[Editor's Note: We originally ran this story in our August 2017 issue. Some info may be slightly different.] Story by Johan Dillen • Photos by Dirk de Jager Pinch us. Tell us that this is only a dream: Our convoy consists not only of the Audi Sport quattro but a Renault 5 Turbo, a Peugeot 205 T16 and a Lancia Delta S4 Stradale as well. Dream or not, we are definitely taking a trip through time with four of the most mythical cars of the ’80s: the street-legal homologation versions of four Group B rally giants. These are some of the wildest road cars ever produced. Dinosaurs in a Ghost Town These four cars originated out of Group B homologation regulations. If a manufacturer wanted to compete in the top rung of the World Rally Championship between 1982 and 1986, then they had to follow the Group B regulations. To tie the race cars to the street versions, FISA ruled that at least 200 production examples had to be made. During the Group B era power climbed … [Read more...] about Renault 5 Turbo, Audi quattro, Peugeot 205 T16, Lancia Delta S4
Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in December 2017 about the 2018 Kia Rio. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2019 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. The verdict: Kia redesigned its smallest vehicle for 2018, and the Rio is again available in sedan or hatchback body styles. We tested the hatchback version, and although this subcompact offers more room than expected, we had a tough time accommodating our rear-facing infant car seat. Does it fit three car seats? No Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2019 Kia Rio. Related: Search Car Seat Checks A Grade Latch: The two sets of lower anchors sit just within the seat bight and are easy to access and use. Three top tether anchors sit halfway down the seatback and are clearly marked for easy connection. Forward-facing convertible: This seat was easy to install and fit well after we … [Read more...] about How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2019 Kia Rio?
Last spring, I took a spin behind the wheel of the new 2019 Ford Mustang GT350 — one of no fewer than nine performance variants of Ford’s sports car that the company now plans to offer for 2020. And I did enjoy my experience — pondering whether the GT350 is the best Mustang ever made. Its mix of stellar track performance and decent daily livability was a winning combination, but if you intend to use your GT350 on the track more than you plan on using it to commute, Ford has something new for 2020 that you might be interested in: the 2020 Shelby GT350R. Not that the basic GT350 is any slouch on a road course, but the improvements Ford made for 2020 (based on lessons learned from development of the still-to-come Shelby GT500) make the R version even more ready for the track. Related: 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 First Drive: Is This the Best Mustang Ever Made? Ready, Steady, Go The changes from GT350 to GT350R aren’t all that dramatic. The main goal here was to … [Read more...] about 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R — Track Ready, Street Capable
Really nice of Stampie to spring for these trophies. First place is really getting the shaft though. (Puns!) Damn these are epic, can we trade some of our old trophies in? Robbie UltimaDork 10/14/19 4:30 p.m. I'm very happy that first place in the challenge knows how to store a crankshaft properly. … [Read more...] about Sneak Peek: $2000 Challenge Trophies!
In September, Porsche unveiled the first two models of its all-electric Taycan sedan and wowed us with the performance — and the prices. Now it has followed up with the announcement of a new entry-level Taycan 4S that’s still priced in the six figures, but is a lot cheaper and offers all the style with only slightly dialed back performance. Related: Porsche Is Taycan It to the Streets for 2020 U.S. prices for the new base model will start at $105,150 with the new models’ standard 79.2-kilowatt-hour battery (all prices include a $1,350 destination charge) and $111,730 with the optional 93.4-kwh battery from the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models unveiled earlier. The Taycan Turbo starts at a lofty $152,250 and the Turbo S starts at $186,350. The 4S can be ordered now and is expected at dealers in the spring, after hitting the streets in Europe in January. The Turbo and Turbo S are expected to be at U.S. dealers late this year. The 4S also is all-wheel drive and has two … [Read more...] about Porsche Just Saved You 47 Grand on the Price of a 2020 Taycan