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Category Archive: BangShift Road Tests, OTHER

BangShift Test Drive: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 – Beyond Indulgence

Sampling all that life has to offer should be a goal of every man, woman and child, right? Works well for food, works well for music, travel and literature, so theoretically it should work for the...

BangShift Test Drive: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye: It’s Overkill! Glorious Overkill!

I own a Chrysler 300C, which is the equivalent of a Dodge Challenger R/T. The 5.7L Hemi makes decent power and the right noises, and gets the job done. Or does it? Maybe not. You can step down to the...

BangShift Test Drive: 2019 BMW M850i xDrive – GT Proper Or German Camaro?

This car has had bile thrown at it before I even got to write up this review. Big Money Wasted, Bavarian Manure Wagon, B-M-Trouble-U, and that’s before the horror stories of what the...

Best of 2018: 2018 Kia Stinger GT AWD – The Jokes Stop Here

Got any good Kia jokes? Yeah, I bet you do. You probably have a good horror story or two, or maybe you just have the acronyms lined up and waiting (“Keep it, asshole”). Or maybe you just...

Best Of 2018: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT: A Two-Step Program The Whole Family Can Enjoy

The sports-utility vehicle might have started off as a short pickup with a roof over the bed, but by the time I had become aware of cars, their role as a replacement for the venerable station wagon...

Unhinged: Driving The Last Of The Everyday Sedans As The Sun Sets On Them

If you believe all of the signs that are appearing, all of the words that auto journalists are spilling out, the manufacturers that have lost faith, and so on and so forth, we are seeing the end of...

BangShift Test Drive: 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody – 485hp, Fender Flares, Tire Smoke, and True Muscle Car Spirit

(Photos by Dave Nutting – Words by Lohnes, Sestito, Nutting) – For a guy who does not own a Challenger, I spend inordinate amounts of time in them. Between spending a week with...

BangShift Test Drive: 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 – No Crowds Were Harmed In The Testing Of This Vehicle

It’s interesting to think that we live in a time where 550 horsepower is actually middle-of-the-road, borderline average grunt for a factory offering. Ever since the second Supercar War turned...

BangShift Test Drive: 2018 Jeep Compass Sport 4×4 – Small, Basic, Manual Transmission SUV. Perfect.

Meet one of the few vehicles that I’ve actively asked for and sought out instead of just going to the dealership and saying, “that one.” Here’s my rationale: the...

Unhinged: An SRT Jeep And Enough Leash To Hang Myself With

It’s no secret that I’d take just about any and every SRT-labeled product that FCA currently sells if I could swing the costs. Pick your poison, you can’t go wrong. Two door coupe,...

Unhinged: Rekindling An Old Flame With A Six-Speed SRT Challenger

As you’ve seen recently, I’ve been lucky enough to make friends at some of the local dealerships. This allows me to get behind the wheel of some vehicles that ordinarily I’d never...

BangShift Test Drive: 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 – Was The Wait Worth It?

Call it a Ram, call it a Dodge, call it whatever you want…but know one fact above all others about Ma Mopar’s pickup truck design theory: you wait until you’ve bled out every last...

BangShift Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes-AMG GLA 45- What Is This Little Thing?!

Full disclosure: I drove this car because (A) it was available, (B) I’ve never driven any kind of Mercedes-Benz product ever, and (C) I heard “AMG” and said yes before I heard the...

BangShift Test Drive: 2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman Hemi – The Best Option For A Late-Model Build Or A Stripped Penalty Box?

I know what you are thinking and I’ll spare you asking it yourself: why in the hell would I bother testing a two-year-old stripper work truck? Well, it comes down to a couple of facts that are...