By Brandon Turkus on May 24, 2013 2:01 p.m.
One series that’s struggled just below the top ranks of Forza and GT is Need For Speed. The old series was making waves three-and-a-half years before the original Gran Turismo arrived on our shores, but a string of lackluster or overly arcade-like titles and paired with a few critical misses have taken the shine off this old series. Need For Speed Rivals, due out on PC, XBox 360, and Playstation 3 on November 19, takes the series back to the halcyon days of Hot Pursuit, when the racing was between drivers and police.
By Brandon Turkus on May 24, 2013 1:01 p.m.
Outside of Ferrari, Pininfarina has designed cars for Peugeot, Jaguar, MG, and Alfa Romeo. This concept is the design house’s first collaboration with BMW, though. It’s called the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe.
By Brandon Turkus on May 24, 2013 12 p.m.
For our American readers, this weekend is a holiday and is generally considered the unofficial start of summer. It’s also a great weekend for motorsports, with the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500, and Coca-Cola 600 all taking place on Sunday. If you’d rather do some driving, though, this video ought to put you in the proper frame of mind.
By Brandon Turkus on May 24, 2013 11:04 a.m.
Renault, recognizing that its lineup was disturbingly short of insanity, has now built a follow-up to the Clio V6 and R5 Turbo, although it’s strictly labeled as a concept. It’s called the Twin’Run Concept, and is the ultimate expression of the Twin’Z EV and Twingo city car.
Update: 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS (141 views)
By Brandon Turkus on May 24, 2013 10:01 a.m.
Overall, the Sonic RS is an endearing vehicle and our number one choice in the hotly contested subcompact market (at least until we drive the upcoming Ford Fiesta ST).
By Brandon Turkus on May 23, 2013 2:29 p.m.
McLaren has announced production plans for 100 special-edition models in honor of the brand’s fiftieth anniversary. Production will be split between the 12C hardtop and the 12C Spider (50 each).
By Brandon Turkus on May 23, 2013 1:32 p.m.
According to a report from Car And Driver, we could see a higher-performance Ferrari 458 Scuderia at this year’s Frankfurt auto show. The brand’s V-8-powered, mid-engined model has been on sale long enough to spawn a dedicated competition variant, called the 458 Challenge. As with the previous 430 Scuderia, the 458 Scud will likely draw a lot of inspiration from the racing car.
Driven: 2014 Acura RLX Advance (477 views)
By Brandon Turkus on May 23, 2013 12:28 p.m.
Our time with the RLX was quite revealing. It’s not, as we’ve established, a very sporty or fun-to-drive car. While we’d bemoan this fact, the reality is that there’s this tendency in the market to deliver far more performance than most buyers need, often at the sacrifice of comfort and refinement. The RLX is the inverse of this philosophy, prioritizing its occupants rather than just its driver. Every once in a while, we like that change.
Ford Kills Australian Production (82 views)
By Brandon Turkus on May 23, 2013 8:36 a.m.
It’s a sad day for our friends down under. According to a story published in The Australian, the American brand that’s been building cars Down Under since the 1920s will cease production of Australian-specific models by October of 2016. The closure will result in the loss of 1200 jobs, although Ford would retain 1500 Australians for product development positions.
By Brandon Turkus on May 22, 2013 12:13 p.m.
If you haven’t seen Winding Road's video catalog (the unofficial home of all of our Quick Drive and POV videos), then you might notice that they take place on the roads of southeastern Michigan. It's no secret that Michigan is a state that is seriously lacking in twisting roads. That’s precisely why we dispatched Multimedia Editor Chris Amos down to the Great Smoky Mountains, an area known for its winding roads. Obviously, Editor Amos needed a quality car for his little video excursion, and Scion was nice enough to loan us one of our favorite sporty cars, the FR-S.