What Makes A Sports Car?

How do you define a sports car? In purely technical terms it might be defined as a car designed with an emphasis on dynamic performance, such as handling, acceleration, top speed, the thrill of driving, and racing capability. Without any specific minimum requirements; both a Triumph Spitfire and Ferrari 488 Pista could both be considered sports cars, despite vastly different levels of performance. Broader definitions of sports cars include cars “in which performance takes precedence over carrying capacity“, or that emphasize the “thrill of driving” or are marketed “using the excitement of speed and the glamour of the racetrack” However, [...]
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1994 Nissan 300ZX Sells for $135,000! Most Expensive Z32 Ever?

Reading Time: 3 minutes It is no secret that a 90’s nostalgia-fueled wave of collector optimism, fueled by the Xenial coming of middle age has created a lucrative new niche for serious car collectors, but this 1994 Nissan 300ZX’s […]


What Are the Most Popular Car Colors In America Today?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Have you ever wondered what the most popular car colors are? Perhaps, not surprisingly the answer is white and black. Americans and for that matter, all automobile driving denizens of the world seem to prefer […]

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Speaking of Ken Block’s Legendary Hoonicorn Mustang…

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ford fans around the world enjoy the fun and practicality of late-model pony cars, but nothing compares to Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang specs. In fact, every Ford Mustang for sale would love to be a […]

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Is the 2023 Civic Type R the Most Powerful Civic Ever?

Reading Time: 4 minutes We praised the Type R for its excellent handling and gutsy 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Type R badge after it was first seen on the NSX Type R […]

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Have You Subscribed To Our New Weekly Newsletter?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Founded in 2003, Down Shift Magazine is the realization of a dream conceived by a group of Central Florida college friends, active in the Motorsports community, and eager to develop a creative outlet where they […]

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Diversify Your Investment Portfolio In Collectible Cars?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Millions of American automotive enthusiasts and savvy investors alike collect cars. That old muscle car or the British roadster you inherited may still have a place of honor in your garage and see use as […]

MR2 Revival Underpinned By Toyota GR Yaris?

Forbes recently reported that Toyota, it’s subsidiary Daihatsu, and manufacturing ally Suzuki are teaming up to build a new mid-engined sports car. It will reportedly be based on Toyota’s GA-B platform (used in the GR Yaris), and powered by a 998-cc turbo three-cylinder engine supplied by Suzuki. Rather than the 109 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque, it makes currently in the Suzuki Swift, the engine is expected to make around 150 horsepower. From there, it’ll apparently travel to the rear wheels through a six-speed [...]

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Model Monday with Inessa Chimato

Ukrainian-born, Inessa Chimato has embraced American culture and built a successful modeling career in her adopted Southern California home. Possessing a versatile beauty that lends itself well to many different types of projects, Inessa has found success in both runway, [...]
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Kitbashed 924 Is the Volkswagen Failure That Saved Porsche

The 924 was originally a joint project of Volkswagen and Porsche created by the Vertriebsgesellschaft (VG), the joint sales and marketing company founded by Porsche and VW to market and sell sports cars (Ludvigsen: Porsche, Excellence was Expected). For Volkswagen, it was intended to be the company’s flagship coupé sports car and was dubbed “Project 425” during its development. For Porsche, it was to be its entry-level sports car replacing [...]

BMW’s Iconic Lamborghini Inspired M1 Production Racer

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the late 1970s, Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini entered into an agreement with BMW to build a production racing car in sufficient quantity for homologation, but conflicts arose that prompted BMW to produce the car […]


Chevrolet’s V-12 Powered C4 Corvette Built To Defang A Viper

Reading Time: 2 minutes Powered by a massive 8.0-liter V-10, the Dodge Viper brought new meaning to domestic dominance and seriously outperformed its contemporaries, in particular the long-in-the-tooth Chevrolet Corvette C4. Unsure of the path forward, General Motors decided […]


Jaguar E-Type Roadster

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s one of the most famous cars of all time, a 1960s icon that defined the decade and remains just as popular today, nearly 60 years after its arrival…but what is it that makes the […]


Ferrari 328 GTB/GTS (Type F106)

Reading Time: 6 minutes The 308 and 328 are considered a family of Ferrari road cars as they share similar (but not identical) body designs and appearances, chassis, and engine designs. The 328 model was a revised and updated […]

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Triumph TR6 Roadster

Reading Time: 4 minutes This 1974 Triumph TR6 was built in August 1974 and is finished in white over Shadow Blue vinyl upholstery. The car is powered by a 2.5-liter inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission, and additional […]


Dodge Conquest TSi

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Dodge Conquest TSI is an oft-forgotten Rad-era classic with a combination of good looks and a long list of motorsport victories in the USA, Australia, Europe, Britain, Europe, and across Asia. A 4×4 version […]

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Photo of the Week #33 – Nissan Z GT500

Nissan based the vehicle on the seventh-generation Z road car, however, the GT500 class is a silhouette class, where the actual chassis of the racecar is a tube frame, carbon fiber monocoque mashup, and the body is styled after a production car’s shell. The engine isn’t even similar to 3.0L Twin Turbo V6 found under the hood of the latest 7th generation Z . Instesd, the 2023 Z’s VR30DDTT V-6 is replaced by a specified 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that’s boosted by a Garrett Motion-specific turbo. At 51 psi of boost, this little engine is capable of making up to 650 hp on 102 octane fuel. [...]


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Toyota Dominant In Securing Latest Victory at Le Mans

Reading Time: 8 minutes The Japanese manufacturer was never seriously threatened by its two Hypercar rivals, Glickenhaus and Alpine, in a relatively clean race for both of the two GR010 Hybrid crews. The only major drama to hit either […]

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A Brief History and Closer Look At Legendary Road America

Reading Time: 4 minutes A sign outside Road America’s Turn 5 proudly declares the facility as “America’s National Park of Speed” and it is hard to put forward a counter-argument. With a layout largely unchanged since its mid-1950s inauguration, […]

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An In-depth Comparison Between Formula 1 and IndyCar

Reading Time: 6 minutes Both are premiere single-seat racing series, but the two are managed very differently. While F1 has always been the pinnacle of engineering excellence with a big focus on design and development, IndyCar has prioritized an […]