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Bugatti 16C Galibier

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and Veyron Super Sport have shared the supercar limelight for some time now. Well, Bugatti is staging an upset within in its own automotive ranks by releasing production news of the supremely opulent Bugatti 16C Galibier. A 1000 horsepower W16 (yes, mating V8s) and enough torque to move it to 60...

F-Wonderful

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

It’s tough to appreciate the true beauty of a race car’s design, unless it’s standing still. We also focus so much on the “form follows function” mindset that we fail to see the artfulness of track-only vehicles, especially when they are adorned with every product logo known to mankind. A pictorial homage to the F1...

The Holy Grail of Sports Sedans

2012 BMW M5 Concept

The BMW M5 has stood as the definitive sports sedan for two decades. Others have tried and though some have duplicated its power, no one has been able to harness the commensurate handling dynamics in this category. Now, BMW has pulled back the curtains on its 2012 BMW M5 Concept, and the results are nothing...

An automobile that needs no explanation

1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona

Every so often, a car comes along that is transcendent. The Jaguar E-Type. The Porsche 911. The Lamborghini Miura. And, yes, the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona. This Pininfarina designed exotic looks even more beautiful today than it did in 1973, set apart from the overly wrought designs of the present and rising above the morass...

Big Deux Coupe

2012 BMW 650i Coupe

The original BMW 635CSi from the 80’s was a tough act to follow. Crisp, clean lines and an aggressive stance, along with a beautifully forward angled grille made the 6-Series Coupe of yesteryear a true classic.The reincarnation in 2003 proved to be less than thrilling, looking more like a large lozenge than an iconic coupe....

The Good Kind

Briggs Automotive Company Mono

If you’re fortunate enough, especially in this economy, to have more than just a daily driver, and if you’re automotive tastes go beyond a reasonably quick street vehicle, take a gander at the BAC Mono track car. The British carmaker and its new track toy put the Ariel Atom and the KTM X-Bow firmly in...

No, it's not Elton John's ride

Mini Rocketman Concept

Mini is clearly not running out ideas. Case in point, the newly introduced Mini Rocketman Concept is a fairly radical design, even for Mini. Its exterior dimensions are closer to the original at only 11 feet long, and makes use of a carbon-fiber spaceframe that keeps weight down while giving the car a stunning proposed...

Romeo. Ohh, Romeo.

Alfa Romeo 4C Concept

Following in the footsteps of its positively stunning predecessor, the Alfa Romeo 4C Concept is both lighter and smaller in dimensions than the 8C Competizione. The 4C Concept is built from carbon fiber and aluminum and manages to keep an ultralight weight of 1,873 lbs. Not nearly as powerful as its bigger brother’s V8, the...

Bumblebee's P.O.'d cousin

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Okay, so the new Camaro has taken the muscle car world by storm, throwing down against the Ford Mustang and winning (so far) in the number race. Now Chevy has its crosshairs focused on the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 with its upcoming rubber scorcher, the 2012 Camaro ZL1. More performance car than muscle car, the...

By the horns

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

The long-awaited replacement for the top end Lamborghini Murcielago has finally broken cover. Introducing the even more vicious and beautiful Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4. Carrying over several significant design elements from the limited edition Reventon, the all-carbon fiber bodied Aventador boasts a ferocious 6500cc V12 engine that snorts out 700 hp and 479 lb feet of...

British in all the right ways

2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe

Aston Martin produces some of the sexiest sheetmetal in the automotive industry today, and the tally now stands at 8 (we’re not counting the diminutive Cygnet in this group). Every new offering seems more swoopy than the the previous one, and the 2012 Aston Martin Virage Coupe ($200,000) is no exception. Created to fill a...

Like father, like son

Breakdown: 2012 McLaren MP4-12C

A. Cutting Edge: Formula 1 technology and design inspired. Schuey would be jealous. B. Automotive Weightwatchers: Extensive use of carbon fiber for rigidity and lightness C. High-tech Bathtub: Carbon-fiber monocell for driver safety and structural integrity D. Talk about Details: Magnesium dash support beam instead of steel to save weight E. Not Just a Pretty...

Low slung bull

Lamborghini PML-F Formula 1 Concept

Unlike the Prancing Horse, Lambo lacks any serious racing pedigree. The newly designed Lamborghini PML-F Formula 1 Concept, however, could change that. Part F1 racer, part Dark Knight transport, this demonic creation from Sabino Leerentveld is intended to be propelled by a 3.0L 1200 hp V12. If it ever gets built, pairing that engine with...

Mer-C-less

2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG

Revamped both inside and out, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG is a four door force to be reckoned with. Earlier generations of Mercedes AMG vehicles were blunt force instruments. Lately though, Merc has been churning out drool-worthy vehicles that truly raise the performance quotient for the German automaker, as is the case for the C63....

Impressive. Most Impressive.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition

If Darth Vader had been born in Detroit, this just might be his vehicle of choice. The new 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition ($70,000). Uncannily timed with the release of a similarly adorned steerable rocket sled, the Porsche 911 Black Edition, this iteration of the already stunning CTS-V adds upgraded interior materials like microfiber...

I crush your Big Wheel

Audi C e-tron

When is a toy car not a toy car? When Audi builds one out of carbon-fiber, throws in an electric motor and makes it so exclusive, you can’t actually buy it (yet). Case in point, the Audi C e-tron, built by the German automaker and modeled after the Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car...

