Unplugged Performance introduced a wicked wide-body Tesla Model S kit at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Hawthorne, California-based Tesla tuner offers upgrades for the Model S, and its new S-APEX P100D kit will dramatically change your four-door EV’s look for $50,000. Each build is unique and includes a 19-piece pre-impregnated carbon-fiber body conversion, racing
It feels like only yesterday that Audi introduced the redesigned R8, and yet it’s already getting a refresh. Not that we’re complaining. Newer is almost always better. Especially when it comes to supercars. View 21 Photos We still need to see it in person, but at least in these photos, we like the R8’s new
BMW offers a pretty wide range of utility vehicles, from big to small, V-8s to plug-in hybrids, and even crossover coupes. But there remains one major hole in the lineup: a full-size SUV. The 2019 BMW X7 will make a belated entrance into this highly lucrative segment when it goes on sale in the U.S.
Do you ever wonder where this is all going to end? More power, bigger wings, better aero, fatter tires. Remember when the ’90s Porsche 911 Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 hit 400 horsepower? We thought we were all going to die. Yet now we’re close to doubling that. What hath the demon seed of technology
Having the very basic CR-V comes with some benefits and some disadvantages. The biggest benefit is the value for your money along with the interior space, cubbies, and fold-flat seats. But depending on your needs, the disadvantages can be somewhat notorious. One of the biggest letdowns is not having tinted windows. This summer was a
Thirty-one miles separate home from work, and depending on the hour, that drive can last between 40 minutes and 2 horrific hours in either direction. That’s a lot of me time, and a lot seat time. Besides being great for back roads, the 2018 Honda Civic Type R’s front seats are spectacularly comfortable for boring
While the Accord battles the Camry for sales supremacy, the Altima now offers something its Toyota and Honda rivals don’t at any price—all-wheel drive. That distinguishing option is far from the only change Nissan made to the new 2019 Altima, which boasts a V-6-replacing turbo-four and an interior that will make last-gen Altima owners jealous.
The ES is the first Lexus vehicle with Apple CarPlay, and it’s standard on the ES 300h along with Siri Eyes Free voice control. Android Auto is still not offered, but owners of Amazon Alexa-enabled Android phones can take advantage of the service’s car-to-home and home-to-car verbal commands (iPhone compatibility is scheduled for late 2018).
Traditionally, Mercedes-Benz’s attempts at building entry-luxury cars have been middling at best. The CLA, its most recent indiscretion, came with a frustrating dual-clutch transmission and a plasticky interior. But Mercedes’ suboptimal reputation might soon change with its A-Class sedan. Intended to be Mercedes’ newest bargain-basement model and slotting beneath the CLA, the A-Class sedan is
Weight is down, by a significant amount. McLaren claims 100 kilograms even, meaning the 600LT should be 220 pounds lighter than the 570S. The splitter, sills, diffuser, and rear wing are all made from carbon fiber and coincidentally produce that same 220 pounds of downforce at 155 mph. The aluminum control arms—snatched from the 720S—help
The 2019 Nautilus furthers Lincoln’s mission of reminding luxury buyers it not only exists but is also worth their attention (and money) beyond trips to and from the airport. As a replacement for the five-passenger midsize MKX, the Nautilus looks to sway buyers out of their Lexus RX and BMW X3 crossovers. Don’t miss our
At the test track, the new Silverado puts up test numbers competitive with the rival Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. Unsurprisingly, the slowest of our Silverados were our 5.3-liter V-8 testers. The street-going and off-road-ready Silverado RST and Silverado Trail Boss traded blows in our instrumented acceleration tests. The Silverado Trail Boss was quicker to
Before its latest redesign, the Infiniti QX50 was a hard car to recommend. The 2016 refresh added some much-needed rear legroom, but the cabin and infotainment system still felt dated, and we never quite came around to the styling. Even though we appreciated the rear-drive layout and powerful V-6, fuel economy was far from competitive.
Our Subaru Crosstrek has proved it can handle the urban jungle like a pro with its comfortable ride, spacious interior, efficient engine, and solid driving dynamics. But that’s just half of what the crossover is intended for. Eager to see how the Subaru performs outside of Los Angeles’ asphalt maze, I took the little lifted
I didn’t plan it this way. I mean, I knew the Alfa would be arriving around the same time my previous long-term car was going away and I mounted a concerted lobbying campaign for the Giulia, but I didn’t spec it out. When I saw it, though, there was an immediate personal connection. Generally, we’re
There is a growing fondness for our long-term Velar—which technically isn’t Land Rover’s flagship, but which does a strong impression of one. The 380-hp 332-lb-ft 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 mated to a sure-shifting eight-speed automatic makes short work of a couple shortcuts I make on my coastal commute, where I dogleg around some notorious PCH snarls.
