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Audi Q7 4.2 quattro Tiptronic

Audi Q7 4.2 quattro Tiptronic

The Audi Q7, first introduced as a 2007 model, shares a platform with the Volkswagen Touareg and the Porsche Cayenne and is definitely the best looking of the three. Resembling more of a tall station wagon than anything else, it appears smaller than it really is. Its mammoth proportions (it is one of the largest and heaviest vehicles in its class) don’t really sink in until you are …

BMW Z4

BMW Z4

BMW introduced its first roadster, the 315/1, in 1934 at the Berlin Motor Show.  The 315 featured a long engine compartment, a six-cylinder motor, two sports seats, and a speedometer that went up to 150 km/h.   The result? Instant Freude am Fahren (Joy of Driving, BMW’s tagline).
After selling 230 roadsters, BMW introduced the more powerful 319/1 variant with similar styling, selling 178.  The 328 Roadster followed in 1936, becoming one …

Acura TL SH-AWD

Acura TL SH-AWD

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder but fortunately for owners of the 2009 Acura TL SH-AWD, they don’t have to look at its odd-looking grille when they sit behind the wheel.
From that vantage point, the Acura TL SH-AWD is an impressive looking vehicle.   Powered by a 3.7-liter V-6, the Acura feels sure-footed and solid.  The SH in the nameplate stands for “Super Handling” and replaces the Type …

Executive Road Warrior 2010 Calendar Released

Executive Road Warrior 2010 Calendar Released

The 2010 Executive Road Warrior calendar is now available online for purchase.
This calendar captures the elegance and power of BMW’s latest masterpiece, the new Z4. Jonathan Spira was one of the first to drive the new Z4 in both Europe and the U.S.
This calendar includes 13 photographs of the car taken in places ranging from Vienna, Austria to New York City to Los Angeles.
It covers all three models, the Z4 …

BMW 550i Gran Turismo

BMW 550i Gran Turismo

When is a BMW 5 Series not a BMW 5 Series?  Answer: when it’s a BMW 550i Gran Turismo.
The 2010 BMW 550i GT is built on the same platform as the new F01 7 Series, introduced last year, and might best be viewed as a kind of 7 Series wagon, despite its 5 Series moniker (clearly Munich agonized about what to call this car) and four-door coupé-like appearance.  It’s definitely …

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche 911 Carrera S

Why does the stereo keep turning itself on, I kept asking myself.  I would start the car, turn the radio off, enjoy the beautiful music of the motor… and the next time I turned the car back on, the blasted radio was on again.
Since the first 911 appeared in 1963, Porsche has been on a singular mission, namely that of making the world’s most iconic sports car.
Porsches are also different.  …

The Accident: BMW’s Safety Systems to the Rescue

The Accident: BMW’s Safety Systems to the Rescue

Most people consider themselves to be good drivers, myself included.  I signal for every turn, I don’t overtake on the right, I don’t text while driving , I limit my hands-free telephone conversations, and I try to always be aware of my surroundings.
I’ve gone through multiple BMW, BMW CCA, and Skip Barber driving schools and each has given me new insights into what my car is capable of and, more …