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These Are the 5 Fastest 2020 Hyundai SUVs

Hyundai has a full house of vehicles on its plate. Their website shows no less than seven SUVs. To be honest, many of the models are crossovers. But, the definition of SUVs has been changing in recent years from solely ladder-frame-chassis vehicles to include crossovers as well. So, many manufacturers, including Hyundai, are now grouping …

Hyundai shows off their 2020 Sonata Hybrid at the Chicago Auto Show
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Another One – the Hyundai Sonata Gets the N-Line Treatment

Carmakers have long offered a series of performance and aesthetic packages to appeal to a wider variety of audiences. Ford had the Shelby GT cars, Chevrolet gave cars like the Camero and El Camino the “Super Sport” treatment. The newest Hyundai joining in the performance package fun will be the Hyundai Sonata N-Line.  The Hyundai …

A Mercedes-Benz GLS 450 car is on display during the 17th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition
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Is Mercedes-Benz a German Car Company?

Many people call Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler the fathers of the auto industry. Joining their passion for the automobile industry, the men formed a company. After that, the company built a reputation, and the Mercedes-Benz cars that we see today all came from that history. The iconic carmaker remains proud of Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft’s 1901 Mercedes. Also, Karl Benz’s …

A red Brabham BT62R races down a runway
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Street-Legal Track Supercars: BAC Mono vs. Brabham BT62R

Becoming a better driver doesn’t require high-dollar performance or track-only vehicles. Especially because purpose-built racers, like the Challenger Drag Pak and Aston Martin’s upcoming superbike, aren’t street-legal. But some supercar makers design their machines to at least pay lip service to on-road civility. One of the more extreme examples is the single-seat British-built BAC Mono. …

Mechanic tunes up an old Hyundai Galloper engine
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Why Do Car Engines Lose Power Over Time?

Besides 0-60 times, one of the most common ways you can compare two cars’ performance is horsepower. And owners often install mods like performance exhausts and turbochargers in an effort to give their engine more power. However, not only is your engine’s quoted horsepower not always accurate, but it’s also not static. Over time, no …

A blue 2006 Volvo V70R
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The Volvo V70R Is a Subtle Swedish Sleeper

Electric-blue Polestar wagons aside, Volvo’s performance cars tend to be rather low-key. That includes models like the C30 hot hatch and 850R wagon. But then, that’s the joy of having a sleeper car: extra speed without unnecessary attention. And it’s a concept the Volvo V70R embodies extremely well. Volvo V70R: specs and features While the …

The gears and other internal components of an IndyCar transmission
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Can You Change Your Transmission’s Gear Ratios?

When it comes to improving your car’s performance, most modifications tend to be rather noticeable. And that doesn’t just apply to new tires or wheels. Even if you can’t see a swapped-in engine, a newly-installed turbo, or a performance exhaust, you can tell it’s there. But some mods are more subtle, especially ones which involve …

An ND Mazda Miata equipped with Cravenspeed's short shifter
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What’s a Short Shifter, and Does Your Car Need One?

Engine swaps and new exhausts aren’t the only modifications that can increase performance. True, handling mods like performance tires, stiffer sway bars, and new engine mounts aren’t as flashy as a turbo. But they can sharpen your vehicle’s reflexes. However, if you drive a manual, there’s one more thing you might want to consider getting: …

A red Ferrari California T sits on display at a car show
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The World’s Fastest Production Cars Right Now Are…

I covered before how the curved lines of a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray split-window coupe got a hold of me. That gripping moment is what started my interest in the automotive industry. After that, I started learning about performance cars, horsepower figures, cornering abilities of sportscars versus sedans, and the importance of aerodynamics in …

A 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang on display at an auto show
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Affordable Cars That Make Over 400hp

You don’t have to have a car that offers a ton of horsepower to get a fun driving experience — after all, just look at the Lotus Elise and Mazda MX-5 Miata. For some of us, handling is just as important as power, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to push our car to …

Visitors look at the aftermarket exhaust of a sideways-turned car
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Do Performance Exhausts Really Increase Horsepower?

Improving the airflow to a car’s engine is one of the first, and often easiest, modifications many enthusiasts make. Another common mod is giving your car an aftermarket performance exhaust. Many OEMs, such as Ford, GM, and Toyota, even offer them as factory accessories. But does giving your car a ‘performance’ exhaust really do anything? …

Two Two Garrett GTX3582R Gen II turbochargers laid next to each other
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Can You Put a Turbo in Any Naturally-Aspirated Car?

If you’re looking to give your car more horsepower, intakes and exhaust modifications only go so far. And while tires and suspension tuning can add speed in the corners, at some point, more output is required to go faster. That’s often achieved via forced induction—which typically, for tuners and OEMs, means a turbocharger. But is …

The engine bay of an ND Mazda Miata that's received a Flyin' Miata V8 engine swap
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How Easy Is It to Do an Engine Swap?

When it comes to improving your engine’s performance, cold-air intakes and headers can help a little. Going further with the modifications, you can tune the ECU, or install stronger internal components. But there’s another way to transform your car’s performance: an engine swap. What goes into an engine swap? An engine swap is both as …

The NA Miata's standard air intake vs an aftermarket cold-air intake
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Do Cold-Air Intakes Even Do Anything?

If you want to improve a car’s handling, better tires are one of the easiest modifications you can make. But tires and upgraded suspension components can only go so far. Especially if the goal is straight-line speed, you’ll eventually have to tune the engine. A common first step is installing a cold-air intake. But does …

An exhaust manifold compared with an exhaust header installed in an NA Miata's engine bay
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Do Aftermarket Exhaust Headers Really Add Performance?

Whether it’s through turbocharging or tuning the ECU, most horsepower-boosting modifications boil down to ‘more fuel and more air.’ Done improperly, though, and you’ll end up with a broken engine. However, there is another option that some claim is good for a few extra horses: aftermarket exhaust headers. But do they really work? Exhaust headers …

A photo taken of the front of the Bentley Flying Spur
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Bentley Top Speed Run Over 200 Miles Per Hour

Bentley is a British automaker. In keeping with its long lineage of distinguished automobiles, it continues to create vehicles for people with refined tastes, and large wallets. They make a full line of cars from a two-door coupe to an SUV, all of them stuffed with plush amenities and incredible performance. One such esteemed vehicle in …

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When Do I Have to Replace All Four Tires?

We might not think about them much, but tires are a central part of how our vehicles perform overall, and what most evidently connects us to the road. When it comes to considering a used vehicle to purchase, the tires for the model you choose should be considered just as important as the vehicle’s body …