Riding in the back seat of a car often feels more like a punishment than a privilege. But the Bentley Mulsanne makes backseat desirable. Then again, it makes the front seat desirable, too.
The beautiful collision of technology and tradition
even the greatest defeat can be turned into your greatest victory
Even after an almost fatal accident in 2001 that left him without legs, Alex Zanardi’s outlook remained bright. He returned to motorsports and won a fair share of races at the World Touring Car Championship, then won two medals at the 2012 London Paralympics; this October, he’s taking on the Ironman World Championship triathlon. Tim Hahne’s short for BMW, “Touch the Sky”, is a peek into a day in Zanardi’s life.
Four Generations of the Mazda MX-5 Miata
It’s said that driving a slow car fast is one of the greatest automotive thrills, especially when it’s a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive roadster with a rigid chassis, slick manual transmission, phenomenal balance and perfectly-weighted steering — a car like the Mazda Miata. With the latest generation just released, it’s about time we explored the past, present and future of the world’s most popular roadster.
The cult of the Miata lives
Who would’ve imagined that a small, underpowered roadster like the Mazda MX-5 Miata would become the darling of the roadster world? Gear Patrol traveled to the challenging Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca, where every version of the iconic Japanese roadster took to the tarmac recently to celebrate the cult of Miata.
Yes, you still have to do the driving
Staying connected to your information — whether that means access to music, social media, restaurant reviews, or navigation — is essential, even when you’re on the road. These are some of the best connected cars on the market today; they range from an affordable hatchback to a racy new minivan and all the way to one of the most luxurious rides on the planet.
The smell of leaves and exhaust
When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes — it’s time for windows-down scenic cruising. Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you’ll have mastered the fall drive.
THIS WEEK'S NEWS ON WHEELS
This Week In Motoring: The new Batmobile caught on camera, Ferrari loses its chairman, Honda’s dream of a collision-free world and more.
The Best of the IIHS's Top Rated
When purchasing a new car, crash safety ratings tend to fall below other priorities like style, fuel economy, performance, amenities, cost and even brand loyalty. That’s unfortunate, since more than a handful of cars will consistently fail to perform well in the one situation we all hope to avoid: a serious accident. If you’re smart, and especially if you have kids in tow, you’ll take the time to bone up on which vehicles are the safest. Of the 22 cars that received the highest safety rating from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), these are the absolute best.
The Worst Kind of Collision Course
Evidence is mounting that points to the type of frontal collision as a grave contributor to whether passengers live or die in an accident, alongside the typical factors like speed and road conditions. An off-set crash — where 25 percent or less of the fascia of the car collides with either another vehicle or a hard, stationary object and causes the car to pivot sharply — is especially lethal, accounting for a quarter of frontal crash deaths. We examine why.
Something's askew in the world of crash testing
It’s both conventional wisdom and fact that heavier cars tend to be safer for their drivers and passengers in crashes. But when it comes to crash test ratings that are widely recognized in the automotive industry and consumers, weight is not brought into the equation with the heft it deserves.
This Week's News on Wheels
This Week in Motoring: Chrysler surges ahead in sales, the skinny on Singer Porsche, missing pickup tailgates, North Korean grand theft auto and much more.
This Week's News On Wheels
This Week in Motoring: a whale of a plane, the Uber/Lyft wars, one man’s reunion with his vintage Porsche, a commemorative Land Cruiser and more.
Become the Stig
From the Archives: Becoming a skilled driver is about more than going fast and having the will to beat everyone else. The fastest and most comprehensive way to improve is opening up your mind and your wallet to a reputable driving school. Here are our picks for the five best.
Cars and car lovers dressed to kill
There’s no place on earth like the Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. The cars on display at the world-renowned automotive festival are some of the finest and rarest feats of engineering and design the world has ever seen — and that’s just the parking lot.
This Week in Motoring: new tire tech from Michelin, Bentley’s new design direction, pitching to female car buyers, a rare Range Rover goes up for sale and much more.
Garb for the Green on Eighteen
Walking the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach with all manner of beautiful automobiles at your fingertips calls for some dressy duds and proper accessories. It’s far more than just a car show; it’s an automotive cultural event like no other, and just about everyone comes decked out to the nines. But it’s also no time to break out the tuxedo. Hence, this simple, handsome kit.
