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2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe: Think of it as a 5.5-series 2013 BMW 6-series Gran Coupe: Think of it as a 5.5-series
It probably happens all the time. A BMW shopper stands frozen with indecision in the middle of a showroom. To his left sits the 5-series sedan. On his right, the 6-series coupe. The two share a platform and several powertrains, the 6 having more attractive sheetmetal, and the 5er being the practical...
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Verging on Immortal: The Chevy/GM Small-Block V-8 Strives to Last Forever (And We Help Build the 100 Millionth Example) Verging on Immortal: The Chevy/GM Small-Block V-8 Strives to Last Forever (And We Help Build the 100 Millionth Example)
I had a bookend experience with the most mass-produced car engine in human history. In 1955, the year Chevrolet introduced its first modern V-8 engine, GM’s highest volume brand delivered 1.68 million cars. Since the V-8 cost only $100 or so more than the standard “stovebolt” six, my...
Verging on Immortal: The Chevy/GM Small-Block V-8 Strives to Last Forever (And We Help Build the 100 Millionth Example) »
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Spied: A Farewell to Frames 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Spied: A Farewell to Frames
While the trend among SUVs has long been a migration from truck-based frames to more-carlike unibody crossovers, Nissan’s Pathfinder has waffled midstream. The first Pathfinder was truck-based, the second was a crossover—and spawned a cushy Infiniti version—and the third, current-gen model sprouted...
2013 Nissan Pathfinder Spied: A Farewell to Frames »
Confirmed: Next-Generation Subaru WRX Will Have Turbocharged 2.0-Liter Flat-Four Confirmed: Next-Generation Subaru WRX Will Have Turbocharged 2.0-Liter Flat-Four
Subaru has confirmed that the next-generation Subaru WRX, due as a 2013 model, will be powered by a turbocharged version of the new FA direct-injection, 2.0-liter flat-four that debuted in the BRZ sports car. There’s no word from Subaru on what will be under the next STI’s hood, but it’ll...
Confirmed: Next-Generation Subaru WRX Will Have Turbocharged 2.0-Liter Flat-Four »
The Continental: A Great Tokyo Show, a New Brand from China, and a Clever Peugeot The Continental: A Great Tokyo Show, a New Brand from China, and a Clever Peugeot
Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental. This Conti comes late after a full week in Tokyo...
The Continental: A Great Tokyo Show, a New Brand from China, and a Clever Peugeot »
Volvo Designer Re-Imagines the 1960s-Era P1800 Sports Car for Its 50th Anniversary Volvo Designer Re-Imagines the 1960s-Era P1800 Sports Car for Its 50th Anniversary
To honor the 50th anniversary of its P1800, Volvo had its design director Christopher Benjamin pen a few sketches of what he thinks the P1800 of today might look like. An attractive 2+2 coupe that first bowed in 1961, the P1800 was later joined by an even-cooler hatchback/shooting brake iteration....
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Ford Racing Announces 2012 Crate Engine Lineup, Including Turbo and N/A Inline Fours Ford Racing Announces 2012 Crate Engine Lineup, Including Turbo and N/A Inline Fours
When you think of Ford Racing crate motors—engines you can buy ready to install wherever you can make them fit—your mind, like ours, probably wanders to thunderous V-8s with names like “Boss.” Prepare to add four-cylinders to that list: Ford’s motorsports outfit has announced that a new line...
Ford Racing Announces 2012 Crate Engine Lineup, Including Turbo and N/A Inline Fours »
Chevy Volt Hysteria: We’re All Going to Die! Or, An Application of Facts and Rationality to Flaming Batteries and Melting Chargers Chevy Volt Hysteria: We’re All Going to Die! Or, An Application of Facts and Rationality to Flaming Batteries and Melting Chargers
One can learn a lot from history. When gasoline-fueled motor cars began roaming streets (and their proxies) in great numbers at the beginning of the 20th century, fuel tanks were thought to be ready to burst into flames if looked at sideways, and gasoline run-off was blamed for sewer explosions. Such...
Chevy Volt Hysteria: We’re All Going to Die! Or, An Application of Facts and Rationality to Flaming Batteries and Melting Chargers »
Ford SVT: Raptor on the Rocks and Celebrating 20 Years Ford SVT: Raptor on the Rocks and Celebrating 20 Years
Ford’s F-150 SVT Raptor is no longer an unknown entity; we’ve grown to love its high-flying antics, the 100-mph blasts through the desert, and the ability to tear through just about any type of muck imaginable all in the comfort of a $44,000 street truck with a warranty. That hasn’t stopped Ford...
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2013 Scion FR-S First Drive: Delivering On Its Promise 2013 Scion FR-S First Drive: Delivering On Its Promise
The U.S.-market sister ship to the Subaru BRZ, the Scion FR-S will go on sale this spring. It is an unusual car for parent company Toyota, or at least the Toyota of late. Before the creation of the FR-S, Akio Toyoda (president of Toyota, and grandson of the company’s founder) asked himself, “Where...
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