January 8, 2016 , Windsor, Ontario – For more than a year, the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat models – the fastest and most powerful muscle car and sedan ever – have stormed roadways and drag strips with acceleration blasts to 100 km/h in the low 3-second range
In 2015 Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th Anniversary with an all-new design and a year-long celebration. Last year we spent a lot of time around the Mustang, but there weren’t any available to test drive until early this year. Finally I got the keys to a convertible version – perfect for nice hot summer days. Along with the drop-top came a manual transmission – extremely rare in this day and age of automatics… and an incredible audio system. Does it get better than this? Some may say – of course it does – you shoulda got the 5.0 GT!! That’s true, but I wanted the 4-cylinder version because it’s got more HP than the V6 and is supposed to offer better fuel mileage… besides, I’ll test the GT later.
A number of years ago I drove the Mazda RX-8 and fell in love with it! It was my favourite car for well over a year before another came along and knocked it from the top spot on my list. From that point on I seemed to have a new “favourite” car on a very regular basis. So, what made the RX-8 so great that it held the top spot for so long, yet no other car has been my favourite for any more than a couple of months? If I drove it again today would I be just as enamoured with it, or was it really just a passing fancy? We’re about to find out…..
My first experience with a Ford Mustang was way back in the summer of 1969 when a friend of my Mum had one. She dropped the top and I can still feel the sun beating down on my head and my hair getting messed up with the wind… ahh memories! I was only 7 years old, but I still remember it like it was last year… I nagged my Dad for ages to go out and buy one, but he was sticking to driving around in a 1965 Ford Galaxy wagon that was as long as an aircraft carrier. Fast forward to 1978 and we’d just moved to Canada – fresh off the plane and what do I try and get my dad to buy? A 1978 Ford Mustang – I knew he wouldn’t keep it for long, and I would either inherit it or buy it from him. Alas, he bought another land yacht – which I inherited two years later. I still haven’t gotten around to buying my own Mustang yet, but at …
In 1989 Mazda introduced the MX-5 to the world (or Miata as it was known in North America) and in one fell swoop gave us something we didn’t know was possible – an affordable, reliable and fun-to-drive roadster. Sure, we’ve had fun little, sporty, and even sometimes affordable roadsters in the past… but only in the traditional British and Italian sense… with continual break downs to the extent that the owner also had to learn to be a mechanic!