Porsche 917K from Steve McQueen's 'Le Mans' headed to auction

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021

One of the Porsche 917K race cars used in the filming of Steve McQueen's "Le Mans" is headed to auction. This particular car, with its unique full-width-blue twist on the iconic Gulf livery, will cross the block at RM Sotheby's in Monterey this August.  In addition to its Hollywood credentials, this chassis has some competitive bona fides. It raced in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans (crashing in the wet after 49 laps) and Read More »

'Big Oly' Ford Bronco Baja racer sells for close to $2 million

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021

The Mecum auction in Indianapolis is wrapping up this weekend, and its headliner, Parnelli Jones' "Big Oly" Ford Bronco Baja racer just sold for a massive $1.87 million. The "Big Oly," named after the team's Olympia Beer sponsorship, is one of the most recognizable off-road racing trucks and Ford Broncos. It was driven by Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe, and the two won consecutive Baja 1000 events in 1971 and 1972, plus the Baja 500 Read More »

German Urban exotic cars You Can Afford

Posted in Driving Your Dream on May 21, 2021

Germany is one of the largest car producers in the world. It has some of the most important and famous brands in the world: Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Opel ... but it has many brands, even some of them are unknown car brands for the general public. In fact, there are currently almost 130 car brands in our list of German car manufacturers, which makes it the 5th country with the highest number of car Read More »

Alfa Romeo's new CEO sees room to bring back the GTV and the Duetto

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021

Alfa Romeo is open to reviving the GTV and the Duetto, two of its most emblematic nameplates, in the coming years. Whether either model returns partially depends on how well the firm's more mainstream models sell. "I'm very interested in the GTV. There is no statement or announcement at this stage, but I'm just giving you a personal feeling that I'm very interested in the GTV. I also love the Duetto," said Jean-Philippe Imparato, the Read More »

Volvo S90 Recharge, Lexus RX 350 and spring beer picks | Autoblog Podcast #679

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021
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In this episode of the Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski. They start off discussing the Volvo S90 Recharge and wonder out loud why the brand's plug-in technology isn't also offered with a wagon body style. They then discuss the Lexus RX350 and why it's likely an ideal premium crossover for a large percentage of buyers. From there, Greg and Jeremy cover some recent news items, including the current Read More »

VW's first electric hot hatch is a quicker, lighter ID.3

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021

Volkswagen introduced the GTX nameplate to denote high-performance versions of its ID-branded EVs. Shortly after unveiling the ID.4 GTX, the Wolfsburg-based firm showed a quicker evolution of the Golf-sized ID.3 hatchback. The GTI's electric alter-ego is built on an 82-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, which is the biggest unit available on the regular-production hatchback, and it borrows bits and pieces from the aforementioned ID.4 GTX. Volkswagen boss Ralph Brandstätter pointed out the powertrain has been tuned Read More »

Mazda6 and Mazda CX-3 officially discontinued for 2022 model year

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021

It’s time to bid a sweet goodbye to the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-3. In a statement today, Mazda officially announced that both models would be discontinued after their 2021 model year run comes to an end. “As consumer interests continue to evolve, Mazda will discontinue CX-3 and Mazda6 for the 2022 model year. Although these two vehicles will be leaving our lineup, we are proud of the performance, design, quality, and safety they contributed to Read More »

Fisker announces plans to build an electric pop-up Popemobile

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021
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Resurrected EV builder Fisker announced early Friday that it plans to build an electric Popemobile for Pope Francis based on its forthcoming Ocean EV. Fisker says it will deliver what it is calling the first all-electric papal transport vehicle next year ahead of starting series production of the Ocean. Fisker says company representatives pitched the idea to the Holy See in a private audience on Thursday. The announcement comes just days after a Biden administration Read More »

Indy 500's JR Hildebrand road-tripped there in his vintage 1960 Cadillac

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS, In. – Race driver JR Hildebrand is an Indianapolis 500 celebrity, but last week on his way to Indy he was just another repair job at Alex’s Radiator and Auto Repair in Goodland, Kansas. Well, not just any repair job. Hildebrand, a true car guy who’s just as comfortable driving his bagged 1960 Cadillac Coupe de Ville as he is a 230-mile-per-hour Dallara IndyCar, decided to pull the grand old ride out of storage Read More »

Ford teases Ranger Raptor Special Edition in Old West showdown

Posted in REVIEWS on May 21, 2021

Ford has released a teaser video for an upcoming Ranger Raptor Special Edition, but it's a bit more than just your typical poorly lit teaser video. The premise for the ruggified Ranger promo is an Old West showdown, á la "High Noon" or the Sergio Leone classic "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." In Ford's case, they've renamed it "The Good, The Bad, and the Bad-R.S.E." Cheeky. The video mixes the spaghetti western theme Read More »