by Stephen Cox After a Mexican 302-equipped Ford Torino crossed the block at Mecum Auctions recently, I've received a boatload of questions about these unique engines, their collector value, and how to identify them. Mexican 302's are a bit of an oddity, so I thought I'd pass along the answers publicly for Ford enthusiasts.
by Ali Arsham Kia has come a long way since their humble beginnings. The best evidence is the new Kia K900, a car so luxurious that many European luxury car makers should be getting nervous. This year marks Kia Motors' 20th anniversary in the U.S. market, and the all-new K900 is a symbol of how far the brand has come and the next bold example of the challenger spirit that has benefitted Kia over two decades of growth and maturation.
Limited edition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the McLaren F1 GTR victory Every one of the 106 models of the McLaren F1 built has a story to tell, with those wearing a 'GTR' badge boasting a lineage back to one of the most famous results in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As the checkered flag fell at the end of the 1995 race, five McLaren F1 GTRs crossed the line to finish 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th.
by Ali Arsham The sixth generation Hyundai Sonata was introduced in 2011. It was Hyundai's best attempt to go after the big boys in the class from Honda and Toyota. It also had an optional turbocharged four cylinder engine instead of the usual V6 offered by others and featured the Hyundai Fluidic Sculpture design. The seventh generation 2015 Sonata was just introduced and it has been improved in almost every way but the turbo engine produces less power than before.
At Detroit Auto Show Ford Monday unveiled the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, the most track-ready road-going production Mustang ever built. In 1965, Ford and Carroll Shelby developed a road-racing version of the popular Ford Mustang - the Shelby GT350 Competition model. Lighter, more powerful and with a highly developed suspension, it is one of the most iconic racing Mustangs ever produced.
Twin-turbo Ford EcoBoost V6 producing more than 600 horsepower Ford today unveiled the all-new GT, an ultra-high-performance supercar that serves as a technology showcase for top EcoBoost performance, aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction. The GT is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in the growing Ford Performance lineup.
Acura's highly anticipated next-generation NSX supercar Twenty-five years after the debut of the original, paradigm-shifting NSX supercar, Acura revealed the production version of its highly anticipated successor - the next-generation Acura NSX, developed and produced in the U.S. - to the world's auto media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show today. The production model, in a scintillating NSX Red finish, took the stage with a growl from its twin-turbocharged engine.
New styling and longer EV range Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration. The Volt's new, efficient propulsion system will offer a General Motors' - estimated total driving range of more than 400 miles and with regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups.
by Ali Arsham Mini has always been about fun motoring so when we heard that the new third generation Mini is coming out we were nervous that Mini would follow the path that many have taken with more heft and less fun. We managed to get our hands on a Mini Cooper Hardtop to see if the new car was still as much fun as the old car.
Luxury in motion With the S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE and the Future Truck 2025, Mercedes-Benz has already made the vision of autonomous driving reality. The new research vehicle F 015 Luxury in Motion has its world premiere at the Consumer Electronics Show, and provides a concrete example of the visionary ideas the company is developing with regard to autonomous driving of the future. With this self-driving luxury sedan Mercedes-Benz illustrates how the car is growing beyond its role as a mere means of transport and will ultimately become a private retreating space.
by Stephen Cox My true passion was for classic cars and historic racing cars... that is, until the summer of 2012 when I co-hosted Mecum's first major motorcycle auction in Monterey. That auction was my road-to-Damascus moment. My eyes were opened to the beauty, history and raw functionality of motorcycles. As we approach Mecum's biggest bike auction ever at Las Vegas on January 8-10, my plan is to drag as many of my car friends as possible into the amazing world of bikes.
by Ali Arsham The Jetta remains Volkswagen's best-selling car, four years after the sixth-generation car was introduced to the U.S. market as a 2011 model. But in the cut throat world of the auto business, you must keep pushing and improving and Volkswagen has made improvements to the Jetta over the years. Our favorite Jetta model has always been the diesel version and we were happy to test the 2015 Jetta TDI to see how the new diesel engine performs.
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