Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

Aug
16
NSX and NSX GT3 Evo, Acura Racing

Production 2019 Acura NSX (left) and competition NSX GT3 Evo (right)

While the annals of automotive history will remember Acura as the first Japanese luxury nameplate to make its mark in the U.S., those with a penchant for racing will remember it for something more…exciting.

Aug
08
Mazda MX-3 GS, V6

Mazda MX-3 GS

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

If our readers were asked to rank Toyota Corolla traits, we’d guess sportiness and enthusiast interest would fall pretty far down the resulting list. Still, there have been Corollas capable of piquing a cheap-wheeler’s curiosity, and we think the 1987-88 FX16 GT-S “hot hatch” is one of the cars from this subset.

Aug
02
2019 Toyota 86 GT

2019 Toyota 86 GT in “Oceanic” metallic dark blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Toyota 86 GT

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 593

Fuel used: 22.1 gallons

Jul
22
2019 Lexus RC F

2019 Lexus RC F in Ultrasonic Blue Mica (a $595 option)

Quick Spin

2019 Lexus RC F

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 515

Fuel used: 29.2 gallons

Jul
19
2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP

There are a handful of cars that really put General Motors’ Pontiac division on the map–memorable, exciting vehicles around which the Pontiac brand forged its image of sporty, near-luxury substance–and one of those was the Bonneville. The Bonneville name was first applied to a pair of Pontiac concept cars introduced at the 1954 General Motors Motorama. The moniker was first applied to a production model in 1957, when it became a topline version of the Star Chief convertible.

Jul
15
2006 Cadillac XLR Review

2006 Cadillac XLR

In terms of total production, Cadillac’s second attempt to sell a modern-era 2-seat sports car was less successful than its first effort. Indeed, the total build of 1986-1993 Allantés came to 21,430–almost 5000 units more than our topic here: the 2004-2009 Cadillac XLR. But in the case of Cadillac sports cars, sales volume may not be the best measure of success.

Jul
12
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, 2018 Challenger Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2018 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Remember how Dodge’s new-for-2015 Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats were headline grabbers with their 707-hp supercharged Hemi V-8s? Now that’s yesterday’s news, and the story Dodge is selling for 2018 stars an 840-horsepower Challenger. Let that 840 number soak in as we consider the latest Future Collectibles pick, the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon.

Jul
11
2019 Maserati Levante GTS

2019 Maserati Levante GTS in Grigio

2015 Audi Q52019 Maserati Levante GTS

Class: Premium Midsize Crossover

Miles driven: 169

Fuel used: 11.9 gallons

Jul
09
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Grand Touring in Machine Gray Metallic (a $600 option; includes Auburn Nappa leather)

Quick Spin

2019 Mazda MX-5 RF Grand Touring

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 475

Fuel Used: 13.8 gallons

Jul
05
2019 BMW M5

2019 BMW M5 Competition in Donington Grey Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 BMW M5 Competition

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 288

Fuel Used: 15.8 gallons

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