There’s no question about a minivan’s utility. But until someone comes up with one that doesn’t at least partially emasculate red-blooded men, we choose to drive these other vehicles — ones that offer up utility, a semblance of driving pleasure and better aesthetics than a toaster oven.
Today in gear: Mircosoft’s latest attempt to kill your laptop once and for all, Clif’s new Builder’s bars, Dodge’s Challenger SRT Hellcat, a Stone IPA with the String Cheese Incident, Ursa Major’s travel solution to a dirty face and Twelve South’s new HoverBar for practically every iPad under the sun.
Red, White and Blew Me Away
The Dodge Challenger first hit the scene in the ’70s to compete in the “Pony Car” market along side the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. The third-generation Challenger (unveiled in 2006), retains cues from the ’70s version — hood scoops, round headlights, and an overall wide and flat design — to look every bit the American muscle car. New this year, the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core ($40,000) is made for those who want a massively powerful 6.4-liter V8, but who don’t care about the $5,000 extras in the fully loaded SRT8.
Cool Hunting + Budnitz Scorcher Bike The Scorcher is a Cool Hunting-kissed version of Budnitz’s original hand-built, single-speed city bike with a Gates belt drive, aggressive riding stance, killer tires and more. The steel frame features signature CH green Chris King hardware and a trendy matte finish. Oh, and they’re giving it away. Sign up…
Starpower trumps horsepower
Weeding through Hollywood’s entire crop of iconic movie cars in the hopes of arriving at an agreed upon best of list is like trying to choose the sexiest Victoria’s Secret model — it can be grueling work, but the research isn’t exactly painful. Car guys are a picky lot, especially when looking to the silver screen: Some go weak in the knees when they hear an American V8 rumble to life slightly out of frame, while others are gaga for the svelte silhouette of a European exotic on a twisty backdrop. A select few believe the essential chase scene is the deciding factor, while yet another breed is only happy when the director has chosen an “appropriate” vehicle for the character driving, regardless of whether the movie was even watchable.
The GP Team’s collection of petrolheads put all of these variables into play, entered into
deep philosophical debate and eventually agreed to disagree so we could present you with our picks for the best movie cars ever. Gentlemen, start your arguing engines!
A new generation of four-doors
Family sedans tend to be the automotive equivalent of Valium (minivans are horse tranquilizers, in case you were wondering), but times have changed. Family men no longer need to sacrifice
too much in the way of driving excitement and looks in order to transport tykes and trikes. We get it. You’d rather be doing some tire ripping, engine-snorting performance runs on your way to drop off your son at school. Still, we’ve compiled our list of “family sedans” that take let you perform your dad duties with aplomb while still allowing you more than a modicum of manly fun.
We can all readily admit that neither the Dodge Neon nor the Dodge Caliber were remotely design hits. There really was no mourning period, frankly. But all that has changed with the release of the 2013 Dodge Dart ($15,995) in Detroit, largely because of the hard work of Chrysler designers and the benefit of the…
Old school American muscle? We'll take it.
Yes, the Durango
Wait, the Dodge Durango is still around? That’s what we thought too and despite Dodge’s press images looking like something straight off of DUB magazine’s cover, we find ourselves oddly attracted to the taut new 2011 Dodge Durango. Perhaps, this is the Durango to overcome the stigma of its gas-guzzling-pig of a predecessor. With a…
First, we’ve got to say that though you can technically buy these, it’s through threee auctions selling off the first three Dodge Challengers. Two of the auctions are to benefit notMYkid and United Way of Southeastern Michigan. The last is an eBay auction. Not exactly an easy straightforward purchase, but for a concept vehicle that…