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Road & Track January 2013

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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1 min.
focal point

NIGHT OF THE HUNTER Newly crowned IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay brings the No. 91 SRT Viper GTS-R through Road Atlanta's turn 10 during the ALMS Petit Le Mans on the way to a twentieth-place finish. The Viper exceeds the series' maximum displacement by 2.5 liters, but was allowed to compete in 2012—the first season for a Viper since 2000—with the use of intake restriction. PHOTO BY RICHARD PRINCE Canon EOS-1D X 1/25s • f/2.8 •Canon 70-200mm lens set at 70mm ROADANDTRACK.COM/FOCALPOINT SEE THE TOP 10 GALLERY…

4 min.
turn one

An Indecent Proposal WHAT WOULD YOU SACRIFICE FOR A FERRARI? A retirement account? A decade of vacations? A college fund? Your deceased father's car? It's a question that's come up in my household ever since a late-night Internet search revealed that I might be able to stretch and reach one of my all-time fantasy rides: a Ferrari F355. Naturally (and, I'll admit, wisely), my wife would never go for anything but selling my old man's machine. It's a 1955 Ford Country Squire, pine-tree green with fake-wood sides and acres of chrome. On the one hand, it's just a hunk of metal, a possible path to a V-8 Ferrari that makes me giddy. But on the other hand, that Ford is the only connection I have to the guy who shaped my life…

14 min.

NEWS • REVIEWS • SPY PHOTOS • PRODUCT REVIEWS • PEOPLE • EVENTS HAND ACROSS THE WATER AMERICAN JOEY HAND MAKES HISTORY WITH BMW'S RETURN TO DTM. Germany's Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series is a high-tech cross between NASCAR and traditional touring-car road racing, but it's also a four-wheeled celebration of everything it means to be German. The latter has traditionally made the series a closed club to Americans: Since the DTM launched in 1984, no stateside driver has been awarded a full-season factory contract. Twenty-eight years later, Grand-Am star and California native Joey Hand drove a season for BMW, which returned to the DTM for the first time in nearly two decades. If that weren't enough, the Bavarian brand also won the manufacturer's championship. When we interviewed Hand at the end of the…

4 min.
your turn

Taking the Focus Off Old Metal As much as you wax poetic about the new Ford Focus ST, it's not the performance king in that segment. That honor still goes to the 2008–2010 Chevrolet Cobalt SS. Fourteen flat in the quarter-mile, 0.92g on the skidpad, and 72 mph in the slalom are pretty impressive numbers, even if it is a lowly Cobalt. Top that off with a factory-warrantied turbo upgrade—good for 290 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque—and you have a potent sleeper on your hands. Why those turbo upgrades are not standard on the Cadillac ATS is beyond me. Greg MrossSturtevant, Wisconsin We'll admit that the late (read: turbocharged) Cobalt SS was surprisingly deft in its day and was a lot of fun to drive. The ST is today's champ–though it must…

7 min.
side glances

Econoline Sunset ONE OF THE SAD THINGS ABOUT MODERN American suburbs is the alarming absence of blacksmith shops. If you don't believe me, walk out of any Starbucks or look around the mall and try to find just one guy with a decent forge or an anvil that weighs more than 50 pounds. My guess is you'll be disappointed. Not so where my wife Barb and I live, in rural Wisconsin. A mile from our home we have the Cooksville Blacksmith Shop, where owner Carl Hach not only repairs trucks and farm implements, but helps local artists weld works of sculpture together. He seems to be able to weld or repair anything. Last year, when my race-car trailer cracked a frame tube, Carl did a seamless job of fixing the thing, just…

3 min.
2013 bentley continental gt speed

• Bentley continental gt speed • Volkswagen golf mk. 7 • Cadillac ATS v-6 THE BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT SPEED AND ITS occupants are unperturbed. The car is charging down a derestricted stretch of the A8 autobahn near Munich, closing in on 190 mph. There's barely any wind noise for our passenger to overcome as he warns of slow traffic ahead. A sharp stab of the brake pedal, and the 5,100-lb Bentley's massive carbon-ceramic brakes scrub off huge amounts of speed. The moment is a non-event, the car slowing with eye-popping force and tremendous stability. Now in its second generation, the Continental has become a little speedier and incrementally more nimble thanks to a series of refinements. With a top speed of 205 mph, the Speed is the fastest model in Bentley's ninety-three-year history. Bentleys have…