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October 04, 2021

Toyota’s GR 86 is NO JOKE!

By Richard Williams Revving up for a fresh ride? You’ve visited the right lifestyle site. We here at stupidDOPE crave the road’s grip just like the rest of you speed freaks. We couldn’t have been more hyped to touch down in upstate New York to kick it with Toyota to rip up the track at Monticello Motor Club in the all new 2022 GR86 Premium. Speeding off the track for 2022, the cult classic 86 proudly adorns the

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October 01, 2021

High Octane and a Stick Shift: Standout Cars as an Era Starts to End

Hitting the road and track with Cadillac’s roaring Blackwings, a Porsche 911 GTS and the rare BMW M2 CS. By Lawrence Ulrich For speed demons — or demons wedded to hellacious fossil-fuel power — the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing checks off quite a list. A supercharged, 668-horsepower V-8. A top speed above 200 miles an hour. All-day track thrills that would leave any E.V. depleted and gasping, as demonstrated on my endorphin-rushing test laps at Virginia

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September 26, 2021

2022 Toyota GR 86 – Pure sports car loaded with performance and power

  GR 86 is a track tested and pro-driver-approved sports car, allowing the 2022 GR 86 to earn Toyota’s Gazoo Racing badge. The 2.4-liter flat-four boxer engine is tuned to hit peak torque at lower RPMs, giving the feel of more linear acceleration.  Continue reading

September 03, 2021

Auto review: 2022 Toyota GR 86 is a truly fun sports car. But is it really a Toyota?

By Larry Printz MONTICELLO, N.Y. — Having just taken the top two spots at the 24 Hours of Le Mans last month, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing team has much to be proud of. It’s taken years to achieve, and it’s a testament to Toyota’s engineering and manufacturing acumen. Knowing that, it’s quite remarkable that the company doesn’t design or manufacture its own sports cars. Mazda, a car company a fraction of Toyota’s size, can afford to

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August 31, 2021

Test drive: The Toyota GR 86 is a sports car survivor

By Gary Gastelu The Toyota GR 86 is an unlikely survivor of a dying breed and all the better for it. It’s the latest version of a model that was first launched in 2013 as the Scion FR-S and became the Toyota 86 in 2017 when the Scion brand was discontinued. It’s never been a big seller, but has persevered in part because Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda is a performance car fanatic who understands the value of having cars like

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August 25, 2021

Toyota’s New GR86 Is an Affordable Sports Car For Enthusiasts by Enthusiasts

This evolution of the GT86 keeps what customers enjoyed but improves on its weak points. By Matt Crisara The Takeaway Toyota’s new GR86 is a reminder that low-powered sports cars are incredibly fun to drive. Its slightly bigger 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine provides excellent mid-range torque where the previous GT86’s 2.0-liter engine would bog down. Still, it has the versatility to be a daily driver during the week when it’s not barnstorming the track on

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August 25, 2021

The Toyota GR 86 Is Stick-Shifted Salvation

The latest Toyota sports coupe doubles down on a winning formula. By Wesley Wren The Toyota GR 86 has had many names over its first-generation but now will push forward under the Gazoo Racing banner to further cement Toyota’s interest in bringing its sporting spirit to the street. This new 86 is an evolution of the previous generation car and builds on what worked—and fixes what didn’t. The biggest complaint of the outgoing model: power. Continue reading

August 18, 2021

2022 Toyota GR 86 Reminds Us That Affordable Fun Exists

While it’s not entirely new, the GR 86’s larger engine and revised chassis are more than enough to keep us happy. By David Beard A car like the Toyota GR 86 isn’t supposed to happen in this age of SUVs and electrification. Small and affordable coupes like the rear-drive GR 86 are pretty much dead. And yet Toyota has just refreshed its almost one-of-a-kind sports car, and it isn’t just good, it’s great. We adore high-powered coupes

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August 18, 2021

2022 Toyota GR 86 First Drive Review: The Same Cheap RWD Shenanigans, Only Better

With a bigger engine, more power, and a welcome dab of refinement, the Toyobaru’s second round is a victory lap. BY PATRICK GEORGE “Designed by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts.” That’s how Toyota’s marketing people talk about the 2022 Toyota GR 86, and I can’t think of a more apt description. It takes a lot—or at least a CEO who really, really thinks cars should be fun to drive—to drop a brand-new, affordable, naturally aspirated, manual-equipped, rear-wheel-drive sports car

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July 29, 2021

Embracing Vintage Cars in the Catskills

A garage turned coffee shop and a restaurant fixing up Mustangs in the basement: The car scene is expanding beyond a high-end racetrack country club. By Brett Berk The driving season in the Catskills is quite short, abbreviated by snow and salt in the long winters and a spring rainy season that can sometimes feel endless. But now that it’s the heart of summer, and people can mingle again, Jared Lamanna wants to provide a

