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Car and Driver August 2017

This magazine is for automobile enthusiasts interested in domestic and imported autos. Each issue contains road tests and features on performance, sports, international coverage of road race, stock and championship car events, technical reports, personalities and products. Road tests are conducted with electronic equipment by engineers and journalists and the results are an important part of the magazine's review section. Get Car and Driver digital magazine subscription today.

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FLAPPERS At last, a cover that spoke without inane text [May 2017]. More of this please. —Johnny Michnay North Olmsted, OH I want to congratulate the C/D be-a-cover-ho marketing department on its ability to get the USPS to sneak the Alfa Romeo door hanger into the privacy of my home. Next time could it at least perforate the page so I can enjoy the cover without trashing the magazine? —Bob Wood York, PA IF 6 WERE 8 Okay, I knew the Ford GT [“Pretty Sick,” May 2017] wouldn’t be cheap, but $450,000?! Who would pay that money for a Ford? You could buy two Astons with that money, or a Rolls, or something like that. Why spend it on a Ford? And I’m not saying Ford is bad—I’m a huge fan—but $450,000 is kind of pushing…

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Something has been bothering me since I started purchasing gasoline decades ago, and I’m ready to put it to rest: I’ve always owned cars that required premium gasoline and I’ve always gone out of my way to find gas stations that have three nozzles, one for each grade, as I only want premium in my car. With single-nozzle dispensers, how much regular (that I paid a premium on) gets into my car? The outer hose leading to the nozzle is quite long and pretty wide, leading me to believe there is a substantial amount of regular that could be in the hose from the previous sale. I know it is full of gasoline, since when I activate the single-nozzle pump, there is no air that comes out before the gasoline.…

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editor's letter:

As I write this letter, reciprocating saws and nail guns are cacophonating in the background, making the sweet, dirty music of expansion. We’ve blown out the north wall of our office to take over the adjacent two spaces, adding a little breathing room for the talent we’ve been adding on the digital side—including the great Rich Ceppos, returning to C/D after 26 years. If you’ve visited our website lately, you’ll know why. We are in the process of transforming from the industry’s best and most comprehensive news-and-reviews site to what we’re sure will be its best and most comprehensive automotive decision-making tool for shoppers and enthusiasts alike. To put numbers to things, we’ve gone from measuring about 20 automotive attributes in our testing, most of them dynamic (zero-to-60, cornering grip,…

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ace of an 8

WHEN THE E24 BMW 6-SERIES expired with the ’80s, the company decided it was time to take its big coupe upmarket, replacing the 6 with an 8 based on the 7-series sedan. Built to impress, the 8-series was originally offered only with a V-12. It was also priced so high that many 6-series customers couldn’t or wouldn’t make the leap. BMW’s 8-series output totaled less than a third of 6-series production, and the company pulled the plug in 1999, eventually relaunching the 6 in 2003. But now BMW is nudging its big two-door upmarket again. STYLING The look of BMW’s sedans may have become somewhat stale, but the 8-series concept BMW unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como this year might portend an awakening in the Werke’s…

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the mercedes-benz g-wagen

THE FIRST DESIGN STUDIES for the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen were made in 1973, appropriately, out of wood. Clay was far too amorphous a material for the domineering angularity of this proto-SUV. Its styling suited the G-wagen’s intent when it was released globally (but not in the U.S.) in 1979. “It was meant to be an off-road vehicle for civilian and non-civilian use,” says Marcus Maurer, the model’s current technical director. “So the vehicle was developed very form-follows-function.” This meant meeting military demands (one of the first large orders came from the Shah of Iran, though it was canceled when the Islamic Revolution deposed him). Features included a narrow track, locking differentials, and, on convertibles, a folding windshield for easy shipping. But the G’s actual use immediately went off the rails— or, rather,…

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racing keeps getting faster, despite all efforts

TODAY’S CURMUDGEONS LIKE TO remember the racing of yesteryear as if it were all smiles, a bright Norman Rockwell painting. In reality, it was a brutal and deadly time. But to old eyes starry with nostalgia, the safety of modern racing cars doesn’t compensate for the thrills of the old days. In most racing leagues, safer means slower. At least initially; it almost always takes a few years for engineers to gain back the speed that sturdier, heavier crash structures and aerodynamic changes often subtract. Organizers also slow down the tracks with chicanes and modified corners. Sometimes, those changes require decades of engineering development before the average speed reaches what it once was. So even if the progress isn’t strictly linear, we know that a modern race car is capable of faster…