Rodeo bulls, like the boys who dream of riding them, are unpredictable creatures. They can start out shy and skittish, then suddenly turn ornery. They’ll lie down in the chute one day and try to gore you the next. The most dangerous bull ever ridden, by some accounts, began as a scrawny yellow calf in 1988. Half Charolais and half Brahman, he was still long and bony at age three, but liable to turn fat and ungainly if his breeding held true. His owner, Phil Sumner, named him J31—he wasn’t sure the bull would live long enough to earn a real name. Sumner took him to a few scrubgrass rodeos in northern Oklahoma, but didn’t see much fight in him. “I was thinking, Dude, you’re going to have to step up your game plan or you’re going to be going to McDonald’s,” Sumner told me. Then one Sunday afternoon at a small arena outside of Okeene, Oklahoma, something in the bull snapped. The kid who was riding him got his hand caught in his rope. He … [Read more...] about The Ride of Their Lives
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The Audi TT has always been a snappy dresser with a peppy personality you wouldn’t mind spending a long winding-road day with. But add a cylinder and half a liter of displacement? The sprightly two-door turns nearly satanic. Welcome back, Audi TT RS Coupe. All-new for 2018, the Audi TT RS drops some weight, gains more power, offers additional technology, and sees new design elements. Harking back to the German automaker’s successful motorsports history, the TT RS is the latest model to join the brand’s new Audi Sport lineup, which not only includes R and RS models but also extends to customer racing and performance parts. Speak up Five is an uncommon number of cylinders for a modern-day engine. Vehicles on the road today generally feature piston chambers in pairs – four, six, eight, 10 – but five? What would that even sound like? Glorious would be the answer. Not wheezy … [Read more...] about First Drive: The all-new 2018 Audi TT RS Coupe is big fun in a little package
Full Car Details More Reviews Cheap Trick did not have Toyota executives, engineers, designers, or marketers in mind when the American rock band released “I Want You to Want Me” in 1977. Today, however, the car company best known for building bulletproof vehicular appliances might just be pumping this classic pop song throughout its brand-spankin’-new Plano, Texas headquarters, reminding all of its employees that every new Toyota must be more than just a smart choice for the automaker’s customers: It must also be an emotional choice. Yes, Toyota wants you to want the all-new, completely redesigned 2018 Camry, and after spending a day driving multiple examples of the new midsize family sedan, it is clear to me that you might, indeed, want one. Of course, the new Camry continues to provide practicality, durability, and safety in equal measure. In addition to these hallmark traits, though, the Camry exhibits a sense of style and is … [Read more...] about First Drive: The 2018 Toyota Camry is the best one ever, but can it topple the segment’s subjective leaders?
Full Car Details More Reviews Quickly approaching its 30th birthday, the Infiniti brand is by no means new to the U.S. market. Yet, at the same time, something about the brand—perhaps its new all-Q naming structure or its more chiseled design language—holds an aura of freshness. It remains to be seen whether Infiniti’s new musk carries the allure of youthful ambition or the desperation of new money anxieties but while journalists quibble over such frivolities, the brand’s efforts are resonating with customers. Sales, both globally and the U.S. alone, hit record marks last year and that success has carried through the first half of 2017. A prime example of this recent success is the Q50. Just a few years ago, Infiniti’s rear-wheel drive sports sedan was known as the G35 or G37 and looked downright cherubic by comparison, with its smooth hood and rounded fenders. Since being rechristened in … [Read more...] about First Drive: Despite small tweaks, tech-savvy 2018 Infiniti Q50 still leaves drivers wanting more
Full Car Details More Reviews For a long time, opting for an SUV over a traditional luxury sedan came with a slew of trade-offs in the name of increased utility and ride height. Sure, you’d get more space and better capability, but driving dynamics, looks and fuel economy took a major hit by going with a four-wheeler. As the years have gone by, however, the compromises have gotten slimmer thanks to weight reduction, suspension technology and clever powertrain solutions, and it seems the luxury SUV innovation boom has all been leading up to one thing: the 2017 Audi Q7. We explored the pros and cons of Audi’s biggest SUV just a few months ago, but with a week and several hundred miles behind the wheel, the Q7’s true colors started to come into focus… and the picture is more vibrant than ever. Design: 9.3 Rating It’s a shame when an automaker releases … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: The 2017 Audi Q7 is an impenetrable tech fortress on wheels
Full Car Details More Reviews Anyone who follows U.S. weather patterns knows just how rare it is that Southern California experiences a full week of dark and stormy weather, and especially as of late, with the state entering its sixth year of a historic drought. Nevertheless, during the week that I drove Volvo’s new 2017 S90 midsize luxury sedan, California received wave after wave of manna from the skies, liquid gold to fill reservoirs, replenishing ground water and moistening parched soil. If there exists a luxury car built to battle inclement weather, the Volvo S90 is it. The Swedes know a thing or two about creating a comfortable, cozy, hygge environment in which to ride out the storm, and the all-wheel-drive S90 T6 rose to the task amid the flooding rains and mudslides. Built on Volvo’s newest global platform, which is also used for the XC90 crossover SUV and the V90 wagon, the S90 sedan starts at under … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: The 2017 Volvo S90 is sexy, smart and safe. Is that enough to woo midsize luxury sedan buyers?
