Dan Carney, Contributing Writer
The precise distinction between cars and crossover SUVs (or Sport Activity Vehicles, as BMW prefers to call its crossovers) is a topic of spirited debate, but BMW project leader for vehicle dynamics...
First drive review: 2019 McLaren 720S Spider balances sun, performance, comfort
Among the hottest toys of the 1970s were the Kenner Super Sonic Power (SSP) race cars, which employed a central spinning wheel that propelled them over jumps, down the stairs, and into furniture legs in houses everywhere. The utter ubiquity of these toy cars led to innovations, such as a spark...Dan Carney
First drive review: 2020 Bentley Continental GT Convertible offers a break from the digital world
“Digital detox.” That’s what Bentley design director Stefan Sielaff promises in the 2020 Continental GT Convertible, and the opportunity sounds appealing. We are so inescapably immersed in the digital, the synthetic, and the artificial that a retreat to reality and authenticity...Dan Carney
First drive review: 2020 McLaren 600LT Spider sounds serious, delivers on the track
Arizona Motorsports Park sits beside Luke Air Force Base outside Phoenix, so visiting drivers are treated to a non-stop free display of air power courtesy of F-16s and F-35s. The base is home to the F-35 demonstration team, whose preparations for the 2019 air show season provided overhead...Dan Carney
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus: The small American firm that wants to win Le Mans with a street-legal hypercar
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is a Sleepy Hollow, New York-based boutique car constructor that has either lofty aspirations or delusions of grandeur, depending on your perspective. That’s because this one-time race team has graduated to designing and building its own cars and now aims to...Dan Carney
2019 McLaren 600LT first drive review: Senna alternative
Braking at the same point in turn 1 of Budapest’s Hungaroring circuit as when driving the 570S, the 600LT stops well short and then has to be driven to the turn on the throttle. It's not exactly the fastest way around, but I’m keeping my instructor happy with a conservative...Dan Carney
I didn’t kill the little orange traffic cone on purpose, but nor did I have much regret for its demise, which was in the name of science. Or at least, research.
Lamborghini requested that I...
2019 Lincoln Nautilus first drive review: Deep dive into crossover luxury
“Underway on nuclear power!” That was the message from the USS Nautilus following its 1954 launch as the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. From behind the wheel, the optional 335-horsepower, 380-pound-feet, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus is silent and...Dan Carney
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata first drive review: The sports car Mazda intended
The new Mazda MX-5 Miata we got in the U.S. in 2016 wasn’t really the car it was supposed to be. According to Mazda North American Operations manager of vehicle dynamics Dave Coleman, Mazda wanted to use a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine worldwide. Pushback from the U.S. allowed installation of...Dan Carney