2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster First Drive

Not that this isn’t already painfully obvious to the vast majority of us living on the other side of the socioeconomic gulch, but it sure is a fantastic time to have a boatload of cash and a fat line of credit right about now. The current market is lousy with six-figure sports cars and super-coupes for all sorts of tastes and use-cases, especially in the competitive $150,000-$190,000 slice. In a space packed with spectacular cars like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, Mercedes-AMG GT, and Acura NSX, there’s enough divergent paths to sift through that you’ll need an in-mansion massage and custom juice cleanse to bring those stressed chakras down to baseline.

Maybe some clear, crisp air and a little vitamin D courtesy of Apollo himself will help solidify your decision. In that case, try the new 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster on for size—it should fit the drop-top-sized hole in

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The 1989 Toyota RAV-FOUR Concept Is Cooler Than the Original RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 has been part of the automotive landscape for so long that you forget where it came from. Remember the really early ones, available in a funky two-door convertible format? That was the early 1990s, and automakers knew SUVs were hot and were throwing all sorts of ideas at the wall to see if they’d stick. The convertible RAV4 had a bunch of strange company in America, like the Isuzu Amigo, the Suzuki Sidekick, and even the obscure Daihatsu Rocky.

But while the original RAV4 had spunk, the concept car that inspired it was considerably cooler. Meet the 1989 Toyota RAV-FOUR Concept, which debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show next to the production Toyota Sera (gullwing doors!) and the 4500GT Concept (which went nowhere!). Toyota called the RAV-FOUR a “neo-urban 4WD car”—unusual verbiage for a crossover and SUV era that was about to begin.

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This Is the Classiest Racing Simulator Rig You’ve Ever Seen

Here’s a unique way to burn a little extra cash if you’re really into racing simulators but don’t want something that looks fresh from a Tron movie. It’s called The Classic Car Trust (or TCCT for short) eClassic, and it’s one hell of a way to enjoy a Sunday drive all by yourself—and bask in your own wistful nostalgia and single-seat race-car dreams.

Think of the eClassic as a re-bodied racing simulator—although it’s not for Forza, Assetto Corsa, Gran Turismo, or any of the other racing sim programs or games available to the masses. The setup was developed in cooperation with Racing Unleashed, a Swiss company that builds its own racing sim software and holds virtual championships. The software has been adapted from what TCCT says that is normally “used by race drivers for training purposes” into a retro-cool classic-car driving experience.

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The 2020 Volvo V90 T6 AWD R-Design Reminds You Why Station Wagons Rule

LOS ANGELES-The station wagon is a complete outlier in today’s automotive space, which may help to explain why driving one feels like a unique experience at every chance behind the wheel. Indeed, a Volvo V90 station wagon humming along on American roads is an unusual sight among the boring mob of SUVs and crossovers. In Los Angeles, where unruly drivers run amok, you can easily forget about the calmness found on the backroads located within just a couple of miles outside of the mayhem. In a crowded room full of regulars, the V90 encourages you to run for the hills, where you can retreat to nature for a dose of tranquility, making the 2020 Volvo V90 T6 R Design a car that deserves more credit than it usually receives.

2020 Volvo V90 T6 AWD R-Design: The Charming Blue Wagon

“That is a wild color,”

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VW Group May Sell Bugatti to Croatian Electric Hypercar Company

Reports from several sources out of Europe point to a Bugatti sale to Croatian automaker Rimac in the near future. The details are yet to be confirmed by the relevant parties, but the rumors are compelling. And the big takeaway here is that the future seems to be electric.

Reuters is reporting the basics of the rumor in question: Rimac, the eponymous company from founder Mate Rimac, wants to acquire Bugatti from the Volkswagen Group. Over the years, Volkswagen has acquired many companies and folded each into the group umbrella—consider Lamborghini and Ducati, for example. Bugatti seems to be a crown jewel, but perhaps it’s not so core to the Group’s business than its superlative status would indicate.

Porsche and Rimac envision a development partnership, with Rimac taking more of a role as a supplier of components and expertise to the broader industry—and Porsche in particular.

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