Yes, some of us were starting to wonder if the new Camaro was going to appear on screen in another Transformers movie before anyone actually got to drive one, but as of March 16th, 2009, the new Chevrolet Camaro is finally rolling off the production line. It's been seven years since the last Camaro was sold, three years since we first saw the new generation concept, and in the 43 years since the Camaro first went on sale, rarely has there been a model so eagerly anticipated.
The Honda S2000 convertible sports car has never been for everybody. It is not designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of buyers. Its interior isn't laid out for optimum commuter efficiency. It does not deliver silky ride quality. It is as far from all things for all people as a car can get. The Honda S2000 does, however, kick some major butt.
Nissan tries to revive the Four-Door Sports Car . . . and comes oh so close.
The speculation ends now as Chevrolet (finally) unveils the next Camaro. In an era of gas prices spiraling upward, "green" energy on everyone's minds and a hybrids are among the hottest status symbols, it seems an odd time to introduce a gas-swilling 400-plus horsepower musclecar. However, it could be the perfect time . . . because there is a real possibility that this will be the last time we'll see cars like this on our roads.
It's always refreshing when a car company goes back to basics. Like BMW. Like the 135i coupe.
The Pontiac G6 GT is a throwback--it's a good old-fashioned hot rod convertible, but with a big difference: The updated G6 comes with a modern folding hardtop that opens and closes in half a minute. That produces a weather-tight coupe as well as the top-down beach swinger.
Imagine, if you will, no gas bills . . . forever. As the price of gasoline climbs from $4 per gallon to the stratosphere and your neighbors begin to wince and moan, imagine no more gasoline bills. That is the promise of solar-powered cars, the first of which rolled off the production lines at the French carmaker Venturi in January of this year.
The Miata (minus the MX-5 name addition) has always been snug . . . very snug. Past models couldn't be driven in manual transmission mode by the lanky. Joy is almost reigning supreme with the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The car with the MX-5 tag is a little bit bigger on the inside. And, oh, it now can be had with a power retractable hardtop (PRHT) in addition to the soft-top convertible. That's nice . . . but that the Miata can be driven by the moderately tall without opening the door to accommodate the leg that operates the clutch calls for rejoicing.
A car-based Land Rover sounds like a contradiction in terms. It's not. The LR2 is a car utility vehicle (CUV) that is actually competent off-road.
The "S" in the Audi S4 Cabriolet Quattro MT6 probably stands for "sporty." It could also mean "suave" and it certainly designates "sweet." The Audi convertible is all of those things wrapped in a highly stylish package that comes at a premium price. You don't get sporty, suave and sweet for $15 grand, you know.
How in the world do you get a car to cost more than $100 grand? Easy. Start with a Jaguar XKR with a base price of $92,035. Then you add $5,000 for 20-inch Senta wheels. Another $2,500 for a "luxury package." A premium sound package is another $1,875. Destination tacks on $200 for a grand total of $101,610. And the 2008 Jaguar XKR convertible is worth each and every penny.
Simple facelifts don't cut it in today's sports utility market. Hence the new Chevrolet Equinox Sport. There has to be substantial upgrading for aging vehicles. While in the past a manufacturer might have slapped on a few badges, a new paint job, and moniker, the Equinox Sport takes things a great deal further. It's shorter, more compact -- and more powerful.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is very pleasant. That's not faint praise. The mid-size sports utility is one of those fairly rare vehicles that you get in and it's easy to drive right off the bat. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is very pleasant. That's not faint praise. The mid-size sports utility is one of those fairly rare vehicles that you get in and it's easy to drive right off the bat. The HiHy is even fun to drive, with decent acceleration and handling. The HiHy is even fun to drive with decent acceleration and handling.
For years Chrysler has turbocharged everything on wheels except the mailroom cart. The Dodge Caliber SRT4 is its latest hotrod.
Once upon a time the Dodge Charger stood brawny shoulder to brawny shoulder with other 1960s-era muscle cars. Most of them remain mourned, but the Charger has been reincarnated as a pulse-pounding, pavement-punishing, politically incorrect blast.