2008 Audi TT 2.0 TDI, Reviewed

It's strongly rumored the diesel version of the Audi TT could find its way stateside. With that in mind, the boys over at Popular Mechanics packed their bags and boarded a midnight plane to Blighty to try one out. In a cable back to their New York HQ, they report the oil-burning 2008 Audi TT 2.0 TDI is smooth, refined… » 8/01/08 12:30pm 8/01/08 12:30pm

2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Reviewed

The lucky buggers over at Popular Mechanics recently got their hands on the revised 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage. With a larger 4.8-liter, 420 HP engine and modified suspension, they find the $119,500 British sports car to be more refined, more focused, faster, and a welcome antidote to the "stuffy" DB9...if still not… » 7/17/08 1:00pm 7/17/08 1:00pm

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

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 dig … » 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