Sports Cars

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

    Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has a lot on its hands right now, with deliveries of its Model X electric SUV at the end of the month, a battery gigafactory under construction, a mass-priced electric car to unveil next spring, and so forth. So it's encouraging to learn that the company is now starting to deliver the new battery pack that's one component of the "Roadster 3.0" upgrade kit. The $29,000 replacement battery consists of a new, higher-capacity pack and upgrades to the power electronics module that together deliver "over 35 percent" more range. DON'T MISS: Tesla Roadster 3.0 Update...

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata drive, Southern California, July 2015
    2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata: The Greenest New Sports Car You Can Buy?

    The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the newest generation of the world's most popular sports car. The iconic two-seater passed the British MGB more than a decade ago to become the highest-volume sports car in the world, and the latest iteration brings it into the current decade. In fact, we'd argue that...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    2015 BMW i8 Video Road Test

    The BMW i8 is sleek and stunning, but it's no V-8-powered supercar. Is it the car that will give plug-in hybrids sex appeal? First, you need to know what makes the i8 go. This is no straightforward supercar: The i8 gets power in a complex way--it can be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla Roadster 3.0: 70-kWh Battery, Aero Kit, New Tires, For 400-Mile Range

    Tesla Motors announced today that it has prototyped a "Roadster 3.0" package, which Roadster owners will be able to purchase in the future to update the battery pack, aerodynamics, and tires of their 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster electric sports cars. Taken together, the updates are expected to boost...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.
    Tesla Roadster Battery Upgrade Details: Coming This Week, Musk Says

    Say what you will about Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk, he's one of the very few global automaker CEOs who personally responds to owner questions via Twitter. And he's at it again, promising late Friday afternoon that details will be coming this week on the promised battery upgrade for the...

  • 2015 BMW i8 construction at Leipzig plant
    Strong Demand For BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Coupe May Presage Production Rise

    BMW may increase i8 production to reduce wait times.

  • Volkswagen XL Sport concept, 2014 Paris Auto Show

    Last week's media days at the Paris Motor Show were the usual mix of cars and marketing. They brought together stunning concept cars, more prosaic production models under pin spots, and speeches laying out how important every single model actually was to the future of the automotive world. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen XL Sport With Ducati V-Twin Engine: Paris Motor Show Photos One of the genuinely interesting concepts, though, was the Volkswagen XL Sport. It offers a Lotus-like case study of why tiny and light vehicles designed for ultra-efficiency can make remarkably interesting sports cars when...

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata live photos
    2016 Mazda Miata: Sexy New Roadster Highlights Low Sales Of Two-Seat Cars

    The Mazda MX-5, formerly Miata, holds a Guinness World Record as the highest-selling two-seater sports car in history. More than 940,000 MX-5s have been made since 1989, and the new 2016 MX-5 has just made its debut. Despite those impressive sales numbers though, the MX-5 is actually the perfect...

  • Polaris Slingshot
    Polaris Slingshot: Is A 173-HP, $20K '3-Wheeled Motorcycle' A Car?

    Three wheeled vehicles get a lot of attention from hardcore fans of performance cars. They also get plenty of attention from hardcore fans of green vehicles--as they share many of the same desirable characteristics, like an aerodynamic teardrop shape with surprising stability, and light weight...

  • Carice Mk1 electric sports car (Images: Carice Cars)
    Carice Electric Sports Car Is Tiny, Beautiful, Kinda Expensive

    Electric sports cars are not a major priority for automakers right now. Traditionally, sports cars of any sort don't sell in huge numbers (Mazda's Miata is still shy of a million units and it's a quarter century old now) so electric ones are even more of a niche. That means it's up to companies...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari
    Even Ferrari To Cut Carbon Emissions, With Hybrid V-12 & Turbo V-8 Engines

    The fastest, most expensive sports cars and supercars must constantly boost performance to stay competitive--and now they're also having to cut their carbon emissions at the same time. Ferrari, possibly the best-known among sought-after supercar brands, plans to cut average carbon emissions across...

