PONY EXPRESS: ‘18 MUSTANG GT 5.0!

PONY EXPRESS: ‘18 MUSTANG GT 5.0!
Ford's latest stallion packs an impressive 460-horsepower kick. Road Test Editor Howard Walker takes it for a ride. Come on, sing it after me: "Mustang Sally, think you better slow your Mustang down". Easier said than done. These days it's kinda tough to slow down Ford's latest Mustang GT 5.0. Not with a new, uprated 460-horse 5.0-liter V8 under its mile-long hood. Right now, sales of most fun-to-drive coupes are flatter than a Kansas parking lot. But the Mustang bucks the trend and continu...
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’18 BMW 430i CAB: FUN IN THE FLORIDA SUN!

'18 BMW 430i CAB: FUN IN THE FLORIDA SUN!
BMW sharpens-up its classic four-seat hardtop cabriolet; Road Test Editor Howard Walker breaks out the SPF30! You have to love a car that's painted an awesome shade of what BMW so creatively calls Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic. Snapper Rocks. I've wracked my brain to fathom just how the bluey-aqua color adorning the latest ‘18 BMW 430i convertible I've been driving, has anything to do with rocking snappers. But I'm at a loss. "Snapper Rocks down by the docks, just waiting for the hook. Snap...
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ALFA ROMEO STELVIO: SUV FOR THE S-CURVES!

ALFA ROMEO STELVIO: SUV FOR THE S-CURVES!
While Alfa's sporty Stelvio may be late to the SUV party, its lively performance and spirited handling has huge appeal, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Who doesn't adore Italy? All that pizza and pasta, the vino Chianti, the gelato. Ah, the gelato. I could live on Stracciatella. And all those swanky fashionista labels. Gucci and Armani, Fendi and Missoni. Want to sound more interesting in life? Just add an “i” to the end of your name. Walkeri? Maybe not! A huge part of the appeal of ow...
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‘18 ACURA NSX: TAMING THE DRAGON!

‘18 ACURA NSX: TAMING THE DRAGON!
Road Test Editor Howard Walker chases the infamous Tail of the Dragon for 11 miles (and 318 curves) in a new 573-horsepower Acura NSX hybrid Supercar. Breathe. Take in a long, last gulp of brain-nourishing oxygen. Blink to focus retinas on the snaking ribbon of blacktop stretching out in the distance. Ahead, the infamous Tail of the Dragon. This serpentine mountain roller-coaster ride on the North Carolina-Tennessee state line, whips you through 318 pinch-tight turns in just 11 miles. There ...
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’17 MERCEDES-BENZ SL63 AMG: SUNSHINE SUPERCAR!

’17 MERCEDES-BENZ SL63 AMG: SUNSHINE SUPERCAR!
The iconic SL is no longer the superstar of the Mercedes lineup. But after driving the mighty 577-horsepower SL63 AMG, Road Test Editor Howard Walker blogs: convertibles don’t come better than this. Shed a tear for the poor, magnificent Mercedes-Benz SL. Once the undisputed top-dog of the open-top Mercedes lineup, these days it’s over-shadowed by the likes of the new, whipper-snapper AMG GT Roadster and an endless menagerie of C, E and S-class cabriolets. Oh, and I almost forgot the pint-siz...
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‘18 LEXUS LC500: SILVER DREAM MACHINE!

‘18 LEXUS LC500: SILVER DREAM MACHINE!
Lexus delivers a flagship two-door luxury super coupe that’s guaranteed to stir your soul, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. For the select few of us who still crave the automotive dinosaur that’s the big-engined GT Coupe, the new Lexus LC500 is one glorious nostalgia trip. See it in the metal and it’s simply beyond gorgeous. It has curves on its curves, rear flanks bigger than Sea Biscuit’s and a windshield so swept back it verges on the horizontal. Its hood is so long, the leading edge co...
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BMW I8 SUPERCAR: PLUGGED-IN AND POWERED-UP!

BMW I8 SUPERCAR: PLUGGED-IN AND POWERED-UP
BMW’s gorgeous i8 plug-in hybrid supercar may have been around since 2014, but it still feels like driving the future, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. My automotive tectonic plates have officially shifted; I’ve just driven a BMW i8! Isaac Asimov please consider eating your heart out. For right here before us is what might be the future of driving fun; a car so darned smart and space-agey, so achingly gorgeous, so joyous to drive, I’m tempted to sell all worldly chattels to own one. I k...
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‘17 BMW 540i: A FIVE-STAR FIVE!

‘17 BMW 540i: A FIVE-STAR FIVE!
BMW’s seventh-generation 5-Series might have traded driving pyrotechnics for refined luxury, but it stills sparks passion, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. Chances are you’ve never heard of the thirtysomething sultry songbird Beth Rowley. She’s the English jazz chanteuse who melts hearts in the 2009 movie An Education with her rendition of “You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger”. YouTube her, you won’t be disappointed. While in the film Ms. Rowley wraps a nightclub audience ar...
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CADILLAC CTS-V: FEEL THE FORCE!

CADILLAC CTS-V: FEEL THE FORCE
Cadillac turns a Z06 Corvette into a four-door, 640-horsepower sedan, blogs Road Test Editor Howard Walker. May The Force be with you. Lord Vader, your carriage awaits. Six hundred and forty supercharged horses. Two hundred mile-per-hour top velocity. Zero-to-sixty in 3.7 seconds. More black leather than Ozzie Osborne’s wardrobe. This thing definitely has The Force! What we have here is the latest and greatest, third-generation Cadillac CTS V-Series sedan; the fastest, most-powerful, most ...
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BENTLEY SUPERSPORTS: TOWARDS 200 MPH!

BENTLEY SUPERSPORTS: TOWARDS 200 MPH!
OK, breathe. One last gulp of oxygen to feed the brain cells. We’re going to need a little focus if we’re going to hit 200 mph, blogs Road Test Editor, Howard Walker. Ahead of us is 3.5 miles of arrow-straight concrete. But not just any old concrete. This is the historic Shuttle Landing Facility, part of the John F. Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s swampy Merritt Island. It’s here, between 1984 and 2011, where a total of 78 NASA Space Shuttles, with names like Columbia, and Discovery, ...
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