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Quick Spin: 2013 Ford Focus ST

What Ford has done in the few years is nothing short of brand reinvention. A new focus on technology and consolidation of their various models sold globally and in the States has left many a test driver of a new Focus, Fiesta, Fusion or Escape asking “Is this really a Ford?” The 2013 Focus ST ($24,000 Base) continues this leave-drivers-impressed trend. We take a quick spin.

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Masters of Modern Car Design

Napoleon had Marengo, Speed Racer had the Mach 5 and Magnum P.I. had his Ferrari. Man has always tethered an emotional bond to his mode of transportation, and that much more so with the automobile. But what of the men who’ve boosted the contemporary car’s ascent to a beloved, even worshiped, object? Masters of Modern…

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Missiles not included

James Bond 007 Miniature Vehicles Set

Skyfall is about to touch down in theaters, which means the promotional tie-in machine is flipping every switch on its weapons panel. Still, the James Bond 007 Miniature Vehicles Set ($60) is an interesting keepsake for Fleming fans, featuring eight miniature die-cast models of select Bond vehicles from the 22-film series. While we wouldn’t lump…

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The Depth of Speed: Something from Nothing

With our love of cars and well-shot short films, it’s easy to get why Jason Clason and his mission to travel around the good ol’ US of A filming serious motor-heads gets us revving. In The Depth of Speed, Jason meets up with Tim Bradham in his NC-based shop TBC Hot Rods and Bikes and…

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The Land of the Morning Calm shakes things up

In Depth: The Rise of Hyundai

A number of years ago, a Hyundai Motor Company executive was quoted as saying something along the lines of, “We want Hyundai to make the kind of car you want to buy, not the kind of car you have to buy.” As a teen, I distinctly recall the emergence of the South Korean automaker’s first…

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As delicate as a hand grenade

VWerks Red Jacket Jeep

Here at GP, we’re all about refinement and sophistication. But sometimes you just want the kind of visceral brashness that creates shock and awe. This is where a vehicle like the VWerks Red Jacket Jeep ($115,000) fits in nicely. VWerks is a custom builder in Michigan that’s in the business of building specialty vehicles and…

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Babe-raham Lincoln

2013 Lincoln MKZ

On the market since 2008 under Lincoln’s MK nomenclature, the MKZ (nee, Zephyr) has been Lincoln’s bread-and-butter vehicle for a few years running. And though it’s never been a looker — having migrated from the somewhat vanilla first generation to the most recent design with an overly toothy grille that borders on Cheshire Cat/Morton Downey,…

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Italy's Finest

2012 RM Monaco Auction

For the trio of recent Mega Millions Lottery winners, we have a bit of sage wisdom. Invest and invest wisely. The 2012 RM Monaco Auction is a solid place to start. No fewer than 22 pristine and historic Ferraris will appear on the auction block on May 11th and 12th, 2012. From a curvaceous 1963…

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2013 SRT Viper

The Dodge Viper has come a long way. Don’t misunderstand, though. From the 1st version in 1992 to the last generation model, the Viper has always been a V10, American made horsepower monster that chews up tires like a starving beaver on fresh pine. Far from refined, the Viper would damage both kidneys and dental…

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We've seen the future, and it's topless

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

If Jeff Bridges’ Kevin Flynn was ever searching for the perfect summer ride, it would most certainly be the BMW i8 Concept Spyder, about to debut in New York. Based on the ultra-futuristic BMW i8, the Concept Spyder is driven by the same 131 horsepower electric motor, providing a whole 19 miles of electrical driving…

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In Search of Snow

We recently dropped into Aspen Fashion Week with Bentley and roared around in the snow with 631 horsepower at our disposal in the process — but we’ll talk more about that later. For now, we wanted to share a video that the esteemed British automaker debuted over the weekend featuring world-renowned big-mountain skier Chris Davenport….

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The Drive to Win


Before you draw your conclusions about the name, let’s “shift gears”. Carnology: The Car Identification Game ($40) is a board game we car lovers have been waiting for, having had to weakly satisfy ourselves with mindless rounds of Monopoly over the years. Creator, John Cupit, drawing from wonderful childhood memories of playing the game of…

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Brabus Bullit Coupe 800

Brabus, the renowed German tuner responsible for untethered versions of already incredible automobiles, has just released the ridiculously fast Brabus Bullit Coupe 800 for the Geneva Auto Show. Based on the current C63 AMG, this iteration is far more potent, with a fat twin-turbo V12 from the S600 shoehorned into the engine bay. Brabus even…

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2013 Ferrari California Handling Speciale

The current Ferrari California, we confess, is a might overstyled and definitely gravitationally challenged. Nevertheless, it’s a Ferrari and we don’t besmirch many of them (except perhaps the Mondial). For 2013, they’ve improved upon it with the Ferrari California Handling Especiale, which bumps up the power output by 30 horsepower and drops nearly 70 pounds….

