Wheels

Watch an Electric Car Hit 60 MPH in Less Than 1.8 Seconds

Stuttgart, Germany, knows its cars—both Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are headquartered there. But a bunch of upstart Stuttgart University students recently put the town on the automotive map for a different sort of achievement, setting the 0-to-62-mph acceleration record for an electric vehicle at a scorching 1.779 seconds—0.006 seconds faster than the previous record, set last year by a group of Swiss students. see more
Design

Luxe, Armored Cars Are the New Trend for Security-Obsessed Celebs

It's no longer enough for automobiles to be merely luxurious or impervious to external danger. A new breed of specialized cars marries upmarket perks with the armored protection of vehicles used by politicians or other VIPs, reports CNN Money. Companies like Alpha Armouring are taking upscale car models and customizing them to meet the exacting standards of people accustomed to white glove treatment. For example, CNN Money cites a Mercedes-Benz G63 SUV that's tricked out so that its final asking price is over $1.5M and brings the vehicle's weight in at over four tons. And while there will be see more
Wheels

This 1998 McClaren Is Expected to Sell for $12M at Auction

An obscenely wealthy person is about to spend more than $12 million on an automobile that's older than the Honda Accords you're likely to find at your local used-car dealership. But it's not just any old lemon that's up for sale. Come August, a 1998 McLaren F1 that seats three people and has a fetching orange paint job will go under the hammer as part of RM Auctions' Pinnacle Portfolio sale. It's joined by a 2012 Bugatti Veyron, a 1956 Porsche Speedster, and a 1967 Toyota 2000GT. Business Insider reports that all told, the cars are estimated to rake in see more
Wheels

25 Years Later, a Nineties Icon Is Reborn

When Acura launched the NSX in 1990, a genre was born: the everyday supercar. Oxymoron? Hyperbole? Maybe, but the NSX supplemented the comfort and reliability Honda is known for with the racing-inspired technology and exotic aesthetic of the era's six-figure Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Which is to say: It was a revelation. In 2005, however, Acura's priorities shifted, and it stopped making the car and focused on more mainstream products. Consequently, the company's street cred and sales slipped. see more
Wheels

Your Guide to the Best New Sedans on the Market

BMW or Mercedes-Benz? In the ultra-competitive small-super-sports-sedan market, this is the question guys have been arguing about since the eighties, when the German automakers released the M3 and the 190E 2.3-16 (the precursor to the C63), respectively. That's because the cars are practical four-doors with punch. The gap between these models in the previous generation was as narrow as it had ever been: BMW, the brand with the more performance-oriented image, paid more attention to luxury, and Mercedes, the brand with the more luxury-oriented image, paid more attention to performance. Now that the 2015 versions have arrived, expect the factions see more
Wheels

A Gift a Day: Speed Away From Your Troubles on a Matte-Black Vespa

Common sense tells us that in winter, we should be inside, protected from the chill by layers of brick—or, at the very least, a metal car door. But there's still something unmistakably romantic about being on the open road and a little exposed to the elements, which is why we're so taken with the matte-black 2014 Vespa S 50 Sport SE 4v. Design-wise, the $2,500 scooter makes nods to the Vespa 50 Special from the seventies, but in most regards (including the paint job), it's a modern way to get around town. It's hard not to love an updated classic, see more
Wheels

10 Automotive Events Every Car Lover Should Attend (at Least Once)

IT'S ONE THING to dabble in a passing fancy for fine automobiles, but certain annual events make or break automotive pedigrees, establishing whether or not you're a serious car geek. One such show is popping up soon: Collectors will show off their pricey toys over a weeklong series of events at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on the northern California coast in mid-August. Below, our guide to the must-see events from August 2014 through next summer. But note: The finer the cars, the more exclusive and expensive the ticket. And yes they do sell out. see more
Wheels

The Best of the New Breed of Light-Weight Coupes

The sport coupe is having a moment. And here's why: Carmakers have finally found ways to create performance models that are strong, sturdy, and lightweight. This is a big trend in the world of sexy two-door cars, boosting both acceleration and gas mileage. The primary credit goes to nimble materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, which help trim the fat off car designs and reduce carbon gas emissions. Beyond those things, however, these new-to-the-market cars all go in separate directions. see more
Wheels

The New BMW i8 is Not Your Neighbor's Hybrid

There's a lot BMW's new i8 is not. It's not the first all-electric car, the first gas-electric hybrid, or the first high-performance hybrid. But it may be the best of all three worlds—a perfect hybrid hybrid. It has the sexiness of a Tesla Model S, the fuel economy of a Prius, and the power to go from 0 to 60 much faster than a Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. All while costing $135,700 to the McLaren P1's $1.15 million and the Ferrari LaFerrari's $1.4 million. see more
Sports

Biker Brothers to Compete in the Most Dangerous Motorcycle Race in the World

William Dunlop (pictured above) knows his helmet is all that stands between him, the pavement, and the hundreds of racers who have lost their lives in the International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) motorcycle race, known infamously as the most dangerous race in the world. The 37-mile-long course swerves through the narrow roads that wind around the UK island—around lampposts, over bridges, and between flanking rock beds—all while regularly exceeding 200 mph. Each year, at least one racer loses his life during practices and competitions, totaling over 220 lives since the first TT in 1907. see more
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