That’s the scuttlebutt from The Spy Guy’s intel gatherers. They’re hearing that parent company BMW will reduce the number of Mini models in a couple of years to just the current two-door Mini Cooper and the larger Mini Countryman, both of which will use battery-electric power exclusively. For 2020, a Mini Cooper SE electric is […]

Read more

It’s the burning question on The Sleuth’s mind now that details and pricing for the 2020 Corvette have been released. The midengine Chevrolet that comes with a 495-horsepower V-8 should closely match the (also mid-engine) NSX in performance, but the Corvette has a base price of about $60,000. That’s about $100,000 less than the base […]

Read more

The Sneaky One’s intel gatherers are reporting that prototypes of the next-generation Land Rover Defender are in the final sorting-out phase and should be ready for a North American debut in early 2020. The off-roader will be available in short-wheelbase Defender 90, standard-wheelbase Defender 110 and long-wheelbase Defender 130, which can accommodate up to eight […]

Read more

The Sleuth’s sources are hearing that General Motors’ premium brand will add second powerplant choice to its midsize five-passenger utility model for the 2020 model year. The current V-6 rated at 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque will be joined by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 237 horses and 258 pound-feet. This […]

Read more

For the past 25 years, B.R.M. (the initials stand for Bernard Richards Manufacture and not the British Racing Motors team from the mid 1950s) has been producing watches with a focus on racing. From its factory in France, the company makes about 2,000 timepieces a year. One of its limited-production models (just 100 pieces) is […]

Read more

For those wintry times when maximum traction is required for short distances on icy roads, consider keeping a can of Tyre-Grip in your vehicle. Spraying the product, which has been described as “pine sap in a can,” on your tires will, according to the manufacturer, give you up to 300 percent more traction while at […]

Read more

The Sleuth’s intel gatherers have uncovered news of the first significant change to Fiat’s tiniest member since it first arrived in North America for the 2012 model year. Although details remain sketchy, the 2020 500 will be restyled at both ends, but will increase in size only slightly. Also anticipated is Fiat’s latest 1.3-liter turbocharged […]

Read more

Chevrolet spent more than a couple of years whetting enthusiasts’ appetites for the new mid-engine Corvette through numerous detail leaks and photos of camouflaged test vehicles. With the car’s recent reveal, however, the information floodgates have now been opened wide and with it the ability to head online and fiddle with what’s called the Corvette […]

Read more

The new mid-engine eighth-generation (C8) sports car is beginning to show up at events across the country, both in new videos and in the flesh (although you can’t buy one until later in the year). The excitement is easy to understand: The 495-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 is in the back of the car, which is the […]

Read more

The Sleuth is disappointed that the Honda e electric small car that goes on sale in Japan for 2020 won’t be heading to North America, but all hope is not lost. He hears there are plans afoot to introduce a number of electrified and pure electric models here in the next few years. Currently, the […]

Read more