Posts from ‘Sporty/Performance Cars’

Nov
22
2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary, 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition

2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary in Pearl White/Solid Red two-tone paint

2015 Audi Q52020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Miles driven: 230

Fuel used: 13.2 gallons

Nov
20
2020 Porsche Taycan 4S

2020 Porsche Taycan 4S

Los Angeles Auto ShowAlthough it’s hardly “new” — it’s been known about for some time — the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show marks the first U.S. public appearance for the trendsetting Porsche Taycan all-electric midsize sedan.

All electric? … In a Porsche?!?

Nov
20
2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Editions

2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Editions (That’s an original 1970 Challenger in the background)

Los Angeles Auto ShowDodge introduced 50th Anniversary Edition Challengers with available “retro” colors at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Offered on the rear-drive Challenger GT (V6), R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and R/T Scat Pack Widebody, the 50th Anniversary package includes a Shaker hood scoop (on all but the GT) and a choice of high-impact colors: “Blast from the past” TorRed, F8 Green, and Go Mango, along with new Frostbite, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, and Gold Rush. Each 50th Anniversary model includes gold badging, black-painted hood, roof, and deck, Nappa leather and Alcantara interior with carbon-fiber accents, and a unique gauge cluster with body-color badge.

Nov
19
Lexus LC 500 Convertible

2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible

Los Angeles Auto ShowWell, it’s official now… the Lexus LC 500 grand touring coupe will be joined by a convertible version for 2021. At the beginning of this year, Lexus displayed a LC 500 Convertible Concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, and the production version that is making its global debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show is remarkably close to the show car.

Nov
19
Ford v Ferrari

A specially constructed “Frankenstein” camera car enabled the makers of Ford v Ferrari to capture exciting on-track footage between the film’s replica Ferrari 330 P3/P4 (left) and Ford GT40 (background) race cars.

In its opening weekend, Ford v Ferrari raked in about 31.5 million dollars, so it’s safe to call this high-octane historic racing film a bona fide success right out of the gate. A key part of the movie’s appeal is the way it captures the look and feel of 1960s sports-car racing—an especially difficult task, considering the current value of the original vehicles involved.

Nov
17
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Los Angeles Auto Show Ford officially unveiled its all-new pure-electric sporty crossover—the 2021 Mustang Mach E—Sunday night in Los Angeles, less than a week before the kick-off of the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. It’s remarkable enough that this genre-smashing new vehicle is Ford’s first purpose-built, regular-production, pure-electric vehicle (with no equivalent gasoline-engine version). What’s almost as noteworthy is that Ford has elected to use the name of its beloved pony car, and make this new EV part of the Mustang “family.”

Nov
12
2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport in Intense Blue

2015 Audi Q52019 Hyundai Elantra Sport M/T

Class: Compact Car

Miles driven: 340

Fuel used: 13.4 gallons

Nov
08
2020 Honda Civic Si

2020 Honda Civic Si sedan

Ever since the tenth-generation Civic’s debut as a 2016 model, Honda has stayed busy rolling out new versions and fine tuning the Civic lineup’s styling and ergonomic details. Coupe and hatchback body styles followed shortly after the ’16 Civic sedan’s launch, sporty Si models (and the racetrack-ready Type R hatchback) followed for 2017, and a freshening for 2019 included an improved infotainment system and other welcome updates.

Nov
01
2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA

Camaro ZL1by Don Sikora

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

When a limited-production variant of a performance car that’s been around a few years is announced, it’s easy to assume there’s little new beyond special graphics or maybe a fresh exterior color. Our latest Future Collectibles subject, the 2018 Subaru WRX STI Type RA, is one of the exceptions that have been reworked sufficiently to pique enthusiast interest.

Oct
31
Dodge Caliber SRT4

2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the April 2019 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Dodge performance history has largely been shaped by muscular V8s and smoking rear tires, but don’t forget the handful of turbocharged four-cylinder front-drivers. Memorable machines like the Omni GLH and Neon SRT-4 remain enthusiast favorites, but we’d like to look at a more recent Dodge “hot hatch,” the Caliber SRT4.