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PostHeaderIcon Brabus 125R

I don’t know why, but there is something majestic when it comes to tiny cars powered by powerful engines. Yup; that 400+ horsepower Cygnet is awesome, but I am thinking something more civilized. Even with less than 100 horsepower, cars like the Toyota iQ, or anything from Smart are simply a lot of fun. This time around, Brabus created a rather special 125R based around the Smart ForTwo Convertible and called it the “Pocket Rocket.” Well, it is the pocket rocket considering that the German tuning company dialed up the 0.9-liter turbocharged engine, improved its suspension, and put a special makeup on a tiny car.

PostHeaderIcon Audi A3

The Audi A3 was spotted testing on public roads with what appears to be a production-ready exterior. The hatchback is wrapped in camo from front to rear, but the headlamps, the grille, and other details hint at the company’s recent corporate look. The A3 was joined by the higher performance S3 model. While the regular A3 will break cover in 2019 and go on sale for the 2020 model year, the S3 will probably arrive later, most likely for the 2021 model year.

PostHeaderIcon Audi A3

The Audi A3 was spotted testing on public roads with what appears to be a production-ready exterior. The hatchback is wrapped in camo from front to rear, but the headlamps, the grille, and other details hint at the company’s recent corporate look. The A3 was joined by the higher performance S3 model. While the regular A3 will break cover in 2019 and go on sale for the 2020 model year, the S3 will probably arrive later, most likely for the 2021 model year.

PostHeaderIcon Someone Has Already Rendered the Ford Focus Pickup

The Ford Focus could be used as the basis for a compact, unibody pickup that the Blue Oval is looking to offer in the U.S. in the future. The rumored model was first mentioned by Automobile Magazine as a possible addition to Ford’s shifting product lineup in the country. As the company’s car lineup is about the go — the Focus and the Mustang are the only ones being spread — the rush to beef up its crossover, SUV, and pickup offerings begin. One of the reported models is the Focus-based compact, unibody pickup, and as is often the case with ground-breaking model developments like this one, it didn’t take long for renderings of the rumored pickup to surface.

PostHeaderIcon The Best Cars Under $15,000

So, you only have $15,000 to spend on a car? In most cases, that wouldn’t be enough to get you what you want, but if you’re looking for a no-frills ride that you can maximize with your spending limit, this list of cars gives you lots of options to choose from. Do you want a subcompact car that boasts impressive interior space? How about one that packs more power than you thought? What about a car that has everything you need, or at least everything you think you need at the price you’re willing to pay for it. The cars on this list could be the answer you’re looking for.

PostHeaderIcon Redesigned Suzuki Vitara With A New Engine And New Charm

Ever since it became a subcompact crossover, the Suzuki Vitara has managed to outsell almost everything in its class. I cannot say that Suzuki hit the jackpot with it, but it sure got close. Really close. Now in its third year of production, the car has received a mid-cycle facelift that gives it exterior features and a more refined cabin. It Completely ditched the most popular engine from the lineup, though. The 1.6-liter, naturally aspirated engine was replaced with the Boosterjet engine. It is a 1.0-liter that’s good for 109 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. Obviously, not the most powerful engine out there, but it is expected to outsell the other one in the line up (the 1.4-liter, 138 horsepower engine) by quite a margin.

PostHeaderIcon Flyin’ Miata Offers a Roll Bar for the Miata RF but It Comes at a Cost

Flyin’ Miata, the company responsible for the best Mazda MX-5 upgrades on the market, is now offering a roll bar for the Targa-style RF model. The protective device was added to the catalog as a result of customer requests and makes the MX-5 RF safer at the race track. But there’s a catch — you lose the ability to lower the roof!

PostHeaderIcon The Ford Ranchero Could Return as a Focus-Based Truck!

