’18 F-150 RAPTOR: FORD’S TWIN-TURBO SUPER TRUCK!

'18 F-150 Raptor: Ford's twin-Turbo Super truck
Dan Scanlan introduces the Raptor – Ford’s Gen II ultimate pickup-truck to Florida's wind-whipped dunes, water-covered mud flats and the open road. Ford Performance has had a hot rod truck before – the 1999 to 2004 F-150 Lightning. But it had nothing with horsepower and off-road macho until the Raptor’s first generation began prowling in 2010 with a 6.2-liter V-8 and 411 horsepower. Now Ford’s F-Series has an aluminum superstructure and body, with turbocharged V-6 engines. So the redesigned '18...
More

GRID GIRLS: AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?

GRID GIRLS: AN ENDANGERED SPECIES?
Stephen Cox blogs about auto racing's long-standing tradition of grid girls being the next casualty in the war for political correctness. It was early 2015 when the World Endurance Championships (WEC) got rid of them, and Formula 1 may be next. Director Ross Brawn of Liberty Media, the new controlling group of Formula 1, recently said that the tradition of grid girls is being reconsidered. For the uninitiated, “grid girls” are the pretty women who stand beside the racecars prior to many events ...
More

’17 MERCEDES-BENZ SL63 AMG: SUNSHINE SUPERCAR!

’17 MERCEDES-BENZ SL63 AMG: SUNSHINE SUPERCAR!
The iconic SL is no longer the superstar of the Mercedes lineup. But after driving the mighty 577-horsepower SL63 AMG, Road Test Editor Howard Walker blogs: convertibles don’t come better than this. Shed a tear for the poor, magnificent Mercedes-Benz SL. Once the undisputed top-dog of the open-top Mercedes lineup, these days it’s over-shadowed by the likes of the new, whipper-snapper AMG GT Roadster and an endless menagerie of C, E and S-class cabriolets. Oh, and I almost forgot the pint-siz...
More

2018 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: FERRARI DAYTONA!

2018 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS: FERRARI DAYTONA!
It's been a half-century since Pininfarina created the timeless shape of the Ferrari 365 GTB/4. On March 11, 2018 that happy anniversary will be celebrated at the 23rd annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance with a special class of the rare and significant Ferrari 365 GTB/4 "Daytona". It was revenge, not Ferrari that gave the 365 GTB/4 its popular nickname. The name of America's first superspeedway clung to the big Italian GT after Ferrari prototypes avenged themselves on American soil followi...
More

‘18 JAGUAR F-TYPE 400 SPORT: LESS IS MORE!

‘18 JAGUAR F-TYPE 400 SPORT: LESS IS MORE!
Even with a V-6, it’s a sleek, powerful and agile update of the sexiest cat around, blogs Dan Scanlan. Power corrupts, the old adage claims. So you would think the latest special edition of Jaguar’s F-Type, called the 400 Sport, would be a supercharged V-8 version of the first-gen cat released in 2013 as  homage to the original Jaguar E-Type. But this one-year-only version, done to reveal upgrades coming to 2018 models, proves less is more. The 400 Sport gets an uprated version of the lin...
More