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Review: 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible — Elegance Meets V8 Brutality

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible’s refined, luxury sensibilities mixed with brutal V8 theatrics, made for a great all-around experience.

By Peter Nelson | November 19, 2020
Video: 9 Days In Summer — The Cosworth DFV V8 At The Source

9 Days in Summer is a 48-minute promotional documentary film made by Ford in 1967. It tells the story of the development of the Ford-funded Cosworth DFV and Lotus 49, the title coming from the nine Formula One races the car took part in 1967, which are also extensively featured in the film.

By Winding Road Staff | July 10, 2018
7 Things Learned From a Week with the 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

The most athletic Range Rover on the roster is all-new for 2014. We spent a bit of time with the Sport in Detroit earlier this year, but we were left wondering how this split-personality SUV would fare on the city streets of Los Angeles and along the twisting canyon roads of the San Gabriel Mountains. Range Rover Sports of the past garnered a reputation that preceded them, for better or for worse depending on who you talk to. But regardless of what context you’re referring to the 2014 V8 Supercharged model in, the fact that it’s got a whole new bag of tricks isn’t up for debate. To go along with our POV test drive through Los Angeles and along Angeles Crest Highway, we’ve put together a list of some of the new SUV’s most notable highlights.

By Bradley Iger | September 15, 2014
Update: Mercedes-Benz Details the AMG GT’s Twin-Turbo V8

In very well articulated English, Mercedes has revealed the specifications of the new powerplant that will be installed in the AMG GT, the company’s new Porsche 911 fighter. As a replacement for the outgoing SLS AMG, the AMG GT has some pretty big shoes to fill in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. So, how does the new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 stack up against the retiring 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the SLS?

By Bradley Iger | June 18, 2014
Rumor: Ferrari 458 To Get Turbocharged V8 For 2015

As automakers search for ways to meet the ever-increasing emissions and fuel efficiency standards, moving away from large displacement motors in favor of smaller, turbocharged alternatives is becoming an increasingly popular engineering trend, and the shift can be seen across the range, from economy vehicles and pickup trucks all the way to luxury sedans and supercars. CAR reports that, much like treatment given to the California T, which saw Ferrari ditch the California’s naturally aspirated 4.3-liter, 482 horsepower V8 in favor a biturbocharged, 553hp 3.9-liter V8, so too will the 458 Italia receive a smaller, boosted V8 for its 2015 mid-cycle refresh.

By Bradley Iger | June 05, 2014
Driven: 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible

Last year, Jaguar gave us a the opportunity to get some seat time with both the V6 S and V8 S models of the F-Type drop top. While spending a few hours with a car on a predetermined route can offer a fair bit of information about what it’s like to drive in certain situations, spending an unsupervised week with it provides you with a better idea of what it’s like to live with in the real world. It also gave us a chance to record some footage with one of the most raucous and intoxicating exhaust notes this side of pit lane.

By Bradley Iger | February 24, 2014
WR TV: 2014 Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged

This week Multimedia Editor Chris Amos gets his hands on the 2014 Range Rover Sport. Equipped with a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 dishing out 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque coupled to an eight-speed automatic that’s routing power to all four wheels on a full time basis, this Range Rover certainly has no shortage of grunt. Combined with the Range Rover’s automatic load leveling air suspension and a towing capacity of over 7,700 pounds, the new Sport just might be the ultimate blend of luxury, SUV capability, and street-driven athleticism.

By Winding Road Staff | February 18, 2014
Palatov Motorsport and Sector 111 Announce Lightweight V8 Sportscar

Code-named Project Dragon, BAC Mono importer Palatov Motorsport and sportscar tuner Sector 111 are readying an 1800lb, V8 powered sports car to be sold throughout North America.

By Bradley Iger | December 09, 2013
Frankfurt 2013: Maserati Quattroporte Ermenegildo Zegna Limited Edition

Maserati has introduced a limited edition concept version of the Quattroporte by Ermenegildo Zegna which “blends the classical and the contemporary.” It is meant to preview a limited edition production version. The Zegna edition uses color schemes, materials, and finish to create a unique and special version of the Quattroporte.

