Monthly Archives: March 2014

2014 Ford Mustang GT Review

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For the review of the Mustang V6 click here.

Introduced in April 1964, the Mustang became Ford’s most successful model since the Model T. It is also one of the longest running American nameplates in automotive history. Following the 2005 redesign, the Mustang grew in size and power yet was more influenced by the classic Mustangs than the previous generation. Updated in 2009, the Mustang was revised in styling and for 2011, received new powertrains. For the 2013 model year, it was updated again with upgraded sheet metal.

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1994 Jaguar XJS Convertible Review

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Behold the oldest car I have reviewed so far. A 1994 Jaguar XJS convertible. Imagine my surprise when my friend gave me the keys to his old Jaguar, and he said, “Bring it back in one piece!”. The Jaguar XJS, formerly XJ-S, came to fruition in 1975. Touted as a luxury grand tourer, the XJ-S replaced the iconic sports car E-Type. Launched in 1975, the XJ-S did not fare well due to its convenient timing (sarcasm) in the wake of the gas crisis. Despite its competence, the XJ-S was criticized for not living up to the standards set by the E-Type. Then in 1991, the Jaguar redesigned and renamed it XJS.

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2013 Dodge Dart Rallye Review

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Despite the current Dart, it was not always a modern compact sedan that was based off an Italian model’s  chassis. Rather, in the 1960s, it was a lower priced alternative to the Dodge Charger and  Challenger. Then in the 1970s, as the U.S experienced an oil crisis, the Dart became a compact. In 1976, the Dart was discontinued. Dodge’s entry into the compact car market was the Neon. The Neon was successful due to its mix of youthful styling and decent driving dynamics. Then came the disappointing Caliber hatchback. Rushed through development, the Caliber was of poor quality and felt underdeveloped. As Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep went under Fiat’s control, work was being done on the Caliber’s replacement. Using the chassis of an Alfa Romeo Guiletta, the rejuvenated Dart combines American styling and European handling. Continue reading

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2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI Review

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Disclaimer: This GTI is not stock. Upgrades include K Sport Coil Overs, Boost Piping, Clutch Bleeder Block, 3″ Cat less downpipe, Awe Carbino Intake,  and an Audi S3 front mount intercooler.

Starting in 1974, the Golf was introduced as a front wheel drive replacement for the Beetle. This generation was sold as the Rabbit in the U.S. It would also spawn the world’s first Golf GTI version. Fast forward five more generations, and here we are at the sixth generation Golf GTI. By now, it is Volkswagen’s best selling car, and the world’s best selling car at more than 29 million built by 2012. As time progressed, the GTI has evolved to become a version notorious for hot hatch performance. Continue reading

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 Coupe Review

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Before the C-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz attempted to fill the coupe niche with the C-Class Sport Coupe (CLC in other markets). With a hatchback body style and its high prices, the Sport Coupe proved unpopular with the buyers, specifically young adults. However, seeing how successful the Audi A5 and the BMW 3 Series coupe was, Mercedes attempted to enter the foray with a coupe version of its popular C-Class sedan. Despite the previous Sport Coupe’s individual style, the latest C-Class coupe looks like the sedan with two doors chopped off. Available in C250, C350, C63 AMG versions, this Coupe attempts to lure younger buyers to the brand unlike the unsuccessful Sport Coupe. Continue reading

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