about the street-and-strip beast in the months before its reveal. The latest information? What you get in the Demon's toolkit. As we saw in video teaser number 4, which was titled "Crate," every Demon will come with a "Demon Crate" full of...

Toyota introduces 860 Special Edition of the 86, but no forced induction

Spoiler alert: It's not the one you're hoping they'd make. What we have instead is the Toyota 86 860 Special Edition, which is a limited-run package that focuses on some style upgrades and interior amenities. This does not feature any sort of added power, perhaps by way of that turbocharger or supercharger one would love to see tossed atop the...

BMW: What's new for 2017

BMW has a car, crossover, or combination of the two for every niche and several niches you never thought the automotive world might need. The brand's portfolio has expanded to so many models and variants that it's hard to keep track of them...and to research the 2017 changes for each. But fear not, for we are intrepid reporters and we are here to...

Ferrari 812 Superfast says what it does, does what it says

Now that we've had an up close look at the replacement for the F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari has clued us into the details on the 812 Superfast that we saw for the first time during last week's 2017 Geneva auto show. We already know that the car features a new 6.5-liter V-12 underhood that makes about 790 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque with a...

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