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2019 Aston Martin Vantage with an AMG V8

Aston Martin Vantage
While it’s not unusual for AMG to supply their hand-assembled masterpieces to other carmakers (Pagani, for example), what is different is that Aston Martin will be fitting a manual gearbox to one. AMG’s not offered a do-it-yourself transmission with its engines in nearly a decade so even if Aston Martin’s always planned to offer the new Vantage with a manual,...

Porsche RS cars: The ultimate in Porsche

Stuttgart, Germany. This year, 2018, is a big year for Porsche. They are celebrating 70 years of making some, if not the, best sports cars in the world. There’s no need to argue, seriously. Nearly all carmakers have a halo sports car in their lineup or history but very few managed to survive, if only barely, on a single...

95-octane, the new Regular fuel?

It’s been almost a year since the idea of doing away with three grades of fuel began floating about. General Motors was first at bat with the idea but since then, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles have joined GM in lobbying the US Government for a standardized 95 octane fuel rating to replace today’s regular 87, mid-grade 88-90 and premium...

The return of the Aston Martin Superleggera

Trims and versions of a same car can make a world of difference. For example, the Civic Type R. It’s Civic, but far, far more than just a Civic. There are numerous other names we could bring up but perhaps one the most deeply-rooted in automotive performance history is Superleggera. For 51 years now, Superleggera has marked the penultimate version...

Monster Truck front flip!

Don’t worry, you’re still on the right website, MotorIllustrated. No, we don’t usually cover Monster Truck events and to be quite honest, it’s not our cup of tea. Well, that’s a partial lie as we loved watching the BIGFOOT vs. Grave Digger rivalry unravel. While we’ve shied away from Monster Truck action, what Lee O'Donnell pulled off at the Monster...

Top Tires for the summer of 2018

Unlike winter for many, we always look forward to summer. And while there’s still a little snow left on the ground, the time to shop for happy-weather tires is now. The following is a quick breakdown of the better tire brands and models in a few key price points for you to consider. Compact and midsize cars and crossovers make...

ADVICE: Advantages of financing your vehicle instead of leasing

When buying a new vehicle, many consumers wonder if they should lease their new vehicle, or buy it by financing it. The second option will be the most expensive when you look at it from a monthly payment stand point, but like buying a house instead of renting an appartment, it has some undeniable advantages. "Leasing a vehicle is a...

ADVICE: How can you improve the resale value of your vehicle?

We all want to get the best resale value for our vehicle, it’s perfectly normal. That said, we all also know that a new vehicle starts to depreciate as soon as it leaves the showroom. Moreover, there are a lot of options available to vehicle buyers in the pre-owned model market, and our vehicle will have to face some...