’14 DODGE HEMI-CHALLENGER: REDLINE R/T!

‘Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em,’ blogs intrepid road warrior, Dan Scanlan. There are many who say that old school rules when it comes to musclecars. Pair a 375-horsepower HEMI V-8 with a six-speed stick in a shape that’s instantly recognizable as a ponycar and you are In like Flint!  And if it generates 410 pound-feet of torque and sits on gorgeous 20-inch black chrome alloy wheels, all the better. But in a world where sophistication trumps cubic inches, is there still a place for a musclec...
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‘14 JAGUAR F-TYPE S: SOUND & THE FURY!

‘Jaguar was once known for brilliant two-seat roadsters like the epic E-Type. They are again thanks to the F-TYPE S, a leaper for all seasons,’ blogs Dan Scanlan. Called one of the 100 most beautiful cars in the world, the E-Type’s grace was matched by the pace of its 3.8-liter inline six with 265 horsepower. Later it received a V-12. But when the last version of the bullet-shaped roadster once called “the greatest crumpet-catcher known to man” was laid to rest in 1975 that was the last gre...
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‘14 LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR LP 700: BADASS SUPERCAR!

Dan Scanlan checks out Lambo’s 700-horsepower raging bull…and he wants one! It was this simple. I was pointed to a Rosso Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 and asked,  “Would you like a drive?” The coastal Florida roads outside the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance were thick with traffic, and worse, Highway Patrol and local deputies. They were hungry, looking for fools dumb enough to nail a 700-horsepower Lamborghini on their home turf after a day of snacking on new Porsches, AMG Mercedes-B...
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’14 BMW M5: AGGRESSIVE LUXURY SEDAN!

Dan Scanlan test drives BMW’s uber-sedan boasting muscles and grace.  He really likes it! Thirty years ago, BMW came up with a plan – embed a sports car in the skin of a family sedan. The result: a 3,500-pound M5 with a then-amazing 256-horsepower inline six where about 180-horsepower normally lived. It delivered a still-fast, impressive 0-60 mph sprint in way under seven seconds. Fast forward to 2012, when the fifth generation M5 was introduced with 560-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 rep...
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2014 BMW 428I COUPE: ALMOST ‘M’!

‘BMW’s new coupe is shapely and gorgeous with a dose of attitude, thanks to the M Sport body kit,’ says Dan Scanlan. It all began in 1968 with the 2002 – a streamlined bathtub-shaped BMW sports coupe with a 2-liter 100-horsepower Four. Then the first of the most popular BMW was born – the 3-Series - with the 100.9-inch wheelbase, 110-horsepower 320i coupe. Four more generations would follow with the same formula – sleek body, precision handling and powerful motors that expanded to turbochar...
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2015 SUBARU WRX: CVT THRILLS!

All hail Rex, now in his fourth generation and still a most-outrageous Subaru pocket rocket, blogs Dan Scanlan. Rex is the 2015 WRX, which stands for World Rally Cross, as in the World Rally Championship. And the latest generation actually gets back more of the visual mojo that the WRX used to have, plus a stiffer chassis, a new turbocharged 2-Liter 268-horsepopwer direct-injection turbo BOXER engine … and a Lineartronic CVT. Yes, Rex gets a shifts-for-itself Continuously Variable Transmissi...
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PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 4S CAB: ICONIC!

‘I want one,’ blogs Dan Scanlan, after a week of fun & sun in Porsche’s Gen Six  9114S droptop! Happy birthday 911! Porsche’s iconic rear-engine sports car, born off the first VW Bug and its Porsche 356 kin, hits the big FIVE-O this year. And to celebrate, I got a beautiful ‘13 911 Carrera 4S Cab with – wait for it – a remote key fob shaped like it, and painted the same Aqua Blue Metallic. The seventh-generation 911 shares DNA with the first one, code-named 901, until Peugeot h...
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LEXUS IS350 SPORT SEDAN: IN YOUR FACE!

The new IS350 has an aggressive new face and is a helluva lot of fun, blogs road  tester, Dan Scanlan. My Lexus IS350 stares at me with its Predator-style grille and LED swoosh headlights ablaze, daring me to consider it a threat to BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class rear-wheel-drive sedans. Sure, the redesigned ‘14 Lexus IS sport sedan has been one of Japan’s answers to the razor-sharp compact sports sedans made in Germany, with a touch of origami thrown in. And yes, the IS ...
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McLAREN 12C SPIDER: DROP-TOP ROCKET!

Dan Scanlan samples the latest sophisticated Supercar from McLaren.  And, he wants one!  
New Zealander Bruce McLaren began building open-wheel racecars in 1964, his M1A such a winner that he built 24 for others. His company's tradition of building championship-winning machines - F1 cars as well as Can-Am, Formula 5000 and Formula 2 and 3 and Indy - continued after his death in 1970. They proudly flew the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing orange livery. High-performance street cars were...
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