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April Road Tests - Battle Of The Badges: Honda Civic Si, Mini Cooper S "JCW", Volkswagen GTI (Blue collar prices, right around 200 bhp and front-drive chassis tuned for a seriously good time. Where do we sign?); Four Angry Cylinders (We test Nigel's steed, the Shiftright Special, foe of Baron Von Stockbroker and purveyor of spilled Castrol); Cadillac STS-V (More powerful than the CTS-V - and considerably more civilized - Cadillac's new sedan is ultra-quick executive transport) First Drive - Lexus GS 450h (Whomping V-8 acceleration with the economy of a frugal V-6, made possible through the latest in hybrid technology); Volkswagen EOS (VW crafts a very appealing 4-seat retractable hardtop that slots neatly between the Jetta and Passat in the lineup); Toyota Camry (Offering something extra...a certifably sexy body and a choice of three powertrains, including hybrid motivation) Features - Porsche Carrera GT & 911 GT3 RSR (Road-legal ultra exotic bersus the quintessential 911-based track car...we put them through their paces at Pahrump) Technical - Audi R10: A Diesel Winner At Le Mans? (Burning the midnight oil takes on a whole 'nuther meaning as Audi tries to win the French enduro via compression ignition) Columns - On The Road: Car Crazy (Automotive dependency takes many forms. Luckily, rehab clinics are useless to cure this enviable condition); Ampersand: Fierce Ferrari (The Ferrari 599 GTB, a shortened 612 Scaglietti long on V-12 performance, and a stretched Aston DB9); Side Glances: Resuming The Elan (All we are is dust in the wind...or finely atomized brake fluid from the Cretaceous Period. Let the restoration resume); Tech Tidbits: Let's Take A Break... - Leave it to our EngEd to discuss water pipes without once mentioning "bong hit." Plus, hydraulic ram defined); Sport: Formula 1 Driver Ratings (Sam Posey's carefully considered list of F1's top 10 talents. Hint: M_ch_l Sch_um_ch_r does not head the roster); Pole Position: It's On My To-Do List (Waffling about your motorsports itinerary to 2006? Well, here's a selection of cool and potentially history-making events) Departments - Your Turn; People, Places & Things; Road Test Summary; Tech Correspondence; Finish Line; Time & Place; PS
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September Road Tests - BMW Z4 M Coupe vs. Porsche Cayman S (In our own study of plate Teutonics, the earth shifts beneath the wheels of these powerful and stylish German coupes); Update: Saleen S7 Twin Turbo (A race car for the street> We're not making this up. And it's earth-scorching 10.6 quarter mile backs up the boast) First Drives - Subaru Legacy GT spec. B (From the flying-under-the-radar file: Chassis and interior changes tighten up an already enjoyable sports sedan); Nissan Versa (While it's not the height of fashion (the name isn't short for Versace), Nissan's B-platform makes the A-list for efficiency); Mitsubishi Outlander (The mini-SUV segment is competitive, but Mitsu's new "Lander gleams like a polished silver pickle fork among ordinary flatware) Features - Caterham CSR (With twice the power-to-weight of a 125-cc shifter kart - and a chassis that's not too far off - the CSR razzles and dazzles); Long-Term Test: Audi A3 2.0 T DSG, Chrysler SRT8, Honda Civic Si, Cadillac CTS-V (So far, it's bouquets for the newcomers (Audi and Honda), but the veteran V-8 rear-drivers are showing their age); "Long-Term" Ferrari Enzo (Spurred by a long-ago picture of a flat-out Ferrari Daytona in R & T, the Enzo's owner decides to "see what she'll do"); Meyers Manxter (Buggy whipped: A streetable, stretched version of Bruce Meyers' original, now with evil Subaru flat-4 turbo power); Eastern Museum Of Motor Racing (Pennsylvania is home to a treasure-trove of open-wheel heirlooms, a celebration of the dirt-track single-seaters of yesteryear); Hershey: World's Largest Automotive Bazaar (If you can't find that Offy cylinder head, Model A fender or Overland radiator on these 400 acres, it simply may not exist); Owner Survey: Saab 9-3, 2003-2005 (While the 9-3's poor resale value and electrical gremlins are troubling, owners love their cars...and Saab