Those of us who bring you the automotive news log infinitely more air miles than road miles. Over time, this unhealthy seat-time imbalance makes editors cranky and irritable at best, and downright postal at worst. The cure: an epic road trip. Kim Reynolds drove our Volt from Detroit to Los Angeles; Edward Loh and Todd Lassa tag-teamed a drive from Tokyo to L.A. in a Suzuki Kizashi; Ron Kiino raced Europe’s Orient Express in a Hyundai Genesis; and boss Angus MacKenzie’s crazy travel schedule requires such frequent rebalancing that he participated in those last two trips, drove a Challenger on one lap of Europe, and conquered Australia’s Outback in the Subaru named for it. When the tedium of fact-checking buyer’s-guide issues from airplane seats threatened to undo your technical director, I was encouraged to plan an outing. Fortuitously, an e-mail arrived with dramatic photos of graceful curving bridges along the Atlantic Road, and a steep and kinky ribbon of asphalt known as the Trollstigen — both of which are located in my ancestral homeland of Norway. Please, Boss!? “Yes, I insist.” But what to drive? Fat tires and an amidships engine location would certainly help make the most of those… Read full this story
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