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Happy Holley Days are Here Again!

Its almost Christmas time again, and finding the perfect gift for the wife, or kids can be a big hassle if a fellow doesnt know where to shop for the right car parts they will enjoy year round. Its Happy Holley Days again, so imagine being able to find every major brand all in one spot, and from today until December 31st 2018 at up to a whopping 20 percent off! In the words of our friends in Bowling Green... [read more]

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Volkswagen Rumored to Flood Segment With New Subcompact Crossover EV

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Volkswagens I.D. lineup of electric vehicles keeps growing. The German automaker has already greenlit production versions of the I.D., I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz, and I.D. Vizzion concepts. Now, a new report indicates that Volkswagen isnt done adding new models to the fold. A new subcompact crossover is under consideration for the all-electric I.D. range. The model is pegged as an entry-level vehicle that will cost a little over $21,000. If it gets approved, it could go on sale sometime after... [read more]

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The New 3D-Printed Wheels From HRE Have Us Drooling With Anticipation

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
HRE Wheels presents the first-ever titanium 3D-printed rims. Named HRE3D+, the rims are the result of a joint project with GE AddWorks and were made to showcase the possibilities available when additive manufacturing is employed to create state-of-the-art car wheels. Gone are the days of alloy wheels. Even magnesium wheels seem antiquated now that HRE and GE have come forth with a prototype 3D-printed rim made out of titanium. The process of making these wheels is complicated, but the results... [read more]

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Biomega SIN Concept

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
A company best known for creating bicycles is dipping its toes in the electric car business with a new concept called the SIN. No, its not named after the immoral act; SIN is actually a hat tip to the contemporary urban sprawl of Singapore. On that note, the Biomega SIN is a simplified electric vehicle that takes a shape similar to a lot of mobility concepts weve seen in recent years. A production model is planned for the future, but... [read more]

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Horsepower Is As High As Ever. Is It Time to Worry?

At the time of this writing, the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show is happening in Las Vegas. This trade event has gone from the halls of Dodger Stadium in 1967 to a hella-huge convention that brings together aftermarket and original-equipment manufacturers, media, distributors, builders and installers, retailers, specialists, and more. If you dont have credentials to attend, you really cant imagine how boundless the SEMA Show really is. In some respects, the modern SEMA Show is where the present meets... [read more]

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First journos get their hands on 2019 BMW Z4: Videos

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
BMW is currently inviting automotive journos over to Portugal where it has organized a launch event for its all-new Z4 roadster and, if youre like us, youre edging in your seat to know what its like to drive. Those who took part in the launch venue got to drive the car both on Portugals famed Estoril track, as well as some of the countrys twisty mountain roads with extremely smooth tarmac.

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Mopars In The Park: Chrysler Performance West's Fall Fling 2018

Under beautiful sunny Southern California skies we recently had the opportunity to take a walk in the park. That is to say Woodley Park and to Mopar Fans that means a great car show and Mopar parts swap meet put on by Chrysler Performance West twice a year as the Fall Fling and the Spring Fling. And whether youre looking for that one last part to finish your project or a complete car project this is the place to be... [read more]

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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The fact that BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate after almost two decades is definitely one of the headlines of 2018. But equally important is the fact that the Germans announced two brand-new versions of this car: there's an M8 just around the corner, and BMW just introduced the 8 Series Convertible. The first drop-top version of the 8 Series in history, the Convertible, is here to tackle the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet. However, the topless German is also an option... [read more]

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Fixer-Upper 1970 Chevrolet C10 Transformed into a High-Performance Trophy Magnet

Everyone whos ever wanted a custom vehicle but was uncertain about their ability to complete the project has to start by finding a reputable shop manned by trustworthy folks who have the talent to turn dreams into reality. Since horror stories abound, the selection process becomes a critical first step. Ron Arrowood from Apopka, Florida, has been a devoted Chevy fan all of his life, with the C10 platform a special favorite. A circle track racer in the past and... [read more]

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New E.U. Insurance Rules Could Ban All Motorsport

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Can you imagine a world where all forms of motorsport become illegal in Europe? That could happen if the European Motor Insurance Directive isnt amended to change stipulations that require all cars to be fully insured. New proposals to amend the MID are currently under review by the European Commission. If the amendments pass without any changes to the specific phrasing to the text, motor racing of any kind, be it Formula One, rally racing, and even go-kart racing, will... [read more]

