Lucid Motors Trolls Tesla With Ad Following Elon Musk’s SNL Monologue

In case you hadn’t heard, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hosting Saturday Night Live May 8. The billionaire cryptocurrency peddler and electric car boundary pusher has riled up some big reactions online among SNL fans and his own fans alike—so, whatever you think of Musk’s appearance on the weekly live sketch comedy show, we can …

YouTuber Converts Tiny Ford Hatchback Into a Giant Lawnmower

Who doesn’t need a little help with all those daily chores? Mowing the lawn is the quintessential dreaded chore, especially when it comes to super huge lawns. Introducing the Ron Beer, the long-lost neglected cousin of the successful John Deere lawn tractor. You won’t see it on a showroom floor anytime soon, and it has …

Confirmed: Porsche Macan Electric SUV Coming in 2023

The Porsche Taycan electric sedan is due to get a bigger sibling come 2023 with the arrival of the Macan electric SUV. Despite sharing its name with the gas-powered compact luxury SUV Porsche currently sells, the battery-electric Macan will complement, rather than replace, its internal combustion engine counterpart. It’s a similar strategy to what Audi …

The Citroën My Ami Cargo Is a Very Weird—and Very French—Delivery Vehicle

Ford is gearing up to kick off sales of its electric E-Transit van, a full-size delivery vehicle that in its longest and tallest format can swallow almost two of Citroën’s My Ami Cargo delivery vehicles. We are making this apples-to-elephants comparison because of the delightful contrast in recent EV cargo vehicle news. The Ami (in …

The Citroën My Ami Cargo Is a Very Weird—and Very French—Delivery Vehicle

Ford is gearing up to kick off sales of its electric E-Transit van, a full-size delivery vehicle that in its longest and tallest format can swallow almost two of Citroën’s My Ami Cargo delivery vehicles. We are making this apples-to-elephants comparison because of the delightful contrast in recent EV cargo vehicle news. The Ami (in …

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Next Gen NASCAR Racer Takes on More Realism

Like Toyota, which pulled the sheet off its new Camry Cup car, Chevy is sharing images and details of its latest Camaro NASCAR racer. As before, the NASCAR Cup Series Camaro wears ZL1 branding—a nod to the 650-hp Camaro model of the same name you can walk into a dealership and buy today. As with …

Things Are Wheelie Getting Out of Hand: Chevy Steering Wheel Thefts on the Rise

Imagine waking up, downing your coffee, and stumbling out to your Chevrolet Equinox or Malibu only to find that the entire steering wheel is missing. According to a report from Detroit TV station WJBK-FOX2, that’s precisely what happened to a couple of dozen residents of the Detroit suburb of Eastleigh. (The missing steering wheels, that …

2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE First Test: Its Own Thing

It seems that nearly every review of the Chevrolet Camaro compares it to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, and with good reason—these three nameplates are historic foes going back 50 years. Well, Constant Reader, that won’t happen today, because the subject of this test is the four-cylinder 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE, an endangered …

How to Build a Race Track in the Dirt: Has Top Gear America Gone Roadkill?!

Top Gear America is back from the midseason break, but the guys are missing a place to call home—their own race track. They don’t even have a dirt track to play on. The oldest permanent road course in the United States—Willow Springs International Raceway—has been a great homebase for now, but the guys want a …

New F9 Trailer Shows Real Cars Really Crashing Really a Lot

There’s a new trailer for F9, the upcoming release in the Fast and Furious saga that was previously delayed, and it has a lot of what you expect: Pounding music, Vin Diesel looking cool while perpetually shifting gears, and crashes, crashes, and more crashes. But there are a couple of other elements in this behind-the-scenes-ish …

Can Your Rooftop Cargo Box Withstand Porsche-Like Speeds, Track Use?

