2009 Maserati GranTurismo S

2009 Maserati GranTurismo S
2009 Maserati GranTurismo S - Maserati Sport Coupe Review - Automobile Magazine
Maserati’s sexy and speedy new GranTurismo S takes us to the racetracks where history was made fifty years ago.

The good burghers of Metz, France, haven’t heard a racket like this since Prussian Prince Frederick Charles besieged the place back in 1870. Trundling along the narrow cobblestone streets, our Maserati GranTurismo S – the brand-new, hooligans-rejoice version of Maserati‘s sexy coupe – clatters raucously on overrun and shakes the picturesque rafters of the medieval buildings with barely muffled blasts of V-8 pandemonium. We pull into a parking lot beneath the soaring spires of a Gothic cathedral and squeeze into a ridiculously cramped space after much gratuitous revving of the engine. By the time we kill the ignition, the parking attendant is hopping up and down with what we hope is enthusiasm. “Bruit magnifique!” he shouts over and over. Magnificent noise!

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S

2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S - Volkswagen Golf Sport Hatchback Review - Automobile Magazine
You can toss it into turns at sporting speeds, and come out the other end with a roar.

I only drove the Rabbit briefly, but my overwhelming impression is that it oozes quality and refinement for an $18,000 car. There is nothing about it that feels cheap, from the nicely damped exterior door handles to the typically well-crafted VW interior, with its great seats, to the smooth and refined 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. There’s nice steering feel and a supple ride, and I didn’t even mind that the inline-five, which at 170 hp provides plenty of power, was hooked to an automatic transmission, since it’s a six-speed unit that’s well mated to the engine. If it were me, though, I’d opt for the five-speed manual and use the thousand-dollar savings toward a four-door Rabbit, which has a base price of $17,485. Still, if you’re looking to get into a high-quality small car, the two-door Rabbit with a five-speed manual, starting at $15,490, is a very attractive proposition. And heated seats are only a $225 option!

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Geneva Motor Show 2008

The 78th annual Geneva Motor Show press days are now in full swing, with loads of new models and innovative concepts being unveiled every which way you turn. Fortunately we're on the show floor to bring you our reviews and insight on the most significant show cars and production designs. From the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Scirocco – a nameplate reappearing in the VW repertoire after 20 years – to the Fioravanti Hidra and Saab 9-1 BioHybrid concepts, here are the Highlights of the show.

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Beijing Motor Show 2008

On April 20th, Beijing's 10th auto show opened in the city's new International Exhibition Center. Alternating with the Shanghai Motor Show, Auto China 2008 is the largest auto show in the history of China. Major global auto manufacturers such as the Volkswagen Group and General Motors have listed Auto China as an 'A-level' auto show in line with the five largest auto shows in the world (Frankfurt, Detroit, Geneva, Paris, and Tokyo). Chinese domestic manufacturers have displayed numerous concept car and production cars at the show, led by the government owned SAIC, FAW, and Geely.

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British Motor Show 2008

With the press preview day of the 105th British Motor Show now completed, the public show days start today and go on through August 3rd. Though not as grand as other international motor shows, there are still 60 vehicle manufacturers displaying more than 600 vehicle. Highlights include the Lotus Evora, Vauxhall Insignia, Honda OSM concept, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Seat Ibiza and the Lightning GT.

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