For vintage sports car collectors, the finest examples in sleek design, technology, and sophistication were produced in the 1960s and 1970s—said to be the golden era of the sports car. It was during the recovery from the devastation of World War II that automotive design began to emerge from the shadow of steel shortages and crippled economies. "It took [car manufacturers] about a decade to get their act together," says Andy Sta. Maria, an active member of the Manila Sports Car Club. "By the time the `60s rolled around, they were capable of producing really sophisticated cars." After World War II, consumers demanded more speed, style, and technology in their vehicles to reflect the accelerating progress and the pace of life after the war. The pinnacle of all offerings was the introduction of the sports car (or "halo car"), two-seaters with attractive designs and powerful engines that became the ultimate expression of driving freedom and status. They served as a test bed for … [Read more...] about Have you spotted these vintage sports cars in the streets of Manila?
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caption The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider source Hollis Johnson The Porsche 718 Boxster S and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider are two of the best sports cars to ever emerge from Europe. Both the Porsche and the Alfa are powered by turbocharged, inline-four-cylinder engines located behind the driver. The Alfa Romeo 4C Spider costs about $74,000 while our Porsche 718 Boxster S carried a price tag of just under $90,000. The Alfa Romeo delivered a more raw and evocative driving experience than the Porsche. But, we found the Porsche to be an all-around better car. There are few things as evocative in western society as the convertible sports car. With the top down, it’s the automotive embodiment of fun, freedom, and the open road. Pretty much all the good parts of driving. Cliche? Absolutely. But get behind the wheel of a great sports car and you’ll find out very quickly … [Read more...] about We drove a $90,000 Porsche 718 Boxster S and a $74,000 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider to see which is the better sports car — here’s the verdict
By Nathan Bomey USA Today Chris Woodyard Mon., March 26, 2018 From a sexy Mercedes-Benz convertible to a complete revamping of one of the nation’s bestselling SUVs, the New York International Auto Show promises a rich variety of new or revised models this year. The show starts this week with a media preview, bringing a flood of attention to the car and truck industry’s latest and greatest achievements. Then the doors will open to the public on March 30. Last year, officials say more than one million people attended over the course of the show. Here’s what we’re expecting to see this year: Toyota raises the bar with a new RAV4 Toyota is set to introduce a redesigned RAV4, the bestselling non-pickup in America in 2017. Article Continued Below It will mark the fifth generation of the RAV4, the compact SUV last year overtook the stalwart Camry sedan as Toyota’s bestselling vehicle in the U.S., reflecting a shift among buyers to … [Read more...] about See seven new sexy cars and SUVs at the New York Auto Show
caption Our Porsche 718 Cayman S test car at Porsche Cars North America headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider Porsche 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster makes up the company’s mid-engine lineup. In 2017, Porsche debuted the third generation Cayman sports car with a pair of new turbocharged, flat-four-cylinder engines. The new engines proved to be controversial as they delivered great performance, but lackluster sound. Our Porsche 718 Cayman S was powered by a 350 horsepower, 2.5-liter, turbocharged flat-four. The Porsche 718 Cayman is arguably one of the most overlooked cars on the market today. And it’s not because it isn’t a good car. It’s actually a great car. A world-class sports car of the highest order if I may be so bold. But it also lacks the superlatives that have been heaped on its corporate siblings. Here’s what I … [Read more...] about We drove a $95,000 Porsche Cayman to see if the sports car lives up to the hype — here’s the verdict
San Francisco—Tesla Inc. put to rest — at least for now — a chorus of concern that it was going to need to raise more money soon, thanks in part to the salesmanship of its CEO.The company’s cash balance barely budged last quarter even as it struggled mightily to make Model 3 sedans. Paying customers are supporting Tesla through its production struggle — they’ve put down more than $850 million in deposits for vehicles including the Semi truck and Roadster sports car Musk showed off in November.Manufacturing setbacks had been limiting the amount of money coming in from customers taking delivery of Model 3s, the linchpin in Musk’s master plan to bring electric cars to the masses. While it’s going to take longer to potentially realize that vision, the chief executive officer of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has succeeded in captivating consumers in the meantime. His latest promotional stunt involved firing off a sports … [Read more...] about Tesla averts cash crunch as Musk mystique offsets late cars