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  • Driven: 2007 Bosch BMW 535d (2027 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 31, 2008 12 a.m.

    While it may be a year old, the diesel BMW 5-series was never sold in America, but it’s still something we wish we could have the option to shop for in this market. Our friends at Bosch imported a Euro-spec 535d for us to test, featuring a 3.0-liter diesel inline-six capable of producing 286 horsepower and a whopping 428 pound-feet of torque. Our test car also adorned BMW's M Sport appearance package, available on the European 5-series. This, combined with tinted rear windows and a badge-less rear end made this 5-series our stealth bomber of choice for cruising.

  • List: Ten Forgotten Small Cars (Now with Bonus Car!) (5036 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 31, 2008 12 a.m.

    Talk about new and better small car offerings for the North American market is thick in the air these days, and while it’s true that many of the best compact offerings have been only sold abroad throughout the years, there are more than a few cars that have been simply forgotten about.

  • Driven: 2009 BMW 7-series Gives Less Bangle, More Bimmer (1066 views)

    By Matt Davis on July 28, 2008 12 a.m.

    This was an incredible sensation we have to tell you about first. We’ve melted tires and drifted BMW M3s, M5s, and M6es without any effort whatsoever. We tried getting the 128i or 135i to do these things and it wasn’t easy. We tried the 335i and it’s just too composed to make it easy, though it can be done under certain circumstances. Bottom line is that BMW makes cars that must seize the driver’s heart and soul without much ado. They should goad us to play.

  • List: Top Ten Cars that Look Great in Bizarre Colors (2807 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 23, 2008 12 a.m.

    It’s no easy job to design a car that most people will agree is attractive. Start to throw wild shades of paint into the mix and the job becomes exponentially harder. While it’s safe to say that Jaguar’s XKE is a stunningly beautiful car, we’d imagine that Atomic Orange might be a tough sell to Jag owners when it comes time for new paint.

  • List: Top 11 Animal-Themed Vehicle Names of All Time (1860 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 17, 2008 12 a.m.

    Manufacturers have long relied on symbolism to push their metal on the public, hoping to create a long-lasting connection between their vehicles and a commonly understood concept. No stronger does this play out than in the name of the vehicle itself, where car makers have looked to animal names to imbue a set of characteristics not captured by the spec sheet alone.

  • Driven: 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart and Evo X MR (2526 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on July 09, 2008 12 a.m.

    We’re just back from a day of participation in what Mitsubishi called its Lancer Family Road Show, where the main event was our debut drive in the new center of the range, the 2009 Lancer Ralliart.

  • Driven: 2008 Mini Cooper D (818 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on July 02, 2008 12 a.m.

    We at Winding Road and NextAutos are always eager to test the diesel offerings from global manufacturers and we were grinning with excitement when the folks at Bosch offered us the keys to a Mini Cooper with a 1.6-liter diesel engine. According to Bosch, this Mini will achieve fuel economy numbers in upwards of 50 miles per gallon, which will shame many hybrid offerings currently sold in the States.

  • Winding Road's Top Twelve Cars Of 2009 (4203 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on January 01, 2006 12 a.m.

    Over the past twelve months we’ve driven or reviewed (and often both) something on the order of 250 vehicles. Be it on some far-flung and usually stunning road served up by an automaker for a new car launch, or on the slightly more humble highways and byways that surround our Michigan and Texas offices, we’ve had a fair taste of what was on offer in the automotive universe during 2009. We figure the very least we can do is to tell you which ones we liked best.

  • Early Adopters: Sign Up For Winding Road’s iPad App (300 views)

    By Winding Road Staff on April 15, 1999 11:04 a.m.

    Since its launch at the beginning of this month, Apple’s iPad has been the talk of news writers, forums posters, and the larger online world in general. While we at Winding Road haven’t been immune to the base lure of what is, perhaps, the most exciting product on the planet, we’ve also been hard at work developing our own application for it.

  • Preview: 2011 Mini Countryman (1371 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on February 19, 1999 12 a.m.

    That’s right, folks—it’s a modern-day Mini Crossover.