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.


2019 Porsche Macan
2019 Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is a compact luxury crossover that’s every bit worth the badge affixed to its updated face. This year, base and S trims stick around with improved connectivity, engines, and handling. That works in its favor since the 2019 Macan is the best-handling compact...Read More»

2019 Audi A7
2019 Audi A7

The 2019 Audi A7 hatchback is as pretty as it is fast as it is luxurious as it is useful. Yeah, we know. It's the second generation of a car that set a high-water mark for performance and design. It's updated this year, and we expect hotter variants to arrive soon. A stronger, lighter...Read More»

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Aston Martin Vanquish

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a luxury two-door coupe or convertible that served as the figurative top of the automaker's sleek portfolio. Without a roof, it's called a "Volante"—calling either "gorgeous" is just fine by us too. With the Vanquish, Aston has rivals for the Bentley Continental...Read More»

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR
Aston Martin DB11

The Aston Martin DB11 is a two-door ultra luxury coupe or convertible (called the DB11 Volante) that replaced the DB9 in the automaker's lineup. (For math majors, the DB10 was a one-off movie car made exclusively for the James Bond film "Spectre.") With the DB11, Aston Martin competes with...Read More»

Lamborghini Aventador S
Lamborghini Aventador

The Lamborghini Aventador is a two-seat supercar by the Italian automaker that carries forward the hallmarks of the brand: V-12 engine, avant garde shape, unbelievable speed. With the Aventador, Lamborghini has a rival for some of the most expensive machines on the planet made by exclusive...Read More»

2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder
Lamborghini Huracan

The Lamborghini Huracán is a two-seat convertible or coupe mid-engine supercar. A relative of the Audi R8, the two-door Huracán seats two passengers, at a base price of more than $250,000. For that price, the super sports car rivals some of the top performance cars in the world...Read More»

2017 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Rolls-Royce Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is the brand's "entry-level" four-door sedan. With a base price well over $250,000, the Ghost's rivals include Aston Martin Rapide, the Bentley Flying Spur and the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Though based on a BMW 7-Series platform, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is in a very...Read More»

2019 Chevrolet Silverado first drive, Wyoming, August 2018
2019 Chevrolet Silverado first drive: American workhorse

Wyoming is the American ideal for truck buyers. The sky is vast, the mountains big, and people have room to spread out. Any drive can pass by amber waves of grain with purple mountains’ majesty as their backdrop. It’s that beautiful. Chevrolet has designed the 2019 Silverado not for...Read More»

2019 Cadillac ATS-V
Cadillac ATS-V

The Cadillac ATS-V is a performance two-door coupe that rivals some of the most established names in the automotive industry. It was previously available as a sedan or coupe, although Cadillac has pared back the lineup to just a two-door. Essentially a replacement for the Cadillac CTS-V, which grew...Read More»

2018 Maserati Ghibli
Maserati Ghibli

The Maserati Ghibli is a four-door, mid-size sedan from Italy. It was added for the 2014 model year in the U.S. and is related to the Quattroporte sedan. Maserati's smaller sedan is a rival for vehicles such as the Jaguar XF, Audi A6/A7, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, and Cadillac CTS. MORE: Read our...Read More»

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