2008 BMW 135i Coupe

Reviewed by Gary Anderson

Compact package crams in 300-horsepower, twin-turbo engine, delivers 0–60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Nice looks, great handling (with $1,000 sport package), good build quality, and reasonable price. Con ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2008 Volvo C30 hatchback

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Quirky hatchback is sharply Gremlin-ized S40 sedan. DOHC, 227-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder and quick 6-speed will nudge 30 mpg highway; sports every possible safety device. Comfortable front seats, a ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt coupe

Reviewed by SCM Staff

Great noises, vicious launch courtesy of 315-hp V8 and 3.73:1 gears. Quick steering, slick 5-speed with short throws. Nicely understated, bereft of normal badges. Handsome period mags protected by ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2008 Nissan Altima Coupe 2.5S

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Recognizable Nissan/Infiniti family shape hints at G37 and upcoming GTR. Simple controls; 2.5-liter, 175-hp, 4-cylinder engine provides adequate power; brakes excellent; minimal torque steer; decen ...

Overall Experience:
2.0 rating

2008 Mazda MX5 PRHT

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Simple retractable hard top ends convertible leaks; 166 horsepower more than adequate; attractive leather interior with leather seats; easy to toss around. ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2007 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring

Reviewed by Stefan Lombard

High-revving (9,000 rpm redline) twin rotary makes 232 hp from just 1.3 liters. Impressive, nimble 50/50 handling, even at the threshold. Short, even throws from 6-speed. Quiet ride and good Bose s ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2008 Land Rover LR2

Reviewed by Paul Duchene

Elegant, downsized Range Rover replaces forgettable Freelander. Volvo-based 230-hp, 6-cylinder, and 6-speed automatic suits car-like character. Quiet at speed, many electronic gizmos assist handlin ...

Overall Experience:
3.0 rating

2008 Corvette Z06

Reviewed by Stefan Lombard

Hunkered-down styling just subtle enough to be distinctive. Great exhaust note and deep burble off-throttle. No gas-guzzler tax. ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating

2008 Audi R8

Reviewed by Stefan Lombard

Aggressive all-Audi styling. Quattro stability, rear-drive attitude. Great pull in every gear. Precise shifter with deep gates, à la Ferrari. Plenty of headroom for tall folks. Cheap by comparison ...

Overall Experience:
5.0 rating

2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Roadster

Reviewed by Stefan Lombard

’07 model lacked for power (wink), so the 100-hp bump helps. Restyled hood more aggressive. Incredible sound. ...

Overall Experience:
4.0 rating