We’ve got a diverse mix for you in this week’s video roundup. We start out with a hot-rod Ford Transit at Goodwood, an unexpectedly quick Audi S8, a 2014 Subaru Forester on safari in Africa, and the Audi R8 Spyder pitted against its corporate cousin, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
Al Oppenheiser, chief engineer on the epic 2014 Camaro Z/28 talks about the development of the big-inch musclecar, Fiat renders the 500C Abarth in skin, and we get a look at Bentley’s racing history through the years. Finally, Hot Rod Unlimited shows us some rare Shelby-branded classic performance iron. Watch all these and more in this week’s roundup!
Feature Flick: Vintage Iron Shines at Shelby American Automobile Club Meet
For nearly five decades, the name Shelby has meant American high performance, and although the AC Cobra is perhaps most synonymous with the performance brand, the Texas speed merchant applied his name to a variety of vehicles, including the unlikely Dodge Omni and Dakota. Anything and everything Shelby is welcomed at the Shelby American Automobile Club, which convened this year at the Auto Club Speedway. Hot Rod’s Elana Scherr takes us on a tour of the cars and activities of the meet.
2014 Ford Police Interceptor Has Officers’ Backs (w/Video)
The perception and experience among many of us of law enforcement officers are nanny killjoys writing us up for rolling through stop signs or driving 10 mph over the limit. For most of us, it’s a fair trade quid pro quo for having freedom of motorized mobility. But traffic tickets are but one aspect of police officers’ jobs, which can also include hazardous situations in which their personal safety is under potential threat. Working to make officers’ jobs a little safer, Ford is introducing a new rear surveillance feature in the 2014 model Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility models.
Feature Flick: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Explained
The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro will gain a new high-performance model soon with the re-introduction of the Z/28. Joining the 426hp SS model and the 580hp supercharged ZL-1, the upcoming 500hp, naturally aspirated 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will be the most hardcore of the bunch, thanks to a crash diet, a specially tuned track suspension, and a host of aerodynamic improvements.
Video: Drop-Top Head 2 Head – Audi R8 vs. Porsche 911
On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend senior features editor Jonny Lieberman heads to Utah in the 2014 Audi R8 V8 Spyder and the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet to see which Volkswagen-owned German roadster is best.
Video: Bentley’s Racing History at Le Mans
Hundreds of stories have come out of the 24 Hours of Le Mans over its 90-year history, and Bentley’s is one tale worth recounting. In this episode of The Downshift, Bentley’s racing background is explored, covering the British marque’s early dominance in the 1920s to its eventual return to Le Mans 70 years later.
Video: 2013 SRT Viper Put Through Its Paces
While testing cars sounds like it’s all fun and games, there’s much more to it than that. The J-Turn’s host Jessi Lang shows just what goes on at a test day as she shadows the Motor Trend testing crew at the track.
Lang joins testing director Kim Reynolds as he prepares the 2013 SRT Viper for the first part of the MT testing regimen, the figure eight.
Feature Flick: 2013 Audi S8 Tested on World’s Fastest Car Show
On this week’s episode of The World’s Fastest Car Show, host Justin Bell goes for a spin in the 2013 Audi S8, an unassuming super sedan that’s capable of out-accelerating big names like the Ferrari FF and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT.
2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Rendered in Body-Painted Skin for New Ad
An ad featuring the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio features what might be the most talked about photos in the upcoming ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue. Why? Because the print ad showcases a life-sized replica of the hot hatch made up of female models who are essentially naked. It’s creative, it’s provocative, and there’s an accompanying video that documents the photo shoot from start to finish.
Feature Flick: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Teased
An extremely brief video from Mercedes-Benz hints at the next new car that will emerge from the company’s AMG division. The clip appears to preview the arrival of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG was already revealed in some leaked photos, and we snagged a brief ride in a pre-production model.
Feature Flick: 2014 Subaru Forester Goes on Safari for Epic Drives
In the lastest episode of Epic Drives, host Arthur St. Antoine gets behind the wheel of a 2014 Subaru Forester XT for an African safari. In addition to his search for wildlife, St. Antoine tests the Forester’s mettle off-road over terrain usually reserved for larger, more purpose-built SUVs.
Feature Flick: Ford Transit Supervan Storms Up Goodwood
The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was packed full of exotic machinery, including a McLaren P1, Porsche 962 and 917, Peugeot 405 T16, and so on – but one of the coolest vehicles to run up the hill was a 1995 Ford Transit cargo van. No, we’re not completely crazy. This was no ordinary Transit: it was the 1995 Transit Supervan 3 concept car.