Jaguar used to be a British automaker that built thrilling, perfectly styled sports cars and sedans for thrilled, imperfectly smiled Brits. Then Ford bought Jaguar and promptly pimped it to pump out forgettable X-Types. The “poor man’s Jag” was a numb, unreliable mess, and it left Jaguar lovers wondering how far the storied marque could fall. But then something amazing happened.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the staple of the automotive community, the roadster that redefined all roadsters for the modern era. Since it bowed in 1989, automakers have been trying to capitalize on the niche market Mazda had carved out for itself, though many, like the BMW Z3 and Z4 and Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky have failed.
If you were one of the many enthusiasts who drooled over the outgoing SLS AMG supercar, then sulked after eyeballing its stratospheric, $200,000-plus price tag, then 2016 is your lucky year, plebe. That’s because Mercedes-Benz—the humorless, anal grandparent of the motoring world, has once again let its testosterone-fueled AMG stepchild off the leash, and the result is the powerful 2016 AMG GT and GT S sports cars.
Ferrari is a company known for exclusivity and wringing their customers out of more money with every special edition they release. With the current batch of Italian supercars apparently looking a little long in the tooth, Autoblog has let slip that a production version of the Pininfarina Sergio is coming—in limited, Ferrari-like quantities.
The fine scribes over at Motor Trend had the great opportunity of slipping behind the wheel of the refreshed 2015 Ford Focus ST. Color us just a bit jealous. While they weren’t lucky enough to take it for a spin, sneaking behind a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Mich., to check out the goods, their take away does make us quite excited to get behind the wheel of our own.