My love affair with Jaguar cars goes way back to when I was knee-high to a grasshopper… I have vivid memories in 1971 of playing in my uncle’s 1950’s era Mark 2 Jag – thrilled at the time to even be in the presence of it! I can still remember the smell of the leather and the details of that car today. A few years later I got the opportunity to sit in the infamous Jaguar E-Type at a car dealership while my parents were shopping for a new car. I can still remember the pale-yellow convertible that The Daily Telegraph newspaper includes in a list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. Only 8,626 of those beauties were ever made and I got to sit in one – what a thrill! A number of years ago my wife and I got a surprise invitation from BMW to test their new 5-series against several competitive cars – the Jaguar S-Type was among the choices and I immediately grabbed the keys to that. …
My favourite BMW has always been the 5 Series – for some reason the designers get it PERFECT every time it’s re-designed. I also think it’s the perfect size of car with the 3-series being a little snug and the 7-series being just a little bit too big – especially when driving around the smaller towns and cities in Europe. On our last trip to Germany there were three adults, so the 3 Series would never cut it size-wise and with two of us being women… you know the car had to be more than a little accommodating for luggage. I hadn’t driven the newly re-designed in 2011 BMW 5 Series, so this was the perfect opportunity to grab one for our two-week working vacation. Obviously the sedan wasn’t big enough, so I booked a wagon – or Touring.
The Taurus SHO has always been about subtlety and stealth – no need to draw undue attention from the long arm of the law (or Revenue Generation Force as I like to call them). To that end the new 2010/2011 Taurus SHO follows the same formula that first made it desirable back in 1989. After a break of about 10 years or so, it’s back and it ain’t anything like the original once you get under the skin.
Last week we had the opportunity to drive the amazing Genesis Coupe V-6 GT. This week we drive the 4-door version – same engine, but an automatic instead of a manual transmission. So is this a 4-door on steroids or a completely different car altogether? Surprisingly, there seems to be no correlation between the two vehicles – apart from sharing an engine and the name, you’d think these cars weren’t even related.