Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

Sep
07
Mercury Marauder Concept

Mercury Marauder Concept

Forgotten Concepts, Forgotten Concepts

This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Sep
05
1976 Ford Mustang II

1976 Ford Mustang II

I had this ad taped up in my high-school locker during my senior year. Not because I was a Mustang II fan—I was not—but because this ad so plainly laid bare how desperately Ford wanted their pony car to perceived as European and high tech, which it really wasn’t. (Note: I’m not quite that old. I graduated high school in 1983, and had found the Mustang ad in a back issue of Popular Science, I think.)

Aug
31
2021 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

2021 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe in Portimao Blue Metallic (a $550 option)

2015 Audi Q52021 BMW 430i xDrive Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 265

Fuel used: 9.8 gallons

Aug
19
2022 Toyota GR 86

2022 Toyota GR 86

Consumer Guide Automotive As American new-vehicle buyers continue to choose SUVs in significantly greater numbers than traditional passenger cars, affordable cars of any type are less prevalent than they were as recently as five years ago. Enthusiast-friendly examples are a rarer breed still. When you sharpen the search to affordable, track-ready, rear-wheel-drive sports cars, you quickly determine they are approaching unicorn status.

Aug
12
2001 GMC Sierra C3

2001 GMC Sierra C3

Cheap Wheels

Note: The following story was excerpted from the August 2020 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Even if you’re only vaguely aware of GMC products in general and Sierra full-sized pickups in particular, you probably know the brand’s most stylish and luxurious examples have long worn the Denali nameplate. Denali made its debut as GMC’s top-of-the-line 1998 Yukon sport-utility vehicle. Before GMC got around to cataloging a Sierra Denali, however, there was the mostly forgotten (not by us, obviously) 2001 Sierra C3.

Aug
03
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 Sedan

2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 Sedan in Cirrus Silver Metallic (a $720 option)

2021 Mercedes-Benz E450 Coupe2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53 Sedan

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles driven: 245

Fuel used: 11.1 gallons

Jul
29
Chevrolet Nomad Concept

Chevrolet Nomad Concept

Forgotten Concepts, Forgotten Concepts

This is an installment in a series of posts looking back on show cars that we feel deserved a little more attention than they got. If you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Concept topic, please shoot us a line or leave a comment below.

Jul
20
Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392

2021 Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392 in Firecracker Red Clear-Coat (a $245 option)

Car Stuff Podcast 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392

Class: Compact Crossover/SUV

Miles driven: 211

Fuel used: 15.7 gallons

Jul
15
2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI (left) and Golf R

2022 Volkswagen Golf GTI (left) and Golf R

2021 Chicago Auto Show "Special Edition" July 15-19Volkswagen announced complete pricing info for its redesigned 2022 Golf GTI and Golf R high-performance 4-door hatchbacks at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show. The ’22 Golf GTI and Golf R kick off the eighth generation of VW’s long-running compact hatchback in the U.S., and they are the only Golfs we’re getting… the non-performance versions of the Golf have been dropped for the American market and essentially replaced on our shores by VW’s new-for-2022 Taos compact crossover SUV.

Jun
28
2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye in “Smoke Show” gray

Quick Spin, Consumer Guide Automotive

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

Class: Large Car

Miles Driven: 209

Fuel Used: 16.6 gallons