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First SpaceX Moon Tourist Yusaku Maezawa is an Avid Car Collector

3:31 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has been chosen as SpaceX’s first private passenger. Maezawa will fly around the moon on SpaceX’s upcoming Big Falcon Rocket in 2023. The lucky space tourist posed with SpaceX founder and fellow billionaire Elon Musk ahead of the announcement this week (pictured in the Tweet below). Why should any of this […]

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2019 BMW Z4 sDrive30i Detailed, Launches in March

3:01 pm PDT, September 18, 2018

The 2019 BMW Z4 was unveiled last month sporting an aggressive look that takes the roadster in a bold new direction. But until now, BMW has been light on details, especially regarding the base engine option. On sale starting March 2019, the 2019 Z4 will initially launch with the sDrive30i variant, which is powered by a turbocharged […]

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Ferrari Debuts Monza SP1 and SP2

10:49 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Ferrari not only launched a new, limited edition duo of supercar barchettas with the Monza SP1 and SP2, but it also launched a fourth pillar of the brand. The house that Enzo built is calling the latter Icona—Italian for Icon—and if the Monzas are any sort of indication, expect to see some radical Ferraris in […]

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FCA Confirms Ram Midsize Pickup

10:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

We’ve long known that Jeep will have a pickup based on the current generation JL Wrangler. For a few years now, we’ve also heard rumblings of a Ram midsize pickup. Now, suppliers have confirmed to Automotive News that Ram will build its own midsize truck, and it will be body-on frame. The suppliers revealed that Ram’s midsize pickup […]

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Volkswagen Debuts MEB Platform for Electric Vehicles

9:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

In Dresden, Germany, Volkswagen unveiled the platform that will underpin a proposed 10 million electric vehicles across its various brands. This platform will first appear underneath the Volkswagen I.D. set to enter production at the end of next year. Designed specifically for electric vehicles, the MEB architecture can accommodate both small and large vehicles, and […]

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Audi TT RS: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

4:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Talk about a contrast in style—America’s Corvette blusters with noise, tire smoke, fear, and slightly disappointing track numbers, while Germany’s technical Audi TT RS delivers assured competence, sensible understeer, and surprisingly quick lap times. Multiple editors on Route 198 wondered aloud whether all 400 horses were hitched up and pulling (answer: yep). After his lapping […]

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Honda Civic Type R: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

4:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

In the decade we’ve been running BDC, we’ve invited only 10 front-drive cars to compete. They tend not to do well against rear-drive or all-wheel-drive cars that handle better and put down power more authoritatively. No previous front-driver has made a judge wonder, “Could this be our first front-drive winner?” This little Honda did. “The […]

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McLaren 720S: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

4:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

It’s the Sybil of supercars. McLaren’s new 720S manifests different personalities depending on driver skill and electronic settings. Nearly every judge left most safety settings engaged for Route 198, and most emerged feeling invincible. Chris Walton: “This McLaren reads your mind, and you just ‘think’ your way through corners.” Mark Rechtin: “It handles as though […]

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BMW M5: 2018 Motor Trend Best Driver’s Car Contender

4:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

This is a sedan worthy of every superlative. Objectively, it ricocheted around our figure-eight course quicker than any sedan we’ve tested. It stops shorter than any sedan we’ve tested. And its quarter-mile stats are the best of any combustion-powered sedan we’ve tested. Credit for these achievements is shared by its 600-hp engine and sophisticated AWD […]

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2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sets Record at Bonneville Salt Flats

3:00 am PDT, September 18, 2018

Volkswagen set a new record at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s World of Speed event with a modified Jetta. The 600-hp sedan recorded a speed of 210.16 mph, breaking the previous class record of 208.472 mph. Sitting behind the wheel was veteran Salt Flats racer Scott Goetz. “The car inspired a lot of confidence at very high […]

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