2009 Porsche 911 Carrera And Carrera S, Reviewed

Though we've yet to get our Cheeto-stained hands on the 2009 Porsche 911, the testers at Popular Mechanics had the chance to roam the Stuttgart roads in a few variations, finding the new model to be Porsche par excellence. They also found the new Porsche's wizardly dual-clutch PDK gearbox to be a vast improvement over… » 6/25/08 6:30pm 6/25/08 6:30pm

Adam Carolla: Top Gear For "Real Gearheads"

Adam Carolla, car guy, comedian and now, the new host of the US-Spec version of Top Gear, took a break from show-prep to talk to Popular Mechanics about the new NBC show. PopMech manages to get Carolla to reveal a lot about the show, including answers on why the ZR1 isn't top on his list of cars to review, his issues… » 6/24/08 4:30pm 6/24/08 4:30pm

Whatever Happened To Predictability? The Milk Man, The Paperboy, The…

Our esteemed editor, Herr Wert, penned a piece for Popular Mechanics about the demise of the futuristic concept car and the rise of practically-production concepts like the Honda Pilot and Dodge Challenger, which will end up being nearly indistinguishable from their production versions. The good days of the … » 3/20/08 10:00am 3/20/08 10:00am

Best Auto Accessory Ever: Dog In A Bag

We dug this up at Photobasement and we don't share their sentiments about it. Whereas they seem to be totally against a "dog in a bag on the side of the car" we are decidedly pro-"dog in a bag on the side of the car". First appearing in the June 1935 issue of Popular Mechanics the incredibly inventive doggie bag (not… » 3/14/08 11:00am 3/14/08 11:00am

Like the XR-3 Hybrid? How About a Suburba 3-wheel-amino

Travis brought news of the release of plans for Robert Q. Riley's very cool XR-3 diesel-electric hybrid, but how would you feel about a much earlier PopMech version that comes as a mini truck/car? Finkbuilt has dug up plans for the Suburba, a DIY three wheeled running chassis that can be bodied however you like. We… » 1/04/08 1:45pm 1/04/08 1:45pm

Spy Photog Jim Dunne Retires From Popular Mechanics, Still Not-Yet-Dead

We hear today is Jim Dunne's last day at the magazine all about Mechanics that are quite Popular. To be honest, who knew he was even still alive? I mean come on — he's been a spy shooter for like, ever. But we tip our fedoras to the man who made spy shooting lucrative — since 1837 — for folks like Brenda Priddy, Glenn… » 10/31/07 7:11pm 10/31/07 7:11pm

Popular Mechanics Picks Mercedes CLS as Tops in Design

The popular kids just are just smitten with the showing of Mercedes-Benz this year. First Popular Science picked the 2006 S-Class as the Grand Award winner among its Best of the New for 2006. Now, Popular Mechanics has named the Merc CLS 500/55 winner in the design category of its Best New Cars and Trucks of 2006.… » 11/22/05 9:37am 11/22/05 9:37am