2019 McLaren Senna Hypercar Revealed: It Certainly Has a Name to Live Up To

We’ve been telling you about McLaren’s plans for a new Ultimate Series hypercar for some time, a project heretofore known only by its P15 internal project code. This is the stripped-out super-performer that insiders promised would be faster around a racetrack than the seminal P1. The fundamental ingredients—an overabundance of power in an extremely lightweight package—were already known, so it seemed that the only secrets left to spill would be the relative quantities of those, as well as the final exterior design. READ MORE ››

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2019 McLaren Senna: It Certainly Has a Name to Live Up To – Official Photos and Info

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Drive This Aston to New Lands: Robert Plant’s DB5 for Sale

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Drive This Aston to New Lands: Robert Plant’s DB5 for Sale

In 1964, a Scotsman playing a fictional jet-set lady killer climbed into an Aston Martin DB5 laden with gadgets and turned the company’s six-cylinder GT into one of the most desirable automobiles ever built. Sometime in the early 1970s, a longhaired British lady killer—known for tight trousers, a bare chest, and a wail that was to spawn a legion of lesser imitators—thought he might like to have one of those cars for himself. So he bought one.

Between 1969 and 1971, Robert Plant had laid down eight of the most vital sides in rock ’n’ roll: Led Zeppelin’s first four albums. The records, paired with the band’s incendiary live shows, catapulted him into the first rank of great British frontmen alongside Mick Jagger and Roger Daltrey. And although Zep’s music was unabashedly modern—Jimmy Page’s Hiwatt stacks were a state-of-the-art design, nobody had ever drummed quite like John Bonham before, and John Paul Jones, alongside The Who’s John Entwistle, was exploring the as yet untapped sonic possibilities of the bass guitar—Plant retained a heavy interest in an older England. In that context, the Aston was a pretty obvious purchase, a signpost automobile on Britain’s march to modernity that nonetheless carried some rather archaic roots.

Aston’s David Brown made his bones manufacturing agricultural machinery before his purchase of the sports-car brand in 1947, and the DB5 itself traced its development lineage all the way back to the DB2 of 1950, featuring a DOHC straight-six that Walter Owen Bentley had designed during World War II. Yes, in the interim, that engine had been reworked by Tadek Marek, and all but the earliest DB5s featured a modern ZF five-speed transmission, but there’s still something decidedly pastoral about Aston’s most famous automobile. After all, it carried a live axle out back, even as Jaguar had moved to independent rear suspension. It’s the same particularly English mishmash of country, heavy industry, and regal appointment that made Vincent’s postwar Rapide/Black Shadow motorcycles so appealing. And it’s that blend of rustic and ultramodern that makes Led Zeppelin IV such a revered album.

Plant held onto the car until well after Led Zeppelin’s demise in 1980, and the ’65 model is now for sale in Blighty. The Aston was purchased from the singer by father-and-son collectors in 1986; they had it restored and subsequently entered it in Aston Martin Owners Club concours events. It was sold to its current owner in 2008 by Nicholas Mee & Co., and that dealer is once again listing the car. If you happen to be a well-heeled Zeppelin fan—perhaps the sort who makes a yearly pilgrimage to Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway to re-enact the cover of Houses of the Holy as some sort of Zep-centric way of chronicling time’s ravages on gluteal flab—we’d suggest rambling on over and picking it up.

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2018 Range Rover Velar P380 V-6 – Instrumented Test

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2018 Range Rover Velar P380 Tested: Big Engine, Big Price

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The “compact luxury crossover” descriptor is hardly vivid enough for Land Rover’s Range Rover Velar. The SUV is on the large side of that class and looks it, measuring just shy of the mid-size Range Rover Sport in every dimension. The Velar’s outsize luxuriousness and sleek style further elevate its station above staider (and smaller) sales chasers such as Audi’s Q5 and the BMW X3. READ MORE ››

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Under Pressure: The Science Behind Infiniti’s Variable-Compression-Ratio Engine

The new Infiniti VC-Turbo engine (code-named KR20) is chock-full of interesting details that come with its variable-compression-ratio trick. Click on through to demystify the unique operating properties of the engine that recently debuted in the new 2019 Infiniti QX50.The VC-Turbo Isn’t Just Variable Compression, It’s Also Variable Displacement.The VC-T Also Is a Miller-Cycle Engine.It Employs Both Direct and Port Injection.The Exhaust Manifold Is Integral with the Head.The Cylinders’ Plasma Coating Comes from the GT-R.Its Turbocharger Is a Hybrid.The Lubrication System Is Conventional.The Crankshaft Has a Greater Offset.Compression-Ratio Change Is Continuous.

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2017 Audi A4 Allroad: What Crossover Intenders Should Buy

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At the intersection of “my parents bought me this car when I graduated from Penn” and “I need something to carry my kids, my dog, and my mountain bike” sits the Audi A4 Allroad. It’s practical but never dowdy, luxurious but not ostentatious. In essence, it’s a wagonized A4, but the extra cargo space isn’t the only thing separating this wagon from its sedan sibling. The Allroad is lifted 1.3 inches, clad in SUV-like black plastic wheel-arch moldings, and propelled by a new version of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system that allows the car to be driven by the front wheels or all four, depending on driving conditions. An off-road drive mode decreases steering effort and softens the standard adaptive dampers to increase suspension compliance. That’s not to say that most drivers will ever take their Allroad off-road; the knowledge that they could will be enough. Against all odds, the luxury-wagon market is booming, and the A4 Allroad has stiff competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon and the Volvo V90 Cross Country. The Audi’s fully realized powertrain, above-average agility, and leading-edge infotainment features make it a strong contender in a deepening field. READ MORE ››

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Best Forgotten: The Story of the Pontiac Aztek

The History of the Pontiac Aztek

Dear friends, we have arrived at a very dangerous moment in history. Please listen closely to what we have to say. READ MORE ››

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2017 Audi A4 Allroad – In-Depth Review

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