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The 2020 Audi R8 Performance is more than just a facelift, according to @thesmokingtire. Even at $195,000, it's a supercar bargain. It's a whole lot more practical than its Italian sibling, the Lamborghini Huracán, but feels just as capable. There’s no faulting that naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 behind the cabin. Would you take one over a Huracán?
The issue you've been waiting for is finally here: Performance Car of the Year! This time around, we've dedicated the entire December/January issue to the test, and nothing else. This year's event had an especially strong lineup, with contenders ranging from the newly refreshed Mazda MX-5 Miata RF all the way to the mythical mid-engine Chevy Corvette. If you're a subscriber, check for it in your mailbox soon. If not, catch it on newsstands starting next week.
📸: @puppyknuckles
Climbkhana 2 is finally here! The second iteration of @thehoonigans hillclimb drif series has @kblock43 getting completely sideways up Heaven's Gate road in China at the wheel of his 914-horsepower Hoonitruck F-150. Are you a fan of Block's Ecoboost-powered drift machine?
The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E is unlike any other Mustang. It's a crossover, and Ford's first mass-production electric vehicle. It packs up to 459 horsepower, 612 lb-ft of torque, range around 300 miles, and a sub-four-second 0-60-mph time. Pricing for the base model starts at $43,895 before incentives, and up to $60,500 for the top-level GT trim. Inside, there's a 15.5-inch portrait-oriented touch screen that controls pretty much everything in the car. Deliveries are scheduled to start in Fall 2020. What do you think?
The release of Ford v. Ferrari, which tells the story of Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles and Ford's quest for Le Mans glory has us going through the archives. So we dug up our October, 1966 issue to bring you this technical analysis of the car that finally beat Ferrari—the GT40 Mk II.
The best way to make a massive truck feel small? Park it under the rest of everything. We went stargazing with a Jeep Gladiator in America's darkest spot, and the pictures are jaw-dropping. Which car would you take on an adventure like this?
📸: @puppyknuckles
Ferrari has just introduced a new car: the Roma. It's a sleek coupe packing a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 612 horsepower, sending power to the rear wheels via the SF90 Stradale's new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 0-62 mph sprint happens in just 3.4 seconds, and top speed is 198 mph. Are you into the new design?
Small improvements to the 2020 Civic Si make a great car better. Minor tweaks for the latest model year serve to highlight what we always loved about Honda's sporty coupe and sedan, according to our latest on-track review. Would you have one over something like a Jetta GLI?
Meet McLaren's most extreme road car ever: the Elva. It's an 804-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 weapon with no roof, no windshield, and carbon fiber everywhere. It uses a unique aero system that adjusts air around the cabin depending on speed, ensuring a comfortable ride no matter how fast you're going. McLaren says the Elva is its lightest road car ever, capable of hitting 124 mph in just 6.7 seconds. MSRP? A cool $1.69 million. Are you into it?
The Autech Zagato Stelvio AZ1 is an Italian-Japanese mashup that channels an era. Contributor @bzrong explored the car in-depth to see why it continues to evoke the same enthusiasm from everyone on the road as it did when it was new. Would you own one?
📸: @capturingthemachine
One of our writers recently bought a six-speed BMW 850i for $700 with the goal of getting it back on the road. This weekend, he drove it for the first time. The car's maiden voyage wasn't without problems, as you can see from the exhaust smoke. Would you be brave enough to tackle such a daunting project?
📸: @aaronmaxb and @briansilvestro
After 12 years, Maserati has finally built the last GranTurismo. It's called the Zèda, and it sports a lovely tri-tone blended paint job that goes from blue to gray to white. The plant in Italy where the car has been built since 2008 is now being renovated to prepare the company to pivot to electrification going forward. Are you excited for Maserati's EV-heavy future?
