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Volvo Earns ''Acceptable'' Rating in 2014 IIHS 40 mph ''Small Overlap'' Test. They Did MUCH Better 22 Years Ago with an '81 model...

On: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Post-crash carnage from right test 2

Imagine driving down a five lane—two in either direction with a turn lane in the center—street lined with houses. You're in the nearer-to-center lane—at the 45 mph speed limit, of course—and notice a small pickup back out of a far away driveway into the curb-side lane of your half of the road. You think nothing of it, seeing as how they’re starting to roll forward in a different lane, as expected. But just as the “Why are they going so slow?” question sounds in your brain, the truck's driver decides to make an abrupt left turn directly into your path when you’re two car-lengths away.

Instantly you’re HARD on the brakes and diving for the center turn lane in a vain attempt to miss the collision, knowing that turning any further will only put you in the path of oncoming traffic and make things worse. And that’s the last thought your brain gets out before your beloved 1981 Volvo wagon’s right front corner plows into the offender’s 1990 Toyota pickup at its left front tire.

Welcome to the REAL world of 40+ mph “small overlap” impacts, 1992-style. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from all the driving and typing I’ve done in the 22 year interim, I was (relatively) unhurt. The other guy(s), well, not so much…


Cars We Can't Wait For: 2015 ZO6 Convertible

On: Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 11:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Cars We Can't Wait For:  2015 ZO6 Convertible test 1-1

Okay, okay, we already know what you're going to say when we start ranting about the new ZO6 convertible, "They already had one last year!" Oh no they did not!  Granted the C6 427 was a convertible with a ZO6 engine, ZO6 body moldings, ZO6 brakes and chassis, and ZO6 acceleration… What it was not, however, was an actual factory badged ZO6. Now, for those of you whipping down the interstate at 120 mph in a C6 427 or for those of you who just got smoked by the C6 427 whipping down the interstate that may not mean much, but to those crazy Corvette purists out there, "Factory Official" carries a lot of weight when it come to collectibility, and also bragging rights.


What the Hell(cat)?!

On: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 10:51AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


What the Hell(cat)?! test 1-1

In an age where Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is on the forefront of every carmakers mind and the target of every executive white board with a big circle around it, where the hell did the newest Dodge Challenger come from exactly? Apparently there is still a rogue sect of the car-making industry that sticks its nose up at political regulations and conformist ideals on any level. These hot-headed gearheads are the stuff of legends. They may go nameless, but their creations will echo an eternity. Much like the heyday of musclecar lore, the glorious 1960s, the 2010s aren't turning out to be quite so bad either if you're into that faster-than-God style of automobile.


The Volkswagen Beetle Goes Dune Buggy

On: Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


The Volkswagen Beetle Goes Dune Buggy test 1-1

The Volkswagen Beetle has a long, illustrious history in the dune buggy world, having served as the inspiration and mechanical base for some of the original and most important sand buggies of all time. The Meyers Manx, which recently became just the second vehicle on the National Historic Vehicle Register, was based on Beetle components. Volkswagen pays homage to this history with the 2014 Beetle Dune concept.


 

Dodge Super Bee Creating a Buzz

On: Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 9:04AM | By: Gary P Garry


2007 Super Bee test 2

The other day a car passed me slowly on the right as we were approaching a red light. It came to a stop, and I had the opportunity to drive past it. It caught my eye at first because it was yellow, and frankly, I'm not the biggest fan of yellow cars.

When I see a yellow Corvette I cringe at the lost opportunity, but that's just my opinion, and we know what they say about opinions.


McLaren Special Ops Blacks Out the New 650S

On: Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 11:31AM | By: Chris Weiss


McLaren Special Ops Blacks Out the New 650S test 1-1

Fresh off a world debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the McLaren 650S has gotten some special treatment from McLaren's customization branch. McLaren Special Operations outfitted the new coupe with a variety of bespoke components to create the MSO 650S Coupe Concept, a sinister supercar.


New Coffee Table Book Focuses on BMW Art Cars

On: Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:53PM | By: Chris Weiss


New Coffee Table Book Focuses on BMW Art Cars test 1-1

Many cars and concept cars could be thought of as functional art, but the BMW Art Cars are through-and-through artwork designed by some of the most famous artists of modern times. Since 1975, BMW has collaborated with 18 different artists to create the unique vehicles of its Art Car Collection. "BMW Art Cars" is the first comprehensive, US-released publication about the collection, featuring 200 pages and 148 images. 


Behold, the very blue [and expensive] 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 12:40PM | By: Teddy Field


Behold, the very blue [and expensive] 2014 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection test 1-1

The Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a larger-than-life car, for larger-than-life people. If you've got a big wallet and a big ego, this massive car is an opulent way to show people that you's a 'Boss'. And the new Phantom Drophead Waterspeed Collection will even help you stand out from those other tycoons at the yacht club. Let's find out why it's so special...


The Mitsubishi FTO: Japan's best kept secret

On: Thu, May 15, 2014 at 9:00AM | By: Teddy Field


The Mitsubishi FTO: Japan's best kept secret test 1-1

Several decades ago, Mitsubishi actually made exciting cars. They had names like Eclipse GSX, Galant VR-4, 3000GT/GTO, Conquest/Starion, Lancer Evolution, and the turbocharged Mirage Cyborg-R. But one of the more obscure models was a JDM sport coupe called the Mitsubishi FTO. It was hip, fun to drive, and it had the cutest little 2-liter V6 you've ever seen. So let's have a look at yet another sporty Mitsubishi that you've never heard of...


Cadillac unveils the farewell edition CTS-V Coupe

On: Wed, May 14, 2014 at 5:21PM | By: Teddy Field


Cadillac unveils the farewell edition CTS-V Coupe test 1-1

When Cadillac launched its CTS-V back in 2004, everyone thought they were mad. But hindsight has provided a clearer view of their brilliance. Cramming a massively overpowered engine into a car that was designed on an Etch-a-Sketch was a good idea. Today's CTS-V(eeery fast) is a formidable competitor to performance stalwarts like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes E63 AMG. The coupe version has few peers, save for an Audi RS and a $742k BMW M79 zDrive GrandSomething-or-other. But sadly it's about to wave goodbye, as the redesigned, sedan-only 2015 Cadillac CTS-V gets ready to launch. So let's have a look at the last 500 special edition CTS-V Coupes.


Say Goodbye to Some Discontinued Cars in 2014

On: Mon, May 12, 2014 at 12:04PM | By: Karen Cook


Say Goodbye to Some Discontinued Cars in 2014 test 1-1

We all face an eventual demise and automobiles are no different. Every year models drop off the map, some to be replaced by better versions and others to be forgotten.