Same name, significantly different cars. Toyota presented its performance lineup in September 2017 with a three-tier hierarchy by positioning the all-show-without-extra-go GR Sport at the bottom of the food chain, followed by the midrange GR, and the flagship GRMN. In a drag race between a GR Yaris and a GRMN Yaris, you'd expect the latter to take the win, but it's not as simple as some might think because we're dealing with two different generations of the supermini. There are major differences between the two even though both share (most of) the same name. The old one is front-wheel drive whereas the current model sends its power to both axles. On a damp surface, like you’d expect to find in typically rainy UK, that makes all the difference since the GR Yaris has better traction off the line. Gallery: 2020 Toyota GR Yaris 37 Photos The GRMN does have an … [Read more...] about Toyota GRMN Yaris Drag Races GR Yaris In Hot Vs Hotter Hatch
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It's nearly impossible to pick a favorite. The R8 LMS GT2 sits at the top of the food chain in Audi Sport's race car lineup, above other racers such as the R8 LMS GT4 and the newly released entry-level RS3 LMS . A flagship deserves some attractive paint schemes, so it comes as no surprise the Audi Exclusive personalization program has been extended to include the track-only V10 machine. The new Color Edition offers a choice between six equally attractive paint jobs for the R8 LMS GT2 : Vegas Yellow, Tactical Green, Sebring Black, Nogaro Blue, Misano Red, and Kyalami Green. Each of these paints is applied onto a CFRP body while the upper section comes finished in black regardless of the main color. Gallery: Audi R8 LMS GT2 Color Edition 7 Photos We'd argue Sebring Black looks the most menacing of the sextuplet, though we would probably pick Tactical Green as … [Read more...] about Audi R8 LMS GT2 Color Edition Debuts As Splashy $422,000 Race Car
The Audi A8 is all-new for 2018 – so what's changed? In case you haven’t already heard, there’s an all-new Audi A8 – you can view all of it in our 321-photo gallery . Apart from the obvious exterior upgrades, the new and improved luxury sedan comes pre-loaded with semi-autonomous technology, laser headlights, and even a foot massager. Fancy . Update: Find Out How Quick The V6 Gas-Powered New Audi A8 Is You Don't Have To Like The Audi A8 To Enjoy These Stunning Images But what exactly has changed from the outgoing model? Well, plenty. Using our nifty photo-comparison tool, it’s easy to pinpoint all the design changes to the exterior, while detecting some of the subtle nuances made to the more technology-focused cabin. Working our way from the outside in, the most obvious revision comes in the front fascia. The new Singleframe grille is significantly more sculpted, doing away with the "squircle" shape of the outgoing D4 model. The headlights are … [Read more...] about 2018 Audi A8: Can You Spot The Differences?
After finishing well adrift of Verstappen and FP1 pacesetter Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's second practice session at Portimao went much more smoothly as he led Verstappen by 0.143s in the final classification. The 60-minute session, which was delayed by 10 minutes after track officials inspected a drain cover on the outside of the 90-degree Turn 11 right-hander, was action packed from the off as all 20 cars were quickly out on the circuit – as has become the norm with the reduced practice running overall in 2021. Esteban Ocon led the pack around and duly set the opening time of the session with a 1m21.687s, before Ferrari's Charles Leclerc established the P1 benchmark at 1m21.294s – with all the drivers bar Haas's Nikita Mazepin, who was on the hards, running the medium tyres from off. Verstappen's first flying lap put him first in with a 1m20.937s as the times quickly tumbled in the opening 10 minutes – the Dutchman quickly in turn demoted by Carlos Sainz's 1m20.831s. … [Read more...] about Portuguese GP: Hamilton tops FP2 from Verstappen
Aprilia has scored just six top six finishes in the modern MotoGP era. The latest of those came two weeks ago in Portugal, courtesy of an in-form Aleix Espargaro aboard an RS-GP that looked like a genuinely competent package for the first time. A strong Friday showing at Jerez for the Spanish Grand Prix, which Espargaro ended third fastest, teases the prospect that for the first time the Spaniard could make a legitimate challenge for the podium on Sunday. “I’m satisfied about day one, but the good thing is it looks like Aprilia and Aleix is working well everywhere we go,” Espargaro enthused when Motorsport.com asked if the Spanish GP could be ‘the big one’ for Aprilia. “So, it’s not about one single track. The track is a bit slippery, so after all first day, all riders in every single track will put more rubber down on track. I think the things may change a little bit, but why not [aim for the podium]? I feel good, so let’s see.” It’s not the first time Espargaro has … [Read more...] about Can MotoGP’s underdog spoil Yamaha’s party at Jerez?