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Zach Gale

2019 Ford Ranger: What to Expect From the New Small Truck

Mustang versus Camaro is a classic Ford versus Chevy matchup, but the two automakers once battled one another in the U.S. in the compact/midsize truck segment, too. Once the 2019 Ranger arrives, the award-winning Chevrolet Colorado, popular Toyota Tacoma, and others will have fresh competition from Ford, which already builds the best-selling truck in the U.S. Will they have anything to worry about? Keep reading for our best guesses on what to expect for the 2019 Ranger truck (recent...

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Carol Ngo

Feature Flashback: 1983 Ford Ranger

The fact that Ford’s return to the hot midsize pickup market is trailing Chevy’s—this time by a few years with the 2019 Ford Ranger—has a real sense of déjà vu about it. Bob Nagy reported on the first-gen Ranger’s timing in our April 1982 road test of an ’83 Ranger XLS: “Its original fall 1982 on-sale date was hurriedly moved forward to mid-March in order to combat the effects of its midi-competitors, the Chevy S-10 and GMC S-15, which began appearing in showrooms late last...

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etahaney

Rally Mazda RX-8 with a Screaming, Flame-Spitting 3-Rotor 20b in Action

Mazda has an all too brief history in the world of rally. In 1984, just a year before the pathologically insane era of Group B came to an end, Mazda’s Rally Team Europe, began work on a rotary powered Group B RX-7 homologation.

It featured an all-wheel drive system, a 13B twin-rotor Wankel screaming out 300 horsepower, and a modified Weber 51 IDA carburetor. But before it could ever turn a wheel in anger, the class was abolished, and the car moth-balled. Thankfully, there are still some...

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etahaney

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta Does Sweet Smoky Drifts in Video

LaFerraris aren’t usually manhandled. They’re stored in a hermetically sealed garage, under a satin sheet, as their owner sits idly by and waits for their car’s value to triple in just a few short years. They’re never driven in anger, they just sit. Thankfully, the owner of this specific LaFerrari Aperta and standard LaFerrari didn’t get the memo.

The two LaFerraris recently took to the Italian Alps for a road trip, but along the way, the owner of the LaFerrari Aperta decided...

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Zach Gale

2017 Audi A4 2.0T Quattro Long-Term Arrival: A Year with a Sharp 3 Series Competitor

My first car was hot. At least once or twice, in fact, worryingly hot, but maybe that’s not surprising when your first car is an older, high-mileage sport sedan. Beyond my incredible fortune at getting a car at all, my 1996 Audi A4 was attractive, fun to drive over the canyons to school, and well equipped—a previous owner installed an excessive eight-disc CD player in the trunk to complement the single-disc unit in the dash. Since my long-gone 1996 Audi left the dealership as a new car,...

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Happy 30th Birthday, Ferrari F40

Thirty years to the day have passed since Ferrari landed the twin-turbocharged sucker-punch that is the F40. On the F40’s pearl anniversary, we’re taking a short look back at what made the crimson twin-turbo supercar so iconic.

Unlike Ferraris of yore that were forged and battle-hardened at Le Mans, Monza, and Spa-Francorchams, the F40 can trace its roots back to the uncorked rally specials from Group B. Ferrari worked with racing firm Michelotto and privateers to field four 308 GTBs in...

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etahaney

BMW Celebrates Arrival of 3 Series Edition With Family Photo Shoot

Before the new Edition variants of the BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon make their way from the company’s Munich plant to dealer lots, BMW stopped to snap a few family photos. Check out these cool shots of a first-generation 320i (E21) model in a beautiful shade of Inca Orange posing with its descendant, an F30 3 Series Edition Sport Line Shadow finished in a contemporary Sunset Orange paint.

The original 3 Series replaced its predecessor, the popular BMW 2002, in 1975. Things got even more...

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Stefan Ogbac

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Audi A8

The 2019 Audi A8 debuted last week, packing plenty of tech including a mild hybrid system and semi-autonomous driving aids. As with new Audis, the exterior design is evolutionary, not revolutionary, which means it’s conservative yet tasteful. Thankfully, most of the styling cues from the Audi Prologue Concept remains, giving the new A8 a sleeker appearance. Let’s take a look at how the 2019 Audi A8 compares to its predecessor and how its styling differs inside and out.

Up front, the 2019...

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Kelly Pleskot

2018 Infiniti Q50 Priced from $35,105

Arriving in dealerships this August, the refreshed 2018 Infiniti Q50 will start at $35,105, just $250 more than the price last year. For the new model year, the sedan gets a more refined exterior and interior as well as a whole new trim level structure.

At $35,105, the Q50 is sandwiched between the base BMW 3 Series, priced at $34,445, and the much more expensive Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which starts at $40,495.

The Q50 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine making 208 hp and...

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Kelly Pleskot

Nissan ProPilot Assist to Make Highway Driving Easier in the U.S.

Moving one step closer to autonomous driving, Nissan’s ProPilot Assist reduces the stress of highway trips by controlling acceleration, braking, and steering within a single lane. The system has undergone more than 50,000 miles of testing on roads across the U.S., and it’s set to debut on the next-generation Nissan Leaf that launches this September.

