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Robb Holland Robb Holland Oct 09, 2019. 13 comments

2020 BMW M8 Competition: So Good It Was Worth The Long Wait

2020 BMW M8 Competition: So Good It Was Worth The Long Wait
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Twenty-five years ago, the King of the Hill at BMW was the 8 Series coupe. It’s a crowd-pleaser at Radwood today, but it was a tough sell back in the day. That didn’t stop fans from wondering when BMW would make a full-on M version of that car—something that only happened in prototype form .

The 2020 BMW M8 Is a 600 HP...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Sep 21, 2019. 13 comments

Here's What Happened With Tesla's Ambitious First Attempt At The Nürburgring

Here's What Happened With Tesla's Ambitious First Attempt At The Nürburgring

Once again, Tesla has defied expectations. After wrapping up its first-ever Nürburgring test this week and heading home to America, it’s pulled off an apparent hand-timed seven minute, 24 second lap in one of its Model S test cars, a mere second slower than the attempt at the beginning of this week —but still nearly 20 seconds quicker than the electric Porsche Taycan. And it bodes well for...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Sep 13, 2019. 20 comments

The Nürburgring Is No Place For Elon Musk’s Bullshit

The Nürburgring Is No Place For Elon Musk’s Bullshit

Let me start off by saying I like Tesla. I really do. I was seriously impressed when I first drove a Tesla Roadster over a decade ago. That impression stayed with me all the way through to when I took the first ever lap of a Tesla at the Nürburgring . Tesla makes good, fast cars that I enjoy.

Here's What A Tesla Model S Can Do Around The Nürburgring

Last week at Darren Langenfeld’s awesome...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Aug 14, 2019. 12 comments

The 2020 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid Is Full Of Surprises

The 2020 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid Is Full Of Surprises
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Full disclosure: I’ve never been hugely impressed by any of the hybrids I’ve driven. I like my cars sporty, with power outputs that should make you question their legality. Neither of those characteristics have been typically found in any hybrid I have driven. I figured, then, perhaps I’m not the right guy for BMW to ask to come...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Aug 01, 2019. 16 comments

With 306 HP, The 2020 Mini JCW Clubman Becomes A Legit Hot Hatchback With Barn Doors

With 306 HP, The 2020 Mini JCW Clubman Becomes A Legit Hot Hatchback With Barn Doors
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I underestimated Mini once and I promised myself I would never let that happen again. A few years back I tested the the Mini Cooper S Convertible in Los Angeles. Despite my initial misgivings I ended up really enjoying my time in the car, far more than I expected. You would think that after that experience, I wouldn’t dare...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland May 20, 2019. 22 comments

How the Extreme Porsche 911 GT3 RS Compares to the Even Faster Porsche 911 GT2 RS

How the Extreme Porsche 911 GT3 RS Compares to the Even Faster Porsche 911 GT2 RS
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I’m going to throw a hypothetical your way. Let’s say that, unlike certain people , you decided not to spend $350,000 (or more) to make sure your spawn—a budding Instagram celebro-shill with less-than-stellar SAT scores—gets into the University of Southern California. Let’s say you decide to spend that money on yourself instead,...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Nov 19, 2018. 17 comments

Jaguar’s I-Pace eTROPHY Race Car Does Some Amazing Things With Electricity

Jaguar’s I-Pace eTROPHY Race Car Does Some Amazing Things With Electricity

I know that for some who pray to the Gods of Octane it is heresy to say this, but I’ll say it anyway: I like electric vehicles. I spent much of my misguided youth terrorizing the East Coast in electric golf carts and as I grew older that attraction never faded. So when I got the chance to be among the first to drive a Tesla around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in anger, I jumped at the chance....

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Nov 08, 2018. 23 comments

The 2019 BMW Z4 Isn't a Hardcore Sports Car, but Here's Why That's Okay

The 2019 BMW Z4 Isn't a Hardcore Sports Car, but Here's Why That's Okay
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A hairdresser’s car? A worthy alternative to the Porsche Boxster? The savior of BMW’s sports cars in a time when that market is declining? A Toyota Supra ? The 2019 BMW Z4 M40i could be all of those—and maybe a bit more than people will give it credit for.

The 2019 BMW Z4 Is a 340-HP Stunner

The brand-new 2019 BMW Z4 Roadster...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Nov 01, 2018. 22 comments

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS: The Grocery Getter That Will Do Hot Laps All Day

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS: The Grocery Getter That Will Do Hot Laps All Day
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What if you took the best parts of the latest Porsche 911 GTS and put them in a package you could use to haul your family around? That may be a question nobody’s asked until now, but here’s the answer to it: the 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS .

The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Has All The Features You Actually Want and None of the Ones...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Oct 30, 2018. 21 comments

The 2019 BMW 8 Series Goes From Clark Kent to Superman

The 2019 BMW 8 Series Goes From Clark Kent to Superman
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Just like how Clark Kent and Superman are never in the same place at the same time, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive shows up on the scene shortly after the 6 Series departs. Coincidence? Is the 8 Series just a replacement for the venerable 6 or, like Superman, something far more special?

(Full Disclosure: BMW needed me to drive the new...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Jul 30, 2018.

