Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

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

Jul
03
1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S

1988 Toyota Corolla FX16 GT-S

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 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.

Jul
02
2019 BMW M2

2019 BMW M2 Competition in Sunset Orange Metallic (a $550 option)

2015 Audi Q52019 BMW M2 Competition

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Cars

Miles Driven: 235

Fuel Used: 11.8 gallons

Jul
01
Last C7 Corvette

On the block: The final C7 Corvette brings a record-breaking 2.7 million dollars at auction.

With the reveal of the next-generation C8 Corvette just weeks away, the clock is winding down for the C7 Corvette… and, probably, for front-engine Corvettes in general. The C8, which is scheduled to be officially revealed on July 18, 2019, will be a mid-engine sports car, thus breaking the mold of every production Corvette since the first one in 1953.

Jun
28
Chevrolet Colorado 3LT V8

2012 Chevrolet Colorado 3LT

Automotive marketing types enjoy a fine tradition of branding things that aren’t always that noteworthy. Consider the 1980 launch of Chrysler’s first “K-Cars.” Advertising in support of the Dodge Aries and Plymouth Reliant touted the cars’ “Iso-Strut” suspension and “Trans 4” engine.

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