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July 26, 2021

Artist Heidi Mraz Recreates a Porsche 906 from Pieces of Its History

By Brett Berk The car—chassis number 906-134—is owned by the co-founder of the Monticello Motor Club, where the 906 and the four-by-six foot portrait now live. Heidi Mraz‘s automotive portraits are complex, collages of hundreds of pieces of ephemera specific to the car, so her artistic process is arduous. “Fifty percent of my time is just spent gathering information—talking to past drivers, restorers, owners; finding magazine articles and engineering notes in dusty boxes—to fill the

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June 14, 2021

Test drive: The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is a V8-powered king of the hill

Mother Nature had better get some ear muffs. The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the first V8 Wrangler ever and the most powerful. Needless to say, it’s a rowdy one. It borrows its 392 cubic-inch engine from the Dodge Challenger RT Scat Pack, Grand Cherokee SRT, etc., and sends 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque to all four of the Wrangler’s wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission as it screams through a dual-mode exhaust that allows drivers to crank

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June 14, 2021

The Subaru Outback Wilderness Doubles Down on the Outback Formula

In retrospect, the Subaru Outback Wilderness seems like the sort of idea that we should have all thought up a long time ago. After all, the basic idea behind the Outback that proved so revolutionary a couple decades ago — take an all-wheel-drive station wagon and add ground clearance so it can go off-road — clearly proved a mighty success; that basic idea transformed Subaru from a second-tier Japanese carmaker in America to a near-omnipresent feature of the country’s

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June 14, 2021

The High-Performance ‘Country Club’ Memberships We’re After

Spoiler alert: We’re not talking about golf. During this unprecedented time, travel’s been limited. We’re itching to get out of town, get behind the wheel, and set our sights on the open road. Better yet, we’re looking at the closed roads. Track clubs have become the new country clubs—more high-octane, to be sure, and way more fun. No speed limits, no construction zones, and although we can’t guarantee you won’t hit some light traffic—things like

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May 07, 2021

2020 Audi Q5 55 Hybrid Review: Who Needs Gas, Anyway?

By Patrick George In the time it takes you to finish reading this sentence, Audi will sell approximately 246 Q5 crossovers to American buyers. Okay, fine, it may be closer to 244. Math has never been my strong suit. But any way you want to look at it, the Q5 is a bonafide hit for Audi. Even four years into the current model’s life, it remains the brand’s top-selling model by a wide margin. And the

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April 10, 2021

Is a Safari B5 Audi RS4 Avant the Perfect Daily Driver?

By Nico DeMattia The B5 Audi RS4 Avant has a loyal following among Audi enthusiasts. As the original RS4 Avant, it gets a ton of love for being the car that made the segment famous. Which is why heavily modifying B5 RS4s can upset its fanbase. However, this modified “Safari” B5 Audi RS4 Avant should instead be celebrated. In the latest episode of Modified, from Hagerty, we get to see an owner’s lifted, wrapped, and, well, modified RS4.

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March 21, 2021

2021’S TOP TEN TECH CARS: PORSCHE 911 TURBO S

Fast as lightning, stable when wet By Lawrence Ulrich Among modern sports cars, there’s fast, and then there’s the Porsche 911 Turbo. I’ve driven many generations of this Autobahn brawler, but I still wasn’t quite prepared for what Porsche could do with 477 kilowatts—640 horsepower. I tested the all-new 911 Turbo S at my “neighborhood” track, the Monticello Motor Club in the Catskills region of New York. On Monticello’s 4.1-mile tangle of curves, the Porsche showed how 46

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March 09, 2021

The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Is a Snow-Drift Machine

By Chris Perkins Confidence can be a dangerous thing. I was feeling pretty good about myself out on the snow-covered road course of the Monticello Motor Club road course, pulling big yaw angles with the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, making it look nice for the camera just as the snow was giving way to ice. You see where this is going: carrying too much speed down a particularly slick part of the track and into a snowbank, pushing

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February 10, 2021

SCG Boot Review: A 650-HP, Street-Legal Baja Racer Is One of the Most Entertaining Cars on Earth

By Roger Garbow aunching off the top of the hill, there’s a brief sensation of weightlessness. A flashback to those youthful days of hitting jumps on a light, two-stroke dirt bike, floating through the air and then landing with a blast of dirt from the rear wheel. In a blink, that memory was replaced with a harsh reality: I’m no longer 17, and this is going to hurt. 5,500 pounds of steel falling through space tends

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January 21, 2021

BMW X4 M COMPETITION 2021: THEY ARE CRAZY, THESE GERMANS!

By Natasha Kumar   Very few people have the need or even the means to purchase a vehicle like the 2021 BMW X4 M Competition, a luxury compact coupe-type SUV that has an army of 503 horsepower and all the dynamic qualities to stand up to many. top level sports cars on the circuits. There is not much rational in this kind of racing car, which is both the expression of the sports madness of

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