An Introduction to the Targa California


Spend a few minutes with any gear-head and the topic of conversation almost always involves cars and inevitably veers to the fun things to do with them.  Drag strip trips and track days are commonly discussed, an autocross for the cone counters, car shows for the paint buffs, but one of the more fun things to do is… » 2/12/13 12:13pm 2/12/13 12:13pm

Is This President Obama's Secret Ride?

This Benz probably isn't the commander-in-chief's covert set of wheels, but it's a pretty smooth tribute to the man nonetheless. But we have one suggestion: For the Obama Edition, perhaps a bigger Benz would be a more fitting car to name after the leader of the free world? Maybe a G-wagen? (Hat tip to Ilya!) » 2/12/13 1:34pm 2/12/13 1:34pm

The Best Mountain Roads

I love mountains. And not just on foot or with a pair of skis. To drive up or down (and through) them is also a fantastic adventure! Sometimes, you can't even shift above third gear, but speed is almost irrelevant on steep and curvy roads. It's all about cornering and precision there, while you also enjoy the fresh… » 2/12/13 1:06pm 2/12/13 1:06pm

How NOT To Dig Your Car Out Of The Snow

Unless you carry a flamethrower, there is no perfect way to get your car out of the snow. I managed to figure out pretty much the worst way. » 2/12/13 12:45pm 2/12/13 12:45pm

Nissan Altima V8 Supercars revealed

Nissan Motorsport has unveiled the race colours for its 2013 Nissan Altima V8 Supercars and its four-man driver line-up that will take to the grid at the opening round of the championship in Adelaide in March. » 2/12/13 9:56am 2/12/13 9:56am

The Zero Fucks Given RX7 Is Better Than Any Car You'll Ever Own

What happens when a 21-year old takes a first generation RX7, throws out the rotary engine, puts in a V8, and makes a whole bunch of other questionable modifications? You get this: Corbin Goodwin's amazing RX7 hot rod. Holy crap nuggets is this thing cool. » 2/12/13 12:00pm 2/12/13 12:00pm

ADAC Small Car Crash Test - Only the smart fortwo Protects Against…

One of the two greatest questions anyone will ask (or rather just assume) about the smart fortwo is, "Is it safe?" » 2/12/13 11:14am 2/12/13 11:14am

The Ten Worst Engine/Car Combinations

The worst thing you can do in any business venture is overpromise and then also underperform. Jalopnik readers found ten cars that never had the engine they needed, or had an engine wasted on that platform. » 2/12/13 11:02am 2/12/13 11:02am

Volvo Went Communist Long Before The Chinese

"The Csepel Car Factory, the MOGÜRT Export Company and the Swedish AB Volvo founded a joint venture in Hungary. The new agreement states that using Swedish-made components, the Type L-3314 Laplander all-wheel drive vehicles will be assembled at the Csepel Car Factory.

The Laplander is capable of satisfying…

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The Tesla Model S Is The World's Most Expensive Beta Test

Tesla Motors' website promises that the new Model S sedan is a car "so advanced it sets the new standard for premium performance" while delivering "unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience." But visiting the Tesla Motors Club forums gives you an idea of what the other side of Tesla ownership is like: doors… » 2/12/13 9:53am 2/12/13 9:53am

When Space Age Pepsi Was Way Cooler Than Coca-Cola

In 1983-1984, Pepsi in West Germany issued the 12 most awesome 330ml cola cans ever produced in the soft drink industry. The collectible set was named 'Welt Der Raumfahrt' i.e. 'The World of Spaceflight'. » 2/12/13 9:11am 2/12/13 9:11am

Watch This Driver Crash Into A Closing Gate For No Good Reason

People seem to be growing more and more impatient every single day. Two minutes for an iced venti mocha grande frappucino is enough to start a war. So it's no surprise that this person has to rush to try and beat this gate. Too bad the gate has other plans. » 2/12/13 9:21am 2/12/13 9:21am

Alfa Returns To America, A Famous Lola Returns To Auction, And The…

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place at 9:00 AM. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 2/12/13 9:11am 2/12/13 9:11am

Terrible Person Steals And Strips A Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is probably the best version of the 911 to ever hit the streets, ever. So why would someone steal and strip one of all its RS-ey goodness? I hate seeing pictures that make me cry. Especially in the morning. » 2/12/13 9:02am 2/12/13 9:02am

This Is The McLaren P1's Interior

Using exactly as much bare carbon fibre as nessessary, the McLaren P1's interior is just as about weight-saving as the rest of the car. Taking design clues from fighter jets, the P1 features a glass canopy overhead, while composites were used for the dashboard, floor, headlining, doors, rockers and the single… » 2/12/13 8:51am 2/12/13 8:51am

See What Happens When Fast & Furious and Forza Horizon 2 Collide

Who doesn't love a free ride? Especially when it's in one of the cars from the explosive, high-octane Fast & Furious movies. For most people, getting the keys to these cars IRL is a no-go, but there's an alternative: the worlds of Forza Horizon 2 and Fast & Furious collide this week in a free (for now!) expansion that… » 3/30/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Last Chance: Get The Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds For 77% Off

Wireless bluetooth ear buds are the new norm for on-the-go music listening. For a limited time, Jalopnik readers can save 77% on the sleek, comfortable Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds. This deal is ending soon, so don't miss out. » 3/27/15 1:01pm Friday 1:01pm