Video: A 1,000 HP R34 GTR is Better in Real Life Than in Video Games

In our travels to New Zealand, we drove a huge variety of cars, all of which were excellent in their own ways. But the one we were most excited about was, of course, the one we can’t have here for 9 more years: The R34 Skyline GTR. Almost like a bonus, this one makes four times the power it left the factory with, an… » 4/21/15 2:53pm 4/21/15 2:53pm

What Happens if You Crash One of Those Cars You're Testing? 

I get asked all the time, “What happens if you crash one of those cars you’re testing?” Fair question: I have to pay for it. But that’s not the hardest part. The hardest part is immediately having to get back in another borrowed car and test that. On our trip to New Zealand, in horrible conditions, that’s… » 4/14/15 7:50pm 4/14/15 7:50pm

This is the World's Most Interesting Vauxhall Viva

New Zealand is quite possibly the most car-crazy per capita country in the entire world, as we at TST recently learned by touring the whole country for two weeks. Most importantly, Kiwis take incredible pride in doing everything themselves, from body work, to making parts, to repurposing parts that never should have… » 3/12/15 12:06pm 3/12/15 12:06pm

What It's Like To Drive The Only* Autozam AZ-1 In America

The Japanese auto industry isn't what it was 20 years ago. The ridiculous performance cars of the 1990s have, with a few exceptions, yielded to staid and respectable sedans and crossovers. Even Mazda, makers of the Miata and some of the most fun normal cars around, doesn't come close to their Bubble Era madness. » 11/26/14 2:20pm 11/26/14 2:20pm

The Audi RS5 Cabriolet is The Battleship That Screams

The Audi RS5 Cabriolet is a big, heavy car. In fact, at 4,420 lbs, the RS5 is 60 lbs heavier than my Honda Odyssey Minivan, which combined with this particular shade of "Nardo Gray," has led me to lovingly refer to the car as "The Battleship." Thing is with 450 hp and a redline half-past-eight, this battleship hauls… » 10/07/14 10:00am 10/07/14 10:00am

Video: Rally North America US50 in a Jeep SRT, Part 2: Missouri to…

Two weeks ago, we brought you the first half of our coverage of Rally North America's biggest event yet: the US50 Rally, from West Virginia to Missouri. Then last week, we showed you what our Jeep SRT is like at a hot, elevated track day. Today, let's see more sights, meet more folks, and share the conclusion of Rally… » 9/09/14 12:15pm 9/09/14 12:15pm

How Does a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Handle a Hot Track Day?

I recently had the pleasure of spending two weeks and 4,000 miles on Rally North America in one of the greatest vehicles to ever come out of the US of A: the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It's comfortable, fast, and full of practicality. But how does it handle a road course, at 4,500 feet of elevation, when it's 95… » 9/05/14 12:25pm 9/05/14 12:25pm

Video: Rally North America is the Rally You Really Want to (and can!)…

As someone with some level of experience regarding the "high profile" rallies, I can say definitively that I have no desire whatsoever to do a high-profile rally anymore. They reek of wretched excess and sketchy driving, and leave your license in tatters. So this year, when Rally North America invited us along,… » 8/13/14 12:20pm 8/13/14 12:20pm

Video: DINAN's S3.R BMW 1M Coupe is Stupid, Stupid Fast.

Many out there, myself included, have stated that the BMW 1 Series M-Coupe is the best modern BMW money can buy, and one that, with such limited numbers in the US, will certainly go up in value. But what if you modify it? Steve Dinan's S3.R, with 444 HP and 450 lb/ft of torque may not be collector-focused, but when it… » 6/25/14 11:33am 6/25/14 11:33am

Video: The 610HP, Twin-Turbo, Flamespitting Ferrari 348 Challenge

A traditional Ferrari Collector would probably want to leave his 1-of-32 348 Challenge factory race car stock, or maybe just slightly upgraded with a few modern safety and performance parts for occasional track use. Not Steve Maxwell and Stacey Slead. They stuffed Stacey's car so full of boost, brake, and grip that … » 6/10/14 2:52pm 6/10/14 2:52pm

Video: Pantera - To Restore or to Pro-Tour?

Before driving one, I had a very clear image in my head of what I was sure driving a Detomaso Pantera would be like. Fortunately I'm the kind of person who, with enough phone calls, can hook up something like that, so we found two of them for a comparison test. They are less than three years apart, but couldn't be… » 5/30/14 12:57pm 5/30/14 12:57pm

Video: Is the Cadillac ELR Twice as Cool as the Chevy Volt?

I love, and I mean love, my Chevy Volt. People who haven't driven one don't get it, and that's fine. It's not for everybody, and that's fine. What's important about choosing a car is that it works for your lifestyle, right? And the Volt works for mine. But the problem is that it just isn't that cool. You have to… » 4/01/14 11:31am 4/01/14 11:31am