Tuesday
Aug182015

2015 Hyundai Genesis AWD 3.8: Even Better than the V-8?

By Ted Orme

About a year ago I reviewed a $51,500, rear-wheel-drive, V-8 powered 2015 Hyundai Genesis; the company’s challenge, along with the $60K Equus, to enter the true luxury sedan arena. I found it to be a worthy competitor. I loved the feel and sound of the 5-0-liter, 420 horsepower V-8 engine; the silky smooth 8-speed automatic transmission; and the excellent Lotus tuned Genesis chassis and suspension – not to mention a swarm of safety features and fun bells and whistles.

Recently, I got my hands on another 2015 Genesis. This one had all-wheel-drive, a 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine, even more bells and whistles and a price tag of $52,450.  How would less power and more goodies affect my very favorable impression of the V-8 Genesis? If anything, I’m even more impressed with the V-6 AWD version.

Maybe it’s a sign of age and diminished testosterone, but 311 horsepower is all power I need to do everything I want to do on the road. Plus, the lighter weight and AWD, together with a near perfectly damped suspension, give the V-6 Genesis better balance and seemingly improved handling and ride, particularly in adverse weather conditions.

 

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Tuesday
Aug112015

1952 Crosley

By Vern Parker

In the late 1930s Powell Crosley Jr. thought the American motoring public, previously accustomed to spacious, powerful cars, was prepared for a diminutive automobile and he had just the product for them.

From 1939 to 1952 thousands of the tiny Crosleys were built to help satisdy the automobile hungry American public after World War II. Various Crosley models were offered including sedans, wagons, convertibles and trucks.

 

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Monday
Aug032015

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

By Vern Parker

A brand new 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SL was purchased at the Euromotors dealership in Bethesda, Maryland 28 years ago. The purchase price for the two-seat sports car with two tops was $53,700.

The luxury car apparently was well treated and eventually was sold to the second owner who continued the correct maintenance regimen.

In the spring of 2002, when the car was 15 years ago, the second owner advertised the car for sale. The odometer at the time had counted only about 47,000 miles.

Reginald Edge was living in Newport News, Virginia when the advertisement for the Mercedes-Benz caught his attention. If the car was in decent condition, he thought, it would be a bargain at the asking price.

 

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Thursday
Jul092015

1936 Ford Pickup

By Vern Parker

“It was an impulsive purchase,” Dennis Murphy says of his 1936 Ford pickup. He was attending an automotive auction in Pennsylvania in October 2014 with no intention of bidding on anything when the red pickup captured his attention.

When the bidding ended Murphy was the new owner of the pickup. He had heard the flat head V-8 engine run just once when it was brought up to the auction block.

Arrangements were soon made with a trucking company to have his new purchase transported to his home in Oakton, Virginia.

Once it arrived he carefully inspected the truck and happily discovered no surprises with the exception of a faulty emergency hand brake.

 

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Wednesday
Jul012015

2015 Ford Mustang I4 EcoBoost Premium: Fun with a Four?

By Ted Orme

I have a long term love affair with the Ford Mustang, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. I went cross-country in one of the original “pony cars,” a sleek 1965 V-8 fastback. It was a truly epic trip until an extra passenger forced the use the cramped back seat for part of the return trip.

Mighty 5.0-liter V-8 Mustangs were the hot rides at high performance driving sessions for the press I attended at Bob Bondurant’s Sears Point, California and Bill Scott’s Summit Point, West Virginia driving schools – thoughts of which still get me whipped up. And, of course, there were all those Mustang test cars through the years that gave great fun and caused me to set a very bad driving example for my children.

Now in its ninth generation with more than 9 million models sold, the Mustang has earned fame and glory and top classic car dollars with such legendary models as Cobra Jet, Boss 302 and 429, Mach 1 and Shelby Mustangs.

But there was one glaring exception: the thoroughly despised 1974-78 Mustang II, a four-banger Pinto in disguise rushed to production in response to the first oil crisis and onset of fuel economy standards. The 2.3-liter, single-overhead cam buzz bomb in the Mustang II was rated at – can you believe – a truly pitiful 88 horsepower, which was reduced even further to 83 horsepower with the mandatory addition of a catalytic converter in 1975.

With this foul memory still lingering in my mind, I recently got the keys to the latest 2.3-liter four-cylinder Mustang, the 2015 EcoBoost I4 Premium. The all-new 2015 Mustang sports new sheet metal, a refreshed engine lineup with more horsepower, revised drivetrain, a clean-slate platform and a first-ever fully independent rear suspension.

 

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