I always love a V8, so when the 2015 Dodge Charger RT Hemi Road and Track package arrived, I was quite excited. The Charger with the 5.7 Hemi is one of the best values in cars right now. The as-tested price is around $45,000, and for that you get a 370 horsepower 5.7 liter Hemi engine, a smooth shifting 8 speed transmission, heated and cooled suede seats, 20″ wheels, sport suspension, the list goes on. This car a $1500 black painted roof option, so let’s just take that one out and call it $43,500. Is it any good?
The 2015 Lexus LX570 is essentially the luxury version of the venerable Toyota Land Cruiser, whose off road prowess is legendary all over the world. Luckily the essence of the car isn’t spoiled but actually extended by the Lexus version. The first big plus is air suspension- the addition of this adds a level of civility and comfort usually reserved for much less capable vehicles.
Locking differentials all around mean this thing still can get down and dirty if you need to, and the air suspension can lift the truck to clear all but the tallest of obstacles. The 383 horsepower V8 never has any trouble pulling this truck along, probably due to it’s 403 pound feet of torque. The 5.7 engine sounds great and is never too loud. The luxury appointments are quite nice, with comfortable seating for 7, rear entertainment system, power folding rear seats, heated second row, and heated and coolest first row seats, there’s definitely luxury to go around.
On road manners are good, a bit soft as one would expect, but surprisingly agile for such a huge vehicle. While I didn’t have a chance to test this truck off road, I’m confident with its ground clearance and off-road features it would do very well. It has locking differentials and adjustable suspension, as well as a live axle rear end. Even with the more street oriented tires, I’m sure the Lexus would handle whatever nature throws at it
The price for all this? Around $90,000. Not bad when you think about just how capable and large the 2015 Lexus LX570 is, and the luxury doesn’t hurt either. Make no mistake though, this is a body-on-frame truck, not a crossover meant for traversing mall parking lots and never getting dirty. This thing can rock in the mud and still keep you in perfect comfort, and for that it definitely earns my respect.
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To really understand how iconic the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is, you need to trace it to it’s roots. In 1979, Mercedes-Benz created the Geländewagen for civilian use. Though development started in 1972 at the suggestion of a Mercedes stockholder to create a military vehicle, the civilian version had locking differentials and a very off-road worthy frame. And over 30 years later, all G-wagens still do. So what’s it like driving this icon?
It seems like just yesterday that McLaren introduced the world-beating F1 in 1992. This colossal achievement in engineering was the fastest car in the world for many years, with a top speed of 240 miles per hour, and was limited to just 64 vehicles. It also made the trip from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds. Fast forward to 2015, and the recently-introduced McLaren 570S just two weeks ago, and it happens to do 0-60mph in, you guessed it, 3.2 seconds.
When the Jaguar F-Type V8 S first came out, I wasn’t quite sure it was up to the monumental task of it’s name: following in the steps of the legendary Jaguar E-Type, which Enzo Ferrari once called “The most beautiful car ever made.” It also had quite a sporting pedigree, and the sonorous and powerful inline six and V12 engines were nothing short of amazing for their time. Could any modern car possibly be worthy of succeeding that storied automobile?
Here is the latest car of the week road test. I really love muscle cars and big american v8s, and this one has all of that wrapped up in a good looking package. I had a great time with the 2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline. It’s a great muscle car. Don’t expect it to be a precise corner carver, but if you treat it right it’ll reward you with a very balanced and good handling performance. The 6-speed Tremec TR-6060 transmission is slick shifting and as strong as anything out there. I really loved the combination of the manual with a healthy 5.7 liter Hemi V8 engine. I’d LOVE to test the SRT8 version, which has a 6.4 liter Hemi and another 100 horsepower. Until next time, Enjoy!
I’ve always loved trucks. It started in a sandbox in central New Jersey, where in my formative years I’d spend hours on end playing with yellow toy trucks of all sizes. Fast forward a number of decades: I still adore trucks –of all sizes– and this one is no exception. Does this truck do my beloved Tonka toys justice? Read on.
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Our good friend Victor wanted to finish off his old dry rotted tires in spectacular fashion. Here is the result. Enjoy!