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Porsche's 911 GT3 is a terrific tarmac terrier

Porsche builds sports cars, and only sports cars. Everything in the German car company’s line, from the short, stubby Boxster to the long, luxurious Panamera, is a sports car. Everything that comes out of Porsche’s Stuttgart factory is an attempt to unite car and driver and narrow the gap between...

  • Powerful Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is track-ready but easy to drive

    Powerful Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T is track-ready but easy to drive

    Ferrari’s new GTC4 Lusso T is perhaps the most appealing street-legal track car on the planet. It’s gorgeous and luxurious, carries two comfortably, has enough trunk space for an overnight bag and accelerates quickly enough to require a chiropractic visit. Unfortunately, fully kitted out, it costs...

  • Just like underwear, wine and vitamins: You can subscribe to the Volvo XC40

    Just like underwear, wine and vitamins: You can subscribe to the Volvo XC40

    You’ve grown accustomed to subscribing to all manner of products and services: underwear, cosmetics, razor blades, coffee, music, wine, movies, charcuterie, vitamins, meal kits. All of it can be had for a set-it-and-forget-it monthly fee. But could this same model, which has flourished in the Internet...

  • The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai

    The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai

    The first thing you need to know about the Genesis G90 luxury sedan is that it’s definitely not a Hyundai. Even though it’s made by Hyundai Motor Group. Genesis is the new, high-end brand from the South Korean auto conglomerate, which has been careful to distinguish the luxury division from its...

  • Nissan 370Z is a sports car anachronism — a fast one

    Nissan 370Z is a sports car anachronism — a fast one

    The Nissan 370Z is a 155-mile-per-hour anachronism — a sports car you’d be forgiven for forgetting the Japanese auto company even makes anymore. Released in 2009 and lightly refreshed three years later, the mid-priced coupe has soldiered on largely unchanged, an interminable run in an era of nimble...

  • Ford GT: American supercar splendor for only $450,000

    Ford GT: American supercar splendor for only $450,000

    The Ford GT is the hottest American production supercar ever made, and it’s an icon that represents homegrown automotive glory. Ford built the first prototypes to challenge Ferrari’s dominance on European racetracks. The GT beat the Italians at their own game in a historic 1966 victory at Le Mans...

  • Nissan turns out a new battery electric Leaf

    Nissan turns out a new battery electric Leaf

    Battery electric car sales are low and growing more slowly than the Sierra snowpack. Even in green California, and despite a 30% increase over 2016, sales of battery electric vehicles accounted for only 2.5% of all sales in the state last year, according to the California New Car Dealers Assn. ...

  • L.A. Drives: Carving a Malibu canyon with Fabio

    L.A. Drives: Carving a Malibu canyon with Fabio

    Italian-born Fabio Lanzoni is one of America’s best-known mononym celebrities. His flowing mane, chiseled visage and perfect pecs have adorned book covers, magazine covers and movie screens. Just, not recently. But in addition to his good looks, the erstwhile heartthrob is also a savvy businessman...

  • Three's company, or a crowd? Polaris and Vanderhall three-wheeled autocycles ride a growing trend

    Three's company, or a crowd? Polaris and Vanderhall three-wheeled autocycles ride a growing trend

    Three-wheeled “autocycles,” made by Polaris, Can-Am, Elio, Arcimoto, Vanderhall and others, are gaining in popularity. Half car, half motorcycle, the three-wheelers are a motorsports tweener. In some jurisdictions they are regulated like automobiles. In others, they are considered motorcycles. ...

  • 2018 Jeep Wrangler is a rough rider, on and off the pavement

    2018 Jeep Wrangler is a rough rider, on and off the pavement

    The Jeep Wrangler is an American favorite and is the spiritual spine of the Jeep brand. Almost a quarter of all Jeeps sold last year were Wranglers. But the Wrangler is as much a lifestyle choice as a transportation tool. This is a vehicle that validates the rugged individualist who, ready for...

  • McLaren 720S: How'd they make this thing street legal?

    McLaren 720S: How'd they make this thing street legal?

    McLaren doesn’t make a lot of cars — about 3,300 in 2017 — or a lot of models. But what it makes is magic. Starting with the Sports Series, rising through the Super Series, and culminating in the Ultimate Series, the McLaren machines are highly intentional, purpose-built vehicles. They are designed...

