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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 12, 2019 at 20:40. 15 comments

Tesla Didn't Have Laguna Seca Officiate Its Alleged Record Model S Lap Time: Report

Tesla Didn't Have Laguna Seca Officiate Its Alleged Record Model S Lap Time: Report

After making a bunch of noise on Twitter about taking the Tesla Model S to the German Nürburgring after the Porsche Taycan set a record there, Tesla instead claimed it set a record time for a sedan around Laguna Seca . The only problem is the track reportedly did not officiate it, so their time didn’t “officially” break any record. You can’t make this stuff up.

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 11, 2019 at 22:40. 24 comments

Elon Musk Claims Tesla Model S Sets New Record At Laguna Seca, Which Is Not The Nürburgring

Elon Musk Claims Tesla Model S Sets New Record At Laguna Seca, Which Is Not The Nürburgring

Last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk accepted the implicit challenge of the recently revealed 2020 Porsche Taycan by promising to send a Tesla Model S to the infamous Nürburgring, implying an attempt to beat Porsche’s claimed record lap time. Musk now claims the Model S has set a record at Laguna Seca—likely a distraction from the fact that Tesla can’t set a ‘Ring time yet.


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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 10, 2019 at 21:25. 21 comments

VW Says Trump's Trade War Is Forcing A Car Recession

VW Says Trump's Trade War Is Forcing A Car Recession
The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important?   

VW is mad everyone’s messing with the economy, Tesla is making moves to expand Fremont, BMW has Brexit plans, and more, more, more. We’re getting wet and wild in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

1st Gear: VW CEO: This Business Will Get Out Of Control

The trade war between the...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 10, 2019 at 19:11. 22 comments

The Hyundai 45 Concept Is A Sleek Retro EV That Proves The Future May Not Be Terrible

The Hyundai 45 Concept Is A Sleek Retro EV That Proves The Future May Not Be Terrible

Carmakers seem to have gotten the message that electric cars should be futuristic and cool, and the new Hyundai 45 concept is yet another retro-inspired electric hatchback that proves Hyundai is at the top of the hot hatchback game, and that the future may not be so bad.

I can’t help but think of the new European Honda E —another retro-styled electric hatchback that reminds the world EVs...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 10, 2019 at 02:05. 24 comments

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Aims To Be A 341-Mile Electric People's Car

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 Aims To Be A 341-Mile Electric People's Car

The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 is the first of the German automaker’s upcoming onslaught of electric vehicles. We’ve seen it in concept form before but now it’s at the Frankfurt Motor Show in production spec, as a funky teal hatchback with a WLTP-estimated range of over 340 miles. And it should be a sin that us Americans won’t be getting this electron-powered Golf alternative.

The ID.3 is the...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 09, 2019. 23 comments

The 790 HP Ferrari 812 GTS Is Unlike Anything Ferrari's Made In Years

The 790 HP Ferrari 812 GTS Is Unlike Anything Ferrari's Made In Years

The new 790 horsepower 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS is the first series production front-engine V12 Ferrari convertible in almost 50 years, and it’s sadly probably the last time the stars will align to grace us with such a perfect combination.

To be clear, there have been front-engined V12 Ferraris a few times in recent years, like the 612 Scaglietti of the mid-2000s. But the new 812 GTS sees a...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 06, 2019. 21 comments

Porsche Started Killing The Meaning Of 'Turbo' Way Before The Electric Taycan

Porsche Started Killing The Meaning Of 'Turbo' Way Before The Electric Taycan

The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S debuted this week. Despite its name, it does not include a turbocharger. It can not and it could not. It’s an electric car. Instead, the word “turbo” has taken on a symbolic meaning in the Porsche’s nomenclature. But before you get too mad, let’s remember that the annihilation of the word started years ago, with the Porsche 911.

The 750 HP 2020...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 06, 2019. 22 comments

The Coolest Design Features On The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

The Coolest Design Features On The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S

The 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S debuted yesterday as the German performance car brand’s first attempt at a production electric car. While the fact that it makes up to 750 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 2.6 seconds is impressive, there’s a bunch of cool details that really set it apart.

The 750 HP 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is A Stupidly Quick EV That Starts At $185,000...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 04, 2019. 15 comments

The 750 HP 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is A Stupidly Quick EV That Starts At $185,000

The 750 HP 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is A Stupidly Quick EV That Starts At $185,000

The 2020 Porsche Taycan electric performance sedan is here, delivering on just about every promise of the stunning Mission E concept car. The Turbo name confusingly carries over from Porsche’s normie lineup , but who cares when the Taycan Turbo S puts out 750 horsepower.

No one expected it to be cheap, but it is very not cheap—the range-topping Turbo S model starts at a whopping $185,000....

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Sep 02, 2019. 22 comments

Which Crossover Deserves To Get A Manual?

Which Crossover Deserves To Get A Manual?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

Crossovers. I don’t completely hate them and I will not apologize. Some crossovers used to come with manual transmissions, like the Porsche Cayenne GTS, BMW X5 and BMW X3 , and they were pretty weird. Let’s embrace performance crossovers and bring that trend back with something like the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo .

