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Something Speciale

On: Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:31AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Something Speciale test 1-1

The newest Prancing Horse in the stable in Maranello is more than even its name hints at. The 458 Speciale is a rare beast indeed, and "special" doesn't quite cut it for us. But then, names like 458 I-Can't-Believe-It's-This-Fast don't really fit on a bumper, or something like, 458 I-Would-Trade-My-First-Born-Child-For-This-Car also doesn't quite flow off the tongue in day-to-day car talk. Taking a model in the twilight of its production cycle and revamping it just enough to warrant a slightly different variation of its namesake is something Ferrari has made a habit out of, starting almost 20 years ago with the Ferrari F355 Challenge, then the F360 Challenge Stradale, and most recently (until now, of course) the F430 Scuderia.

Import Sports Car Offerings Are Going To Rock 2014

On: Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 12:11PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Audi R8 test 2

Import sports cars are characterized by their styling, handling, and technology integration -- what they lack in cubic inches, they make up for in the driving experience. Historically, the market hasn’t been overrun by these models, but a shift in the attitude of both auto makers and consumers is prompting the development of more import brand sports cars.

New This Year...
For 2014 alone, the sports car is getting a handful of exciting new models. Not including the supercar or exotic premiers, these are the best new import sports cars (in alphabetical order):

Used Car Highlight: Toyota Echo

On: Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 10:44AM | By: Nick Bakewell

 Toyota Echo test 2

Remember a while ago when I made a point of how lovely it is to own something basic and underpowered? A few months have passed, and having recently received a few solicitations for advice from prospective used-car buyers, I felt like sharing a car that’s recently come up on my radar. As a disclaimer: when I say basic, I mean it; we’re talking four-wheels-and-an-engine.

The King is Dead. Long Live the King!

On: Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 8:47AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

The King is Dead.  Long Live the King! test 1-1

The M3 is dead. Well, sort of. The two-door M3 is dead, but the four-door M3 lives on. So if you want the ultimate M3, you now can only get it in sedan form, but in essence the two-door M3 lives on as the M4. Confused yet? Essentially, 4 is the new 3. For 2015 BMW wanted to differentiate between its midsize two-door cars and its midsize four door versions. The 3-Series is now four-door only, while the newly designated 4-Series can be had only with a pair of doors. 


The 5 Most Interesting Cars of 2013

On: Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 1:43PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

The 5 Most Interesting Cars of 2013 test 1-1

2013 was a huge year for the automotive industry -- it was full of comeback stories and the rise of the automobile, once again. The success of the industry may be due to smart business practices and internal strategy, but it could also be because this year had some cars that were nothing short of game changers. Here are five of the most influential cars of 2013. 

2014 Silverado - Better Than Ever

On: Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 11:14AM | By: Karen Cook

2014 Silverado - Better Than Ever test 1-1

Chevy has been producing the Silverado for years functioning under the belief that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” When you’ve got a good thing sometimes the best course of action is to stick with it—unless you can make it better. The new 2014 Silverado has been updated in ways that will make it even more attractive to hard working types but will also give you a decent vehicle for family or to take your significant other on a date.

Review: 2014 Subaru Forrester

On: Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 12:21PM | By: Nick Bakewell

Review: 2014 Subaru Forrester test 1-1

On a recent trip to Canada, I witnessed an egregious breakdown of common sense. Being from the south, I assumed that all northerners are hearty, hardy folk; practical people, if you will. But even in the frozen wastes of Quebec, the population is apparently dense enough to produce a few people with more money than sense. Cue the man in the AMG Mercedes who attempted to drive it backwards up a hill (and through a snow bank) to parallel park. Of course he got stuck. Of course he attracted a crowd. Of course this just made him try harder. Eventually, after almost revving the wheels off, he managed to dig through the snow bank enough to get his rears to grip up. What happened next was as deliciously inevitable as watching a derailed train buck itself (on fire) into the bottom of a river gorge. His $80,000 E63 AMG launched itself backwards into the Mazda CX-5 parked behind it. In front of a crowd of about 20 spectators. I was laughing so hard that I almost lost my balance on the icy sidewalk.

Review: 2013 Audi A1 1.6 TDI S-Line

On: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 1:02PM | By: Jon Summers

Audi A1 TDI S-line test 2

Americans visiting Europe for the first time usually find the cars—and most other things, from elevators to food portions—rather too small—less minimalist and more plain inadequate. Europeans visiting America tend to find the cars excessive in terms of engine capacity, cylinders, and seats, but lacking in quality, with interior plastics being of the grade usually used in water bottles. Audi's A1 is a thoroughly Euro-market car—small but premium. Does it work?

Aesthetically, yes. Our test car was equiped with the S line package, and looked sharp on five-spoke alloys, with a deep valance and lustrous blue paint. Audi's aggressive corporate grille looks good to this tester, and certainly seems to encourage highway ditherers to move aside.

Inside, the controls fall easily to hand, with the steering wheel featuring a type of soft-touch plastic this tester last encountered on a 2013 Corvette. Seats, too, feel premium, and gripped nicely. The trunk is embarrassingly small, failing to swallow two carry-on size suitcases.

The infotainment system seemed rather obtuse, and we concentrated on the driving experience in the thousand miles we spent with the A1.

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly)

On: Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 10:04AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Haunted Highways: A Series Exploring The Ghosts of Cars Gone By (Quickly) test 1-1

In the course of automotive history, there have been thousands of cars that have elicited almost as many emotions from us. Some cars, like the Edsel or the Pontiac Aztek, make us cringe and wonder if the best thing those designers ever created was their resume. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, are the cars that we simply love instantly like the Tri-Five Chevrolets or the first generation Thunderbird. Then there are cars that simply blow our minds with their combination of speed and beauty. Cars that blend the perfect mix of power, and esthetic appeal are few and far between, but when they do come along, they ingrain their images in our memories forever. One of the best examples of these cars is the very first McLauren F1 created by Ameritech.

Two Is The New One (Series)

On: Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 5:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Two Is The New One (Series) test 1-1

Come the spring of 2014, BMW will once again debut a "new" model. Why the quotation marks? Well, BMW has been on this kick recently of delving into even number models (the most recent being the 4-Series)  as opposed to their more traditional odd-numbered Series. The 4-Series is essentially a two-door version of the 3-Series and this newest rendition of the Ultimate Driving Machine has been deemed the 2-Series. It should come as no surprise that BMW has announced it will not make a 1-Series for the 2014 model year because, as you can imagine, the 2-Series  is essentially the new 1-Series with a few slight differences.

Great American Road Trips: Skyline Drive

On: Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 1:56PM | By: Bill Wilson

Skyline Drive test 2

Skyline Drive is a 105-mile roadway cut through the most scenic points in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.  Similar to the Blue Ridge Parkway in character, it makes a great addition to that classic American road or a fun motoring adventure all on its own.