By John Beltz Snyder | September 13, 2013
Preview: Bentley Continental GT V8 S

Bentley has introduced new “S” models of its Continental GT V8 Coupe and Convertible. The Sportier variant offers better performance and updated styling.

By John Beltz Snyder | September 04, 2013
Driven: 2013 Bentley Continental GTC V8

On the road, the GTC wasn’t quite so freight-train-like as a full-tilt W-12 or Speed model. Don’t be mistaken, the wave of torque that this engine could produce was admirable and easily accessible. But, the V-8 wasn’t as prone to flattening us to our luxuriously upholstered seats as it was to gently pressing us back under hard throttle.

By Brandon Turkus | July 08, 2013
Winding Road Video: Bentley Continental GTC V8

We recently spent some quality time with the 2014 Bentley Continental GTC V8, and we made sure to bring the video cameras along for part of it.

By John Beltz Snyder | July 04, 2013
Jaguar Hilariously Rejects V8 Supercars Speculation

Calling it “frankly insane” and claiming “I don’t know what it does for AMG to get flogged by a V8 Commodore week after week, but it’s their brand, their issue. And the same thing will happen to Volvo to be honest,” Jaguar Land Rover’s Managing Director of the Asia Pacific region, David Blackhall, shot down all speculation that the Indo-British brand would be joining Ford, Holden, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Nissan, and Volvo in the Australian V8 Supercars series.

By Brandon Turkus | June 27, 2013
Volvo To Compete In 2014 V8 Supercars Series

Australia’s V8 Supercar series has traditionally been a two-horse race, with Ford and GM’s Australian subsidiary, Holden, duking it out on the tracks of Oz. The 2013 season has seen the arrival of Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, although the ranks of the series are still dominated by Fords and Holdens. Next season, a fifth manufacturer will take to tracks like Bathurst, Sandown, and Circuit of the Americas—Volvo.

By Brandon Turkus | June 17, 2013
Captured: Tauro V8 Spider

Here’s another intriguing Spanish sports car, the Tauro V8 Spider. Take get a good, look, because with only 30 examples built worldwide, you very well may never see one in person.

By John Beltz Snyder | April 03, 2013
Video: V8 Supercars Just Sound Better

And while there’s a lot to be said for the high-pitched shriek of a Formula 1 car, or the growl of a NASCAR, we find cars that are based on production models make some of the best noises in the world of racing. Need more evidence of that? Check out this in-car video from an Australian V8 Supercar. Things take a bit to get going, so go ahead and fast-forward to the two-minute mark.

By Brandon Turkus | March 22, 2013
Forbidden Fruit: 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10

We can’t get it here in the US, but continental Europe will get to enjoy the Aston Martin V8 Vantage SP10. It is a special-edition V8 vantage S that comes with a six-speed manual transmission (seven-speed automated manual is optional).

By John Beltz Snyder | February 08, 2013
Celebrating Engine Types: V-8

We could do a whole series on this one. Probably the great engine type in the “if you could only have one” sense. Shown here is what we think is the iconic V-8, the small block Chevy.

By Tom Martin | January 29, 2013
Captured: Mazzanti Evantra V8

Mazzanti Automobili has this new supercar, the Evantra V8. Its 7.0-liter V-8 engine produces 701 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. It can do 0-62 miles per hour in just 3.2 seconds.

By John Beltz Snyder | January 04, 2013
First Look: 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin has unveiled a bevy of improvements to the smallest member of its range, the Vantage. Most of the changes in the range were on the standard V8 Vantage, while S and V12 models solider on almost entirely unchanged.

By Brandon Turkus | March 07, 2012
Photo Shoot: 2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

For Winding Road Issue 76, in the Under The Hood column, Editor-In-Chief Miersma recounted the week he spent piloting an Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Using an exotic sports car as a daily driver is a lottery dream for many of us, and Seyth was fortunate enough to live it (if only for seven days and 1000 miles).

By Brandon Turkus | January 27, 2012


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