Spoon Honda NSX-R GT, First Drive

They say you should never meet your heroes. For the most part that's true, I've never been more disappointed than after my first drive in a DeLorean DMC-12 » 11/11/08 4:00pm 11/11/08 4:00pm, childhood dreams of time travel completely squashed. When I was eleven I picked out the colors for a friend's dad's new NSX - red with a black top - and even…

2009 Volkswagen CC: First Drive

The car industry and the publications that serve it like order. They like to place things into categories and through doing so, exert some illusion of control over the marketplace. The BMW 3-series competes with the Audi A4. The Honda Accord competes with the Toyota Camry. Vehicles are priced to be a few dollars higher … » 10/21/08 3:00pm 10/21/08 3:00pm

2009 BMW 135i, Part Three

Why you should buy the 2009 BMW 135i: » 9/12/08 1:30pm 9/12/08 1:30pm You like the idea of a driver’s car, but you don’t really like driving that much. You heard the 135i was car to drive this fall. You’re a life-long BMW fan and you have a penchant for blinders. You’re a badge snob. You’re all of the above and you really don’t have an eye for a…

2009 BMW 135i, Part Two

Exterior Design: **** » 9/11/08 4:00pm 9/11/08 4:00pm Easily the best-looking Bangle BMW, the excels in proportion, if not in detail. Straight from the front, there’s little indication of the 135i’s purpose, but from there back it’s classic BMW two-door updated for the 21st century. Restraint and simplicity do the 135i’s interior many favors.…

2009 BMW 135i, Part One

Perhaps more than any other car in its range, the 2009 BMW 135i » 9/10/08 4:00pm 9/10/08 4:00pm carries the weight of customer expectation on its shoulders. Supposedly the antithesis to the soft, the bloated and overcomplicated cars dominating BMW's range for the majority of this decade, people want the 135i to herald a return to the simple,…

2008 Infiniti G37S, Part Three

Why you should buy the 2008 Infiniti G37S: » 8/27/08 12:30pm 8/27/08 12:30pm You've just been made junior partner at your law firm. You want to go fast, but you don't necessarily need to go the fastest. You want a car that handles well, but it's not like you're going to autocross it. You care about looking good but could care less if you look tough.…

2008 Infiniti G37S, Part Two

Exterior Design: **** » 8/26/08 12:30pm 8/26/08 12:30pm The is one of the few Japanese luxury cars with the aesthetics to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Europe's best, a fact helped by the coupe's bulging, enticing shoulders. The headlights may appear a bit doe-eyed from the front, but they stretch handsomely around the front fender, starting a line…

2008 Infiniti G37S, Part One

There are those who claim to be able to reach across the ethereal plane, into another dimension, and speak with the dead. I will make no such claim. The best I could offer my friend was assistance in tracking down the plots containing his great grandfather and other relatives, buried in an Irish Catholic cemetery north … » 8/25/08 12:30pm 8/25/08 12:30pm

2009 Corvette ZR1: First Drive

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 » 8/19/08 10:30pm 8/19/08 10:30pm is the best car ever made. It redefines what performance cars are capable of, not by its numbers (the 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds and a 205 MPH top speed figures are no longer noteworthy north of $100,000), but by how it makes those numbers so accessible. Simply put, the ZR1's most remarkable…

2009 Dodge Challenger

Last month's review » 8/17/08 4:30pm 8/17/08 4:30pm of the may have seemed to some a blinding orgy of Detroit love. Having just moved from Detroit to New York City, I was homesick and was seemingly in need of a shot of Motor City muscle. Still, I offer no apology, because despite the rose-colored glasses, I managed to outline the three glaring…

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt, Part Three

Why you should buy the 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt:
You don't care if other people think you're cool; you know you're cool. If you want a job done right you think you have to do it yourself. You've got a bad habit of getting into car chases that end in fiery explosions. You were alive when the movie I'm alluding to… » 7/17/08 12:00pm 7/17/08 12:00pm

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt, Part Two

Exterior Design: *****
The 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt isn't just a series of minor enhancements. Although the differences between the GT are subtle, they're numerous — starting with the badge delete option and Highland Green paint, a large black grille rimmed with a satin piece of chrome that hints at the car's unique… » 7/16/08 12:00pm 7/16/08 12:00pm

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt, Part One

I managed to drive nearly one thousand miles across Texas in a 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt without running over a cow, getting in a gunfight or playing a single hand of high stakes poker. How? If you've never been, the Texas in your head is a rugged place with sun-drenched highways stretching across a flat endless plain… » 7/15/08 12:30pm 7/15/08 12:30pm

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Part Three

Why you should buy the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8:
You love America and everything it stands for. You break out in hives at the thought of restoring an old '71 Challenger, but still want to live life looking good, moving fast and bleeding red, white and blue. Your nickname was "Super Soul" or your last name is "Kowalski."

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2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Part Two

Exterior Design: *****
The 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 gets all five stars for providing a perfect example of a polarizingly retro design done right. You either love it or you hate it. Although we've yet to find a single soul who is willing to shout this pony down in person. From the big, strong front fascia and that… » 7/10/08 3:00pm 7/10/08 3:00pm

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, Part One

Michigan's M-1 is a state trunk road that starts at downtown Detroit's waterfront drive, Jefferson Avenue, then shoots north in a straight line for 21.4 miles, past some of the poorest and wealthiest neighborhoods of the metro region until it loops back down the other direction in the city of Pontiac. And really,… » 7/09/08 4:00pm 7/09/08 4:00pm

The Future Is Back: Jalopnik Drives The DeLorean DMC-12

The first time I saw the gullwing doors on a DeLorean DMC-12 open, in Back To The Future, it was abundantly clear something important was happening. Something cool. Then I learned that it had a chassis engineered by Colin Chapman and a body designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro. Then I read about the cocaine and the stunning… » 7/07/08 12:00pm 7/07/08 12:00pm

2008 Mazda RX-8, Part Two

Exterior Design:***
The 2008 Mazda RX-8 shows all sorts of pleasing shapes amidst all of that strong idiosyncrasy. It's good clean fun to look at the profile of the front fenders rising slightly above the curve of the hood while you're driving. Molded-in Wankelry on the hood flows nicely into subtle twin speed bumps on … » 4/30/08 12:00pm 4/30/08 12:00pm