Archive for September, 2010
I have to admit, I didn’t think that they were going to pull it off. The history of the automobile is a long road that’s littered with the forgotten hulks of dream cars that were too good to be true, after all, so when an upstart company called Tesla announced in 2006 that it was going to produce the world’s first all-electric sports car, I was less than confident that it would ever see the light of day.
Thankfully, the company wasn’t waiting for my approval to hit the road. Tesla has delivered about 1000 Roadsters as of spring 2010, is making big plans for an all-electric family sedan to follow, has taken over Toyota’s NUMMI plant in California and now has seven dealers across the U.S. As for my opinion on the company’s veracity, I stand firmly corrected, and jumped eagerly at the chance to meet one. (more…)
You’ve certainly met Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution before. This four-door sports car is hard to miss, thanks to wild fender flares, huge wheels and an assortment of other body modifications that indicate this car’s long, proud rally-racing heritage and the performance goodies that lie beneath.
But what’s this? The latest Evolution looks downright demure–the dramatic spoilers and wings are no more. The most extravagant racer-boy components are gone, leaving a muscular but much more subtle style. Has Mitsubishi clipped the Evolution’s performance wings as well? Do not fear. Though it’s going for a more upscale look, the Evolution MR still provides crazy, turbocharged, all-wheel drive thrills as its modus operandi.
The IS convertibles from Lexus crept into the market without much fanfare, dropping into a natural hole in the Lexus lineup and settling in like they’d always been there. Does it mean something that I forgot about the existence of this car until I saw one in a parking lot and wasn’t sure what it was?
As an avowed car spotter, it was somewhat embarrassing to see the Lexus IS 250C and not immediately recognize it. A natural addition to the line of IS compact sport-luxury sedans, the retractable hardtop fills both the two-door coupe and convertible roles and gives the IS models a broader base from which to compete with the likes of the Audi A4 and A5 and the BMW 3-Series. Those two vehicles are the gold standard of the compact sport-luxury market, though challengers like the Infiniti G37 and Cadillac CTS were certainly on Lexus’ mind when the IS 250C and IS 350C were penned. (more…)