Hyundai Makes a Comeback
The old-wood pine forests and gravel roads of the Neste Oil WRC Finland made for gorgeous scenery in early August. And Team Hyundai, plus two of their Finnish drivers, made for a great story.
This week's news on wheels
This Week in Motoring: the most expensive car ever sold, plenty of eco-cars, the science behind Tony Stewart’s tragic sprint car accident, Motor Trend‘s awesome drag race and much more.
Big guns for those haulin' runs
It’s no longer enough for a big SUV to transport seven; it has to look good and feel good (for both driver and passengers) while doing it. Our intrepid Octane crew drove five of the best seven-passenger SUVs out there and found a flavor for just about anyone. While none of these five SUVs are perfect, each is grand in its own right by virtue of style, quality and utility.
THE Italian Stallion
A prancing black horse against a yellow backdrop: it’s the conspicuous emblem of Ferrari. Sealed permanently into everything from pop culture to motorsport, Ferrari can at times feel overwrought — its marketing includes branded tchotchkes and amusement parks — but at its soul it’s still the performance automaker from Maranello that Enzo built. And if there’s ever been a brand more associated with a singular color, we can’t think of one more yoked than Ferrari Red. To honor the glory of the brand, we’ve assembled an entire issue of Ferrari, ranging from vintage to modern, V8 to V12, race to hobby. Owning one might be a far-off dream, but it’s certainly a dream worth visiting often. Slide in, buckle up and read on.
The horse without the mane is just as wild
In the middle of a cool Chicago summer, sunlight bounces off the unmistakeable Rosso Corsa hood of a V8 Ferrari. A mere eighth of a depression of the throttle produces a sound I can only describe as a chorus of angels descending to earth on winged stallions. Against all odds, Ferrari’s delicious V8 458 Spider has won me over to top-down driving.
Prancing, galloping and snorting beauties
Great Ferraris are some of the most stunning cars to ever put rubber to pavement. These ten pageant winners out of Maranello stir the soul and make car lovers out of hotwheels-vrooming youths.
The Quail Preview
Ferrari enthusiast and luxury watch retailer David Lee is headed to this year’s The Quail at Pebble Beach. And, more importantly, he’s bringing his collection of vintage Ferarri supercars with him. We got a sneak peak at some of his rare beauties.
The Horse Prances On
From motorsport victories to pop culture appearances, these are the moments that helped solidify Ferrari’s rightful spot as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) automotive marques of all time.
The Week's News on Wheels
This Week in Motoring: Lambo’s new performance driving school, this year’s Pebble Beach Concours, a winged ambulance and more.
Grand Touring, Family Style
From the Archives: One of Ferrari’s most recent offerings, the Ferrari FF, makes use of the brand’s V12 staple, albeit in its most powerful form ever in a roadgoing car — but the FF also makes a noticeable departure from Ferrari Grand Tourers of the past through polarizing style, all-wheel-drive, practical (yes, practical) seating for four and enough cargo room to hit the road for more than a day. We got the behind the wheel with family in tow.
More than just a toy
From the Archives: You can spend as little or as much as you want on a remote-controlled vehicle (you’ll see shortly that there are far more than cars available), but what each one delivers is huge fun in a small package — and, in some cases, the kind of performance that shames the full-sized deal. Here are ten great remote controlled vehicles that are worth your time, your imagination and some of your hard-earned cash. Just be prepared to fight over them with your kids.
Gasoline is overrated
Diesel power is no longer reserved for hulking 18-wheelers that send plumes of grey smoke into the sky. Clean-burning diesel cars permeate the European landscape, and they’re slowly but surely making their way into more and more American homes thanks to affordability, impressive mileage numbers and beefy torque. In our Diesel Issue, we look into the advantages of diesel, the technology that makes it work, and the best cars that run on the stuff.
The A Class we long for
If there’s a way to convey style and a touch of German class without flipping the bird to practicality and fuel-efficiency, it’s the A220 CDI, Mercedes-Benz’s paradigm-shifting hatchback.
Big Style for Small Wheels
Advertised as the affordable Porsche/VW sports car, the small Porsche 914 got short shrift in the two automakers’ botched attempt to sell it as two different models and went sadly unrecognized. Gear Patrol brings you the perfect driving kit that keeps your road garb fashionable but simple, just like the classic 914.