Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

May
30
Hyundai at the 2019 MAMA Spring Rally

A trio of 2019 Hyundai Veloster Ns

Like many auto journalists, the editors of Consumer Guide Automotive attend manufacturer-hosted press events to get our first look at the newest vehicles hitting the market—that’s how we produce most of our First Spin test-drive reviews. However, we also attend “smorgasbord-style” press events that allow us brief access to a broad variety of new vehicles from a host of manufacturers, for quick-take impressions and helpful back-to-back comparison drives.

May
27
Honda Civic Type R

2017 Honda Civic Type R

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora II

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

If you’re a “hot-hatch” fan in America, these days your choices have largely been limited to the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf R, along with the Ford Focus ST and Focus RS. Of course, there are also various speedy Subarus, along with the Honda Civic Si coupe and sedan. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those, but if you’re the type of enthusiast who can’t wait to pick up the next issue of EVO magazine, you’re certainly aware of all the fantastic over-the-top hot hatches the Brits get to drive but you can’t buy. Why is it we always want what we cannot have?

May
03
2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

We lost Pontiac sometime in 2010. A few fleet-special G6 midsize sedans were made available as ’10 models, though many of them found their way into rental fleets before the end of 2009. After that, the lights went dark at General Motors’s Performance Division.

May
03
Challenger GT Blacktop

2019 Dodge Challenger GT Blacktop in F8 Green

Quick Spin

2019 Dodge Challenger GT All-Wheel-Drive Blacktop

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 342

Fuel Used: 18.3 gallons

Apr
25
2019 Ford Edge ST

2019 Ford Edge ST in Performance Blue

2015 Audi Q52019Ford Edge ST AWD

Class: Midsize Crossover

Miles Driven: 368

Fuel Used: 18.7

Apr
23
1984 Hurst/Olds, Sporty Car Ads

1984 Hurst/Olds

If you were looking for a diverse collection of affordable sporty cars, you’d probably want to set the time-machine dial for 1984. You would be hard pressed to find a broader collection of fun-to-drive rides at any time other than the mid Eighties.

Apr
22
2005 Acura NSX

2005 Acura NSX

You have to respect Honda Motor Company’s minimalistic nature. Honda and Acura vehicles are packaged in such a manner that they are not offered with stand-alone options. The Honda model lineup is among the smallest of any major automaker, and the company even keeps available trim levels to a tidy minimum.

Apr
16
2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition

2019 Fiat 124 Spider Urbana Edition

No, your color screen didn’t just revert to black & white ….

But that’s certainly the effect given off by the Fiat 124 Spyder Urbana Edition that was unveiled in advance of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

Apr
15
Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL in Platinum Gray Metallic

2015 Audi Q52019 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Final Edition SEL

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 291

Fuel Used: 10.6

Apr
11
1969 AMC Javelin

1969 AMC Javelin

“What about the Javelin?”

Available between 1968 and 1974, the AMC Javelin would be, based on total production, the rarest of the cars we refer to as pony cars. That said, it’s possible the Javelin is among the most beloved—at least among readers of Collectible Automobile magazine.

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