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MotorTrend July 2020

MotorTrend is the world's automotive authority. Every issue of MotorTrend informs and entertains with features on the testing of both domestic and import cars, car care, motor sports coverage, sneak peeks at future vehicles, and auto-industry news.

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in this issue

9 min.
bruce was here

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. It’s cold up here on the Raidillon, a biting wind whipping along the Kemmel Straight. The views back down the fearsome Eau Rouge, the most famous corner in modern Formula 1, are frosted with snow. My gaze drifts across to the 2020 McLaren GT—a long, low, luscious bullet designed to crush continents at warp speeds—and I wonder what Bruce would have thought of it. Bruce was right here 52 years ago, though he would have been too busy to be staring at cars, no matter how gorgeous. You see, on the afternoon of June 9, 1968, New Zealand–born Bruce Leslie McLaren was dancing his neat little orange McLaren M7A around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit en route to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa would be Bruce’s fourth grand prix…

7 min.
elva has left the building

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is the fastest road car in the world, boasting a top speed of more than 300 mph. Lotus claims its forthcoming all-electric Evija will have 1,972 horsepower, making it the most powerful road car ever built. And the Czinger 21C, said to be able to sprint from 60 mph in under 1.9 seconds, promises to be the quickest hybrid road car in history. One-upping your well-heeled buddies is getting tougher by the day. Spending $1.7 million on an 804-hp mid-engine roadster that doesn’t have a windshield? That’ll get them talking. Enter the 2021 McLaren Elva. I’m sitting in the passenger seat, on a blustery winter day in the south of England, taking in triple-digit speeds with McLaren test driver Kenny Bräck. We’ve already given you a brief…

23 min.
mt garage

Arrival: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 4Matic EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ 17/26/21 mpg “Meet the latest, costliest, and bounciest member of our long-term fleet.”Jonny Lieberman Base price $62,745 As tested $89,385 It finally happened. After much resistance over nine years and eight months of continuous employment at MotorTrend, I’m stuck chaperoning a long-term SUV. The horror, the horror. What am I faux complaining about? I just don’t like SUVs. There, I said it. I like cars. Really, I love cars. When I was 12 years old and dreaming about what I’d do when I grew up (still waiting on that last bit), I never imagined I’d be writing about what appliance is the best to lug the kids to soccer practice. What about real SUVs, you ask? I like those! Jeep Wranglers, Toyota Land Cruisers, Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens—those are…

3 min.
the big picture

The law of averages: Sooner or later you’ll make a mistake behind the wheel It’s the law of averages. Spend enough time driving cars at or near the limit, and sooner or later something will break. Or, more likely, you’ll make a mistake. And if you don’t end up rolling the thing into a ball of crumpled metal and crushed glass, chances are you’ll have one of those wake-and-wonder moments that will have you staring at the ceiling in the quiet hours. Trust me, I know. Flashback to late 1990, to the Honda R&D Proving Ground at Tochigi, 80 miles north of Tokyo, and an early media drive of the Acura NSX. On the serpentine handling track Honda’s first-ever mid-engine supercar was a revelation, from the smoothly responsive 3.0-liter V-6 mounted transversely amidships…