It’s no longer a mystery that Ford is planning to relaunch the Ranger in the United States, but word has it an even smaller pickup truck will hit dealerships as early as 2022. This new hauler will be based on the fourth-generation Focus and will be produced in Mexico.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Q3

Audi first produced the Q3 compact crossover in 2011, but didn’t bring it stateside until after a refresh for the2015 model year. Since its star-spangled arrival, the luxury-oriented high-stance five-door has posted strong sales numbers, performing well in a segment fraught with competition. These days, demand for small SUVs continues to grow unabated, which means Audi is giving the Q3 a second-gen update for the 2019 model year. Providing the Q3’s latest styling cues and equipment perks is Audi’s lineup of range-toppers, including the Q8 and the A8, while larger exterior dimensions and a turbocharged engine lineup round it out.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Audi Q3.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Mondeo

The Ford Mondeo is spending a lot of time in front of the cameras these days. After being spotted frolicking in the snow in Sweden a few months ago, the Mondeo is back doing test runs, this time in the friendlier climate of Southern Europe. It’s also a different body type — it’s a wagon! — than the Mondeo prototype a few months ago, but the location of the camouflage remains the same, so the front and rear sections are still matters of speculation. Still, we get a good look at the Mondeo wagon’s entire body, giving us an indication of what to expect when it comes out.

PostHeaderIcon Lynk & Co 04 Hatchback

Lynk & Co started out as a curious novelty, but since launching the intriguing 01 SUV in 2017, the Geely-owned start-up is now turning more than a few curious heads. In a span of a year, Lynk & Co has gone from launching the 01 to doing succeeding unveilings of the 02 and 03. Now, the brand’s fourth model — a hatchback — takes center stage, thanks in large part to a new batch of spy photos showing the car in proper prototype form, complete with thick black wraps and lots of camouflage. The model is tentatively called the “04,” and it has the makings of being a serious challenger in a market dominated by heavyweights like the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, and Chevrolet Cruze.

PostHeaderIcon The Audi Q3 Looks the Same but is a Bit Larger With some Q8 DNA

The crossover segment is as hot as ever, and Audi is once again looking to take advantage of the seemingly never-ending demand. As such, it just unveiled its latest Q3 compact, showing it off in a brief 1-minute video set against some scenic coastal roads.

Audi is calling it all-new, but you wouldn’t know it from a glance. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll start to pick out a few things, with new styling bits added front to back. The Q3 once again takes after the Q8 in terms of styling cues, incorporating geometric lines, deep cuts, and sharp styling, not to mention the requisite massive grille in the nose.

The Q3 is also bigger this time around, although not too much – after all, Audi doesn’t wanna encroach on the Q5’s territory, which is currently selling like hot cakes. Still, the Q3 is definitely larger, gaining a little under 4 inches in overall length, as well as an inch to the overall width. The wheelbase is also 3 inches longer, which should make the interior even more comfy.

Speaking of which, the cabin layout once again mirrors that of the Q8, with a horizontal appearance and tons of geometric styling features. Audi added its desirable Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as standard equipment for 2019, and there’s also an optional 10-inch infotainment screen and the very latest MMI system support. CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard, as will the latest autonomous driving tech, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic forward braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.

No word on the U.S. powertrain lineup, although we do know that across the pond, buyers will get a pair of gas engines and a diesel.

That said, it’s highly likely we’ll once again get a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI gas-burner in two states of tune, including190 horsepower and 230 horsepower. Both will mate with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while quattro AWD should come as standard. Also expect multiple drive modes and optional adaptive damping suspension components.

Stay tuned, as Audi will undoubtedly release more information very soon.

PostHeaderIcon Video: The New Audi Q3 Debuts on July 25

The Audi Q3 has been teased and spied long enough. The time has come for the second-generation crossover to show its face, and it looks like Audi is about to give the people what it wants. The new Q3 is scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow, July 25, and to commemorate the occasion, Audi is dropping a new teaser to get us all hyped up about its new crossover.

PostHeaderIcon Check Out This Iron Man Edition of the Hyundai Kona

Marvel and Hyundai are currently rolling out a series of product mashups, and the latest is this special edition Kona rocking a slew of Iron Man-inspired upgrades. Recently unveiled in San Diego at the 2018 ComicCon event, the Kona Iron Man Edition is designed to look a bit like the high-tech armored suit Tony Stark flies around in, giving those of us who aren’t genius billionaire playboy philanthropists a chance to make believe.

