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  • Keepers: BMW M3 E46—Shopping (2790 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 02, 2009 12 a.m.

    The current state of the auto market makes for some tantalizing possibilities when it comes to performance cars, and with good-condition E46 prices dipping well into the $20,000 range, it’s currently one of the best performance purchases available. Unfortunately, perhaps the biggest stumbling block on the road to M3 ownership has nothing to do with the car itself, but rather the cost to insure it. Running a quick check for a squeaky-clean, 22-year old driver returns a frightening range of $300 to $700 per month for full coverage, thanks to a perfect storm of popularity (as in popular among thieves) ...

  • Driven: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG (803 views)

    By Matt Davis on July 02, 2009 12 a.m.

    Boy, has the E-Class Mercedes ever come a long way from being the world’s taxi cab. This latest W212 four-door E-Class is a proper executive sedan filled to the gills with technology, luxury, and style. What is already an edgier base model E-Class goes to the edgy-looking extreme here in the 518 horsepower, E63 AMG and you either mind that or you don’t. We do feel the edge is a little overstated, but it’s certainly not heinously so.

  • First Look: 2011 BMW X1 (604 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    After lots of spy photos, production shots of the BMW X1 have finally popped up on the Internet. Europe will be the first to see the X1 on its roads, with a probable U.S. release in years ahead.

  • Blog: General Motors 4.0 - What is an American Car? (1096 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    I suggested to Fritz Henderson (GM CEO) in my last missive on GM 4.0 that he buy a bunch of Hyundai Genesis Coupes to inspire his executive team. Toward the end of that piece, I mentioned that GM still very much needs to get a handle on what each of its cars should stand for in the marketplace. The first part of that exercise is coming to a strong understand of what an American car is (Alan Mulally might want to listen in on this conversation, BTW).

  • First Look: 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni (391 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Lamborghini presents 550-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive supercar, the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.

  • First Look: 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake (415 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on June 29, 2009 12 a.m.

    Shelby Automobiles announced last week that it will sell a limited number of GT500 Shelby Super Snake packages for the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500s. This package will boost the Ford Shelby GT500s handling, styling, and power (output ratings to range from 630 to over 725 horsepower).

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Transit Connect (973 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on June 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    This wasn’t what we were expecting for a “first drive” experience. Instead of being let loose on Metro Detroit’s highways and byways, we were given a carefully planned route in and around the quaint town of Royal Oak and were told to make pit stops at three different businesses along the way. We talked with a catering company, kitchen and bath remodeling shop, and florist supply service about the ways in which the Transit Connect could be a useful tool for small companies who normally had to rely on large cargo vans (Dodge Sprinter, Ford E-Series) or light-duty trucks for ...

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO (1291 views)

    By Rex Roy on June 25, 2009 12 a.m.

    Charging into any of a thousand deep green tunnels of trees, twin turbos spin 170,000 rpm just in front of the firewall. The all-wheel-drive bites into the asphalt tossed across North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Only way deep, way hot into the corner do the tires begin to sound off. Nanoseconds before, the steering already communicated the impending understeer. The paddle shifter calls for a three-to-two downshift. It engages with a rev-match in 0.75 milliseconds. Nail the throttle for instant power. Clipping a leaf-strewn apex just for effect. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

  • Keepers: BMW M3 E46 (1060 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 23, 2009 12 a.m.

    Let’s be honest, every generation of the M3 is a keeper. Balance, grip, performance, you’ve heard all this before. In 23 years of M3 production, approximately 2863 various adjectives, adverbs, present and past participles, sexually-charged metaphors, and other automotive clichés have been blasted across print and electronic media, describing the greatness of the car. Far be it for us to add to the hype, so we’ll simply say yeah, it’s that good, and the third-generation E46 model is among the finest of the breed, delivering a driving experience that is pure M-ness. M-ness…guess that makes 2864.

  • Blog: General Motors 4.0 - Pay Attention to the Genesis (655 views)

    By Tom Martin on June 23, 2009 12 a.m.

    By happenstance, we had the Chevrolet Corvette and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the office during the same week recently. I found driving these two sports coupes back-to-back a fascinating exercise with implications for GM 4.0 and GM CEO Fritz Henderson. Below is my (imagined) consultative letter to Fritz.