Elon Musk Apologizes For Underpaying Laid-Off Workers But Still Demands His Own $56 Billion Pay Day

Good morning! It’s Thursday, April 18, 2024, and this is The Morning Shift, your daily roundup of the top automotive headlines from around the world, in one place. Here are the important stories you need to know. Walter Isaacson On Elon Musk(s) 1st Gear: Elon Musk Actually Apologizes For Something Elon Musk said some of … Read more

What’s Your Favorite Celebrity Car?

Paris Hilton is seen with her new Lexus LFA in Malibu, California on July 15, 2011.Photo: Jean Baptiste Lacroix (Getty Images) For whatever reason, people are enamored with celebrities, but as a car person I care more about celebrities’ cars than their latest tropical vacation or newest starring role. Celebrities are known to have some … Read more

The World Would Be A Better Place If Porsche Had Built This Miata Competitor

Image: Porsche Museum The 984, Porsche’s diminutive concept from the late 1980s would have come at just the right time to absolutely redefine the small roadster marketplace, beating the new-for-1989 Mazda MX-5 to market by a couple of years. Porsche worked with Spanish automaker SEAT on a variety of projects through the 1980s, including this sub-2000 … Read more

C6 Corvette ZR1 Shows We Didn’t Know How Good We Had It

Does anyone else remember early 2009? Obama was just inaugurated, Circuit City was closing, Bernie Madoff pleaded guilty and I was in the sixth grade looking for my first girlfriend. While all that was happening, though, General Motors was getting ready to launch its masterpiece: the C6 Chevy Corvette ZR1. To me, it is the … Read more

At $32,000, Would You Toy With This 2002 Chevy Corvette ZO6?

Today’s Nice Price or No Dice ZO6 produces 405 horsepower, which is apparently so notable that it gets a fender badging saying so. Let’s see if its price tag warrants equal admiration. Best Corvette Generations, According to Bob Peter Parker’s Spiderman is a superhero whose crime-fighting responsibilities were adopted due to happenstance rather than to … Read more

Tesla Is Never Going To Build Your Roadster, So Buy This One Instead

Image: Bring A Trailer Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in 2011 that a second-generation Roadster—then known as the Model R—would enter production for 2014. The timeline for the next Roadster was later updated to 2020 when a prototype was shown off in 2017. When it didn’t show up in 2020, Musk said it was 12 … Read more

Here’s Every Six-Speed Automatic Still On The Market Today

Photo: Buick I’ve spent a whole lot of time with the Envista and Trax and their six-speed automatics. It’s not exactly a fun and engaging transmission to use, but it gets the job done. There are a few downsides, though. The first is that you cannot really manually shift it. There’s a gear limiter, but … Read more

Some Design Students Finally Fixed The Pagani Zonda’s Terrible Shape

Ever since the Pagani Zonda made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in 1999, I’ve been trying to understand why people think it looks good. Built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Zonda, the Istituto Europeo di Design put together this gorgeous flowing conceptual update to the long-serving Zonda, dubbed Alisea. … Read more

Why Are Some Convertibles Called Spiders?

I have never truly understood why some convertibles are called spiders, since spiders are creepy and generally undesirable creatures and not small sporty topless fun machines. There are a few potential origins for this automotive arachnidian nomenclature mashup, one rooted in a poor translation, and one that comes from way back in the horse-drawn carriage … Read more