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  • First Look: 2011 BMW X1 (608 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? (1268 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 (399 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 (427 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 (988 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 (1351 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.

  • Keepers: BMW M3 E46 (1092 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 23, 2009 12 a.m.

    Let’s be honest, every generation of the M3 is a keeper. Balance, grip, performance, you’ve heard all this before. In 23 years of M3 production, approximately 2863 various adjectives, adverbs, present and past participles, sexually-charged metaphors, and other automotive clichés have been blasted across print and electronic media, describing the greatness of the car. Far be it for us to add to the hype, so we’ll simply say yeah, it’s that good, and the third-generation E46 model is among the finest of the breed, delivering a driving experience that is pure M-ness. M-ness…guess that makes 2864.

  • Blog: General Motors 4.0 - Pay Attention to the Genesis (667 views)

    By Tom Martin on June 23, 2009 12 a.m.

    By happenstance, we had the Chevrolet Corvette and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe in the office during the same week recently. I found driving these two sports coupes back-to-back a fascinating exercise with implications for GM 4.0 and GM CEO Fritz Henderson. Below is my (imagined) consultative letter to Fritz.

  • Driven: 2010 Porsche Panamera (892 views)

    By Matt Davis on June 19, 2009 12 a.m.

    We’ve personally been present at all of the Panamera events leading up to today’s long awaited drive and we can say honestly that the Porsche luxury liner has looked better and better to us with each walk-around. Whether witnessing in the clouds above Shanghai, in the passenger seat at the company’s Weissach tech center, or driving it here in the Bavarian Alps, we are now certain that the Panamera is at the very least a trueblood modern day Porsche.

  • Keepers: Turbo Dodges—Community (366 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 18, 2009 12 a.m.

    One thing is for certain when it comes to Turbo Dodges; they’re backed by a very broad, dedicated enthusiast community that ranges from armchair admirers to technical wizards who can rattle off specific engine tolerances and decode VINs, while rebuilding transmissions, and yes, I do mean multiple transmissions at once. Having that kind of support base makes owning a turbo Dodge even sweeter, and for the enthusiasts who happen upon one of the rarer model/engine combos, it’s borderline necessary.