Archive for October, 2018

1968 Mustang GT “Bullitt” movie car to be shown in San Diego, Nov. 4-19

There has been a lot of “Bullitt” engine-revving around the fastback’s 50th anniversary on Oct. 17. The hard-knuckled 1968 film centers on San Francisco PD Lt. Frank Bullitt (Steve McQueen) who was tasked with protecting a Chicago mobster who was about to sing his guts out. It is a gear-jamming 48-hour weekend of chasing the hitmen. Good-guy McQueen drove a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT 2+2 Fastback. The bad guys drove a 1968 Dodge Charger...

Mercedes-AMG E63 S: ridiculously powered, appointed and priced

Nobody needs a big $145,000 Mercedes-AMG E63 sedan that gets to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, but the performance division sold 1,378 vehicles in September and 20,738 year-to-date, which isn’t a bad payday. And that is why most top-tier carmakers give such attention to ridiculously powered, appointed and priced cars. “Customers know AMG is something exclusive,” said Bart Herring, sales chief at Mercedes-Benz USA. “And we have more opportunity to bring them into our brand with...

Barn finds and beaters — heartbeats of hope for the enthusiast

Tom Cotter is a barn-find revivalist who has made a career of finding and telling us about cars that “ran when parked,” no matter how mundane or bad they smelled. The hunt and discovery of a tired old car just makes the heart beat faster in the chest of an enthusiast. And Cotter has written a shelf of barn-find books, including “Cobra in the Barn,” “Vincent in the Barn, “Barn Find Road Trip” and also...

Jeep Wrangler Rubicon: tougher and softer, in all the right ways

The Jeep Wrangler has long been forgiven for everything that made it a charming pain in the rough. But now, the redesigned 2018 Wrangler is just a charmer, off road or on main street. And it is somewhat of a standard-bearer of advanced technologies with its first use of a 48-volt mild-hybrid electrical system. The 2018 redesign steered this symbol of “Don’t tread on me” from the endangered specie’s list, threatened by ever-increasing clean-air standards...

2019 Acura RDX: Emotion in motion

Acura got all emotional for the redesign of its compact RDX SUV — and it’s about time. This premium division of Honda has always done well with its marketing focus of technology and performance, but its exterior body styling was Honda-centric and polarized by an unflattering grille treatment. Now in its third generation, the 2019 Acura RDX is a breakout vehicle with the brand’s new diamond pentagon grille and speed-line styling that has some flinty...

2019 Jaguar iPace EV: Zeroing in on the future

  Skimming along your favorite back road you just might begin to feel the hefty curb weight of the Jaguar iPace — but only if it’s country-lane blacktop. This all-wheel-drive and larger-than-most EVs, is a performance Jaguar that feels tight as a slab of aluminum with sports-car steering and one-pedal function for acceleration and regenerative braking, which happens to be quite useful for some stabilizing trail-braking when powering into a turn. Weighing 4,784 pounds, 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