May 07, 2021
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
April 10, 2021
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.
March 09, 2021
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
February 10, 2021
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
January 21, 2021
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
December 28, 2020
By Lawrence Ulrich It’s a brilliant car. Exclusive, too. But this limited-run model comes with a hefty price In the high-performance smorgasbord known as BMW Test Fest, held this year at New York’s Monticello Motor Club, there were richer, meatier dishes than the 2020 M2 CS. Among them: a 612-horsepower, $142,000 Alpina XB7, which plopped 5,900 surprisingly graceful pounds on Monticello’s tabletop-smooth track. The M5 and M8 Competition (at a respective $111,095 and $134,995), whose absurdly over-sauced, 617-horsepower V-8s make them faster than
November 07, 2020
David Haueter samples the McLaren 600LT Spider in latest Sportscar365 Test Drive series… Photo: David Haueter There are many great sports cars available today, but most of them are compromised when it comes to driving in its purest form. The luxury and comfort features that need to be added to make them attractive to buyers as a car that can be driven every day add weight and place more filters between the driver and the
November 07, 2020
Driving a car fast for 20 minutes is very different from living with it for a week. There’s just the opportunity for quick impressions—speed off the line, handling, braking, noise levels, visibility. BMW brought a full array of new models to Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York, for Test Day East last week, and…continue reading.
October 22, 2020
The new Mini GP, which will only be sold for one year, is already hard enough to pin down—should you be lucky enough to get your hands on one through a dealer right now. It’s harder to label, written up elsewhere as, in no shot order: insane, impractical, overpriced, and too hairball. Those critics are dead wrong. Let’s take these statistically driven (and clearly not passion-driven) arguments on one at a time. First, however, a
October 08, 2020
Woodcliff, N.J. – October 8, 2020 – After launching a successful driving school program at the BMW Performance Center West at The Thermal Club in Palm Springs, California, MINI USA is expanding the MINI Driving Experience to two new locations on the East Coast – the BMW Performance Center East at Plant Spartanburg in South Carolina and Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York. MINI Driving Experience programs, which are offered for individuals or groups, such as corporate and team building events, are designed to teach performance hungry drivers how
June 10, 2020
By Roger Garbow I remember every detail of the day I received my driver’s license. My 16th birthday fell on a dreary Tuesday with temperatures hovering near freezing and the skies filled with dark, threatening clouds. There was a periodic bone-chilling drizzle. That night, I took my first solo drive in my dad’s 455 c.i. Pontiac Grand Prix…and was pulled over by a police officer within an hour. It was a crappy day by most
April 19, 2020
Tuned goes to Monticello Motor Club to visit the Turner Motorsport race team, who have brought us two cars: Their 535-horsepower, all-motor Frozen M3 street project car, and the 2011 Continental Tire Series Championship-winning E92 M3 Race Car. Watch video!
April 15, 2020
By Chris Perkins | Road & Track The TRD Pro looks new, but it’s still the capable, old-school off-roader you love. The 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro isn’t exactly new—the current, fifth-generation SUV just entered its tenth model year—but it’s good. Toyota recently updated the TRD Pro trim, introduced in 2014, with Fox Racing shocks, while all 4Runners get new safety and infotainment tech for 2020. These revisions, combined with a severe case of Seasonal Affective
February 06, 2020
By Gary Gastelu | Fox News 2020 Jeep Gladiator Test Drive The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is the brand’s first pickup in nearly three decades, and aims to offer a unique blend of off-road and heavy hauling capability. Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu brought it to the Monticello Motor Club to see if it lives up to the Jeep name. Jeep is turning its off-roaders into off-roadrunners. The brand is introducing new “Desert Rated” versions of
December 26, 2019
By SPEED SPORT Staff DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Era Motorsport will make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut in the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona Beach Int’l Speedway. In advance of the season-opening event, the team will test the No. 18 Oreca 07-Gibson LMP2 entry during the Roar Before the 24 with Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman…Continue reading.
October 31, 2019
By Andrew P. Collins | Jalopnik The Hyundai Veloster N and 2020 Mazda 3 are both, technically speaking, economy cars with hatchbacks from Asian countries. They’re even priced about the same. But that’s where the similarities end. We happened to have one of each parked next to each other the other day, so we’ve got the opportunity to debate the finer points of both. (Full Disclosure: Mazda and Hyundai loaned us these vehicles for reviews with full tanks of fuel.)
October 21, 2019
By Gary Gastelu | Fox News If you really want to learn how to drive a tank, I suggest you read a different article. Go find one written by someone who has dedicated and risked their life perfecting the skills needed to operate one in the heat of battle. I’m sure it will be much more informative and interesting than this. That said, if you want to learn how you can drive a tank, please read on. The Monticello Motor Club in New York is
October 09, 2019
By Angelica Stabile | Fox Business Car flattening is one of the latest ways to blow off steam. FoxNews.com automotive editor Gary Gastelu gave it a try on Tuesday by joining Monticello Motor Club’s tank experience in Monticello, New York. “I’ve got to tell you, this feels as satisfying as it looks,” Gastelu told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “This is a new experience they have here for non-members. Anybody could come up here … I could do this all day.”
September 21, 2019
On a serious and not at all joking note, I’ve actually never driven a tank or an armored personnel carrier before, despite writing about them every so often. I expected to feel absolutely powerful while driving one. I was so right. Where does one go to drive a tank or an APC, you ask? Well, if you’re in the tri-state area, then simply head over to Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York. There’s a whole Tank Experience there…Continue reading.
August 27, 2019
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