As cool as some sedans, wagons, trucks, and SUVs can be, nothing is cooler than a good old-fashioned two-door coupe. Coupes are often more striking in design, and often pack much more performance under the hood than their four-door counterparts. To celebrate coupes of all price ranges, we’ve compiled this list of our six favorite coupes from the 2013 model year, focusing on curb appeal and performance. 2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus: With drop-dead gorgeous Germanic looks and a rip-roaring Italian V-10 under the hood, the 2013 Audi R8 V10 Plus was a shoe-in for this list. Audi gave the already attractive R8 a face-lift for 2013 with a revised front and rear fascia, keeping this coupe among the best-looking supercars in production. Cementing its status on this list is its 550-hp V-10 and new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Tony Stark, your ride awaits.2013 Chevrolet Camaro: While we may have included the entire Camaro lineup on our coolest coupes list, we’d like to specifically … [Read more...] about Top 6 Coolest Coupes from the 2013 Model Year
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From the June 2017 issue Preston Henn (who died at the end of April at age 86) was the owner of an extremely profitable south Florida swap meet, as well as some of the world’s most elite vintage and contemporary cars. Quite a few are emblazoned with the prancing horse. Yet, although he already owned a Ferrari FXX and a LaFerrari, when the 200 exuberantly affluent buyers for the $2 million LaFerrari Aperta were recently alerted to their anointment, Henn was not among them. So he did what any respectable flea-market oligarch would do: He sued, demanding a car and a five-figure defamation settlement. Did this result in his acquiring an Aperta? Negative. A payout? Nope, he ultimately dropped the suit. Was the legal action likely to advance Henn’s ability to acquire rare new Ferraris from the factory in the future? Signs point to no. Experienced experts concur that you don’t piss off Willy Wonka if you want the Everlasting Gobstopper. Investor, collector, … [Read more...] about How Do You Make the List to Buy a Supercar? Be Like These Guys
Wednesday marks the 16th anniversary of the Daimler-Chrysler merger. One day prior to this milestone, Fiat Chrysler has unveiled their business plan for the next 5 years. While the industry norm is to keep future product plans, brand strategies and sales targets as a closely guarded secret, FCA took the unusual step of making it all public, with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne headlining the event (billed as a conference for investors) at an event in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Each of FCA’s brands and subsidiaries was given the chance to present their strategy through 2018, with healthy helpings of new vehicles, future technology and corporate strategy being revealed.Chrysler: Currently, the Chrysler brand is arguably the weakest in FCA’s portfolio, with just three offerings – the D-segment Chrysler 200, the E-segment Chrysler 300 and the Town and Country minivan. Combined, those account for just 350,000 units globally, a tiny number in the context of a 16 or 17 … [Read more...] about Analysis: The Definitive Guide To The Fiat Chrysler 5-Year Plan
I had dinner recently with TTAC’s enfant terrible, Doug Demuro, something we do every few weeks as our respective schedules permit. Predictably, our pre-, mid- and post-prandial conversation revolved around our shared passion for automobiles, as well as the people who read and write about them. At one point I made a hasty proclamation, which was in retrospect unwise given my audience: “Doug, I really don’t think any manufacturers are making objectively bad cars right now.” Doug paused and replied: “My friend, have you ever heard of Chrys-ler?,” enunciating the last pair of syllables as if speaking to an alien. He continued, “check out the 200 if you have a chance.”As (bad) luck would have it, I found myself at the local Porsche dealer not long ago, eager to trade my hard-earned dollars in exchange for renewed braking capabilities for my car. As always, they were bereft of loaner cars, but they promised … [Read more...] about Rental Car Review: 2013 Dodge Avenger
The current GTI has thoroughly earned its reputation as a brilliant, satisfying driver’s car. Under the skin, however, it’s a decade old and in the time since the MkV GTI blew the bloody door off the segment and today the competition has been anything but asleep. The Mazdaspeed3, Focus ST, and Subaru WRX offer vastly more power, while the Fiat 500 Abarth, Fiesta ST, and Mini Cooper S attack from the segment below with a driving experience that is just as involving for less money — or, in the case of the MINI, the same money and more street cred with the lay-dies. It’s not too soon for Volkswagen to revise the car, and the Mk7 GTI is more than a simple revision. It’s a thorough re-engineering of the Golf from the ground up. This time, weight is down, power is up, and refinement is the watchword. With a formula like that, it’s virtually assured that the civilian-grade Golfs will find themselves back on top of the market, particularly in Europe where … [Read more...] about 2013 Volkswagen Intramural League, First Place: GTI Mk7
An inescapable collision with a large truck is a driver’s worst nightmare. On August 25 in Binghamton, New York, a semi hauling a load of stone plowed through 10 cars stuck in construction traffic. One car burst into flames, and an SUV was so compacted that the semi’s front license plate was mashed into the back of the driver’s headrest. Luckily, onlookers pulled the driver from the flaming vehicle, there were no back-seat passengers in the crushed SUV, and no one in the incident died or suffered life-threatening injuries. It was just another in a recent uptick in truck crashes that is sounding alarms around the country. But pending legislation that threatens to undermine decades of progress could be what really reverses us into deadlier territory.Trucks were involved in 411,000 crashes in 2014, almost double that of 2010 when injury and fatality rates began rising, according to the latest data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In … [Read more...] about Axles to Grind: Is the Alarm Over Heavy-Truck Crashes Justified?