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 31, 2019. 21 comments

Frankfurt Auto Show Tightens Security After Threats From 'Rocks In The Gearbox' Environmentalist Group

Frankfurt Auto Show Tightens Security After Threats From 'Rocks In The Gearbox' Environmentalist Group

Security is very concerned about European environmentalists causing an unwelcome stir at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12, after a badass-sounding group called “Rocks in the Gearbox” claimed responsibility for vandalizing a few dozen cars and threatened to protest one of Europe’s biggest auto shows.

Here’s more from the group claiming responsibility and leveraging threats from...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 30, 2019. 14 comments

The 2020 Audi A3 Final Edition Is Not The Final A3, Words Don't Matter

The 2020 Audi A3 Final Edition Is Not The Final A3, Words Don't Matter

Audi has announced a series of updates for its 2020 model range, including a special “Final Edition” of the 2020 Audi A3 . That’s a preposterous name for it though, because the A3 doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.

The 2020 Audi A3 Final Edition comes with special black or red leather “sport” seats in the front with contrast stitching, a different 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, and...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 30, 2019. 12 comments

It's Right There

It's Right There

Dude, turn around. It’s right there.

The car you are looking for! It’s behind you.

I’m a big believer in manifesting your will into being, and I provide this local news clip of a car matching the journalist’s description of a hit-and-run vehicle pulling up behind him on live TV as evidence.

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 29, 2019. 17 comments

The C8 Corvette Allegedly Runs The Quarter-Mile In 11.3 Seconds At 121 MPH

The C8 Corvette Allegedly Runs The Quarter-Mile In 11.3 Seconds At 121 MPH

GM has still been a little flaky when it comes to the full performance of the new mid-engine 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette, likely because there’s still plenty of testing to be done. But a forum member was recently shown an engineer’s book full of secrets, including a quarter-mile time.

While the photos over on CorvetteForum.com look like they could be legit, it’s hard to know for sure if this...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 28, 2019. 8 comments

Congrats To The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, The New Ugliest Of All Crossover Coupes

Congrats To The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe, The New Ugliest Of All Crossover Coupes

To many of my coworkers’ chagrin, I have started to come around to these crossover coupes . I just imagine them all as Mad Max modified cars for the impending apocalypse and it’s kind of comforting. But if there’s any of these behemoths that need to be reconsidered, it’s the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe .

For what it’s worth, I’m not really a fan of the current Mercedes-Benz design...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 28, 2019. 12 comments

Here's How A Bright Yellow Plymouth Prowler Laps A Track

Here's How A Bright Yellow Plymouth Prowler Laps A Track

If you’re like me, it’s been at least two decades since you got a good night of sleep. You lay awake at night. The bags under your eyes frighten people. Your mood has steadily worsened. And still, you stare at your bedroom ceiling and wonder what the Plymouth Prowler would be like on the track.

It’s been like what, a decade since you got a good night of sleep? You lay awake at night, as...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 27, 2019. 21 comments

The 2022 C8 Corvette Z06's Rumored 800-HP Engine Might Be A Flat-Plane-Crank V8: Report

The 2022 C8 Corvette Z06's Rumored 800-HP Engine Might Be A Flat-Plane-Crank V8: Report

As impressive as the base mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette is, rumors are swirling that the upcoming C8.R racecar and inevitable 2022 Corvette Z06 will be powered by a monstrous twin-turbo flat-plane-crank V8.

The 2022 C8 Corvette Z06 Might Be An 800-HP Twin Turbo Monster: Report

Less than a month after the base-spec C8 Corvette was shown to the public, rumors of what the…

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 26, 2019. 8 comments

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt Gets A Range Boost To Beat The Base Tesla Model 3

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt Gets A Range Boost To Beat The Base Tesla Model 3

Competition is good, and for awhile, the Chevrolet Bolt wasn’t doing much on its own to be very competitive with the Tesla Model 3 which had it just barely beaten on range. But now the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt gets a range boost of 21 miles, up to 259 miles total, finally putting it ahead of the base Tesla.

The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV Makes the Electric Car Feel Normal, and That’s the Point

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 22, 2019. 20 comments

Brits Are Pissed About Mercedes-Benz Tracking Down Customer Cars For Repossession: Report

Brits Are Pissed About Mercedes-Benz Tracking Down Customer Cars For Repossession: Report

British publication The Sun, a sometimes terrible and occasionally entertaining tabloid across the pond, is reporting that concerns are boiling among human rights groups, former government ministers, and some legal experts about Mercedes-Benz using vehicle location data to track down customers who default on their finance program payments.

To be clear, in the written terms and conditions of...

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Justin T. Westbrook Justin T. Westbrook Aug 21, 2019. 10 comments

The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant Looks Too Good Not To Come To America

The 2020 Audi RS6 Avant Looks Too Good Not To Come To America

There’s a new sporty wagon today, and it’s the 2020 Audi RS6 Avant . It’s reportedly supposed to be revealed later, but here it is, for your eyes, in all its long-roof glory, waiting for your appreciation and acknowledgement. It even might come with a surprise.

Here's a Silly Rumor I Heard: The 2020 Audi RS6 Wagon Could Come to The U.S.

I’d like to tell you about a vicious cycle regarding the...

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