Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

Mar
21
2006 Ford GT

2006 Ford GT

 If you were looking for a solid investment back in 2006, you should have bought Ford. Not Ford stock, mind you, which is worth about the same $8.50 today as it was 13 years ago, but the Ford GT.

Mar
18
Volkswagen SP2

Volkswagen SP2

If you were a Volkswagen fan in America in the early Seventies, and you were looking for something sporty to drive, you were kind of out of luck. There was the coachbuilt-body Karmann Ghia—a car which was arguably gorgeous, but not really all that sporty. Mechanically identical to the contemporaneous Beetle, the Karmann Ghia was more of a casual touring car—it was a little too slow, and its handling a little too pedestrian, to be engaging. However, Brazilian VW fans of the day had it a little better.

Mar
14
2011 Tesla Roadster

2011 Tesla Roadster

Introduced in 2012, the Tesla Model S was the first vehicle that Tesla, Inc. designed, manufactured, and sold on its own. Though the electric-car maker didn’t make good on its promises that the Model S would cost around $40,000 and travel 300 miles on a single charge, it did produce a large, stylish, and surprisingly fast luxury sedan that met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from both the press and the public.

Mar
06
2002 Chrysler Prowler, Inca Gold

2002 Chrysler Prowler

What comes of a car like the Prowler? Despite a long list of credentials–including its striking open-wheel design, the fact that it survived the death of of its original brand, and a spate of cool special-edition colors–the Prowler doesn’t seem to engender the kind of present-day enthusiast interest one might think it should.

Feb
26
1983 Datsuns

1983 Datsun Maxima GL Wagon

When my daughter Harper was little, I tried to convince her that her name was misspelled on her birth certificate, and that her legal name was Farper. My kid never believed me, as her innate instinct to doubt me–and my wife’s unwillingness to play along– pretty much killed the joke.

Feb
13
2019 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar

2019 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered in Black Stone

2015 Audi Q52019 Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered

Class: Premium Midsize Car

Miles Driven: 698

Fuel Used: 23.3 gallons

Feb
07
Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary

Chicago Auto Show 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.

Feb
07
2019 Volkswagen GLI

2019 Volkswagen GLI 35th Anniversary

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.

Jan
16
2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition

Detroit Auto Show LogoDETROIT—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.

Jan
14
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line

Detroit Auto Show LogoDETROIT—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.

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