Archive for September, 2011

Maserati the legend

This is a book review. Maserati: Italian Luxury and Flair (Haynes Classic Makes)

Car Culture: Top Chevy? 1969 Camaro; Coronado Speed Festival

Out of nearly 125,000 fans vote, the 1969 Camaro got 25,058, edging out the 1970 Chevelle SS. Coronado Speed Festival, Sept. 24-25; In Maynard’s Garage at speed fest: 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Mustang Boss 302, Camaro SS 45th anniversary edition Torrey Pines Road Races ran for six years, beginning in 1951, and that era of cars will be among the race groups at the speed fest. To get the feel for 1950s sports-car...

Lamborghini’s latest: 570-hp Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale

Lamborghini revealed during the Frankfurt auto show in mid-September what it calls the most extreme Gallardo ever: the LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale. Based on the all-wheel-drive race car used in Lamborghini’s European race series, the 570-hp, V-10 Super Trofeo Stradale brings motor racing directly to the road, the company says. The lightweight production model will be limited to 150 numbered units. Pricing starts at $258,400, including the gas-guzzler tax ($2,100) and the freight charge, $2,995....

Super Camaro: ZL1 rated 580 horsepower

Super Camaro

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be the most-powerful production Camaro ever, when it goes on sale in early 2012. Promoted as a “track-ready” car, the ZL1 is rated for 580 horsepower and 556 foot-pounds of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. And unlike some of the pony-car competition, this super Camaro will be available with an optional six-speed automatic transmission or standard six-speed manual. And, yes, this repeat of the ZL1 nameplate beats the...

Hyundai Veloster: How cool is this?


Pricing for Hyundai’s new 2012 Veloster three-door coupe starts at $18,060 for the entry-level model with six-speed manual transmission and ranges to $19,310 with the six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission. Cars are rolling into dealerships now.  Both models are powered by a 138-horsepower, direct-injection, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gets EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 28 mpg city and 40 mpg with the manual transmission and 29/38 with the dual clutch.  The Veloster with manual transmission...

Kubang concept: a Maserati SUV?

  Maserati put a fresh face on its Kubang concept nameplate and showed a striking, new crossover SUV concept at the recent Frankfurt auto show.   The Italian automaker showed the original Kubang concept in 2003, when few luxury brands were considering a crossover. A truck still may seem bipolar for this maker of hand-tooled sports cars and sports sedans, but all the tools are now at hand.   Today, Maserati can reach to the...

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.

Mark Maynard