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Here Are the Cars Toyota Might Kill Off

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Like every automaker thats worth its salt, Toyotas bottom line is the most important thing the company has to take care of. And, with the U.S. car market experiencing a shift in demand the likes of which we havent seen in a long time, the Japanese automaker is in the process of reviewing its entire U.S. lineup with the possibility of dumping nameplates or models that have become sales anchors on the market. A final decision isnt expected to happen... [read more]

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In-N-Out Burger and HOT ROD Magazines 70th Anniversary Celebration Roll-In Gallery!

Its finally here! Cars began pouring into the grounds here at Auto Club Raceway Pomona for the In-N-Out Burger and HOT ROD Magazine 70 th Anniversary Celebration throughout the day Friday. A few hundred car show participants and over a hundred racers got an early jump on the event to avoid the massive lines Saturday morning before thousands of cars and spectators come pouring in. Were excited to be hosting this inaugural event here at historic Pomona with the iconic... [read more]

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2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth Track Drive: The Scorpion Turns 70

One wrong step in the Mojave Desert can bring you within striking distance of a scorpion. This is something I know all too well. One recently followed me around at Honda s desert proving ground with its arms raised and its beady eyes staring like it wanted me for dinner. Could you imagine coming face-to-face with one weighing 2,500 pounds? Fortunately, I dont mean one of those giant arachnids from a 50s sci-fi movie. But rather, my encounter was with... [read more]

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Someone Should Let Elon Musk Know that The Tesla Model 3 Has Some Serious Winter Issues

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Winter is upon us, and this might just be worrying news for Tesla Model 3 owners living in colder climates as reports have emerged of some models encountering issues in low temperatures such as the door handles freezing or the recharging system malfunctioning due to the cold. The Model 3, which was launched last year, is now facing its first full winter, which can get cripplingly cold in the northern hemisphere. That's why a number of owners in countries like... [read more]

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BMW M8 GTE Looks Good In Rainy Prep for Daytona 24-Hour

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Former CART and, more recently, Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi completed his first test aboard BMW's M8 GTE Le Mans race car at the Miramas circuit in France ahead of the Italian's debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona in January of next year. Zanardi is known for his inspiring return to racing after a vicious crash during the 2001 CART race at the Lausitzring, in Germany, in which he lost both of his legs. Since then, the Italian achieved success... [read more]

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Watching Chris Harris Try to Do a Handbrake Turn with an Electric Handbrake is Very Depressing

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
Top Gear host Chris Harris penchant for performing in-car experiments manifested itself recently when he decided to find out if its possible to perform a handbrake turn with an electric handbrake. For this particular stunt I mean experiment Harris enlisted the help of Top Gear co-host and Extra Gear main man Rory Reid and a Volkswagen Golf R. The goal was simple: Engage the electronic handbrake while the Golf R is traveling at 120 mph and see what happens after... [read more]

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Australian Street Machine Drag Challenge, Day 5 The Finale at Calder Park

Yesterday, after a monster drive back to Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne, weary travelers were treated to a late start for the final day of racing on Street Machine Drag Challenge. Kicking off at 3pm would see cooler track temps and better-rested racers hoping to wring every last tenth out of their battle-worn cars. Theyd need all their wits if they were to climb their way up the leaderboards and with seriously close competition in many classes the opportunity for... [read more]

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BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid Returns With 50 Percent More EV Range

When we first drove the 2016 BMW 330e , we came away impressed with how much the plug-in hybrid felt like a regular 3 Series. Well, a regular 3 Series withway more torque. Even with a tiny 14-mile range when running on electricity alone, the 330e showed that hybrids can actually be pretty fun to drive. And now that BMW's redesigned the 3 Series , the 330e is back, looking more appealing than ever. Perhaps the most important thing to... [read more]

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Honda Is Reviving the Passport Name Plate for 2019 at the L.A. Auto Show

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
Honda is all set to bring back the familiar 'Passport" nameplate after going into exile 16 years ago. The Japanese automaker will be using the moniker on its latest SUV that will be unveiled on November 27 at the upcoming L.A. Auto Show. The Passport will be Honda's sixth offering in the SUVs and light trucks segment after the HR-V, CR-V, Pilot, Ridgeline, and Odyssey minivan.

