Road & Track - 1992 Magazines

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January
Cover Story - As the new year begins, a legendary sports car marque has been resurrected. As one editor remarked, "It's strange to see the Bugarti name and logo on a press kit." Indeed, strange and wonderful. Griffith Borgeson has documented the rebirth of Bugatti, the birth of the Bugatti supercar and the people responsible for the birth. Features - Exotic Update: Audi Quattro Spyder (Does Audi's fantasy-roadster from the Frankfurt auto show have a future in production?); True Colors (John Lamm's multihued photo essay from the Frankfurt auto show: a silver Mercedes, a red MX-6 and a green future); Long-Term Wrapup: Ford Explorer XT (A quart of oil, a tricky transfer case and 25,000 miles: Our Explorer hits the end of the trail); Long-Term Introduction: Lexus SC 400 (Our doors and smiles open to welcome this luxury/sports coupe to a year of spirited scrutiny); Zora And Monsieur Bugatti (The father of the Corvette recounts his meeting with the furniture maker's son at the 1937 Paris auto show); Salon: The First Ferrari (Phil Hill tells the fascinating tale of the 1940 Ferrari/Auto Avio Construzione 815 - the legendary Ferrari 815) Road Tests - Ford Taurus LX and Mercury Sable LS (The two newest slices of the bread-and-butter sedans that were the toast of Ford's recovery); Chevrolet Corvette LT1 (Don't bother with the country stations, the Kentucky music these days is a 300-horsepower Corvette); Lexus ES 300 (The newest-generation ES sedan coming from Toyota's luxury division is more engine, less Camry and all Lexus) Driving Impressions - Mitsubishi Montero (Mitsubishi's well-rounded approach to picking up the kids and picking your way through the rocks and the hard places); Saab 9000 CS (Engineering Editor Dennis Simanaitis samples a new Saab car and takes the pulse of some Saab technology for the future) Technical - Technology Update: CART versus Formula 1 (Everybody loves a circus. Now: Do you love a methanol- or gasoline-burning circus?) Competition - Italian Grand Prix (Nigel Mansell may be endeared to the fans at Monza, but Michael Schumacher is the darling of the courts); Portuguese Grand Prix (If it isn't one Williams friver, it's the other one: Riccardo Patrese treats the team to its 50th Grand Prix win) Columns - Side Glances (Don't raze the bridge, lower your resistance to a solution; Peter Egan gives a lesson in fiscal/emotional responsibility); Miscellaneous Ramblings (Green appears to be the operative color in Europe: It stands for the environment...and for jealousy); About The Sport (The SCCA's American Sedan class gives Ford, Chevrolet and Pontiac owners a place they can go to flex their muscles) Departments - People & Places; Letters To The Editor; Time & Place; Road Test Summary; Years Ago; Ampersand; Reviews; Market Place; Technical Correspondence; PS
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March Cover Story - What goes around comes around. And when it comes around predictably, we say that it has good handling. And who better to ask about handling than the man who knows his way around F1 and Indy cars (sometimes 360 degrees around), the 1985 Indy 500 winner and 1988 CART champion, Danny Sullivan Features - Wm A. Motta & His Art (An exhibition by R&T's master of reflection, light and shadow, presented on the canvas of these pages); Salon: 1947 Bentley Mk VI Cabriolet (A postwar Franay with running gear created in Britain and a body that speaks fluid French); Long-Term Wrapup: Mazda MX-5 Miata (After 50,000 miles, The Roadster retreats from our parking lot, but never from our hearts) First Drives - Ferrari 512 Testarossa (The masters of Maranello build a redhead for the Nineties: sexier, more powerful and a lot more assertive); Lexus SC 300 (The Lexus Coupe gets a twin brother with an inline-6 powerplant, a 5-speed manual transmission and a big price break); Audi S4 (The 100-series Audis have a new, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive standard-bearer to lead them into battle in the sedan arena); Acura Integra GS-R (Ninety-five bhp/liter and VTEC valve-timing and lift technology make this super sports coupe the enthusiasts Integra) Road Tests - Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe (GM returns "bigger," "longer," "wider" and other full-size terms to America's luxury-coupe lexicon); Honda Civic Si (More wheelbase, engine tech and a new look highlight the new generation of the biggest-minded little cars in the world); Porsche 968 (The 3.0-liter 4-cylinder engine moves up, the 928 nose moves down and the 944 lives on, no matter what it's called) Technical - California Dreamin' (What happens to the rest of us after the Golden State takes the Low-Emissions-Vehicles medicine?) Competition - Australian Grand Prix (The final race of the season is a 24-minute, 14-lap washout with cooler, wetter heads (especially Senna's) prevailing) Columns - Miscellaneous Ramblings (You are what you drive, they say, so let's shake out the R&T garages and see who these people are); Side Glances (Peter Egan's musings about how an automobile enthusiast might have spent his time in the dark millennium B.C.(before cars); About The Sport (Royal ruminations: King Richard starts his farewell NASCAR tour, plus an interview with Danny Sullivan, a CART Prince) Departments - People & Places; Letters To The Editor; Years Ago; Time & Place; Road Test Summary; Ampersand; Technical Correspondence; Tech Tidbits; Showcase; Market Place; Reviews; PS
