2017 Fiat 124 Spider Test Drive

By Bill Schaffer Carlsbad, Calif. ? The 2017 Fiat Spider — it’s like d?j? vu, only better. Growing up in small-town Montana, I was enamored by the sexy Fiat 124. However, as a 15-year-old driver in a family who was in to cars, American cars were what we drove. Plus, the only time we saw…

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Test Drive

?2017 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S? Newest 911 Carrera lineup breaks from tradition The Porsche marque has long been steeped in tradition, particularly within its 911 stable of super sports cars. Yet, even within that traditional scope, the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera offerings have always seemed to up the ante each and every year…

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BMW i8 Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Occasionally a car arrives in our garage that is so different that we are not quite sure what to think of it. Of the several thousand cars we?ve driven in the last 25 years, the BMW i8 is one of the most unusual, but one of the most exciting. By…

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2015 Subaru BRZ Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer First introduced in 2013, the BRZ takes Subaru to a new relatively unpopulated area of the automotive business, the entry-level end of the purist-performance sport car segment. After two successful years on the market, the 2015 BRZ remains relatively unchanged from the original except for some additions to the Infotainment…

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2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT Test Drive

?2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring PRHT: The Fun never ends? The Mazda MX-5 Miata, after more than 20 years, continues to, provide sports car enthusiasts with a pure and simple, fun-focused roadster at an affordable price. The experts at the Guiness Book of World Records, proclaim the MX-5 to be the most popular two-seat…

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2014 BMW i8 Plug-in Electric Hybrid

?2014 BMW i8: The BMW Group?s first plug-in electric hybrid vehicle? Having been involved in the business of reviewing new vehicles for more than 23 years, I?ve seen and driven some pretty special vehicles ? many of them even awesome, and at every vehicle launch, the manufacturer of the vehicle being introduced invariably touts its…

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2014 Jaguar F-Type Test Drive

“2014 Jaguar F-Type: Return to a TRUE sports car” Three supercharged versions to choose from Seattle, Washington – The launch of the all-new 2014 Jaguar F-Type heralds the marque?s return to a classic, two seat convertible sports car ? something missing from the iconic British manufacturer?s model lineup since the legendary XKE. The F-Type represents…

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2013 SRT Viper

The SRT Viper retains its crown as the company’s flag ship. This generation of the viper includes more power, more performance, some must needed craftsmanship improvements, new technologies, and creature comforts that where previously missing from the last generation….

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer When you have been refining, tweaking and improving the same car for nearly 50 years and seven generations, that car becomes very, very good. The seventh generation Porsche 911 Carrera is very, very good, and although it?s an entirely different vehicle than the original, the mission, spirit and basic look…

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Test Drive: 2012 BMW M3 Coupe

?BMW?s M3 Coupe delivers attitude plus? BMW?s venerable M3 first appeared as a homologation special vehicle in 1986, which allowed BMW?s entry into contention for the German Touring Car Championship. The M3?s popularity and ever increasing sales for each iteration has motivated the German automaker to continue developing this unique combination of driving dynamics, comfort…

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