BMW V5 Progressive Activity Sedan, on Video

Call it the Ultimate Driving High-Roof MPV, a Mercedes R-Class killer, or the answer to a question they only ask in Scarsdale. BMW calls it the Progressive Activity Vehicle, though we hear it'll be tagged V5, as it's based on the 5-Series. Autocar vidded up a look at the PAS in action before it goes on sale early… » 1/07/08 8:30am 1/07/08 8:30am

More Whistles, Fewer Bells: Ferrari Premieres 2008 F1 Racecar

Anyone doubting Formula One's temperance movement has legs need only cast their F1-geek eyes on the latest Constructors' champ's entry for the aught eight season. Yesterday, Ferrari's F2008 car became the first showing among new cars that must comply with the latest technology prohibition by Formula One's own Robin… » 1/07/08 7:47am 1/07/08 7:47am

Electric Bruce! Porsche Releases Details on Panamera Hybrid

Such teases, those Porsche types. Just weeks after telling the German press they're not quite sold on the whole hybrid thing, sales wise, the company's released details on the gas-electric version of its coming Panamera four-door. (Wait, did we say Panamera? Yes, we did.) That means the top-view rendering above, while… » 1/07/08 4:49am 1/07/08 4:49am

Editor's Letter: Changing-of-the-Guard Edition

For the past couple of weeks I've been boarding at my friends' non-working farm. It's a typical southern-Tuscan spread set between the cliffs of Monte Amiata and the Mediterranean Sea. I've just taken Zoe, a Labrador mix, for a run in the vineyards and my faithful sneaks are caked in thick, red clay. As existences… » 11/30/07 12:00pm 11/30/07 12:00pm

Over the Back Fence: BMW to Build New Isetta Minicar?

We're pretty sure there won't be a Hayabusa mill to perform miracles of speed. But the latest from the UK rumor mill is BMW's bringing back the Isetta, the popular econo-egg from the 1950s — created by Italy's Iso and popularized by BMW — that grabbed a generation of cosmopolitan Europeans by the lapels and screamed … » 11/28/07 8:00am 11/28/07 8:00am

Another 500: New Ford Ka Spied

With the Fiat 500 getting all the media attention, accolades and kisses from Italian supermodels, we almost feel bad for the new Ford Ka. After all, the mini sister ship to the 500 will be a far less-fashionable progeny of the Ford-Fiat small-car alliance. The UK's Car says the Ka will arrive at the Paris Auto Show in… » 11/20/07 7:40am 11/20/07 7:40am

Brabus-Tuned Maybach 57 Hits 205 mph in Nardo

There's a record for everything, though not every one gets equal weight among the record watchers. Take, for example, the title of Fastest and Most Exclusive Luxury Sedan. Show up at the Guinness doorstep with that belt, and they'll send you packing along with the guy sporting the world's largest buttocks-region… » 11/19/07 9:20pm 11/19/07 9:20pm

Users Guide to Jalopnik: New Comments Features Addition

The editors here at Jalopnik dot com supply the posts, but your comments are what make us a family (and we mean that in the massive scotch-and-tryptophan-fueled argument after Thanksgiving dinner kind of way). That's why we've now made it even easier for you to keep track of your favorite commenters right from the… » 11/19/07 4:15pm 11/19/07 4:15pm

TechArt Porsche Turbo Cabriolet

TechArt's again gone futzing with the latest Porsche models. This time it's the new, 997-model Turbo Cab, and as per usual, horsepower is way up. From the base cab's 3.6-liter flat six, TechArt's wrung 630 horsepower — 150 more than stock and up to 604 foot pounds of torque. Two versions of the wind-tunnel-tested body… » 11/19/07 10:13am 11/19/07 10:13am

Over the Back Fence: More on the New, Bi-Turbo Audi S4

Earlier this month, Fourtitude speculated on Audi's returning to a bi-turbo V6 setup to the next S4. Now, AudiWorld says they've confirmed with unnamed insiders the next S4 will debut with a new 3.0-liter TFSI twin-turbo producing 330 horsepower. Despite a 10-horsepower drop, they say zero-to-60 times will fall from… » 11/19/07 7:59am 11/19/07 7:59am

Porsche to Volkswagen: We Will Not Break You!

The headline's dialog snip contains an awkward metaphor to be sure. Porsche's HQ is a few clicks to the West of Ivan Drago's crimson homeland, and Volkswagen logically has more in common with a Philadelphia cheesesteak than with Rocky Balboa. But the sentiment is there: Porsche's going out of its way to assure VW… » 11/16/07 11:15am 11/16/07 11:15am

Saab's New "Cross Wheel Drive" in Detail

This week, Saab announced it would give the world of car watchers something unexpected — rear wheel drive. Well, in a sense. It's Saab's new Cross Wheel Drive system, by Sweden's Haldex, and it offers up to 100-percent rear torque transfer. Of course, the front wheels get the same consideration. It's the first US… » 11/16/07 9:45am 11/16/07 9:45am

Class Project: Porsche Carma Concept

There's insight to be gained into the future of car design by examining the projects inside the world's institutions of higher automotive learnin'. For example, please to behold the Porsche Carma — a take on how the Stuttgarters might carry their Carrera tropes into the next decade. It's by fourth-year students at… » 11/16/07 7:59am 11/16/07 7:59am

Dosey Doe: Tractor Square Dancing

Comedian Dennis Miller onces expressed disdain for square dancing, or as he called it, "being ordered around the floor by some neo-fascist Sam Drucker." At the wheel of a tractor, however, there's a more totalitarian socialist thing going on. Of course, with ma in a compact Farmall and pa in a full-size John Deere,… » 11/15/07 11:45am 11/15/07 11:45am

Municipal Hoonage: 2007 Elgin Pelican P

The mighty Mike Austin, former of MPH as well as ours truly, now spends his time at the head of the class, long-lead testing such automotive n00bs as the Jaguar XF and Mitsubishi Evo X. Of course the key benefit to such a gig is getting on the horn to a supplier of municipal maintenance vehicles and barking something… » 11/15/07 10:45am 11/15/07 10:45am

First Finishers Hit Cabo in Baja 1000

Despite our best laid plans conceived in March, we never quite make it to the Baja Peninsula in November for the most testis-outward off-road race on this continent. It's the Baja 1000, a thousand-mile-plus jaunt from Ensenada, Mexico down to the rich-gringo playground of Cabo San Lucas. It's largely an affair of the… » 11/15/07 7:59am 11/15/07 7:59am