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The Derelicts by ICON

If push came to shove, we’ve probably sell a kidney or two for one of ICON’s glorious vehicles. So when our friend Michael Williams at A Continuous Lean was kind enough to point out this excellent video on the brand’s latest pet project, dubbed The Derelicts, put together by the folks at eGarage, we had…

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High Karate

Patina: 1967 Shelby/Toyota 2000GT

It’s not often you see a car this rare and iconic go up on the auction block, especially considering its Japanese origin. The first of its kind, this 1967 Shelby/Toyota 2000GT was brought to life by none other than Mr. Carroll Shelby, himself, for the 1968 C-Production SCCA racing circuit. This was also significant, as…

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Dogs in Cars

Everything looks better in slow motion — or in this case cuter. If the toils of this week have left you drained or down, this five minute film depicting man’s best friend living it up on the road is guaranteed to make you smile. It appears they enjoy the thrill of the drive just as…

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Mechanical Synfonica

“What happens if we mix the sound of a classical orchestra with the modern tones of a powerful motorsound? What’s the outcome if we try to use the momentum of a melody and blend it to the deep sound of a V8 or the high tone of a biturbo engine?” These are the questions the…

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The Italian Bumblebee

Novitec Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

We can all agree that the Maserati GranTurismo is one gorgeous automobile. Then there’s its angry brother, the MC Stradale (strah-dahl-ee) with 444 horsepower and a beefed up suspension and chassis. Well, Novitec, the tuner that regularly modifies already blazingly quick Ferraris and Alfa Romeos, has churned out the Novitec Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale through…

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Just My E-Type

Jaguar C-X16 Concept

Jaguar has officially sloughed off the traditional designs that stood for decades. The new design era is officially in full swing, and they’ve not only penned but created the next star in their lineup, the Jaguar C-X16 Concept, which will show up in Frankfurt next week. This one’s got some big shoes to fill, as…

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Old Dog, New Tricks

Karl Kustom Corvettes

The Chevrolet Corvette is pretty much as American as it gets. Although the current C6 is a head-turner, a classic 1960’s vette is that much more noticeable. Well, Karl Kustom Corvettes combines the best of both worlds, taking the svelte body of what are referred to as the “Mid-Years,” 1960’s coupes and convertibles and incorporating…

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Speed Channeled

Shelby Supercars Tuatara

Two of what? No, it’s the Shelby Supercars Tuatara (pronounced “twu-tar-ah”), SSC’s newest superweapon in the top speed battle with Bugatti. As if SSC’s Ultimate Aero’s 257 mph was not enough, Jerod Shelby aims to re-trump Bugatti by overtaking the Veyron Super Sport, which topped out at a blistering 264 mph (otherwise known as airborne…

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Air Hoardin'

Brabus Mercedes-Benz 800 E V12 Cabriolet

Had enough mad black tuner cars yet? It looks like there’s no end in sight, and that’s okay with us. Brabus recently released the automotive equivalent of an M198 Howitzer, the Brabus Mercedes-Benz 800 E V12 Cabriolet ($681,484) turning an already powerful convertible into an instant way to flatten the top of your skull. The…

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Envy Green

2011 Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe Karai

The Mazda Miata (or MX-5 in current form) has clearly put its automotive stamp on the world. It truly is a purist’s car with great balance, a precise shifter and envied lightness and handling. A classic roadster for the modern world, indeed. Now, the Japanese automaker has come out with a special version for the…

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Family Dragster

Edo Competition BMW M5 Dark Edition

The last generation M5 will have its final hurrah in five-door form and under cover of darkness. Edo Competition, the mad German tuner, has just pulled the cover off its BMW M5 Dark Edition. The V10 has been ramped up to 555 horsepower from the original and already ferocious 500 via increased air flow, allowing…

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Frosty Goodness


There are very few times when it’s not good to be an American. This is one of them. BMW is producing the M3 CRT in limited numbers (67) for markets other than the U.S. Yes, you can cry now. The Frozen Polar Silver painted sedans are designated as Carbon Racing Technology vehicles due to the…

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Beetle, Juiced

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Edition

Are we done with black yet? Don’t hold your breath, as VW is following Porsche and BMW’s latest dark act, providing a limited edition of cloaked vehicles with special paint, trim and tires. Now far from emasculating and upped in the masculinity quotient, the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Black Turbo Edition ($25,720) aims to draw 600…

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Sexy Back

2012 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI

Well, folks, it looks like the “four door coupe” is one oxymoron that is here to stay. The term is a weird one, but for Audi, the result is positively stunning in the 2012 Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI, an exercise in what can be done with automotive sheetmetal when the beancounters don’t get a…

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Not so Woolly Mammoth

Trecol 39295

There’s off-road, and then there’s OFF-ROAD. The Russian built Trecol 39295 takes it to an altogether different level. The insane six-wheeler enables you to drive over logs, insanely rocky terrain, deep water (with optional outboard motor) and even people. Okay, back up now. Yes, you can do that, too. The Trecol just happens to have…

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Macht Schnell

Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR by TOPCAR

Russian tuner, TOPCAR has done something sinister to the already fast-selling Porsche family sedan with their stealthy Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR. The car certainly takes on a far more aggressive look that we feel is more consistent with the rear greenhouse of the Panamera, largely by giving it a beautiful matte black paint job, more…