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Dubspeed Driven Road Test – 2006 Audi A3 3.2 S-Line quattro DSG: A TT in Practical Clothing


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Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Carl Modesette
Photos by Zerin Dube, interior photo by manufacturer

Since the A3’s introduction in the United States in May of last year, the Audi enthusiast community has been groaning for a quattro-equipped model. Unavailable on all 2.0T-powered A3’s, the absence of Audi’s signature all-wheel drive system betrayed the history of the quad-ringed marque. Audi answered late in 2005 with the 2006 A3 3.2 S-line quattro DSG. If that sounds like a mouthful to you, you’re not the only one – however, this is how all 3.2L A3’s will come equipped. Read More

Dubspeed Driven Road Test – The Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI: Diesel Power – trumping the hybrid hype


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Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Carl Modesette and Zerin Dube
Photos by Zerin Dube and Matt Chow, additional photos by respective manufacturers

As fuel prices in the United States continue to rise, consumers are beginning to direct their attention further away from traditional gas-guzzling family trucksters and more towards alternatives that are actually halfway economical. The problem is, at least in this writer’s humble opinion, that the media (and industry) buzz is focused solely around hybrids. While certainly a viable and increasingly available option, little if any attention is being paid to other alternatives, namely diesels. Thus, when the opportunity to sample Mercedes’ latest offering presented itself in the form of the 2006 E320 CDI, we jumped at the chance. Read More

Dubspeed Driven Road Test: The 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 4×4 Mega Cab Diesel


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Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Zerin Dube
Photos by author, additional photos by manufacturer

Those of us in Texas love all things big. As evidence, I present you with the following trivia. The King Ranch in Kingsville is bigger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport is home to the nation’s largest parking lot. Fort Sam Houston is home to more historical buildings than Colonial Williamsburg. Texas is home to three of the top ten biggest cities in the nation. The Port of Houston handles more foreign cargo than any other port in the nation. If Texas was its own independent nation, it would rank as the world’s fifth largest petroleum-producing country. You can buy a 4.5 pound steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo…they’ll even give it to you free if you can finish it. And to sum up the sheer size of this state: El Paso, TX is closer to Needles, CA than it is to Dallas, TX. It’s pretty clear that the old saying “Everything is bigger in Texas” is fairly true. Read More

Dubspeed Driven Full Road Test – The 2006 Jaguar S-Type R


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Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Zerin Dube
Photos by Manufacturer, additional photos by author

When BMW introduced the E39 M5 at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show, it took the breath from automotive enthusiasts everywhere. The M5 was the perfect combination of muscular looks, incredible handling, vicious power…all packaged within the practicality of a sedan. With 400 horsepower (394hp depending who you ask) at the driver’s disposal, the M5 quickly became a legend – with little competition from other European manufacturers. That is, until Jaguar introduced the S-Type R in 2003. The S-Type R looked like, at least on paper, to be a direct competitor for the E39 M5. Like the M5, the Jaguar S-Type R was a mid-size sport sedan based on an already established model, and also benefited from a very powerful V-8 engine. Both carried sticker prices over $60k, and both appeared to be targeting the same demographic: people who wanted an extremely sports-oriented luxury sedan. In 2003, the S-Type R was a bargain at $62,400 compared to the M5’s hefty price tag of $70,545. Read More

Dubspeed Driven Road Test – The 2006 Mazda MX-5


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Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Zerin Dube
Photos by Matt Chow and Zerin Dube

In 1989, Mazda took America by storm with the introduction of the brand-new 1990 MX-5 Miata. The Miata filled a void in America’s car market for a simple, classic, 2-seat roadster that had been empty since the 1980 demise of MGB. Mazda’s formula for the Miata was as simple as the car itself – that less was more. Give the public a true sports car in classic roadster format, and make it affordable. With a 1990 base price of $13,800, the MX-5 Miata became an instant success.

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Dubspeed Driven Road Test: The 2006 Dodge Charger – Charging Ahead


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Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Carl Modesette
Photos by Matt Chow

To be completely honest, I wasn’t all that excited about my latest press vehicle assignment, the 2006 Dodge Charger R/T. I had seen the Charger’s debut at the 2005 NAIAS in Detroit, and while the front end of the car seemed bold and aggressive, nothing else really excited me about the car. “Besides,” I had thought to myself, “it’s just another boring American attempt at a throwback vehicle to revive sagging sales…”

Nevertheless, I was determined to give the car an objective review. In the few days prior to picking up the car, I had mentioned the upcoming review in passing to several co-workers and friends – surprisingly, nearly all of them were quite excited about the car. I’d be lying if I said that their enthusiasm hadn’t colored my initial pessimism with a bit of curiosity.

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