The Audi RS5 Cabriolet is The Battleship That Screams

The Audi RS5 Cabriolet is a big, heavy car. In fact, at 4,420 lbs, the RS5 is 60 lbs heavier than my Honda Odyssey Minivan, which combined with this particular shade of "Nardo Gray," has led me to lovingly refer to the car as "The Battleship." Thing is with 450 hp and a redline half-past-eight, this battleship hauls… » 10/07/14 10:06am 10/07/14 10:06am

Video: The First 20 Minutes With an Alfa 4C Will Melt Your Brain

The Alfa Romeo 4C is an important car for both Fiat/Chrysler and us, the enthusiast consumers. It offers the purest driving experience available from a road car, Italian styling, properly advanced carbon construction, and a great soundtrack. But what's it like to drive on American roads? Mind bending. » 9/30/14 4:03pm 9/30/14 4:03pm

Video: Rally North America US50 in a Jeep SRT, Part 2: Missouri to…

Two weeks ago, we brought you the first half of our coverage of Rally North America's biggest event yet: the US50 Rally, from West Virginia to Missouri. Then last week, we showed you what our Jeep SRT is like at a hot, elevated track day. Today, let's see more sights, meet more folks, and share the conclusion of Rally… » 9/09/14 12:17pm 9/09/14 12:17pm

How Does a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Handle a Hot Track Day?

I recently had the pleasure of spending two weeks and 4,000 miles on Rally North America in one of the greatest vehicles to ever come out of the US of A: the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It's comfortable, fast, and full of practicality. But how does it handle a road course, at 4,500 feet of elevation, when it's 95… » 9/05/14 12:31pm 9/05/14 12:31pm

Video: Rally North America is the Rally You Really Want to (and can!)…

As someone with some level of experience regarding the "high profile" rallies, I can say definitively that I have no desire whatsoever to do a high-profile rally anymore. They reek of wretched excess and sketchy driving, and leave your license in tatters. So this year, when Rally North America invited us along,… » 8/13/14 6:19pm 8/13/14 6:19pm

Video: DINAN's S3.R BMW 1M Coupe is Stupid, Stupid Fast.

Many out there, myself included, have stated that the BMW 1 Series M-Coupe is the best modern BMW money can buy, and one that, with such limited numbers in the US, will certainly go up in value. But what if you modify it? Steve Dinan's S3.R, with 444 HP and 450 lb/ft of torque may not be collector-focused, but when it… » 6/25/14 11:34am 6/25/14 11:34am

Video: The 610HP, Twin-Turbo, Flamespitting Ferrari 348 Challenge

A traditional Ferrari Collector would probably want to leave his 1-of-32 348 Challenge factory race car stock, or maybe just slightly upgraded with a few modern safety and performance parts for occasional track use. Not Steve Maxwell and Stacey Slead. They stuffed Stacey's car so full of boost, brake, and grip that … » 6/10/14 2:54pm 6/10/14 2:54pm

Video: Pantera - To Restore or to Pro-Tour?

Before driving one, I had a very clear image in my head of what I was sure driving a Detomaso Pantera would be like. Fortunately I'm the kind of person who, with enough phone calls, can hook up something like that, so we found two of them for a comparison test. They are less than three years apart, but couldn't be… » 5/30/14 1:00pm 5/30/14 1:00pm

Video: Porsche 991 Turbo S vs. Dodge Viper GTS

The SRT Dodge Viper hasn't been doing so well recently, despite its nearly complete ground-up redesign. It's fast, brash, light, and raw, and is seemingly what everyone on Jalopnik wants: a supercar with a manual gearbox and the minimum number of nannies required by US law. The Porsche 991 Turbo S is the exact… » 5/23/14 11:39am 5/23/14 11:39am

Video: The 2015 Audi A3 is the Second Coming of the B5. Or is it?

Audi would have you believe that the all-new A3 is like the B5, except with a healthy dose of personal assistant thrown in. And that's because Audi is selling "connectivity" through a series of MMI-interfaced apps with the A3. And that's because they want to sell cars to hipsters after they see their hipster friends… » 5/12/14 12:01pm 5/12/14 12:01pm

Video: Our Ford Fiesta ST Gets the First COBB Stage 2 Kit, Will Blow…

We love our Fiesta ST. It's light, fun, fast, and super practical. That doesn't mean it couldn't use a few more ponies under the hood. We got a nice little bump in midrange torque from the COBB Stage 1 package a few months back, but now let's see what happens when we go for Stage 2! » 4/07/14 7:07pm 4/07/14 7:07pm

Video: Is the Cadillac ELR Twice as Cool as the Chevy Volt?

I love, and I mean love, my Chevy Volt. People who haven't driven one don't get it, and that's fine. It's not for everybody, and that's fine. What's important about choosing a car is that it works for your lifestyle, right? And the Volt works for mine. But the problem is that it just isn't that cool. You have to… » 4/01/14 11:33am 4/01/14 11:33am

I Took My 25-Year Old, Stock Mustang to a Track Day

I recently bought an ex-CHP, 1988 Mustang Notchback on Craigslist. Why? Because they are awesome and I wanted a project. I got a good deal, and the car is very clean, with a brand new Ford Racing 302 crate engine under the hood. The rest of the car is stock. I mean, really, really stock. Before I spend a ton of money… » 3/04/14 12:52pm 3/04/14 12:52pm

The Jaguar XF-RS Has Wings Because it Flies

Earlier today, we saw that Jaguar is working on a sportbrake version of the XF-RS. We probably won't get that here, because all the people who want it have no money. And that's fine. Those in America who do have money tend to buy sedans. So, how about the XF-RS saloon? It's a pretty shade of red, it has a massive wing… » 2/25/14 1:32pm 2/25/14 1:32pm

Video: Shredding a Set of Tires in the Chevrolet SS

This is the 2014 Chevrolet SS, also known as the 2008 Pontiac G8 GXP. First it was dead, then it was alive again, but only for cops, and then people begged for it on the internet (where everyone wants what they can't have). So, here it is, alive once more for customers. Is it everything they asked for? » 2/18/14 11:26am 2/18/14 11:26am