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Review of the 2016 Porsche Macan S: The Gold Standard

On: Mon, May 9, 2016 at 8:55AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Porsche Macan S test 2

If there wasn't already a copyright for the phrase "The Midas Touch" for an automotive repair shop we would be making a strong push to have Porsche adopt this byline as their official catchphrase. In case you don't actually know, ancient Greek stories tell the tale of King Midas, who was given the power of turning whatever he touched to pure gold. It seems that other than maybe Oprah, Porsche has been churning out winners hand over fist for the better part of the last half century. More specifically, in the last two decades, Porsche has taken a few real chances, and they have paid off in spades.


Ford GT: Not just another retro car

On: Wed, May 4, 2016 at 11:25AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ford GT:  Not just another retro car test 1-1

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 Goats 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.


Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu: Better than expected

On: Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:44PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu:  Better than expected test 1-1

In the American automotive world, few things are certain. It is an ever-changing cornucopia of styles, brands, trends, companies, and needs. One year it seems like America wants giant SUVs, big as can be, that can traverse everything from three feet of standing water to the curb at the closet outlet mall. Then a few years later, everyone wants to ditch their global destruction vehicles and jump into cars that have less than 100 horsepower and can barely get out of their own way, but can get 900 miles per gallon. Then when that craze dies down, everyone wants SUVs that can still act like SUVs, but get the fuel mileage of a smart Car. Then people want SUVs that are still kind of SUVs, but looks more like cars, but taller cars, or sedans that look more like coupes, but with four doors, and not as appealing… The list of demands just gets crazier and crazier every other year.


Review of the 2017 Acura NSX: Back From The Dead!!!

On: Fri, Apr 22, 2016 at 3:45PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2017 Acura NSX test 2

In the list of things that we as a society have collectively been waiting for to return from the dead would probably look something like this:  1) Jesus 2) Tupac 3) the NSX 4) the Cleveland Browns. No word on Jesus just yet, Tupac seems like he comes and goes every other year, the Browns might have some luck with their new quarterback, and, then again, they might not. But, that one car that has been as elusive as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster is finally, finally, finally back from the dead.


 

Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS: The War Rages On!

On: Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:52AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS test 2

Over the past 50 years, the fight between the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro has been the automotive equivalent of the Civil War. Allegiances for either camp can result in fathers fighting sons, brothers battling brothers, mothers fighting daughters, and can turn any normal Thanksgiving dinner into something resembling the Hatfields sitting down with the McCoys. Decade after decade, generation after generation, these Pony Cars have taken turns holding Top Dog honors, which any internet forum will boast about, or make excuses for, depending on your side. But whoever the champ is, it will last for only a few years at best. Each and every time one car gets beat, inevitably, it gets right back up bigger and badder than before. In the latest iteration of the Mustang versus Camaro battle royale, the Ford has soundly beaten the last-gen Camaro with its wickedly powerful 5.0-liter 435-horsepower Coyote engine. But that was last year.


Ferrari F355: The truest form of the Ferrari experience

On: Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 9:09AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Ferrari F355:  The truest form of the Ferrari experience test 1-1

So rarely does a car come along that actually makes a significant change in its parent company. Sure, if you believe the commercials, every single new car is some big, grandiose example of how the company is transforming and evolving into something bigger and better. But the truth is, a lot of those cars are just "filler" cars, and really don't do much except affect the bottom line. But the ones that truly make a difference are the ones we remember, especially when that company is one that doesn't create cars, it creates dreams. The F355 was not only a dream come true for teenagers and millionaires everywhere, it also helped revitalize the Prancing Horse to international automotive supremacy.


Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Trax: Small SUV, big potential

On: Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 1:23PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2016 Chevrolet Trax:  Small SUV, big potential test 1-1

In the ever expanding world of automotive sales, it seems that every day there is another car or truck vying for a piece of the market. Some months it seems like there are new sports sedans every day, some times it's full sized trucks, sometimes it seems like there's three more 600-horsepower sports cars on the market. This week, however, there is yet another contender in the very new, but very quickly expanding, mini-SUV segment. This class already includes such vehicles as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, and the Buick Encore. The newest edition comes from Buick's sister company, Chevrolet. It seems GM felt the Encore wasn't enough to represent the General, and perhaps they were right. Chevy has a bit more name recognition among younger buyers despite General Motor's recent attempts at renovating Buick's image with commercials starring a good looking man partying it up at sophisticated locales with equally attractive young women commenting on the man and his exciting ride that they are surprised to find out is, in fact, a Buick. So as a little insurance, GM release what is essentially a rebadged Encore in a Chevy package, called the Trax.


Review of the 2016 VW Golf R: Respect.

On: Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 3:43PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2016 VW Golf R:  Respect. test 1-1

Much like some cars themselves, some car companies elicit a gut reaction at just the sound of their name. Where this comes from in people is some amalgamation of marketing, personal experience with the car or drivers of the car, fondness or disdain for the country of the company's origin, and, more than likely, a host of other factors that operate on an almost subconscious level. These things all make us love or hate car companies.


Review of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V: Battle for the Belt!

On: Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 8:57AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Review of the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V:  Battle for the Belt! test 1-1

When it comes to creating the ultimate sports sedan, we have to admit that BMW has essentially had the market cornered since the turn of the century. The M5 has, plainly and simply, blown the doors off just about any and ever competitor that has tried to touch it since the E39 chassis stormed onto the scene in 2000 with a 394-horsepower rip-roaring V8 and six-speed manual. Some cars have come close to its performance, but none have been able to capture that mystical M gestalt; not AMG, not the V line, and nothing even close from the Japanese markets. However, for 2016, Cadillac—of all manufacturers—just may have created a car that could unseat the venerable M5 as world champion. The new CTS-V just may be the baddest four-door sedan in the world, and it has its sights set on Munich.


Review of the 2016 BMW M2: An Investment In Excitement!

On: Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 12:49PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The 2016 BMW M2 test 2

Over the course of even just recent history, it has been made pretty clear that numbers can be misleading. Ask those wonderful folks over at companies like Enron, Worldcom, or Tyco about how to make numbers look better or worse. Or maybe even more recently than that, see what the chairmen of any of the major banks across the US had to say about how to make numbers mislead people in the early 2000s for things like a mortgage, for instance. Of course, those numbers were intentionally misleading, and with very malicious intent in mind, but then there are other numbers out there that can also be misleading, but in a way that might surprise people in a positive way. One such example is the 2016 BMW M2. At first glance, one might be inclined to believe that just by the numbers, the M2 would naturally just be half of what the top-flight M4 is for its driver. While that math does work out, the actual application of that theory couldn't be farther from the truth.