performance

Hyundai Veloster N gets a dual-clutch transmission, standard performance package for 2021

You lose a pedal but gain two gears and a lot of convenience by going to the DCT.


Hyundai

The Hyundai Veloster N is one of the hottest hot hatches that money can buy, thanks to its killer 275 horsepower turbo four-cylinder engine, sharp suspension and steering and a downright rude exhaust note. The thing is though, the Veloster N was never a car for everyone, but now that might be changing.

For 2021, Hyundai is giving the Veloster N an optional eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, where previously it was only available with a six-speed manual transmission. Now, obviously, purists will

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2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime first drive review: High performance, low consumption

Don’t believe that gasoline-electric vehicles are anything but boring and slow? Well, it’s time to change your tune, because the RAV4 Prime is the second-quickest Toyota after the Supra sports car. With 302 horsepower on tap, this plug-in hybrid SUV can zip from a standstill to 60 mph in as little as 5.7 seconds, a time that is legitimately swift. And thanks to ample low-end electric torque, it feels even fleeter.

Delivering that strong performance is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, an Atkinson-cycle unit borrowed from the RAV4 Hybrid but retuned for Prime time. Without going too far into the technical

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Ford Ranger is getting 3 off-road performance accessory packages

You can’t buy a Ranger Raptor, but you can bring a little of that flavor to your new truck without tanking your warranty.


Ford

So, after a year or so of watching and waiting and thinking and saving, you decided to ante up and order a brand-new Ford Ranger. Only, in stock form, it’s a little bland-looking for your tastes. What do you do?

If you’re like the average Ranger buyer, you pony up an average of $650 on Ford factory accessories (according to Ford, anyway) to make your midsize blank canvas a little more your own. OK, but what

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 review: Repeat performance


Jonathan Harper

There’s a lot to be said for the meditative quality of a long drive on a good road by yourself, but I often find that running through the canyons north of Los Angeles is more fun with a friend. And since my significant other owns a Porsche Cayman GT4, many of our date nights involve me staring at the back end of his Brewster Green coupe while I’m chasing it down Angeles Forest Highway.

With its big rear wing and lightweight fixtures, the hardcore GT4 makes no bones about its positioning as Porsche’s most race-focused Cayman. Yet in

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