31st December 2009

Farewell 2009: A Few of My Favorite Cars

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It’s been a rough year for the auto industry. But for all the turmoil and upheaval on the business side, it’s been a good year for great cars. So, as the Year That Everything Changed draws to a close, these are the cars I enjoyed most in 2009.

Audi R8 V-10. I thought the two extra cylinders and 105 extra horses wouldn’t be worth the money. I was wrong. The 5.2-liter V-10 amps the R8 experience up into true supercar territory without compromising the 24/7 usability that makes it a genuine alternative to a Porsche 911 Turbo as an everyday driver. Its one weakness? Transmissions. The clackety-clack faux-Ferrari metal gate slows shifts in the regular manual, while the R-tronic single clutch automated manual is outclassed by the newer dual clutch transmissions. But rest of the car is so damned good, complaining about the trannies is a bit like dissing Heidi Klum for having a bad hair day.

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