Continue reading to learn more about the Hyundai Kona Iron Man Edition.

PostHeaderIcon Mercedes-Benz B Class

The first generation of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class subcompact five-door MPV arrived back in 2006, lasting until 2011. The second generation hit the scene a year later and continues to occupy dealership lots the world over. The current generation received a facelift back in 2014, so it’s about time for an update. As such, Mercedes has a fleet of test mules out on public roads, once again offering entry-level luxury in a small, yet practical package.

With a debut expected for later this year or early in 2019, our carparazzi managed to capture the third-gen as it underwent final testing, including recent summer testing and cold-weather testing late last year. The new B-Class is expected to carry the internal codename W247, as well as evolved styling cues, the latest Mercedes-branded infotainment goods, and a slew of engine options pulled from the Mercedes parts bin. Read on for our full speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

PostHeaderIcon The Hyundai i30 N Line Isn’t A Hot-Hatch, Yet It Looks Stimulating Like One

Hyundai has come a long way. Like, a really, really, long way. Remember the old Hyundai Accent? It was a strangely underwhelming machine even when new. Last night I was strolling through the streets and suddenly came across the new Hyundai i30 (the Elantra GT.) It was dark outside, the car was black, and you know what, the new i30 did not look underwhelming. Not a bit. It’s a hatch I wouldn’t mind driving, owning or, in its most potent N form, racing. Now, the Europeans get a new version of the i30 to spice the things up a bit. The N Line! I did not use “spice up” only by chance. Hyundai actually titled the press release with “Spice up your driveway,” and I get them. With body additions inspired by the top of the line i30 N, the new i30 N Line feels lively and rambunctious. Especially in red.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Audi TT Is Fresher, Meaner, More Tech Savvy, and Quick-Tempered

I expected to see a facelifted Audi TT at the Paris Auto Show later this year, but Audi jumped the gun and released a new car only days after the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new Audi TT received superficial exterior upgrades, slightly retuned engines, and a few more options for the interior. It remained much the same as before, but it did gain new Audi nomenclature designating the version with a number. New cars include the TT 40 TFSI, the TT 45 TFSI, the TT 45 TFSI Quattro, and the TTS.

PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen T-Roc GTI

Launched in 2017, the T-Roc is Volkswagen’s smallest crossover yet. Built on the MQB platform that underpins several Volkswagen Group vehicles, it’s related to the Audi Q2 and Seat Arona and competes against the likes of the Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, and Renault Captur. Ever since it arrived in showrooms, there have been rumors that Volkswagen may develop a GTI version of the mini SUV. Come 2018, and the beefed-up crossover was spotted testing on public roads.

Performance-oriented models are quite rare in this niche. Although the segment is populated by at least ten models from various companies in Europe, none of them are available with power upgrades. Nissan used to offer a Nismo version of the Juke, or even the extreme, GT-R-powered Juke-R, but these variants are no longer available. This means that the T-Roc GTI will be a unique model and will have the entire market to itself. At least for a while. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Infiniti QX30

When Infiniti decided to enter the compact crossover segment, we were a little worried, but then we found out that the QX30 was going to have just the slightest bit of Mercedes DNA. We started to get excited. Come 2016, and we finally got to lay eyes on the 2017 QX30, and we were amazed. It’s currently giving the competition a serious run for their money and damn does it look good. Now that some time has passed since it made its debut, we’ve decided it’s about time for the QX30 to spend a little bit of time as TopSpeed’s official wallpaper. We’ve added it to every screen in the building, and we want to share our hand-picked favorite with you. Go ahead and spruce up your desktop with our favorite or one from our extended gallery.

PostHeaderIcon Audi A1

The second-generation Audi A1 is finally here. Initially launched as a small-sized, three-door, entry-level ‘Sportback’ in 2010, Audi then went on to give it five doors in 2011. The A1 has been a successful product for Audi, and is targeted to customers who prefer an “ideal companion for an urban lifestyle.” After six years, the second-gen makes its debut, and it definitely looks fresh and sharper than ever.

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