R&T Crew is finally here! It's a new kids club created to foster the passion of cars and make children part of the automotive story. Every other month, R&T Crew will deliver a magazine just for kids—along with a box filled with fun things to do, wear and use—bringing Road & Track’s automotive knowledge and passion to the next generation of enthusiast. Follow our new account, @roadandtrack_crew, for all of the latest updates.
The rear-wheel-drive Audi R8 is now a normal part of the car's lineup. It’s called the R8 RWD, and unlike the previous-generation RWS, which was only sold in limited numbers, this one is just another trim level. It's 143 pounds lighter than the coupe thanks to a lack of front differential, driveshaft, and axles, and it'll likely be the cheapest variant in the R8 range. Would you buy it over a Quattro version?
This is what the 2020 Toyota Supra should've looked like from the start. That MK IV-style wing should be standard on every new production Supra. The fact that it isn't is a tragedy. The car you see here is a one-off built by Toyota called the Heritage Edition, taking styling cues from the Supra of the '90s, including the headlights, taillights, and that wing. There's also HRE wheels, Brembo brakes, and a 503-horsepower tune. Do you think that wing should be available on the production version?
Ford built a bonkers 900-horsepower electric Mustang with a six-speed manual for SEMA. It's called the Mustang Lithium, and it's packing 1000 lb-ft of torque coming from an 800-volt electric system. The wheels are 20-inch items made by Forgeline, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. It even has a "Beast" drive mode. Would you take it over a gas-powered V-8-powered Mustang GT?
The Polestar 1 drives as beautifully as it looks. It's the first vehicle to wear the Polestar badge, and it's the twisty-roads hybrid coupe of your dreams, according to contributor @jasoncammisa. If only your dreams were this pretty. Are you a fan of the design?
The 2020 BMW M2 CS is finally here, and it's packing 444 horsepower and a whole bunch of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. It also has something its bigger brother, the M4 CS, doesn't: a true six-speed manual transmission. Adaptive M suspension is standard, and Michelen Pilot Sport Cup 2s are available as an option. Would you spring for the stick shift, or order one with the seven-speed DCT?
The test you've been waiting for has finally arrived. Road & Track's Performance Car of the Year 2020 is here! We had an especially strong lineup this year, ranging from the newly refreshed Mazda MX-5 Miata RF all the way to the mythical mid-engine Corvette. We started on track this year, specifically, Thunderhill Raceway in northern California. There, editor-in-chief @tokulski set lap times for each contestant, before judges were let loose to find out which car they liked the most. Brakes were cooked, tires were smoked, and lots of snacks were consumed.
From the track we set out on the road, where judges carved through some of California's best mountain passes. We made our way to Lake Tahoe, where the roads could only be matched by the stunning views. After four days of seat time, we were finally ready to make our decision. Which car is your favorite out of the bunch?
📸: @puppyknuckles
This Nissan 300ZX is the fastest of its kind in the world. Its acceleration is crushingly violent and it reminds us of a time when anything was possible. It's the Nissan equivalent of the RUF CT-R. Does it fulfill your '90s JDM fantasies?
📸: @brendan.mcaleer
[SWIPE RIGHT] Our first ever Hudson Quattrocento event happened earlier in October, and it was all a great success thanks to the team at @roadandtrack_experiences. Fantastic driving roads, five-star accommodations, and even a chat with Indy 500 winner @alexanderrossi made it a weekend we won't soon forget. And yes, even the Defender made its way onto @limerockpark.
📸: @puppyknuckles
The New Fiesta ST is the best Ford you can’t buy. To get our hands on the newest version of one of our favorite hot hatches, we went to Wales. It didn't disappoint. Do you think Ford should've sold it here?
📸: @deanphoto
The 2020 Lotus Evora GT is a track star without sacrifice. Nine years of improvements make it truly desirable, according to @thesmokingtire. It delivers a distinctly analog experience, similar to an original NSX, sprinkled with modern touches. Would you take it over a Porsche 718 Cayman?
