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Mihnea Radu

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Mihnea’s interests include localized car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.

Most of his favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. Nothing beats an E30 M3 or a Civic with no air conditioning, though a Ferrari Testarossa isn't too shabby either.

Mihnea spends what little free time he has between family, his passion for tech, and contemplating the perfect number of cup holders a car should have per person (it's 2.25... don't ask).

Motto: Money can't buy happiness? You can't be sad while doing a burnout.
How Did Doug DeMuro Get to Review a Fiat Multipla, the World's Ugliest Car?
How Did Doug DeMuro Get to Review a Fiat Multipla, the World's Ugliest Car?

The Fiat Multipla is an European family car from the early 2000s, so it shouldn't be famous... not even in Europe. Yet it's known all over the world for being the ugliest four-wheeled machine known to man. And today, we got to see Doug De...

 
Dodge Charger "PT Cruiser" Is a Bizare Muscle Compact Rendering
Dodge Charger "PT Cruiser" Is a Bizare Muscle Compact Rendering

Dodge is known for making some of the most muscular cars known to man, but its sister brands don't have the same clear identity. While searching for new niches, Chrysler diverged from its usual luxury barge segment and targetted the affordable...

 
Ford F-150 Lightning 6x6 Is Only a Rendering, Looks Inevitable to Happen
Ford F-150 Lightning 6x6 Is Only a Rendering, Looks Inevitable to Happen

Trucks continue to be America's favorite type of vehicle, and this will continue after electrification. We can thank good-ol' Ford for that, as the maker of the F-150 introduced the Lightning EV. It looks like any other F-150 except fo...

 
Fake 1969 Ford Mustang from India Based on Hyundai Is so Bad It's Good
Fake 1969 Ford Mustang from India Based on Hyundai Is so Bad It's Good

Replicas or clones of famous cars used to be incredibly popular back in the day. These ranged from fake Ferraris based on the Pontiac Fiero to advanced Shelby Cobras that were as good as the real thing. Nowadays, it's quite easy for somebody t...

 
Road Runner With 1200 HP All-Motor 572 Big Block Hemi Is Somehow Legal
Road Runner With 1200 HP All-Motor 572 Big Block Hemi Is Somehow Legal

It looks like a Hot Wheels toy, does 8s passes, and is based on an iconic muscle car. What's not to love about this all-motor Plymouth Road Runner that just got the full feature treatment from AutotopiaLA? You take one look at that front en...

 
Tesla Model S Apex Drag Races 700 HP Audi RS 6 Wagon, Both Have Cheetah Mode
Tesla Model S Apex Drag Races 700 HP Audi RS 6 Wagon, Both Have Cheetah Mode

This summer, Audi begins shipping the new RS e-tron GT, which is just like the Porsche Taycan Turbo, except with four-ringed badges. But the RS 6 Avant is still their ultimate daily street rod, designed to drag race and carry stuff while looking co...

 
2013 Pontiac Trans Am ZL1 Is How You Spend $100,000 on a Camaro
2013 Pontiac Trans Am ZL1 Is How You Spend $100,000 on a Camaro

Opened in the 1920s, Pontiac shut its doors forever in 2009, and with it died one of the best muscle cars of all time, the Firebird Trans Am. However, the fire chicken can be brought back to life if you've got a cool Camaro body it can possess...

 
2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Was the Hot Rod of SUVs, Doug DeMuro Says
2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Was the Hot Rod of SUVs, Doug DeMuro Says

We're living in the last days of Hellcat madness, and it's easy to think there's never been an SUV as cool as the Trackhawk or the Durango Hellcat. But Doug DeMuro is here with the keys to a 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and argues i...

 
Pontiac Firebird WS6 Gets the Simple Widebody Rendering It Deservers
Pontiac Firebird WS6 Gets the Simple Widebody Rendering It Deservers

What is the next collectible car? It's already way too late to buy a Mk4 Supra or an E30 BMW M3. By the time you're able to afford the model you've wanted as a kid, it's four times as expensive. But we think the market is sleepi...

