The Black Sheep: Supercharged LS V8-Swapped Honda S2000 with 727 Horsepower

One doesn’t have to get too deep down into the collector car world to have seen the explosion of golden era Honda values over the past few years. Whether it was the revival of the Type R moniker, the ...

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Buying a new or lightly used car is tough these days. In our last story we outlined some of the issues impacting the new car market today and how the situation has lead to unbelievable high prices for new vehicles, ...

$75,000 4Runners & $100,000 Broncos: How to Deal with Today's Insane Car Market

If you’ve even toyed with the idea of purchasing a new vehicle in the last six months, or even worse are in need of a new vehicle now or in the near future, you probably know that things are pretty ...

Budget V8 SUV: The First Gen Sequoia is The Underdog Toyota Rig to Get

Even before the current situation which has seen the value of used vehicles shoot into the stratosphere, Toyota pickup trucks and SUVs from the 2000s have always been in high demand, with no shortage of enthusiasts willing to pay a ...

The 5 Worst Clone Trucks And SUVs Ever Built

If you’ve ever felt that there were certain trucks and SUVs on the market that looked exactly like others, you probably weren’t wrong. The auto industry has a long-standing tradition of building clone trucks and copycat SUVs that borrow every ...

Battle of the Mid-Priced Hot Hatches: VW Golf GTI vs. Hyundai Veloster N

It’s harder than ever these days to find a fun and affordable hot hatchback that lets you get out there and carve some mountain roads. What with the movement of manufacturers towards more trucks and SUVs and the oncoming electrification ...

The Only Way to Get a Land Cruiser: The 409HP Turbocharged 2022 Lexus LX600 is the New King of Toyota SUVs

For over 25 years the LX series has been the flagship of Lexus’ SUV lineup, but this rugged and luxurious 4×4 was often overlooked because it’s always just been considered a fancier version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. The 4×4 ...

Will the Real Performance Toyota Please Stand Up? The V8 Lexus IS500 vs Turbo GR Supra 3.0

When it comes to large automakers, few have done as much to improve their standing with auto enthusiasts in recent years than Toyota. From the new and improved second-generation GR86, to the critically adored GR Yaris, to unusual yet exciting ...

1,000 Miles In: How the Nitto Ridge Grappler Tire Has Transformed Our Project Lexus GX470

During the introduction story to our 2004 Lexus GX470 Project, I ran through the story of finding a deal on a high-mileage but one-owner example of this increasingly popular Toyota 4×4 SUV. Then I detailed how I chose new wheels ...

Electric? Gas? Or a Bit of Both? How I Chose a 300HP Crossover For My New Family Car

Crossover SUVs. They are ubiquitous today, and as an auto enthusiast its not uncommon to see the typical modern crossover as a boring appliance on wheels good for nothing else but commuting around town in a slightly higher seating position ...

Spy Photos: 2023 Honda Civic Type R Caught Testing in Rain

Recently, we captured Honda on the road testing the exciting, new Civic Type R prototype wearing its red “R” with pride. Literally wearing it everywhere—the camouflage is composed of countless R letters on it, and all of them are red.  ...

What If? The New Toyota Supra, Acura Integra and Nissan Z Could Have Been Very Different

Looking out into the automotive landscape these days, it’ll surprise no one that nostalgia reigns supreme. As more and more automakers forecast an end date to their development of internal combustion power plants, enthusiasts are increasingly looking backward to not ...

The 5 Best Japanese V8 Engines Of All-Time

Japan came late to the V8 game in North America, but when eight-cylinder engines did begin to arrive from across the Pacific they had a significant impact on the automotive industry as a whole. Using advanced designs and forward-thinking build ...

The Crossover Era: Why Modern SUVS Are Better Enthusiast Vehicles Than You Think

The crossover. Rightfully so at times, these vehicles have been considered the enemy of enthusiasts. They ride higher and are heavier than your traditional sedan or hatchback, but at the same time don’t have the off-road capability or toughness of “real” ...

Gimme Five: 5-Cylinder Engines That Went Against The Motor Mainstream

What’s the least-common number of cylinders in any modern engine? Surprisingly, the answer is five. Five-cylinder engines are outnumbered by more exotic V10 and V12 motors, and even three-cylinder motors are now filling showrooms thanks to cheap turbocharging that lets ...

Next Chapter of a Legendary Honda: The Turbocharged, Manual 2022 Civic Si Debuts

While it might be the Type R model that serves as the flagship international performance model of the Honda Civic, here in North America it’s the Civic Si that’s built a reputation on delivering affordable fun for over 35 years. ...

Review: The 2021 BMW M3 Is The Last Of The Six-Speed German Muscle Sedans

As the third decade of the 21st century starts to unwind, if you want to buy a four-door, 400+ horsepower performance car with a manual transmission your options are extremely limited. In fact, even if you generously expand your criteria ...

Review: The 2021 Land Rover Defender 90 SUV Returns To Its Rugged Off-Road Roots

Americans aren’t used to seeing the Land Rover badge on anything but a luxury product. In its home market, however, the British SUV builder still has a strong link to its agrarian past, which saw it start out building the ...

A Japanese Exotic Ahead of It's Time: The Volta—Toyota's Abandoned 2004 Supercar Concept

While Japanese cars are beloved by enthusiasts around the world, Japan’s automakers aren’t known for building high end supercars. Yes, there are some exceptions like the Lexus LFA and perhaps the Acura NSX, but it’s usually the more mainstream segments ...

