Test Drives

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 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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2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe: Art & Science

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe: Art & Science

An art object oftentimes is infused with spirit and symbolism, and expresses union and harmony. It’s something that changes the way we perceive the world. It’s an idea and feeling made tangible by the manifestor. Welcome to the all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe! It’s no secret that the venerable Cadillac brand needs a deeper and […]

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LFA: A New Breed of Lexus

LFA: A New Breed of Lexus

[hana-flv-player video=”http://video.automotiverhythms.com/Lexus_LFA_30.flv” width=”640″ height=”480″ clicktarget=”_blank” player=”5″ autoplay=”true” autorewind=”true” skin=”mejs-wmp” /] LFA: A New Breed of Lexus Lexus enhanced the driver’s sensation of speed in the Lexus supercar by partnering with the craftsmen at Yamaha music to acoustically tune our engine. This is shaping the future while stirring the senses. This is the pursuit of the […]

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2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class:  Form Equals Substance

2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class: Form Equals Substance

During a press event in Hoboken, New Jersey, automotive media had the chance to drive the updated 2011 Mercedes-Benz R-Class.  This was a highly anticipated event for me, as I have always been a fan of the R-Class’ impressive interior layout.  Driving one was like piloting a luxury private jet, as each seating position offered […]

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2011 Porsche Cayenne & Cayenne S Hybrid: Changing of the Guard

2011 Porsche Cayenne & Cayenne S Hybrid: Changing of the Guard

Let’s delve straight into the facts. The Cayenne represents over 50% of Porsche’s sales with a little less than 300,000 sold worldwide. In the U.S., the track happy luxury SUV has ramped up roughly 89,000 sales (V8 accounts for 60% of mix). So we have a consensus.  The Cayenne is the most successful Porsche ever. […]

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