Register for our free newsletterOver the years, there have been loads of amazing car movies, ranging from police chases and post-apocalyptic mania to motorsport biopics and epic heists. We’ve trawled through these films that have been enjoyed by countless thousands of cinemagoers to bring you our list of the seven best car movies ever made. Bullitt In Bullitt, king of cool Steve McQueen plays loose cannon police officer Lieutenant Frank Bullitt.The plot of the film involves Bullitt being tasked with protecting a defector from the Chicago mob, so he can testify at a hearing on organised crime. The 1968 thriller features a number of epic scenes, including assassination attempts and a gunfight on an airport runway, but the highlight is undoubtedly the car chase with Bullitt in his Ford Mustang GT and two baddies in a Dodge Charger R/T. This showdown on the streets of San Francisco between two legendary American muscle cars has become one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time, … [Read more...] about Are these the seven best car movies ever made?
Underrated muscle cars
Register for our free newsletterThe word ‘underrated’ and ‘performance cars’ don’t tend to go hand-in-hand. They’re the types of cars adored by petrolheads — and even those not actually that interested in cars — across the world. Many get a reputation far above their actual capacity (looking straight at you, E46 BMW M3) and almost all have a contingent of die-hard followers. That said, some slip under the radar — and perhaps undeservedly so. Here’s what we think are seven of the most underrated performance cars ever made. Nissan Skyline R33 GT-R Adding a Nissan Skyline of any kind to a list of ‘underrated performance cars’ might seem ludicrous but bear with us. The R33 Skyline is something of an ugly duckling in the legendary Japanese machine’s family history. The R32 before it held all the motorsport glory and earned the nickname ‘Godzilla’ as a result, while the succeeding R34 found fame as the … [Read more...] about The seven most underrated performance cars
Our first three Jalopnik Fantasy Garage residents possess on average the power of 477 horses. The 1969 Honda 1300 Coupe 9 has only 116 ponies at the ready. And its front wheels are of the driven persuasion. Still, I am advocating for the Coupe 9 to be included in our little 50-space Fantasy Garage. Why? Well, for one it is hella rare. Official numbers are hazy recollections at this point, but according to our research Honda built just over 8,000 Coupe 9s. The company built a lesser variant, the 100-hp Coupe 7, in greater number (about 38,500). More significantly, only 1,053 Honda 1300 Coupes ever left Japan, the bulk of which were the punier 7s. Almost all the Coupe 9s that escaped went down to Oz. But rarity does not a Fantasy Garage inductee make. As Diamond Dave would say, go ahead and jump to learn all about "what looks on paper to be the weirdest little motor car ever!" Let's start with that engine. One hundred sixteen horsepower doesn't sound like much until you realize the grunt … [Read more...] about Jalopnik Fantasy Garage: Honda 1300 Coupe 9
The Dodge Durango is one of the most underrated SUVs of our time. I’ve said this before, but “grown ups” who still love performance or muscle cars will find the Durango satisfying to their appetites. The modern day Durango has plenty of room, comfort, and technology for the family, but lots of grunt under the hood. It’s so nicely balanced on the spectrum: there’s luxury and technology, but also aggressive styling and raw power. Lots of raw power. Lots. House of Power For example, the 2018 Durango SRT features a 392 (cubic inches) HEMI V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque. It hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and runs the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds as certified by the National Hot Rod Association. Trips to the swimming pool, piano recital, and grocery store are now infinitely more exciting. The Dodge Durango laughs at the notion that family vehicles are boring vehicles. And Dodge is continuing to chuckle with the … [Read more...] about New Dodge Durango Package Keeps Departed Era Alive
One of the most iconic–and feared–muscle cars of the ’80s came with a somewhat unorthodox drivetrain: a turbocharged V6 backed by an automatic transmission. Meet the Buick Grand National and its variants, including the nearly all-conquering GNX. Buick V6 engines, both turbocharged and naturally aspirated, were all over the place during that decade: They were raced in Trans-Am, IMSA GTP and even the Indy 500. It was the future–or at least that’s what we were told. This look forward also featured smaller cars, so like its GM siblings, Buick’s two-door coupe was downsized for the 1978 model year. The optional turbocharged V6 included on that new Regal’s spec sheet was radical stuff at the time, while the car dominated NASCAR competition with a good ole V8 under the hood. Richard Petty won the 1981 Daytona 500 in a Regal, Bobby Allison did the same the following year, and Buick claimed the 1981 and 1982 manufacturer’s titles. The … [Read more...] about Vintage Views: Buick Grand National
DETROIT, Michigan—Porsche, Volvo, and Mazda all are absent from the North American International Auto Show this year, adding themselves to a list that for years have included Jaguar Land Rover, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Tesla. While we miss the Volvo stand’s coffee, local Volvo dealers set up a display of models, all in white, just outside the Cobo Hall show floor, where Mitsubishi nearby flanked a Mirage sedan with an Outlander on one side and an Outlander Sport on the other, all in dark paint colors, on an unadorned display in a dark corner. There was no Mini stand this year: on the short press conference day, Monday, the BMW stand had a lone Countryman surrounded by Bimmers, though by Tuesday the Mini was no where to be found.GAC Motors’ stand was bigger and brighter than ever this year. Its president, Yu Jun, announced the automaker would attend this year’s National Auto Dealers Association meeting in Las Vegas, … [Read more...] about 2018 Detroit Auto Show Hits, Misses, and Revelations