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Backfires: • The joyful noise of the commentariat, rebutted sporadically by Ed.
David Gordon Johnson • WRITER, 1975–2019
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Upfront and Driver ALTERNATIVE FOOLS • GAUGING THE COST—FINANCIAL AND OTHERWISE—OF LEAVING THE CAR BEHIND.
CLOUD NINE • KOENIGSEGG’S NEW TRANSMISSION PROMISES ULTRAQUICK SHIFTS.
CHALK TALK • MARKING A CAR’S TIRE TO TRACK HOW LONG IT’S BEEN PARKED MIGHT SOON REQUIRE A WARRANT.
DUST BUSTERS • PORSCHE’S TUNGSTEN-CARBIDE-COATED BRAKES PROMISE TO STOP HARD WHILE LOOKING PRETTY. WE PUT THEM TO THE TEST.
If 700 horsepower is too much, then how about 900?
In the supercar world, go crazy or go home.
Trust…V1 earns it one ambush at a time.
The mid-engined Corvette is here. This is what we know.
Small-Block, Long Heritage • WILLIE NELSON HAS HAD A SHORTER CAREER.
Middle School • SO WHAT DOES “MID-ENGINE” MEAN?
The Backbone • A MAJOR MOVE CALLS FOR AN ALL-NEW STRUCTURE.
Engineering Exam • To get the nitty-gritty engineering details and to answer the many whys surrounding this radically new Corvette, we rode along with executive chief engineer Tadge Juechter and vehicle performance manager Alex MacDonald in a pair of preproduction C8s. They were there to finalize the steering-effort calibrations for the Tour, Sport, and Track drive modes. We were there to find out everything we could.
Endless Summer • AN ALL-SEASON TIRE WITH REAL GRIP.
Electrical Switch • A HYBRID SYSTEM IS A GOOD FIT IN A MID-ENGINED CAR.
Designing Anticipation • THE MID-ENGINED CORVETTE HAD TO BE AS RECOGNIZABLE AS ITS PREDECESSORS BUT ALSO BE AN IMPACTFUL AND ORIGINAL DESIGN WITH STAR POWER; NOT AN EASY TASK.
PEAK PERFORMER • MERCEDES - BENZ’S AMG DIVISION HAS BRED THE HUNT ER-KILLER OF LUXURYS EDANS, FEROCIOUS AND FINE.
LAND OF THE FREE • IN GERMANY, YOU ARE FREE TO GO AS FAST AS YOUR CAR CAN, WHICH MAKES IT THE PERFECT PLACE TO SHAKE DOWN THE NEW PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S.
Super Trooper • Ford releases a 400-hp all-wheel-drive chase vehicle to an unsuspecting civilian population.
WALKED AWAY • MODERN CARS ARE SAFER THAN EVER, TURNING TREMENDOUS SPEED AND FORCES INTO SURVIVABLE CRASHES.
YOUR CAR WANTS YOU TO LIVE.
THE FINAL MOMENTS OF FLIGHT 570S
Urban Strollers • BMW’s X2 M35i and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque aim for the same customer but land on different targets.
Family Feud • Hyundai’s new three-row Palisade doesn’t share its Kia sibling’s sense of style but offers the same value.
Six Back • With an engine like it used to have, the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 moves to the head of the class.
Total Recall • Audi’s V-6-powered RS5 Sportback does its best to help you forget the past.
Smooth Operator • Chevy’s Silverado 1500 Duramax brings refinement and big-rig credibility to GM’s half-ton pickup.
THE DRIVER’S SEAT
Big Papi • The 2020 Mercedes GLS is daddy’s co-conspirator.
Box Scores • Kia’s Soul thrives with turbo power.
What to Buy: 1987–1993 BMW 325i