Question: What would you do if you had 24 hours in Ferrari‘s latest supercar, the 557 horsepower*, mid-engine 458 Italia? That exact proposition came up a few weeks back when our offices took delivery of the first Ferrari loan this magazine has seen in five years. We can be a pretty jaded crew, but there is something sweet about seeing the words “458 Italia” scrawled on our checkout clipboard, with blanks by Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Well, I should say eraser marks by Saturday and Sunday. It was to be my ride for the weekend, but because I have a heart made of the purest Chilean-mined gold, I decided to share my largesse with colleagues Ron Kiino and Jonny Lieberman. My first 12 hours with the bright yellow beast? No strippers or blasts to New York (I decided to leave that for the other two). I did what every red-blooded male should do once in his life. I cashed in on executive privilege and took the Ferrari to a racetrack, on a weekday. Of course, I … [Read more...] about 72 Hours with the Ferrari 458 Italia
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The Los Angeles auto show is finally emerging out of the long shadow of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, to the unbridled joy of hundreds of war weary automotive journalists around the globe. In essence, this is the second L.A. show this year, the first being in January, right before the Detroit show where it used to languish. It’s arguably the biggest in the event’s long history dating back to 1907. It’s also the first year the show has earned an international designation, giving show organizers the extra clout to attract more world unveilings when the show lands in its permanent slot next year in early November. This show definitely has a green sheen to it, which is certainly appropriate for a city where you can literally see a Toyota Prius every 50 feet or so. General Motors and Ford are both locked and loaded with double barrels of hybrid and hydrogen offerings, while BMW is bringing its Hydrogen 7 to the party. Call them crossovers, SUVs, … [Read more...] about 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show Photos & Coverage
Quick Stats: J.B. Smoove comedian/actor/writerDaily Driver: 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 (J.B.’s rating: 10 on a scale of 1 to 10)Other cars: see belowFavorite road trip: Chesapeak Bay BridgeCar he learned to drive in: 1970s DatsunFirst car bought: 1972 Dodge Coronet Some people can’t recall what they did yesterday, let alone the details of a car that was customized long ago. But comedian and actor J.B. Smoove can. Even after spending an hour chatting with Smoove, it feels like we only discussed the tip of his iceberg of car adventures. He loves cars and road trips in his RV and he offers one secret to staying awake on long drives. “If you’re not a coffee person or a Red Bull person, here’s one thing that will keep you up,” he says. “I don’t know how it does it, I don’t know what’s in it, but sunflower seeds are the greatest. I don’t know what it is. We’ll get an empty shopping bag, we’ll buy two bags of sunflower … [Read more...] about Celebrity Drive: Entertainer J.B. Smoove
Trading on your national culture is nothing new in the car industry. Particularly in the premium and luxury brands. The Germans have made a massively successful business of getting us to believe, rightly in some cases, wrongly in others, that their engineering is superior to anyone else’s. The Swedes sell us on intelligently avoiding risk altogether. And, even though none of the companies are still British owned, all of our home carmakers make sure people know there is a bit of James Bond, Ranulph Fiennes, Gordon Ramsay and The Queen beating at the heart of each of them. But not so much the Japanese luxury car companies. Rather than sell us on any of their enviable home country skills and traits, they typically gravitate towards an anonymous middle ground where they are almost invisible. If you didn’t already know that a Lexus or Infiniti came from Japan, there’s very little in the way they are designed and sold in the UK or elsewhere which tells you … [Read more...] about What the hell is going on at Lexus?
Some 1.5 million people are employed in the endeavor of designing, engineering, building, and selling new vehicles. It’s a Herculean effort, one we celebrate annually with our New Cars issue. You’ll find 83 cars that have either just come out or will debut very soon. This year, we’re also shining a spotlight on a few of the lesser-known folks who help make the cars you see on these pages. Look for them throughout the section. And as always, we’ve included our unvarnished opinions to aid your car shopping, because the person that matters most to us in this whole process is you. Without you, there are no new cars and there is no annual issue. Click the links below to learn about some of the hottest new cars available for 2016. <img src="http://enthusiastnetwork.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/sites/11/2015/08/New-Cars-Under-25k.jpg" alt="See all new cars under $15k” class=”wp-image-707655″ /> Chevrolet Spark — $14,500 (est)Smart Fortwo … [Read more...] about The 83 Hottest New Cars for 2016
Remember the good old days when you and your dad spent countless hours in a dimly-lit garage to piece together an old ramshackle Soapbox Derby car for an upcoming downhill race? It probably was constructed out of ancient materials, rocked wagon wheels and had a cable brake that may or may not have stopped you before kissing something solid. Well, my friends, just like the rapture of tomorrow, those days are over.Renowned concept car builder Five:Axis is ready to throw down with a truly outstanding build for an upcoming Soapbox Derby. Being put together by Red Bull, this ain't your regular Soapbox Derby, and this certainly ain't your average backyard special. This is a custom one-off fiberglass micro-body based on the super stylish Scion FR-S Concept unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April. Since Five:Axis is well intertwined with Toyota, Lexus and Scion, it looks like they got some design studio CAD files to design the shell and the same slinky red metallic paint that the FR-S was … [Read more...] about Amazing Scion FR-S Soapbox car ready to roll in Red Bull race this weekend