Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks. And no, we haven’t been fooling around with Photoshop. That really is a Dodge Challenger SRT-8 parked on Waterloo Bridge in London, England, all testosterone and torque and Hemi orange attitude. We’re a long way from Motown, Toto… And we have a long way to go. Almost 3000 miles across Europe, in fact, on a journey that will see the big Dodge — one of just two Challengers outside the U.S. — tackle some of the Continent’s greatest roads, from flat-out autobahn to steep and writhing Alpine passes to famous racetracks where hard-muscled legends once diced with death. Why? Underneath its retro skin, the new Challenger SRT8 is a thoroughly modern musclecar, with the suspension, steering, and braking to match its V-8 performance. This is a musclecar you don’t need to make excuses for when the bench racing moves away from the dragstrip and onto the road course. And where better to prove the point than … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Dodge Challenger Road Trip
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Few cars must work as hard as a premium SUV. Supercars can be forgiven for having a boot the size of a credit card, small hatchbacks are not expected to feel rock solid through rough patches and MPVs aren’t judged for their opposite lock entertainment. But SUVs, especially the premium offerings, must be masters of all trades: feisty performance, a cossetting ride, impeccable refinement, athletic handling, generous accommodation, vault-like safety and strong versatility. And all this, in an aesthetically pleasing package, both inside and out. Life isn’t easy for such a vehicle, then. The latest Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 4Matic, part of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s SUV blitz this year, claims to do all that and more. We took a couple of GLEs on a road trip to Kuantan with our contest winners, Hafizan Mk and wife, to see if the big SUV is really that good of an all-rounder. So, all eyes on the refreshed GLE here. Previously the ML, the renamed, facelifted version has rather … [Read more...] about DRIVEN: Mercedes-Benz GLE 400 road trip to Kuantan
LOS ANGELES, California — In a few days, the Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks-off the 2017 racing season at Daytona International Speedway, which is less than an hour’s drive from my house, yet I came to California to prepare for my 31st year in motorsports. Go figure. My reasoning is pretty simple: California is all about cars and I had an assignment out here anyway, so I decided to make a proper road trip out of it and tick off a bunch of boxes. Call it equal parts relaxation, motivation, and inspiration. Upon my arrival in Los Angeles, I picked up a 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum wearing Purpurite Metallic on the outside and Agate Grey leather on the inside. I then did what everyone should do immediately after gathering their luggage at LAX: I drove 20 minutes down the freeway to the Porsche Experience Center in nearby Carson. The company strategically built both of its U.S Porsche Experience Centers close to two of the busiest airports in the country, LAX and Atlanta … [Read more...] about Prepping for the Rolex 24 at Daytona With a California Road Trip
After our late night (!) we decide that we need a big sleep in on Sunday morning. We also come to the conclusion that we hate Las Vegas enough not to bother with the Grand Canyon – after three national parks have we become blasé? Will we regret this decision?Instead we head south out of Vegas for LA, rather than via Death Valley as the sat-nav suggests, stopping only briefly to buy me a pair of 32x38 Levi’s at on outlet mall. The rest of the journey is uneventful, save for Bond finishing off Goldfinger at 20,000ft and the missus having a drive in the Bullitt. After three miles of my constant nannying I’m told in no uncertain terms to get lost, so we switch back.As we reach LA we turn off I-15 to I-10 and the Mustang thumps and bumps over every expansion joint as we head into the City of Angels. In the end we pick a place to stay, the Jolly Roger, less than a mile from Venice Beach and a reasonable $99.It’s been an exhausting day of just … [Read more...] about Ford Mustang Bullitt road trip blog
► We tour Texas in the new Tesla Model X► High-performance electric SUV tested► Info on range, performance and comfort Texas is big. The discovery there of vast oil reserves was bigger still, the moment the petrol genie escaped the bottle. If Tesla’s Model X can succeed in this most oil-obsessed of states, it can succeed anywhere...As a metaphor for Elon Musk’s crusade to rid the world of combustion vehicles, the abandoned petrol station burning orange in the low evening sun is too good to resist. Its subterranean tanks have been parched for years, broken glass shimmers on the forecourt like frost and a good-sized forest has taken hold behind one of the pumps. A thick, tiring heat hangs in the air like an invisible fog. The Tesla Model X glides to a halt almost noiselessly; the only sound the murmur of hot, fat tyres on concrete.As I select Park a rear view of the car appears on the vast central touchscreen, marked with icons for the tailgate … [Read more...] about Tesla vs Texas: a 700-mile road trip in a new Model X
