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Fiat 500X First Drive Review: good things come in big packages, too

Fiat 500X First Drive Review: good things come in big packages, too

There’s a phenomenon that occurs when you test drive different cars on a regular basis. I don’t think there’s a formal name for it, but it happens all the time. No matter what vehicle you’re driving, you tend to notice (or notice a lack of) the same exact vehicle on the road; a type of […]

April 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 GMC Canyon road test: a pickup truck without the jiggles and joggles

2015 GMC Canyon road test: a pickup truck without the jiggles and joggles

An acquaintance who spent time driving the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon summed up what he liked best about the mid-size pickup truck in one simple sentence: “It doesn’t ride like a truck.” To me, that is a particularly important distinction between the Canyon and some competitors, including full-size pickups that capture the bulk of the […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Infiniti Q50 S AWD review: It’s new, and not the G37

2015 Infiniti Q50 S AWD review: It’s new, and not the G37

So when Infiniti says its Q50 is an all-new model, they’re right. But to say it has no predecessor is, well, let’s say that when the brand changed its nomenclature from G and M and QX and such to simple Q’s and QX’s, the midsize G37 sedan disappeared and the midsize Q50 arrived. It just […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2015 Chevrolet Spark EV vs. Suburban: Shock and Awe

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV vs. Suburban: Shock and Awe

Founded in 1911, GM’s Chevrolet Division embraces its second century with about as much bandwidth – or brandwidth – as anyone (even the General’s founder, Billy Durant) might imagine. As the planet’s 4th-largest automotive brand, Chevrolet is sold in 115 countries, while its global client base can select from roughly 70 different models. In the […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More

News & Views

What On Earth Is Alcantara?

What On Earth Is Alcantara?

Washington, D.C. – We will, of course, get to the answer in a minute. In the interim, for lack of anything else going on this past Wednesday, I rang the doorbell at the Italian Embassy in order to provide you, Dear Reader, a brief glimpse into the exclusive, high-end world that is Alcantara. Competing for […]

April 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
2016 Cadillac ELR get more performance–and a performance package–for sportier driving

2016 Cadillac ELR get more performance–and a performance package–for sportier driving

Cadillac broached a new product class with the 2014 Cadillac ELR, and it hit the market with a profound…cricket chirp. It’s not that there was anything wrong with Cadillac’s extended range electric vehicle. It’s just that there wasn’t enough right. Cadillac is wagering that the 2016 Cadillac ELR will fix that. With new technology and […]

April 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio: A special edition of a special edition

The Fiat 500 1957 Edition is a good way to celebrate the anniversary of the 500. Now there’s a special edition of the special edition: the Fiat 500 1957 Edition Cabrio. If one is good, two must be better. At least that’s what the Fiat brand is thinking. The limited-production model features a premium dual-layer […]

April 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Rolls-Royce shows pictures of SUV development mule, dubbed Project Cullinan

Rolls-Royce shows pictures of SUV development mule, dubbed Project Cullinan

Rolls-Royce has outed its SUV. Again. After recently announcing that it will build a new class of vehicle for the company, Rolls has released photos of the first engineering mule “which will be seen on public roads this week.” Called Project Cullinan, it’s for an all-new Rolls-Royce vehicle, something Rolls calls a “high-sided, all-terrain motor […]

April 13, 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

Kid gets tooth pulled by Camaro, the world tunes in

Kid gets tooth pulled by Camaro, the world tunes in

He should have least give the kid a beer. At least then the kid could say, “Hey, y’all, hold my beer and watch this.” A kid is lucky, we think, that the stunt a dad played with his son, pulling the kid’s tooth with his Camaro, ended successfully. And so successfully that a video of […]

April 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
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
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