Fiat’s 500 is not a small car. It’s a boutique car. People don’t buy it because they have trouble parking their normal car, they buy it for its cheeky cuteness; those ’50s-look pastel colors and wheel covers, or for that optional canvas roof out of which the buyer can imagine tossing three coins into the
After multiple tests, we’ve concluded that the Honda Accord is the best car in its class. So needless to say we had high expectations for the hybrid version. In many ways, it adds to the Accord’s appeal as a practical sedan, offering a claimed 47 mpg combined (we’ll get to that later) and identical cargo
Our Honda CR-V LX has been with us for about two months now, and we’ve finally taken it to the track. I also had the chance to drive the CR-V with the 1.5-liter turbo engine the same day as my CR-V equipped with the 184-hp 2.4-liter engine, and I noticed very similar driving dynamics. Both
As the end of our time with this 2017 CR-V Touring approaches, we took delivery of a 2018 CR-V LX. Honda wanted us to spend more time with the SUVOTY winner and, in in doing so, expose its base-model CR-V to the complexities of our long-term test. Soon after our 2018 CR-V LX arrived, I
I’ve just sampled an ultra-high-performing part from the Ford Performance Parts catalog, and if it weren’t already sold out I’d be urging you to pick up the phone, dial 800-367-3788 and order up part number M-FP500-FP350S. You would first need to have a pretty high credit limit and a trailer, though, because this part costs
The Mustang has a four-link rear suspension, 9-inch solid rear axle, two-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height, and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering. An NHRA-certified safety roll cage can be ordered from the factory along with FIA-certified seats and anniversary-badged racing wheels. View 7 Photos This latest rendition is a reverent
The one thing automotive journalists fear most about testing a race car? Stalling it in the pit lane. Sure, there’s always the worry you’ll spin the thing into a wall, or maybe clip a curb and roll it into a ball of expensively crumpled metal and carbon fiber. But explaining you were caught out when
Amid a complete redesign for the 2017 model year, the Porsche Panamera lost its signature bulbous rear end to more closely resemble the sporty sedan it has always tried to embody. A year later, the Panamera gains that rump back on the new Sport Turismo wagon variant. Despite the extra bulk, the model is just
Under that exquisite carbon-fiber hood beats a vicious heart; Aston’s Cologne-sourced 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 with the boost turned up by 5 psi. The results are 715 horsepower as well as 664 lb-ft of torque. DB11/DBS mini-CEO Paul Barritt assured us that unless Aston swaps in physically larger turbochargers, this is the most power that this
BMW is no stranger to slicing a pie into ever-thinner pieces, as evidenced by its prolific (some might say confusing) lineup of numerically inconsistent body styles, and its practice of applying coupe terminology to practically anything with four wheels. Now, BMW has taken that power of multiplication to its performance lineup. M Competition is a
“It’s about bringing more power and more emotion to the Hyundai brand and making fun-to-drive cars,” said Albert Biermann when presenting the 2019 Hyundai Veloster N. And he would know. Biermann was the boss of BMW’s M division and is now president of the performance-oriented sub-brand at the Korean manufacturer. After introducing the N sub-brand
With almost 27,000 miles on the odometer and countless road tips, photo shoots, and weekend errands, my time shepherding our long-term 2017 Mazda CX-9 will soon be ending, and I find myself reflecting back on some of the less exciting and adventurous parts of my year of “ownership.” During my 11 months with the CX-9,
Testing director Kim Reynolds found power delivery to be “solid and smooth,” while handling was “rather tail-happy, immediately rotating on entry under braking and then very happy to hold it out under power.” He describes this sensation as “fun and unexpected.” That said, Reynolds noted the Velar “needs to be driven rather smoothly. Its body
Although crossovers are eating away at the sales of traditional cars, there remain plenty of options for those who aren’t sure they want an SUV. The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback goes on sale before the end of the summer and will sit alongside the C-HR in dealerships nationwide. Does opting for the lower, more conventional