Donkervoort’s latest carbon fiber two-seater weighs just 1543 pounds, while its 2.5L Audi-sourced turbo-5 engine makes 415 hp. It can launch from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.7 sec, 124 mph in 7.7 sec, and can pull a crazy 2g of lateral acceleration when cornering. While it looks like a track day weapon to us, it is street legal.
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BMW’s hot sports sedan has a sharp new look for its front and rear end, while keeping its powerful 4.4L twin-turbo V8 that makes up to 617hp in Competition trim, launching the 5-seater to 60mph in just 3.1 sec. Also new for 2021 is a 12.3 touchscreen display, wireless Android Auto, and a track mode for the M5 Competition.
After a 17 year break, the powerful and dramatically-styled Mustang Mach 1 is back. It rocks a 5.0L V8 that makes 480 hp, upgraded cooling and aero components, magnetic adaptive dampers, and either a Tremec 6-speed manual, or a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic. The black accents and racing stripes are Mach 1 staples.
Lexus’ long-running sports sedan gets a crisp new look, along with upgrades to its handling and dynamics. The car has seen enhancements to its chassis and suspension for a more connected and refined feel. It’s more than an inch longer and wider than before, and can now be equipped with 19″ wheels for greater grip.
The latest in McLaren’s “Longtail” series, the 765LT packs a twin-turbo V8 making 755 bhp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and cuts 176 lb of weight from the already damned-fast 720S coupe. Combined with an optimized transmission, upgraded aero, and titanium quad exhaust, it’ll dash from 0 to 62 in 2.8 sec, and 0 to 124 mph in 7.2 sec.
We headed to snowy Winter Park, Colorado with Rocky Mountain Redline to put AWD cars from Nissan, Dodge, FIAT, Acura, for some Honda through their paces for snowy autocross, drag racing, and donut-making fun. There were no winners or losers, just six great cars and crossovers, all of which can handle inclimate weather with aplomb.
Enjoy watching MotorTrend’s annual sports car showdown? Well, here’s something you’ll really like, a compilation of every World’s Greatest Drag Race from 2011 through 2019. Watch as awesome cars from Ford to Ferrari compete for straight line dominance. It’s a solid 23 minutes of automotive bliss.
For 2021, the already fun to drive Toyota GR Supra 3.0 gets a power bump to 382hp, shaving 2/10ths off its 0-to-60 time, down to 3.9 sec. A 2.0-liter turbo-4 version is also on tap with 255hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque, as well as an A91 special edition with carbon fiber bits, matte black wheels, and a sweet new Refraction Blue paint color.
UK automaker Aston Martin takes their stunning and powerful Vantage Coupe and drops its top in just 6.7 sec. The distinctive two-seater is powered by a 503hp twin-turbo V8, which can launch it to 60mph in 3.7 sec, towards a top speed of 190mph. That’s with the roof raised, though at those speeds you’ll appreciate having the top up.
In a quest for straight-line supremacy, MotorTrend gathered a dozen of the fastest sports cars money can buy. With cars like the McLaren Senna, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Jaguar XE SV Project 8, and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, it’s gonna be a tough competition down the runway – first in a 1/4-mile, then in a 1/2-mile drag race.
BMW presents the most potent version of it’s incredibly fun to drive M2 Coupe. It packs a 3.0L twin turbo V6 that makes 444 hp and 406 lb-ft. of torque, and a lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof, hood, and aero bits. It’ll launch you from 0 to 60 in 3.8 sec. with the 7-speed DCT, or 4 sec. with the 6-speed manual.
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.
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