We’re all wide-eyed over the brand-spanking-new Fiat 124 convertible, also known as the Miata’s fancy dress. But MotorWeek was running that bad boy before it had the benefit of Japanese reliability. Check out how the original did in 1982:
If you’re an automotive masochist who wants a car that’s more, ahem, challenging to work on, but fun to drive regardless, the 1980s gave you two excellent and popular choices: the Porsche 944 and the Mazda RX-7. Which one should occupy your jackstands? MotorWeek had the answer.
You’ve seen the premiere episode of MotorWeek from 1981, an episode that kicked off American TV’s longest-running automotive magazine. Now it’s time to venture even deeper into the rabbit hole that is the MotorWeek archives. Behold, the original unaired pilot from the height of the Malaise Era!
How can John Davis get more John Davisy? Throw him behind the wheel of a couple Soviet 4x4s and let the quote machine loose.
What a garbage day today is! It's Friday, the day after Christmas. There's a good chance you're at work even though you feel like you shouldn't be, and nothing is getting done because there's really nothing to do. Screw that. Watch some vintage tests from television's original automotive magazine instead.
Winning, it is said in the classic film Death Race 2000, is the only standard of excellence left. Americans don't want to know what cars are great — they want to know what car is best. And that's why God invented the comparison test.
Wait, is this from an exercise infomercial? I can see those abs getting ripped right before my eyes.
No. Not right. Nope. Dammit. Ah. No, wait. No. Dammit. Now I can't see the stupid speedo.
Oh nothing, just shifting some gears here on MotorWeek.
On Thursday, after hours of research and huffing paint, we brought you a chart that will tell you exactly which new car to buy. But how were you supposed to do that in 1995, back when there was no Jalopnik and the Internet was only for hackers and perverts?
In 1988, Maserati took a page from the Honda handbook and added a small Si badge to the end of the Biturbo name.
The Porsche 911 has been around since the 1960s, and has looked pretty much the same for that entire time.
In the early 1990s, Lincoln was facing huge competition from the new kids on the block, the Japanese.
Remember the Malibu Maxx? It was the hatchback version of the old Malibu and it wasn't completely terrible. The trick rear seat was probably the coolest part, since it would slide AND recline.
While compared with the high horsepower cars of the late 1960s or today's modern muscle these muscle offerings from 1985 might seem a little tame, they were the most impressive performers that had rolled out of Detroit in sometime.
PBS's MotorWeek, which is like Top Gear without humor, high production value or entertaining hosts, has named its "Drivers' Choice Awards" for 2007. Most of the choices aren't that surprising: Lexus LS as the "Best Luxury Sedan" and Ford Shelby GT500 for the "Best Performance Car." The one thing that sticks out is the…