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  • First Look: 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Car (2286 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on October 05, 2009 12 a.m.

    When General Motors announced the imminent demise of Pontiac, rumors sprung up about the much-loved G8 sedan being rebadged as a Chevy and potentially used for different North American police forces. Now, GM has officially taken the wraps off of its 2011 Chevrolet Caprice Police Interceptor, but take special note -- it's not actually a G8 (read: Holden Commodore) -- instead, this car is a left-hand-drive iteration of the long-wheelbase Holden Caprice/Statesman.

  • List: Ten Performance Cars That We Wish Existed (10886 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 29, 2009 12 a.m.

    One of our favorite ongoing discussions here at the Winding Road office is how we'd like to see some tuned-up performance variants of some of our favorite production cars. This conversation normally contains talk of turbochargers, wheels, spoilers, body kits, Recaro seats, speeding tickets, and power sliding. It's fun to dream, isn't it?

  • Back To School: We Preview Aston Martin’s Performance Driving Course (693 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 29, 2009 12 a.m.

    The folks at Aston Martin invited us to preview the same courses that customers go through, and we gladly accepted. This would not only allow us to brush up on our dynamic driving skills, but it would give us the chance to spend some more time with the latest crop of Astons—the V8 Vantage, DB9, and DBS coupes.

  • Dinan S1 335i: Better Than an M3? (1333 views)

    By Tom Martin on September 28, 2009 12 a.m.

    Taking the fabulous BMW 335i and trying to make it better than an M3 is a tempting but difficult exercise. Not only is the M3 a very good car, so is the 335i. If anyone has a chance to pull this off, it would be Dinan, the long-standing mega tuners of BMWs in the U.S.

  • First Look: 2010 Toyota 4Runner (1913 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 25, 2009 12 a.m.

    Though the market for mid-size sport-utility vehicles is shrinking in favor of more crossovers and funky wagon-ish things, Toyota's 4Runner sallies forth into 2010 with a host of visual changes, along with an all-new four-cylinder engine. The new car is both wider and longer than the last-generation 4Runner, meaning that a third-row seat is now available. (Fold-down jump seats were available on previous-gen 4Runners, but we wouldn't dare refer to that as an actual third row.)

  • List: Our Gamer Wishlist (905 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on September 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    Unfortunately, we can’t always be behind the wheel. We certainly can’t do all the things we’d like to do behind the wheel. If we did, we’d go to jail. Or die.

  • List: Top Ten Car Names that Sound Like Medicine Names (929 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 24, 2009 12 a.m.

    When automakers are looking for the perfect name for their new products, they seem to strive for monikers that reach customers on a gut level rather than an intellectual one. The same can be said, we’ve noticed, of the naming conventions behind modern prescription drugs, which seem to meld a version of the intended effect with melodious prefixes and suffixes. So it was only natural that we find the shared area between modern medicine and today’s wheels; presented above for your approval. Click through the gallery above for our list of car names that sound like medicine names and then ...

  • Keepers: Audi S4 B5-series—Community (3430 views)

    By Christopher Smith on September 22, 2009 12 a.m.

    Here’s where the frustration of dealing with recurring S4 mechanical maladies all but disappears. YouTube is full videos that feature turbo S4s committing various acts of horsepower heroics (like the Nurburgring vid posted above), and that’s due to the devout following of Audi owners on the whole. The unassuming styling of the S4 however, combined with the Biturbo’s ease of tuning make it an Audi favorite despite the car’s relatively short North American lifespan. As such, S4 owners have an extremely broad enthusiast community when it comes to technical help, aftermarket tuning, spare parts, or just friendly camaraderie. In fact, ...

  • 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 (1146 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 ...