On a postcard-perfect day in the Provence region of France, we agree to keep our phones tucked away in our bags. In a convoy, we pass through the security gate of the former Michelin, now BMW proving ground in Miramas and wind our way to a garage on the other side of the enormous facility. Our hosts are a small handful of immensely friendly, obviously proud, and enthusiastic engineers responsible for bringing the BMW Z4 convertible back to our roads next spring. They’ve been at it for five years—or three years before the last Z4 disappeared from our showrooms after the 2016 model year. Why? BMW’s not-so-secret arrangement with Toyota to co-develop a coupe-only Supra sports car in exchange for valuable, forward-thinking battery and hybrid technology was too good to pass up. Impressions of Scale Feeling a bit like stowaways or spies, we catch our first glimpse of a pair of near-production-spec Z4s in full camo—including black interior shrouds. Having only seen the … [Read more...] about 2019 BMW Z4 M40i Prototype Review: BMW Breathes Life Into a Forgotten Droptop
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Ford is about more than the F-Series pickup. Historically, the Blue Oval has built some of the greatest cars ever seen on U.S. roads. And while that truck has been a consistent drumbeat to the history of the company (not to mention a primary profit generator), it’s not a stretch to claim that the automaker forged its legacy through the cars it made and marketed. The Model T. The “Deuce Coupe.” The GT40, with its GT progeny. And, of course, the Mustang. All those cars, and more, reflect the constant changes and chapters of American motoring tastes and innovation. Invariably, each stop along the way includes a Ford, either as the driving innovator others hope to catch (Model T, Mustang) or the driven competitor intent on besting the market leader (Escort, Taurus). That’s the benefit of competition: improved cars, more innovation, better designs, and a kick-ass story that takes 100 or more years to tell. Now, Ford has announced that it will stop making sedans … [Read more...] about From the Model T to the Mustang, these are the 10 best Ford cars of all time
PETER CUNNINGHAM is leaning forward, hands firmly grasping the steering wheel, elbows out, eyes keenly focused. It’s a stance he must have assumed countless times in full racing gear, chasing victories over three decades for RealTime Racing, a team he founded in 1987.Cunningham isn’t exactly chatty to begin with, but at this moment, he’s silent, transfixed with the task of driving his 1997 Integra Type R. It’s the crown jewel in a lineup of Acuras and Hondas at the RealTime Collection Hall outside Milwaukee. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below He used to outrun BMWs and Mazdas in an Integra. Today, he’s outrunning a storm. The forecast called for rain, and this pristine white Type R hasn’t seen much weather. He’d like to keep it that way. So Cunningham is hustling. “It’s one of 320,” he says. “This car has the original tires on it and 15,000 original miles; all original paint.” Cunningham also has a yellow … [Read more...] about Meet the Man Who Helped Give Honda Its Motorsport Cred
General Motors found itself the target of criticism after its sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared for the 2016 looking too much like the fifth-generation model. Clearly, GM didn’t feel like staging a repeat of this styling error, so the model’s mid-cycle refresh dares greatly, to borrow a phrase from another division. The 2019 Camaro drops the slim upper grille and gaping lower intake of the 2018 model in favor of a more conventional setup. The lower intake, now significantly reduced in size, flows into aero-enhancing air curtains, while the SS model visually merges upper and lower openings with a blacked-out center bumper section. It’s a little Silverado-esque, to be honest. In a nod to frugal thrill seekers, 2019 also sees the sought-after 1LE package dropped in the lap of four-cylinder buyers. The trim ladder stays the same for 2019, but buyers will find a revamped front and rear fascia, hood, headlights, and LED accent lighting on all but the top-rung ZL1. … [Read more...] about 2019 Chevrolet Camaro: Refresh Brings More Four-cylinder Fun
Also receive latest infotainment system Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car In addition to the updated Malibu, GM has unveiled refreshed versions of the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze and 2019 Chevrolet Spark, touting that the trio ushers in “the restyled face of Chevy cars.” 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Like the Malibu, the Cruze gets a new grille and front fascia for 2019. The changes are subtle, but the upper and lower grilles are now wider with different horizontal slats. The headlights, though similar to last year’s lamps, have been redesigned with new LED piping. Chevy also added LED accents to the taillights on the Premier trim. The Cruze can still be had as either a sedan or hatchback, a body style Chevy says accounted for 20 percent of all Cruze sales in 2017, the hatch’s first full year of production. Also new for 2019 is a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen running the … [Read more...] about 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, Chevy Spark Get Midcycle Refresh
At xBhp we normally do not have anything to do with cars. Except in the rare instances when the cars are prefixed with the word ‘super’! The Auto Expo 2016 was of course a perfect setting for people to visit and ogle at the gorgeous motorcycles on display, but some cars were sufficiently beautiful to grab our interest. So here are a bunch of ‘superb’cars which we captured through our lenses and we hope you will appreciate these vehicles as much as we did! Hopefully we would get a chance to jump behind the wheel for another iteration of Driver vs. Rider. Honda Project 2&4 Now most readers of xBhp are not used to the shock of seeing cars on this forum, so we will ease you into this different world by first presenting a motorcycle, er car. Err, the Honda Project 2&4. Where the Japanese company has beautifully amalgamated the adrenalin pumping nature of two-wheelers with that of four. It houses a litre engine derived for MotoGP in it and can easily be … [Read more...] about Auto Expo 2016: The Car Pavilions!
Half a century ago the recently formed Speed Equipment Manufacturers Association did something that never existed. It hosted a trade show for parts and services intended to modify cars and trucks. It was a small affair—so small the card tables and folding chairs of its few displaying vendors didn’t take up all of the basement under Dodger Field.A lot has changed in the past fifty years. For one thing, SEMA officially changed its name to Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association. Then it moved the show to Las Vegas. And it did something unprecedented in the 40 years it’s been there: a trade show about car trinkets became the seventh-largest trade show in the world and the second largest in Las Vegas (in case you’re wondering, the Consumer Electronics Show owns top distinction in both categories). The convention space covers nearly 1.3 million square feet.With such a large target market in one place, SEMA vendors use the show as an opportunity to … [Read more...] about HOT ROD’s Favorite Products From The 2017 SEMA Show! #TENSEMA17