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

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»

2018 Bentley Continental GT
2018 Bentley Continental GT

The 2018 Bentley Continental GT is the last of its kind-in a way. With a replacement coupe and convertible on the way, beginning in 2019, the original Continental GT finally gets to take a rest. On the road since the mid-2000s, the current Conti GT is a bruiser of a two-door grand...Read More»

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante
2018 Aston Martin DB11

The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 is the British carmaker's latest blockbuster. A replacement for the aged DB9, the DB11 emerged last year with some pieces on loan from Mercedes-Benz, but with the soul of Aston Martin intact. By soul, we mean its grand-tourer spirit. The 2018 DB11 soars...Read More»

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S
2018 Aston Martin Vanquish

The 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S seats two, rips across the pavement with V-12 power, and coddles its passengers in a cocoon of ultra-luxury finishes. It's just what we hope feeling rich will feel like. Once we get there, that is. Aston's top sports car has more power this year, a...Read More»

2018 Jaguar XJR575
2018 Jaguar XJ

The 2018 Jaguar XJ is a full-size luxury sedan and the automaker's finest. It signaled a new era for Jaguar when it was released several years ago, and has aged well since. It's opulent on the inside, but somewhat showy—if you're into that sort of thing. Its lightweight...Read More»

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Choose your own adventure in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV: haul gear; haul up a mountain; haul your family; or in the high-powered Trackhawk version, haul...nevermind. It exceeds what is expected of a family crossover, and we rate it highly, though we recognize that safety is...Read More»

2018 Fiat 124 Spider
2018 Fiat 124 Spider

The 2018 Fiat 124 Spider is a two-seater sports car that's related to the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but equipped with a different engine. While it is built in Japan by Mazda, it has Italian model names like Classica, Lusso, and Abarth, unique styling, and a Fiat engine under the hood. The...Read More»

2018 Alfa Romeo 4C
2018 Alfa Romeo 4C

The 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C is a carbon-fiber miracle of weight savings, with room for only two and (weekend) luggage. It shares that with Ferrari and Lamborghini, but at a fraction of the cost. We rate the mid-engine 4C a 5.8 overall. We give it high marks for handling, driver feedback, and...Read More»

2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Carbon 65 Edition
2018 Chevrolet Corvette

The 2018 Chevrolet Corvette is a classic—yep, even the new one. The lineup includes the Stingray, Grand Sport, and Z06. On our scale, admittedly biased toward the 2018 Corvette's thunderous performance and lavish features, we give it a 7.8 out of 10. What we don't like? Well, gas...Read More»

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