Here's something you don't see every day.... Edmunds' Inside Line shows you exclusive spy footage of the 2009 BMW 7 Series drifting around Germany's famed Nurburgring.
Caught for the first time on a test track in Germany, the 2009 Subaru WRX STI looks as though it has enough upgrades to quiet the uproar over the standard model's tepid styling. Although the prototype in question still had some camouflage over the front and rear fascias, there are notable changes in store for the next-generation WRX STI.
The 2008 BMW M3 will appear any day now. It'll have a 414-horsepower V8 engine, a carbon-fiber roof and more high-tech electronics than your nearest Circuit City. It's the start of something big.
It's also the end of something. We're saying good-bye to the E46 M3, the tightly shaped coupe with the inline-6. No other car has meant so much to guys who really care about cars and fast driving.
Edmunds Inside Line takes you for a ride in Aston Martin's high-class, high-performance driving machine, the 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Ford doesn't build Mustangs to fly. That was true back in 1968 when Steve McQueen sent a GT 390 soaring over the hills of San Francisco in Bullitt. And it's true of the new 315-horsepower 2008 Mustang Bullitt.
We jumped it anyway. Not because we wanted to, but because we had to. It's a Mustang Bullitt, and that means it's gotta fly.
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Edmunds Inside Line brings two awesome street machines, the 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX and the 2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX, together for a comparison test. Find out which car comes out on top.
In a few short months, we'll have all the information we could possibly want about the 2008 Honda Accord coupe and sedan. It's set to go on sale this fall, so even though we managed to catch a few prototypes conducting hot-weather testing in the California desert, most of the major details are already set in stone.
We know for sure that the hybrid model is gone. Slow sales of the performance-oriented hybrid made it a one-generation wonder, so the top-of-the-line Accord for 2008 will carry a conventional gasoline-fueled V6. We're expecting power levels somewhere north of 260 horses, so this Accord will be one of the faster family sedans in the segment.
In this Midsize Truck Comparison Test, Inside Line puts the Nissan Frontier up against the Toyota Tacoma to see who reigns supreme in the segment.
You would think the 435-horsepower Audi S6 would be enough to satisfy most Audi enthusiasts, but of course there are always a few rich guys who want more. They'll get more with the introduction of the 2008 Audi RS 6. Caught lapping the Nürburgring test track, it's Audi's latest entry into the German super-sedan war.
At first glance this prototype doesn't look much different than the standard S6, which doesn't look that much different from an A6 for that matter. There are visible differences on this test mule, however, and most of them point to an RS-spec car.....
So you want the big news with the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX? It makes the same power but is lighter, roomier and still rips to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds.
This is a rare combination. These days, every new model weighs more than the one before, and manufacturers keep adding power to compensate. Subaru has done exactly the opposite. Through the same clever engineering that brought the WRX to the U.S. in the first place, the Japanese car maker has minimized the weight of this more spacious, all-wheel-drive WRX to retain its head-snapping acceleration.
If you're looking to trace the Audi A5's genealogy within the Audi lineup, good luck. Although this sleek-bodied coupe looks a lot like the Nuvolari concept, which had a scaled-down version of the A8's aluminum space frame, Audi says the production car has an all-new chassis design that will underpin several future models....
You might have seen the first official photos of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, but now you can take a look at the new turbocharged sedan on a test track in Germany.
Set to go on sale in early 2008, the next-generation Lancer Evo X will introduce two new pieces of technology to the Evo nameplate in addition to some nicely shaped sheet metal.
The very first General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard returns to life 28 years after its leap to fame. This Inside Line exclusive shows you how this classic was reborn.
nutritious meal on the road is hard to come by. Knowing how far we were behind schedule, a drive thru lunch was the only option yesterday afternoon. Needless to say, we're pretty sure it's the first time a GT-R has navigated a gut busting, house of calories like Burger King. We're happy to report that the cupholders in the center console are some of the best we've ever seen in a car with over 450 horsepower. And when we were finished, the ample door pockets held two crumpled up bags of trash without a problem despite the fact they were already bulging with beef jerky wrappers and flash card readers. Yes, the GT-R really can do it all.
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Think about the quickest road car you've ever driven. No, wait, scratch that. Think about the quickest road car you've ever heard of. No, wait. That won't do, either. Think about the quickest road car that's ever been. That's more like it. Now you're in the right area code.
Here's why: This highly modified 2005 Ariel Atom with its supercharged, 375-horsepower, 2.0-liter Honda engine hits 60 mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds. Two-point-eight seconds! With an exclamation point! (And we never use an exclamation point.)
Measure its time to 60 mph with 1 foot of rollout like they do on a drag strip, and the Ariel gets to the mark in a scant 2.6 seconds — less time than we require to decide between paper and plastic.
For those of you keeping score at home, this makes this 2005 Ariel Atom quicker than any car we've ever tested — any Porsche, any Viper, any Vette and any other specialty marque like the Noble M400. But it gets better. The little Atom goes on to further embarrass the big names by punching its way through the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds at 128.4 mph. It's the hardest accelerating car we've ever driven.