Tag Archive: Dodge Challenger

Jan 09

2016 Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat Models Get Exclusive Stripes, Dodge Extends Plum Crazy Paint

Dodge Crazy Plum, Road-Test.org

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, generated more than 61 million sensational YouTube video views around the globe, inspired an entirely new generation of Dodge enthusiasts, and now for 2016, have been rewarded with their very own Dodge performance stripes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apr 14

Road Test: 2011 Mazda MX-5 GT

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

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!

Over the years the MX-5 has changed visually, but never has it altered its original purpose – no wonder it’s still so popular with people of all ages and still stands out in a crowd – in fact I was quite surprised by how many people did a double-take when they saw it. Now in its third generation (as of the 2006 model year), has it become like so many other vehicles – overweight and a distant cousin of the original? According to Mazda, the MX-5 has earned the title of best-selling roadster in the world – a bold statement indeed!

Unlike many convertibles, the MX-5 is a purpose-built sports car – engineered from the ground up to be a pure sports car with a traditional front engine, rear wheel drive layout and a lightweight yet extremely rigid body. Features such as a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, nimble handling, a sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension and limited-slip differential give the MX-5 serious driving credentials along with its lively 2.0-litre engine and very quick rack and pinion steering. Combining all these ingredients should be a recipe for grin-inducing fun.

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Mar 17

Road Test: 2010 Mazda RX-8 R3

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

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…..

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Jan 05

Road Test: 2011 Ford Mustang V-6 Convertible

Text / Images: Iain Shankland

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 least I got to drive a 2011 convertible version for a week this past summer.

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