Tag: manual

Worth the Wait: 2017 Ford Focus RS

The wait, enthusiasts, is over. We watched helplessly as Ford’s European division launched the first Focus RS in 2002 and greedily kept it to themselves. Again, we were spurned with the launch of the European-only second generation Focus RS in 2009. Ford’s return to a single, all-new Focus […]

Quick Spin: 2016 VW GTI

Life doesn’t often afford you second chances. Thankfully, Volkswagen is more forgiving. A disappointing combination of summer tires and winter weather left us feeling slighted the last time around. Under the safe assumption that we wouldn’t experience similar conditions in the summer, we resolved to try again. Despite […]

Instigator: 2016 Ford Focus ST

The hot hatch Cold War has gone hot again. With horsepower levels reaching 300 or more and all-wheel-drive now part of the equation, the VW Golf R and Ford Focus RS are on a path towards mutually assured destruction. But it didn’t have to be this way. VW […]

Colder Weather: 2016 Mazda MX-5

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Such it was with our plan for the new Mazda MX-5 Miata. It was mid-March when the MX-5 arrived clad in Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires. Everything was in place: lightweight roadster, winter tires, an open schedule. All […]

5 Best/Worst of the 2016 NYIAS

Fret not, dear readers. Our 5 best/worst things from the 2016 New York International Auto Show was briefly delayed while we celebrated Easter. But the show opened to the public on Friday afternoon. Whether or not you’ve already paid a visit, take a look at some of our […]

Kaizen: 2016 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Nismo’s approach to the 370Z can be captured in a single word: kaizen. Kaizen simply means “change for better”. In the corporate world, kaizen has become MBA jargon synonymous with continuous improvement as it pertained to Japanese auto manufacturing. As a philosophy, it refers to the practice of […]