Kirk Bell, Senior Editor

The Senior Editor in charge of Motor Authority, Kirk has oil in his blood. He grew up in the automotive culture, helping his father drag race a pair of Pontiacs, rather unsuccessfully, at Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wisconsin. Kirk has been reviewing cars and writing about the automotive industry since 2001, when he joined Consumer Guide Automotive. At Consumer Guide, Kirk wrote and edited several books, including the award-winning Hot Rod & Custom Chronicle and NASCAR Chronicle. Most recently, he spent eight years as a freelance journalist, with such clients as the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, and MSN Autos. In 2014, Kirk was named to the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the year jury. Prior to his time in the automotive industry, Kirk was editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine, the leading magazine about the model car hobby. In his spare time, Kirk imagines the Midwest has better roads on which to drive his 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Articles

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class may carry over its predecessors' trademark style, but it's what's underhood that makes it really stand out. For the first time, the CLS-Class is a hybrid (though a mild one) tuned both for performance and efficiency. The CLS is redesigned this year, with...Read More»

2018 BMW M3
BMW M3

The BMW M3 is a high-performance luxury compact sedan that's an icon. It's fast and sharp, but also comfortable and usable every day. Only offered as a sedan, the M3 previously had been available as a two-door coupe or convertible—but never a wagon. It's been an icon for decades, with a wide...Read More»

2019 BMW M4
BMW M4

The BMW M4 is a two-door sports coupe cleaved from the 3-Series several years ago. Although the name may be new, the concept isn't—a high-performance two-door has been part of BMW's lineup for decades. In 2015, the M3 coupe became the M4, which is the pinnacle of the 4-Series lineup. Along...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe isn’t a coupe or even a sedan. It’s a hatchback or a fastback, and it’s one of the fastest, best-performing four-doors on the planet. The third car developed specifically for Mercedes’ AMG performance arm, the AMG GT...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
2019 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette is an American icon and a performance bargain that is offered in a variety of flavors. It comes in Stingray, Grand Sport, Z06, and the new ZR1 models, as well as coupe and convertible body styles. Performance rises as you move up the ladder. We rate the 2019...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Camaro Turbo 1LE first drive
2019 Chevrolet Camaro

Forget what you know about the Camaro’s pony car and muscle car past. The 2019 Chevrolet Camaro is now a full-fledged sports car. Based on an architecture shared with Cadillac, the Camaro is light and nimble, and it offers a variety of powertrains that vary from perky to...Read More»

2019 Jeep Cherokee
2019 Jeep Cherokee

The 2019 Jeep Cherokee gets more conventional styling this year and adds a powerful turbo-4 engine. It retains its off-road prowess, especially in the Trailhawk model, and it’s comfortable on pavement too. Interior room is an issue even though interior materials are not...Read More»

2019 Audi A8
2019 Audi A8

In a class rife with technology, a new generation of Audi A8 relies on its take on technology to stand out among flagship luxury sedans. A predictive suspension system, a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a dual-screen infotainment system, rear-axle steering, and a full suite of active safety...Read More»

2019 Genesis G70
2019 Genesis G70

The 2019 Genesis G70 luxury compact sedan pitches the nascent Hyundai brand into a turf war with cars like the 3-Series and C-Class. With the G70, Genesis isn’t just sending a message; it’s going straight into the boxing ring. With the G70, Kia raids the Stinger’s...Read More»

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Seattle media drive, September, 2018
2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class splits the brand’s compact sedan lineup in two. The A-Class offers the looks of a more traditional sedan, while the carryover CLA-Class has the swoopier lines of a coupe-like sedan. It is offered in just one trim level called A220, though...Read More»

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