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  • List: Top 10 Amazing Moments in Chinese Automaker Websites (1858 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 22, 2009 12 a.m.

    As well as being rich repositories of unintentional humor, bad translation, and bizarre imagery, sometimes the websites maintained by Chinese automakers offer a freshness of perspective that just can’t be duplicated by our own domestic companies. Perhaps because they’re not jaded by decades of intense exposure to expensive advertisements and slick marketing campaigns, the Chinese companies seem freer to explore and experiment.

  • Keepers: Audi S4 B5-Series—Shopping (1145 views)

    By Christopher Smith on September 20, 2009 12 a.m.

    Most performance enthusiasts—and especially the fans of Q-ship performance—are well aware that the much-loved Biturbo S4 does have a dark side. Yes, Audi was pumping out some cool cars back in the day, but questionable quality, poor reliability, and astronomical repair costs have become a trademark characteristic for Audis of this era. Talk to just about any S4 driver and you’ll get a similar story of mechanical maladies that either total thousands of dollars, or take the car off the road for weeks or months at a time while the owner gathers parts for the repair. As such, the best ...

  • First Look: 2010 Saab 9-5 (371 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 16, 2009 12 a.m.

    For a while, the future of Saab looked glum. Thankfully, the fine folks at Koenigsegg have scooped up the Scandinavian automaker and now the future doesn't look so bad. The current 9-5 was a mess of General Motors influence on an aging platform and the end result was really quite bad, but from the details and images that we have on the new 9-5, it looks like Saab might be back in the game again.

  • Keepers: Audi S4 B5-series (2007 views)

    By Christopher Smith on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    In light of Audi’s all-new unveilings at the Frankfurt Motor Show , the timing couldn’t be better for a flashback to one of the company’s defining performance offerings. We’re speaking of course about the Audi S4 sedan that first appeared on Yankee soil way back in 1992. The formula hasn’t changed much over the years, but when it comes down to a specific S4 genre, we look to the second-generation B5-series S4 as the version that roundhouse kicked the sport sedan segment of the day, becoming a performance legend in the process.

  • Gamer: Gran Turismo for PSP (661 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    We would imagine that by now, to tell our readers that the staff of Winding Road are huge fans of the Gran Turismo series of driving simulators would be roughly akin to telling them that water is wet—pretty obvious. That doesn’t make us at all unique, as millions of gamers with a jones for fast metal have known since the initial GT launched on the PlayStation One back in 1997. The Real Driving Simulator hit a resonant chord in that first year, and has continued to set the bar very high in each of its subsequent instantiations.

  • First Look: 2010 Audi R8 Spyder (1325 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    What's not to love about the Audi R8? Well, besides the R-tronic transmission. This is one of the sexiest supercars that we've been able to get our hands on, and Audi has now upped the ante on its R8 hotness by removing the roof. The R8 Spyder will be hitting our shores next year in 5.2 V-10 guise, and we're already planning our summer drive routes for this exotic droptop.

  • First Look: 2011 Ford Grand C-Max (2099 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    Ford has taken the occasion of the Frankfurt Motor Show to announce that it would bring the newest version of its heretofore European-only C-Max people mover to North American shores in 2011.

  • First Look: 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost (641 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    Rolls-Royce showed the full production version of its new, slightly smaller than Phantom, limousine today—the 2011 Ghost.

  • First Look: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide (291 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    It's been talked about for years now, but here it is - the absolutely, 100 percent, production-ready version of Aston Martin's new Rapide four-door. Naturally, this car comes to market at a very interesting time, what with the Porsche Panamera just having hit the pavement. Even so, the Rapide takes all of the traditional Aston Martin values of sportiness, luxury, and style, and offers it in more of a traditional Grand Touring package. It's Aston's family car.

  • Driven: 2010 Audi S4 and S5 Cabriolet (8156 views)

    By Rex Roy on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    The new 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet looks good from any angle. Even from the inside of the back seat with the soft-top snuggly closed. The room isn't adequate for someone six-foot six, but that's not the point. Viewed from this slightly cramped vantage, the fact that Audi attends to details in a most exhaustive manner seems abundantly clear.