Mark Maynard on cars

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee: road test

The Super Bee “core” model has all the power of the Dodge Charger SRT8, without the pricey option packages.

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee “Core” model packs power, pares price Remember dog-dish hubcaps? Those “no-frills” nut covers were common on muscle cars of the ‘60s, including the Dodge Super Bee. And when you saw those on a Super Bee – or a GTX or a Plymouth Road Runner or Dodge Challenger – you knew the driver was serious about speed. He or she was saving weight for a quicker quarter mile – or...

Rev’ved Up 4 Kids Car Show and Edelbrock’s 75th anniversary gallery

The show of more than 350 cars included tours of Vic's Garage, the family museum of performance and heritage.

Rev’ved Up 4 Kids Car Show and Edelbrock’s 75th anniversary Christi Edelbrock’s 8th annual Rev’ved Up 4 Kids Car Show was as much festival as car show. And it was amplified as a dual celebration for 75 years of Edelbrock. The sprawling event took over several blocks of the industrial park that is home to the family tribute Vic’s Garage, a gleaming museum of all things Edelbrock. But it is largely the collection of Vic...

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S specs, photos, pricing

An even wider body.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S  Fifty years ago, the Porsche 911 made its debut at the Frankfurt auto Show and then 10 years later came the first 911 Turbo prototype. Now, for the 911 Turbo’s 40th anniversary, Porsche has just released official specs, photos and pricing for the latest 911 Turbo and Turbo S, which go on sale at the end of this year. Porsche calls the Turbo models “the technological and dynamic...

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition pricing and pics

The GT-R Track Edition was pushed even harder on the Nurburgring for more track-competition ability.

2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition Nissan North America announced pricing today for the 2014 GT-R Track Edition, a new top-line model that will have a limited production of 150 cars for the U.S. The 545-horsepower, four-seat GT-R coupe, which Nissan calls a street supercar, is now sold in three all-wheel-drive models with pricing that starts at $100,590, including the $1,000 freight charge from Japan. All models route power through a dual clutch sequential six-speed rear...

McLaren P1 winter testing, video and photo

McLaren will begin deliveries of the P1 supercar this summer. Its price of $1.34 million buys a car equipped for road and track, the company says, and “just” 375 cars will be built.

P1 winter testing video:   The McLaren P1 is intended to be “the best driver’s car in the world on road and track,” the company says. Its price of $1.34 million buys a car equipped for road and track and “just” 375 cars will be built in the new production center in Woking, Surrey, UK, later this year. The company was testing its 903-horsepower, plug-in electric supercar in northern Sweden at the Arctic Circle....

2014 Lexus IS sedan pricing and pics

The new styling has “aggressive elegance,” Lexus says, and includes the new “spindle” grille treatment.

2014 Lexus IS sedan on sale summer The all-new 2014 IS sedan will arrive at dealerships this summer with two V-6 engine choices in rear or all-wheel drive. Starting prices for the 204-horsepower IS 250 range from $36,845 for the rear-wheel drive model to $39,380 for AWD. The 306-hp IS 350 ranges from $40,360 to $42,595; pricing includes the $895 freight charge. More than $1,400 in previously optional equipment has been made standard for the...

Big Bad Beach Cruise #10, San Diego car-show gallery

Cars from all clubs around San Diego County gathered at the Foster’s Freeze, 5129 Waring Road in the Allied Gardens neighborhood.

Big Bad Beach Cruise #10, April 27, 2013 Around 60 cars and twice as many enthusiasts split from the Foster’s Freeze in Allied Gardens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for the sunset cruise to Silver Strand. The cruise was organized by the Whammer Jammers club and was open to all makes, models and years. And there was something from just about every era. There were hot rods, of course, from T-buckets to roadsters, coupes, sedans and pickup....

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Cajon Classic Cruise season opener: gallery of show cars

Welcome to the renovated downtown El Cajon.

The 2013 Cajon Classic Cruise had its season opener April 24 along the broad Main Street and promenade of El Cajon. The cruise nights will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25 and each has a theme and a club highlighted in the Car Corral. Opening night had a good turnout of around 300 cars and a well-populated Bike Row. Main Street was closed for the occasion and people strolled freely among...

2014 Corvette Stingray pricing and pics

The convertible’s soft top can be lowered remotely using the key fob.

Chevrolet announced pricing Friday for the 2014 Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible, both of which are expected in showrooms sometime in September. The coupe starts at $51,995 and the convertible at $56,995, including the $995 freight charge from Bowling Green, Ky. Pricing is up by $1,400 for the coupe and $1,240 for the convertible over the 2013 model. A coupe loaded with the major option packages would run $73,360, Chevy said in a statement. Standard...

About Mark Maynard

Mark Maynard has been the automotive editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune since 1992.

He drives nearly 200 vehicles a year for review, has attended several high-performance driving schools and a few off-road driving courses.

He attends many new-vehicle press introductions and schmoozes with auto-industry execs.

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