Created in collaboration with Porsche Design, a newly developed performance roof box from Porsche Tequipment is now available for customers to purchase at Porsche dealers. How can a roof box find itself categorized as “high performance?” Well, it is tested at speeds up to 200 kph, or approximately 125 mph, meaning it has a high-speed …

Changing Your ’80s or ’90s Ride’s Oil This Weekend? Motul Has Rad Options

Unless you’ve been cut off from the internet or spent the previous few years under a large rock, you’re probably aware that ’80s and ’90s-vintage cars are red-hot. These rad-era rides were on the posters on recently minted adults’ walls when they were kids, and those recently minted adults now have the cash to go …

The Genesis G70 Wagon Will Shooting Brake Your Heart

This week, Genesis—the fairly-newly-minted luxury brand from Hyundai—announced it will start selling their wares in Europe starting this summer, and today their social media accounts teased the camouflaged derriere of a wagon version of the G70 sport sedan. Naturally, we have no hope of getting this car in North America, because SUVs are where the …

Always Wanted a Life-Size Tamiya R/C Vehicle? You Better Sit Down

The Little Car Company’s name might ring a bell. Remember the exquisitely crafted small-scale Aston Martin DB5 Junior and Bugatti Baby II … well, we hesitate to call them toys, really, although children could certainly drive them. Many adults would fit, too, and we think for more than $30,000 a parent or enthusiastic big person …

Next-Gen NASCAR: Toyota Reveals Its New Racing Camry

NASCAR’s plans for its seventh generation of race cars first crossed the desk of Toyota’s senior manager for vehicle design at TRD, Todd Holbert, almost three years ago. Since then, Holbert and his team have been working on a car that will introduce more changes to the sport in one year than it has seen …

Watch Two D.C. Cop Cars Crash While Drag Racing

Last month, a curious news story bubbled up out of Washington D.C. by way of the city’s local Fox news station: Two D.C. police cars had crashed into one another, allegedly after having raced each other down a city street. Thanks to one of the body cameras of the officers involved in these shenanigans, we …

Drake’s Gothic-Themed Rolls-Royce Cullinan Is Definitely Unique

Drake has never really been one for the preservation of money. The Canadian rapper and songwriter said as much on the track “Crew Love” from his sophomore album Take Care. His penchant for customizing luxury vehicles is just one way the Grammy award winner spends all of those C-notes. Case in point: A tailor-made Rolls-Royce …

GM Highlights Strong Q1 Earnings and Upcoming Chevy Silverado EV

Pandemics and semiconductor chip shortages are both good and bad for business, automakers are finding. Both have caused production cuts, but the silver lining of leaner inventory is fewer incentives, higher average transaction prices, and strong first-quarter earnings. General Motors reported net income of $3 billion and pretax adjusted earnings of $4.4 billion on $32.5 …

The 2022 Buick Encore Sort of Gets Updated, But No Full Redesign

Entering its ninth year of production, the Buick Encore occupies a curious station. It is Buick’s best-seller and competes in the subcompact SUV segment, one of the hottest in the auto industry—but the aging, potato-shaped SUV is starting to feel a bit out of its depth by now, especially now with the larger, newer, and …

Ford Bronco Gets Built-In Upfitter Switches, Pre-Wiring for Easy Power Accessory Installs

The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which isn’t out yet and is not to be confused with the smaller Ford Bronco Sport that is available at dealerships now, is going to get pre-wired upfitter switches to make powering accessories easier. These factory-installed auxiliary switches (and attendant wiring) will be standard on two- and four-door Black Diamond, …

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Fast Facts: Shaking Loose This Pickup’s Appeal

We’ve just spent a week with a Ford Ranger Tremor, the off-roadiest version of Ford’s midsize Ranger pickup. We came away with these seven takeaways that every off-road-curious truck buyer considering a Tremor should stuff in their pocket. 1. Ranger Raptor? More Like Ranger ZR2 We’ve seen the Ford Ranger Tremor compared to the larger …

What’s the Best 2021 Toyota Camry Trim? Here’s Our Guide

The Toyota Camry is a bona fide legend when it comes to affordable, reliable, drama-free transportation, and especially in the case of the current model, even the base trim comes well equipped. But what if you want a more stylish exterior, a few luxury touches, and the best driver assist features Toyota has to offer? …

