“WRC 7 is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. I’ve had a few weeks with the game and I'm just getting the hang of it. Of the new crop of racers I’ve played recently, this one took the longest to get proficient in. But was it worth it? Yes, I think so.
Its genesis was in 1975 with the rear-wheel-drive Mk1, which headed into a cutthroat battle for fleet sales against the ubiquitous Ford Cortina. But by the time the Mk3 was thrust into action, the Cortina had bitten the dust, leaving its replacement, the Ford Sierra, to pick up the baton. And for years, it was these two titans alone vying for the top of the new-car sales charts, leaving realtive minnows, such as the Austin Montego and Nissan Bluebird, picking up the scraps.
We’d also option the Electronics package ($3000) for Sync 3 infotainment, dual-zone climate control, and more. Dodge Challenger fans can have a similarly equipped 707-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat for $65,290. The Chevy Camaro crowd can find a ZL1 coupe starting at $63,795. Both of those supercharged rivals are more powerful, but we think our Shelby GT350 ($61,045) will fulfill the fantasies of the Ford faithful—and anyone else with a pulse.
"The weakest function in American business is human relations," Gilmour said in a 1999 interview with Automotive News. "The good companies make personnel a strategy. That was an Ed Lundy/Arjay Miller legacy. They were thinking about that long before most companies were."
With the accelerator pedal mashed to the firewall, the Accord 1.5T ran to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and waltzed through the quarter-mile in 15.7 seconds at 91 mph. For comparison’s sake, that’s well behind the 6.1-second zero-to-60-mph run of the six-speed-manual-equipped 2.0-liter turbo Accord. And the 2.0-liter Accord with the 10-speed automatic dang near defied physics by sprinting to 60 mph in only 5.5 seconds and pulling a 14.1-second, 102-mph performance in the quarter-mile.
It’s easier to drive with your thumbs tucked in, but you will have to use the handbrake, which is a stretch when also navigating the regular brakes, gas and turning inputs. I don’t know if there’s a better way, except maybe a Ken Block-style stick jutting off the side of the pedals. At any rate, the Thrustmaster Sparco P310 is by far the best -- and most expensive (checking in at 700 smackers) -- wheel we’ve ever tested.
“WRC” might not be the longest-running racing game series, but it may have the most entries. The lineup started in 2001 with “WRC,” which was followed by “WRC 2,” “WRC 3” and “WRC4” in 2004 before jumping to “WRC: Rally Evolved” in 2005. The series reverted back to “World Rally Championship” and then moved to “WRC: FIA World Rally Championship” in 2010. After the reboot we’ve seen 2, 3, “Powerslide,” 4, 5, 6 and finally “WRC 7,” which went on sale Sept. 15. It was the first to get a Porsche 911 rally car -- a downloadable extra.
GM prevented the German division from having a big presence in key growth countries such as China because of fears it would compete with Chevrolet and Buick models -- some of which were based on Opel engineering.
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