Kimatni Rawlins

2010 Kia Soul: Peppy Spirit & Practical Soul

2010 Kia Soul: Peppy Spirit & Practical Soul

Upon first glance at our long-term Kia Soul I thought it was weird, quirky and very much juvenile. Yet, it had a sporty appeal that I was oddly attracted to. I can confidently say after spending several weeks with Automotive Rhythms’ (AR) Soul, my initial opinions have indeed changed.  Although it’s still a bit quirky […]

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2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van: Goliath meets his match

2010 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 Passenger Van: Goliath meets his match

At 6’9” tall and close to 270 pounds, I’m no small guy.  I’ve been called every name in the book over my 50 years on Planet Earth, including Jolly Green Giant, Sasquatch, Eiffel Tower and Goliath.  Goliath was eventually felled by the smaller David with a mere slingshot. Well, I’ve been felled by smaller cars. […]

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2010 Honda Fury: Welcome to Honda’s wild side

2010 Honda Fury: Welcome to Honda’s wild side

Honda has stepped over the line to the wilder side of motorcycling, proving beyond a reasonable doubt, that imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery. But true to Honda’s modus operandi, they have not rushed into the chopper genre blindly; they rather have done their homework to ensure that their entry would be imminently […]

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2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide joins the CVO ranks: New limited-production bagger is truly a custom hot rod

2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide joins the CVO ranks: New limited-production bagger is truly a custom hot rod

Every year, Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations team selects a number of bikes from its various family groupings to “make-over” as special factory-custom rides. For 2010, there were four bikes chosen to receive the unique CVO treatment: two of which are totally new models – the Softaill Convertible CVO and the Touring group’s Street Glide CVO. […]

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2010 Maserati GranTurismo Spyder (GranCabrio): Open air touring in grand style

2010 Maserati GranTurismo Spyder (GranCabrio): Open air touring in grand style

All of Maserati’s Trident-badged models are graceful works of art, with alluring, curvaceous and smoothly flowing lines, and all are powered by a 4.7-liter, DOHC, 32-valve V8 with electronic fuel injection that generates 433 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm and delivers 361 pound feet of torque. The engine is mounted up front, low, behind the front […]

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2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe: Track Ready

2011 Ford Shelby GT500 Coupe: Track Ready

Though the iconic Ford Mustang has long been referred to as a Pony Car, the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 SVT-equipped Coupe is no mere Pony Car folks – it’s the real deal — a bonafide, high-spirited racing stallion, that’s ready to hit the track running. What makes this SVT Shelby ride so special over the […]

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The AMG Driving Academy: Driving it like you’re stealing it!

The AMG Driving Academy: Driving it like you’re stealing it!

  Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher established a small tuning company in 1967 with the goal of developing high-performance racing engines for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Working out of the Old Mill in Burgstall, AMG (Aufrecht, Melcher and Grossaspach, Aufrecht’s birthplace) shocked the racing world as they earned repeated victories with their tuned Mercedes-Benz vehicles. To […]

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