Why even talk about something we can’t have? Because when VW knocks on the door and hands over their forbidden fruit — the 2015 Golf R Euro-spec — no human of motoring integrity could say no; and we didn’t either.
Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads
A fork in the road. Rarely in life does the metaphorical appear in such literal form. Yet there it was, and there we were. Twelve dust-covered motorcyclists on a journey through British Columbia’s beautiful northern interior, faced squarely with two paths and three options: left, right or turn around. This is where the riding stopped and the adventure began.
Essentials for your great escape
Heading out on the road with no set destinations and a couple of days to burn is a rite of passage for motorcycle riders. For a long weekend ride through Northern Ontario, Canada, GP’s Matt Neundorf turned to the Italians for the right gear: A Ducati for the ride; a two-piece suit, boots and gloves from Dainese and more.
An Angry Bird of Prey
Every motorcycle enthusiast dreams of taking off for an epic adventure. It’s no surprise, then, that adventure motorcycles are the fastest-growing segment on two wheels. Ducati has clearly tapped into that ethos with the design of the Multistrada GT.
You've got skin in the game
Full race-spec leathers are the surest bet to save your bacon when the possibility of a motorcycle crash becomes a reality; but practicality, timing and social demands don’t always encourage full gear. These are the best motorcycle jeans designed to both resist high-speed abrasion and look good when you reach your destination.
Teaching an old dog new tricks, on two wheels
The prom queen is never chosen solely for her personality, and character actors don’t win People‘s Sexiest Man Alive. These are truths we’ve come to simply accept, and they extend to machines, too. Saying an item has “character” or “personality” implies it has aesthetic, ergonomic, or other flaws. The Moto Guzzi V7 Special ($9,290) has character.
Farr and Away
Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.
Neck and Neck in the Skies Above Reno
On September 15, spectators at the 51st National Championship Air Race in Reno, Nevada witnessed a gut-wrenching photo finish. Thousands came to their feet and roared as two of air racing’s fastest, most highly-modified P-51 Mustangs screamed past the home pylon at 500 mph in the closest race at Reno in more than two decades. As the pilots pulled their racers skyward, up and off the race course, neither was sure who had won. Below, the thousands in the stands continued their howled excitement.
(Sometimes) Longer is better
This year Infiniti released a new “L” variant of their Q70 sedan (formerly known as the M) in the States. An escape from the confines of New York City into the backroads of Jersey proved that the long wheel based car might just balance the ideals of comfort and performance perfectly while remaining a luxury car bargain.
Whether it’s a long weekend in the mountains with friends and family or an afternoon blast through wooded sweepers and switchbacks, not all cars are created equal. Get your hands on one of these seven prime choices, and your September, October and early November should be much more memorable.
The beautiful collision of technology and tradition
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.
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.
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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.
Keep Your Backseat Driver Safe
You baby has arrived. Such a glorious day — but suddenly having a days-old human in your hands makes the world much bigger and scarier than when you checked into the hospital, and now you have to get them home. You can breathe a little easier with your baby strapped into one of these great car seats.
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.
Long Rifle of the Air Age
When General Nathan Twining, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, called the Boeing B-52 “the long rifle of the air age” shortly after it entered service on June 29, 1955, no one imagined that the eight-engine, 390,000-pound bomber would still be operational 60 years later.
Racing's Up-and-Comer Series Appeals to both fans and drivers
Though you’ve probably never heard about it, Red Bull Global Rallycross is arguably motorsports’ best kept secret, and its most promising up-and-comer. With its short, simple races, colorful drivers, insanely powerful cars, and racetracks made of dirt, asphalt and even water, it’s easy to see why.
Old School and Off Road
Steep slopes, muddy trails, river crossings and scree slopes turn a garden variety trip into a journey. Adrenaline junkies, take note: off-road excursions are just as exciting as transcontinental road trips, if not more so. Set yourselves up with any of these great vintage off-road adventure cars and you’ll see why.
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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.
High-Class Elbow Grease
The 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is a six-day automotive smörgåsbord on the bucolic greens of the Monterey Peninsula. We sent our non-car enthusiast editor, Matthew Ankeny, to see the scene, hear the stories, and relay the results.
Riding Rough Around The Edges
About two hours north of Green Bay, Wisconsin past idyllic countryside, dairy farms and wide open roads sits the small town of Crandon, where the peaceful silence of nature is replaced by the roar of 900 horsepower engines competing in The Off-Road Racing Championship (TORC) battling for victory while jumping, drifting and wrecking at the world famous Big House. We had an all-access pass to Jarit and Jessie Johnson from team Husqvarna as they continued their race for the championship.
From NYC to Maine in Toyota's big rig
When daydreaming of a classic summer road trip vehicle, a pickup truck is not what normally springs to mind — especially a massive 5,800-pound one that gets 17 mpg. However, seeing as the 2014 Toyota Tundra ($26,000+) could haul the space shuttle Endeavor across an LA freeway, I figured it could handle my family, a few bags and nearly 700 miles of road tripping.
Father of the modern SUV, for better or worse
You can’t build a successful SUV today without incorporating comforts like leather and DVD players alongside trail-dominating suspension and chunky all-terrain tires. If any car proved this formula was a successful one, it was the car that did it first: the Jeep Wagoneer.