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.
Text by Dubspeed Media Staff, Zerin Dube Photos by Matt Chow and Zerin Dube
Imagine this scenario. You have been a car enthusiast your entire life. As a child, you thumbed through all the magazines looking at the pictures, watched all the automotive TV shows, played with all the toy cars, and even ran around the house making race car noises. Only now it’s twenty years later and you find yourself still doing the same things, but now you are also able to identify the noise on my car. That’s a good skill to have, as there are many things that can go wrong with cars these days.
Don’t worry, you aren’t crazy. These are normal things for any self-respecting car enthusiast to do, except these days your toys are a little bit more expensive. You’ve stepped up from your first Honda Accord hand-me-down into a nice, expensive, impractical sports car. You race on the real tracks instead of your Tyco slot-car track. Instead of making race car noises on your big-wheel, you do it behind the wheel of your real car. All is going well, and you are enjoying life….but then you go and make what could be the biggest mistake of any car enthusiast’s life. You get married.
Yes, that’s right, marriage. Marriage has been the downfall of almost every friend that I know when it comes to their car habit. They’ve gone from driving their Porsches around and being playboys to becoming mini-van or sport-utility vehicle chauffeurs. They’ve sold off their weekend race cars to buy trucks that handily carry the useless things the better half makes you buy from Home Depot.
So what do you do when the better half tells you to get rid of your fun car and buy an SUV? Run to the nearest Chevy dealer and buy a Suburban? I don’t think so. Let’s face it, you want a Suburban as much as you want a hole drilled in your head. Read More
Text and Photos by Dubspeed Driven Editor, Zerin Dube. Additional Photo Credit: Dubspeed Driven Photographer, Matt Chow
With new SUVs being announced on what seems to be a weekly basis these days, it’s hard to keep up with the market’s newest offerings. But don’t let the marketing departments of these brands hear you call their vehicles SUVs. They are now SAVs, SUTs, SATs, “Lifestyle” vehicles, crossover vehicles, and Cute-Utes. As if that weren’t bad enough, the manufacturers seem to be naming their SUVs by putting alphanumeric characters into a hat and randomly drawing. You have the QX56, the B9, the MDX, the XL-7, the ML55, the SRX, the X5, the X3, and on and on and on. How are you supposed to know what kind of vehicle these seemingly random names represent? Are they large or small vehicles? Are they rugged or are they glorified station wagons with big tires? Who knows these days. Read More
Ford’s newest rally car, the Fiesta ST Group N, will make its world championship debut on this weekend’s Rally Finland (4 – 7 August). Two of the showroom specification vehicles, which have been designed and built by British-based preparation company M-Sport, will be used by rally organisers for safety car duties on this 10th round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Ex-Formula 1 star Mika Salo will drive one of the two-litre, two-wheel drive Fiesta ST Group Ns, which has recently been homologated for international rallying by the FIA. Read More