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  • Keepers: Thunderbird Turbo Coupe—Shopping (1100 views)

    By Christopher Smith on September 08, 2009 12 a.m.

    Folks who’ve been considering a Turbo Coupe purchase—especially those with some mechanical know-how—will find prices are surprisingly affordable, with fixer-uppers generally available for under $1000. Be warned though; while these cars have longevity and reliability on their side (more than a few TC owners attest to topping 200,000 miles with just basic maintenance), bringing one back from the dead can become a pricey endeavor.

  • Keepers: Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (3510 views)

    By Christopher Smith on September 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Now that Ford is getting all excited about turbocharged engines, we thought it might be nice to revisit its original turbo effort from the 1980s. Long before Dearborn coined the term EcoBoost there was just plain boost, force-feeding Ford’s venerable 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. Enthusiasts will recognize this engine as the force behind other Blue Oval 80s creations like the Mustang SVO and Merkur XR4Ti, but the unmistakably-aero appearance of the 1987-1988 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe holds a place in our enthusiast heart as having the best combination of performance, styling, sportiness, comfort, and gadgetry.

  • Driven: 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, Tread Lightly My Ass (1135 views)

    By Rex Roy on September 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    As subtle as an IED going off next door. As indulgent as making out on a park bench with a pretty woman. As offensive as wearing a baby seal fur coat to a PETA convention. This is the 2010 Ford SVT Raptor. In these sickeningly PC times, we're grateful that Ford mustered the guts to introduce the Raptor. Not only is this a full-size pickup, but it's a purpose-built machine designed for high-speed off-road running…not exactly what the Tread Lightly organization had in mind. This truck won't win many friends in Washington, DC or at the local Sierra Club. For ...

  • Driven: Showdown - Mustang GT, Infiniti G37, And BMW 328i Convertibles (2294 views)

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

    For some time now we’ve been doing brief, direct comparisons of test cars at the request of our readers. Naturally, anyone considering a car will have a short list of other cars that are considered competitive. We think the information requested has been helpful, so we’re formalizing the idea in a new series called Showdown. This is the first article in this series, so let us know what you think, in comments. Someone shopping for a convertible around the $40k mark would probably have at least one of these cars in mind. Since these three cars are full of surprises, ...

  • Driven: 2010 Honda Insight, Hardly Honda (554 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on August 31, 2009 12 a.m.

    Let’s not compare it to the Toyota Prius, as difficult as that may be. And let us preface this by saying we love small Hondas. The Fit, S2000, and Civic (especially the Si) are some of our favorite cars to drive. With that in mind, let’s take another opportunity to discuss the 2010 Honda Insight.

  • First Look: BMW F800R Chris Pfeiffer (1256 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on August 28, 2009 12 a.m.

    World and European motorcycle stunt-riding champion Chris Pfeiffer has been honored by BMW today, as the Motorrad arm of the German manufacturer has announced an eponymous tribute to the rider—the F800R Chris Pfeiffer.

  • Keepers: Subaru WRX—Community (555 views)

    By Christopher Smith on August 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    Subaru enthusiasts share a broad enjoyment of just about everything Subaru, with various meets and events happening on almost a daily basis. Given the go-anywhere, all-wheel drive nature of the Subie lineup, back-woods barbeques and off-road events go hand-in-hand with traditional pavement-bound activities—year round.

  • List: Our Ten Favorite Women On Cars (6659 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on August 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    Since the birth of the automobile, women have been posing on cars. Often, it’s in order to sell something. Spokesperson + product = advertisement. Sometimes, the car and the woman placed together highlight the aesthetic qualities of one another, making a good photograph great. Occasionally, there’s no good reason for anyone to be on top of a vehicle (sometimes accompanied by us yelling, “Hey, that’s my car!”).

  • Driven: 2011 Hyundai Equus Stops By For A Visit (1174 views)

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

    When Hyundai launched the Genesis sedan a last year, we were very impressed. They managed to create a car unlike anything else they've ever done that was not only good to drive and extremely well-equipped, but priced substantially less than the competition. To continue on in this saga, Hyundai recently announced that they will be selling their larger flagship sedan, the Equus, in North America. This car is positioned to do to the Lexus LS what the Genesis has done to the Lexus GS and Infiniti M. (Note: Equus is what the car is called in other markets, and the ...

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO (1215 views)

    By Christopher Smith on August 25, 2009 12 a.m.

    When Ford announced earlier this year it was resurrecting the Taurus SHO, eyebrows were raised across the motoring spectrum and especially within the Taurus SHO enthusiast community, who’ve long regarded themselves as Ford’s red-headed step-children. Spying the tiny turbos and listening to Ford engineers babble on about torque delivery and fuel economy at lengthy pre-launch events did little to quell concerns, leading more than a few folks to write the car off without so much as a test drive. Everyone knew that the new car was going to be much bigger—and heavier—than the original, but had Ford learned the lessons ...