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  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7—Shopping (667 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 17, 2009 12 a.m.

    There’s a good deal of trepidation among first-time Mazda RX-7 shoppers, especially when it comes to the twin-turbo FD-series. The unique rotary engine comes with its own set of issues that generally stem from abuse or poor maintenance, so the key to getting the most from an FD-series RX-7 is knowing how to properly take care of it. Excessive heat is a quick killer for these cars, and the stock temperature gauge doesn’t do a great job of relaying vital information in time to prevent disaster. The under hood hoses are prone to drying out and cracking, so inspect them ...

  • Keepers: Mazda RX-7 (766 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 14, 2009 12 a.m.

    A perennial favorite of sports car enthusiasts worldwide, the Mazda RX-7 exemplifies the epitome of balanced handling, graceful lines, and communicative controls; three very important ingredients in creating a quintessential driver’s car. As good as the early-generation RX-7s were however, they still lacked a key fourth ingredient—power.

  • Driven: 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT (1931 views)

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

    For a company as small and idiosyncratic as Subaru, launching a wholly new contender for the high stakes midsize market is a really big deal. The automaker is rightly aware that its 2010 Legacy won’t be overtaking the sales numbers of stalwarts Accord or Camry any time soon, but Subaru has high hopes and broad targets for the all-new sedan, nevertheless. The stated goal for the Legacy is to become the, “Driver’s car of the midsize segment.” Consider us intrigued.

  • Driven: Mini Cooper – Where Less is More (804 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 13, 2009 12 a.m.

    Over the last few months, we’ve been the lucky recipients of a spate of different Mini products here at Winding Road. From the rather rip-snorting Mini JCW, to a Cooper S droptop, to the presumably humble, plain-Jane Cooper we had most recently as part of an upcoming group test. This extended amount of Mini seat time (I do my best to hog the little beggars from my fellow Winding Roaders, whenever possible) has lead to a strange revelation on my part—I simply like driving the less powerful cars more.

  • Record-Setting Road Trip: Driving A Subaru Forester To Help Break A World Record (808 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on July 13, 2009 12 a.m.

    Up until this weekend, we had never heard of Itasca, Illinois, a small suburb located about thirty minutes northwest of downtown Chicago. But on Saturday morning, this town was offically christened into the Guinness world record books for hosting the longest parade of any one type of vehicle, as a grand total of 339 Subarus paraded around the city, horns honking, turbocharged 2.5-liter fours revving. Subaru owners love their cars, and some folks that we met pride themselves on being die-hard Scooby loyalists.

  • Factory Five ’33 Ford Hot Rod: Project Car or Something More? (2011 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 10, 2009 12 a.m.

    I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours with Dave Smith, CEO of Factory Five Racing at Factory Five’s headquarters in Wareham, Massachusetts. While the original intent was to drive Factory Five’s most recent offering, the ’33 Ford Hot Rod, events conspired to prevent that drive (as they often do with small companies). In a way, that worked out well, because Smith and I had more time to tour FFR’s facility and talk about the car business.

  • First Look: 2010 Jaguar XJ (762 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 09, 2009 12 a.m.

    Today, after extensive teasing, Jaguar finally unveiled the 2010 XJ, with a little help from funnyman and chin hero Jay Leno.

  • Driven: 2010 BMW X6M (1550 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 08, 2009 12 a.m.

    What Was the Question, Again? Let’s face it, the BMW X6 is an unusual car. We simply aren’t yet accustomed to a large, tall, fastback SUVs (or SAVs as BMW would have it). Making such a car in an M version makes it even more unusual, and challenges the cerebral cortex even more.

  • Keepers: BMW M3 E46—Community (741 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 07, 2009 12 a.m.

    In essence, simply owning a BMW grants you an all-access pass to an all-encompassing, purebred group that’s arguably the largest, most dedicated, and most fanatical community of motoring enthusiasts in the world. Obviously the M cars are the poster children for this segment, but attend any type of BMW event and you’ll likely see a wide range of new and old Bimmers, everything from high-end M machines to highly modified variations of 3 and 5-Series cars, stock sedans, convertibles, and yes, SUVs. If it says BMW, then it’s welcome, and whether it’s a brand new M3 or a decades-old 2002, ...

  • First Look: 2010 Volvo XC60 R-Design (665 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 07, 2009 12 a.m.

    Volvo introduced its new 2010 XC60 R-Design, in a Press Release today. Volvo representatives said that it will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this September.