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  • Driven: The Look-At-Me Chevrolet Camaro RS (523 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 07, 2009 12 a.m.

    In our new Third Look series, the Winding Road staff will take another, more focused view of cars that have already been through our wheelhouse. Though Driven reviews, comparison tests, and our Ask It section in the Forums are all instructive, multiple chances to drive a particular vehicle always yield new, sometimes subtle impressions. In Third Look, we’ll try to highlight these and bring to light some thoughts we might not have had the first time around. Case in point is the Camaro RS that we had the opportunity to test over the Forth of July holiday weekend. As a ...

  • General Motors 4.0: What is a Buick? (461 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 06, 2009 12 a.m.

    Oddly enough, some of the most perplexing questions I get asked by normal people as editor of an automotive publication involve Buick. Most of them are along the lines of “Why did GM keep Buick?” and “What the heck is a Buick anyway?” Not a great place to be, if you’re GM. GM knows it has an issue here in the U.S. (Buick, remember, is a hot brand in China) and it is attacking the problem. Buick recently announced the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse, a car that gives us a chance to think about how GM is and should be ...

  • Keepers: BMW M3 E46—Shopping (2813 views)

    By Christopher Smith on July 02, 2009 12 a.m.

    The current state of the auto market makes for some tantalizing possibilities when it comes to performance cars, and with good-condition E46 prices dipping well into the $20,000 range, it’s currently one of the best performance purchases available. Unfortunately, perhaps the biggest stumbling block on the road to M3 ownership has nothing to do with the car itself, but rather the cost to insure it. Running a quick check for a squeaky-clean, 22-year old driver returns a frightening range of $300 to $700 per month for full coverage, thanks to a perfect storm of popularity (as in popular among thieves) ...

  • Driven: 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG (853 views)

    By Matt Davis on July 02, 2009 12 a.m.

    Boy, has the E-Class Mercedes ever come a long way from being the world’s taxi cab. This latest W212 four-door E-Class is a proper executive sedan filled to the gills with technology, luxury, and style. What is already an edgier base model E-Class goes to the edgy-looking extreme here in the 518 horsepower, E63 AMG and you either mind that or you don’t. We do feel the edge is a little overstated, but it’s certainly not heinously so.

  • First Look: 2011 BMW X1 (606 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    After lots of spy photos, production shots of the BMW X1 have finally popped up on the Internet. Europe will be the first to see the X1 on its roads, with a probable U.S. release in years ahead.

  • Blog: General Motors 4.0 - What is an American Car? (1252 views)

    By Tom Martin on July 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    I suggested to Fritz Henderson (GM CEO) in my last missive on GM 4.0 that he buy a bunch of Hyundai Genesis Coupes to inspire his executive team. Toward the end of that piece, I mentioned that GM still very much needs to get a handle on what each of its cars should stand for in the marketplace. The first part of that exercise is coming to a strong understand of what an American car is (Alan Mulally might want to listen in on this conversation, BTW).

  • First Look: 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni (396 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on July 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Lamborghini presents 550-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive supercar, the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.

  • First Look: 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake (423 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on June 29, 2009 12 a.m.

    Shelby Automobiles announced last week that it will sell a limited number of GT500 Shelby Super Snake packages for the 2010 Ford Shelby GT500s. This package will boost the Ford Shelby GT500s handling, styling, and power (output ratings to range from 630 to over 725 horsepower).

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Transit Connect (986 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on June 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    This wasn’t what we were expecting for a “first drive” experience. Instead of being let loose on Metro Detroit’s highways and byways, we were given a carefully planned route in and around the quaint town of Royal Oak and were told to make pit stops at three different businesses along the way. We talked with a catering company, kitchen and bath remodeling shop, and florist supply service about the ways in which the Transit Connect could be a useful tool for small companies who normally had to rely on large cargo vans (Dodge Sprinter, Ford E-Series) or light-duty trucks for ...

  • Driven: 2010 Ford Taurus SHO (1329 views)

    By Rex Roy on June 25, 2009 12 a.m.

    Charging into any of a thousand deep green tunnels of trees, twin turbos spin 170,000 rpm just in front of the firewall. The all-wheel-drive bites into the asphalt tossed across North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Only way deep, way hot into the corner do the tires begin to sound off. Nanoseconds before, the steering already communicated the impending understeer. The paddle shifter calls for a three-to-two downshift. It engages with a rev-match in 0.75 milliseconds. Nail the throttle for instant power. Clipping a leaf-strewn apex just for effect. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.