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2012 Lotus Evora IPS: An Automatic Lotus, Say It Ain't So!

On: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 1:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Lotus Evora IPS test 2

Taking a quick look at the latest Evora coming off the Lotus production line, it looks a lot like the 2011 version—visceral, unique, and gorgeous. No complaints there, right? Right. But then go in a little closer and you might be in for a bit of a bump on the head. Once you come to and lift yourself off the pavement, you'll realize that what you saw was, in fact, reality: controls for an automatic transmission inside a Lotus. Yup, that's right, thanks to you, America (and some of Asia) Lotus has decided to put an automatic transmission in their little hot rod.

BMW Z4 sDrive 28i: The Rich Man's Miata?

On: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:35AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW Z4 sDrive 28i: The Rich Man's Miata? test 2

Maybe I'm just growing up, or maybe I'm just understanding the world a little better these days, or just maybe it's a little bit of both. When I wasn't much younger than I am now, I thought that everyone who was into cars had to love big horsepower, loud exhausts, and blaring from stoplight to stoplight. I thought that loving to drive meant that you had to be able to do a big, smokey burnout – that was essentially a member's card for the car club I was in. That's not to say I have done anything like that in almost a decade, but I certainly have had the ability to -- just in case the need ever arose.  But now, I see that not every route home from work has to be measured a quarter mile at a time. 

I also have come to the realization that not every car needs to have 400-horsepower to be respected, and that some cars can offer up a sporty, fun drive, even if they aren't the fastest ones out there. Beyond that, I now see that there are plenty of guys (and girls) out there that are in much different circumstances, and stages of life than I am. Some of those guys have had their big horsepower cars, and now just want something fun to drive (and have amassed a bit more disposable income than I currently possess). Enter the 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive 28i -- the car that every one of those guys (and everyone else that can afford it) should take a look at before making any decisions about a next car.

BMW: Raising The Bar - By Three

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 3:40PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

BMW: Raising The Bar - By Three test 2

Be prepared for a lot of changes in the car market in the next year or so. The luxury car segment will be all aflutter, and why is that you might be wondering? Well, BMW is making significant changes to the gold standard of the industry—the venerable 3-series. You can bet the only ones keeping a closer eye than us on just what those changes are going to look like are Lexus, Infiniti, Mercedes, and Audi.

Car Movie Review: Drive

On: Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 12:26PM | By: David Walter

Car Movie Review: Drive test 2

The protagonist in Drive (played by Ryan Gosling), whose name is never actually mentioned, rarely speaks or shows his emotions—that is, if he actually has any. Most of his days are spent either on a Hollywood movie set as a stunt driver or in a garage as a mechanic. But at night, he's an expert getaway driver. The Driver's lack of emotion and detachment from any sort of social life are what makes him so great at what he does. He never stays in one place very long and doesn't associate with anyone other than the owner of the garage (Bryan Cranston). Drama ensues when, after moving into a new temporary apartment, he can't help failing for his new neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan)—mother of six-year-old Benicio.

Sound a little cheesy to you? I thought so too. So when I went to go see it last night, I didn't have very high expectations for it.

Turns out I was wrong.


2012 Nissan NV: Delivering Something New

On: Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 1:30PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Nissan NV: Delivering Something New test 2

Here's a question you may not have pondered in a long time, if ever: When was the last time you actually saw a new commercial van? You know, a non-descript box on wheels that is used for transporting miscellaneous cargo.

Tough to remember, eh?

Well, that's probably because, aside from the big Ford E-series or the Chevrolet Express that have changed about as much as the love between Yankees and Red Sox fans over the years, there have been no new entrants into the commercial van segment since about the time of Babe Ruth. Well, all that is about to change (the van stuff, not the Sox/Yanks hatred). New for 2012, Nissan will introduce the NV—aptly named, because it stands for "Nissan Van".