Ahead of the launch, Nissan is giving us a clearer indication of how the feature works. To activate ProPilot, the driver pushes a blue...

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Carol Ngo

Rearview: Motor Trend in July 1967, 1987, and 2007

Before we moved our archives a few miles up the road to the Petersen Automotive Museum for safekeeping, our library spanning Motor Trend’s entire history was one of my favorite places to kill time, flipping through the old issues that are now under lock and key. For our new in-depth monthly “Rearview” feature, I’ve decided to look back at some highlights from 50, 30, and 10 years ago. Let’s see what was going on in the pages of Motor Trend in July 1967, 1987, and 2007.

July...

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Alex Nishimoto

The 2019 Jeep Wrangler Diesel is Probably Happening

The folks at JL Wrangler Forums have received some new details about the next-gen Jeep Wrangler, including likely confirmation of a diesel variant. The details reportedly come from an FCA dealer meeting, and the spy shots, which appear to show a diesel-powered test mule’s Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank, come from a forum user.

An anonymous source leaked details from the meeting to the forum. According to this source, Jeep CEO Mike Manley said the next Wrangler will debut at the 2017 L.A....

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etahaney

Ford GT Super Car Deliveries Delayed

Super cars are complicated machines. Active aerodynamics, hugely powerful engines, and exquisite carbon-fiber monocoque structures all require precise and minute tolerances to function as expected. As such, details must be sweat if the customer is to get the best product, and it’s precisely this exacting nature which has caused Ford to halt GT deliveries.

According to an official letter obtained by Automotive News to customers who’ve ordered a GT, the delay in deliveries was caused due...

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Kelly Pleskot

Report: GM May Unload Six Cars in U.S. to Make Way for Crossovers

Crossovers reign supreme in today’s auto market, and there’s little indication that reality will change in the near future. Adjusting to the shift, General Motors is apparently considering the replacement of a number of passenger car models with more popular vehicles such as crossovers. According to a report from Reuters, GM could get rid of as many as six car models starting next decade.

Dennis Williams, president of the United Auto Workers, said that the union is talking with GM about...

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2018 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 First Drive: The Higher-Performance Alternative

Are expectations even worth pondering? It’s almost like trying to predict the future. However, when expectations are surpassed it’s always a pleasant surprise. Flying to Nashville, Tenn., for the 2018 Infiniti Q50 drive, I was thinking about the hotel I would stay in and how the sedan would drive. When I got to the hotel, my expectations were smashed as I walked in—it was unlike any I had ever seen. Owned by the owner of a liquor conglomerate (Jack Daniels and other brands), the 21c...

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etahaney

See How a 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Gets Built

Continuing its long tradition of elite, special variants, Porsche released the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, one of the most limited 911s available.

The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is an all-options-checked Turbo S with a host of limited-edition features including a new Aerokit, rear fascia, black calipers, exhaust, fender plates, and one-off Golden Yellow Metallic paint.

The shade also matches the new black wheels and interior accents. However, if gold isn’t your color, other paint...

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Alex Nishimoto

BMW M8 GTE Race Car Conducts Successful First Track Test

BMW just teased its new M8 GTE race car yesterday with a sketch, and now the automaker gives us our first glimpse of the 8 Series-bodied racer in the (camouflaged) sheetmetal. The automaker confirmed the M8 GTE will make its racing debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona next January.

BMW Motorsport says it conducted a three-day test of the new race car last week at the Lausitzring in Germany. Piloting the M8 GTE were BMW works driver Martin Tomczyk and BMW DTM driver Maxime Martin. BMW Motorsport...

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Stefan Ogbac

GM Compares Chevrolet Bolt to 1971 Lunar Rover

For the anniversary of the July 1971 moon landing, Chevrolet compares the 2017 Bolt to the 1971 Lunar Rover to draw a connection between the historic space vehicle and its modern electric car. In cooperation with a number of companies, General Motors engineers worked on the 1971 Lunar Rover and was responsible for designing the electric propulsion system, suspension, mesh wire wheels, and drive controller made to accommodate lunar gloves. The infographic below helps illustrate just how far...

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Alex Nishimoto

2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder Ready for Off-Road Pursuit

“It’s got a cop motor … cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks … What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?” For men and women in blue (or green or khaki) whose jurisdiction includes some rough wilderness that might prove too much for a unibody Explorer, the answer could soon be “yes” as regards the light-bedecked F-150 SuperCrew 5.5-foot box pickup you see here. Sure, the law-enforcement fleet offerings have included F-150s (and Chevy Silverados and Ram 1500s) before,...

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Kelly Pleskot

Lexus LC 500 to Star in Marvel’s Black Panther

It was only a matter of time before the photogenic Lexus LC starred in a superhero movie. The Lexus LC 500 will hit the silver screen in Marvel’s Black Panther next year.

The film tells the story of T’Challa, who returns home to become king of the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. Chadwick Boseman portrays T’Challa in a star-studded lineup that also includes Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright,...

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