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As I photographed the 2020 Kia Telluride in a Maryland park, a fellow visitor peeled off from his family to ask about the car. It made sense. Full-size crossovers like the Telluride are the chariot of choice for many families today, thanks to their three rows of seats and long lists of amenities. And the all-new Telluride had just hit the market. But as it turned out, the man wasn’t eyeing the Telluride for himself. It was his teenage daughter who’d sent him across the parking lot to check out this newly released SUV. It looked cool, she told him, kind of like a Range Rover. And she wanted one.
The 87th edition of the legendary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans brought tears of joys in the eyes of a few and tears of despair in the eyes of many. It was a race jampacked with thrilling battles in the GT ranks as well as some truly dramatic moments in the prototype classes, and we even got a topsy-turvy finish at the sharp end of the field. This may not be one for the history books, but there are plenty of stories emerging from France after last week’s 24-hour race that ended the FIA WEC 2018-2019 Super Season.
The FIA WEC is for the world what the IMSA Weathertech Championship is for North-America, namely the premier sports car racing series. lsoBorn from the ashes of the ill-fated Intercontinental Le Mans Cup that only survived two meager years, the WEC (which stands for World Endurance Championship) wishes to continue the decades-old tradition of the original World Sports Car Championship (turned World Manufacturer’s Championship at one point) that debuted in the mid-’50s but perished in 1992 due to the rising costs of the F1-derived Group C prototypes.
The current World Endurance Championship has also been through some dark days and, in more ways than one, these dark days are bound to continue. Scroll back just three years ago, and you’ll find a healthy and exciting LMP1-Hybrid class with three works programs ducking it all out on the track. Then Audi left. Then Porsche left. And the FIA and the ACO (the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans) found themselves without two the headliners of the show. Board meetings followed board meetings and discussions with interested parties, and it was agreed that privateers could compete in the top class, LMP1, with non-hybrid cars and they’d be roughly on par with the lone works team, Toyota Gazoo Racing.
However, the Japanese giant, who’d tried to win Le Mans since the ’80s, was in a position of power and pushed rule makers to dance to its own music and the end result was the lackluster 2018-2019 Super Season we just saw come to an end last weekend.
The 2020 Cadillac CT5-V is a higher performance version of the 2020 CT5, the midsize sedan that replaced the old CTS in 2019. Nameplate-wise, the 2020 CT5-V is a replacement for the CTS-V, but the redesign is rather lackluster in the performance department. While the CTS-V had in excess of 600 horsepower and delivered more oomph than the competition, the CT5-V’s V-6 engine slips below the 400-horsepower rating. So while it can compete with cars like the 2019 BMW 5 Series and 2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class in terms of styling, features, and technology, the CT5-V doesn’t replace the CTS-V as a competitor for the beefed-up 2019 BMW M5 and 2019 Mercedes-AMG E63. Check out our review to find out why.
Twenty years ago, BMW decided to discontinue the 8 Series because it couldn’t sell enough of them. It seems like a silly reason now considering how popular the super luxury market has become, but that was the lay of the land back then. It took the equivalent of almost two decades before BMW finally felt that it could return to that market. And so, after a 19-year absence, the BMW 8 Series has returned. Mind you; we’re not just talking about a single version of the 8 Series here. We’re talking about a full-blown lineup that includes a coupe, a convertible, an M8, and now, a Gran Coupe. It’s worth noting that BMW isn’t wasting any time fleshing out the whole 8 Series lineup. The 8 Series Coupe and 8 Series Convertible arrived just last year. Barely a few months later, the M8 followed and, a few weeks after its debut, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is now here. This is BMW at its most aggressive form, and if you didn’t know it then, you sure do now. Bavaria’s not wasting any time reminding us that the 8 Series nameplate once sat at the top of its model lineup, even if it took almost 20 years for us to be reminded of that. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out.
