Jay Leno Drives Chevy Camaro Concept
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. Jay Leno makes an appearance with the Chevrolet Camaro Concept in Burbank, California. Retro design, when it's done right, leaves an unmistakable impression of a beloved icon with a simple glance, instantly conjuring memories of simpler, often happier, times. With automobiles, retro design is a fountain of youth rendered in sheetmetal and horsepower, a chance to own brand new what we coveted decades ago, but with the benefit of modern engineering and safety advancements. And so it is with the Chevrolet Camaro Concept, which debuted at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. A glance brings the late 1960s flooding back, but with details that clearly speak the design vocabulary of the 21st century.
Overview: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. The Chevrolet Cobalt SS is a sleek coupe equipped with a 205-horsepower supercharged four cylinder engine, 18-inch forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli PZero performance tires, and an enourmous wing towering over the trunk lid. This translates into a serious performance car hiding under the Chevy's econo-coupe clothing. The suspension was tuned on Germany's famous Nurburgring race track, equipped with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam axle in back. Four-wheel-disc brakes, vented in front and equipped with ABS, are also part of the package, and the steering is calibrated specifically for the SS Supercharged model. A five-speed manual transmission powers the front wheels while achieving 23 mile per gallon in the city, and 29 on the highway. The Cobalt SS also gets special trim inside and out.
Review: 2006 Ford Explorer
Go to MYRIDE.COM for more car videos. The Ford Explorer debuted way back in 1991 and has successfully surfed the SUV wave ever since. Consumers have continually been drawn to its balanced offerings of comfort, utility, space and capability, and the same should hold true for 2006. At first glance, the upgrades this year don't seem overly dramatic. The Explorer still looks like an Explorer, still seats five to seven people, still has V6 or V8 power (you were expecting a V12?) and still motors about with two- or four-wheel drive. And it still has some low-rent interior plastics, too. But the improvements to the ride quality are welcome, as are the new safety features. The Explorer has been the best-selling SUV for 15 straight years, and we foresee no reason why it shouldn't be 16 for 2006.