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Collin Woodard

The Bugatti Divo Doesn’t Look Anything Like the Chiron

Early last month, Bugatti began teasing a new model called the Divo. Named after Albert Divo, a French driver who successfully raced Bugattis in the 1920s, the car promised to be extremely rare and incredibly expensive. Until now, though, we had no idea what the Divo would look like. Even though Bugatti has released quite a few teasers since then, they were all close-ups of small details that didn’t show much of the car itself.

Granted, the Divo in the image shown here is still covered...

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Zach Gale

5 Cool Facts About the Sold-Out Ford Mustang FP350S Race Car

Unless you’ve got a GT4 racer in your garage, the FP350S is meaner and more capable on a track than your Mustang. Already sold out, the Ford Mustang FP350S is a Trans Am-ready turnkey race car—and we recently drove it. Don’t miss our full review of the car, but if you’re curious what goes into a $114,990 race car, keep reading.

The Aluminator

The engine is closely related to Ford’s Aluminator 5.2 XS crate engine ($19,995 by itself). It features a unique Ford Performance...

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Kelly Pleskot

World’s Only Kona Blue Ford Mustang Bullitt Will be Raffled for Charity

Ford is raffling off a Mustang Bullitt painted in Kona Blue to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The special model debuted today at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Michigan.

Normally, the Mustang Bullitt is only available in one of two colors: Shadow Black or Dark Highland Green. This bespoke model features a dark blue paint job as well as unique gray wheels. Open the doors, and you’ll find blue stitching inside the cabin.

Just like other Bullitts, this model...

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Kelly Pleskot

Watch: Behind the Wheel of the Bentley Bentayga W12

Bentley has a Bentayga in every flavor, from a V-8 to a diesel to a new plug-in hybrid variant. But sometimes there’s nothing like the magic of a burbling W-12 engine. In this video, AUTOMOBILE social media editor Billy Rehbock takes the 12-cylinder SUV for a spin on Colorado’s high-altitude roads.

The Bentayga’s twin-turbo W-12 engine consists of two narrow-angle V-6 engines joined at the crankshaft. All in all, it produces up to 600 hp and 662 lb-ft of torque. In our First Test from...

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Jeep Wrangler Plug-in Hybrid on Track for 2020 Launch

Jeep confirmed plans to produce a Wrangler PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) last year and announced today that the 54-year-old Toledo Machining Plant in Ohio will produce the plug-in’s Power Electronic module, install the applicable software, and conduct final testing before the units are shipped off to the Toledo Assembly Plant, where the Wrangler plug-in will be built.

The Power Electronics module is comprised of the Power Inverter module and the Integrated Dual Charger module,...

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Stefan Ogbac

Refreshing or Revolting: 2019 Porsche Macan

Midcycle refreshes on Porsche vehicles usually require a magnifying glass to see what’s changed, but in the case of the 2019 Macan, the updates are pretty clear. For the 2019 model year, Porsche’s compact crossover has gone under the knife and received a significant update inside and out.

Up front, the grille has been reshaped and made wider. The lower air intakes on the refreshed model are also less rounded than on the pre-facelift Macan. Perhaps the most obvious change is the shape of...

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etahaney

Extremely Rare 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Prototype Turns up in Texas

An experimental Ford Shelby GT500 Prototype nicknamed “Little Red” was discovered in a North Texas field this past spring after spending at least two decades outdoors.

The owner obviously didn’t know he had a 1967 Shelby GT500 Experimental Coupe rusting away next to a bunch of mesquite trees on his property. What’s left of the neglected prototype was located and verified on March 3, 2018, according to Craig Jackson, the chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson who announced the find at a...

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Erika Pizano

Camaros, Mustangs, Mopar, and More: 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise PHOTOS

Despite its humble beginnings in 1995 as a fundraiser to build a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan, the Woodward Dream Cruise is now the world’s largest one-day automotive event, according to its organizers. But these days, the classic car celebration on and around Woodward Avenue encompasses more than just the Saturday main event. Woodward has become a week-long affair, with every Detroit automaker organizing cruises and festivities of their own on the days leading up to the actual Dream...

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Collin Woodard

2019 Shelby GT is a Tuned Ford Mustang That Packs up to 700+ HP

Among Mustang owners, few names carry more weight than Carroll Shelby‘s. The legendary racer’s name is synonymous with high-performance Mustangs, and even after his death in 2012, Shelby American continues to sell tuned Mustang GTs. For 2019, that will include a revised Shelby GT and a new GT-H (pictured here).

Officially revealed at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the 2019 Shelby GT gets an upgraded suspension, custom bodywork, a Borla exhaust, unique wheels, and a handful of Shelby...

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Kelly Pleskot

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Will Receive Volante, AMR Variants

We reported earlier this month that there’s a good chance we’ll see an AMR version of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Now, CEO Andy Palmer has outright confirmed that Aston Martin will make this more potent model, as well as a drop-top Volante.

Speaking with Autocar, Palmer said the two new variants are a sure thing. “I’m on record as saying that there will be an AMR version of every car, so you can take that as read, and the Volante is a given,” he said. “In fact, testing has...

