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348 Reasons To Buy A 2013 Genesis Coupe!

On: Thu, May 24, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe test 2

In case you have been hiding under a rock somewhere in the middle of a barren wasteland somewhere, you may have taken notice of the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. It is a wonderful entry level sports coupe that has all but taken the under-$40,000 market by storm since its debut back in 2008 and has only been getting better since then.

From the onset, the GC designers used an E46 BMW M3 as their benchmark for chassis stiffness and performance and they got pretty close, so one would think that it would be difficult to trump a car that was nearly as good as one of the best cars of the last decade, right? Wrong. 2013 will mark the second official generation of the Genesis Coupe, and boy is it going to be something special! The second-gen Genesis Coupe gets a front and rear fascia facelift that gives it a 370Z meets Lancer Evolution look that is a definite improvement over the outgoing model. Aside from the new fascias, the rear also sports a new LED tail light set up that looks a bit more adult than its predecessor.

Lamborghini Aventador J -- Showstopper!

On: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:15PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Lamborghini Aventador J -- Showstopper! test 1-1

It seems pretty clear that something we can all agree on is that it's about time Lamborghini really started making some flashy cars.  Thankfully, it seems like those lazy Italians over in Sant'Agata Bolognese got their collective act together and created a car that just might make a little noise among the supercar faithful.  The Lamborghini Aventador J made a couple folks start talking at the Geneva motor show a few weeks ago -- don't worry, we wondered why too.  Normally, pretty low key cars, the Aventador J are a true barchetta in the classic sense.  The low windscreen/windshield rises up off the body of the hood about as high as your average Hot Wheels car.  It is so low that the driver is actually required to wear a helmet in order to drive it legally on the street.  

Review: 2012 BMW xDrive28i

On: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 1:24PM | By: Chris Salamone

2012 BMW X3 test 2

Starting with the classic model 2002, BMW has produced and sold a number of exceptional German-engineered sport vehicles. And, with a few exceptions, these thoroughbreds have been worth their hefty price tags. Since the X3’s inception in 2003, auto critics have wondered if the small CUV really ‘fit’ into the BMW brand image. Mixed within a lineup of luxury sport vehicles, the original X3 wasn’t particularly luxurious or sporty. But as the years have passed, nearly 10 in total, the X3 has evolved into a reasonable little ‘ute – highly prized amongst the young scions of America’s upper class.

After a full weekend behind the wheel, logging a few hundred miles, the X3 seemed to have become something more appreciable. The vehicle zipped through and hugged the curves of Chicago’s endless suburbia, tackling all obstacles. Nevertheless, I kept coming back to the same conclusion: this was a car which costs at least 25% more than it should.

2013 Mercedes SL63: Bring On All Challengers!

On: Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 2:47PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2013 Mercedes SL63 test 2

The history of Mercedes SL has been a long and storied line of automobiles that have brought joy and envy to millions over the last two decades. When Mercedes decided to let its performance division have a crack at the SL, things only got better and worse, depending on which side of the tax bracket you happen to be on. For 2013, there is even more good or bad news. Mercedes-Benz is introducing a new SL63, and it is a car that takes luxury performance to a whole new level.  

Although most people would automatically assume that BMW is Mercedes' biggest competitor, when it comes to a car like the SL63, it's more apples to oranges. The main competition the SL63 faces comes from companies like Aston Martin or Jaguar. These are big cars that focus on equal parts luxury and power, and the SL63 is packing plenty of both.


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

On: Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:38PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Honda S2000 test 2

When you think of classic sports cars that have been sold throughout the US over the years, there are a few cars that come to mind -- certainly the venerable Corvette and the Porsche 911 take the lion's share of the credit (and deservedly so), but what others? Maybe a car like the Mazda Miata which has been going strong for more than twenty years, or more recently cars like the Porsche Boxster or even a Lotus or two might spring to mind. But more often than not, one of the most impressive traditional sports cars to ever grace a showroom in America gets almost no credit whatsoever: The Honda S2000.

Yes, the S2000! It was an easy car to overlook in the annals of automotive history. In a way, the S2K was a victim of its own successful design. Don't believe it? Well, let's see just how much you might have known about the high-revving Honda.

