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  • Driven: 2010 Mazdaspeed3 (5324 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on November 03, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    Our love of the Mazdaspeed3 can be traced back with a very exact timeline, as it first bloomed about 30 seconds after we ignited the engine on our maiden voyage in it. Back in October of 2006 we lauded the first generation Speed3 as, “The most complete front-drive compact yet,” and were left certainly stunned at the car’s combination of price and performance. Three years and one generation on, and we’re tempted to conclude that Mazda still has the best thing going in the hot hatch game, by a long shot, though clearly not a car that is all things ...

  • Keepers: Mustang SVT Cobra—Community (530 views)

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

    Mustang clubs are about as common as all-you-can-eat Chinese buffets. There are clubs for old Mustangs, new Mustangs, convertibles, specific models, specific colors (yes colors), and of course, clubs for the SVT faithful. The good news here is that yes, there is a Mustang club in your neck of the woods, wherever your woods happen to be. If, however, you want to associate only with the Cobra crowd, that may be a bit tougher unless you stick to internet chatting only. Most Mustang clubs—even the ones specializing in a particular Mustang genre—welcome all breeds of the horse, and that’s okay ...

  • Driven: 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6MT (3373 views)

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

    Opening the office door onto the parking lot, we shivered just a bit. It may have been the fall weather descending upon us, but the face of the Acura TL SH-AWD, it’s imposing, angular slabs of sheet metal glaring at us from under the slanted headlights and diminutive badge, probably contributed to our brief shudder. Having already seen, addressed, and come to terms with the TL’s appearance, we armed ourselves with the keys and got in.

  • Keepers: Mustang SVT Cobra—Shopping (684 views)

    By Christopher Smith on October 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    “The fix” are two words perpetually connected with the 1999 SVT Cobra. To make a somewhat confusing story very simple, it goes like this: Design flaws in the intake and exhaust caused the car to make less than the 320 horsepower advertised by Ford. Average losses were in the 30 horsepower range, but some folks claimed as many as 50 ponies were missing from their Cobra. The fallout caused Ford to stop Cobra production, issue a recall, and “fix” the cars already in circulation so they actually produced all 320 horsepower. All Cobra owners were notified of the problem and ...

  • First Look: 2011 Lexus LFA (617 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on October 22, 2009 12 a.m.

    After many, many rounds of spy shots, the final details and production images have been released of the much-anticipated Lexus LFA supercar, which will have a limited production run of 500 units and will be sold for -- get ready -- $375,000. (Start saving your pennies.)

  • Keepers: Mustang SVT Cobra (599 views)

    By Christopher Smith on October 21, 2009 12 a.m.

    When the concept of Keepers was bouncing around the NextAutos office, there was a tinge of trepidation about discussing Mustangs and Camaros. Aside from the fanatical, insanely-large following enjoyed by both cars, they’ve been covered, featured, mentioned, compared, discussed, reviewed, and otherwise overblown by just about every publication on the planet. As such, you’ll never likely never see a Mustang GT or Camaro Z28 in this neck of NextAutos cyberspace, but some of the specialty models do stand a chance, such as the 1999 and 2001 Mustang SVT Cobra.

  • First Look: 2011 Nissan GT-R (1246 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on October 21, 2009 12 a.m.

    The Nissan GT-R isn't an old car, and we don't have many complaints about Godzilla's mannerisms, but nonetheless, some small, yet crucial, tweaks have been made to the GT-R for the 2010 model year.

  • List: Top Ten $5K Rallycross Cars (53010 views)

    By Jeremy Cargill on October 19, 2009 12 a.m.

    Getting involved in rallycross racing doesn’t have to mean being part of a factory-backed team with piles of cash. The Sports Car Club of America offers rallycross racing at very little cost to participants. To get started here are ten cars that fit the bill for $5000 or less.

  • Driven: 2010 Lincoln MKT (3093 views)

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

    One of the most crucial things that American automakers—namely Ford and GM—are currently doing is working on building better individual brand identity within their larger portfolios. In years past, the Lincoln brand suffered by being written off as the grandfather-oriented luxury brand, offering soft vehicles with only a few more luxurious touches than similar products with Ford or Mercury badges. But recently, we’ve seen some really attractive things come from Lincoln, and Ford’s marketing representatives have a clear objective to bring new products to dealer lots that don’t plainly resemble the Ford vehicles that they’re based off of. Sure, you ...

  • Driven: 2010 Acura ZDX (926 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on October 12, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    For Drivers. Whether you catch it on the front page of every issue of Winding Road or not, that simple statement of purpose helps to frame every review we write, comparison test we formulate, or opinion piece we collectively espouse. In practice, it tells us that when we encounter a new vehicle the driving experience should be at the heart of what we communicate to our readers. Our credo does occasionally put us in the slightly sticky position of finding favor with a new car or truck that isn’t particularly riveting to drive. Enter stage right, the 2010 Acura ZDX.