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July 7, 2019



It’s fitting that Ford chose today, the 4thof July 2019, to share with the world a new, extremely limited-edition GT Mk II; a beefed-up, ridiculously capable track-day toy for the plutocrats among us. But it’s also ironic that, as we celebrate our 243rdyear of Independence from England, Ford unveiled the car today in the heart of Union Jack land. It’s...

BMW has built an X7 pick-up

Forget about Goodwood for a minute – feast your eyes on this thing. It’s a BMW X7 pick-up, created by 12 trainees from the company’s body and vehicle mechanics, vehicle mechatronics and technical model construction departments. Based on the six-cylinder X7 xDrive40i – an old test car that would otherwise have been sent to the scrapper – the road-legal concept...

The Extreme BAC Mono R Wasn't Made For Us

The shockingly pretty new De Tomaso P72 isn't the only strictly limited edition performance car introduced at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. BAC, the team responsible for the most extreme road-going single seater also felt the need to dial their game up a little, resulting in a Mono that's lighter, more powerful, and was sold out long before...

Lexus LC Convertible Prototype Drops The Top On Flagship Two-Door

Lexus isn't being coy about the LC Convertible at all: what you're looking at is going to be a production car soon without the thin camo. But Friday at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lexus gave us a preview look at the LC Convertible—without official specs, price, or release date. The two-door droptop that made its debut in the...

VW Wants To Win Over Early Adopters With Its Upcoming EVs

A multitude of all-electric Volkswagen models will hit the market in the coming years and, according to the car manufacturer, it is hoping to initially attract early adopters to ensure their success. During a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, Volkswagen chief marketing office Jochen Sengpiehl said that the brand’s early EVs won’t be targeted towards innovators like Tesla models...

Genesis confirms electric sedan for 2021

The first electric car for Hyundai's Genesis brand is due in 2021. Manfred Fitzgerald, the brand's global executive vice president, noted to Australia's Drive that the company is working on a new electric platform that is likely to spawn both a sedan and an SUV, with the sedan likely to come first. Though Genesis has shown several EV concepts over...

Lotus Electric Hypercar To Be Called "Evija"

Lotus has finally given us a name for their upcoming electric hypercar: EVIJA. The name is pronounced “ev-eye-a” and means “the first in existence” or “the living one.” Lotus didn’t tell us what language this made-up word is rooted in, so we have nothing to really go on. Seem a bit of a stretch, but then again, Lotus must be...

Ferocious new Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 debut at Goodwood

If you want a car with the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder production engine, Mercedes-AMG can help. In fact, make that a choice of two, as the performance division of Mercedes-Benz has rolled out a pair of body styles featuring the new ‘45 4Matic+’ powertrain. Both are on display at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Whether you want the...

The 2021 Ford Mach E Will Combine Electric Power with Mustang-Esque Styling

It's no secret that Ford is working on a new electric crossover, with a styling assist from the Mustang. Allegedly, it puts enough of an emphasis on performance that the name Mach 1 was briefly considered (and quickly dropped due to backlash). But even if applying that name to this creation was deemed too heretical—Mach E is reportedly still in...

The 2020 De Tomaso P72 Represents Brand Revival Done Right

At a time when big-mouth designs are taking over the world, De Tomaso has blessed us with perhaps the most beautiful-looking car to have graced the Earth in decades. De Tomaso may not have had the most ideal run, but it is fondly remembered by enthusiasts. The Italian automaker has used the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a stepping...

BMW CEO Steps Down After a Too-Cautious Strategy Loses Market Share

Having presided over the German marque for four years, Harald Krueger is stepping down as CEO of BMW. He will not seek an extension of his contract, effective through April of 2020, and the board will meet to discuss finding his successor on July 18th. In the meantime, Krueger will remain in position until a successor is named. According to...

VW Creates a Super-Cool Electric 1962 Microbus

VVolkswagen took a 1962 Type 2 11-window Microbus and gave it an electrifying makeover—literally. Called the Type 20 concept, this Volkswagen Microbus sports a 10-kWh battery pack, a 2,500-watt onboard charger, and an electric motor rated at 120 horsepower and 173 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen worked with Porsche to develop a pneumatic suspension for the concept, allowing it to raise...

