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Autoweek 12/17/2018

Autoweek tells the stories from every corner of a vibrant car culture. From the historic to the cutting edge, from the glitzy to the grassroots, Autoweek documents the people, events and machines that spark the interests of car people all over the world. Get unbiased reviews on the newest models, keep up with the hottest trends and innovations in automotive design and performance, and even the collector lifestyle. For over 57 years, Autoweek has also been trackside, covering every form of motorsports. Each issue contains driver and team features and interviews, racing coverage from all major series and in-depth analysis from expert reporters. Every other week, Autoweek will inspire and inform you with insightful articles and amazing photography.

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24 Issues


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dirt rich

IF YOU GREW UP in a rural area, there’s a good chance your first experiences behind the wheel came on a dirt road. Mine certainly did. Whether it was helping my folks rock our little Nissan Sentra (Dad called it the Sinatra) loose on a hairier-than-expected trail or flying between orchard trees in an old farm truck, by the time I got into a local weirdo’s Pontiac for driver’s training, I must have seemed pretty comfortable—I’ll never forget him asking, “So, how long have you been doing this?” Those early, mostly supervised back-road excursions gave way to something more closely approximating real off-roading when I got my license. A friend’s dad had old Land Rovers, everyone had a Jeep and there were plenty of trails. A lot of the kids took…

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about the cover

Off-roading is fun but can get expensive—quick. Proving you don’t have to drop tens of thousands of bucks into a trick off-road rig, our own Wesley Wren and Graham Kozak went up to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with contributor Zac Palmer to see how entry-level efforts fare against Michigan’s ORV trails. The toys of choice: Mahindra’s Roxor and Royal Enfield’s Himalayan motorcycle. Armed with safety gear, changes of clothes and a 12-volt tire inflator, they spent a few days in the U.P. meeting locals, getting stuck in mud pits and driving through streams. If nothing else, the mud-spattered Roxor and the smile on Wesley’s face prove one thing: Off-roading, on a budget, is an absolute blast.…

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a christmas story

This is a story of friendship that wends through many years and ends with a Ferrari. So it’s car-related. Twenty-five years ago, I shared a house with a bunch of medical residents who worked at County/USC hospital, enduring those famous 24-hour shifts serving the most desperate members of our society while still doing the dishes and keeping the living room relatively clean. If you ever get shot, stabbed or run over in greater Los Angeles, have them take you to County first because they’ll save your life. You might want to transfer somewhere else for follow-up care. It was an amazing experience for me, who was just some idiot car writer who saved no one ever except maybe from boredom, seeing how hard all these guys worked and yet how much humanity…

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let it show

FROM A NEW BMW 3-Series to a fresh Porsche 911, the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show was strong. Mazda broke out its new 3, and we finally saw the Jeep pickup, called Gladiator. Our take: 01 BMW 3-SERIES The seventh-gen 3-Series includes the 2020 M340i and M340i xDrive; both have a new 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo straight-six with 382 hp and 369 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission we’re getting in the States. No more manual. Sacrilege! The car rides on BMW’s Cluster Architecture, aka CLAR. It accommodates a longitudinal motor and either rear- or all-wheel drive. On this car, CLAR is 3 inches longer than the outgoing platform but weighs less, thanks to more aluminum and high-strength steel. It goes on sale next summer. 02 LINCOLN AVIATOR Lincoln is bringing the Aviator…

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under the hood

Design Among the Stars delivers again AUTOWEEK RECENTLY hosted its annual Design Among the Stars charity event at the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance. We had an incredible all-star lineup that featured design luminaries Ralph Gilles (FCA), Moray Callum (Ford), Bob Boniface (Buick, above), Robin Page (Volvo) and Jay Ward (Pixar). Our own Dutch Mandel hosted. Once again, Jaguar sponsored the festivities. Held at the South Carolina Yacht Club, more than 100 guests dined with the designers before watching them put Sharpie to napkin and create incredible art right in front of their eyes. The designs were then auctioned to support the Driving Young America charity. We look forward to seeing you there next year! A bit of housekeeping HAPPY HOLIDAYS and all that good stuff, folks. While you enjoy this issue, just remember you won’t…

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get out there

THERE’S NOT MUCH going on in Seney, Michigan. It’s plopped on the map about an hour and a half northwest of the Mackinac Bridge, smack in the middle of the Upper Peninsula. Supposedly, Ernest Hemingway used to fish, drink and fight there. I’d bet Andy’s Seney Bar gets pretty wild on a Saturday night in snowmobile season, but in reality, not much is left over from its storied, allegedly rowdy past. Cellphone service cuts out a few miles north of town and doesn’t pick back up until you get to Grand Marais. It feels like it could be any decade. The region’s time-warp factor made it the perfect spot to test two new vehicles—the Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure motorcycle and the jeeplike Mahindra Roxor—that, in their straightforward simplicity, feel like throwbacks…