If you asked us what it’s like to ride in the rear of the 2019 Range Rover SV Autobiography, we would have to say that it’s like riding the newest, first-class jet from the world’s best airline. When configured in its long wheelbase, the SVAutobiography has incredible legroom, what one might consider some of the best luxury offerings available to man, and it even has airline-style reclining seats and folding aluminum tray tables – see; just like flying first class only you’re on the ground. Meanwhile, the front of the cabin has three different display screens, one that serves as an instrument cluster and two others that work together as an infotainment system. Naturally, it comes with 4G LTE connectivity, USB and 12-volt outlets seemingly all over the place, and, of course, you can control a whole bunch of the built-in features via your smartphone.
The Range Rover SVAutobiography is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 and, as the cream of Land Rover’s crop, it delivers more than 550 horsepower and nearly as much torque. Of course, it comes at a price – more than $200,000 – but if you’ve got the cheddar and can afford to get your hands on one, you’ll probably be happy you did. Below, we’ve compiled a gallery of our best images and our thoughts from our time spent with the 2019 Range Rover SVAutobiography.
Aston Martin has never held the production car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. That’s an important distinction to remember because that could change soon when the British automaker brings the Valkyrie hypercar to the famous race track. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but Aston Martin appears to be set on making an attempt at the ‘Ring’s production car lap record for “international marketing” purposes, as explained by Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer in a conversation with Motoring. Now, talking a big game about setting the production car lap record at the Nurburgring and actually doing it are two very different things. But if there’s a car out there that’s well-equipped to unseat the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (the current record holder) it’s the 1,160-horsepower British hypercar. Only time will tell if Aston Martin goes through with it, but, at this point, it’s probably safe to start taking bets now. Any takers?
Performance pickup trucks seem to be the trend these days. There’s the Ram Rebel TRX and the Raptor, but this is not a new concept per se. The truck that needs to be credited for making us believe that these butch looking vehicles could actually go fast was the GMC Syclone. It debuted in the 90s and was fast enough to scare the holy hell out of anyone because there was nothing known as ’fast trucks’ back then. However, the truck did not succeed. But, seeing the demand and potential now, the GMC Syclone is all set to make a comeback. The 2019 GMC Syclone is a tribute to the original truck by Specialty Vehicle Engineering, and from what it’s worth, it sure looks exciting.
The 2006 Ferrari FXX is not only one of the rarest Ferraris in the world, but it’s also one of the most difficult ones to own. Only 30 units were built, and even if you had the money to buy one then, you could only do so if you get an invitation from Ferrari to buy it. It’s safe to say, then, that if a Ferrari FXX did go on sale, you’re going to have quite the bidding war for the prized track-only, hardcore version of the Enzo. Well, buckle up, because that bidding war could occur at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California this coming August. The auction will host the “Ming Collection,” a collection of seven near-flawless Ferraris that includes a rarely used Ferrari FXX. This isn’t a drill, folks. A close-to-mint 2006 Ferrari FXX is going up for auction at RM Sotheby’s in August. The doody, as they say, is about to hit the fan.
Wagons are not as popular a body style as they once were, having been pushed aside by the relentless onslaught of the crossover. If they were still a body style that enough people wanted, then maybe cars like this cool BMW M850i Gran Touring could actually have been made.
Lexus is taking the phrase “cutting-edge technology” to a new level with the introduction of the Bladescan adaptive LED headlights on the 2020 Lexus RX 450h. Prospective buyers of the new SUV in Europe will be the first ones to try out the new lighting technology, which Lexus says is a big improvement from its existing adaptive headlamps. The Bladescan adaptive LED headlights are the latest in a series of lighting innovations that Lexus has pioneered in the auto industry. Remember, the Japanese automaker was the first brand to use LED headlights when it introduced the technology in the 2007 LS 600h. Lexus was also the first to market adaptive high-beam headlights with the 2012 Lexus LS. The Bladescan adaptive LED headlights are expected to deliver significant improvements in night-time visibility while reducing driver stress along the way. Our friends in Europe will be able to experience that first-hand when the 2020 Lexus RX 450h arrives later this year. Unfortunately, the technology will not be offered in U.S.-spec versions of the RX SUV.