The Rossmӧnster Overland Baja Truck Camper Replaces the Pickup Bed Entirely

Post-pandemic adventurers, control yourselves. Behold, the Rossmӧnster Overland Baja truck camper, one heck of a cool looking off-grid camper that happens to come with a name suitable for shouting from the mountain tops. Cue the Ricola cough drops commercials. The “Ross” in Rossmӧnster comes from Ross Williamson, the founder of the company and mastermind behind …

SAE refines levels of automation in push for system clarity

The levels of driving automation, the industry’s go-to framework, were updated this week to clarify differences between Level 3 and Level 4, part of an effort to better define and group the capabilities of autonomous technologies that are on the road and under development. The six levels, established by SAE International in 2014, describe the …

Callin’ This Crossover Weak? Watch Ford’s Bronco Sport Climb Hell’s Gate

An epic video of Loren Healy driving a Ford Bronco Sport Badlands up Moab, Utah’s infamous Hell’s Gate obstacle during Bronco Safari 2021 has begun circulating around the web. Unlike the many disastrous videos of modified trucks, SUVs and Jeeps tumbling to their demise down Moab’s steep slick rock slabs—clips that are hard to watch …

How Does an 8-HP French Rental Car Sound?

We’ve talked about the return to les États Unis of French automaker PSA, the purveyors of Peugeot, Citroën, and ex-GM divisions Opel and Vauxhall. Hey, that’s cool—we’re eager to try some of those funky Frenchmobiles, like the slick Peugeot 508 SW Sport Engineered wagon or the far-out Citroën C4. Turns out the first French car …

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed First Drive: An Above-Average Bentley

The 16 different Bentley sedans, coupes, and convertibles MotorTrend has tested over the past decade have on average weighed 5,373 pounds, with an average of 573 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque. The new 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed weighs just more than 5,000 pounds and packs 650 hp and 664 lb-ft; in terms of …

2021 Ford Explorer Timberline First Look: Exploring Jeep Territory

Ford says our long collective house arrest has us itching to hit the trails, accelerating a trend that has seen Explorer owners reporting a 56 percent increase in off-road use over the last three years. To ensure these increasingly outdoorsy family SUV customers don’t defect to the forthcoming three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L, the company …

Challenge Accepted: Behind the Scenes of Top Gear America with Rob Corddry

To hear Rob Corddry tell it, his first day of shooting Top Gear America was almost his last. As he was hustling a decommissioned Police Interceptor through an abandoned neighborhood with The Stig hot on his tail, the reality of what he signed up for truly sank in. “Oh, God. What have I gotten myself …

2021 Honda Civic Type R vs. 2001 Acura Integra Type R: Nothin’ But a Good Time

Editor’s Note: Rob here, and I’m excited to present this peek behind the curtain, a rare opportunity for MotorTrend readers to finally understand a bit about how the sausage really gets driven. Please send thank-you cards to my publicist, Sam. Per normal protocol, an editor gives a writer notes aimed at improving a story. A …

Back to School: TGA’s Rob Corddry Gets a Racer’s Lesson in Performance Driving

There are so many things I wish I could do. I’m not talking about a COVID lockdown to-do list. This isn’t about baking a certain variety of bread no one liked until boredom drove them insane. And I’m not talking about finally guilt-reading those classic novels I faked my way through in college. Faulkner is …

Highway Robbery: There’s a New MT Boss in Town

Welcome, tiny percentage of MotorTrend readers who actually read the editor’s monthly musings! Man, are you in for a treat. You’ve probably already noticed something’s different, not quite right. Or … is it so wrong that it couldn’t be more right? What tipped you off? My warm, gentlemanly greeting? Or was it my devil-may-care style …

Ferrari 812 Competizione First Look: The A Team

The Ferrari 812 Superfast just got a little less super with the arrival of the 812 Competizione and Competizione A (apparently the names Superfaster and Superfaster A never stood a chance). The two models are the latest evolution of Ferrari’s front-engined V-12 supercar, with the Competizione maintaining a traditional coupe body style and the Competizione …

Ford Ready to Unleash E-Transit EV Van—For Nearly Fifty Grand (!)

