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Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat / Trackhawk Confirmed

Rumors have been swirling, and earlier this month we talked about the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk receiving the Hellcat powertrain. Our sources have confirmed that it’s coming, and have also confirmed some details. It's called Project K, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] doesn't want you to know it's been given the green light for...

Range Rover Celebrates 45th Birthday With Family Portrait: Video

The Range Rover is officially 45—but it's hardly over the hill. Which isn't to say the British icon couldn't climb over said hill if instructed. ALSO SEE: 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Revealed: Video Land Rover unveiled its flagship on June 17, 1970, and the luxury off-roader's capabilities and amenities continue to define its segment. Over four...

Porsche Ranks Highest In J.D. Power Initial Quality Study For Third Year In A Row

Influential market research firm J.D. Power has released the results of its latest Initial Quality Study, and it’s Porsche that once again ranks highest, with 2015 being the third year in a row the German sports car marque has been on top. What’s surprising is the drop in quality of Japanese brands, with European brands on average...

Formula 2 Driver Shows Some Serious Reactions Skills: Video

The reaction time necessary to operate a race car at the highest level is probably calculated somewhere between lightning fast and impossible. A Formula Two driver had the chance to prove he or she has got what it takes recently during an exceptionally rainy race day at the Belgium's legendary Spa. Shortly after taking it relatively easy through...

2018 Audi S5 Spy Shots

Earlier this week, we saw our first spy shots of a prototype for the second-generation Audi A5, which we’re expecting to be introduced for the 2018 model year. Now we have shots of the sporty S5 variant, which should arrive roughly the same time as the regular model. Power is expected to come from an uprated version of the supercharged...

Bentley Flying Spur Beluga, New Fisker Plant, Peugeot 308 GTI: Today’s Car News

Buyers of Bentley’s Flying Spur equipped with a V-8 engine can now opt for a sporty new trim labeled Beluga. It adds a few visual cues inside and out, but there’s still no extra power available from the car’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. After going bankrupt in 2013, Fisker Automotive was bought by Chinese parts giant...

2016 Bentley Flying Spur Gets Sporty Beluga Trim

Bentley’s Flying Spur received a number of updates for 2016, including new wheel and leather options as well as cylinder-deactivation tech for its W-12 engine. The automaker has now announced that the big sedan also has a sporty new trim that’s available to order now for delivery this fall. The new trim, called Beluga, is available...

The New Fisker Plans To Start Karma Production In California

Since buying up the remains of bankrupt automaker Fisker Automotive in early 2014, China's Wanxiang has been adamant it will be able to relaunch Fisker’s Karma extended-range electric sedan as well as move production from the previous plant in Finland to a new site located in the U.S. The new Fisker, officially Fisker Automotive and...

Ex-Bentley Design Chief Tipped To Join Hyundai-Kia

It looks like Belgian designer Luc Donckerwolke may be headed to Korea to replace Peter Schreyer, who is currently in charge of design at Hyundai and Kia. It was announced earlier this month that Donckerwolke would be leaving the top post at Bentley design after only joining the brand in 2012. No reason was given for his sudden departure, leading...

Mercedes May Take On A4 Allroad With C-Class Wagon-Based Soft-Roader

Mercedes-Benz is rapidly expanding its lineup with new SUVs, with models like the subcompact GLA and midsized GLE Coupe being introduced in the past 12 months and additional models like a compact GLC Coupe and an ultra-luxurious Maybach SUV still in the works. But the automaker sees room for even more additions due to the seemingly insatiable...

2015 Peugeot 308 GTI: Forbidden Fruit

The Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI better watch out as French automaker Peugeot has unveiled a new 308 GTI that delivers upwards of 270 horsepower. The car is the high-performance variant of Peugeot’s 308 compact range and its development was handled together with the French automaker’s motorsport partner...

BMW i8 Powertrain Voted 2015 International Engine Of The Year

The sophisticated plug-in hybrid powertrain of the BMW i8 sports car has been rated the top engine in this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards, the official award of British publication Engine Technology International. The i8’s powertrain consists of a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that’s mated to a...

The Rotary Engine's Inner Mysteries Explained: Video

While Motor Authority has written plenty about the rotary, or Wankel, engine over the years, our stories have generally gone in two distinct directions. The first flavor cites either official sources or informed—and hopeful—speculation to debate the question of whether Mazda will ever deliver another RX sports car. The second...

2015 24 Hours Of Le Mans, In Photos

The 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has come and gone, and with it, we have a new (old) overall victor: Porsche. Displacing the dominant Audi Sport Racing team in the world’s greatest endurance race for the first time since its return to Le Mans racing last year, Porsche not only took the overall victory—it locked out the front...

Billionaire Auto Industry Investor Kirk Kerkorian Dies At 98

Kirk Kerkorian's began life in poverty and ended in spectacular success. Along the way, he founded an early airline, battled Howard Hughes for control of a germinating Las Vegas, counted icon Frank Sinatra as a friend, and owned interests in MGM, United Artists and Columbia Pictures. But in addition to his glamorous ventures into the gaming and...

Volvo Bringing A Few More Polestar Sedans & Wagons Stateside For 2016

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar cars are simply wonderful driving machines. These cars boast a 345-horsepower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that sends power out to all four wheels. The 0-60 run happens in under five seconds. Additionally, the Polestar sedans and wagons featured nearly magical suspension tuning thanks to the use of...

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC Revealed

Mercedes-Benz’s boxy GLK has been replaced by a rounder, much smoother successor badged the GLC, and beyond its handsome exterior the latest small SUV out of Stuttgart represents a big step forward on several fronts. This is made possible by the modular platform that underpins the GLC. The same rear-wheel-drive architecture is found in the...

Audi SQ7 Prototype Crashes During Nürburgring Testing: Video

A high-performance version of Audi’s second-generation Q7 that's to be badged an SQ7 suffered a crash recently while undergoing high-speed testing on Germany’s Nürburgring. This video from YouTube user cvdzijden shows a barely-disguised SQ7 prototype exiting the famous Karussell hairpin turn and then crashing into a barrier. The...

Wildtwelve Concept, 2016 Mercedes SLK, 2017 Mercedes SL: Car News Headlines

Italy’s Torino Design has come out with a striking supercar concept called the Wildtwelve. Power in the concept comes from a V-12-based hybrid system said to be producing more than 800 horsepower. It turns out Mercedes-Benz’s SLK has one more model year left in it before it’s replaced by an updated version dubbed the SLC. For the...

2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK Gets A Few Updates Ahead Of 2017 SLC’s Arrival

Mercedes-Benz is working on an updated version of its SLK that when complete will carry the SLC title in line with the automaker’s new naming strategy. It turns out the SLC, prototypes of which can be viewed here, will be introduced as a 2017 model, which means there will be a final, 2016 model year for the SLK. According to Car and Driver...

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