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Refreshing or Revolting: 2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Toyota Corolla hatchback returned to the U.S. market earlier this year, bringing with it a sleek exterior design, modern interior, and all the benefits that come with the TNGA platform. Now, Toyota has taken that car and tweaked its body to create the 2020 Corolla sedan . With the obvious exception of the trunk, the Corolla sedan looks a lot like its hatchback sibling. But how does it compare to the car it replaces ? Take a look below... [read more]

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Hyundai, Jaguar Top 2019 IntelliChoice Certified Pre-Owned Car Awards

Hyundai and Jaguar beat the competition in IntelliChoice's 20th annual Certified Pre-Owned Car Awards this week. With the awards in its 20th year, Hyundai won in the Popular category while Jaguar earned top scores in the Premium category. IntelliChoice, aMotorTrend Group subsidiary, evaluates manufacturers' certified pre-owned vehicle programs in nine areas for its CPO Car Awards: warranty coverage, inspection criteria, title verification, roadside assistance, special financing, return and exchange policies, dealer compliance, used cost of ownership, and market penetration. A... [read more]

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Land Rover Uses Wire Art to Tease the Next-Gen Range Rover Evoque

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
The new Range Rover Evoque will be unveiled next week in London but, until then, here's a tangible sneak peek to quench our thirst for more on Land Rover's new compact luxury SUV: a number of wireframe models that showcase the model's evocative lines. The Range Rover Evoque was launched back in 2011 as a sleek and posh alternative to the bulky Range Rover that was meant for city usage first and foremost, not the off-road venue where the brand... [read more]

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2019 Kia K900 Priced From $60,895

After a year-long hiatus, the Kia K900 is back with an updated exterior and interior design , new technologies, and the 3.3-liter engine from the Stinger. But with all these improvements, you also get a much higher starting price. The 2019 Kia K900 is priced from $60,895, according to the official configurator . With this price, theK900 is still less expensive than the 2019 Acura RLX , which goes from $62,895. But its a huge price jump from the last... [read more]

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan: 10 Things to Know

When we last tested a Toyota Corolla , we found it slow and outdated. It wasn't a bad car, though. Just badly in need of a redesign. Well, the long-awaited redesign is finally here, and we have to say, we like what we see. If you're interested in the 2020 Toyota Corolla when it goes on sale next spring, here's what you need to know. Ban that Bloat While cars tend to get bigger with each redesign, Toyota chose to... [read more]

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BMW 330i GT xDrive - Driven

By info@topspeed.com (Andrei Nedelea)
BMWs 3-Series Gran Turismo is the other practical variant in the 3-Series lineup for those who dont want to buy the wagon. It actually has more carrying capacity than the load lugger, and unmatched passenger room, as well as a hatchback design, so you can load big items into the back fairly easily. Its really the amount of interior space that impresses in the 3 GT, a car that is nowhere near as popular as it should be because, from... [read more]

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Toyota Gives Camry, Avalon the TRD Treatment

Toyota is expanding its TRD lineup in an unexpected way. The 2020 Toyota Camry TRD will arrive alongside a new Avalon TRD next year, and both will come with significant performance upgrades. The models receive chassis tuning by Toyota Racing Development. Special shock absorbers, thicker underbody braces, and unique coil springs promise better body control and handling, as well as a 0.6-inch lower ride height. Meanwhile, the front brakes have been upgraded with larger 12.9-inch diameter rotors and dual-piston calipers... [read more]

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New Mercedes-Maybach GLS Spotted Before Los Angeles Motor Show Debut

By info@topspeed.com (Sidd Dhimaan)
The first prototype of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS has been spotted testing in Germany prior to its debut at the Los Angeles motor show. This is the top-of-the-line Maybach model. Mercedes is planning to expand the Maybach line-up with lavish models, and what better way to do that than to add the GLS to a portfolio known mainly for stretched limos!

