AUTO REVIEW—Leave it to Volkswagen to name its compact crossover after a cross between a tiger and an iguana. With other companies succumbing to safe, alpha-numeric designations, VW gives us Touareg, Routan, and of course Tiguan. Editor-at-Large Zoran J. Segina reports on the latest version of the felineus lizard from Wolfsburg—the R-Line.
AUTO REVIEW—When Barry Newman took delivery of that ‘Seventies Dodge Challenger in the movie “Vanishing Point,” it forever cemented the car as an American icon. Forty-five years later, the 2015 Dodge Challenger remains truest to the original pony cars of the muscle car era (four-wheel independent suspension, dual overhead cams and variable valve timing, notwithstanding). Harvey Schwartz reports on the new Challenger.
AUTO REVIEW—Ever since Volkswagen’s original high performance hatchback emerged in 1976, the car maker has been honing the GTI to pocket rocket perfection. For 2015, Volkswagen introduces the seventh generation GTI, raising the bar once again. But it’s not just the performance that impresses, the craftsmanship in the new GTI easily surpasses anything else in its class. Editor-at-Large Zoran Segina reports.
AUTO REVIEW—In the hands of road masters like Petter Solberg, and late Richard Burns, the Subaru went from a funny-looking four-door to a missile, tearing through the World Rally Championship stages—from parting the darkness through the snow covered Col de Turini above Monte Carlo, to jumping 150 feet at Ouninpohja in the Finnish countryside. The blue Subarus won the championship, becoming a legend in the process. For model year 2015, Subaru is offering a BRZ Series.Blue special edition of just 1,000 units—half in Crystal White Pearl, and another half in WR Blue Pearl.
AUTO REVIEW—”The ‘LA’ in LA Car stands for Los Angeles but, for this report, it represents the great state of Louisiana. I have come to the city of New Orleans to drive what could be one of the most exciting new cars on the road, the Lexus RC F, as well as its brethren, the RC 350 and RC 350 F Sport. New Orleans is known as The Big Easy, and that may very well describe the adventure that awaits me. I’m about to have BIG fun in a car that will be EASY to become attached to.” Reed ‘The Traffic Guy’ Berry reports.