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We're in a new age of American muscle cars at the moment. The Mustang and Camaro may be bitter rivals, but are they really all that different?
Car themed gifts usually air on the side of tacky and ostentatious, but there are some products out there that work as great gifts for anyone.
No plush leather — but speedy wi-fi? Now that's a good truck.
The car industry is changing. Expect more electric vehicles, autonomous tech, smart home connectivity and sophisticated interfaces very soon.
"Eco-minded car" usually means "boring compromise." Not with these four hybrids and diesels.
Truck envy set in within an hour of crossing the Wyoming state line. But the Silverado never backed down.
There is a certain set of cars that naturally fall into the category of road trip vehicle, in the public's eye. None of those tend to be pickup trucks.
With great offerings from Ford, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jeep, Tesla and more, America is strong in the sports car, sedan and SUV market.
Combining aspects of Muscle Cars and Pony Cars from bygone eras, the modern muscle car provides power and handling well beyond the abilities of their predecessors.
The race for more horsepower in both motorcycles and cars wages on. Here are the most potent ones under $100K.
The V8 now competes against twin-turbo V6s and tuned up four-cylinders that get markedly better efficiency. But the V8's still better in every other way.
There are famous film and TV cars, and then there are ones that are a bit less so. Here's the best supporting roles.
We scoured the convention center floor for the best of 2015 NYIAS.
Every emblem has a story, and we're telling the history and evolution of these iconic brand badges.
We take five rare production cars out for a spin to remind us all that we needn't settle for status-quo when these keys are on the table.
In America, we do it big: big guns, big bellies and big vehicles. Thankfully, manufacturers have begun offering alternatives to behemoth trucks, and the brand new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a impressive move in the right (smaller) direction.
While we can't say for certain what 2015 will hold for the automotive world, it looks to be one of the best years in a very long time. From superbly exhilarating sports cars to affordable and raucously entertaining small cars, these are the 15 cars we're bursting at the seams to drive this year.
This Week in Motoring: Ken Block takes over LA, the Cadillac ATS V Racer breaks cover, a CEO gets shot at and much more.
From miserly compacts to full-sized fuel-sipping sedans, you can have your cake and eat it, too, with both style and a serious salute to the environment. These five excellently executed everyday hybrids meld style and sensibility.
This Week in Motoring: GM aims to go driverless, the Chevy Corvette Z06 roasts just about everything, news that Mitsu Evo's living on borrowed time, the P1 sells out and much more.
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.
We drove a Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel from New York City to West Michigan for a 2,000-mile round trip. Here's what we learned.
The only problem with hybrids is how boring they can be to drive. Diesel cars, on the other hand, offer outstanding torque with hybrid-like fuel economy. We take five great ones out for a spin.
In the 2015 Chevy Tahoe everyone is treated with business-class comfort. Is this the perfect weekend car? We find out with some time behind the wheel.
A car is certainly more than the sum of its parts.
Beach trips can be as much about getting there as what you do when you arrive. Mom's minivan might be practical, but it might also eviscerate every ounce of road style you've ever had. If you're at the beach on a regular basis (or you just dream of being there 24/7) it might make sense to upgrade your beach ride to one of these sandy shore, white wave seekers.
Most of us with high-octane petrol in our veins can't own a super car and won't own a minivan. Chevrolet still cares about us. How do we know? The Chevy SS, one of the best modern sleepers in the business.
Sandwiched between the Geneva Motor Show and the Beijing Auto Show, the New York International Auto Show usually misses out on the biggest reveals of the year, but it still has plenty to offer. This year's show had its fair share of new designs and vehicles along with loads of improved sheetmetal. We've chosen ten standouts from our time on the ground that we'll be looking to drive in 2015.
The North American International Auto Show is one of our favorite events of the year. It's a time when just about every carmaker descends on Detroit, and the moment is a golden one. Picture it with us: gleaming steeds -- SUVs, sports cars, sedans, pickups and more -- as far as the eye can see, a field that's tough to whittle down to our favorites. But we've done just that with these ten beauties, the best of NAIAS.
Just about every morning, before our cup of joe, we slap ourselves as a reminder of how lucky we are to drive some of the best cars in the world and get paid for it. 2013 was another year of stupendous privileges, with wheel time in Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Land Rovers, Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Porsches, Jaguars, Mercedes-Benzes, Audis, BMWs, Aston Martins and more. We've been the beneficiaries of a huge upswing in the automotive marketplace in terms of style, quality and driving excitement through virtually all segments. And you know what that means: 2014 should prove to be even better. Here are the cars we most covet for the new year, each one a standout in its segment by virtue of its quality, technology, design, driving experience or all of the above. In a stellar field, these are the ones that stir the petrol in our veins the most. As we embark on a new year, here's a toast to what should be an incredible 2014 on the digital pages of Octane.
The Chevrolet Corvette is an American icon as popular as baseball and apple pie. But it hasn't all been pretty. Through its iterations the 'Vette has brought to mind everything from '70s chest hair to midlife crises to silk Tommy Bahama shirts, stale cigars and trailer park access. There's been beauty and power, too -- especially in the C4 through C6 generations -- but America's car has always failed to achieve world-class stardom, perhaps pulled down by those sour associations. Everything changes in the seventh-generation C7 'Vette. Yes: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ($51,000+) could go down as one of the best American cars ever built.
