Hennessey Mammoth 6×6 | For when a 2021 Ram TRX is not enough

Bigger is undoubtedly better when it comes to the American pickup truck market. Hennessey Performance seems intent on surpassing all others with the ridiculous Mammoth 6×6. Typically, the question as to whether the world needs a six-wheel drive pickup, powered by a 1,200hp engine would seem unnecessary. Yet here in 2020, nothing really seems to…

Mach in action | Ford brings back the Mustang Mach 1 for 2021

OK, we admit ‘Return of the Mach’ would be the most appropriate pun-worthy headline. But, as Ford used that in their own press release, it would have been way too obvious. Thanks, Ford… You probably don’t need EngageSportMode to tell you that 2020 is a pretty crazy place to be right now. To get away…

Hot estate fans rejoice – the new 2020 Cupra Leon ST is here

The previous generation SEAT Leon ST was one of our favourite cars. Will the new version be just as good? One of the big surprises when SEAT revealed the new Leon hatchback last month, was the fact the ST estate model was announced at the same time.  We’ve become used to manufacturers drip-feeding variants into…

Nine alternative collector cars at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 auction

This week sees the start of the epic 10-day Mecum Kissimmee auction event, with 3,500 cars crossing the auction block. ESM has made some ‘different’ choices from the lot list. With so many cars on offer, the Mecum Kissimmee sale really is a case of something for everyone. As a result, ESM has decided to…

Ford Fiesta ST Performance Edition makes orange great again

Yes, we know. It’s been a little while. But what better way to kick some life into EngageSportMode than with a new orange hot hatch? The world of EngageSportMode is actually fairly simple when it comes to what we like, and don’t like. We very much approve of hot hatchbacks, and we are big fans…

EngageSportMode’s 2019 Car of the Year is here

ESM’s editor was rather busy during 2018. But there is always time to pick a favourite car from the year, of course. Let us deal with the elephant in the room, first. Yes, it’s been rather quiet on ESM during 2018. Sorry. Juggling a normal 9-5 job, writing for the wonderful people at Motoring Research,…

Ned Jasper – Things are looking Up!

It took top honours in Ned’s top seven cars of 2017, and now the Volkswagen Up! GTI is proving to be one of the most important new cars launched this year. This is why. In case you couldn’t tell I’m quite a fan of small sporty cars, especially those with a famous three letters behind…

SEMA 2017 | SpeedKore makes a Demon lighten up

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon managed to impress immediately, but SpeedKore Performance Group wanted to take things even further. Rare is the person who, when first presented with Dodge’s street-legal dragster SRT Demon, thought “how do we make it even faster” and get to work doing something about it. However, that’s exactly what Wisconsin-based SpeedKore did….

SEMA 2017 | Kia goes big on aftermarket modifications

Fittingly for something revealed on October 31st, Kia brought something big and orange, with more cutouts than a hastily carved pumpkin, to SEMA 2017. Was it more trick than treat, though?  In previous years at SEMA, Kia has brought along novel creations like the craft ale-dispensing Sedona in 2014, or a chop-top Optima in 2015. However,…