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Lamborghini SC18 Alston

By info@topspeed.com (Jonathan Lopez)
From the outrageous styling, to the thumping V-12 powerplant, to the breathtaking performance, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is anything but boring. But thats not stopping one lucky owner from turning the volume knob up to 11 on their Raging Bull. Say hello to the SC18 Alston, which comes with race-spec aero and a track-ready attitude to set it apart from its more standard brethren. And although its designed for track use, the SC18 Alston is still road-legal, bringing the best... [read more]

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Audi R8

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Audi R8 was facelifted for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade arrived rather soon, suggesting that the supercar might be redesigned in three years or so. The facelift brought a sportier exterior, a mildly altered interior, and important changes under the hood. Likewise, the R8 V10 Plus model was renamed the V10 Performance. Sharing 50 percent of components with the R8 LMS GT3 race car shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the revised... [read more]

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Chevy is Bringing Back the Monza Name, With an RS Badge, but Dont Expect to Get One Outside of China

By info@topspeed.com (Michael Fira)
Chevrolet is reviving the Monza name after a 38-year hiatus in the shape of a sporty mid-size sedan that comes with an RS badge and hopes to elbow its way into the preferences of the Chinese customer. That's because the car will be unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show which means it will most likely be a China-exclusive model. Last time the Chevrolet Monza was relevant it was 1980, and things were very different. For one, Chevrolet wasn't building special... [read more]

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The Barbers Tub

A little more than 50 years ago, my grandparents and my dad found themselves at the intersection of Virginia and Plaza Streets in Reno, Nevada. The sky was... continue reading

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Nissan Frontier Sentinel Concept

By info@topspeed.com (Kirby)
The Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil is always a good place to find interesting models that dont usually make their way to the U.S. Nissan is known for having a big presence in the event, and this years no different. The Japanese automaker brought the Frontier Sentinel Concept — we call it the Navarra here — to The Land of Drizzle. The Frontier Sentinel is a rescue concept truck is described as sturdy enough to go on missions in... [read more]

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2019 Lamborghini Urus Review (W/Video): The Age of Exploration

The drivers window was down long before he stopped next to me, so I rolled mine down. Clearly, he wanted to talk, but the driver stared at me a few seconds first. Then his eyebrows raised, but his face otherwise remained deadpan. Over the clatter of his diesel, finally: Holy st. It was a common sentiment, if not always so eloquent. In a land where Super Jeeps like hisall 40-plus-inch tires and snaking snorkels up the windshield pillarsare a common... [read more]

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Celebrity Drive: Steve Darnell of Vegas Rat Rods

Quick Stats: Steve Darnell, Discoverys Vegas Rat Rods Daily Driver: 1957 Chevy 210 (Steves rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10) Other cars: See below Favorite road trip: Vegas to Pomona Car he learned to drive in : Old Ford and Chevy truck First car bought: 1973 Datsun A 1928 Dodge from his late grandfather started it all for Steve Darnell of Vegas Rat Rods. He was a World War II vet, he was a bad-ass, and he... [read more]

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GM Defense Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 Concept

By info@topspeed.com (Ciprian Florea)
The Chevrolet Silverado ZH2 is a military, heavy-duty version of the popular Silverado pickup truck. Developed by General Motors' new military defense unit, it's powered by a next-generation Hydrogen fuel cell and advanced battery systems. Remember the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 from 2016? GM Defense just revived the project, but it's now using the bigger Silverado truck and newer technology. Okay, so it's just a concept for now, but it could become a full-time military vehicle in the future. More importantly... [read more]

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Australian Street Machine Drag Challenge, Day 4 Return to Swan Hill

What a day of racing! The penultimate session of Street Machine Drag Challenge was one for the record books literally. Perfect conditions in the early morning would set up the Swan Hill strip for some serious results. With all the big guns lining up straight away to capitalize on the cooler temps, big number after big number was turned and the competition heated up rapidly. Lorenzo Gullotto had been gaining momentum and rhythm all week and came out firing with... [read more]

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2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan First Look: Civic's Prime Competition Is Back

Toyota s freshly minted Corolla hatch, based on the hot new TNGA architecture, has been winning friends and influencing editors ever since we first clapped our eyes on it in March. Weve since buckled in and strapped our gear on a few times and lauded the little hatch for its quantum-leapfrogging of its dreary Corolla iM predecessor. Sprightly dynamics and an upscale cockpit have drawn praise, while stingy rear-seat and cargo space drew raspberries. Those problems would seem to be... [read more]

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