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Mini is bringing back a stylish special edition that launched way back in 2007. Arriving in dealerships this April, the 2021 Mini Cooper S Convertible Sidewalk Edition receives special wheels, colors, and interior features.

The Sidewalk Edition offers two paint color options: Deep Laguna Metallic and Enigmatic Black Metallic. Both hues are complemented by a special Anthracite soft-top roof. Custom designed two-tone 17-inch wheels finish off the exterior’s look.

Inside, there’s a custom steering wheel and floor mats. Cabin surfaces also feature unique illumination. Sidewalk badging is also strewn about the cabin, including the small convertibles aluminum door sill trim.

Since it’s based off the Cooper S, the Sidewalk Edition receives motivation from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 189 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard on the Sidewalk Edition, but an [...]

The NTT IndyCar Series on March 26 announced that its biggest race, the Indianapolis 500, is postponed until August 23. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause organizers of major events—sporting and otherwise—to search for alternative dates in the hope they can salvage their seasons if spread of the virus is brought under control in time to make something of 2020.

The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 was scheduled originally for May 24, its traditional slot on the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

As part of the announcement, IndyCar said the GMR Grand Prix, scheduled to be held on May 9—also at Indianapolis Motor Speedway but on the facility’s road course rather than the famed Superspeedway used for the Indianapolis 500—will move to Saturday, July 4. That means it would be part of an unprecedented, cross-series double-header event alongside the NASCAR Cup Series, on the same track on the same day. NBC plans to televise [...]

The Chevrolet Camaro coupe and convertible enter the 2021 model year with minimal changes according to the bow-tie brand’s fleet order guide. The most noteworthy change to the model is the addition of standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the line. It joins newly standard wireless charging on higher-end 3LT and 2SS models. Wireless charging was previously limited to the high-performance ZL1 trim.

Technology isn’t the only name in the 2021 Camaro’s game and V-8 SS models equipped with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and 1LE performance package benefit from a shorter 2.85:1 final-drive ratio relative to last year’s 2.77:1 ratio. (Non-1LE Camaros maintain the longer rear-axle ratio for 2021.) Additionally, Chevy blesses the Camaro LT1 buyers with the option to add the racier RS and Redline Edition packages to the entry-level eight-cylinder Camaro model. 

Not all is rosy for the 2021 Camaro, though, and the sports car says goodbye to [...]

The 2020 Mazda CX-30 might be the newest addition to the Mazda family, but one peek inside makes it abundantly clear this crossover belongs in the same showroom. The Japanese automaker might not have the size, clout, or breadth as larger full-line global automakers, but the CX-30 continues the tradition of excelling in the areas where Mazda does well. One is the fun-to-drive quotient. The other is interiors that are clean, sophisticated, and feel more premium than the segment might warrant.

First, what is a CX-30? Mazda’s newest small crossover is essentially a lifted Mazda3. That means it is bigger than a CX-3 subcompact crossover that shares underpinnings with the Mazda2. The CX-30 uses the larger Mazda3 chassis and is packaged to give rear-seat passengers more legroom than the regular sedan and more cargo room behind the second row than the larger Mazda3 hatchback. Confused?  Bottom line is it is a small crossover that sits [...]

It’s no secret that the automotive industry moves fast, with fierce competition in every segment. It’s normal for vehicles generations to be replaced every five or six years, bringing new technology on board and under the skin, as well as better safety technologies. Jeep introduced the current-gen Cherokee as a 2014 model at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. In early 2018, the SUV got a midcycle refresh that provided its interior and exterior with a younger vibe.

We recently spent some time in the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, and we were pleased with its roominess and the quality of materials throughout the cabin.

2020 Jeep Cherokee: Infotainment System

In the past, we’ve commended Jeep and other FCA products for their great infotainment systems. Uconnect is one of the best systems on the market, as it’s [...]

I’ve come to appreciate a few things in our long-term Mazda3 that set it apart from its main rivals, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. For starters, the optional head-up display (Active Driving Display in Mazdaspeak) is well executed, and Mazda gets bonus points for including its brightness and screen height in the programming of the Driving Position Memory buttons (another rare feature in the segment).

The display is fairly sharp and includes a comprehensive list of info, including vehicle speed, active cruise control settings, cross-traffic alerts, and lane keep assist warnings. I’m also a fan of the blind-spot indicators, which flash on the left or right side of the screen. One downside? Head-up displays are notorious for “disappearing” when you’re wearing polarized sunglasses, and unfortunately the Mazda’s screen does appear dimmer through the lenses of my Ray-Bans.

Aston Martin has a very new, very powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 on the way, and here’s a closer peek at it. Like a proud parent, the marque released a slew of photos of its in-house designed and hybrid-capable engine that will make its debut in the 2022 Valhalla.

The engine’s codename, TM01, is a tribute to pioneering engineer Tadek Marek who designed and tinkered with several legendary Aston Martin engines in the 1950s and 1960s, including the 5.3-liter V-8 engine made originally for the DBS. In a first for Aston Martin, the V-6 is designed with a “hot vee” layout, its turbochargers live between the cylinder banks, shortening the turbo plumbing and enhancing engine response (the intake manifolds, therefore, live on the outside of each cylinder bank). Destined for Aston Martin’s upcoming mid-engine sports cars, the TM01 is designed to sit low and behind the cabin, with a dry sump oil system for a lower center [...]

I don’t really know the process manufacturers follow to name a car, but I’m sure the approval protocol involves a long list of people. CEOs, CMOs, product planners—all have some kind of input in creating the name of a new model. And some carmakers have come up with brilliant names over the years that have helped shape the automotive industry. From menacing names like Huracán to cute names like Beetle, there are many interesting car names in the U.S. and around the world. Here’s a list with 15 cool car names, plus three of the best car names we can find south of the border.

Lamborghini Diablo

Built between 1990 and 2001, the Lamborghini Diablo tops this list. Its brilliant name means “devil” in Spanish, and with such an intimidating look and a V-12 engine [...]

In Los Angeles, the Petersen Automotive Museum is a go-to destination for us staffers at Automobile, and there isn’t one of us who hasn’t wiled away an afternoon there immersed in all it has to offer. While the museum is understandably closed until at least the end of March, it hasn’t taken long for it to begin a schedule of live streaming events and other educational activities from its avant garde headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, all offered for free on its website.

If you have bored kids at home, you’re in luck. The events are mostly geared toward children, though no doubt parents will enjoy following along as well. So far, the schedule is as follows (all times are PST):

  • Tuesday, March 17, 10 a.m. – Force and Motion
    • Cars are about motion. While it may seem simple to press a pedal and move forward, there are dozens of forces interacting that [...]

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is an undeniably attractive (and hugely powerful) car, but say you want to make it stand out a little more? Then Porsche’s recently unveiled Sport Design package might interest you. While the sports car manufacturer initially showed photos of the package on a Lava Orange 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, it did not share the kit’s specifics or price. We now have details on those specifics, though, unfortunately, no word yet on its cost.

Porsche plans to offer the Turbo S’s Sport Design package in two grades: “regular” and “high-gloss black.” The standard grade nets buyers a reworked front spoiler with protruding side fins, body-color painted side skirts, and an active rear spoiler with distinct winglets at each end. Check the box for the optional Sport Exhaust system, and Porsche also paints the lower rear fascia in the car’s body color.

The high-gloss black option is only available with the Sport [...]

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