Genesis is born, Volkswagen investigation deepens and widens, the Veyron successor has been spotted and more.
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Simplify, Then Add Lightness
The new Mazda Miata is a fantastic little car; this much we know. But one edition of the car that’s always eagerly anticipated is the lightened Speedster. With a deleted roof and liberal use of carbon fiber, Mazda were able to drop a further 250 pounds.
Usually a car company will unveil a car, then later down the line, turn it into a race car. Honda chose to do the opposite at this year’s SEMA, introducing the new Honda Ridgeline race truck, showing off key features of the as-of-yet-unvailed unveiled road-going Ridgeline.
The Genesis of Genesis
Following in the footsteps of Honda and Toyota, with Acura and Lexus respectively, Hyundai announced that Genesis will spin off as the manufacturer’s dedicated luxury brand. With the company’s seventh straight drop in quarterly profit, they need it to be a success.
Deceit in Engineering (Cont.)
The investigation into Volkswagen widens and deepens as V6 diesels from the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, the 2015 Porsche Cayenne and the 2016 Audi Q5 come under scrutiny. The investigation is looking to be the very small tip of an enormous iceberg.
Lexus Racing Again
Lexus finally unveiled the RC F GT3, which is set to compete in the IMSA SportsCar Championship. It’ll be racing in the already packed and highly competitive GTLM class against Ferraris, Corvettes and Porsches.
A Long Time Coming
The successor to the now 10-year-old Bugatti Veyron was spotted in Northern Italy. Not much is known about the specs, but early rumors say north of 1,400 horsepower and a top speed close to 290 mph. Design-wise, you can see where Achim Anscheidt pulled from the Bugatti Vision GT.
Jorge Lorenzo Takes It All
After incurring penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct in Malaysia (he knocked Marquez off his bike), Rossi started from the back of the grid, aiding Lorenzo’s title chances. Although Rossi was able to claw up to fourth, it wasn’t enough, and Lorenzo took the win after a quick battle with Marquez to become the 2015 MotoGP world champion.
Reviews and Buying Guides
Advice from the Crew
Want the Cars of ‘Spectre’? Get These Instead
Bond cars are always rare and exotic, and the cars of Spectre are no different. Consider some realistic alternatives that keep the “Bond spirit.” Read the Review
What Your Next Family Vacation Needs Is a Sporty Car
When the family fries the nerves, there’s one great remedy: get out and drive. Read the Review
What to Buy, Now
1987 TVR 280i
With TVR’s impending return, and with McLaren F1 designer Gordon Murray at the helm and Cosworth engines under the hood, all 250 2017 models have already sold out. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to get on the list and can’t wait until 2018, this charming ’87 280i should hold you over.
Motoring Stories from Around the Web
1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the year, IMSA GT champion, drug trafficking kingpin. Randy Lanier’s story of returning to racing after 26 years in jail is nothing short of entertaining, if not eye opening to how much the world can change in a quarter century.
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