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.


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»

2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2018 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro isn't a pony car or muscle car anymore, it's a sports car. Gifted with good bones, the new Camaro is lighter, lighter, and lightning fast in some configurations. It's a coupe or convertible, with 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder engines that top out at a fire-breathing...Read More»

2018 Kia Stinger GT
2018 Kia Stinger

The 2018 Kia Stinger is a sporty hatchback—or perhaps fastback—that swings for the fences. It takes on rivals from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi on their own home turf, the Stinger was tuned on Germany's hallowed racetrack. It’s meant to be a grand touring car, Kia...Read More»

2018 BMW X2
2018 BMW X2

The 2018 BMW X2 is the devil-may-care baby sibling of the BMW X1. Both BMWs are small, front-whee-drive crossovers, but the X2 puts more emphasis on style and handling while giving up some utility. The crossovers seat five, at least on paper, offer all-wheel drive, and serve as an entry...Read More»

2018 BMW 2-Series
2018 BMW M2

The 2018 BMW M2 sports car is a return to form for the automaker. It's light, powerful, and a true driver's car. In this case, less is more. The M2 is offered as just one model, with one engine, two transmissions, few options, and a minimum of electronics settings. It’s the type...Read More»

2018 BMW 3-Series
2018 BMW M3

The 2018 BMW M3 has a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it mostly delivers. With the M3, BMW has a car that's been a poster on the wall of car enthusiasts for decades. It established its bona fides in the 1980s and 1990s with brilliant high-revving cars with beautifully progressive...Read More»

2018 Lexus GS 350
2018 Lexus GS

The 2018 Lexus GS mid-size luxury sedan is a new rival for an old idea, and takes a sharper tack than most of its contemporaries. Available in GS 300, GS 350, GS 350 AWD, and GS 450h, in addition to the high-performance GS F (covered separately) models, this mid-size car is appealing...Read More»

2018 Buick Regal TourX
2018 Buick Regal

The sedan is long gone. Long live the new sedan. The 2018 Buick Regal is a mid-size hatchback or wagon from a Detroit automaker with Euro flair. The tall-riding wagon has the Subaru Outback in its sights and the hatch has sporty Euro luxury intentions. The Regal Sportback is basically...Read More»

2018 Audi S3
2018 Audi S3

The Audi S3 may start out as the relatively pedestrian Audi A3 sedan, but it has some performance upgrades that bring spice to the party. Offered in both Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels, it shares its engine with the Volkswagen Golf R, and can be looked at as a more luxurious...Read More»

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