/ 14 Sep 2015
When I reviewed newer cars, I made a point of sampling every feature of a vehicle, not just its throttle pedal. That meant becoming an expert on automated text messaging replies, lane departure warning, and self-park systems—basically a lot of the stuff you’d never turn on in your own car. In 2004, I had to review an Acura TL fitted with a DVD-Audio system, so I decided to drive as far as The Who’s Tommy would take me.
Thanks to the amazing world we live in, with cameras and camcorders reduced to the size of a phone, the testing of a hotly-anticipated car on public roads quickly ends up on the internet. With the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV on its way soon, enthusiasts have captured it near the Nürburgring—but do you like how it sounds?
/ 7 Sep 2015
What modern car is closest in power, weight, engine location, size, and capability to my ’73 Porsche 914 2.0-litre? A smart fortwo. Only it’s not, because the smart accelerates marginally faster, is more fuel-efficient, lighter, safer, and—given the advances of modern tire technology and my car’s 42-year-old structure—probably handles better, too. This is all true, of course, because the spec sheet told me so.
/ 31 Aug 2015
I realize how the headline reads, but after all, we’re an online-only publication that relies on technology to tell great stories. It’s natural for us to check build threads for inspiration, or scroll through hundreds of Instagram pictures for the perfect shot. But is technology helping car enthusiasts in a more fundamental way?
/ 24 Aug 2015
On my desk sits Road & Track Presents Exotic Cars: 5, a short-lived special series of magazines that the publication put out in the ’80s and ’90s. It morphed into Road & Track: Exotic Cars Quarterly, but that’s not the point. What’s important is that a magazine very much like this one made me realize I wanted to do something in the auto industry as a career.
/ 17 Aug 2015
Though the two main cars in our household both have manual transmissions, I was recently able to sample three very different cars equipped with “let the computer shift for you” transmissions: a McLaren 650S Spider, Fiat 500 Abarth, and Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack. And do you know what? One of those wasn’t too bad.
/ 3 Aug 2015
Every few decades, the classic car market experiences a boom—and then, occasionally, a correction. The thing is, over the last few years, the market has been increasing in value like never before, with “blue chip” classics helping to lift similar models from their marque. Did the rising values encourage you to part with a cherished classic car?
/ 27 Jul 2015
The great thing about having fun is that there are so many different varieties of it. Within weeks, I found myself behind the wheel of both a $1,500 homebuilt CycleKart and a $340,000-ish McLaren 650S. Both hugely entertaining, in its own way. The McLaren is a spaceship in comparison, but…