The Lexus LFA has gained some serious popularity from collectors recently, despite being out of production for several years. Prices for second-hand examples are on the rise, and we think this Nurburgring Edition is the pick of the bunch. Welcome to You Must Buy, our daily look at the cars you really should be buying instead of that boring commuter sedan. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Unlike most new cars, the LFA sports a spectacular-sounding high-revving naturally aspirated engine, rather than a muffled, uninspiring turbocharged unit. This engine, a 4.8-liter V10 with an exhaust tuned by Yamaha, might help explain the car's enduring popularity. If you've never heard an LFA at full-tilt, please, take the time to do so. The sound alone will make you want to own one. This orange Nurburgring Edition is one of just 50 built, and comes with just 1600 miles on the clock. Nurburgring Edition cars come with a retuned suspension, stickier tires, a fixed rear wing, a big front … [Read more...] about This Might Be the Perfect LFA
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Regardless of which version you drive, there's something mystical about crossing the country in America's sports car. With the C7 Corvette, Chevrolet has created what might be the perfect road trip vehicle. As always, you get a powerful engine and great handling, but you also get a quality interior, spacious trunk, and nearly 30 mpg on the highway. … [Read more...] about The Best Road Trip Cars Ever Made
HIGH ON A RIDGE rising from the Aegan Sea, a dirt track meandered out of view. We had to know where it went. Fortunately, the vehicle we’d come all the way to the mountainous island of Crete to test was perfectly capable of exploring the varied terrain.The Porsche Cayenne transitioned with ease from screeching around asphalt corners to bumping along rutted dirt roads. After rounding a bend and ascending the spine of a tall hill, we were rewarded with astounding views of the Greek island and the turquoise water all around. This is the promise of the performance SUV, a promise the Cayenne was first to fulfill, and which the new one does better than ever. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below When the model was introduced in 2002, Lexus already had its RX crossover, Mercedes had the ML, and BMW was selling the popular X5. But it wasn’t until Porsche, the purest of purist brands, staked its reputation and finances upon an SUV that these trucklike machines truly pivoted toward … [Read more...] about First Drive: 2019 Porsche Cayenne
You ever wonder why Porsche has never used flat-fours and flat-sixes for any of its front-engine cars? Toyota's Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the 86 and the upcoming Supra, did too."For myself, this was one of the world's seven wonders," Tada-san said at the Supra's Geneva Motor Show launch. "I had been wondering for years, but having developed the 86 and now the Supra, I finally understand why." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The answer, simply, is packaging. When you first consider it, a boxer engine makes a lot of sense in a front-engine car. It's short in length, which allows you to easily place the engine behind the front axle without compromising interior space, and it's not tall either, allowing for a low center of gravity. A boxer is wide, however, and that creates all sorts of engineering headaches, as Tada-san explains. "The steering rack is an important element when we decide the overall placement of engine and transmission," he said. "A boxer engine is wide, … [Read more...] about Here’s Why You Don’t See Many Front-Engine Boxer-Powered Cars
LEGO has made a handful of great sets based on our favorite vehicles. In addition to the Volkswagen GTI shown above, we've seen hypercars, Mini Coopers, Beetles, and even Caterhams transformed into LEGO kits. Which car do you think deserves the LEGO treatment most?I think the new Apollo IE could use a LEGO version. The looks may not be for everyone, but I'm curious to see how creators would incorporate all of those swooping lines and that massive wing into the design. Plus, this way I could own one without having to spend nearly $3 million. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Máté Petrány / Road&Track Now'd we'd like to know: Which car do you think should be turned into a LEGO kit? Your choice doesn't have to be super-sporty or brand new like the Apollo—it just has to be a car you love that has yet to get the LEGO treatment. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about Which Car Deserves to Be Turned into a LEGO Kit?
Have you ever had a whole racetrack all to yourself? I had that privilege this past Monday and Tuesday, splitting my seat time between my World Challenge-spec Accord V6 racecar and a new vehicle that we’ll be reviewing in an upcoming issue of the magazine. I have to confess that I felt guilty about all the time that I wasn’t using the track. Luckily, there was another fellow there who had a car he wanted to run for a few minutes. After ten or so laps, he came back in with a frown on his face. His track weapon of choice had hood vents, coilovers, and a massive aero package --- but the first thing he said when he got out of the car was, “Man, this thing is so slow.” His second sentence? “Every time I drive it, I wish I’d spent the money on a Miata.” Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The car in question? A Subaru BRZ. Of course, it could just as easily have been a Toyota GT86 or Scion FR-S. It seems like only yesterday that I applied to be … [Read more...] about The Toyota 86’s Replacement Needs an Engine with Character
The supercharged S-Type R looked old fashioned, but was an elegant way to make some loud V8 thunder. And now you can get one for dirt cheap.Welcome to Better Than Coffee, your daily dose of car sounds designed to help you kick that caffeine habit. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below … [Read more...] about The Jaguar S-Type R Is Loud and Mad
The lemon law makes automakers buy back defective cars. But what happens to those cars might surprise you–especially if you unknowingly bought one.Car manufacturers buy back thousands of defective automobiles each year because they are difficult to repair–if they can be repaired at all. Those lemons are then resold by the manufacturers, fixed or not, and are once again on the roads and in repair shops. Many people mistakenly believe that the titles to these cars are always branded as lemons so that future car shoppers would be on notice of what the vehicle’s history was before they made their purchase. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below This is quite far from the truth. All 50 states have lemon laws, creating minimum standards for warranty repairs. If a car or truck cannot be repaired after a certain number of attempts or a particular time frame, then the manufacturer must buy the car back from the consumer or replace it with a non-defective one. While most … [Read more...] about What Happens to Lemon Law Cars After They’re Bought Back?
We love performance cars here at Road & Track, but there are a bunch of other vehicles out there worth a second look that may not necessarily have 0-60 times or top speed in mind. Which slow car is your favorite? For me, it's the Toyota Mega Cruiser. It's an obscure Hummer knockoff built by Toyota in the mid-1990s for military use, sold in civilian-spec for the Japanese domestic market. It uses independent double wishbone suspension all around, a center differential lock, and four-wheel steering. It's powered only by a four-cylinder turbodiesel, however, making acceleration less than optimal. Still, it's a wildly cool machine. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which slow cars do you think are cool? It doesn't have to be something big and heavy-duty like the Mega Cruiser, either—it can be something ultra-luxurious or super small, if that's what you're a fan of. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Coolest Slow Car Ever Made?
Welcome to The Grid, R&T's quick roundup of the auto industry and motorsports news you should know this morning.Flying Porsche?Flying cars are the vaporiest of all the vapor ware. They have been the dream of a number of manufacturers for decades, but never come to fruition. Mostly because they're bad as cars and bad as planes, so you have something that is compromised in every scenario. But that hasn't stopped automakers from seeing it as the future, and now Porsche is one of them. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Porsche's interest is in developing a sort of flying taxi/drone that can get people across the most congested cities in the world in record time by moving people above the traffic. They call this "third-dimension mobility." Thing is, it isn't close to being a reality. Porsche is in the initial planning stages and sees it being about 10 years out. Great IndyCar RaceThis weekend was the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the IndyCar season opener. The new design … [Read more...] about Porsche Wants to Build a Flying Car