dealers, too) Competition - 11.3 G's Over Barcelona (An exciting - and at times excruciating - form of motorsport, the Red Bull Air Races don't lack for drama) Technical - Not Stereo Typical (A survey of four high-end audio systems, installed at the factory. How do they compare to the aftermarket's finest?) Columns - On The Road: Hang It Up - And Drive! (We've all nearly been T-boned by some buffoon on a cellphone. How about working the wheel and pedals, not the jaw); Ampersand: Lexus Hybrid Super Sedan For 2009 (The L 650h with 500 bhp-worth of engine, motor and batteries. Plus, Mini Traveller, kooky-fast Melling Hellcat); Side Glances: Another Narrow Escape From Hawaii (Symptoms of bead-blasting withdrawal, it's said, can be effectively treated with exotic drinks and orchid-patterned shirts); Tech Tidbits: We Sure Are A Shiftless Lot (Americans (excepting many R & T readers) and two-pedal driving go together like peas and carrots. Plus, Use cruise>); Sport: Anatomy Of A Racetrack (The Sams report - Posey, on what makes a great circuit, and Mitani, on split-second timing and photo-finishes); Pole Position: A Race For The Ages (Mark down 2006 as the year that some of the magic returned to the Indy 500. It was a great race on so many levels) Departments - Your Turn; People, Places & Things; Road Test Summary; Tech Correspondence; Finish Line; Time & Place; PS
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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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December Road Tests - Lexus LS 460 (Longer, lower, wider, more powerful and more luxurious, this Lexus luxury sedan builds on what was already stable bedrock); Mazdaspeed3 (Mazda's go-fast division builds a turbo front-driver that takes dead aim at the GTL...and pretty much hits the mark) First Drives - Audi S3 (Think of it as a TT DNA gene-spliced with an A3's, for a 265-bhp awd hatch so hot it sizzles. But not for the U.S., yet); Bentley Continental GTC (Same great twon-turbo W-12, same air of class, but now with a folding top that makes for a 190-mph open-air thrill); Koenigsegg CCX (If the Saleen S7 seems too girl-next-door, perhaps we might interest you in this 806-bhp, carbon-fiber Swedish number); Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec (Stellar range, impressive economy, good power, lilac emissions, all with a bare minimum of diesel fuss) Features - Pebble Beach Memories (Phil Hill's recollections of the inaugural race in 1950, driving a Jaguar XK-120 on the asphalt/dirt circuit); The Trophies (Credit where credit is due: a host of worthy recipients of the R & T Trophy, including a Triumph, a Siata and a Scarab); Into Africa (Waist-deep in river water, the new Jeep Wrangler continues foraging its off-road rep in the crucible known as Zambia); Long-Term Test (Tales of the high-rev pocket-rocket (Civic Si), the turbocharged mountain climber (A3) and teh 800-pound gorilla (SRT8)) Technical - Changing Tires On Your Mazda MX-5 Miata (Baby's got new shoes: a tire-test survey of popular aftermarket rubber) Columns - On The Road: Every Mile A Memory (It's more about the journey then the destination. And when the destination's Monterey, in an Aston, all the better); Ampersand: Pininfarina Ferrari P4/5 (A wild, Enzo-based recreation of a 1960s Ferrari sports racer, plus all the glitz from Paris, including the Audi R6); SIde Glances: So Many Summers (Sale of the Mini Cooper has caused a powerful performance-car vacuum in the Egan household. And physics being what it is...); Tech Tidbits: Che Bella Triumph! (Machinations surrounding the Triumph Dolomite, motorcycle-engine open-wheelers and secondhand memorabilia); Sport: Grand Prix, The First 100 Years (Author Tim Considine take us from the Golden Bennett Cup to Benetton and beyond in a short, illustrated history); Pole Position: Bad Boys, Bad Boys (Whatcha Gonna Do?) (Paul Tracy in a cape and Mexican wrestling mask? We dreamt that once. No, it actually happened! Can't say that racing is dull) Departments - Your Turn; People, Places & Things; Tech Correspondence; Road Test Summary; Time & Place; Finish Line; PS
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