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A 911 THAT CAN’T BE DRIVEN SLOWLY… IN THE WET.
Where is Leh Keen when you need him? While it would have been wonderful to see him at the wheel of this 911, that is not where his services were most needed. For the first time in a “One Take” video that we can remember, Matt stumbled across the scene of...Read more
THE NEW REALITY OF THE 993 TURBO MARKET
Recently, the collector Porsche market has been going absolutely wild, and nowhere is that more evident than the valuation of particularly clean examples of the 993-generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S. These are cars that, just a few short years ago, could be purchased for a fraction of their...Read more
9 REASONS THE 911 TURBO IS BETTER THAN EVER
130 MPH. So said the digital speedometer in a 996 GT2 as I braked for Turn 1 at Thunderhill Raceway in early 2002. Pro driver Johannes van Overbeek, on hand to set lap times during that test for Excellence magazine, was getting off the last turn harder and braking later on his...Read more
PORSCHE UNVEILS THE MOST POWERFUL STREET LEGAL 911 OF ALL TIME
How is that for a superlative? When the first 911 Turbo Carreras came to the United States in 1975, they produced 234 horsepower. In 1975, that was the most potent street legal 911 money could buy. Fast forward to 2017, and the most powerful street legal 911 produces 700 horsepower....Read more
First Drive: 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
It’s tempting to compare the new 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS to the last turbocharged rear-wheel drive 911 rated at 450 horsepower. Remember it? Yep, that’s right, the 993 GT2. You know, the gnarly homologation car with riveted-on wheel arches, a massive rear wing, and a reputation for hastening...Read more
Four Seasons 2016 Volkswagen Golf R Update 2: Focus RS Face-Off
Sitting at a turnout in the San Gabriel Mountains, above the Angeles National Forest tree line, our Four Seasons 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is ready to meet its hot-hatch brother from another German mother (don’t be fooled by the all-American badge, the 2017 Ford Focus RS is a German-American...Read more
2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S PDK Automatic
More holistic than before.   In our previous reviews of the stablemates for this 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S—the Boxster, Boxster S, and base Cayman—we’ve already detailed the transformation from the previous naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine to turbocharged flat-four power. In short, the new engines are more powerful but...Read more
2017 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 1LE
In the interest of full disclosure, we’ll begin our official first-drive review of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 1LE by admitting that this is not actually our first drive of the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 1LE. That happened during the 2016 Lightning Lap competition, where the six-cylinder Camaro 1LE...Read more
2017 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD 8-Speed Automatic
Big as a house and nearly as costly, but at least it’s more capable. General Motors pretty much owns the full-size SUV segment with its entries from Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac. Sales of the General’s six regular- and extended-length full-size SUVs totaled 255,907 through November; in the same period,...Read more
Mobility Ventures MV-1
Some of the best vehicles on the market are designed with a specific purpose in mind. A Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 can outrun some supercars on a road-racing course. A Jeep Wrangler Rubicon can conquer off-road obstacles that would defeat most other vehicles. A Kenworth W900 can rack up millions...Read more