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

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

With the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, Mercedes elevates its performance pedigree to take on the likes of the Porsche Panamera and BMW M8 Gran Coupe. Like those cars, the AMG GT offers prodigious power and track-ready handling, as well as room to carry four in comfort (though not five). It also...Read More»

2020 Ford Mustang 2.3 High Performance Package
2020 Ford Mustang

The 2020 Ford Mustang balances retro styling with thoroughly modern handling and a variety of engines and models to go with its coupe and convertible body styles. It’s a performance car bargain with a throaty exhaust note, agile moves, a decent ride, and a small but effective...Read More»

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

It’s important for sport sedans to stand out; German rivals have dominated the category since they invented it. The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia answers with uniquely Italian styling that is both sporty and sensuous. It also delivers the goods: agile handling, strong engines, and a...Read More»

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio successfully adapts the brand’s sexy design and sporty dynamics to a crossover SUV for the first time. It’s luxurious, powerful, and charming, though it doesn’t match competitors for interior space and it’s had some quality issues. We...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Corvette
2020 Chevrolet Corvette

The father of the Chevrolet Corvette, engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, had the idea in 1957. Some 63 years later it’s become a reality: The Corvette is now a mid-engine car. The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, the so-called C8 generation, has switched to a mid-engine design in a...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Camaro
2020 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2020 Chevrolet Camaro has graduated from pony/muscle car to true sports car. It uses a premium architecture shared with Cadillac that helps provide not only agility but feel. All of its engines are powerful, and its V-8s are the stuff of gearhead dreams. Outward visibility and...Read More»

2020 Porsche 911 - Best Car To Buy 2020
2020 Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 is a sports car icon and one of the longest-running nameplates in automotive history. It delivers near-supercar performance and only improves with the introduction of the eighth-generation model for 2020. The “992-generation” 911 is available this year in...Read More»

2021 Audi A8
2021 Audi A8

Brimming with technology inside and underneath, the 2021 Audi A8 takes the flagship ball and runs with it. Its interior is awash with screens that can make it feel cold, but the smooth, powerful engines, sophisticated suspension, and high-end luxury warm our hearts. We rate the 2021 A8...Read More»

2020 Chevrolet Suburban
2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs. 2020 GMC Yukon XL: Compare SUVs

The Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL are pure America. We want what we want, when we want it, and a lot of it. These full-size three-row SUV provide plenty of everything, including space, power, equipment, and options. Essentially the same vehicle, the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban and 2020 Chevrolet...Read More»

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Class
2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Compare Cars

Many car buyers aspire to own a Mercedes-Benz. The cars are a symbol of quality, bulletproof German engineering, and, yes, status. But if you can’t get the lord to buy you a Mercedes-Benz, you have to do it yourself, and that can really stretch the budget. Mercedes answers that issue with its...Read More»

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