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First Drive: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec and Ultimate

AUSTIN, Texas — When we reviewed the first generation Veloster Turbo, we said that it’s “not the car we were hoping for.” Our hopes were reignited when Hyundai announced the redesigned 2019 Veloster. But while the sheetmetal is revised, the lopsided door configuration with one on the driver’s side and two on the passenger side...

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The Variety Theory of Car Collecting

There are people whose discernment and good taste lead them to make truly solid investments in old cars. Take my friend Yale, for instance. He bought a four-headlight Ferrari 330 not so very long ago, when they were worth around $30,000. He’s since had the engine rebuilt twice (anything but cheap when it’s a Ferrari...

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Prototype Drive: Ferrari 488 Pista

Upon arrival at Maranello’s famed circuit, there’s a rather nasty rain/snow mix falling from the sky and the thermometer displays a bone chilling 1-degree C. Through the heavy precipitation I barely make out the historic Enzo Ferrari-era buildings scattered amongst contemporary architecture. I can’t help but think how crazy it would have been to run...

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Nissan Armada Mountain Patrol is Ready for Adventure

Last month, Nissan announced it would build another crowd-sourced concept for the annual Overland Expo West show in Flagstaff, Arizona. After receiving input on the modifications from Facebook and Instagram users, Nissan has completed its one-off “Mountain Patrol” Armada SUV. The Armada Mountain Patrol was designed with overlanding in mind, so every modification either helps it...

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Begins Production

Mercedes-Benz announced this week that the second-generation G-Class has officially entered production in Graz, Austria. The G-Class has been built by Magna Steyr ever since its launch in 1979. The new version is no exception, and it’s being made primarily by hand at the facility. Over the course of 39 years, Magna Steyr has built more...

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A Joyride in an Icon 1965 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Reformer

MANHATTAN BEACH, California — Jonathan Ward is really excited about his company’s latest project, the Icon 1965 Kaiser Jeep Wagoneer Reformer, and so are we. It’s a big departure from the SoCal customhouse’s superb fleet of hand-made, bespoke Broncos, fabulous FJs, and demented Derelict offerings. Icon’s founder and CEO told us his latest ride was...

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Nine Cool Cars from the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb King of the Hill Competition

KNYSNA, South Africa — While Friday at the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb was reserved for the classics, the King of the Hill main event was reserved for almost anything. Entries were divided into three groups—stock cars, modified street cars, and purpose-built racers—and 19 classes. In all, 84 cars were entered with the top ten in...

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Coolest Cars and Trucks Coming to the Sixth Annual Carroll Shelby Tribute Car Show

Shelby American unveiled its 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake continuation series and showed off its new Shelby Series 2 roadster at its garage in Gardena, California this week. The continuation Super Snake production is limited to 10 fastbacks at $250,000 a pop. Shelby’ Series 2 roadster is based on the company’s 1999 Series 1...

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Next BMW X5 to Debut in Late 2018

BMW CEO Harald Krüger confirmed at the company’s Annual General Meeting this week when we will see the next-generation X5. As we suspected, the midsize SUV will debut later this year. Although Krüger didn’t give a specific launch date, we knew the model was coming soon based on prototypes we’ve seen. From past spy shots, we...

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A Short First Drive of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado

MILFORD, Michigan — Chevrolet’s 2019 Silverado half-ton pickup truck will tackle the base Ford F-150 3.3-liter Ti-VCT and Ram 1500 Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 engines with an all-new 2.7-liter turbocharged inline four, which it rates at (310 hp @ 5,600) rpm, and 348 lb-ft of torque (@ 1,500-4,000 rpm). The 2.7 turbo replaces the 4.3-liter V-6 in...

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