Let’s face it. 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the worst years in modern history. While it’s too soon to turn the year into a big-screen adaptation, Screen Junkies created a trailer for it anyhow, with a little help from guest narrator Patton Oswalt.
THE BEST 2020
As 2020 draws to a close, let’s say good riddance to one of the worst years on record with a ceremonial holiday fire. But instead of lighting bonfires to guide Santa’s way, the folks at AM/FM hooked us up with a solid hour of stuff being burned in a dumpster, the honorary mascot of 2020.
Looking to fill up those stockings with some fun, funny, and sometimes functional little items? We’ve got you covered, with a bunch of great gift ideas that all cost under $25 and are small enough to stuff into those oversize socks you’ve got hanging over the fireplace.
The Dodge Charger comes in many flavors, but those seeking max horsepower will want a Hellcat or Hellcat Redeye. After a week behind the wheel of the 707 hp SRT Hellcat Widebody in Hellraisin, we were blown away that a comfy, pragmatic family sedan can be this quick and fun to drive. Now look and listen to its awesomeness.
Limited to just 300 units, this special edition of the Polaris Slingshot 3-wheeler includes quilted comfort seats, a Ripper Series wind deflector, a color-matched Slingshade roof and rear fender, and interior accent lighting. We love the color combo of the rich Fairway Green paint with the bronze wheels and accents.
Porsche’s famed retractable-roof model now gets the sleek new front and rear seen in the latest 911 coupes. The Targa 4 gets a 380 hp 3.0-liter flat-6 that zooms to 60 mph in 4.0s, while the Targa 4S gets 444 hp and a 0-to-60 time of just 3.4s. Every car packs Porsche’s excellent AWD system, and the 4S can be equipped with a 7-speed manual.
Like so many other college students, the Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2020 wasn’t able to have their graduation ceremony in person. But comedian and Georgetown alum Mike Birbiglia took off a little bit of the edge off with this warm, funny, and wise commencement speech. (Thanks Rob!)
It might not feel like it, but it’s the end of the school year, and graduates deserve something extra special in a year when they couldn’t attend their ceremonies and celebrations in person. Everyday Carry shares 10 great gifts for grads that are sure to be cherished and remembered for years.
We’ve driven the 2020 GR Supra a couple of times now, and after spending a full week with the car, we’ve nailed down of our favorite things about driving the 2-seater. From its potent engine, to its agile handling, to its tech, there’s a whole lot to love about this modern sports coupe, born out of a collab between Toyota and BMW.
We spent a couple of days in the Nevada desert testing out the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray, and yes, it lives up to all of the hype. You can read our in-depth review on 95octane, or you could stay here and find out our Top 10 reasons that the C8 is a fantastic sports car.
We spent some quality time behind the wheel of the new mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and we are extremely impressed with its supercar levels of power, balance, and razor-sharp cornering. Here’s some footage from our autocross run at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Full review to come.
Ford’s fast and sexy supercar gets faster and sexier for 2020, as its EcoBoost V6 gets bumped to 660hp, comes with standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust, and various cooling upgrades. Especially enchanting is the rare Liquid Carbon edition, which shows off the car’s unpainted carbon body underneath a protective clearcoat.
Luggage maker Away partnered with color experts Pantone to create this limited-edition series of bags, done up in the 2020 color of the year Classic Blue. The hard-shell roller bags come in four sizes, and can be ordered with or without a built-in USB battery pack. Hand-painted personalization is also available.
If you’re looking for a three-row SUV that drives like a sports car, look no further than the 2020 Ford Explorer ST. We spent a week behind the wheel of this tricked-out 400 horsepower family vehicle, and were very impressed with its performance and capabilities. Read on for more details on this sporty SUV.
The already awesome Civic Type-R gets a few refinements, losing the fake front air vents, upgrading its disc brakes, and tweaking its suspension for comfort. In the cabin, there’s a new Alcantara steering wheel, an updated short-throw gearshift, and active sound control that adapts its exhaust sounds based on drive mode.
John Cooper Works massaged the MINI Cooper into its most bonkers variation yet, a 2.0L turbo 306 hp little monster that goes 0 to 60 in 5 seconds, and tops out at 165 mph, all while handling like an oversized go kart. It’s got a giant roof spoiler, upgraded cooling, a lowered suspension, brakes, lightweight wheels and more.
Dodge celebrates 50 years of muscle car goodness with this limited-edition Challenger package, which offers goodies like a body-colored Shaker hood scoop, 50th anniversary badging, Nappa leather and Alcantara seats, copper weave carbon fiber trim, and more. Check out our coverage on 95octane for all the details.
We’re dying to get behind the wheel of the bonkers 760 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but while we wait for our seat time, we’re going to live vicariously through American Muscle’s Justin Dugan, who drove the beast on the dragstrip and on road during Ford’s launch event. That 5.2L supercharged V8 and quad exhaust sounds amazing.
The mid-engine C8 Corvette Stingray will also be getting a drop-top variant. While it loses the see-through engine compartment for its powerful V8, it gains a retractable hardtop that seamlessly hides at speeds up to 30mph. Plus, it weighs just 77 lb more than the coupe, and still has enough space to travel with two sets of golf clubs.
Thanks to the fine folks at Nissan USA, we managed to grab a couple of days behind the wheel of the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. This 565 hp, all-wheel drive sports car is powerful and precise as ever, but in Premium trim, it’s also refined and comfortable. Could this be the ultimate performance road trip machine?
Nissan’s full-size pickup truck gets a revamped look with three bold new grilles, a retuned 5.6L V8 that makes 400hp, a 9-speed automatic, standard Nissan Safety Shield, and upgraded cabin tech. The SL grade is a solid daily driver, the PRO-4X is ready for rugged terrain, the Platinum Reserve has a luxe interior.
Toyota Racing Division aka TRD already makes some great trucks. Now they’re expanding their lineup with tricked-out versions of Toyota’s everyday sedans. We spent a day testing out the first ever Avalon TRD and Camry TRD, and were impressed not just with their aggressive styling, but with their sporty handling.
Designed for easy riding on rugged off-road trails, Polaris’ new General crossover packs a 100 hp engine, a wide 64″ footprint, and an impressive 13.5″ ground clearance for riding over just about anything. The XP 1000 is the two-seater, while the XP 1000 4 seats four. Both models can tow and haul up to 1500 pounds too.
We feel so lucky to have been among the first people to drive the new 2020 Toyota GR Supra. We spent a full day behind the wheel on road and on the track, and are thrilled to report that it’s everything we hoped for – and more. Read on, then drop by 95octane for our full review.
The latest and greatest iteration of Godzilla still packs a 600hp twin-turbo V6, but has trimmed out weight thanks to an ample serving of carbon fiber for its front and rear bumpers, front fenders, hood, roof, side sill covers, trunk and rear spoiler. It also packs aero and grip improvements.
A variant of Porsche’s popular SUV that swaps some cargo height for a svelte new look. Its separate rear seats are more car-like, and it gets a slick adaptive spoiler on its hatchback lid. In its robust Turbo form, its 4L V8 launches it from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.
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