Auto Reviews


THE SOUND OF MUSIC
2015 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe

AUTO REVIEW—The hills are alive with the sound of the Camaro ZL1. That “sound” emanates from four exhaust pipes at the end of the system which starts few yards ahead, under the carbon-fiber-accented hood, with an Eaton supercharger feeding air into eight cylinders of a 6.2 liter LSA engine that collectively pumps out close to 600 horsepower. Editor-at-Large Zoran Segina reports.

REAL ESTATE ON WHEELS
2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL AWD

AUTO REVIEW—America always liked to think big, including getting some pretty large swaths of real estate at very good prices. We bought 22 square miles of Manhattan in 1626 for about 25 bucks. Then came the Louisiana Purchase, in 1803 from Napoleon Bonaparte, over half a billion acres for about four cents an acre. And the best deal of all – the “Seward’s Folly” – where we bought over half a million square miles of Alaska from the Russian Czar for two cents an acre. Without this last acquisition the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali XL AWD would have to carry a different name.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN IGUANA
Volkswagen’s Tiguan R-Line

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.

NEVER VANISHING
2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus

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.

KRAFTWERK
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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.

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