Driving the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Will Make You Feel Like James Bond

Driving the 2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante Will Make You Feel Like James Bond

The odds are high you’ll never be a globetrotting superagent, capable of thwarting ne’er-do-wells and evil villains, but that shouldn’t prevent you from feeling like one—especially behind the wheel. Aston Martin will forever be entwined with James Bond—and for good reason. Shared traits among the British supercar manufacturer and the world’s preeminent spy include acute attention to detail, dashing good looks, the ability to make an entrance, and astonishing performance. The latest salvo from Gaydon, England, is the bombastic 2020 DBS Superleggera Volante, a fiery convertible boasting 715 horsepower that ticks all the right hallmarks of an Aston befitting Mr. Bond.

While hidden guns, rockets, and ejector seats don’t come standard, scorching firepower is present in the form of a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12, built by Aston itself (as compared to the Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo V-8 that … Read the rest

6 Things to Know About the 2020 Mid-Engined C8 Corvette

6 Things to Know About the 2020 Mid-Engined C8 Corvette

For years there were rumblings that Chevrolet would shake up its most iconic sports car, the Corvette, by offering a mid-engined version. The masses rejoiced when spy shots of prototypes testing around Detroit first emerged, and when the latest Corvette appeared in camouflaged guise earlier this summer, speculations ran rampant about powertrain specifications, whether or not it would offer a manual transmission, how the C8 Corvette would look, and how much the all-new Corvette would cost. Now, the 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray has been officially revealed, and we’ve got some quick facts you need to know.

It’s got a V-8 that makes 495 horsepower

Nestled behind the driver’s head, mounted under glass, is Chevrolet’s LT2 6.2-liter V-8. That’s packing 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque (provided you’ve ticked the optional performance exhaust system box). That naturally-aspirated mill boasts 35 more horsepower and an additional 5 lb-ft of torque over … Read the rest

What It’s Like to Drive the Reimagined H1 Hummer From Mil-Spec Automotive

What It’s Like to Drive the Reimagined H1 Hummer From Mil-Spec Automotive

Somewhere amid the standard supercar fare on lust lists for teenage boys growing up in the 1980s was the Hummer H1. The military machine, designed to sure-footedly bounce along the tracks of a tank, was never as coveted as, say, a Lamborghini Countach or a Ferrari F40, but AM General’s boxy beast was still alluring enough to land it a spot. Unlike mid-engined Italian sports cars, the first-generation H1, released to the masses in 1992, was relatively mechanically reliable, though a loud, rough ride combined with few creature comforts meant driving was a masochistic endeavor. Enter Mil-Spec Automotive, a Michigan-based firm that restomods ancient H1s into the modern, drivable utility vehicle of your dreams.

“The original H1 was rushed to production because of the demand,” Ian Broekman, Mil-Spec’s chief innovation officer, says as we wait at a traffic light in North Miami in … Read the rest

Supra Natural: The Return of the Vaunted Toyota Sports Car

Supra Natural: The Return of the Vaunted Toyota Sports Car

Summer is the season for reboots, remakes, and sequels. This month, Toyota embraces that Hollywood idea with a new version of the Supra—a sports car with a familiar name. And it makes sense. The Supra is kind of a silver screen star: The swoopy, rear-winged, readily modified coupe became a pop culture phenomenon when it co-starred in 2001’s The Fast and the Furious. That was three years after Toyota stopped selling the Supra in the U.S.: Seems that supporting the high-volume, less-fun Corolla and Camry offered a clearer path to owning the market.

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But now, Toyota wants its halo back—even class dominance can get boring. So to defray the costs of a pricey Supra redevelopment program, Toyota teamed with BMW. The two automakers outlined a platform that split into two vehicles: BMW’s Z4 roadster and this fifth-generation … Read the rest

Jeep Gladiator: The Pickup Truck That’ll Take Your Adventures Virtually Anywhere on Land

Jeep Gladiator: The Pickup Truck That’ll Take Your Adventures Virtually Anywhere on Land

If you’re looking for a pickup to get you (and your stuff) to an adventure nearly anywhere on land, we’ve got a suggestion: the Jeep Gladiator.

The genesis of a pickup truck based on the Wrangler, that toylike off-roader, is rather simple. According to Jeep’s research, when their drivers left for a different brand, rather than buying another seven-slot grilled 4×4, they’d generally get a pickup. And since Jeep hadn’t offered one in more than two decades, the Gladiator was born.

In the past, Jeep’s Franken-mashup pickup trucks like the CJ-8 Scrambler and the Comanche tended to exhibit compromises on the “pickup” end of things. And while the Gladiator looks the part of a Wrangler, it’s really built to haul. Fewer than half of its parts carry over from the Wrangler: A burlier high-strength steel frame, … Read the rest