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Posted on by Bryan 7

When Honda announced that they would stop making the S2000 the world was made a little bit worse. That was always one of the best sports cars on the market, if not the best.

The digital instrument panel looked like something out of a starship and the interior was so wacky that it was hard not to love it. The noise was amazing and the handling was sensational. It was fast, cheap, and looked good, not to mention the insanely high red line.

With the S2000 gone, what are we going to do? There is nothing quite like it on the market today. Today’s cars are getting softer not harder. Toyota pushed the date back on their FT-86 and Mazda will be getting rid of the RX-8 soon. The American car companies make muscle cars that are too heavy and terrible at handling, apart from the Ford Mustang . Really, if you want a fast, crazy, two-seat sports car there is little to choose from in today’s market.

Thank goodness we haveLotus . The Elise is a wonderful car if you live on a track, but it’s very hard on the road. The new Evora on the other hand, is a perfect mixture of track handling and a road precision.

Hit the jump for the full review.

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Before this article even begins we want to say something about the 2010 Ford F150 SVT Raptor : This truck is absolutely pointless. Like the old F150 Lightening, there is just no reason for a vehicle of this size to have this much power. If you want to go fast, buy a sports car and, if you want to haul something, buy a normal F150. That being said, it is good fun.

Capable of going off-road and blowing the doors off of all other trucks, the new 2010 F150 SVT Raptor is something out of this world.

Launched in 2009, the Raptor was one of the most anticipated trucks ever created. The motor could have been a 5.4-liter V8 with 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, but that just wasn’t good enough. The 5.4-liter is great for a light sports car, but for something that weighs around 6,000 pounds, more power was needed. Enter the optional 6.2-liter V8. The new engine is the perfect match for this monster truck. With 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque, it provides a real jolt to the this super F150. The 6.2-liter is actually the same as the new Super Duty’s motor, but a few tunes here and there has helped it outgun the Duty by 26 horsepower.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

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According to Mercedes-Benz , the average buyer of the newE-Class cabriolet will be similar to the buyer of the old CLK . They will be male, over 50, and will most likely be golfers, as most Mercedes drivers are.

While these might not all be true, they do give out one valuable piece of information. Four-seat cabriolets are not going to be cool cars for young adults. They are too big and too expensive. All of this is truly a shame because the new E550 Cabriolet is very good. It looks aggressive, has plenty of room, and goes like stink. The exterior design is fabulous. A blocky feel that makes one think of precise engineering and longevity. It’s not too flashy, but it’s not understated either.

Admittedly, some people haven’t yet warmed up to the new headlights. Personally, we like them. The old E-Class was too old school, too retirement home. This new one is a great mixture of style and sophistication.

Hit the jump for the rest of the review.

Posted on by Bryan 8

BMW would like to welcome you to the year 1992. Back then, BMW’s flagship 7-Series came with a six-cylinder motor under the hood and now, here in 2010, that same motor is back. Under the hood of the new 2011 740i and the long wheelbase 740Li is a six-cylinder engine that is far more efficient than the bigger eight-cylinder motors. That being said, what will really attract buyers to this new 7-Series is the lowered price.

The $71,025 740i and the $75,425 740Li are around 11 grand less than the V8 models. For that price, one would expect the luxury sedan to be merely a stripped down version of the 750. Yet, that simply isn’t the case. Sure the 740 gives up a few of the toys that grace the higher end models, but in no way is this car barren. In fact, the new BMW 740 might be one of the best values on the market today.

Thankfully, on a styling note, the 740 is much better. No longer do we have to hear the words ’Bangle butt’ mentioned again. The massive kidney grilles give the sedan an attack helicopter look. From the side, the 740 looks like a long car. The sharp shoulder crease from head to toe slide through the car’s seamless profile.

Hit the jump for the full review.

Posted on by Bryan 10

Welcome back to the era of the small car. With gas prices surely to be on the rise and a wave of environmentalism taking over the known world, the large SUV and sedan might be a thing of the past. So, welcome to the future and the 2011 Ford Fiesta.

Don’t let the name fool you; this Fiesta isn’t the old hatchback that everybody loved to hate. Instead, this Fiesta is a European designed two-door, four-door, or five-door vehicle that will be headed to showrooms this summer.

Ford offers three trim levels, the SE, SES and the SEL, making the new Fiesta perfect for everyone. Thanks to Ford for the chance to drive this car months before it hits the showrooms.

