McLaren Confirms the Obvious: The 671-HP Artura Is Wicked Quick

“Hybrid” need no longer be synonymous with “slow” or “Prius” thanks, in part, to the arrival of the 205-mph 2022 McLaren Artura. Admittedly, the Artura is not the first fast hybrid to enter the zeitgeist, but it is the latest addition to the growing ranks of low-slung and sporty gasoline-electric models, which includes vehicles such …

2022 Hyundai Kona N Forgoes Stick Shift for Trick Dual-Clutch Gearbox

Hmm. Right around the time that BMW decided dual-clutch automatic transmissions aren’t worth putting in its performance cars anymore, Hyundai’s N-division starts putting DCTs in just about everything. There is, of course, an obvious link between BMW and Hyundai, and it comes down to a man by the name of Albert Biermann. Biermann spearheaded BMW’s …

Fifty Years of R107: Mercedes’ Third-Gen SL Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

Few vehicles evoke a lineage of refined luxury like the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. The SL can trace its roots back to the groundbreaking 300SL that Mercedes sent racing—with success—in the 1950s. Fast and beautiful, the original SL was a technical triumph, with direct fuel injection and a space frame that necessitated those iconic “gullwing” top-hinged doors. …

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar First Drive: The Ultimate Bentley Indulgence

The limited-edition 2021 Bentley Mulliner Bacalar was intended to be one of the stars of the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. But COVID-19 had other ideas, and with Geneva’s sudden cancellation, Bentley was forced to forgo the pomp and circumstance of launching the Bacalar at an event that has in the past hosted the debuts of …

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat First Test: This SUV Goes Like a Scalded Viper

Is it wrong that every time we fired up the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, we got a vivid mental image of our entire family screaming while we attacked a decreasing radius off-ramp, a gleeful cackle on our lips as the Dodge’s rear end hung out wide? It takes serious restraint—restraint that we’re not sure …

2021 Honda Odyssey EX-L: Our Yearlong Odyssey With One Has Begun

Dear Honda Manufacturing of Alabama employees, Just a quick note to let you know that your 2021 Honda Odyssey EX-L (VIN ending in 7577) has arrived safe and sound, thanks to your colleagues at America Honda Motor Company and the folks at Scott Robinson Honda in Torrance, California. Thanks for painting it in such a …

Toyota and Lexus Join Tesla and GM in Level 2 Semi-Autonomous Driving Fray

For the moment, it’s lonely at the top of the semi-autonomous mountain. In the U.S., Tesla’s massively popular and somewhat controversial Autopilot is challenged only by GM’s Super Cruise, though state-of-the-art Level 2 (and beyond) systems from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Ford are either on their way or available in other markets. Toyota is the latest …

A High-Performance Genesis? It Might Just Happen

Genesis is making headlines recently. From the unfortunate crash that Tiger Woods suffered in a GV80 to the new GV70 compact crossover and X coupe concept, the Korean luxury brand seemingly can’t avoid the spotlight. And there’s more coming, too. Rumor has it that an electric GV70 is right around the corner (likely dubbed eGV70). …

From the Archives: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450SL First Drive

In honor of the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL’s golden anniversary, we dug up our June 1971 review of the then-new 1972 Mercedes-Benz 450SL. We’ve been told that our cars must change, that they pollute and maim … and this can no longer be; Congress and DOT have decreed it. Some believe that this is only a …

Success of Mustang and Bronco Sub-Brands Means More Spin-Offs to Come

Ford CEO Jim Farley was a champion of the idea of creating sub-brands around iconic Blue Oval nameplates, starting with Mustang and Bronco. With those models’ early success seeing their names spread beyond their core original Mustang and Bronco models, Farley thinks there is room to expand the concept to more nameplates. “We have so …