📸: @camdenthrasher
Great news! The manual 2020 Porsche 911 is finally here. Not-so-great news: a Porsche spokesperson confirmed to us the company doesn't have plans for a manual-transmission Carrera. If you want a clutch pedal, you need a Carrera S. Still, in a world where more and more sports cars are becoming auto-only, it's a welcome sight. Would you take the seven-speed stick over the dual-clutch?
Some Italian manufacturers just don't know what the word "comfort" means. But does it matter when you're behind the wheel of a Huracán Evo or on top of a 200-MPH Ducati? We took the two pure-blooded machines on a 1200-mile road trip through western America, discovering a whole lot in the process. Which one would you rather take down a winding road?
📸: @drewruizphoto
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 makes 760 horsepower feel normal... until you really start to play with it. Thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch—a first for the Mustang—and a ton of carbon fiber parts, it's equal-parts muscle car and track-carver. Would you have it over a Hellcat Widebody?
Hungry for dirt and a reminder of what matters in two $100,000 rear-engined off-roaders: We take an Ariel Nomad and a Safari-spec Porsche 911 through the forest to explore what life is all about. Which one would you rather have?
📸: @drewruizphoto
[SWIPE RIGHT] One of our editors bought this six-speed V-12 BMW 8-Series for $700 and somehow got it running. As you can see from the pictures, starting it was the least of his problems. Will it be ready for ice racing season in early 2020? We doubt it.
📸: @briansilvestro
📹: @mars478
To create a car for Gran Turismo Sport, Jaguar looked to its past, but the result is anything but retro. Meet the Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo, an electric video-game futuremobile. In-game, it's said to make over 1000 horsepower thanks to three electric motors, and rocket to 60 mph in under 2.0 seconds. Top speed is over 200 mph. Do you think this car should become a reality?
The Ford Indigo was one of the coolest concept cars of the 1990s. It had an open-wheeler race car design, stunning proportions, and a wacky front-mounted wing. Ford built three examples, one of which could actually run and drive. It was powered by a naturally aspirated 435-horsepower V-12 made from two Duratec V-6s, and sounded wonderful. Are you into it?
The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S is so good it ruins other cars, according to @thesmokingtire. It felt completely unbreakable during our 2020 Performance Car of the Year test, effortlessly demolishing lap after lap and gliding over curbing without fuss. It feels like you can't break it. Would you have one with rear-wheel drive or go for an all-wheel drive 4S?
📸: @puppyknuckles
The is the latest iteration of Tesla's Model S Plaid prototype, spotted by our spy photographers at the Nürburgring today. It has an absolutely huge wing out back, and we're not gonna lie, it looks wild. We sure hope the production version looks something like this. Are you a fan?
📸: KGP Photography
The Vantage AMR is the first new Vantage to come with a manual transmission. It comes with the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as the standard car, getting power to the rear wheels via a mechanical limited-slip differential (versus the standard car's electronic diff). The thing is, it's probably not the manual Aston you want. If you're dying for a manual Vantage, you might want to wait for the base car. At least, that's what we think after driving it for the first time.
The 2020 Alpina B3 sedan is the coolest new 3-Series yet. With 516 lb-ft of torque on deck, it's the perfect M3 alternative... if you live outside the US. Similar to the Touring model introduced last month, it can get from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of 188 mph. Do you think it should be sold in America?
The 2020 Charger Hellcat Widebody proves that sedans aren't dead. Loud, proud, and more aggressive than ever, it's the most exciting argument in favor of a four-door. One stomp on the throttle and you'll be a believer, trust us.
The Mercedes-AMG E53 sedan isn't an AMG in the traditional sense. It's not a "real" AMG, like an E63 or an AMG GT, but it is a good car. That being said, with an as-tested price of over $97,000, it's tough not to see why you wouldn't consider the cheaper, more powerful (albeit smaller) C63 instead. Which would you choose?