New Fisker electric SUV teased ahead of 2021 launch

The forthcoming electric SUV from Fisker Automotive has been teased again by founder Henrik Fisker, ahead of the vehicle going on sale in 2021. An image of the front of the car closely follows the design previously seen in a digital sketch (see gallery below) with a large faux-grille and slim LED headlights. A pair of lighting accents appear to...

2019 Porsche 911 RSR unveiled

The new Porsche 911 RSR has made its debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Powering the new Porsche 911 RSR is a dry sump 4.2-litre six-cylinder boxer engine positioned ahead of the rear axle. Depending on the size of restrictor attached to it, the motor can produce up to 378kW of power. Not only is the new engine...

Tesla Pulls Off Record Deliveries, But Can It Keep Pace?

Tesla broke the all-time-high delivery record set during the fourth quarter of 2018 by delivering 95,200 units in the second quarter of 2019. What’s even more heartening is the electric car maker sold a reasonable 17,650 Model S and Model X during this period. There isn’t much to be apprehensive about regarding Model 3 sales growth over the next several...

Bentley Bentayga Businessman Has Chessboard For Rear Seats

It seems that closing deals and making business partners over a round of golf is about to be old news. Well, at least if you own one of these special edition Bentley Bentaygas, that is. Created as a collaboration between renowned Saville Row tailor Huntsman and Bentley's bespoke division Mulliner, these two Bentaygas have been given a unique interior treatment...

Citroen to launch three new saloons in the next two years

The move – in line with the firm’s heritage but against the trend of rivals’ plans in the face of declining saloon sales globally – is described as “unique but not risky” by Belloni, who hinted that the styling wouldn't follow established saloon conventions. The design study for the flagship new saloon was initially kick-started by the 2016 Cxperience concept....

Audi R8 LMS GT2 revealed at Goodwood Festival of Speed

In one of the biggest reveals at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Audi Sport has unveiled its new R8 LMS GT2, set to race in the upcoming 2020 racing series against the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and others. The revival of the GT2 name was announced last year, aiming to allow amateur drivers (with healthy wallets) to get...

Mugen Releases Bolt-on Kit for Honda Civic Type R

Some of you may remember the strange carbon fiber concept called RC200GT they released last year. But even that was better than what we have here. The parts are going on sale in Japan this month, and because they were previewed on a pre-production model, we can show you what the finished thing looks like in videos as well. We'll...


BMW and Daimler announced early July they’re teaming up to bring their joint self-driving technology efforts to dealerships in less than five years. In February, the long-time rivals in the sports sedan market partnered up to develop autonomous vehicle technology that both companies would implement into their own vehicles. Now, the two automotive giants have said their plan is to...

Jaguar Land Rover To Build Electric Cars In The UK

Car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover said Friday that it will make electric cars at its central England plant, securing thousands of jobs in a major boost to post-Brexit Britain. The first new electric car to be produced at the plant will be Jaguar's flagship luxury saloon, the XJ. All three new models will be developed by the same team of...

Most 2020 Mini Cooper models get $1,500 price bump, some get huge power bump

For the diminutive Mini brand, the wild child's name is always the same: John Cooper Works. Regardless of model, John Cooper Works editions mean more power, stiffer handling, more fun. For 2020, the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman All4 models get a power bump from their turbo-4 engines. Power is boosted beyond 300 horsepower—301 hp actually, up...

2020 Audi S8 barrels in with 563-horsepower V-8

Full-size sedan buyers have a new performance option to choose from in the form of the 2020 Audi S8. Based on the latest generation of Audi's A8 flagship sedan that arrived for 2019, the new S8 sticks with its predecessor's 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 but pairs this with a mild-hybrid system. Audi is holding back on full details but the automaker...

Say hello to the Radical Rapture

You know Radical. The Peterborough-based company makes its money building road-legal, track-ready cars, some 2,200 of which have been manufactured and sold since 1997. It’s raced at Le Mans, and has its own one-make championships not only in Britain, but the US, Middle East and Asia too. As little British sportscar manufacturers go, it’s kind of a big deal. And...

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