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2015 Mustang GT Premium review: Get grip, get action

2015 Mustang GT Premium review: Get grip, get action

When we reviewed the 2015 Ford Mustang powered by the 1.4-liter EcoBoost four, we were impressed. But we said, and this is a direct quote, “It’s not, of course, the 5.0-liter V-8…” Well, duh. It’s not a 2015 Ford Mustang GT. Now there’s a surprise. But they’re certainly both high performance Mustangs with, in their […]

March 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Ford Edge Preview: There’s EcoBoost…and EgoBoost

2015 Ford Edge Preview: There’s EcoBoost…and EgoBoost

Scottsdale, AZ – On the sun-ripened streets of Phoenix it’s easy to be conflicted. Anne Murray’s Snowbird comes to mind (yeah, I know…but it won’t leave), while memories of Arizona senator Barry Goldwater still resonate, almost twenty years after his passing. Goldwater, a pilot, had a real affection for performance; a contemporary pic of him […]

March 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country road test: Part wagon, part SUV

2015 Volvo V60 T5 AWD Cross Country road test: Part wagon, part SUV

The good news for legions of long-time Volvo lovers is that the Swedish manufacturer has returned the station wagon to the United States in the form of the handsome 2015 V60 entry-level luxury hatchback. Available with 4-, 5- and 6-cylinder engines and the option of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, depending on model chosen, the […]

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Sport review: Not a lion, but a Jaguar in winter

2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Sport review: Not a lion, but a Jaguar in winter

We’ve driven conventional rear-wheel drive Jaguars in the snow, and we’ll confess that, well, there are times when it’s time to bring the Land Rover out of the garage. Well, not necessarily. Jaguar, with the XF and XJ sedans can be equipped with all-wheel drive. The Jaguar XF is Jaguar’s small sedan, in the U.S. […]

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

Russian for the exit: GM “changes business model” in Putinlandia

Russian for the exit: GM “changes business model” in Putinlandia

The headline of the press release reads “GM to Change Business Model in Russia.” Talk about an understatement. GM is heading for the border fast as a Russian-built Chevy can go. “GM will focus on the premium segment of the Russian market with Cadillac and U.S.-built iconic Chevrolet products such as the Corvette, Camaro and […]

March 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
Ford Mustang European website gets a million visits in a month as pony car goes on sale,  China gets even more

Ford Mustang European website gets a million visits in a month as pony car goes on sale, China gets even more

They’re crazy about the Mustang in Europe. The Ford Mustang, which has never been available on the other side of the pond other than as special order, will be going on sale as a regular model in Ford dealerships. And it’s setting the internet on fire. Ford set up a Mustang website complete with a […]

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

2015 NHRA Winternationals: Let’s set the record straight

A long time ago, my dad took me and my three siblings to the NHRA drag races in Pomona. I must have been eight years old, and all I remember is the smell of rubber for days, and my mom combing chunks of burned tire out of my hair. I think that was the last […]

February 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chicago Auto Show: A bit more that matters, Part III

2015 Chicago Auto Show: A bit more that matters, Part III

In many ways the Chicago auto show is the most important major auto show in North America. Not entirely because significant automobiles are unveiled or even that it generates large headlines. What lies beneath the swirling lights and glitzy presentations are the strong relationships developed or fortified between our intrepid journalists and company executives and […]

February 19, 2015 | By | Reply More

Times Were

Looking back before looking forward: Alfa Romeo at the 2015 NAIAS

Looking back before looking forward: Alfa Romeo at the 2015 NAIAS

While everyone was running from press conference to press conference trying to get photos of all the new vehicles and concepts coming to showrooms soon, one small area behind the FCA stand caught our attention, and we had to stop for a moment to remember the past before returning to the future. What we’re talking […]

January 20, 2015 | By | Reply More
1969 Datsun 2000 Sport classic review: The sports car from Yokohama-on-Thames

1969 Datsun 2000 Sport classic review: The sports car from Yokohama-on-Thames

One of the best traditional British sports cars was the Datsun 2000 Sports. British, perhaps, as sushi and chips, but British nonetheless. Not in manufacture, of course, but in spirit it was every inch the equal to the MGB. In performance, it beats the B hands down, and as for racing, SCCA Regionals have had […]

November 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

1966 Alfa Romeo GTA: Faster than velour, carpet or radio

There’s not much to the interior of an Alfa Romeo GTA. Memory fails all but the most important details, things like highly legible gauges, the Alfa-typical dogleg shifter, the bucket seats that hold the occupant like a miser holds his ledger. There’s the should-belt-only restraint system—no lap belt—that hopefully works better than it feels. Mamma […]

September 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

Bentley Continental R-Type: The Bentley of Rolls-Royces

When I was boy, a visit at Uncle Henry’s was always special. Uncle Henry, you see, had every copy of Mechanix Illustrated ever printed—or so it seemed—and ever copy of Mechanix Illustrated , in addition to Mini-clad-in-overalls-that-covered-as-little-as-possible in those days modelling some clever and undeniably useful device while simultaneously showing a lot of leg, had […]

