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  • First Look: 2010 Aston Martin Rapide (296 views)

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

    It's been talked about for years now, but here it is - the absolutely, 100 percent, production-ready version of Aston Martin's new Rapide four-door. Naturally, this car comes to market at a very interesting time, what with the Porsche Panamera just having hit the pavement. Even so, the Rapide takes all of the traditional Aston Martin values of sportiness, luxury, and style, and offers it in more of a traditional Grand Touring package. It's Aston's family car.

  • Driven: 2010 Audi S4 and S5 Cabriolet (8199 views)

    By Rex Roy on September 15, 2009 12 a.m.

    The new 2010 Audi S5 Cabriolet looks good from any angle. Even from the inside of the back seat with the soft-top snuggly closed. The room isn't adequate for someone six-foot six, but that's not the point. Viewed from this slightly cramped vantage, the fact that Audi attends to details in a most exhaustive manner seems abundantly clear.

  • First Look: 2010 Lamborghini Reventón Roadster (1143 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 (4740 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 (4322 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 (688 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 (792 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 (855 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 (1112 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 (3903 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.