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Driven: 2022 Mini Cooper Hardtop

Why not treat those who very much want to live the three-pedal life? Still, the base 2022 Mini Cooper is a great all-around subcompact, and any enthusiast would get a kick out of putting it through its paces on a winding mountain road.

By Peter Nelson | September 13, 2022
Driven: 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition

The 2022 Lexus RC F Fuji Speedway Edition is an all-around excellent sports car for its power, handling, solid inputs, and exclusivity.  Its price tag is a bit steep at $101,095 to start and a $1,075 delivery fee, but then for such a low-production, focused piece of engineering, it really doesn’t sound so bad.

By Peter Nelson | September 09, 2022
Review: 2020 Aston Martin Vantage — Big Power, Small Wheelbase, Yes Please

The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage is one of the automotive industry’s greatest lovechilds between two heavy-hitter performance brands.

By Peter Nelson | October 29, 2020
Review: 2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost High-Performance Package — Are Four Cylinders Better Than Eight?

The 2020 Ford Mustang Ecoboost High-Performance Package with Ecoboost Handling Package (say that five times fast) surprised us, and really drove home the saying “don’t knock it till you try it.” Here’s how it did so.

By Peter Nelson | October 22, 2020
Gearhead Theater: DVD Bundle – Classic Car Movies

Perfect for the racing junkie in your life, these films convey the intensity of competition in an honest and unfiltered way. Legendary races on the world’s most demanding tracks are captured here in a way that brings the viewer directly into the action. These are the films set the standard for racing cinema, and they’re guaranteed to be a hit with race fans both young and old.

By Winding Road Staff | October 28, 2014
Driven: 2014 Jaguar F-Type V8 S Convertible

Last year, Jaguar gave us a the opportunity to get some seat time with both the V6 S and V8 S models of the F-Type drop top. While spending a few hours with a car on a predetermined route can offer a fair bit of information about what it’s like to drive in certain situations, spending an unsupervised week with it provides you with a better idea of what it’s like to live with in the real world. It also gave us a chance to record some footage with one of the most raucous and intoxicating exhaust notes this side of pit lane.

By Bradley Iger | February 24, 2014
Driven: 2015 Subaru WRX STI

Subaru recently launched the fourth generation of its WRX and has now, with little delay, followed that up with the top-level STI version of the car. We were invited to the Monterey peninsula to drive the car on a variety of winding roads and at the Laguna Seca race track.

By Tom Martin | February 17, 2014
Driven: 2014 BMW 328i

Already into its third year of production, the sixth generation 3-Series remains the benchmark by which all other sport sedans are measured. While there haven’t been many dramatic changes since the F30’s introduction for the 2012 model year, when we were offered a go in a new 328i equipped with the rarely optioned row-your-own six speed manual gearbox, it didn’t take much coaxing to get us behind the wheel.

By Bradley Iger | December 10, 2013
Race Video Camera Comparison Review: Part 1 – The Problem With GoPro

Lots of racers use video cameras to capture action at the track. Some of this is for fun, because it is enjoyable to review an exciting day’s activity. Some video is for sharing, because if you make an epic start or pass, you want your buddies to see it. Some of this use of video is to gather evidence; if you protest or someone protests against you, you’d like to have an objective record of what happened. And our favorite reason for racing videos is learning, because sometimes you or another driver can see what went wrong or what went right and you can do better next time. So, video is good. Not only that, it is relatively cheap and has the appearance of being easy.

By Tom Martin | August 07, 2013
2013 Mazdaspeed3 vs. 2013 Ford Focus ST: A Morning Conversation Between Editors

Every morning at 9:00, Winding Road editors Brandon Turkus and John Beltz Snyder have a little chat online about the weather (snowy), how we’re feeling (could use a coffee), and about the cars we’re driving. These conversations can sometimes be pretty revealing about our weekly loans. One such conversation happened this morning, when Brandon asked John about his time with the Mazdaspeed3. The Mazda was immediately compared to the Ford Focus ST, and the issue of torque steer was the particular focus.

By John Beltz Snyder | February 22, 2013
Driven: 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL350 Bluetec

By our reckoning, the GL350 with Mercedes-Benz’s excellent 3.0-liter, turbodiesel V-6 is the pick of the litter. Yes, there’s much to be said for the GL’s excellent V-8 options. Both the GL450 and GL550 are powered by biturbocharged V-8s, with the 450 packing 362 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque and the GL550 offering up 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. We’d also need to give a shout out to the bonkers (and completely unnecessary) GL63 AMG and its 550 ponies.

By Brandon Turkus | January 03, 2013
Quick Drive: 2012 BMW 335i Sport Line

If you want a small, sporty BMW sedan, this is your only option (at least until the next M3 sedan arrives, or if you can live with the very-good-but-not-overwhelmingly-fast 328i). Of course, all things considered, this isn’t a big deal. The stats for the 335i are, for the most part, identical to the past several years: a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder sends 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels by way of a six speed manual transmission (standard).

By Brandon Turkus | July 20, 2012

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