Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’
Class: Premium Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 698
Fuel Used: 23.3 gallons
As it was the 1989 Chicago Auto Show where Mazda introduced the first Miata, it seems only fitting that the company debuted its special 30th Anniversary version of the iconic sports car at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.
Volkswagen unveiled the “hot-rod” version of its recently redesigned compact sedan at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The 2019 Jetta GLI gets its 228-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and other performance features from Volkswagen’s Golf GTI compact hatchback.
DETROIT—Lexus’s sporty RC coupe lineup launched for the 2015 model year, so it’s old enough now to have reached its “freshen by” date. The RC 300 and RC 350 models got a refresh for the 2019 model year that included updated styling, retuned suspension, and a few newly available features. For 2020, it’s the high-performance RC F model’s turn. At the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Lexus unveiled the 2020 RC F and the new RC F Track Edition model.
DETROIT—The sporty version of Hyundai’s Elantra GT compact 4-door hatchback is getting a name change and a few other updates for 2019. The new Elantra GT N Line—unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit—replaces the 2018 Elantra GT Sport model, and Hyundai says that more N Line models will be arriving later on future Hyundai products.
Following on the heels of the reveal of the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer last week, Ford unveiled the all-new Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid models today at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The ST is a performance-oriented model that packs a specially tuned EcoBoost V6 projected to make 400 horsepower; the Hybrid gets a 3.3-liter V6 gas/electric powertrain that is projected to produce a total of 318 horsepower.
DETROIT—No more teasers: Ford has officially taken the wraps off the latest top-line high-performance version of its two-door sporty coupe at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will boast a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 producing more than 700 horsepower, which will make it the most powerful street-legal Ford ever.
DETROIT—After years of teaser concept cars, sneak peeks, “leaked” info, and buff-book speculation, one of the most anticipated new Toyota models in years finally makes its official debut at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The New Toyota Supra is set to launch later this year as the first new Supra in the U.S. market in 21 years.
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles driven: 338
Fuel used: 23.2 gallons
Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2005 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
In the decade or so since its 1955 introduction, the Ford Thunderbird came to attract a solid following from female motorists. Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that the 1966 T-Bird convertible featured on these pages was intended to please a lady.