2013 Lincoln MKZ Turns Heads In New York

On: Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 5:21PM | By: Chris Salamone

2013 Lincoln MKZ test 2

We’ve waited, and waited, but finally Lincoln’s latest Ford Fusion luxury spinoff has debuted as something entirely more sophisticated. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ takes on a long list of impressive new features, as well as styling which pays homage to elegance for the sake of…well…elegance.

In previous generations of Lincolns, we couldn’t help feeling like the company attempted to gussie up old pigs with new lipstick – taking less expensive cars and adding chrome, plus other doodads, to rev up pricing. But the 2013 MKZ is different.

This is a vehicle which could re-define Lincoln as a brand, standing separate and above Ford.

2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition: What's In A Name?

On: Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 12:02PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition test 2

Although it is hard to argue with Shakespeare, when it comes to the automotive world, he may not have been quite right. While it is true that, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," when it comes to cars a name counts.  

By the numbers the 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition, aside from being a mouthful, is not an overwhelmingly impressive car. It is powered by a wicked 5.9-liter V12 that churns out an incredible 510-horsepower and equally awe-inspiring 420-lb.-ft. of torque, but for all that power it is essentially the quintessential Aston Martin corporate motor that we have seen in quite a few other models. A six-speed automatic transmission is no more than standard fare these days, and could even be considered to be behind the times at this stage of the game with automakers like BMW and Mercedes using seven and eight speed transmissions to back their seemingly lesser cars. All that for the most daunting number of all -- a base price of a whopping $302,576!

Looking To Save On Gas? Consumer Reports Ranks Subcompacts

On: Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 2:10PM | By: Chris Weiss

Looking To Save On Gas? Consumer Reports Ranks Subcompacts test 2

Subcompacts have traditionally been good for saving some money up front if you didn't mind enduring a little less power, comfort and prestige. These days, subcompacts not only save you money up front, but their small size and efficient engines save you money on the ever-rising cost of gas. Cars that were once the black sheep of the industry are now kind of cool and relevant.

Well, if you happen to be considering a subcompact, Consumer Reports has ranked its favorites among models redesigned for the 2012 model year.

MotorTrend Gets Wild With Super Wagon Showdown (Video)

On: Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Salamone

Cadillac CTS-V vs. Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG test 2

MotorTrend, the company famous for Subaru Outback adventures and Jeep survival epics, brings the thunder when it comes to automotive journalism. Few companies, if any, are capable of producing such high quality, well composed content and a recent super wagon-on-wagon comparo is no exception. In just over 9:00 minutes of scintillating video or skimming a brief article, viewers will be left with a newfound sense of appreciation.

Wagons, it would seem, can be less embarrassing than we thought, especially the Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Porsche Boxster: Round 3!

On: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 2:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Porsche Boxster test 2

As if the outgoing Boxster wasn't good enough, Porsche felt the need to go ahead and make the next generation of one of America's best sports cars just a little better. Although there are quite a few details that are still a bit sketchy, from what we can tell so far, the new Boxster, which is code-named the 981 takes everything the old 987 did, and does it with just a bit more flair and fun. 

Taking a few cues from the venerable (and new in its own right), the 981 Boxster begins life with a slightly wider track and longer wheelbase than the 987, giving the new car a better platform to carve up corners. The 981 comes in 55 pounds lighter than the outgoing car, which in this day and age where excessive safety regulations seem to add so much poundage to cars every year it could almost be considered an epidemic, is nothing short of amazing.

Celebrity Apprentice Affirms Buick Brand Confusion

On: Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:22AM | By: Chris Salamone

Debbie Gibson test 2

Unlike a few years ago, Buick is a company with a lot of momentum going forward. The Regal has been universally accepted as an impending classic, the Verano shares DNA with an already superstar GM product (Chevy Cruze), and the soon-to-be youthful Sonic-based subcompact Encore all define a brand lineup which has undergone substantial evolution. Indeed, for the first time in a long while Buick, as a brand, looks to have a sunny financial forecast. Then Sunday’s episode of The Celebrity Apprentice aired.

But the problem with Buick’s brand messaging on Donald Trump’s wildly successful celebreality show wasn’t the fault of the program’s cast, Mr. Trump, or the quality of Buick’s Verano – the vehicle which happened to be showcased. Buick’s brand confusion came from a much larger, more systemic, issue. At least on the televised recording, Buick’s executives failed to specifically address what type of brand concept the celebrities should focus on.