📸: @jbh1126
The 2020 BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is here with 301 horsepower, four doors, and standard all-wheel drive. It's based on a front-wheel drive architecture this time around, with the high-performance M235i model able to scoot to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Are you into the looks?
Purist Group founder Sean Lee’s first ever motorcycle was a Honda, so giving him the opportunity to test drive the 2019 @honda_powersports_us Gold Wing motorcycle was a dream come true. "There's no vehicle in the world that can compare to what a motorcycle gives you," Lee says, whose passion evolved into more than just a hobby. Click the link in the bio to learn more.
Here's what you've been waiting for: Our first drive review of the 2020 Corvette C8 Z51. Not great, but good. And a sign of amazing things to come.
📸: @camdenthrasher
Here it is: The November issue! We drive the first Bigfoot monster truck, explore the remains of a pre-war naval fleet with a Grand Wagoneer, and capture the world's most remote rallies from inside an old Toyota. Also, we take Porsche's most powerful Cayenne to an unfinished race track in Sweden. That's why we're calling this issue Road & Truck. If you're a subscriber, check for it in your mailbox soon. If not, catch it on newsstands starting next week.
📸: @puppyknuckles
The 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe is here, and it comes in this splendid shade of purple. It's called Ametrin Metallic, and it confirms our belief that more cars should be painted purple. Like the two-door coupe, the M8 Gran Coupe's power comes through a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 pumping out 600 hp in the base car, and 617 hp in the Competition model. Despite being 185 pounds heavier, it can still scoot to 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds thanks to an M-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and standard xDrive. Would you take it over an M5?
The Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato is a stunning tribute to a legend. And with 760 horsepower, it's the most powerful Aston Martin road car yet. Too bad only 19 are being built. Are you into the wild design details?
The 2020 Audi RS 7 puts nearly 600 horsepower and all the luxury you need in a striking package. It's effortlessly quick, as we discovered during our first drive test of the car. Would you take it over the US-bound RS6 Avant?
This is the new Chevy Corvette C8.R race car. Like the new street-legal version of the Corvette, the engine has been moved to the middle. There are plenty of track-worthy upgrades, including widebody fenders, racing slicks, and some serious aero. Technical details on the car have yet to be revealed, meaning we'll have to wait a bit longer to find out what sort of engine sits behind the cabin. Do you like it more than the outgoing C7.R?
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette convertible has arrived. The mid-engine C8 drop-top gets a Ferrari-style folding hardtop, and a $7500 price increase over the coupe. Behind the cabin sits the same 495-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8, paired to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car weighs just 80 pounds more than the coupe, sports identical drag figures, and slightly different suspension tuning so it can match the fixed-roof car's performance. Which would you rather have?
The 2020 Audi RS 4 Avant is here! It gets a new face and 443 horsepower thanks to a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6, but unlike its bigger sibling, the RS 6, it's not bound for American shores. The 0-62 sprint happens in just 4.1 seconds, and top speed is 174 mph. Do you think Audi should bring it to America?
The BMW X5 M and X6 M are all new for 2020. They get the M5's 617 HP twin-turbo V-8 in Competition form, as well as an all new xDrive all-wheel drive system with an active rear differential. The 0-60 sprint happens in just 3.7 seconds, which is really, really quick. Which one would you rather have?
Can a carbon-fiber mid-engine performance machine make for a comfortable grand-tourer? McLaren's new GT wants to be both things at once. We finally got the chance to find out if the car can actually pull it off.
Life in the belts: Light, loud, & on top of the 19,000-rpm world. We get behind the wheel of a real, actual Formula One car. Specifically, a 2007 MP4-22 that Fernando Alonso took to victory in the Monaco, Monza, and European Grands Prix. It's an experience like no other.
📸: @puppyknuckles
The new MAT Stratos is a better Ferrari. It straddles the line between Ferrari and ~Ferrari.~ We got @jasoncammisa to drive it and discover just how wonderful having a modern Stratos in this world really is.
📸: @jameslipman