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August 27, 2019

Never Pass Up An Opportunity To Drive On Track With An Instructor

When you’re on track, you can pretty easily tell when you’re driving poorly. Everything becomes a thousand times harder, the tires are always squealing, you’re hitting curbs that shouldn’t be hit, and you’re having to re-correct your steering or braking almost constantly while moving through a corner. During Jalopnik’s big track day test last week, I knew I needed to be a lot smoother than I was—I just had no idea how to get to that

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August 26, 2019

The 2019 Acura NSX Absolutely Rips

There are a lot of things people can, and do, say about the current Acura NSX. It’s “not as cool as the old one,” you’ll hear, or the front end “looks like it came off of a generic coupe.” From the outside, it might seem like Acura’s milking an old nameplate for $160,000 a pop, minus big rebates to entice more sales, just because it can. Who wouldn’t, after all? But after eight minutes in the 573-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6

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August 26, 2019

All Of You Need To Drive This Damn Car

Listen up, you turkeys. There’s really only one car you need to be driving and it’s this, the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. In my first drive, my street time with it only amounted to about 30 minutes. This time around, after spending several hours behind the wheel, doing normal car stuff, I’m going to really need you all to drive the thing and experience its greatness. In fact, we should all be driving them. Them’s

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August 26, 2019

Could the SSC Tuatara be the first car to break 300mph?

Monticello Motor Club is about as far removed as you can get from a damp track day at Snetterton. This 4.1-mile ribbon of tarmac, nestled in a sleepy valley 90 miles north of NYC (a 90-minute drive in your favourite supercar… or, more realistically, given the clientele, a short hop in your helicopter), pitches itself as a country club. Membership starts at $60,000 plus $5,900 per year for the Silver package and rises to $95,000 plus

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August 23, 2019

2019 BMW M5 Competition Second Drive | Mission: reignition

I’ve been trying lately to fall back in love with BMW. I’ll proudly champion the i3, drool over the i8, take the long way home in a 2 Series and gladly oblige my son with more exhaust bark from the M850i in the driveway. But the general, less-conditional love I felt for the lineup has dwindled. This love began with fetishizing the Z3 from “GoldenEye” and ended with the adrenaline crash that followed the ecstatic rush of slip-sliding the 1 Series M Coupe around

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August 22, 2019

We’ve Got A Diverse Group Of Cars On Track Today. What Do You Want To Know?

Today a contingent of Jalopnik staffers are hanging out at New York’s Monticello Motor Club to track test an eclectic batch of cars: a Mustang GT350, Acura NSX, Hyundai Veloster N, BMW X4 X Competition, and a Mazda 3 hatchback. We’ve got a few features planned for you, but meanwhile, anything you want to know? Our purpose today isn’t a pure top-speed shootout, we’re just trying to get a sense for how some significantly different cars feel

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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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June 18, 2019

The 503-HP 2020 BMW X4 M Competition Is a Real M Car Whether You Like It or Not

The latest high-performance car to come from BMW’s M division may be an ugly crossover coupe, but the 2020 BMW X4 M Competition also has over 500 horsepower from BMW’s most powerful inline-six ever, a rear-biased all-wheel drive setup, and 100 percent functional air vents. The X4 M is a real M car, and it’s actually pretty awesome. (Full Disclosure: Lexus was kind enough to loan me an ES350 for a week to drive out to New Jersey,

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June 03, 2019

The Science of Performance

SPONSORED BY  As dutiful readers of InsideHook, you’ve no doubt come to understand that we believe life is meant to be an adventure — with apologies to variety, getting out of one’s comfort zone is the true spice of life. So when the opportunity arose to join our friends at TAG Heuer in celebrating the launch of their new Autavia Isograph chronometer by putting the pedal to the proverbial metal at one of America’s premier

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May 21, 2019

NBC’s 1st Look: Lady Boss – Full Episode

Stuntwoman, Janeshia-Adams Ginyard, magician, Misty Lee, butchers, Leah & Sunny, and pro racecar driver Aurora Straus, show Johnny Bananas who’s boss VIEW FULL EPISODE. 

May 21, 2019

2019 FERRARI 488 PISTA DRIVE REVIEW: A SUPERCAR FIT FOR THE STREETS AND THE TRACK

This 710-hp Prancing Horse is one hell of an Italian Stallion. MARA BALAGTAS The launch of any new Ferrari is always an epic automotive event. The supercar’s signature red color scheme, iconic Prancing Horse branding and sheer speed and ferocity are just a few of the automotive attributes that have made Ferrari an absolute icon. So when I was recently invited to test drive the all-new 488 Pista at the Miami-Homestead Speedway, I was definitely eager to put the

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