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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Australia. Production of the Commodore will end in The Land Down Under in 2017, but General Motors International President Stefan Jacoby has made it clear for months that the Aussies won’t be without a GM performance car after that. In a recent exclusive interview with Australian-based website CarAdvice, Jacoby didn’t come out and say the Corvette will be the answer but did point out “when we come into the market we’re going to have a big surprise. It will be better than the Mustang.” Some thought the new generation Camaro might be what he was referring to at the beginning of this year when Jacoby said the brand would introduce “something which truly fulfills the requirement of a true Holden sports car.” However, GM confirmed later that the new Camaro will not be produced in the right-hand-drive that would be necessary for the Australian market. Of course, neither is the current Corvette, leading CarAdvice to speculate that the Aussies might … [Read more...] about C8 Corvette Looking More Likely to Serve as Holden’s New V8 Sports Car in Australia
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)
Our contributor Dan Trent lives in that far-off island across the pond where Jaguars rove the land. In this column, he reconsiders his opinions about the American relationship to manual transmissions. In my snooty European way, I used to assume American drivers couldn't cope with anything more sophisticated than a three-speed slushbox, while we more sophisticated types on the Continent were the true masters of heel-toe heroism and other traditional driving skills. Then automatic transmissions got better, supercar manufacturers became fixated with the motorsport associations of paddle-shifted gearboxes and, within a generation, stick-shift performance cars had seemingly vanished off the automotive map. BMW is a perfect example: In Europe, the E60 M5 was only ever sold with the jerky SMG gearbox, its F10 successor with a more efficient and reliable dual clutch. Both were sufficiently fast, talented and desirable that we never really protested. And then we heard you could still buy … [Read more...] about A letter to America: Thanks for saving the manual sports car
Every club racer knows what it looks like when an “incident" develops ahead of them. The pack of cars breaks in two different directions like a group of city pigeons enduring the insult of a sidewalk-ridden bicycle. It’s often possible to see a cloud of dust and miscellaneous automobile parts shoot MOAB-style into the air above the cars. Right about then, if you’re lucky, you start to catch a glimpse of the car that is causing all the trouble, reeling backwards towards you at a speed differential of anything from ten to 110 miles per hour. If you are awake, alert, and not otherwise occupied, you should already be in the middle of executing the avoidance plan that you mentally filed when you saw the cars ahead of you start to lean and swerve. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below That’s pretty much how it went for me today, except I was behind the wheel of a 5400-pound luxury SUV and the “race” in question was happening on a Los Angeles freeway. … [Read more...] about Why the Local Motors Rally Fighter Might Still Be the Future of Sports Cars