 
V12 Diesel Audi Q7 Drag Races New e-tron Electric SUV, the Gap Is Clean
V12 Diesel Audi Q7 Drag Races New e-tron Electric SUV, the Gap Is Clean

Over the past couple of years, we've been re-discovering the Audi Q7 6.0 TDI, a V12 diesel SUV unlike any ever built. Videos like the ones made by AutotopNL have revealed this is a fast vehicle for its age and size. But you know what they say,...

 
2022 Volkswagen Golf R Debuts in Chicago With 315 HP, Manual and $44,640 Price
2022 Volkswagen Golf R Debuts in Chicago With 315 HP, Manual and $44,640 Price

Good old Chicago! We've been following the new Golf R's drag racing exploits in Europe for many months. And now, Volkswagen has finally revealed the U.S. market 2022 Golf R hot hatch, which is everything we expected. Just like with the...

 
2022 Volkswagen GTI Starts at $30,540, Gets 241 HP Turbo and Standard Manual
2022 Volkswagen GTI Starts at $30,540, Gets 241 HP Turbo and Standard Manual

Volkswagen has finally released pricing information for the all-new 2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI. The 8th-gen hot hatch will be hitting the U.S. market from $29,545 plus $995 for destination, bringing the total up to $30,540. Now, let's not kid...

 
290 HP Kia K5 GT Drag Races BMW 330i, Power Gap Creates Surprising Results
290 HP Kia K5 GT Drag Races BMW 330i, Power Gap Creates Surprising Results

A couple of days ago, we showed you a rendering of a K5 "allroad" and suggested that if Kia created an AWD version of the 2.5T model, it would conquer Canada. Well, today, the real K5 GT put its 290 horsepower up against the BMW 330i to p...

 
1969 Camaro Restomod With 730 HP LS9 Looks Like a Mix of the 80s and Supercars
1969 Camaro Restomod With 730 HP LS9 Looks Like a Mix of the 80s and Supercars

Muscle cars feel like a personal statement, a middle finger shown to the mass-produced vehicles of today, which often feel cheap and underpowered. However, most of them follow the community guidelines for what's cool and what's not. This ...

 
1970 Chevy El Camino SS 4-Door Rendering Is Hard to Like, Impossible to Ignore
1970 Chevy El Camino SS 4-Door Rendering Is Hard to Like, Impossible to Ignore

Every time somebody makes a truck rendering based on a normal car, journalists are shaken out of their creative ruts. They immediately tell you how the Chevy El Camino needs to make a comeback based on the Camaro platform. But by the time the story...

 
1955 Chevrolet 150 Is a Black Mirror, Hides 9.4-Liter Big Block Making 727 HP
1955 Chevrolet 150 Is a Black Mirror, Hides 9.4-Liter Big Block Making 727 HP

1955 is the first year of the Tri-Five Chevy lineup. It's probably not the most popular choice, and most builds are either as-new restorations or gassers, paying tribute to the drag racing icons of the early 1960s. So we were shocked to find t...

 
2022 Audi e-tron GT Goes on Sale in America, RS Costs $165,000 in the Builder
2022 Audi e-tron GT Goes on Sale in America, RS Costs $165,000 in the Builder

There hasn't been an Audi this exciting since they decided the RS6 Avant was worthy of U.S. consumption. That's right, we're talking about the Porsche Taycan's twin sister, the 2022 Audi e-tron GT, which just went on sale in Ame...

 
Jay Leno Drives Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, Turbo Boost Makes Him Smile
Jay Leno Drives Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, Turbo Boost Makes Him Smile

Rumors sometimes talk about the return of the Toyota MR2, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that it will happen. So why not celebrate what could be the last little exotic sports car, the Alfa Romeo 4C? The Alfa 4C recently got disconti...

 
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Spied With Mild Updates, Could Get 241 HP Turbo
2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Spied With Mild Updates, Could Get 241 HP Turbo

The Volkswagen Jetta GLI has steadily improved over the years. Our current generation dates back to 2019's Chicago Auto Show, and spy photographs indicate VW is just about ready to launch an updated version. The move is meant to coincide wi...

 
1995 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Rendering Mixes in Classic 911 Headlights
1995 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT Rendering Mixes in Classic 911 Headlights

Porsche likes to keep one eye on the past and the other pointed toward the future at all times. That's because it has some of the richest, most loyal customers possible. And they're being rewarded with an extreme SUV soon, the Cayenne Tur...

 

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