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The BMW 3- and 4-Series are effectively the same car, only the 3-Series comes with four doors while the 4-Series uses two (replacing the outgoing 3-Series coupe). When it comes to the 2015 M3 and M4, same rules apply. They both shed weight compared to their predecessors, go faster, produce better fuel ratings, and ditch their V-8 motors in favor of a brand new twin-turbocharged inline 6.
Sounds promising.Read More »from 2015 BMW M3 and M4 revealed, featuring all-new twin turbo inline 6
Convertibles get denounced by enthusiasts for being less pure. There’s some truth to that: installing the hydraulics to retract the roof adds weight, it usually makes the car look like a plank of wood, and it comprehensively ruins the handling by sacrificing structural rigidity.
See. Less pure.
Only, Chevrolet doesn't agree. It claims the 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible is just as good as its hardtop twin, and can even outdo a McLaren 12C in its stiffness test. Come again?Read More »from Why chopping the roof off a 2014 Corvette Stingray makes it better
As the second installment in its new three-concept car series, Volvo today teased and talked with us about their Concept XC Coupe that will be publicly shown first at the January 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
At the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in southern California to present the first images of the so called Concept XC Coupe, Volvo’s design director Thomas Ingenlath showed off images of this follow-up crossover to the enthusiastically received Volvo Concept Coupe that was shown at the September 2013 Frankfurt show.Read More »from Volvo’s Concept XC Coupe rolling into Detroit
They called him "Death Ray." That should tell you what kind of boss John Wyer was — but whatever his management style, the man with the slick hair parted with a bullet knew how to race. Wyer, born on this date in 1903, oversaw Aston Martin's only LeMans win in 1959 before joining Ford's first LeMans efforts with the GT40s in 1963. Wyle's GT40 MK1s didn't win due to reliability problems, but Wyle kept tinkering even after Ford won LeMans, then pulled out of racing.
In 1967, Wyle brought forth a heavily modified GT40 called the Mirage, and with it, a new sponsorship from Gulf Oil, a Pennsylvania company which had just bought a smaller firm that featured a powder blue and orange color scheme. Wyle convinced Gulf to sponsor the cars, but Gulf picked the colors that became famous on tracks around the world. While the Mirages had some success, Wyle would take over Porsche's factory racing two years later with a car Porsche engineers had slaved over for years — the 917, perhaps the mostRead More »from December 11: John Wyer, the man who made Gulf colors a racing legend, was born on this date in 1909
Carroll Shelby was known for many muscular things, but do you remember his Dodge Omni GLH-S, pictured here by Greg Gjerdingen? Shelby himself declared it his "pocket rocket." After Shelby's death last year, Shelby American is trying to revive the Texan's love of the hot-hatch, now building a 300-hp Shelby Focus ST. If you have a photo to share, please add it to Motoramic's Flickr group, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.Read More »from Pocket-rocket: Flickr photo of the day
The Honda Ridgeline pickup has never fit into a category. It's the only pickup for sale today built off a unibody chassis — the same one underpinning the Honda Pilot — and that design gives it a few advantages (ride, handling and a trunk under the pickup bed) along with several disadvantages over traditional midsize pickups. The Ridgeline has never been a huge seller for Honda, and even though sales are up 29 percent this year, Honda has moved just over 16,000 copies, or about what Ford does in F-Series in a week.
As long expected, Honda revealed today that it would stop building the Ridgeline next year in its Alabama plant. The new news: Within two years, Honda will build a successor to the Ridgeline, one with the silhouette shown above — and despite being no more than a few lines, shows Honda may have learned from its mistakes.Read More »from Honda Ridgeline goes on hiatus, new version coming within two years
With this winter primed to be one of the snowiest in recent years, and with much of the country having seen sizable accumulation already, many of us will be faced with driving in treacherous conditions. Only last night, at 1 am, I was driving home from Indianapolis airport in a white-out, averaging around 25 mph despite having new all-season tires. I witnessed some drivers in mistreated old cars, with what I assumed would be equally neglected tires, bombing down the road at more than twice my speed. I thought, odds are I'll see one of these guys in a ditch.Read More »from 70-car pileup caught on video captures the dangers of winter driving
Corporate succession announcements often have no impact much beyond the sphere of any company's influence, but a surprise announcement by General Motors today should rightly be called a bit of history: As of January, one of the world's largest automakers will be led by Mary Barra, a 51-year-old executive who will become the first woman chief executive of a major carbuilder.Read More »from General Motors names Mary Barra as CEO, first woman to lead an automaker
By 1915, Ford was building so many Model Ts that it didn't notice when the one millionth copy rolled from the assembly line sometime on this day that year. After seven years of production, Henry Ford was only just starting his fetish for productivity at the Highland Park plant, having shifted to painting all cars black in the name of speed and doubling many of his workers' wages a year earlier to tamp down turnover. Within another seven years, Ford would be turning out one million Model Ts in a single year. Compared to today's cars, the Model T was a pain to drive — as shown below — but it got the world behind the wheel:
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