We’ve always loved the sporty and playful looks of the Hyundai Veloster. Now its performance lives up to its looks thanks to a powerful 250 or 275hp twin-turbo engine, track-tuned suspension, a limited-slip diff, and more. After a week with this bad boy, we’re convinced it’s the most fun you can have with a new car for under $30K.
Currently destined for Europe only, Audi’s tricked-out compact crossovers have been lowered, given wide fender flares, 20″ or 21″ sport wheels, aero, brake, and exhaust upgrades, and pack a 5-cylinder turbo engine that makes 400 hp. The RS Q3 has a traditional crossover roofline, while the Sportback is sloped more aggressively.
BMW updates its monstrously fun X6 M crossover with a twin-turbo V8 that makes either 593 hp, or 617 hp in Competition trim, which rides on 21-inch front wheels and 22-inch rears. It rocks a rear-biased all-wheel drive system with an active differential, along with a suspension that was fine tuned on the Nürburgring.
The open-top variant of the Italian stallion’s F8 Tributo berlinetta features a retractable hard top, and is a big upgrade from the 488 Spider, featuring an extra 49 horsepower, and cutting 44 pounds from its predecessor. Its turbo V8 makes 710 horsepower, and the car can hit 60 mph in 2.8 sec with a top speed of 211 mph.
Porsche has been teasing its pure-electric, all-wheel drive sports sedan for a while. The production car – and its impressive specs and tech have been revealed. The first two models are the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, with 670hp and 750hp, and 0-to-60 times of 3.0 and 2.6 secs, respectively. Inside the cars, you’ll find screens, lots of screens.
As special as the Lexus LC 500 already is, this limited edition of the luxurious 471 horsepower, V8-powered sports coupe looks just that much more gorgeous bathed in rich Nori Green paint, and decked out with two-tone tan and black aniline leather, and Alcantara trim inside. Just 100 of these unique cars are coming to the U.S.
This stunning coachbuilt Italian sports coupe is built with an ultra-lightweight carbon and aluminum chassis. It’s powered by a hybrid drivetrain with a supercharged 750 hp V8, along with an 215 hp electric motor. Limited to just 150 cars, each one is built by hand to the customer’s specs.
The C8 Stingray is the first mid-engine ‘Vette ever, packing a 495hp V8 engine behind its passenger compartment. Its aggressive design features a shorter hood, a wider rear, and big side air intakes. With the ZR1 Performance Pack, which upgrades brakes, suspension, cooling, and exhaust, it can do 0-to-60 mph in under 3 seconds.
Born out of the reincarnated Italian sportscar maker De Tomaso, the P72 is a purist’s dream, featuring a smoothy-sculpted carbon fiber monocoque body, a rear, mid-mounted V12 engine, and a proper 6-speed manual gearbox. Just 72 will be made, and detailed specs have yet to be revealed.
One of the things we miss from sports cars are pop-up headlights. Rockstar Rides also has a place in his heart for these neat sources of light and style, and set out to find as many of these cars as he could. The result is a wonderful montage of rides with serious personality.
The latest iteration of Dodge’s 707 hp supercharged V8 muscle sedan is 3.5″ wider, allowing for gigantic 305/35ZR20 tires to be wrapped around its 20″ x 11″ rims. That added grip makes it go around a 2.1 mile track 2.1 seconds faster than the prior Hellcat. It’s also got electric power steering for greater versatility.
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.