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We spent the week with a Grigio Argento Aluminum 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, known to many simply as the Fiata. As you may know, the 124 Spider is heavily based on the current ND Mazda Miata. In fact, both cars are built side-by-side in Hiroshima, Japan. The Miata has been a staff favorite for years, so we were interested to see how Fiat would handle the changes.   While there are a lot of shared components between the two models like styling and suspension tuning, the biggest changes are under the hood. Fiat swapped the Miata’s...Continue reading »

Are you looking to start a new hobby? Are you in need of a fun way to spend your time? If this is the case, you might want to think about buying a side-by-side vehicle. There are a wide variety of practical and recreational uses for these vehicles. You might discover that you have been missing out on a great way to spend your free time. However, you should learn as much as you can about side-by-side vehicles before you invest any of your money in one. This will prevent you from making a purchase that you are not thrilled with. Here are...Continue reading »

The latest information drop for the upcoming Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar has arrived. After nearly a year of teasing that started with the announcement of a code name, we finally get a look inside Gaydon’s radical creation, as well as an updated look at its exterior. Compared to the renderings released last year when Aston Martin announced the project, which is a joint effort with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, an engineering venture born from the company’s Formula 1 efforts, the new images of the Valkyrie reveal not just...Continue reading »

Bentley confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga in early 2015 and said the electric SUV would be ready for 2017. It seems that the luxury automaker will keep its word, because one of our spy photographers spotted this nearly undisguised model out testing. It looks identical to the normal Bentayga, with the exception of an additional little flap on the left side for a plug. Although Bentley confirmed the hybrid’s development way back in 2015, it left out a few details about what the powertrain would be, only...Continue reading »

Hot hatches like the Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST have long been regarded as a perfected blend of daily usability and accessible performance, but for some, they’re excessive both in performance and price. Lucky for them, automakers have stepped up and now offer sporty-ish compacts that are easier to live with and easier to afford — and we recently spent a week with the segment’s freshest face, the 2017 Nissan Sentra Nismo. Visually, the Sentra Nismo is as subtle as a depth charge. Nismo went to work on Nissan’s...Continue reading »

The last Audi RS5’s crowning glory was its 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8. It revved hard to a 8,250rpm power peak, gave the classic muscle car soundtrack an engaging high-tech remix, and snapped through gearshifts courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. But it was far from perfect, and its Achilles’ heel was a ponderous, flat-footed chassis and steering that cranked with the tactility of a rusty submarine hatch. Good news: the second-generation RS5 rides on Audi’s new MLBevo architecture. This mixes a high-strength...Continue reading »

It’s no secret Jerry Seinfeld is a bit of a Porsche fanatic. After all, the famous comedian and television star is as much a car guy as he is a funny guy, and Porsches make up the vast majority of his collection. Brace yourselves because one of his prized Porsches will soon be up for grabs. Auction house Russo and Steele has consigned a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS originally ordered by Seinfeld. Based on the 997-series 911, this generation of the GT3 RS is the last with a manual transmission. The 991 GT3 RS currently on sale is equipped...Continue reading »

Sir Alec Issigonis, the man responsible for the original Mini, surely never anticipated a Mini crossover SUV. Even so, he may have begrudgingly approved of BMW’s first crack at the Countryman variant, which, for all of its faults, drove like a plus-size Mini Cooper. The all-new Countryman, though, moves the needle even further away from the original Mini ethos. Longer and heftier, the newest model trades its predecessor’s lithe agility for an added sense of refinement. If the previous Countryman was an engorged Mini Cooper Hardtop,...Continue reading »

Race cars go through hell. Nearly non-stop abuse normally turns a race car’s engine into a fancy paperweight after only two or three races (or less). Cadillac, however, seems to have come up with a winning formula, as it hasn’t changed the 6.2-liter V-8s in its three DPi-V.R Daytona Prototypes since they were installed after the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona. All three cars have gone without an engine change since the practice sessions for the 2017 12 Hours of Sebring, accumulating 2,822 racing miles each, which Cadillac points...Continue reading »

The joint venture H2 Mobility Deutschland and its partners Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde and Shell officially opened two new hydrogen refuelling stations in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. The German federal state of Hesse now has a total of five H2 filling stations for emission-free fuel cell vehicles. With these new stations, the partners have moved yet another step closer to a nationwide H2 supply network. The new sites are both conveniently located directly on the A661 and A66 motorways at key points of intersection for people driving from...Continue reading »