Test Drives

2010 Lotus Evora: Finally, a Lotus that fits

2010 Lotus Evora: Finally, a Lotus that fits

In the past, I avoided any opportunity to pilot Lotus vehicles due to their exceptionally diminutive and compact size. The Exige and Elise were much like sitting on the ground in a contorted position in a confined and restricted space. Those factors not withstanding, I really am not a huge fan of the styling – […]

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2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder: High Performance Execution

2011 Audi R8 V10 Spyder: High Performance Execution

Eternal bonds, layers and rings of nature evoke timeless perfection in the intricate systems that comprise the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. Well the four rings of Audi represent such a thesis and have led to the manifestation of their first open top super car. The magnificence of the V10 engine puts the R8 […]

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2011 VW Jetta: Power in Numbers

2011 VW Jetta: Power in Numbers

What do we know about the Jetta? We know that Jetta was a 2009 “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). We know that it’s named after the Atlantic Jet Stream during a period when Volkswagen (VW) dubbed nameplates after strong winds. This naming convention has paid off being that we […]

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2011 Chevy Cruze: Changing Impressions

2011 Chevy Cruze: Changing Impressions

It’s a new day for Chevy.  Some people thought that the majority of cars coming from General Motors were, well, rather general.  If you had driven one it was pretty much just like driving any other car they made.  Now, the 2011 Chevy Cruze is going to change that impression.  I know because it has […]

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2011 BMW 550i long-term update: The Bavarian Beast

2011 BMW 550i long-term update: The Bavarian Beast

As one of the roving reporters for Bike Rhythms and former owner of a BMW 5 Series, I was tasked to take Automotive Rhythms’ long-term BMW 550i Sedan on a journey to some of the most visible bike events along the east coast including Atlantic Beach Week, WPGC/DC Bike Fest, and Crossroads PowerSports open house […]

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Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Drive Systems: More than Meets the Eye

Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Drive Systems: More than Meets the Eye

Helmet on, engine ignited and hands firmly planted on the steering wheel, I waited patiently. Our instructor, from the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, pulls out emphatically with a handful of media-turned-racers follow closely in Mitsubishi Evolutions (Evo) as we lap Infineon Raceway — host to NASCAR, NHRA, Superbike, and American Le Mans — in […]

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2011 Porsche Panamera & Cayenne V6: Economy & Performance Unite

2011 Porsche Panamera & Cayenne V6: Economy & Performance Unite

Germany is home to hand crafted nutcrackers, beautifully carved wooden cuckoo clocks, and remarkable luxury sport vehicles from Porsche. Besides being known for performance based “track ready” cars, Porsche introduced their 4-door “Gran Turismo” sedan, the Panamera, a year ago and devised the capable on and off-road Cayenne SUV in 2001. Each step of the […]

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