Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

Feb
25
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat in Destroyer Gray

Consumer Guide Automotive2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Class: Large SUV

Miles driven: 151

Fuel used: 14.5 gallons

Feb
23
2004 Scion xB

2004 Scion xB

As an upstart automotive brand aimed squarely at young buyers, Scion was full of promise. Toyota launched the Scion nameplate in 2003, in an attempt to engage automobile customers earlier in life and bring a little spark into the somewhat stodgy environs of the typical American Toyota dealership. The first Scion vehicles started showing up in select California Toyota dealerships in summer 2003, and the brand expanded nationwide in early 2004.

Feb
18
1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

1971 Toyota Celica ST Hardtop Coupe

Note: The following story was excerpted from the December 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine

In 1971, Toyota introduced its Celica sport coupe, a car that many automotive magazines compared to the original Ford Mustang. By 1971, Mustang had grown eight inches longer and 600 pounds heavier than the ’65 original. (Ford President Lee Iacocca realized this was too big for a “ponycar” and had a much smaller Mustang in the pipeline.) Meanwhile, import coupes such as the Celica, Opel Manta, and Mercury Capri catered to those who wanted a sporty car that was smaller than the early Seventies ponycars. 

Feb
05
2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe in Sebring Orange Tintcoat (a $995 option)

2020 Corvette Stingray Convertible

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 616

Fuel used: 26.5 gallons

Jan
29
2021 Ram TRX

2021 Ram TRX in Diamond Black Crystal Pearl-Coat (a $100 option)

Consumer Guide Automotive, Test Drive 2021 Ram 1500 TRX Crew Cab

Class: Large Pickup Truck

Miles driven: 465

Fuel used: 42.6 gallons

Jan
25
2021 Kia K5 GT-Line

2021 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD in Wolf Gray (a $445 option)

Consumer Guide Automotive, Test Drive 2021 Kia K5 GT-Line AWD

Class: Midsize Car

Miles driven: 215

Fuel used: 8.8 gallons

Jan
08
2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Coupe Premium in Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (a $395 option)

2020 Ford Mustang 2020 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 202

Fuel used: 8.7 gallons

Dec
31
2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition, Stonewashed Blue Metallic

2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition

by Don Sikora II

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

Elaine JoyceThe most recent Volkswagen Beetle went on sale in September 2011 as a 2012 model. It replaced the 1998-vintage New Beetle in VW’s lineup, and became the third iteration of the car that made VW famous. As this latest Beetle ended production—for the foreseeable future at least—Volkswagen sent it off with specially trimmed 2019 Final Edition cars. 

Dec
28
Pontiac Grand Prix STE Turbo

Pontiac Grand Prix STE Turbo

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

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

From the Pontiac Grand Prix’s 1962 introduction through 1989 it was exclusively a two-door car. That changed with the addition of four-door sedans for 1990. More-door GPs continued through 2008, but perhaps the most interesting one of them all came from that inaugural season: the little-remembered STE Turbo.