Wile E. Coyote Crashes Jet Powered Mini

Wile E. Coyote Crashes Jet Powered Mini

In world news today factory ACME driver Wile E. Coyote suffered a massive, if predictable, crash at Snetterton race track in the UK, after his jet powered Mini failed to negotiate a damp 90 degree corner and crashed into the barriers leaving a Mini shaped hole before coming to a stop shortly thereafter.

When asked for a comment his race engineer, a Mr. Road Runner, merely replied “Meep Meep”

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Apr 30, 2018. 24 comments

The 2019 Porsche GT3 RS Is The Exception To The Rules Of Physics

The 2019 Porsche GT3 RS Is The Exception To The Rules Of Physics

For those who say a Porsche 911 Carrera S, GTS, Turbo or Turbo S are simply not enough, there are the GT2 and GT3 models. They’re insane, overpowered, meant for the race track and come with the six-figure price tags to match. And the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS , somehow, is on a whole other level.

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Is Sharper, More Powerful And Offensively Green

We got a new Porsche 911...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Apr 29, 2018. 19 comments

How We Transformed A Flooded Salvage Toyota 86 Into A Race Car For Charity

How We Transformed A Flooded Salvage Toyota 86 Into A Race Car For Charity

The idea seemed simple: we find a Toyota 86 that damaged in Hurricane Harvey, and then do whatever it takes to transform it into an endurance race car for a charity event aimed at helping the city’s residents get back on their feet after last fall’s devastating floods. But as with all my ideas, the execution itself was far from simple. Here’s how we pulled it off.

I'm Turning A Salvage...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Apr 06, 2018. 20 comments

I'm Turning A Salvage Toyota 86 From Hurricane Harvey Into A Race Car For Charity

I'm Turning A Salvage Toyota 86 From Hurricane Harvey Into A Race Car For Charity

Long after the news cycle moved to Russian Facebook meddling or debates on whether we should arm day care workers with rocket launchers, people from the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the effects of last fall’s devastating Hurricane Harvey. That kind of comeback doesn’t happen overnight. Fortunately, a lot of people are still in the game to try and help, and I’m about to join them the...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Mar 17, 2018. 21 comments

The Best And Worst Things At The Frankfurt Motor Show

The Best And Worst Things At The Frankfurt Motor Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show is so massive (12 huge buildings spread over a large chunk of Frankfurt real estate) that Jalopnik sent both Máté and I to double team it. Máté is covering all of the big reveals and serious stuff leaving me to go on the hunt for everything else that makes Frankfurt one of the must see shows.

Best Uninentional Humor: The Literally Virtual Reality Ride

First, I went...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Mar 15, 2018. 13 comments

Secrets Of The 'Scandinavian Flick' And Other Ice Driving Tricks

Secrets Of The 'Scandinavian Flick' And Other Ice Driving Tricks

Winter in Canada makes you think pond hockey, hot chocolate or maybe... not going outside at all. But if you have a 2018 Porsche 911 C4S and a frozen skidpad to yourself, trust me, it’s worth braving the cold.

(Full Disclosure: Porsche wanted me to come to its Canadian “Camp 4” and drive 911s through the snow so badly that arranged to have me flown to Montreal and taken care of for a few days....

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Mar 05, 2018. 20 comments

More Of The Best And Worst Things At The Frankfurt Auto Show

More Of The Best And Worst Things At The Frankfurt Auto Show

We somehow made it to day two with out getting kicked out of the Frankfurt Motor Show despite what I can only describe as a Lederhosen/Wienerschnitzel incident at the BMW party. Bill Caswell would have been proud. (Bill Caswell probably would have gotten us kicked out had he been there, but that’s another thing entirely).

Moving on! Because you demanded it, and because we had a DSLR full of...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Feb 01, 2018. 13 comments

The New Acura NSX Is Also A High-Tech Snownut Machine

The New Acura NSX Is Also A High-Tech Snownut Machine

I may be a professional race car driver, but my writing gig for Jalopnik doesn’t suck either. (Just don’t tell Patrick that or he’ll take away the peanuts he’s currently paying me.) Case in point: a snowy, hoon-filled test of the new Acura NSX . Is it good to blast a $150,000 hybrid supercar around an empty winter parking lot? Hell yes it is.

The 2017 Acura NSX Is Still The Crazy Fast...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Dec 06, 2017. 19 comments

2018 BMW M5 Makes Peace In The War Between RWD And AWD

2018 BMW M5 Makes Peace In The War Between RWD And AWD

You won’t be shocked to learn that the 2018 BMW M5 is fast, comfortable and expensive. But the big M sedan’s switch to all-wheel drive has raised some eyebrows. Rest assured, BMW’s done it well. And done it much differently than you might expect.

(Full Disclosure: BMW wanted me to come and drive the new M5 so badly that it flew me out to Portugal fed me good food and drink, graciously let me...

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Robb Holland Robb Holland Nov 10, 2017. 23 comments

I Drove The 800 HP Shelby Super Snake And Survived, Unfortunately 

I Drove The 800 HP Shelby Super Snake And Survived, Unfortunately 

There are Mustangs. There are Shelby Mustangs. But in all of Mustang-dom, few nameplates are as equally revered and feared for their brutal ferocity and tendency to literally send owners to hell like “Super Snake.”

Now Shelby American is back with a new Super Snake, a beastly tuned version of the fantastic 2015 Ford Mustang with some 800 horsepower. I went out to Nevada to test it on the...

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