  • 2018 Smart ForTwo Electric: The world's cutest convertible

    2018 Smart ForTwo Electric: The world's cutest convertible

    In past reviews, I’ve written about the sublime pleasure of driving around Los Angeles in a convertible on a warm, balmy night. Now I’ve found a way to make it even more sublime: Add silence. The Smart ForTwo — which you’ll see in great numbers in any major European capital, but in small numbers...

  • 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Powerful and preposterous

    2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Powerful and preposterous

    For the 2018 model year Jeep has introduced a 707-horsepower version of its Grand Cherokee Trailhawk. Called the Trackhawk, it answers a question no one ever asked: What would it be like to cross a Jeep trailhopper with a Dodge muscle car? Imagine the pitch at parent company Fiat Chrysler HQ: “Boss,...

  • New world sales record set at motorcycle auction

    New world sales record set at motorcycle auction

    The nearly $1 million sale of a rare Vincent Black Lightning has set a new record for the highest price ever paid for a single motorcycle at a public auction. Going under the gavel at $929,000 at a Bonhams auction held at the Rio Hotel and Casino, the unrestored Vincent bested the previous sales...

  • Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Range Rover Velar: A tale of two rad road trips

    Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and Range Rover Velar: A tale of two rad road trips

    I had to do some traveling over the winter holiday break. So I arranged two test vehicles, for two stretches of road, to complete two journeys. Guess what? They were both terrific. For a quick four-day turnaround to the San Francisco Bay Area and back, I chose the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. The Cayenne...

  • Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk's mass-market car is a magic carpet ride

    Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk's mass-market car is a magic carpet ride

    Tesla’s Model 3 is the most highly anticipated car of the 21st century. It may be the most eagerly awaited car of all time. More than 450,000 people put down $1,000 refundable deposits to reserve one of the “affordable” battery electric sedans after Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled the...

  • 2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Ready to roam off-road?

    2018 Subaru Crosstrek: Ready to roam off-road?

    It may be love that makes a Subaru a Subaru, but I suspect that a good deal of research and engineering went into the design, development and manufacturing of the new Crosstrek. Featuring some key upgrades for the 2018 model year, this capable car could be an ideal vehicle for buyers who want a...

  • Kawasaki's Z900RS puts a modern spin on a classic motorcycle

    Kawasaki's Z900RS puts a modern spin on a classic motorcycle

    Triumph has cranked up sales with the introduction of its old-looking new Bonnevilles. Ducati is selling its retro-styled Scramblers as fast as it can make them. Kawasaki, eager for some of that moto nostalgia, has brought back a venerable nameplate with the introduction of the Z900RS — a two-wheeled...

  • Honda's new Accord is an excellent transportation appliance

    Honda's new Accord is an excellent transportation appliance

    No automaker in history has made better cars than Honda. The Japanese giant deserves its reputation for delivering decent, dependable cars at a fair price. The 2018 Accord is another feather in its cap, a well-engineered transportation appliance that is almost post-automotive in design and execution....

  • Is this the future of dirt bikes? Husqvarna's fuel-injected 2-stroke

    Is this the future of dirt bikes? Husqvarna's fuel-injected 2-stroke

    Husqvarna has beaten its sister company, KTM, to market with the long-awaited fuel-injected two-stroke TE250i dirt bike. It’s a game changer. For the first time in modern history, there is a proper off-road motorcycle that has all the torque, power and mechanical simplicity of a two-stroke engine...

  • Top 10: The Best of the Best 2017 cars and trucks

    Top 10: The Best of the Best 2017 cars and trucks

    Say what you will about the French Art Deco cars of the 1930s or the British sports cars of the 1960s. There has never been a better time in the automotive world than 2017. Cars and trucks are faster, safer, more fuel efficient and more fun to drive than ever before. And there are so many to choose...

  • 2018 Chevy Colorado 4WD LT: Finally, a midsized truck that isn't built too big

    2018 Chevy Colorado 4WD LT: Finally, a midsized truck that isn't built too big

    I’ve been driving trucks lately. All kinds of trucks. Some work trucks. Some play trucks. Some best for long-haul driving. Some best for off-road. But they were all huge. From the Ford F-150 to the Ram 1500 to the Nissan Titan, the 2017 pickups are massive. Climbing into the driver’s seat requires...

