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Mike Floyd

Mike Floyd

Editor-in-Chief, Automobile
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Mike Floyd
One of my seminal memories was the few months I spent helping my cousin Steve literally build me from the frame up a super sick 1970 Chevy Nova in his garage just off of 8 Mile (yes, that 8 Mile). Black with white SS stripes. 350 V-8. Blackjack headers. Ladder bars. Four on the floor. Drum brakes all around. Mainly I helped hand him the wrenches, the bondo, the buffing wheel, the beer. When it was finally done and I blistered the tires for the first time, plumes of smoke filling up my rear view, I felt like a true American Bad Ass (pre Kid Rock).

That's what it was like for so many of us who grew up in The D back in the day. It was about muscle. Detroit Iron. I remember my friends literally getting into fistfights that started out as an innocent discussion about the merits of the Mustang vs. the Camaro. I remember the first Woodward Dream Cruise, loping along in my 1967 Ford Thunderbird (suicide doors!) and pouring bleach on the street so fellow cruisers could spin 'em better and smoke 'em longer. The cops put a stop to those shenanigans in the years to follow. Buzzkills.

So when I had an opportunity to get into this crazy business, you best believe I leapt like a bionic cheetah at the chance. Over the past 20 years or so (carbon dating myself), I've been honored and privileged to be a part of four outstanding publications in Motor Trend, AutoWeek, where I started as a cub journalist at the Detroit Free Press, and now as the editor-in-chief of Automobile, a position I am extremely humbled to take on. I live out on the Left Coast now, and I've traveled the world several times over to bring hungry readers the latest and greatest news, photos, reviews, interviews, and more on all things cars. Talk about broadening your horizons. And while the salad days back in my cousin's garage seem a million miles away now, my love for cars -- and my hometown -- have never wavered. Neither has my commitment to delivering the best possible experience to the readers I’ve served and will continue to serve now and in the future in my role with Automobile.

articles by Mike Floyd

2016 Acura NSX
2015 Detroit Auto Show

2016 Acura NSX Shows Its Fierce New 550+ HP Face in Detroit

Production-ready flagship supercar finally ready for the world to see.
| Jan 12, 2015
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Audi Prologue Concept Front View 2
Editor's Letter

The Audi Prologue Concept is the Future

The future looks sleek, speedy, and laser-lit.
| Dec 11, 2014
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Ken Blocks Hoonicorn RTR Mustang Front Three Quarter View 2
Editor's Letter

Why SEMA is the Big Auto Show

SEMA is a stunning, staggering showcase.
| Dec 03, 2014
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2015 Automobile All Stars
Editor's Letter

At AUTOMOBILE, All-Stars Are the Stars

This year, we're doing our All-Stars awards a little differently.
| Nov 16, 2014
High Performance Kia K900
News & Rumors

High Performance Kia K900 with 650 HP at SEMA is Fit for Race Kings

Twin-turbo V-8 engine combines with upgraded chassis.
| Nov 04, 2014
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Exotics Racing Ferrari 458 Front View 9
Editor's Letter

So, You Want to Drive a Ferrari?

An affordable way to get behind the wheel of a 458.
| Oct 31, 2014
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2015 Volkswagen Jetta TSI
Road Tests

2015 Volkswagen Jetta Review

More efficient, more diverse, more stuff.
| Sep 05, 2014
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Mike Floyd Headshot
Editor's Letter

Explaining the Recent Changes at Automobile Magazine

A letter from editor-in-chief Mike Floyd.
| Aug 21, 2014
Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Group 2
News & Rumors

Pebble Beach – Roaming Around the Peninsula in Search of Cars and Cool

Photos, observations, and more from the big weekend.
Automobile Staff
| Aug 19, 2014
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saleen tesla foursixteen concept
News & Rumors

Saleen Tesla Foursixteen Electrifies Pebble Beach

Giving the Model S a more sporting character, with Saleen style
| Aug 18, 2014
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galpin gtr1
News & Rumors

Going for a Rip-Roaring Ride in the 1058-hp Galpin GTR1

$1 Million, Ford GT-Based Supercar Screams 'Merica
| Aug 16, 2014
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2015 Alfa Romeo 4C
Road Tests

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C: Around the Block

Wringing out the little Alfa in its natural habitat.
| Jul 22, 2014
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2014 Mazda MX 5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT
Road Tests

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT: Around the Block

One last tour in the third-gen Miata hardtop
| Jul 15, 2014
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