By Bradley Iger on April 18, 2014 3:37 p.m.
While the BMW M235i we drove earlier this year makes for a great pint-sized rocket, we couldn't help but wonder what a similar treatment would do to the lighter and more centrally balanced 2-Series equipped with the 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine. It appears this quandary hung heavy on BMW's collective mind as well, as they've now announced the Track Handling package, an equipment group aimed at bridging the gap between the standard 228i and the pricier M235i.
Preview: 2015 Dodge Charger (318 views)
By Winding Road Staff on April 18, 2014 2:28 p.m.
The Challenger isn't the only car in Dodge's portfolio that's getting a refresh for 2015. As Chrysler is often known to do, all the vehicles sharing the LX platform - which also includes the Chrysler 300 - get their updates simultaneously. While Dodge kept it simple when giving the Challenger a facelift, designers chose to give the Charger a more comprehensive makeover.
Classic: Buick Grand National & GNX (118 views)
By Ronan Glon on April 18, 2014 12:55 p.m.
Generally speaking, the large-displacement muscle car era gradually came to an end in the late-1970s. Consumer demand remained strong but the United States was still feeling shockwaves from the oil crisis that rocked the world in the middle of the 1970s, leading legislators to continuously push for ever-stricter emissions regulations.
By Ross Bentley on April 18, 2014 12:24 p.m.
In my last article, I wrote about how sim racing can help you drive your real race car. Now I'll tell you what's out there today, as far as the actual software and hardware are concerned. These are only some of the possibilities, but the majority of sim-racers would point to the following as the best in terms of physics.
Preview: 2015 Dodge Challenger (666 views)
By Bradley Iger on April 17, 2014 3:46 p.m.
Debuting in 2008, Dodge threw its hat back into the pony car ring with the Challenger, a vehicle which rides on a shortened version of the LX platform which underpins the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. The Challenger saw a minor refresh for the 2011 model year, which brought updated infotainment systems, interior appointments, revised suspension geometry, and some very minor visual tweaks. Now looking into the 2015 model year, the Challenger sees another refresh, this one of much more significant scope.
Driven: 2014 Audi RS5 (579 views)
By Bradley Iger on April 16, 2014 7:57 p.m.
It's been a while since we last spent some time with the sharpest iteration of Audi's A5 sports coupe. As such, we thought we'd reacquaint ourselves with the RS5, see how things have progressed in the interim, and get a better sense of what it's like to live with it in the real world.
By Winding Road Staff on April 16, 2014 2:50 p.m.
While we were hoping for a proper debut of the fourth generation Miata at this year's New York Auto Show, when it comes to the forthcoming all-new Miata, we'll take what we can get. And what we get is word from Mazda that the Skyactiv chassis of the newest MX-5 will be leaner, meaner, and more honest to the original intent of the diminutive sports car.
Preview: 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT (148 views)
By Bradley Iger on April 16, 2014 12:30 p.m.
As production of the SLS AMG winds down, it's hard not to be a little downtrodden about word of another sports car with a snarling V8 under the hood being put out to pasture. Fortunately, the loss of the SLS is simply a means of making way for another, even more sharply focused sports car destined for the Mercedes-Benz catalogue in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Preview: 2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT (507 views)
By Bradley Iger on April 15, 2014 5:06 p.m.
The terms "Aston Martin" and "inexpensive" have very rarely occupied space in the same sentence in years past. However, the British automaker appears to be making something of an attempt to change that. At a starting price of $99,900, the just-announced Vantage GT, which is scheduled to make its proper debut later this week at the New York Auto Show, is the first Aston Martin sports car in recent memory to be available at a price below six figures. Sorry, Cygnet fans - that one doesn't count.
Netherlands Testing Glow-In-The-Dark Roads (119 views)
By Bradley Iger on April 14, 2014 4:06 p.m.
A quarter mile of N329 highway in Oss, Netherlands is being used a trial run for an entirely new way of illuminating highways at night. Instead of relying on power-hungry overhead lights like traditional roadways, the road itself actually glows in the dark by way of a photo-luminescent powder integrated into the road paint.