  • 2018 Ford Mustang: Best sports car buy in town?

    2018 Ford Mustang: Best sports car buy in town?

    If you’re interested in the new Mustang, and you’re going to take a test drive — do as I say, and not as I do: Drive the little one first and the big one second. I joined the Ford folks in Malibu on a cool November morning for an introduction to the 2018 Mustang family. Ford had taken over Calamigos...

  • LA Auto Show 2017: Our top picks for the best of the best of the show

    LA Auto Show 2017: Our top picks for the best of the best of the show

    The LA Auto Show features hundreds of new cars and trucks — many of them on display for the first time in North America and some for the first time in the world. Here are our nominees for the most beautiful, the most significant and the most interesting. Porsche 911 Carrera T Porsche had unveiled...

  • LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Kia's Orth Hedrick

    LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Kia's Orth Hedrick

    We asked executives in town for the LA Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Kia Motors’ product planning vice president, Orth Hedrick, told us: What’s your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? I have been a longtime...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Buried treasure in the underground 'garage'

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Buried treasure in the underground 'garage'

    The L.A. Auto Show features hundreds of new cars, some never before seen. But hidden away in the Los Angeles Convention Center basement “garage” are dozens of custom, classic and one-of-a-kind vehicles that are well worth the visit. The intrepid auto fan will find hot rods, dragsters, custom Mustangs,...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Chevy's Steve Majoros

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Chevy's Steve Majoros

    We asked executives attending the L.A. Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Chevrolet Marketing Director Steve Majoros said: What’s your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? I’m currently in a 2018 Chevrolet Traverse...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Mark Allen

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Mark Allen

    We asked executives attending the L.A. Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Mark Allen, head of Fiat Chrysler’s Jeep design division, told us. What’s your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? My daily is a 2017 Jeep...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Porsche CEO Klaus Zellmer

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Porsche CEO Klaus Zellmer

    We asked executives in town for the LA Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of mobility. Here are some answers from Porsche Chief Executive Klaus Zellmer. What is your daily driver, and how long is your average commute? Right now I’m driving a Panamera Turbo. My commute...

  • LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Toyota's Lisa Materazzo

    LA Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Toyota's Lisa Materazzo

    We asked executives in town for the L.A. Auto Show to share some thoughts about cars, driving and the future of mobility. Here’s what we learned from Toyota North America Vice President Lisa Materazzo. What historic car or truck do you wish you owned? A 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe. What’s your...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Lincoln President Kumar Galholtra

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Lincoln President Kumar Galholtra

    We asked executives attending the L.A. Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Lincoln Motor President Kumar Galhotra told us. What’s your daily driver? A Lincoln Continental. What’s your favorite weekend or summer holiday drive? Driving...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: Five minutes with Cadillac's Johan de Nysschen

    We asked executives in town for the L.A. Auto Show a few questions about cars, driving and the future of the automotive industry. Here’s what Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen had to say: What current motorized vehicle (made by some other company than your own) do you particularly admire? I...

  • L.A. Auto Show 2017: More SUVs coming from Maserati?

    L.A. Auto Show 2017: More SUVs coming from Maserati?

    Maserati global head Reid Bigland, who also runs the FCA sister division Alfa Romeo, is enjoying the best sales year in the Italian car company’s 100-year history. That’s largely on the back of the newly introduced Levante, Maserati’s first and only SUV. The performance-oriented people mover has...

  • Beat down by car dealers? Online auto transactions could ease car-buying pain

    Beat down by car dealers? Online auto transactions could ease car-buying pain

    Jared Mazzaschi went car shopping well prepared. He was a cash buyer who knew what he wanted, and he had agreed upon the price of the car with the Glendale dealer. Seven or eight hours later, after an “endurance test” in which he was shuttled from salesman to salesman, baited with multiple ways...

  • Q&A with the 'Grand Tour' car guys ahead of Season 2

    Q&A with the 'Grand Tour' car guys ahead of Season 2

    "Grand Tour" hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are busy men. Between dashing from one continent to the next, filming one “what could possibly go wrong” moment after another while preparing for the launch of the second season of their Amazon car show, the three agreed to answer...

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