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Road & Track August 2014

Road & Track includes technical features on automotive subjects, wide-ranging feature stories, spectacular automotive art and standard-setting new-car photography, humor, fiction, travel stories, book reviews and the most comprehensive racing coverage offered by a monthly magazine.Bonus: iPad Interactive

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4 min.
letters to road & track

JUNE: IS THE ALFA 4C UGLY? DOES FAST ALWAYS EQUAL FUN? AREN'T DADS COOL? Dear R&T, My compliments to Chris Chilton for his sparkling and colorful piece on the Alfa Romeo 4C, Porsche Cayman, and Lotus Elise. I gobbled it up, chuckling and giggling as if I were there with you guys. Sad to hear the less-than-stellar impressions of the 4C, but proud for the guys at Porsche for the success they've achieved with the Cayman. Don't count the Alfa out yet, as they are no doubt busy tinkering with the U.S. model as we speak. I will be very interested in your impressions of that puppy. ALLEN LEBLANC, Daytona Beach, Florida I believe there was a misprint on your June 2014 cover where it read, "Gorgeous 4C takes on Lotus and Porsche." Shouldn't…

3 min.
editor's letter

I doubt anyone at the 1965 Turin motor show knew of the madness that had just been unleashed. Up on a stand sat a sheet-steel chassis with a 350-hp V-12 just ahead of its rear wheels. Since the Turin show had long been an exhibition for the great Italian coachbuilders—Zagato, Bertone, Ghia, Vignale, etc.—a naked car was not out of the ordinary. But one year later, that chassis carried a Bertone body so low and curvaceous, it looked dangerous. The production car that resulted was tricky to drive and prone to bursting into flames, but that didn't matter; it was unforgettable. The Lamborghini Miura—and with it the modern supercar—was born. You may argue with my choice for the first supercar, but the era spawned the formula: ludicrous power, a mid-mounted engine,…

13 min.

Fuel for the Driven Life PRINTING IN THE THIRD DIMENSION PAGE 18 Real men buy art. YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE (PAGE 28). Do Lambos dream in color?20 Toyota bids goodbye to the crankshaft22 A racing mogul on big risks, small profits24 Supercar vs. supermodel 26 Rear View Miscellany from the last month What was in Lewis Hamilton's eye at Monaco? ESCAPE ROAD GRAVEL DISCARDED ROLEX NANOCHIP FROM ILLEGAL RED BULL TRACTION-CONTROL DEVICE IRRITATING MIXTURE OF SELF-PITY AND ARROGANCE NOTHING Simon Pagenaud's helmet, a tribute to his lifelong hero Ayrton Senna, at the 2014 Indy 500. Pagenaud finished 12th. 200% PROJECTED GROWTH OF DIESEL VEHICLES IN THE U.S. BY 2020, ACCORDING TO ANALYSTS FROM IHS AUTOMOTIVE AND THE DIESEL TECHNOLOGY FORUM. DIESELS ARE EXPECTED TO GO FROM THREE TO NINE PERCENT OF NEW-CAR SALES IN SIX YEARS. 1926–2014 On May 19, three-time Formula 1 champion Sir…

4 min.
sic transit exotica

"When I was a child," the saint wrote, "I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child." In my own childhood, however, I primarily occupied myself by perusing the classifieds in this august publication and dreaming of the day I would pick up a supercar at a bargain price. In the late Seventies and early Eighties, original LP 400 Lamborghini Countaches and 365 Berlinetta Boxer Ferraris were pretty cheap. It seemed reasonable to assume that the far more desirable 5000QV and Testarossa that followed would eventually meet those cars in the bargain basement. Admit it: You just flinched. I described the plumper-bumper, strakes-and-spoilers Countach quad-valve as "far more desirable" than the sleek, stunning LP 400. My God, what a stupid thing to say. I'm tempted to…

4 min.

"Overall," I thought to myself through a haze of noise, back pain, the odor of sintered metal, and the undercurrent of terror that comes from not being able to see where you're going, "this car worked a lot better in photos." I'm not going to name the mid-engine supercar I was driving, but you get no points for guessing. Italian, nothing like it, an outrageous car from a company born of outrage. You probably had the poster. The car was virtually designed to grab teenage boys by their sex-crazed imaginations. It was also terrible. A small, nostalgic part of me died when I first drove it, although I admit that I didn't notice this until later, being terrified at the time that all of me was going to die from the simple…

19 min.

BMW M3 & M4 42 Volvo V60 Polestar 44 Cheat Sheet 48 "Pronounced, Oo-rah-KANN." THE NEWEST LAMBORGHINI (PAGE 36). [ 2015 ] Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 "Between her legs," he said. ahem. MIURA, COUNTACH, MURCIéLAGO. BEDroom-poster heroes, every one, and the foundations of the Lamborghini legend. The Lamborghini reality as we know it today, however, was built squarely on the Gallardo. Almost half of the 30,000 cars built by Lamborghini since the brand's 1963 founding are that piccolo Lambo. No scissor doors, a smallish footprint, and two pistons short of the classic Bizzarrini layout. Assisting those sales numbers was the sheer life span of the thing. The Gallardo was launched in 2003, and didn't it let you know it. In recent years, no amount of paint-and-tape special editions could hide numb ceramic brakes, an absence of adaptive dampers, or…