C8 Corvette Z06 Z07 on Track

First Drive: Chevy’s C8 Corvette Z06 is a Phenomenal Track-Oriented Street Car

IYKYK. Motorsports and driving enthusiasts can hear “Z06” on its own and know immediately that whoever said it is referring to the most track-oriented variant of Corvette sold by Chevrolet in a given generation. We see a decent number of them as NASA race cars and time trial cars, and we’re starting to see more …

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2022 Polestar 2

2022 Polestar 2 Single Motor Review: The Base Model is Refreshingly Good

Last fall, Polestar sent me a fully-loaded example of their electric sedan, the Polestar 2. Equipped with the Pilot, Plus, and Performance packages, I generally enjoyed the car but found the Öhlins performance suspension to ride far too rough on anything but perfect roads, and needlessly fussy to adjust with its manual knobs under the …

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2022 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2022 Mazda CX-9 Review: Focused on Driving and Luxury Over Outright Utility

Last year, I called the Mazda CX-9 the “Miata of three-row crossovers,” in that it didn’t really have drive modes or fancy shocks or anything for the driver to fuss with. It was just a solid, well-tuned big crossover for people who care about things like steering feel. My parents recently moved, and I took …

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2022 Genesis G80 Sayville NY

The 2022 Genesis G80 Was the Conduit to a Magical Vacation

Car enthusiasts are the way they are for a variety of reasons. I’m big on the driving experience and the visceral sensations you get behind the wheel of something that is just so damn good. But cars are also memory-making machines, either solo or with those special to you. And that’s where this 2022 Genesis …

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2022 Mazda Miata Club

Kinematic Posture Control Makes the 2022 Mazda Miata More Precise Yet… Tail-Happy?

The ‘ND2’ Mazda Miata has always been considered a brilliant evolution of Mazda’s iconic roadster. It’s nimble, tossable, powerful enough, a little soft, and a ton of fun. So what’s a girl like Mazda to do when they want to evolve the 2022 Mazda Miata without a total overhaul? Software trickery! Every 2022 Mazda Miata …

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2022 Audi S3 gray

2022 Audi S3 Review: A Classically German Compact

Let’s get the inevitable comparison out of the way. The 2022 Audi S3 is very much related to the ‘Mk8’ 2022 Volkswagen Golf R that I drove only weeks apart. They share the updated MQB platform, EA888 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine, and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. I would bet that suspensions are either identical …

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2022 Volkswagen Golf R

2022 Volkswagen Golf R Review: Great ‘One Car Solution’ Driver, but Touch Controls Frustrate

Volkswagen’s outgoing ‘Mark 7′ GTI, and Golf R were, to me and to many others, near perfection. Over decades, VW refined and refined the hot (and hotter) hatchbacks to where they were formulaically fantastic drivers’ cars, just as happy to bumble around a city as they were to be ripped around a racetrack. My hope, …

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2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Lime Rush

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Review: Due for Replacement, Yet Remarkably Charming

I was a rising senior in college when the current generation of Toyota 4Runner first launched. A few years later, I had graduated and was working at my first “big boy” job, for a company that no longer exists – AOL – and Toyota gave Ye Olde 4Runner a facelift. Eleven years have passed since the fifth-generation …

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Porsche Cayenne Diesel with Enclosed Trailer

My Porsche Cayenne Diesel Impressed Towing an Enclosed Trailer Through the Allegheny Mountains

Pittsburgh International Race Complex, better known as Pitt Race, is a heckin’ fun racetrack located about 45 minutes west of Pittsburgh proper, in the mountains of Pennsylvania. I’d been a few times in the past, but not since purchasing my Spec3 BMW 325is racecar and joining my new series. Two NASA regions – Great Lakes and …

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