THE ALL-NEW 2017 Jeep Compass just squeezes into the 15.4-inch gap between Jeep’s wee Renegade and its mid-size Cherokee. Built on the same “small-wide 4×4 architecture” that underpins the bugeyed Renegade, the Compass’s wheelbase grows 2.6 inches, the new ute casting a shadow 6.4 inches longer than its smaller sibling.
Say “KIA NIRO” three times quickly and it can sound like “Canyonero,” that fantastically flawed 35-seat sport-utility vehicle from The Simpsons, a vehicular ode to glorious excess gone awry. The new Niro is essentially the polar opposite of that—a lean, frugal wagonoid, albeit with a twist of the upright and rugged.
What it is: Possible confirmation of the availability of high strength psychotropic drugs in the Woking area of England. The BP23 is a three-seat model inspired by the legendary McLaren F1, sharing that car’s central driving position and continent-crossing Grand Tourer brief. It’s the work of McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division, and all 106 have … [Read more…]
What it is: Proof of the glorious insecurity that motivates the Maranello folk. The 488GTB already leads its segment in both speed and excitement, but the forthcoming stripped-and whipped version will be even quicker and more thrilling. Its predecessors have been named Speciale, Scuderia, and Challenge Stradale, but we’re predicting l’ultimo 488 will carry a … [Read more…]
What it is: The lightening-and-quickening makeover that Lambo uses to lift the appeal of its models as they approach middle age. The Superleggera name will not return, but the superlight philosophy to which it refers certainly will, meaning the ultimate Huracán will be around 90 pounds lighter, as well as sharper and faster than the … [Read more…]
What it is: Internally called Project One, this top-level hypercar (think Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder) is being designed to mark the pinnacle of race-car engineering with extensive technology transfer from Formula 1. Coincidentally, it will also mark AMG’s 50th anniversary. It’s not intended to crack top-speed records like the Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, … [Read more…]