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  • Gamer: MotorStorm Arctic Edge Is A Good Blend of Fire and Ice (368 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on October 06, 2009 12 a.m.

    We’re familiar with the MotorStorm franchise mostly from the early PlayStation 3 title (simply called MotorStorm), which provided us with hours of explosive entertainment. Really, we exploded a lot. From using too much boost. Same with the sequel, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. Knowing we would surely have a blast with it, we were excited when we received our copy of the new PlayStation Portable title, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, to test out.

  • Driven: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 Sport (4711 views)

    By Tom Martin on October 05, 2009 12 a.m.

    With the new E-Class, Mercedes-Benz is doing its best to get beyond the “middle child” reputation that most cars in this class seem to have. Neither fish nor fowl, mid-sized Euro sedans (e.g. 5-Series, A6 and S-Type) have lacked the sportiness of their smaller brethren, while also giving up the luxury and presence of the parent company’s flagship sedan. In the case of Mercedes-Benz, we thought the last generation E-Class was rather bland and characterless. So, when we found ourselves liking the new E350 Sport quite a bit, we were pleasantly surprised. It is still a middle of the road ...

  • 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 (10889 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? (1349 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 (913 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 (945 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 (3442 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, ...