We’ve teamed up with the folks at Rides & Drives to bring car lovers a fresh new series. Each 3-Minute Test Drive packs in driving footage, feature highlights, and overall impressions, providing a quick overview of what each car has to offer. First up, the 617hp V8 monster BMW M5 Competition.
The most potent of BMW’s 8-series looks fantastic in either coupe or convertible form, and Competition models that rev higher and get M Sport exhaust. The M8 gets a 600 hp twin-turbo V8, while the M8 Competition bumps that to 617 hp for a 0-to-60 time of just 3.0 seconds, and a 189 mph top speed.
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.
Ford’s most powerful street-legal car ever will pack a supercharged 5.2L flat-plane cranked V8 engine making “more than 700 hp.” It has a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, gigantic brake rotors, Magneride adaptive suspension, and can be lightweighted with a carbon track pack.
For 2020 the Lexus RC F’s beefy V8 jumps to 472 hp, and gets a few other upgrades, but it’s the Track Edition that we want. This beast has shed 176 lb and improved aero thanks to carbon fiber everywhere, titanium exhaust, lightweight forged wheels, and carbon ceramic brakes.
Gearheads will go bonkers for this footage from the official Porsche channel, showing off five unusual design studies and prototype sports cars that never saw the light of day, but influenced the design of production models. It’s a rare look inside the minds of Porsche R&D.
McLaren’s potent yet composed 710 hp road and track beast now offers a variant that can open its top in 11 seconds, letting you feel the breeze from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, and tangling your hair on its way to a face-melting top speed of 212 mph (202 with the top down).
The German luxury sportscar maker drops the top on its powerful and dramatic 2-seater with the latest addition to its lineup. It packs a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that makes 515 hp and 494 lb-ft. of torque, launching it from 0 to 60 in 3.7s and a top speed of 192 mph.
Taiwanese EV maker XING Mobility is showing off a wicked prototype – a 1341 hp compact sports car capable of handling both on-road and off-road terrain. It’s got a four-wheel drive system with torque vectoring to help it corner like a go kart, and is expected to do 0-to-62 in 1.8s.
Fans of the teutonic sports car manufacturer will love this vibrant retrospective from Porsche’s 9:11 Magazine which features a handful of truly memorable cars from the 1950s through the 2010s, including the original 911, the elusive 959, and the sleek, high-tech 918 Spyder.
Yes, it bugs us that it’s not being called a sedan too, but we’ll forgive Mercedes-AMG since this family-friendly big brother to the all-wheel drive AMG GT packs up to 630 hp and 664 lb-ft. of torque and can zoom from 0-to-60 in just 3.1 seconds in its bonkers AMG GT 63 S variant.
A special edition 488 focused on lightweighting and increased performance. It weighs nearly 200 pounds less than the 488 GTB, has beefed up aero, and upgraded turbos which help the V8 make 710 hp, launching this bad boy from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.85s and a top speed of 211mph.
We got behind the wheel of the fantastic looking new Kia Stinger GT, and found that it not only has amazing acceleration, it handles great in the corners, is smooth and quiet for long road trips, holds five adults, and has class-leading cargo space. Read on for more.
Automobili Lamborghini and MIT teamed up to envision a pure-electric, 4WD hypercar concept which would use supercapacitor tech to increase power density and performance, and a carbon fiber structure made using nanotech to monitor the car for cracks and damage.
Think your car is fast? Check out this footage of a Koenigsegg Agera RS going from 0 to 400 km/h (~248 mph) and back down to 0 mph in just 36.44 seconds, proving good brakes are are just as important as a good engine when it comes to supercars. Full run starts at 1:57.
Jaguar Special Vehicle Operations took the sporty XE sedan and transformed it into a track beast. This beautiful, aerodynamic, carbon fiber lightened monster rocks a 5.0L supercharged V8, carbon ceramic brakes, and does 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds, with a 200 mph top speed.
Like its coupe brother, the 570S Spyder packs a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that sends 562 hp to the rear wheels. The retractable hardtop variant gains very little weight, stays just as rigid, and still does 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and hits 204mph (top up) or 196mph (top down).
Our friends at DriveWithDave spent an afternoon with the new Lotus Evora 400, the fastest Lotus road car ever. A supercharged 3.5 liter V6 packs 400 horses, and the car sprints from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds with a 186 mph top end. Plus, it’s got an incredible exhaust note.
Because the 707hp Challenger Hellcat wasn’t enough, Dodge will offer their muscle car with an 840 hp supercharged V8, launching the beast from 0-to-60 in 2.3 seconds, running the 1/4-mile in 9.65 seconds, then driving home after popping wheelies at the drag strip.
We got behind the wheel of Alfa’s 505 hp Super Bowl star car. Beyond its striking looks, it drives fantastically, with precise steering, a superbly stiff chassis, and more power than we need, but exactly as much as we want. Hear it launch, then read our full review on 95octane.
The Elise Sprint’s carbon fiber parts help shave off over 90 lb. of weight compared to the standard model, giving it a dry weight of just 1759 lb. It also borrows the Exige Sport 350’s open-gate gearbox. Available in 1.6L 134 hp or a supercharged 1.8L 217 hp engine. Sadly, it’s not US-bound.
We had the opportunity to take the new retractable fastback version of the MX-5 Miata for a spin through the hills of Southern Cali. The MX-5 RF is every bit as fun as the roadster, looks amazing, and offers added shelter from the elements. Full review on 95octane.