The end of the summer doesn't mean that the best driving months are behind us. With the arrival of fall comes cooler temperatures, the rainbow of foliage colors and fewer vacationers on the open roads -- all reasons to open up the throttle. But all leaf-scatterers are not created equal. Some have drop-tops for feeling the crisp air zip by your ears and others want to blast snaking backroads; still others will get you, your gear and your family to the annual fall camping spot. These ten cars -- our favorites for taking fall driving to the next level -- can do it all. If you're lucky enough to drive one, your winter doldrums just got put on hold.
Just about every car manufacturer has had its "car of shame" at one point or another. The names are easily recognizeable and are usually followed by a full-body cringe: AMC Gremlin, Renault Fuego, Chevy Citation, Oldsmobile Achieva, Volkswagen Fox, Geo Metro, Nissan Pulsar, Cadillac Cimarron, Pontiac Aztek, Ford Festiva, Chrysler PT Cruiser. To our everlasting chagrin, many of the cars we'd rather not have driven have come from right here in America. But things have been improving. Improving a lot, in fact. American cars today are better built and better designed at just about every level, and they're even competitive with once out-of-reach European performance cars.
The pickup truck is an American icon, its ruggedness and no-nonsense utility having long ago made it the workhorse of the blue-blooded. But the new Chevy Silverado ($23,590) introduces a new generation of big pickups that boast great design, posh interiors and improved drivability and toughness. Three great engines are available, including a robust 4.3-liter V6 that's both economical and capable. Step inside the Silverado's upgraded cabin and you'll wonder if you're in a well-appointed sedan. The new Silverado is also a pleasure to drive thanks to a stronger structure, better ride comfort and improved handling; it's as impressive on road as it is off. This truck is a shining example of what America does best.
Baseball, apple pie and trucks: all iconic, savory slices of Americana. The urban cowboy may have given the pickup a bad rap, but don't let that sour the segment. These ain't your granddad's haulers. No sir, the trucks of today have taken fuel efficiency to an all-time high in the segment, for starters, and have added touches of interior and exterior class that leave little to be desired, even when compared against luxury makers. Yes, the beloved truck has changed, but it remains grounded in its roots as a tree-stump-puller. Indeed, the core functionality of the pickup truck has remained nearly unchanged through the years -- that is, it still has the ability to blast copious amounts of diesel exhaust over smug, hybrid drivers. We found time to drive and rate the five best full-sized models on the market. Which one you choose is between you and your payload.
Every man's library should consist of great books. Of course, regardless of how many classics you've read, if you're a devotee of automobilia, your shelves should also house some truly great car books. We take a look at some of the best automotive books around in hopes that you'll get your hands on some of them, park yourself in a comfy chair and spend a weekend afternoon imagining the sights, sounds and smells of great motoring.
Wheels and gears, second hands and tach needles, power trains and power reserves. Men have always been fascinated by time, speed, accuracy and power -- and the beautiful combination of high-end timepieces and exotic roadgoing automobiles captures these obsessions appropriately. And whether the watch of choice is used to measure lap splits or to simply echo the same kind of quality and heritage as his car, you can be assured that careful time was taken to select both. We match up some of the best in timekeeping and automobilia in Gear Patrol style.
Weeding through Hollywood’s entire crop of iconic movie cars in the hopes of arriving at an agreed upon best of list is like trying to choose the sexiest Victoria’s Secret model -- it can be grueling work, but the research isn’t exactly painful. Car guys are a picky lot, especially when looking to the silver screen: Some go weak in the knees when they hear an American V8 rumble to life slightly out of frame, while others are gaga for the svelte silhouette of a European exotic on a twisty backdrop. A select few believe the essential chase scene is the deciding factor, while yet another breed is only happy when the director has chosen an “appropriate” vehicle for the character driving, regardless of whether the movie was even watchable.
The GP Team’s collection of petrolheads put all of these variables into play, entered into
deep philosophical debate and eventually agreed to disagree so we could present you with our picks for the best movie cars ever. Gentlemen, start your arguing engines!
Summer isn't nearly as enjoyable without top-down driving. As much as we're fans of hardtop automotive design and the way a sweeping roofline catches the eye, we have to admit that the clear growl of an engine and the wind in your hair makes the warmer months that much better. Even a drive up Pacific Coast Highway in a cream-hued 1995 Chrysler Sebring Convertible can be a pleasure (as long as no one actually sees you). Bully for you, convertibles are better than ever -- gone are the fussy tops, the anemic engines, and silhouettes that would make Quasimodo cringe. The crop of current convertibles range from modern nostalgia to supercar power players, but one thing they all do is make your motoring pleasure good for all the world to see.
Imagine spending years designing, redesigning, engineering and finally building a car -- only to have public opinion weigh in on your baby. No pressure, right? Well, at this year's New York International Auto Show, plenty of brands did a damn good job. We were tantalized by some of what's to come: cars that will certainly hit production in some form or another (and thank goodness for that). From track beasts to practical and attractive sedans, we rounded up the cream of the crop, in our humble opinion. Take a look at the 10 best in show.
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Chevy, you had us at “ZL1”, but our loyalties have waned as we pine for the Camaro Z/28, with its 500 hp, 7.0-liter V8 and enough racing bits to make lesser muscle cars cower in fear. It’ll be available in late 2013. chevrolet.com Commando Padlocks Manufactured in Michigan to military- and commercial-grade...
The wraps just came off the Corvette Stingray Convertible, which will be sold alongside the hardtop in the fourth quarter of 2013. Powered by the same potent 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine with 450 hp, the convertible sheds the metal for a fully electronic top that can be deployed or retracted at speeds of up to 30 mph. It's the perfect new recipe for fast, top-down driving, American style.
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