Last Friday, for the first time since the communist revolution there more than 50 years ago, Cubans were able to buy new and used cars without government permission, as state owned dealerships started retail sales, but residents of the island were disheartened by markups of 400% or more that the government is framing as a luxury tax. Cubans walked away from the Havana Peugeot dealer, a state-run enterprise, shaking their heads in disgust after seeing sticker prices ranging from the equivalent of $91,000 for a 2013 206 to $262,000 for a 508. For comparison, in the UK most 508s sell for less than $42,000. That’s quite a substantial additional dealer markup. Eighty percent of employed Cubans work for the state and the average wage in the country is about $20 a month so the cars area still out of reach to the vast majority of Cubans. The tens of thousands of small private businesses that have sprung up since the introduction of economic reforms have a great need for vehicles, but … [Read more...] about Cubans Hoping to Buy New & Used Cars Despair As Government Stores Add 400% Dealer Markup
99.9 percent of the minivans sold in the United States in 2016 were (oxymoronically-titled) full-size minivans.The Kia Rondo finished its brief one-generation U.S. run in 2011, having generated 73,100 total sales over the course of nearly five years.Having produced more than 160,000 sales for Mazda USA, the Mazda 5 is likewise no longer part of the automaker’s U.S. lineup. Mazda 5 volume was essentially chopped in half between 2008 and 2014.The Chevrolet Orlando arrived in North America with a decidedly Floridian name but never actually made its way to Florida, or the U.S. market as a whole. Having generated 12,038 Canadian sales, the Orlando quickly departed Canada after volume plunged 81 percent between 2012 and 2014.Yet the Kia Rondo and Mazda 5 are still available in Canada. They’re alive and (un)well. And while “full-size minivans” claim 96 percent of Canadian MPV sales, Kia and Mazda just won’t give up on their genuinely mini … [Read more...] about Mini-MPVs Just Won’t Hurry Up And Die Already
The automotive world and beyond is buzzing about the massive airbag recall covering many millions of vehicles in the U.S. from nearly two dozen brands. Here’s what you need to know about the problem; which vehicles may have the defective, shrapnel-shooting inflator parts from Japanese supplier Takata; and what to do if your vehicle is one of them. LATEST UPDATES 1/18/2018, 6:00 p.m.: The Associated Press reports that another person has died as a result of a defective Takata airbag. The latest fatality was Nichol Barker, 34, of Holiday, Florida. According to AP and the lead investigator, Chester T. Everett, she “was struck by metal pieces that burst through the Takata airbag, causing a six-by-three-inch gaping wound to her left temple, a fractured skull, and bruising and bleeding on her brain.” On July 19, 2017, Barker was driving a 2002 Honda Accord at about 30 mph when it collided with a car that had turned left in front of her. … [Read more...] about Massive Takata Airbag Recall: Everything You Need to Know, Including Full List of Affected Vehicles
Note: A bug in the GPS software inverted the overall and moving averages. After this paragraph, you’ll have the chance to read nearly 6,300 words about the fastest transcontinental drive in history. Most of the important stuff is near the top; the rest of it is a detail-oriented interview with Alex for the community of fans across the country who live and die for this sort of thing. A personal disclaimer: In my opinion, having the “transcontinental record” is an accomplishment roughly on the same level as having the most awesome fox suit at a furry convention. But TTAC isn’t a charity. It’s a business. And we need those sweet, sweet clicks. Integrity? What’s that? — jb“I’ve always said I’d never do this again, but as a minor Bond villain put it, never say never.”So says Alex Roy – the Doctor Evil of illegal long-distance driving events. According to Roy, women want him, and men want to be him. According to actual … [Read more...] about NY to LA. 26 Hours. 28 Minutes. With A GT-R-Powered, Dual-Control Infiniti Q50.