By Chris Haak
If you’re more than 32 years old, chance are that you’ve now been driving for more years than you have not been driving. I got my license at age 16, so I just passed the two-decade mark behind the wheel this past spring. I’ve naturally become a better driver during those 20 years, doing a better job of anticipating others’ actions, knowing how fast (or slow) to drive in various conditions, and becoming much better at understanding the physics of car control.
By Kevin Miller
“Comfy Throne, Cushy Ride.” Those are my first logbook phrases written about the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and they summed up my experience with the latest generation of Jeep’s flagship SUV. Entirely new for 2011, the Grand Cherokee benefits from Chrysler’s improved interior materials and design, lending the big truck a luxurious feel. That luxury is backed up by heated leather seats, infotainment system with navigation system and awesome sound, and an air suspension which gives a velvety ride as well as increasing ground clearance for off-roading.
By Carl Malek
Following the Boxster E program’s formal debut earlier this year, Porsche has revealed the official specifications of the three Boxster E prototype electric vehicles that are part of this advanced research program. The first two Boxster E prototypes are rear-wheel-drive and are powered by a single electric motor which produces 121 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. As one may expect, the performance of these two prototypes is not exactly what one may call exciting, with a rather leisurely 0 to 60 time of 9.8 seconds, and an equally modest top speed of 124 miles per hour.
By Chris Haak
about the C7 Corvette, which is scheduled to hit the market in two years. News has been fairly silent on the Corvette front for the past few years, with long periods of no news followed by a rumor here and there. The rumor of a mid-engine C7 comes up (just as there were rumors of a mid-engine C4, C5, and C6), and word leaked out that the debut of GM’s Generation V small-block V8 would occur with the next-generation Corvette. The Gen V small block would displace about 5.5 liters, but would include additional technology such as direct injection to get its output figures similar to today’s 430-horsepower base engine, while moving what is theoretically a smaller, lighter car.
By Roger Boylan
The past two weeks would have been a good time for me to go on a bank-robbing spree. Last week I was test driving a gray Toyota Prius, and this week my tester has been a gray Corolla. Either one would make an ideal invisible getaway car: “’Getaway car?’ said eyewitnesses. ‘What getaway car?’” Actually, come to think of it, a Prius seems such an unlikely set of wheels for a desperado that even a gray one might catch someone’s eye. But the Corolla would just melt into the landscape.
By Charles Krome
After years of lackluster sales—highlighted by a puzzling inability to build on the success of one of the most driver-friendly cars in America—Mitsubishi is in the midst of reinventing itself for the U.S. market. The automaker is stopping production of the Galant mid-size sedan, Endeavor mid-size crossover and style-over-substance Eclipse, and focusing on three key nameplates: The Lancer family of compacts (including the Evolution and Sportback), the Outlander crossovers (among them the recently Savant-reviewed Outlander Sport) and the Mitsubishi i, the automaker’s urban-oriented electric vehicle.
By Chris Haak
Before you get too excited, I should say up front that no, I did not get a chance to drive the new McLaren MP4-12C supercar just four days after driving an Audi R8 5.2 FSI Spyder. If I did have that chance, it might well be in the top five greatest weeks of my life. But instead, I did have the opportunity to sit in an MP4-12C for the first time, and to really look over the car pretty closely. It really is an amazing piece of technology.
By Carl Malek
Among the great cars talked about in the halls of BMW’s offices in Munich and abroad, one car defiantly stands above them all. That car is the legendary BMW 328. Built in the 1930s, the original BMW 328 roadster is considered by many to be one of the most stylish vehicles of its time. But just because it looked good didn’t mean the 328 was a slouch on the racetrack. In 1940, a 328 set the record for the highest recorded average speed at the world famous Millie Migila raceway, clocking in at 103 miles per hour which was a pretty blistering number for its time.