In the next couple of days Autumn will officially begin. For most of us, however, Summer ended back on Labor Day, that final day of freedom before kids all over the country had to get up early, stuff their new school supplies into their backpacks and board those big yellow nuisances to all of us who have a daily commute. Anyone with kids, kids, kids is tied to home so, for all but a privileged few, the season of great cross country road trips is at an end.I am a seasoned cross-country road tripper. I started road like most children of my generation, in the rearward facing back seat of my parent’s Oldsmobile station wagon as the Kreutzer family made our regular pilgrimage from our home in the mist shrouded forests of Western Washington to the vast, sun scorched plains of Eastern Kansas. Five kids, ranging in ages from 4 to 14, and two adults were crammed into the interior of the silver-green machine while our luggage was secured up-top in an old-time wooden roof rack covered … [Read more...] about Road Trips, Pit Stops & Public Employees
I rarely ride in taxis. This is by design, since taxis are, in fact, the single scariest vehicles in North America. I’m not talking about taxi drivers, who I find to be really good people – an opinion that’s largely based on the fact that I think I’d be called racist if I said anything bad about them. So instead I’m talking solely about the taxis themselves, which are very scary.I base my opinion largely on taxi rides in New York City. There, they have precisely two types of cabs: old Crown Victorias and recent hybrids. Somehow all of these vehicles sound exactly the same, which is to say: like they’re about to fall apart. Presumably, this is because they’re about to fall apart.I know this because, occasionally, when I peer past the cab driver – who could be of any race, and is very nice, and smells great, and certainly isn’t screaming curse words at other drivers in a foreign language – I often notice that virtually every … [Read more...] about What’s The Best Taxi?
In addition to advice about the long-term benefits of wearing sunscreen, the world’s most famous commencement address included this bit of wisdom: “The real troubles in your life are apt to be the things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.” And so it was, true to the author of that essay’s own meandering experience, that I found myself on a sunny, if not entirely idle, afternoon this past June tossing a small rucksack into the back of my well-worn Shelby Charger setting out for Seattle, some 1800 miles away.That my mother was ill was a fact I had long known. Just how serious the situation truly was, however, took everyone by surprise. One day the doctors were telling my brothers and sisters that our mother had as much as a year left to live and then, almost the next day, were coming back to say that she might have just a few weeks. By the time the news reached me in Leavenworth, the prognosis had been … [Read more...] about An Unexpected Lesson: Making the Long Trip Home
If you want to truly understand how the sausage of “automotive journalism” is made, there are two articles that you absolutely must read. The first is fun: it’s by Neal Pollack and it talks about the outrageous excesses of Mercedes PR’s “Pied Piper.” The second is long and occasionally tedious: it’s called “Taking Readers For A Ride” and it was written for American Journalism Review by a fellow named Frank Greve with material assistance from … yours truly.Most people know by now that the majority of new-car press introductions are absurdly sybaritic affairs, featuring five-star hotels, unlimited room service, outrageous gifts, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Why does Subaru have to introduce the XV Crosstrek in Iceland? The simple answer is that they didn’t … but they knew that the broke-ass journalists who used the trip as a vacation (and, in at least one case, a hookup) would treasure the trip for the … [Read more...] about No Fixed Abode: The Best Press Event Ever!
2017 Subaru BRZ 2.0-liter BOXER four-cylinder, DOHC, direct/port injection, Dual Active Valve Control System (205 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm; 156 lbs-ft @ 6,400-6,800 rpm)Six-speed manual (opt. six-speed automatic w/ paddle shifters), rear-wheel drive21 city/29 highway/24 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)11.1 city/8.0 highway/9.7 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)Base Price: $26,315 (U.S.) / $29,745 (Canada)As Tested (Limited/Sport-Tech): $28,465 (U.S.) / $31,745 (Canada)Prices include $820 destination charge in United States and $1,750 CAD for PDI and A/C tax in Canada. Back in May of this year, TTAC reported the list of changes coming for the 2017 Subaru BRZ and asked if what amounted to a rather modest workover would get consumers excited enough to reverse the sports coupe’s declining sales trend.Having spent a week acting barely responsible in Subaru’s only two-wheel-drive offering, my belief is no, the BRZ will not buck the trend. After commuting in … [Read more...] about 2017 Subaru BRZ Review – Better, Not Best