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  • First Look: 2010 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster (1139 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 14, 2009 12 a.m.

    Lamborghini’s droptop Reventón will be joining the fight for the coolest supercar at Frankfurt, battling with fantastic metal from Mercedes-Benz (SLS AMG), Ferrari (458 Italia), and McLaren (MP4-12C) for eyeballs.

  • Keepers: Thunderbird Turbo Coupe—Community (4432 views)

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

    As one might expect with a lesser-known performance car, the Turbo Coupe community is a lesser-known group of individuals who not only love the Turbo Coupe, but all iterations of the Fox-Body based, “aero birds” that graced the FoMoCo lineup from 1983-1988. They also love and embrace the same-era Mercury Cougar, which mirrored the Turbo Coupe’s development through 1986 by offering the 2.3 turbo with a five-speed on the rare XR-7 model.

  • List: The Top 10 Reasons to Love Monza (4180 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on September 10, 2009 12 a.m.

    With the 2009 Italian Grand Prix at Monza nearly upon us, we thought it an apt time to reflect on some of the items that make the historic Italian speedway one of the best. Sure, not each of our picks is entirely related to racing, but we found them all compelling, nonetheless. Click through the gallery above to read along, and then tell us where we went wrong, in comments.

  • First Look: 2011 McLaren MP4-12C (683 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 09, 2009 12 a.m.

    We've been waiting for this one for quite some time. McLaren's last official entry into the supercar world was the too-hot F1 which ended production in the late 1990s. But now Lamborghini and Ferrari have a new kid to do battle with -- the MP4-12C, which has been developed entirely in-house and derived from Formula 1 technologies.

  • First Look: 2010 Volvo C30 (788 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 08, 2009 12 a.m.

    Just like the larger C70 convertible, Volvo's funky C30 hatchback will receive a funky new front end for the 2010 model year. The revised hatch will make its official debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, but we've got the official images and details ahead of time.

  • Driven: 2010 Nissan 370Z Roadster (833 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on September 08, 2009 12 a.m.

    Creating a really good convertible is tricky business, especially when the coupe or sedan it’s based on is such a strong, well-liked car. Simply lobbing the roof off causes a whole host of rigidity and stiffness problems—not to mention design dilemmas—and if these issues aren’t properly addressed, the new-found droptop might just be a big mess. The Infiniti G37, for example, is one of our favorite sport coupes, but in its cabriolet guise, the chassis proves to be a bit more flexible than we’d like. Don’t even get us started on worse offenders like the Chrysler Sebring and Toyota Solara.

  • Keepers: Thunderbird Turbo Coupe—Shopping (1101 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 (3573 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 (1136 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 (2335 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, ...