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April
Cover Story - The Monte Carlo GTB comes with a full portfolio of supercar credentials - a mid-mounted 720-bhp twin-turbo V-12, sleek carbon-fiber body and creators with a solid racing history. And as an extra-special touch for the hold-your-breath Nineties, the GTB is handbuilt in Monaco, a principality synonymous with gambling. Features - Motown Magic (John Lamm's photo essay of the 1992 Detroit auto show, where Number Three Chysler wound up playing first violin); The Harvard Auctions (The ivy walls meet the rusty fenders as a proud alumnus repays his alma mater in the best way he knows how); The Grand Prix Circus, Hollywood Style (Veteran filmmaker John Frankenheimer recounts his Grand Prix season, 1966); Long-Term Update (Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 - a car prescribed for hard drivin' is getting a dose of just that), (Pontiac Grand Prix GTP - late fall and early winter tales from our long termer in Detroit) Road Tests - Mazda RX-7 (The newest president of Mazda's rotary club campaigns with class, not compromise - and performance, not pie in the sky); Pontiac Grand Am GT (A new face, a different platform and a high-output Quad 4 that still announces its presence); Runyan Racing 2001 (San Posey joins one of the top racing teams on the icicle circuit, where the blizzards roar and the engines howl) First Drives - Saturn SL2 (A first-anniversary exploration of GM's small-car challenge to the Pacific RAim: smoother, quieter, getting better); Oldsmobile Achieva (The Cutlass Calasis replacement sports a sharp new suit of clothes, a made-up name and a more youthful outlook); 1993 Cadillac Akkebte (Introducing the new 32-valve Northstar V-8 and "Road Sensing Suspension" in a Very Cadillac like Cadillac); The Miata Monster (It takes a pretty creative shoehorn to fit the Mustang's 5.0-liter V-8 into Mazda's 1.6-liter bay) Competition - Goin' For It! (The NASTRAK Driver Search Competition delivers thrills you can take to the bank (and the banking) at Charlotte) Columns - Miscellaneous Ramblings (Calling on both Japan and Detroit to stop pointing fingers and spouting rhetoric and get down to business); Side Glances (Peter Egan enters the world of the single-marque enthusiast and finds him to be as handsome and familiar as a mirror); About The Sport (Welcoming two new monthly columns: Inside CART and Inside F1. Capelli joins Ferrari's stable while Rahal starts his own) Departments - People & Places; Letters To The Editor; Years Ago; Time & Place; Road Test Summary; Ampersand; Technical Correspondence; Tech Tidbits; Showcase; Market Place; PS
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June
Cover Story - Just as this year Ferrari celebrates its 45th anniversary as a carmaker, this month Road & Track is observing its own 45th birthday. Fittingly, we have a stable full of prancing horses - TRs specifically - with a road test of the new 512TR and Phil Hill's vivid memories of racing the original Tesla Rossas of the Fifties and Sixties) 45th Anniversary - Looking Backward (Pull up a hot toddy, an easy chair and sense of humor, we've been mining nuggets from 45 years of back issues); The Art Of Road & Track (Design Director Wm A. Motta curates this retrospective tour through the R&T museum of fine automotive art) Features - 1993 Dodge Intrepid (Chrysler pins its hopes for the Nineties on a car called Intrepid, and the LH platform the Intrepid rides on); Long-Term Wrapup: Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 (A sad ending to our test: two cars, a collision and a toppled lamppost); Magnificent Obsession (On the 20th anniversary of Mark Donohue's win at Indy, Sam Posey offers this bittersweet remembrance) Road Tests - Ferrari 512 Testarossa (You can't judge a book by its slightly redone cover, Mareanello's 512TR is full of new fire and finesse); Cadillac STS Takes On The Best (GM's new Seville Touring Sedan meets the Mercedes 300E, BMW 535i, Lexus LS 400 and Infiniti Q45) First Drives - Isuzu Trooper (The box on wheels that we've always liked has evolved into a well-rounded sport-utility vehicle that we can respect); 1993 Ford Probe (The second-generation Probe shakes off the boy racers with sporty refinement worthy of the gentleman driver) Technical - Technology Update: Winter Wonder (Here's the thing about traction control: if you don't have traction, you may be out of control) Columns - Miscellaneouos Ramblings (45 years of Road & Track is a benchmark for older staffers to celebrate and younger ones to target); Side Glances (Peter Egan relives some really dumb automotive designs, or here's what you can do with your mouse belts, pal); About The Sport (Faced with disarray and uncertainity, a number of European Group C race teams appear ready to immigrate to America) Departments - People & Places; Letters To The Editor; Years Ago; Time & Place; Road Test Summary; Ampersand; Reviews; Technical Correspondence; Showcase; Market Place; PS