The '21 BMW M4 Competition Vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 & Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: Which Muscle Machine Hits Hardest?

The BMW M4 coupe has been redesigned for 2021, and while its new front-end styling can be generously described as ‘controversial,’ there’s little to debate when it comes to its performance. Base versions of the car feature a 473hp 3.0L ...

Better Than a Trackhawk? This 700HP V12 BMW X5 Was The Original Muscle SUV

In terms of modern SUVs, the first generation BMW X5 was a gamechanger. Developed by BMW at massive cost during the 1990s, the E53 platform X5 debuted for the 2000 model year and would become one the most important luxury ...

The 5 Worst Car Mods From Today—That Future Collectors Will Hate

Throughout the history of car customization there have always been mods that simply haven’t aged well. For every set of chrome reverse wheels on a classic hot rod there’s a car bra peeling paint from the hood of an otherwise-pristine ...

When AMG Met SRT: The Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 was German Performance & American Swagger

With as fast the auto industry moves, the days of Daimler Chrysler feel like ancient times, but there are still traces of that corporate partnership found in FCA—and now Stellantis vehicles. One of the most well known is the rear ...

Unkillable Diesels: BMW’s M57 I-6

Who knew the power plant that was supposed to be the fuel-sipping option of the engine lineup would end up being such a hot-rod? If you like diesels and BMWs, you know that we’re talking about the M57, an inline-six ...

Saying Goodbye To The Mk. 7 2021 Volkswagen GTI: Should You Wait For Next Year's Redesign Or Snag The Hot Hatch Now?

The 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI represents the end of an era. This is the final model from the GTI’s seventh generation, and it stands on the eve of a dramatic shift in strategy for VW, which will no longer offer ...

Safety First: Your Roll Cage Questions Answered

So, you’re getting faster and your car is pounding out all the horsepowers. You want to hit the races to see what it can really do, but to qualify for certain types of track runs, you may need to install a ...

Forbidden Fords: The Greatest Blue Oval Performance Cars America Didn't Get

Given that Ford is one of America’s largest and most successful automakers, one might think that North American customers would have always had access to the company’s greatest vehicles. But anyone who’s even the least bit familiar with Ford knows that ...

Is Hyundai seriously creating a mid-engine supercar?

2020 is around the corner and performance cars are weirder than ever. We live in the world of an electric Mustang CUV, the Supra is powered by BMW, the Corvette is mid-engine and Hyundai is working on something mid-engined too…you ...

Lug Nuts: Which One Is Right For You

If you’ve ever swapped out your stock wheels for aftermarket wheels, you’d know that there is more than one type of lug nut. Maybe you even found out the hard way when realizing your old lug nuts don’t fit on your ...

Do-It-Yourself Aero

Aerodynamics: noun; : a branch of dynamics that deals with the motion of air and other gaseous fluids and with the forces acting on bodies in motion relative to such fluids. Mechanical Grip vs Aerodynamic Grip When tracking cars we rely ...

VTEC Revolution: Is the Honda K-Series the next Small Block Chevy?

For the last 50 plus years, the most popular engine swap option for street machines, hot rods, race cars, daily drivers and everything in between has without a doubt been the small block Chevy V8.Whether it’s the classic small block ...

It's All About Grip: Everything You Need to Know About Track Day Tires

As we’ve professed before, there really is nothing more exciting and more rewarding than taking your vehicle to and participating in a track day. From a daily driver to a dedicated track machine, it doesn’t even matter what kind of ...

7 Mechanic's Tools That Should Be In Every Project Car Garage

Beyond a standard mechanic’s tool kit containing screw drivers, sockets, ratchets, and wrenches, you might have wondered what other additional helpers you might need when tackling a given project. Having the right tools on-hand will keep frustration at bay, and ...

How To Tune Your Suspension To Maximize Lightweight Car Performance: 3 Important Tips

The job of any performance car’s suspension system is really quite simple: maximize the amount of contact that the tires can make with the asphalt below. Those four small strips of rubber at each corner are the only part of ...

11 New Parts Your Racecar Needs

The Performance Racing Industry Show is the place to view the latest and greatest innovative automotive technologies. It’s also a show so full of mind-boggling new products that it’ll put your wallet and willpower to the test. At the very ...

Japan vs USA 5.0 V8 Showdown: The Ford Coyote and the Toyota 2UR-GSE Compared

Ford’s 5.0L naturally-aspirated Coyote V8 engine is without a doubt one of the best V8 engines of the modern era, and a driving force behind the popularity of the current Mustang. And when you want to look at the competition ...

The Easy Way to Refinish Carbon Fiber

Who doesn’t love carbon fiber? It’s light, it’s strong, it can be used in so many different applications. However, what many people don’t realize is that carbon fiber takes an extra level of care to ensure longevity. So what happens ...

2021 Hyundai Veloster N DCT: Top Dollar Driving Experience for a Bargain Basement Budget

Last year I got a chance to drive the Veloster N and I absolutely loved it. It was fun to drive and made all the right sounds. Although, if I had to point out a weak point, I would say ...

Summer Tire Inspection Checklist: 5 Tips For A Safe Driving Season

The changing of the seasons is a useful reminder that it’s time to catch up on your automotive maintenance. The spring and the fall each herald new weather and different driving conditions for the next six or so months, and ...

Civic, NSX, S2000 & Beyond: How Honda VTEC Changed the Engine Game

VTEC. Even if you aren’t a Honda fan or an import enthusiast there’s no doubt you are familiar with it. It stands for “Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control” and when Honda began introducing this new engine technology in ...

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