Mark Phelan Detroit Free Press Published 11:01 p.m. UTC Aug 29, 2018 No driver, no matter how skilled, can use all the ★★★ 2018 BMW M5’s capabilities on a public road, and virtually no M5 owner will take a six-figure super-sedan on a closed track. So why does the new M5 exist? Here's why: To silence conversations like the one I recently watched suck the air out of a dinner group as two people debated whether BMW is still “the ultimate driving machine,” as the Bavarian automaker’s advertising has modestly promised for a generation. The food was fine, but trust me, if you’d been there you would have been looking for a fire alarm to pull. Will the new 600-horsepower, 3.2-second 0-60 mph BMW M5 succeed in ending that kind of conversation? Not entirely. Behind the Wheel 2018 BMW M5 All-wheel-drive, five-passenger high-performance sedan Price as tested: $128,895 (excluding destination charge) Rating: ★★★ (Out of four … [Read more...] about Review: All-wheel-drive 2018 M5 is a heavyweight fighter for BMW’s rep
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YouTubeRoyalty Exotic Cars The Bugatti Veyron is no longer the fastest car in the world. While it was once the production car with the quickest 0-60, the highest top speed, and the greatest horsepower and torque figures in the history of the automobile, all of those numbers have since been surpassed—including by the Veyron's own successor, the Bugatti Chiron. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Still, you'd think a hypercar with a minimum of 1001 horsepower would be pretty exciting, even if it's using technology that's more than a decade old. But familiarity, it seems, breeds curiosity—in the form of, "I wonder what would happen if we did this?"That's how Houston Crosta of Las Vegas ended up with what we believe to be the world's only rear-wheel drive Bugatti Veyron. And yes, it absolutely murders tires. Crosta, the founder of Vegas car rental company Royalty Exotic Cars, has owned his Veyron for just under a year. It's already sporting some significant … [Read more...] about This Guy Converted His Bugatti to Rear-Wheel Drive to Make it More Fun
In the crowded metropolis of Hong Kong lives a man who knows more about off-road vehicles than possibly anyone else on earth. He has raced the Dakar Rally, torn apart priceless vehicles just to see how they work, written a book called The 4x4 Bible, and taught off-roading skills to locals. His name is Victor Ma, and while you may not have heard of him before, he is the King of Off-Roaders. Type his name into Google and you’ll find the mysterious collector mentioned dozens of times in 4x4-related articles and forum threads, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything more. Despite being widely renowned in China as the foremost authority on all things off-road, Ma has remained largely a mystery to the western world. Until now. Meeting The King Last year, as my brother Mike walked to the subway, he spotted some cool vehicles in the window of a shop in Fo Tan, an industrial area in Hong Kong. Curious, he popped in and met a man whose enthusiasm for four-wheel drives impressed … [Read more...] about This Man Is The Four-Wheel Drive King Of The World And His Collection Will Blow Your Mind
Most Infinitis are likely to be all-wheel drive in the future as the automaker looks to phase out its rear-wheel-drive platform found in the Q50, Q60, Q70 and QX70 models. In an interview with GoAuto published Tuesday, Infiniti product chief Francois Bancon said the existing RWD platform, code-named FM and introduced in 2001, isn't compatible with the new electrification strategy the automaker plans to implement. “We are going to have to change, this [FM] platform is a V-6 platform, it is rear-wheel drive,” Bancon said. “We are going to have to shift because this platform is not an electrified platform; you need a battery, you need an electric motor, it’s a different package.” Bancon went on to explain that future Infinitis would probably be AWD, with an internal combustion engine and electric motor combo driving the front wheels and another electric motor at the rear. “Since you shift electric you have a motor in the front and in the back, so RWD … [Read more...] about Infiniti to ditch rear-wheel drive?
It doesn’t matter what you think of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R’s outlandish, almost Gundam-like looks, or the fact that it’s a Honda Civic, or the fact that it’s front-wheel drive. Once you’re strapped into the driver’s seat you’re going to give this car a chance. If you’re already feeling its vibe, just wait until you get a hand on that prime shift knob. The whole package falls short of perfection, but the first Civic Type R ever to be sold in the United States has a lot of personality for something that looks so much like a robot. (Full Disclosure: Honda flew me to Montréal, put me up in a lovely hotel, paid for several meals and took me to the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix to watch their race car break down just so I could briefly drive the Civic Type R and tell you about it.) A lot of people you might picture buying this car, myself included, grew up with import tuner culture. The big wings, big rims, aggressive aero kits … [Read more...] about The 2017 Honda Civic Type R Is A Beast But You Won’t Forget It’s Front-Wheel Drive