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Month: July 2019

July 29, 2019

2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Review: Odd Name, Delightful Car

On paper, the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 seems grossly overpriced for what it is. After all, Mercedes-Benz and BMW both offer more powerful sport sedans for nearly half the price; even notoriously pricey Porsche’s 550-horsepower Panamera Turbo starts more than $35,000 cheaper than the compact cat’s MSRP. But to judge the Project 8 on its specs alone is to sell it short. It’s not meant to take the fight to E63s and M5s any more than a Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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July 26, 2019

Practical Magic: BMW’s New X4 M

Among the plethora of predictions made by Confucius, the fabled Chinese teacher, philosopher and life-coach, was this little-known one: It’s not possible for tall-riding SUV to drive like sports car. Yes, the enlightened one was way ahead of his time with a multitude of his observations. But when it came to this, obviously Confucius had never driven a new BMW X4 M. Until the arrival of this latest X model, I might have agreed with

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July 25, 2019

2020 Jeep Gladiator Review: A Truck for the People

Americans love pickup trucks. Americans love Jeeps. Yet, for the last 27 years, the latter’s parent company Chrysler has abstained from capitalizing on what seemed like an obvious layup: slapping a cargo bed on the back of one of its off-roaders. Until 2019, at least, when at long last, Jeep created a pickup truck and dusted off the Gladiator nameplate for its made-in-Ohio tailgate. In a stroke of genius (okay, maybe just common sense), Fiat-Chrysler chose to

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July 23, 2019

Driver’s Ed: Learning to Control the Ferrari 488 Pista, Maranello’s Latest Missile

You’re an individual of high net worth, well known to your local Ferrari dealership, from whom you have amassed a stable of sleek, prancing horses. Accordingly, you’re invited to purchase the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista, a limited-edition, track-focused version of the 488 GTB. You covet this 710-horsepower, mid-engined monster, so you order one at a price of $350,050. It’s a helluva lot of car, and you’ll want to keep all that beautiful carbon fiber bodywork intact during spirited

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July 21, 2019

Hot Rodding a 1999 F355 Ferrari

Hot Rodding a Ferrari is like planning the space program. Even if you found the smartest people and had plenty of ready cash, you could still end up flat broke and wondering what you did it for. Anyone who would take on such an ambitious project would be advised to understand the intricacies of Ferrari tuning under the urgency of an endurance race. Someone like a race driver. …Continue reading.  

July 17, 2019

FORD GT MKII IS A TRACK-ONLY SUPERCAR WITH A $1.2 MILLION PRICE TAG

With no pesky racing regs to satisfy, the GT comes off its leash. Multimatic Motorsports racing driver Scott Maxwell is running the new, track-day-focused Ford GT Mark II—or Ford GT MkII, if you prefer—up Lord March’s driveway for the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 4. So it’s a Canadian driver charging up an English hill in the most American of supercars on America’s birthday, all to introduce the latest version of Ford’s beastly GT. The Mark II

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July 17, 2019

Porsche 962 IMSA Racer Is A True Piece Of Motorsport History

It’s not very often that an iconic Porsche race car hits the private market, but thanks to Canepa, millionaires looking to live out their racing driver fantasies can purchase this 1984 Porsche 962. The 962 was built for IMSA’s Grand Touring Prototype class standards, and this particular example, chassis 962-102, is one of just 16 factory cars made in accordance to these rules. An additional 75 racers were built…Continue reading.

July 17, 2019

2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M Review: It’s Time to Embrace the Sport SUV

The 2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M demand that we stop thinking about SUVs in old and obsolete ways — as either trucks in a more palatable form, or as a hopeless compromise that can never perform as well as a conventional car. Here’s the new truth of the ultra-high-performance SUV: You won’t find any car that can do what the X3 M and X4 M can do, which is to attack a road or racetrack faster than most sport

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July 17, 2019

This Hot-Rodded Ferrari Is All About Bringing Joy

Jeff Segal brought a racing driver’s tuning sensibility to his 1999 Ferrari F355 Modificata project car. Hot rodding a Ferrari is like planning the space program. Even if you found the smartest people and wrote massive checks, you could still end up flat broke and spinning in an infinite void. Anyone who’d take on such an ambitious project would be advised to understand the intricacies of Ferrari tuning under the urgency of an endurance race.

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