Like Kia is doing with the Soul and Mazda is doing with the upcoming Mazda2 , Ford is hoping to capitalize on the higher gas prices and young adults that don’t find the Scion cool anymore. Designed to compete with the Honda Fit , Toyota Yaris, Scion xA, and the Nissan Versa , the little Ford manages to hold its own against its rivals.

Hit the jump for the full review of the 2011 Ford Fiesta.

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What’s the best noise in the world? Something deep, like an old muscle car. How about the newly revised 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 ? It’s hard to find a sports car that makes a better noise than the bigger and badder version of the base Mustang.

Last year, the old Ford Shelby GT500 got a few tweaks, mostly on the suspension, which was just terrible years ago. For 2011, Ford has improved things further with a new aluminum block for the V8. That makes the Ford Shelby GT500 more powerful and more fuel-efficient. In fact, the new pony car is so economical that it avoids the gas-guzzler tax.

Now, obviously the Ford Shelby GT500 is fast and quite loud, that much is clear. Around the track the Mustang eats away the Camaro and the base Corvette on the straightaway. The car hits 60 in 4.2 seconds and when the throttle is pressed all the way down you are pushed back into the seat with a force you would find in something propelled by rockets.

Hit the jump for the full review of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.

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The new 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost is the latest half British and half German ultra-luxury car to come from the storied auto manufacturer. The Ghost is the entry-level car, priced well below the larger Phantom , which will set you back $380,000.

The 2010 Ghost was going to be good; there were no doubts about that. It’s based on the BMW 760Li , but Rolls says that the Ghost is only 20 percent BMW. Rolls-Royce is also quick to point out that everything you see and touch is all-new for the model. Like all Rolls-Royce models, the new Ghost is seriously luxurious.

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The Suzuki Kizashi is a fantastic car from a company known for motorcycles rather than automobiles. It proved that the alternative Japanese automaker could produce cars just as good as its rivals; Honda and Toyota . Now, Suzuki wants to take the momentum earned with the Kizashi and create a sports sedan to rival the Honda Civic Si and the TRD division of Toyota.

Called the Kizashi Turbo , this new variant, built on the base sedan, has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a new catback exhaust system, and an upgraded suspension producing 290 horsepower. It also provides enough room in the back for two and plenty of luggage space for a road trip. All in all, the new Kizashi is a big stepping-stone for Suzuki.

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Since the debut of the Lancer Evolution back in 2006, we have seen the popularity of Mitsubishi’s all wheel drive sports sedan increase, however, it has always maintained the original 4 door sedan platform. This has allowed other automakers, like Subaru and Mazda , the opportunity to introduce a sport back version of their popular sport sedans with very good results. Last year, we saw the introduction of the Evolution MR and were intrigued when a rumor about a sport back version of the Lancer was in the works. With the success of the Lancer RALLIART edition last year, it was only logical for Mitsubishi to develop a Sport back version of the affordable sport sedan to compete in a market that is currently dominated by other Japanese automakers. The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer RALLIART Sport back edition features a combination of the ever popular Lancer sedan and the Lancer Evolution, bridging the gap between the track and the daily driven roads.

Follow the jump for the full review.

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The 2010 G37 has become one of the most popular entry level luxury cars on the market. The line itself has been a hit since it evolved from the original G35 series that, at the time, only featured a sedan and a coupe, which continues to be a top seller for the brand. Fast forward a couple of years to 2008 when the G35 evolved into the G37. The new exterior was more than enough to catch a second glance at the line, however, a new power plant and safety features were also introduced with this new version of the G series. This helped many potential consumers make their decisions when purchasing a luxury sports coupe. Then, in 2009,Infiniti managed to get everyone’s attention yet again by launching a hardtop convertible version of the G37 to the market. The convertible was stunning and some would think that should be enough to please the crowds, however, Infiniti didn’t see it that way. As a result, we are introduced to the Infiniti G37S convertible in 2010 and the crowds have gone wild. Still true to its sleek line, the G37S convertible is able to keep the same sophisticated characteristics that we have come to recognize from Infiniti and, at the same time, increase the way it performs. This is thanks to a new powerplant that is able to allow the G37S convertible to evolve yet again into a luxury sports car with all of the performance and comfort features to back it up.

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