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Category: car review

Category: car review

Not your average Toyota: The all-wheel drive GR Corolla, reviewed

Enlarge / Early mornings were made for cars like this, the Toyota GR Corolla. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Although the vast majority of our car reviews are for hybrids and electric vehicles, we do still appreciate a good enthusiast’s car. All the more so when they’re tweaked versions of more pedestrian fare. Built in low volume and with something special under the hood? Count us in. That brings us to today’s topic, the Toyota GR Corolla. Some regular readers might be feeling a touch of deja-vu at this point; Toyota builds the GR Corolla in three different specifications, and in March

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The Pininfarina Battista is more than just face-warping acceleration

Enlarge / The Pininfarina Battista looks almost as good as it goes. And boy does this car go. (credit: Pininfarina) There’s quick, and then there’s launching a car with such brutality that you can legitimately feel your cheeks pulling away from your face. It takes the Automobili Pininfarina Battista just 1.8 seconds to accelerate to 60 miles per hour. Yet somehow, that isn’t the most eye-popping detail about this hand-built Italian hypercar. Ditto its $2.5 million asking price. A quick refresher: Automobili Pininfarina is a spinoff of legendary design house Pininfarina, a company responsible for making some of the automotive

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The Lexus LC 500h has great craftsmanship, weird hybrid powertrain

Enlarge / The dramatic styling of the Lexus LC makes it stand out on the road. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) The SUV and crossover remains ascendent, and few automotive body styles have fallen by the wayside like the coupe. As BMW’s head designer told Ars last year, “People were prepared to make all these compromises because it was cool. And today, people still want to be cool, but they feel that perhaps those compromises are not cool.” But rather than vibes, let’s put the problem in context: in 1992, Lexus sold nearly 28,000 SC coupes. The best year for the SC430—its

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The 2023 Toyota bZ4x: A bouncy ride meets rather good efficiency

Enlarge / Toyota took better photos of the bZ4x than I did, so I’m using theirs in this review. (credit: Toyota) A few weeks ago, we reviewed Lexus’ new battery-electric vehicle and came away underwhelmed. Today, it’s the turn of its Toyota cousin, the closely related (and unfortunately named) bZ4x. The electric Toyota had a troubled launch last year when the cars had to be recalled due to wheels that might fall off. That’s all solved now thanks to new bolts, washers, and wheels, so we finally spent a week with the bZ4x. Given this EV’s initial reception, I was

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The 2023 Porsche Cayman GT4 RS is the best sports car on sale today

Enlarge / Everyone always said Porsche would never put its best flat-six engine in the Cayman or it would overshadow the 911. Maybe that’s exactly what’s happened. (credit: Bradley Iger) Judging by recent projects like the Mission R and 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance, Porsche looks poised to introduce an electrified version of the Cayman in the not-too-distant future. While it’s likely that such a sports car will raise the bar for certain measures of performance, it’s also safe to assume that the driving experience will be altered significantly. Thus far, high-performance EVs have struggled to deliver the kind of emotional

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