Sorry, Too Late, the Lexus LFA Is Sold Out *UPDATED

Sorry, Too Late, the Lexus LFA Is Sold Out *UPDATED

We know how frustrating it can be to miss out on a real bargain. And you had the spot ready for the Lexus LFA in your six-car garage, with reservations made on the private road course to exercise its 202-mph top speed. Well, you missed it, Jack, because all 500 copies of the $375,000 supercar are now not only spoken for (Lexus demanded buyers put down $125,715...

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Cosworth Subaru Impreza STi CS400 Blows Away the Supercars

Cosworth Subaru Impreza STi CS400 Blows Away the Supercars

Never having been an enormous fan of Subaru cars, I must admit they seem to have hit a home run with the new WRX STi from Cosworth. With a 0-62 mph time of 3.7 seconds, this beast can actually take on the Lambos and up-powered Porsches—or at least play in the same ballpark. Cosworth, one of the world’s great tuners and engine-tweakers, managed to get 395 hp...

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Four Insane Videos for the Week

Four Insane Videos for the Week

The Wisconsin State Patrol in Sparta was having a quiet Thursday when a crazy guy from Canadatore through town in a semi, speeding, weaving, clipping a dump truck, crossing the median, scaring the bejeezus out of drivers. The cops deployed tire spikes to stop the truck after a 20-plus-mile chase. The Madison bomb squad was brought in, but the truck turned out...

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The Three Best Car Videos of the Week

The Three Best Car Videos of the Week

Koenigsegg Trevita CCXR Jay Leno, or “Perma-Denim Jay” as I like to call him, is one lucky man. He only needs one outfit, and he has a garage full of some of the most sought-after cars in the world. What a life! He even gets to drive supercars he doesn’t own on segments of his show. I’m not talkin’ The Tonight Show here, I’m talkin’ the infinitely more...

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The 10 Best Cars (and Trucks) Ford Ever Built

The 10 Best Cars (and Trucks) Ford Ever Built

What do we define as “best”? Vehicles that have achieved a real advance in terms of automotive engineering, design, capability, and/or public acceptance. Of course, we are always open to your comments, comebacks, challenges, etc. Ford has built an extremely wide range of vehicles over its lifetime. While some have certainly bombed, the company has a pretty high...

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Mercedes-Benz Comes to Oaxaca to Show the SLS AMG GT3 and More

Mercedes-Benz Comes to Oaxaca to Show the SLS AMG GT3 and More

The GT3 is not pretty; it’s all function. Mercedes and AMG have built a state-of-the-art machine that was unveiled in Mexico this week to a select crowd of journalists and, presumably, potential buyers. It was intended to be a shot heard round the sports-car world. M-B also brought other interesting cars to show—an actual 300SL Gullwing racer from the 1950s (to...

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Building Your Own Bugatti: The Kellogg Type 57/59 Roadster Special

Building Your Own Bugatti: The Kellogg Type 57/59 Roadster Special

I know a fellow named Budd Blume here in Oaxaca, and we had lunch a few days ago. Budd is an old-fashioned car nut who has built, owned, raced, and been otherwise involved with some of the world’s most interesting cars. I mentioned that I had just done a post on the new Bugatti Galibier sedan, and so he started talking Bugatti lore. Turns out a guy named Bob...

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McLaren: New Company, New Car

McLaren: New Company, New Car

Where do they get all the money? I don’t know, but they do have the talent. McLaren has an enviable record in F1 racing, and they have developed truly great cars in the past. But their newest, announced today, aims to be better than the German and Italian competition, including the Ferrari 458 Italia. The MP4-12C claims to have advanced the state of the art in...

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IndyCar Delta Wing Concept: Now Racing Has My Attention

IndyCar Delta Wing Concept: Now Racing Has My Attention

The next Indy car? I’ve never been a big fan of car racing. I love cars, I love power, and I love speed, so you might assume being a fan of auto racing would be a natural fit. But I don’t like it very much. I’m only remotely interested in looking at race cars if Danica Patrick is posing on one. Something from the Chicago Auto Show captured my attention, though....

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Porsche, Lexus, Volkswagen, Kia, Ford, and Short Takes

Porsche, Lexus, Volkswagen, Kia, Ford, and Short Takes

We know, we know, it still sounds crazy: the idea of an all-out racing hybrid. Yet the Porsche GT3 R makes weird sense, once you understand it. Designed for Le Mans-type endurance racing, this car has two electric motors powering the front wheels, and a 480-hp boxer six in the rear. Instead of batteries, there’s a flywheel in the passenger seat area that stores...

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Steaming Ahead for the Land Speed Record

Steaming Ahead for the Land Speed Record

Here’s a little change of pace from all the bungled PR and confusion from Toyota we’ve been reporting. Also (no offense, tgriffith), enough already with the Super Bowl and its ads (except for the Kia Sorento sock monkeys in Vegas). Here in Mexico, the game was carried by Fox Sports, and all commercials were locally oriented, for the most part very ordinary, and...

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Florida, New York, Detroit, Stuttgart, and Pfaffenhausen

Florida, New York, Detroit, Stuttgart, and Pfaffenhausen

The state of Florida came up with a good way to spend its DOE stimulus money ($500,000), but only one company (A123Systems) will be the beneficiary. The state is offering $5,000 rebates toToyota Prius owners to convert their plain-jane hybrids into plug-ins using that company’s Hymotion conversion kits. The rebate just about cuts in half the cost of the 5-kwh...

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