With 2013 in the history books, it is time for a recap of the best cars and motorcycles that have been featured on M.G.Reviews over the past year. These are not in any particular order.
Normally Volkswagens don’t get my blood pumping quite the same way as other mainstream cars but this past year I had the opportunity to test drive a race prepped Scirocco on the most dangerous race track in the world, the Nurburgring.
Superb handling, slick shifting DSG gearbox, and a turbocharged inline-4 engine capable of propelling the car to 220+ km/h on the Nurburgring is a fun and scary combination. Going that fast on a track that is normally only 2 lanes wide will definitely get your heart pumping no matter what car you’re sitting in. This was definitely an experience of a lifetime and one of the highlights of 2013.
This car has been on my dream list since its inception back in 2008. I love the aggressive styling from every angle and the everyday comfort that it offers. I also love how easy it is to modify to every owner’s specific taste and customize it to a point where it will outperform cars that cost 3 or 4 times as much. This is one of the finest examples of a car that nearly anyone can afford and use in any part of the world and in any condition that mother nature has to offer.
For the person that had to say goodbye to the sports car because children have arrived in their lives, the Porsche Cayenne GTS is an SUV that blends the practicality of an SUV with the agility and fun of a sports car. I was surprised at just how much fun I had behind the wheel of an SUV. This is definitely the surprise of the year and if I had to rank it, it would easily be in the top 3 vehicles of 2013.
Not all Top Cars of 2013 have to be over $50,000, like this Mazda 3 they can be around the $25,000 mark. For the 2014 model year, Mazda has spent a lot of time and effort in keeping the Mazda 3 on top of sales by redesigning nearly every aspect of the 3. It has a sleeker look, new more fuel efficient powertrain, a top of its class interior, and an affordable price for anyone’s budget.
This was an intimidating bike when I first got onto it and it still was intimidating after I had gotten off it. The engine produces more power than an engine from an average family sedan and it is enough to accelerate this bike to a speed at which it becomes difficult to hang onto the handlebars. Thankfully, BMW has equipped this muscle bike with traction control and ABS to keep you safe and in control whether you’re canyon carving or city cruising.
How can a top car list exist without a big American muscle car on it? The Corvette has a lot of flaws; the ride can break your back, it is too wide, too thirsty, too impractical, etc. but the big engine just makes you forget about all of its shortcomings. I was very surprised at how much I liked the Corvette after driving it. Any gear, any revs, and all you have to do is stomp on the loud pedal to make it go like a bat out of hell.
Kawasaki has gone back to the 636 displacement with the new ZX-6R for 2013. 36cc of displacement may not sound like much but it completely changed the engine characteristics allowing the bike to have more torque and power across the entire rev range. Couple the new engine with the superb chassis and Kawasaki had made one of the best new sports bikes of 2013.
Let’s face it, this is more of a toy rather than a daily driver car. Race-car like handling and just enough power to keep it fun but in complete control makes this Elise a fabulous second car to own. Yes, it is cramped inside, there is no luggage space, and the ride is horrible but for one blast around a racetrack or a drive through canyon roads, nothing comes close to offering this much driving enjoyment.