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Erika Pizano

2017 Ford Mustang FP350S Race Car Review: Performance (p)Art

I’ve just sampled an ultra-high-performing part from the Ford Performance Parts catalog, and if it weren’t already sold out I’d be urging you to pick up the phone, dial 800-367-3788 and order up part number M-FP500-FP350S. You would first need to have a pretty high credit limit and a trailer, though, because this part costs $114,990 and must be picked up in person (saving you the destination charge!). This “part” is a turnkey race car known as the Mustang FP350S. It’s Ford’s...

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Collin Woodard

Spied! Mercedes-AMG GT R Caught Testing as a Convertible

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is an absolute monster. Developed to dominate the Nurburgring, the GT R’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 cranks out 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, with the dual-clutch transmission sending that power exclusively to the rear wheels. It will also hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and lap the infamous Green Hell in a blistering 7:10.92. So clearly, the next step is for Mercedes to remove the roof.

Yes, you read that correctly. As these spy shots show, Mercedes is about to...

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Erika Pizano

2018 Woodward Dream Cruise: Cruising With Ford/SVT’s Hermann Salenbauch

When you cruise Woodward in a brand new Wimbledon White Mustang GT convertible with “10,000,000th Mustang” emblazoned on the doors, everyone leaps from their curbside lawn chairs or swivels in their passenger seats to grab a snap of this milestone-mobile. Not too many vehicles hit eight-digit production figures, and those that do tend to be workhorses or commodity cars, not iconic sporty cars. One driver yelled “who do you have to know to get to drive that?!” The answer: Hermann...

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Kelly Pleskot

2019 Subaru Forester Starts at $25,270

The 2019 Subaru Forester will start at $25,270 when it goes on sale this fall. Prices look a little different from the 2018 model, and that’s partially because Subaru dropped the six-speed manual and the 2.0-liter turbo engine option. Now, all models come with a 2.5-liter flat-four engine making 182 hp and mated to a CVT. Last year, the base Forester was priced at $23,710 with the manual and $24,710 with the CVT.

Standard features on the new Forester include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto,...

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Collin Woodard

Spied! 2019 BMW 3 Series Wagon Caught Looking Practical

If you haven’t heard already, BMW is about to introduce a redesigned 3 Series. Lightly camouflaged prototypes began appearing earlier this year, and it wasn’t long before we got shots of the interior, as well. We even caught a fully electric prototype out testing recently. Now, we have images of another variant—the 3 Series wagon.

As far as styling goes, there isn’t much that’s shocking or unexpected. The five-door 3 Series looks about like you’d expect it to if you’ve...

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Angus MacKenzie

Check Engine: A Globalized Industry Collides With National Politics – The Big Picture

Sergio Marchionne told it like it was. Shortly before his death I asked the FCA CEO whether Donald Trump’s trade wars and Britain’s turmoil over Brexit—its departure from the European Union, one of the world’s largest trade blocs—posed a threat to his company’s business. He paused a moment, then powered ahead: “These are strange times,” he agreed. “We have never been here before.”

Indeed. Globalists are out. Economic nationalists are in. It’s a bad time to be running an...

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Alisa Priddle

Baby Bronco to Benefit From New Product Development Plan at Ford

Bronco. The name gets people excited. And while we await the return of the body-on-frame SUV in 2020, we have learned a few details about another vehicle in the works, the one that has been dubbed the baby Bronco.

The unnamed small off-roader that Ford will add to the lineup by 2020 may have some styling cues to tie it to big brother Bronco (shown in the teaser below) but its bones are very different. It will be a small, car-based crossover, not a truck-based SUV. While Bronco shares...

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etahaney

2019 Volkswagen Golf R Available in 40 Custom Colors

A Viper Green Metallic paint job isn’t just for the Lamborghini Huracán anymore. Soon you can order a 2019 Volkswagen Golf R in one of 40 custom colors, plus five standard flavors.

Nogaro Blue Pearl, Violet Touch Metallic, Caribbean Green, and Copper Orange Metallic are just a few of the new colors to choose from if you’d like your new Golf R to look like something that rolled out of a bag of Skittles.

The Volkswagen Spektrum Program adds $2,500 to the sticker price, which should...

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Erika Pizano

2018 Woodward Dream Cruise: Cruising with Fiat-Chrysler/SRT’s Mark Trostle

Last year we spent the first three days of Woodward Dream Cruise week riding along with designers from the Detroit Three. This year we decided to round up reps from each company’s performance group. First up: Mark Trostle, who has been overseeing the SRT performance group’s design since March of 2011. These days he also has responsibility for Dodge, and all passenger and utility-vehicle exterior design, as well, but it’s still the high-performance stuff that excites him. A car guy...

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Kelly Pleskot

Honda Odyssey Outperforms Rivals in Small Overlap, LATCH Tests

In its latest round of crash tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Odyssey, and Toyota Sienna received very different ratings in two categories: LATCH and the passenger-side small overlap test. In both these categories, the Honda Odyssey proved the clear winner.

LATCH is a system of attachment hardware that’s supposed to make it easier for customers to install child restraints in their cars. That’s the intent, although some systems...

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