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July
Cover Story - Top-down touring - a heady combination of wind, sun and motor - is the touchstone on which a great deal of sports car enthusiasm is based. In recent days that passion has come back to life, reinvigorated by a herd of new roadsters, present and future, from around the world. Features - Salon: 1983 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type Fixed Head Coupe (an E-type for effort at Le Mans with an A+ in styling), A Meeting Of The Mammoths (D-day at Tiffany's: The AM General HUMMER and Lamborghini LM/American on active duty in the U.S.), Owner Survey: Mercedes-Benz 190 class, 1984-1988 (the Baby Benz undergoes the scrutiny of our survey microscope), Long-Term Introduction: Mercedes-Benz 400E (an overture of welcome to a car that mixes operatic luxury with a jazzy V-8), Nigel Shiftright: Automotive Anachronism (Frank & Troise's cartoon hero plays Machiavelli to the "Prince of Darkness") Road Tests - Mazda MX-6 LS (Mazda moves in, boasting traits all to rare in the mid-priced sports-coupe arena: super refinement and a V-6 engine), Audi S4 (from 5000, to 200, to S4: As the name of Audi's flagship gets shorter, it's long suits - comfort, cool, composure - get longer) First Drives - Volkswagen Corrado SLC (out with the supercharger, in with a very sweet six; VW's narrow angle V-6 makes it's U.S. premier), BMW 740L (Munich delivers new levels of smoothness to the Strasse with a potent V-8 and velvety 5-speed automatic transmission), Nissan Quest (more than simply a box on wheels, Nissan's newest people-hauler, the Quest minivan, thinks it's a car), Porsche 928 GTS (Porsche turns up the heat on its Gran Turismo, already a specialist at burning up long stretches of highway), Jaguar XJR-S (Tom Walkinshaw Racing breathes on Jaguar's V-12 coupe and sends it back into the jungle to hunt for fresh game) Technical - LiquidSpring C.L.A.S.S. (Dennis Simanatis learns volumes about adaptive suspension and compresses the information for Competition - F1 Fury (Tiff Needell gets to play Bulldog-for-a-day, piloting Nigel Mansell's Williams FW14B Grand Prix racecar at Eastoni) Columns - Miscellaneous Ramblilngs (in praise of that all-American tribute to freedom, vacations and summertime adventure: the Road Trip), Side Glances (things you almost never see, like clever uses for Garfield dolls and attractive windshield-wiper aero kits), About The Sport (after considerable success in IMSA and SCCA series, the Archer brothers add Trans-Am racing to their quivers), Inside IndyCar (Fittipaldi seizes the reins; Sullivan rains on Unser Jr's parade in Long Beach as Pruett bounces back again), Inside Formula 1 (Nigel Mansell displays guarded reactions toward reactive suspension; Ron Dennis vents about ugly Americans) Departments - People & Places, Letters to the Editor, Years Ago, Ampersand, Reviews, Time & Place, Road Test Summery, Tech Tidbits, Technical Correspondence, Showcase, Market Place, PS
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October
Cover Story - Traditionally, fall is new-car time in America. In accordance with that sentiment, R&T's editors have once again rounded up and corralled all the new models - imported and domestic - for your inspection. From the all-new to the unchanged, NEW FOR '93 serves as a combination buyer's guide/spotter's guide for the entire lineup of this season's cars. Features - The Masters (Nuvolari, Fangio, Moss, Clark and Senna: Rob Walker offers a personal appreciation of five great race-car drivers); Long-Term Introduction: Subaru SVX (If you can't say something nice about a car, you won't be talking about the SVX) Road Tests - Nissan Altima SE (Nissan hopes to replace the question mark hanging around its midsize sedan with an exclamation point); Volvo 850 GLT (Here it is at last: the Volvo for people who think of themselves as either too young or too old to own a Volvo); AC Propulsion CRX (A test of batteries subjected to a battery of tests: the historic first road test of an electric car) First Drives - Saturn Wagon (Saturn brings the image of a roomy, comfy hard-working, sesibly priced American station wagon back to earth); Ford Mustang Cobra (A venomous V-8 and ponycar platform provide evidence that snakes and horses can really get along) Columns - Miscellaneous Ramblings (New car fever: When in Rome, do as the Romans do, and when in Buenos Aires, drive like Fangio); Side Glances (In search of Road America: Peter Egan visits the June Sprints of Elkhart Lake and goes hungry for V-8 thunder); About The Sport (Even dwarf cars started small: Mini-sprint car racing supplies Paul Bunyan-size fun on a Billy Barty budget); Inside IndyCar (Slow and steady survives the race: USAC and Indy officials try to put the brakes on flat-out speeds at the 500); Inside Formula 1 (Canadian GP notes: What Montreal doesn't have, a race fan doesn't need (as Gerhard Berger would agree) Departments - People & Places; Letters To The Editor; Years Ago; Ampersand; Tech Tidbits; Technical Correspondence; Road Test Summary; Time & Place; Showcase; Market Place; PS
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