Prejudice is a funny thing. I was prepared not to like BMW's M6. Not that I thought it would be a bad car -- BMW, as a rule, isn't prone to making duff automobiles -- it's just I wasn't entirely sure what it was supposed to be. An executive coupe with a 5-liter V10 engine and 500 bhp? With a price tag that could buy you a Porsche 911 or most of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage? What fresh nonsense was this? But prejudice is there to be challenged.
Decades later, the view from the cramped, rock-hard back seat of my father's Porsche is imprinted clearly in my mind. I remember the sound of the air-cooled engine just behind me and the smell of his hair oil.
Decades later, the view from the cramped, rock hard back seat of my father's Porsche is imprinted clearly in my mind. I remember the sound of the air-cooled engine just behind me and the smell of his hair oil.
It costs more to own a car in Detroit, an amazing $12,210 per year for a mid-sized sedan, than in any other city in the country, according to a new report comparing the cost of car ownership in various U.S. cities.
For many years radios were not standard equipment on Ferraris, says Al Zemke. If a prospective buyer asked where the radio was, he continues, a good Ferrari salesman would "point to the gear shift lever and say, 'That's the selector,' and point to the foot throttle and say, 'That's the volume.' "
Having fallen in love with a bunch of computer-animated, anthropomorphized vehicles who express emotion with eyes made from windshields and smiles from metallic front grills, I do believe the exemplary Pixar team who made the beguiling comedy adventure "Cars" could draw a mote of dust and a pair of socks and turn them into characters worth caring about.
A lot of cars today are like toasters. They are appliances. They are simple, unobtrusive pieces of technology that require little from their owners -- just put the thing in D, step on the gas and you're on your way.
Get into a new Corvette in red, white or the new Electron Blue. Jam down the accelerator and feel the pure exhilaration delivered by this made-in-America beauty. Chevrolet reminded everyone of the 'vette's fine points with the top-of-the-line Z06 introduced last year. This year's Z06 got a further horsepower boost to 405 for its 5.7-liter V-8 engine, but it comes only in a hardtop with a six-speed manual transmission. So if you want a slick-looking convertible with automatic transmission, you'll still get plenty of kicks from the standard, 350-hp engine.
Fortune: Cool Toolsupdated: Mon May 14 2001 00:01:00