It didn't take a whole lot of testosterone to imagine hurting down a motorway with the pedal to the DB5's metal, but I've recently been brought up short by Samantha St. James, who drove -- or rather tried to drive -- one of the beasts at the Aston Martin factory in England.
Writes St. James:
St. James reports on the experience for The Truth About Cars. It's a great read, and includes the thrilling news that Aston Martin will build you a brand new DB5 for . . . well, if you have to ask about the price, you can't afford it.
The DB5’s massive steering wheel is there for a reason; I practically had to climb up its wooden sides to get enough leverage to turn the beast. Everything about driving the car was difficult: brakes, gearbox, visibility, radio, the lot.This is the point where I’m supposed to say that suddenly everything gelled. That the DB5 and I got into a groove and all was right with the world. In truth, the Aston’s skinny-tyred handling scared me to death, and I was not prepared to put the time in to make friends with the world’s most beautiful truck. I couldn’t wait to stop driving.
General Motors Corp. has announced that it will stop making the Hummer H1, the gas-guzzling status symbol of all that is wrong with the beleaguered automaker.
The H1 gets about 10 miles per gallon, but a GM spokesman said rising gas prices didn't factor into the decision since its buyers typically have been less sensitive about gas prices than most other drivers."It's really one of those over-the-top vehicles," auto analyst Erich Merkle said. "It doesn't really have much of a place in everyday society. You can't put it in the parking ramps. Parking spaces can't accommodate it."
The H1 attracted well-heeled drivers looking for a military-style vehicle with an intimidating stance. For the 2006 model year, the H1 was offered as a high-performance H1 Alpha that costs about $130,000 to $140,000.
The vehicle first was marketed to the public as the Hummer in 1992 by AM General, which also makes the military version.