Road & Track - 2006 Magazines

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October Cover Story - New Cars 2007 (Charting the changes and documenting the details of all that's new under the automotive sun) Road Tests - Acura RDX (Hard to define but easy to like, Acura's latest packs turbo power and high-tech awd into a useful, fun-to-drive package); Update: Pontiac Solstice GXP, Mercedes-Benz S600, Audi A3 3.2 Quattro, Nissan Maxima SE (We find that Pontiac's 2-seat roadster responds well to pressure. Plus, 250-bhp V-6 motivation for the As, a twin-turbo V-12 in the S-class and a CVT for Nissan's midsize sedan) First Drives - BMW 335i Coupe (Underneath, it's the same. But all-new sheet metal and a twin-turbo straight-6 with near-M3 power get our attention); Jaguar XKR Coupe And Convertible (Sir William Lyons would no doubt approve, as these supercharged variants of the aluminum-chassis XK ehibit pace and grace); Lexus LS460 (Both flagship and technological tour de force, the new LS has an 8-speed automatic, electronic shocks and a long-wheelbase model); Pontiac G6 GTP Convertible (Along with Volkswagen's Eos, Pontiac's G6 GTP Convertible finally makes retractable-roof motoring affordable for the masses); Saturn Aura ("Upscale" and "Saturn" in the same sentance? Yep. The division's stylish new sedan is a quantum leap forward in refinement) Features - Long-Term Test: Mazda RX-B Wrap-Up (WAith its Wankel engine and unusual door system, the RX-B intrigues. And it still generated grins after the novelty wore off); The Captain: An Interview With Roger Penske (The racing mogul on his own driving career, current motivations, his take on other racing series and why Indy means so much) Columns - On The Road: Road And Track Multimedia (Our printed magazine is at our core, but the Road And Track world encompasses our website, radio show and much more); Ampersand: Porsche's Carrera GT Successor (Zuffenhausen's new supercar; Nissan mints a supercharged 350Z; and a green light for the Challenger); Side Glances: Morning In Le Mans (Ah, the great 24 Heures, when the French countryside erupts with the sound of fierce racing engines - and your quieter diesels); Tech Tidbits: Learning From Mr. Bib (Challenge Bibendum 2006 brought out a vast eco-parade of hybrids. Plus, scavenging...not just for vultures anymore); Sport: Corvette vs Aston Martin At Le Mans (Yes, Audi's R10-oil-burner won the French endurance classic overall, but a race for the ages raged in the GTI ranks); Pole Position: When Dinosaurs Roamed And USAC Ruled (Longer for a simpler time, when a sole sanctioning body reigned over most racing series? Well, we've got a book for you) Departments - Your Turn; People, Places And Things; Time & Place; Tech Correspondence; Road Test Summary; Finish Line; PS
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November Road Tests - Mercedes-Benz E350 Sport (The E-class trades in its Lederhosen for a snazzy sorts coat, firmer suspension and a strong-running V-6); Ruf RK Coupe (Just-so Italian style meets German engineering in the progeny of Alois Ruf and Studiotorino - the supercharged RF coupe); Update: Porsche 911 Turbo Tiptronic S, Saturn Sky Red Line & Lexus ES 350 (To Tip or not to Tip: That is the 911 Turbo question. Plus: Numbers on Saturn's turbocharged 2-seater; and stats on the newly empowered front-drive Lexus) First Drives - Porsche Cayman (Smaller engine and wheels, big savings (10 large). But is its very Cayman-ness compromised by the other changes?); Suzuki SX4 (A practical and tidy-handling crossover, this 5-door Suzuki is the least expensive all-wheel-drive vehicle in the U.S.); Mazda CX-9 (The Hiroshima-based manufacturer moves into the big leagues, quite literally, with a stylish 7-passenger, V-6-powered ute); Acura TL & Type S (More power, styling tweaks and an optional 5-speed automatic from the RL, freshen this front driver) Features - Chariots With Fire (A collective 15 1/4 tons of rolling thunder, these six vehicles rewrite the book on high-performance sport utilities); Top End, Down Under (Get along, little billabong. Driving 911 Turbos fast in a land where the wallaby is more than a leather shoe from the '70s); Long-Term Test: Cadillac CTS-V (Mixed feelings from the staff as we bid goodbye to this Caddy that really zigged, with help from the Vette's 6.0-liter V-8) Competition - Racing At The 24-Hours Of Nurburgring (Wanna race at the legendary Nordschiefe? In an unfamiliar car? At night? With 220 of your closest friends? Sign me up!) Technical - Fueling Your Mobility (Top up your tank...but from which pump? A long, hard, revealing look at potential future fuels, their benefits and pitfalls) Columns - On The Road Hurry, Hurry - It's Holiday Shopping Time (With the Christmanuka season just around the corner, here are seven great automotive books to delight any enthusiast); Side Glances The Things We Do For Cars (It's come to this, our Editor-at-Large foraging through dumpsters. One man's trash is another man's treasures, for sure); Tech Tidbits My Icelandic Saga (Incredibly, the good Doctor Simanaitis avoids any mention of Bjork, but provides plenty of info on hydrogen and diesels); Sport Extreme Rallying (The original big-air motorsport, rallying was extreme when Gen-X'ers were still in Garanimals. But now it's an official X Games event); Pole Position (After The New(s) Wears Off (Note to Mario, A.J., Danica, Juan Pablo and all other pro drivers. The media are a fickle lot, so embrace your 15 minutes of fame) Departments - Your Turn; People, Places & Things; Road Test Summary; Tech Correspondence; Reviews; Time & Place; Finish Line; PS
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