  • Trident Iceni Magna
    Trident Poised To Launch World's Fastest Diesel Cars

    British sports car brand Trident is set to launch two new variants of its Iceni sports car--billed as the world's fastest and most fuel-efficient diesel sports cars. The Iceni convertible, the fixed-roof Iceni Magna and the Iceni Venturer wagon use a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine to deliver huge...

  • 2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    With awareness of the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car starting to rise--it will arrive at dealers in late April or early May--it's sometimes easy to forget that BMW has a second plug-in car following close behind. And unlike the i3, whose looks are controversial, there's very little debate over the design of the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe. MORE: 2015 BMW i8 Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show Pretty much everyone thinks it looks just fantastic. And that's even before neat technological breakthroughs like the laser headlights. And adding to the style quotient, we learned...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray first drive
    Corvette Stingray Gets 29 MPG (Highway), But Only With A Clutch Pedal

    With the 2014 Corvette, buying a stick-shift nets one mpg in all categories.

  • Porsche 918 Spyder online configurator
    Configure A 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Plug-In Hybrid Sports Car For Yourself

    Build your own version of Porsche's plug-in hybrid hypercar online.

  • Porsche 918 Spyder, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Porsche 918 Spyder Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    The long-awaited Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar debuted in production form at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

  • Engine bay of Caterham's upcoming entry-level model
    Tiny Kei-Car Engine For Iconic Caterham 7 Sports Car

    Putting a tiny engine in a hairy-chested sports car doesn't seem like the perfect recipe for fun, but British sports car companies have always been a little... different. Caterham is one of those companies. Back in 1972, it bought the rights to Colin Chapman's lightweight Lotus Seven sports car...

  • 2013 Detroit Electric SP:01
    Delays At Detroit Electric Postpone Electric Sports Car By A Month

    Forgive the cynicism, but color us not all that surprised at the news that startup automaker Detroit Electric is postponing production of its SP:01 electric sports car by "at least a month." Launched in a flurry of media attention in early April, the plug-in electric SP:01 sports coupe is...

  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG E-Cell

    It was a Mercedes-Benz icon before it became a performance flagship. Now it's a messenger for the future: the gullwing's going electric. The SLS AMG Electric Drive electric car is closing in on series production, converting the octane-addicted supercar to fit a greener vision of the future. We've told you before how we're green with envy over the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive--the all-electric version of Benz' fabulous gullwing sportscar. Now we've had a brief drive in the South of France, at Circuit Paul Ricard, to confirm that it's the real thing--though Mercedes is still coy about...

  • 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder in vintage Martini Racing livery
    2014 Porsche 918 Spyder Tackles Nurbürgring, Announces Martini Sponsorship

    Between 1973 and 1978, Porsche race teams were sponsored by Martini, favorite tipple of fictional British spy James Bond. Now the pairing is set to make a comeback with a special edition of Porsche’s highly-anticipated 2014 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid. Still a year away from launch, the latest...

  • Morgan Plus E Concept live photos
    Morgan Plus E Concept Car LIve Gallery: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

    Visit this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and you’d be forgiven for passing one very important electric car by without even realizing it. The Morgan Plus E concept car. Complete with the sweeping fenders that morph into elegant running-boards, the Morgan Plus E looks just like the...

  • 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5
    CEO Musk: 2011 Tesla Roadster Electric Sports Cars Are Gone, Almost

    The Tesla Roadster hasn't been front-page news for electric cars in a while, now that several mass-market family electric cars have launched. So as Tesla moves its focus to the upcoming Model S electric sedan, production of its first electric model is beginning to wind down as planned, so supplies...

  • Honda CR-Z Racer
    Honda CR-Z Racer To Kick Its Tail At Le Mans

    It seems like green cars hitting the race track is a trend this year, and now a 2011 Honda CR-Z Racer will make the rounds at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Of course, it won't go head-to-head with the turbocharged V-12 gas guzzlers. Instead it will be part of a special...

  • Porsche Boxster E electric prototype
    Porsche Wants High-Performance Electric Cars, Testing Plug-In Panamera

    Porsche recently took the wraps off its second hybrid model, the new 2012 Panamera S Hybrid, as well as confirming development of an electric sports car and the announcement that a number of zero-emission ‘Boxster E’ prototypes are already running around Germany. Add to that the...