In our first look at the 2022 Ford E-Transit van last year, we were told it’d come at “less than $45,000.” Consider that promise kept—barely. The E-Transit, a rear-drive van powered entirely by electrons, will start at $44,990. While that seems like a lot for an electric work van, a regular gas-fed Transit starts at …

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 First Test: Big, Bold, and Unrepentantly Quick

Presence, Power, and Class Underneath the hood is the crown jewel, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with mild hybrid technology that generates 603 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. That power gets sent to all four wheels through an AMG-tuned nine-speed automatic. The combination shocks with its stupid-fast acceleration, which belies the GLS63’s docile appearance. Those …

Will Future Mitsubishis Look as Good as the 2022 Outlander?

The new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has launched amid positive reviews, raising the prospect this is the start of a long but slow crawl back to relevancy for the Japanese automaker that’s lost much of its luster in North America. In 2016, Nissan rescued beleaguered Mitsubishi, buying a controlling stake and bringing it into the …

F-150 Lightning Strikes Again: Ford’s EV Pickup May Revive a Classic Name

The upcoming all-electric Ford F-150 pickup truck will revive the “Lightning” name, per a source cited by Car and Driver. Ford hasn’t used the Lightning name on a production vehicle since the early 2000s when it was applied to the sportiest version of the F-150. A quick dive into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office …

Australia’s Ford Ranger Raptor Off-Road Pickup Taken to the Power of X

Australia’s car culture is cool, but you probably already knew that. While its homegrown cars—including rear-wheel drive utes and big-horsepower, V-8 sedans—have mostly died off, the pickup culture remains strong. To wit, Australia is one of the lucky recipients of the Ford Ranger Raptor, the jacked-up, widebody version of the global midsize pickup we get …

Sign and Drive: 2021 Infiniti Q50 Adds Special Signature Edition

Is the Infiniti Q50 the Lincoln Town Car of 2021? Hear us out for a second. Like the long-gone Town Car, the Q50 packs a rear-wheel-drive punch under sedan skin. It also now includes a “Signature” trim line. Sure, Infiniti technically calls its latest Q50 model the Signature Edition, but the point stands: both of …

Summer Road Trip Plans? They Could Be Impacted By These Looming Problems

The second summer of the pandemic is almost here, but the outlook is totally different this time around. With millions of Americans vaccinated and eager to get out of their immediate and unchanging surroundings, there’s a lot of anticipation of an almost-normal travel season ahead. And there will be frustration, too. There are still pandemic-related …

Off-Roading a Lifted Chevy Caprice: Only On Roadkill

Can you think of a better ride—a ’99 Chevy Caprice—to a bar in the middle of the desert? Why are inappropriate cars the most fun? You’d think with a lifetime of off-road driving behind him, David Freiburger could come up with a better choice for a desert-bombing vehicle than a lifted Chevy Caprice on 26-inch …

2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid XSE Drive: When Sporty Meets Efficiency

The 2021 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid delivers more power and better fuel economy than its gas-powered stablemate. It also drives better, is a bit quicker, and doesn’t compromise interior space. The hybrid-exclusive XSE displays more aggressive styling compared to the other trims, and it delivers decent value. We recently spent a week driving a 2021 RAV4 …

Nissan sells its Daimler stake, following Renault

FRANKFURT — Japan’s Nissan Motor Co. said on Tuesday it was selling its roughly 1.5 percent stake in German carmaker Daimler AG through an accelerated bookbuild offer, following a similar move by alliance partner Renault in March. The French carmaker, with Nissan, had exchanged stakes with Daimler a decade ago to strengthen their industrial partnerships. …