What is this, Mitosis?

2013 Mini Paceman

The resurgent Mini has found great success in the States, there is no question. The real question is, “How many permutations can Mini come up with? Answer: with the introduction of the 2013 Mini Paceman concept, an elongated cross-over coupe, the number climbs to 7. Stats on the Paceman are an available all-wheel-drive system and...

No impostor

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Not long ago, the president of Hyundai North America stated, “We want Hyundai to be the kind of car you want to buy, not the kind of car you have to buy.” Well, with the release of the Genesis, Genesis Coupe and the new Sonata, Hyundai can claim both improved quality AND eye-catching design. Their...

STreetworthy

2012 Ford Focus ST

Dreams can become reality, even in the automotive world. In the fall of 2010, GP teased you with images of the then predicted arrival of the Ford Focus ST . We started hoping for an American hot hatch we could both believe in and thrash around the track. Hope no more. It’s official and Ford...

Out of the shadows and into the light

Behind the Wheel: 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport

For some time now, Suzuki vehicles have widely been considered sub-par automobiles — barely passing muster as basic transportation. Their designs have slightly improved over the past several years but build quality has continually been an issue. Well, roll the automotive drums and draw back the thick velvet curtains because Suzuki has pulled a game-changer...

Beefier and Leaner

2011 BMW X3

The 2010 BMW X3 is about to pass the baton to the long-awaited X3 redesign for the 2011 model year. The first-generation X3 spearheaded the way for the near-luxury mid-sized SUV category in 2004 and spawned a wave of similar vehicles, like the Acura RDX and the Audi Q5. The X3 is labeled an “SAV”...

Under New Ownership, but Still Damn Sexy

2011 Volvo S60 T6 AWD

By Gear Patrol reader Amos Kwon Even though Volvo hasn’t made the design equivalent of a Frigidaire on wheels since the 1980s, their cars have still attracted both suede elbow-padded, tweed blazer wearing professors and suburban upper-crusty moms for the last two decades. Now that they are owned by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Co., some...

30 Essential Movies | Bullitt

Bullitt… McQueen. Bisset. Car chase. Mustang. Charger RT. Car chase. Witness Protection. Mafia. Car chase. Turtlenecks (that are cool). Dirty cops. Did we mention the car chase? Buy Now: $9 (Blu-Ray | $22 (Special Edition DVD) 30 Essential Movies is a Gear Patrol series focused on highlighting the 30 core films every guy should own...

The 5th Generation of One Glorious SUV

Behind The Wheel: 2010 Toyota 4Runner

If you happened to be a loyal Gear Patrol fan browsing last week in between feasting, you might have a seen a brief video of yours truly and our resident car reviewer Bradley Hasemeyer experiencing the non-casino side of Vegas. Well besides using our time to toy with death, we also had some extended sessions...

Who Says You Ever Have to Stop Sitting Behind the Wheel

Intro-Tech Automotive Pit Stop Furniture

There are car fans and then there are Car Fans. For those that happen to fall into the latter bucket, Intro-Tech Automotive’s aptly named Pit Stop furniture collection may just be the perfect compliment to your race car bed. Styled from what appears to be remaindered parts from a Nascar garage, this chair and desk...

Volkswagen Passat CC Review

By Jay Shoemaker | The Truth About Cars The CC stood out like a swan amidst a gaggle of homely Jetta ducklings on the VW dealer’s lot, its aesthetic appeal undeniable. In contrast with the company’s marketing approach with the Phaeton, the CC is virtually badge-less and, at first blush, hard to identify as part...

Gear Patrol + Hoover Dam + Toyota Matrix

We Grab The Keys To The 2009 Toyota Matrix And Head To Hoover Dam To Take Photographs. Let Us Tell You Why. Let us start by telling you a story about a guy who, a few years ago, was relegated to driving a Toyota Matrix for a business trip. The drive was a 6 hour...

2009 Mazda6

[click on image to enlarge] Suffice it to say, these days aren’t exactly ideal for car ownership. But giving up some of your monthly car payment allowance doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice image, quality or performance (and efficiency). Mazda’s laid a pretty impressive punch to the automarket with its 2009 Mazda6. The Mazda6, aestheticlaly,...

Stant Locking Gas Cap

Your car is equipped with anti-theft measures. It’s equipped with a security system. But is it equipped with a locking gas cap? Hmm, that may have made you think twice. Everyone knows gas prices are climbing faster than the 1990’s New York Stock Exchange. Avoid fuel theft with a cost effective safety measure. The Stant...

2009 Volkswagen Scirocco

[click on image to enlarge] According to Autoblog an embargo has been broken on images of the 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco. Well, far be it from us to hold back on a car you guys should know about it. The Scirocco is to be shown at the Geneva Auto Show next week and it’s a handsome...

Collision Kit Organizer

[via Acquire Mag] When it comes to car accidents we all think “It will never happen to me.” But collisions happen every day and it doesn’t hurt to prepare for the worst. When faced with an emotional and difficult situation, this collision kit will help you stay calm, organized and asking all the right questions....

2007 New York Auto Show

The 2007 New York International Auto Show begins today (for press only, it opens to the public this Friday) and with it comes cars, cars, cars, some beautiful women, and more cars. Take a minute and browse through the press-coverage only photos found on Midweekpost’s flickr slideshow set. 2007 New York Auto Show Cost: Free