I’ve been reading Car and Driver for many years. Not a steady reader mind you. There have been times that they have frustrated me so much that I just gave up on them until a cover happened to catch my eye and I was willing to forgive and forget and try again.
The December issue (for craps sake its hardly November and they send out December’s issue. Are we supposed to be impressed?) has a cover yelling HELL-RAISING SEDANS followed by the tag: “We compare the most exciting four-seaters ever built“. They feature three of them – the Mercedes C63 AMG, the BMW M3, and the Audi RS 4.
Good grief – these guys should just call themselves Car and Driver of Germany.
I am sick of BMW’s always being at the top of their list. Not because BMW makes a crappy car, but their vision is so narrow that they insist that automotive perfection is only embodied by BMW. What crap. I love BMW’s, but I know that there are other cars out there that are fun to drive and have great handling and power to offer as well.
To be representing these sedans as the most exciting four-seaters ever built is more than a stretch – it is fabrication. Okay, I’ll assume they are limiting the statement to production cars, but still, there have been a lot of sedans built that are as or more exciting than those three. How about the two rally-based cars that have come to these shores? The Mitsubishi Evolution MR and the Subaru WRX STi. Those are exciting cars. They are far more fuel efficient and have zero to sixty times that are comparable to the three they picked.
I know that things change over time, but Car and Driver has not changed for the better. What was wrong with Brock Yates? He was summarily fired by Csaba Csere for who knows what reason. Sure Brock would have some diverse opinions and often run counter to the politically correct view, but that is part of what makes great journalism. Yates was the guy who established the counter culture Cannonball Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash by setting the fastest time while co-driving with Dan Gurney in a Daytona Ferrari. How cool is that?
Car and Driver used to build race cars. When the SCCA started the showroom stock class, they showed up with their Mazda sedan that was so fast it was outlawed. They built rally cars and took the readers along for the ride.
So what, you say, just don’t buy the magazine if you don’t like what it has become. I guess it is because I know what they have been and what they could be and I am perplexed that they appear to be a marketing arm for BMW and have little content to engage the enthusiast.
Thank goodness that Grassroots Motorsports magazine exists.