Full Car Details More Reviews As far as niche performance models go, there are arguably none more niche than the Mini John Cooper Works Clubman. A more hardcore version of a weird compact wagon with barn doors at the back? For a very select few, it may be the perfect vehicle, but the JCW Clubman lacks the mass-market appeal of its more conventional hatchback and sedan competitors. And you know what? That’s okay. Personally, I’d consider myself right in the heart of the target market for this car, a young, urban-bound professional with a love of wagons and small performance cars with German roots. The issue, however, is that today I’m more spoiled for choice than ever. Mini’s new John Cooper Works Clubman takes everything the standard model does and dials it up to 11: think more power, standard all-wheel-drive, a burbling and popping exhaust system, and all … [Read more...] about Short Report: The 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman is still charming, but snootier than ever
Full Car Details More Reviews This 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid replaced a hulking Nissan Armada that had taken up residence in my driveway over the Thanksgiving holiday, and within the automaker’s SUV lineup the differences between the two are as stark as black and white. The Rogue’s petite proportions represented welcome relief after the overbearing massiveness of the Armada; its footprint is a fraction of that of the full-size SUV, and I didn’t have to worry while maneuvering to park both my test car and my family car (coincidentally, a first-generation Nissan Murano) in our driveway. That kind of relief is short-lived in this automotive journalist’s household, though, because as soon as I put on my evaluation hat, matters of personal convenience quickly become a side note to the various facts and facets that make up a vehicle. Facts are relative sometimes, though, especially in the current political climate. What looks good on paper, … [Read more...] about Ratings and Review: The 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid appears to be the answer to a question no one asked
We at the NY Daily News Autos team love stoking the fires of muscle car rivalry, especially when an eye-searing and tarmac-shredding Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger land in our test fleet at the same time. In the spirit of a fair fight, we’re taking this opportunity to pit editor against editor, to up the stakes even further – and potentially invite a slap-fest in the office at some point in the near future. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. Don’t get us wrong, having a bright-yellow 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SS is an occasion all on its own. Despite being due for replacement by the lighter and more powerful seventh generation Camaro, Chevy’s current muscle machine still packs a huge visual punch, and backs up the boasting with a ferocious 6.2-liter V-8 and, in the case of our test car, a bicep-building 6-speed manual transmission. It all seems suddenly demure, however, once a “Sublime” green Challenger steps up to … [Read more...] about MUSCLE CAR MASH-UP: Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Shaker versus Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE
The boardwalks that line our beaches are all ideal for strolling and people-watching.Beyond that, however, they each have distinct personalities that reflect the appeal of each beach town.Which one does your family want to visit today?Here's what you can expect from a visit this summer to some of the Shore's most popular boardwalks, listed from North to South :Pier Village re-defined the Long Branch boardwalk when it opened in 2005. Built on the former site of Kid's World, which closed after a 1987 fire that also destroyed the pier and the Haunted Mansion, Pier Village is an amusement center of a different sort.Upscale stores and luxury apartments form a horseshoe behind the glamorous oceanfront restaurants on the boardwalk, with its pavilions and viewing spots high above the beach. Art installations, kite-flying festivals and other events draw visitors throughout the year. It is a place to see and be seen, as well as to shop and eat.Pier Village also is a sturdy … [Read more...] about Boardwalk fun for the whole family