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

On: Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:28AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Haunted Highways: Ford GT test 2

They don't make'em like they used to, right? Well, it seemed that no one was aware of that in 2005, when the retro car craze was at its peak. Everywhere you looked, there was a new Mustang that looked like an old Mustang, a new Dodge Magnum that looked like an old hemi-station wagon, a new GTO to recall the Goat's of days gone by, and even a new Thunderbird to remind you how good the original really was. But, just when you thought you couldn't possibly see one more car that reminded you of a car you already saw years prior, Ford brought the house down with one of, if not, the best retro-themed car ever built:  The Ford GT.

2012 Scion iQ: Really An Intelligent Choice?

On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 12:00PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Scion iQ: Really An Intelligent Choice? test 2

At first glance, it seems as though the littlest Scion is obviously targeting the other intellect-based automobile out there—the Smart Car. They have similar attributes, similar stances, and offer much the same in the way of cargo room and performance. But it is actually those latter characteristics that make us ask a single question upon hearing the name iQ: "Oh, really?"

2012 Camry: Getting Just A Little Better Each Time

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:02AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Camry: Getting Just A Little Better Each Time test 2

The Toyota Camry has been the quintessential benchmark for mid-sized sedans almost as long as it has been in existence. In fact, it has been the best-selling car in America for 12 out of the last 13 years—and that's for all cars, not just sedans. People like the Camry, obviously, and the folks over at Toyota know it. So, rather than screw around and redo the whole car and mess with success, Toyota has opted to slightly improve the Camry in each of its model cycles. For 2012, the Camry upped the ante against its competitors by changing just enough to put it back on top as king of the hill in terms of mpg numbers and all-around usability.

Cadillac CTS Coupe

On: Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:29AM | By: Chuck Arehart

Cadillac CTS Coupe test 2

A funny thing about auto shows is that some of what a manufacturer displays as "concept" is obviously going to be built. Such was the case with the Cadillac CTS coupe originally unveiled at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The CTS coupe on display appeared as if it could have been driven off the floor and into your driveway, a no-brainer to receive a green light from GM management.

2012 Rubicon Set To Wrangle Up Some New Customers!

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:01PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2012 Rubicon Set To Wrangle Up Some New Customers! test 2

Under normal circumstances, we automotive writers are supposed to stay enthusiastic, but still impartial to most of the vehicles we cover. Emotion in our writing is good, but it is still supposed to retain a semblance of unbiased wording. However, I will tell you that when I saw what Jeep did with the 2012 Wrangler, I began to grin from ear-to-ear and decided that I had to have one in the very near future.

Having spent many of my childhood years damn near sideways in the passenger seat of more than one late 1970's Jeep CJ, I have always had a soft-spot for those go-anywhere, do-anything four wheel drives. The Wrangler has gone through many iterations since my first encounter with it, but the 2012 model—specifically the Rubicon variant—is quite possibly the best Wrangler to be produced, ever.

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

On: Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 2:05PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra test 2

For well over three decades, the battle for Ponycar supremacy has raged on between Mustang, Camaro, Firebird, and a host of other pavement pounding miscreants at race tracks, stoplights, and bar stools across the country. Each new edition of one car brought about new brags and taunts about how antiquated the other car was in contrast. 

Over and over it went, and throughout most of the 1990s, the LT1 and later LS1 Camaros and Firebirds wreaked havoc on the psyches of Mustang owners everywhere. Even though the more 'advanced' single and dual overhead cam modular motors of the Mustang GT and Cobra theoretically had a technological edge over the GM's antiquated pushrods, the Blue Oval just got out-muscled by the General's good 'ole fashioned torque and tuning. Mustang owners noticed, as did Mustang builders. 

In a pound-for-pound fight, there was no fight. A bone stock Camaro SS or Firebird WS6 would obliterate any Mustang Cobra (discounting the ultra-limited 2000 Cobra R model, but even then in a straight line it was still a driver's race). At the turn of the millennium, even though the Mustang was the decidedly more popular car (thanks in no small part to enormous V6 sales) it seemed that not all 300-horsepower cars were created equal, and the General's 325 Thoroughbreds were more than the 320 Clydesdales that Ford was offering up at the track. But then in 2002, everything changed and the Mustang struck back with a one-two punch that knocked the Camaro out for the next seven years.