A lot of people think daily-driving a sports car is a bad idea. There's less space, questionable bad-weather performance, and often times, dismal visibility. But there are some sports cars out there that actually make for great daily drivers. Take the Porsche Cayman, for example. For the better part of last year I drove a last-gen six-speed base model over 600 miles every week from my home in upstate New York into Manhattan. Despite all the claims that sports cars are too rough and bothersome to use for a commute to work, I had virtually no problem sitting in the driver's seat for hours on end. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below The suspension was tight, yet comfortable, and the interior was well-appointed with heated leather seats and a nice sound system. It even got over 30 mpg if driven with a light foot. The gearbox was easy to use, and if the mirrors were set up correctly, visibility wasn't an issue. Now we want to know: What performance cars do you think would make great … [Read more...] about Which Sports Car Makes the Best Daily Driver?
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By Michael T. Lynch, William Edgar, Ron Parravano MBI PUBLISHING COMPANY Hardcover, 10×10, 172 pages, Illustrated Black & White and Color Published October 1998 As this book’s co-authors, Lynch, Parravano and I won the Motor Press Guild’s 1998 Dean Batchelor Award “in recognition of outstanding achievements by automotive writers.” Since then, the critically acclaimed work has sold widely throughout the world. Carroll Shelby writes in his foreword: “I was afraid nobody would write about how much fun we had racing sports cars back in the ‘50s, let alone go out and find pictures of it and put it all in one book. The book that Lynch and Edgar and Parravano have done is the best of what can be printed of that era.” Vintage Racecar Journal called it “a stunning study of not only the history of sports car racing in the 1950s, but also of the people and personalities that shaped the future of American racing.” Classic … [Read more...] about American Sports Car Racing in the 1950s (the book)
► CAR lives with an Audi Q5► Our car is a TFSI S line...► ...and it has big shoes to fill Like a graphic design guru with a secret admiration for Comic Sans, there are things people interested in cars aren’t meant to like, or at least not admit to liking. Such as: automatic transmissions, autonomous cars and SUVs.Disgruntled reader Christopher Lloyd (not that one, though it sounds like he’d be keen to jet back to 1955) wrote to us recently to question our passion for cars after I said you’d be mad not to pick an Alfa Stelvio SUV over the Giulia saloon (which has no estate derivative).Surely we’re past SUV hating? If you don’t need practicality, buy a sports car. If you do need practicality get an SUV or crossover. Modern versions are actually nothing more than differently shaped cars, and make much better family vehicles than saloons. And 14,000 miles with this Q5 has us convinced it’s the best of the bunch this side of a much more … [Read more...] about Audi Q5 long-term test: if you can’t have a sports car, have this
► Ian Callum talks to CAR► 'I've never worked so hard'► Pace of change, SUVs and more Launching the E-Pace small SUV, pushing the I-Pace electric car towards production, unleashing the 592bhp Project 8 that’s part XE saloon, part Concorde – 2017 has been ‘the busiest year of my life,’ reflects Jaguar director of design, Ian Callum.It’s a wintry December evening, and the Godfather of British car design is holding court. Callum seems a little jaded and is looking forward to the Christmas break, but spits out his trademark thoughtful, provocative and honest soundbites.‘I’ve never worked so hard and there’s no respite coming,’ he admits. ‘If somebody had said I’d be working on Jaguar SUVs and electric cars even seven or eight years ago, I’d have found that … [Read more...] about Sports cars, EVs and the V8 in twilight: Ian Callum on Jaguar’s future
Genesis, the luxury brand spun off from Hyundai in 2015, so far has just two sedans in showrooms with a third on the way—though an ambitious plan to fill out the lineup with SUVs and a coupe by 2020 is underway. But did you know that Genesis was planning something even bigger—something like a halo sports car? What was an excited rumor fueled partially by Hyundai’s N Vision Gran Turismo design study (pictured above) has just been confirmed as reality by Australian publication Wheels.Speaking with Genesis’s vice president of design, Luc Donckerwolke, about the sports car, Wheels garnered a “we are definitely doing it.” Furthermore, the automaker’s vice president of research and design, Woong-chul Yang, described the project as “something our brand needs at this time.” The R&D chief elaborated that such a vehicle would prioritize electrification and battery power over a big-ol’ internal-combustion engine. Yang … [Read more...] about Genesis Confirms It’s Working on Full-Blown Sports Car Using Former BMW M Honcho