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2012 Dodge Challenger Road Test

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by Martha Hindes

We've seen Channing Tanum's new movie, Magic Mike. We can't imagine someone in the audience not yelling, "Take it off. Take it all off," as the Hollywood hunk struts his stuff across stage and lets us peek at his fabulous six-pack abs from behind the folds of a shirt. Same could be said for the 2012 Dodge Challenger, the newest of the pony car revivalists that is sultry, sexy and sizzling from any angle. Gorgeous. But lacking in convertible mode. A hunk in coupe with top up, we wanna see it with the "take it off" top down. Don't you think? (A little hooting would be appropriate here.)

It isn't that Challenger enthusiasts haven't been clamoring for a top down model or speculating on when it will happen. But so far a drop top is a no show in showrooms and remains a midsummer night's dream for the flush and frustrated. And think about it for a moment. A car company can juice up an engine and suspension with mostly the same exterior sheet metal as used for a less endowed power plant's version. But cutting off the top takes more than a few swipes with an oversized can opener. It takes a lot of changes to maintain the structural integrity of the coupe version without losing the ability to bully its way through the crowd on the road. For full review, click here.


2012 Ford Mustang BOSS Road Test Review

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by Martha Hindes

Remember an old TV sit-com called “Who's the Boss?" It sported a nubile Alyssa Milano, a still gorgeous Tony Danza, and enough quirky situations to make one realize life doesn't always function according to the norm. Neither do cars, when you think about it. Because no matter how many Ford Mustang clubs are out there, or how many V-6 versions are parked in suburban driveways as eye candy status appeal for the neighborhood, Ford did one better for the true gearhead woman or man when coming up with the rear-drive 2012 Ford Mustang muscle car. It added in some truly awesome muscle in a revival of the legendary Boss version. After all, if you're going to snarl, you want to make sure you show some teeth.

A little history could be helpful here. By 2012, not only had Milano grown from “sexy tomboy” status to womanhood long ago, with some forgettable acting credits behind her, but the Ford Mustang has grown in desirability without losing an ounce of the four-plus decades of driving notoriety that keeps it one of the true classics on the road. And Mustang Boss tops a list of teaser talents with enough gut-crunching lunge to get the attention of the staunchest Mustang purist out there. For full review, click here.