August 24, 2014 | By | Reply More

Tech & How To

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

Winter tires are a basic safety issue in snow and ice

  For those of us who actually have a real need for winter tires most rationalize with reasons for not spending the effort, energy and the money to outfit your vehicles with a set of real honest to goodness winter tires. Many of us talk ourselves into believing if our car is equipped with tires […]

February 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

New in-dash Porsche ‘radio navigation’ unit solves a #firstworldproblem

Call it a first world problem. You own an older Porsche, old enough that it didn’t have the option of in-dash GPS navigation. And a Garmin suction cupped to the windshield is so gauche. What will you do? Whatever shall you do? Porsche has the answer, a “radio navigation” unit that plugss into the standard […]

February 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Is your E-15 GMO-free? And does it matter?

Is your E-15 GMO-free? And does it matter?

Perhaps you’ve seen the above meme floating about Facebook, warning about the hazard of using E15 gasoline made with GMO corn in your pre-2012 automobile. According to the meme, the GMO-corn E15 will “DAMAGE YOUR CAR AND VOID YOUR WARRANTY.” As is quite often the case with breathless alarms on the internet, that’s only a […]

November 10, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

Dodge Charger Hellcat engine: made to be legendary

In over a century of automobile production, only a handful of vehicles have become legendary. Say the name Mustang, Corvette, or Challenger, and people know exactly what you’re talking about. But while these and a few other nameplates have reached legendary status, a short list of engines can make that same claim. Say Cleveland 351 […]

October 26, 2014 | By | Reply More

Places

Grand National Roadster Show: picking America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

Grand National Roadster Show: picking America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

While many people travel to Detroit in January in the cold weather for the North American International Auto Show, the really smart people head west to attend the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. The GNRS is one of the largest car shows for customs and classics, and it’s where they hand out the […]

January 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
NOLA Motorsports Park and the 2015 Lexus RC-F: a perfect combination

NOLA Motorsports Park and the 2015 Lexus RC-F: a perfect combination

There are few things more satisfying than driving a high-performance vehicle in the way for which it is intended. We recently had a chance to spend some time with the all-new 2015 Lexus RC lineup, including the RC 350, RC 350 F-Sport, and performance-focused RC-F. Lexus was smart enough to know that, while the RC […]

October 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Lambo on your laptop: Lamborghini Museum now offers virtual visits

Not everyone will be able to visit the Museo Lamborghini—the Lamborghini Museum—in person. More is the pity, particularly for the Lamborghinisti among us. It is the mothership, after all. But the good news is that Lamborghini has created a virtual tour of the museum, allowing the digital visitor to stroll through the museum and even inside […]

October 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Road Race Motorsport’s Fiat Abarth: A Silver State of Mind

Los Angeles, CA – Road Race Motorsports was founded by owner Robert Tallini in 2001. Over the last twelve years Tallini has built a well-respected company – and established an international presence on the high-performance stage – with a wide range of innovative products. This September the stage was Nevada’s Silver State Classic, where an aggressively-prepped Road […]

October 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

Road Kill

Video: Luck of the Irish runs out for would be car thief

Video: Luck of the Irish runs out for would be car thief

Call it Luck o’ the Irish meets Blarney, and in this case at least, the luck won. It happened when a would-be car thief in Drogheda, Ireland, knocked himself out with a brick he was trying to use to break the car’s window. And it was all caught on camera, and that’s where his luck […]

March 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Safety tip: Don’t burn the driver’s armpit hair In Idaho

Safety tip: Don’t burn the driver’s armpit hair In Idaho

Safety Tip of the Day: Don’t set the armpit hair of the driver of the vehicle you’re in on fire while he’s driving at high speed at 5:30 in the morning and none of the five of you in the vehicle is wearing a seatbelt. But what makes a humorous lead for a Roadkill article […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More
Smart fortwo runs twelves, 107 mph in the quartermile, with Paseo s/c engine (video)

Smart fortwo runs twelves, 107 mph in the quartermile, with Paseo s/c engine (video)

We don’t know whether to file this under What Kind of a Mind Thinks Up Something Like This, or What Kind of Person Would Drive Something Like That? The “this” and “that” in this case is Mercedes-Benz’s Smart fortwo—a Smart Car—powered by a 1.5-liter Toyota four-cylinder engine from a Toyota Paseo. We don’t know the […]

September 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Surgeons worst drivers in Great Britain, insurance claims show

Surgeons worst drivers in Great Britain, insurance claims show

Based on almost two millions auto insurance claims, the most dangerous drivers in Great Britain are…surgeons. They are, at least, the most likely to file an “at-fault” claim on their car insurance. And the safest drivers? Building society—savings and loan—clerks. That’s the finding of a study by Moneysupermarket.com, as reported by The Guardian. Furthermore, nine […]

September 2, 2014 | By | Reply More
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