Jason H. Harper

Owners of the new
cars reviewed by this
critic give him/her
an overall credibility
rating of:

8.3 out of 10
Critic's Review History

In their published
reviews, this critic awards
an average score of:

87

The highest score
awarded by this critic is:

95

The lowest score
awarded by this critic is:

78

2011 Audi R8 Convertible

01/06/11
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Audi R8 Convertible
Convertible

With the top missing, the proportions of the Audi R8 5.2 Spyder are better — wider and more squished. More exotic. The combination of all-wheel-drive, mid-engine layout, manual transmission and big engine is the perfect algorithm for a convertible.

2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan

10/04/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan
Sedan

Yes, the Phantom is handcrafted, and made in Britain even.
That’s not the reason you opt for a Rolls-Royce though. It’s the synthesis of German engineering and old-world craftsmanship. Everything you touch is actually real and feels good on the skin.

2013 Porsche Boxster Convertible

08/30/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Porsche Boxster Convertible
Convertible

The Boxster got a Vogue-worthy makeover, and now it looks like a miniature version of Porsche’s defunct supercar, the Carrera GT. The old-school manual made me happy, a perfect companion to the light, fast car.

2012 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan

07/05/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Bentley Mulsanne Sedan
Sedan

I found the Mulsanne to be a big car that proved surprisingly wieldy. The lap of luxury? Yeah, pretty much, but my experience with Bentley’s electronic gadgetry has been consistently poor.

2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe

06/24/10
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe
Coupe

While you can still buy it in colors that don’t exist in nature (nuclear green for example), the Lamborghini Superleggera is a serious sports machine, in direct competition with the Ferrari 430 Scuderia, also a light-weight version of a popular road- going car.

2013 Scion FR-S Coupe

08/16/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Scion FR-S Coupe
Coupe

Other Scion models may be boxy oddities, but the FR-S is a hummingbird on wheels. This small coupe delivers a flutter of fast, dive-bombing activity and starts at only $25,600.

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe

01/14/10
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupe
Coupe

The SLS looks best when both doors are open and pointing toward the sky, almost a victory V. Too bad you can’t actually drive with it like that — it would play hell with aerodynamics at the 197 mph top speed.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

06/07/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
Sedan

The Charger has seen big changes in the last few years, with a tweaked exterior, far better interior and refined driving behavior. Those who love a great tide of torque will find the big Hemi engine worthwhile.

2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

08/19/10
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2011 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible
Convertible

If I had to choose a convertible to travel across the country, the Maserati GranTurismo would top my list. It’s best suited for a talented Mr. Ripley wearing a natty fedora while prowling the Amalfi coast.

2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

05/17/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe
Coupe

The Aston Martin Vantage V-8 roadster is not the fastest car, but quick enough. And it’s nicely balanced, great to look at, and wonderful to sit inside. What more can you ask from an impractical, two-seat convertible, anyhow?

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible

10/10/12
90
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Convertible
Convertible

In the sports car world, the SL has always been a bit of an anomaly. You own an SL to project a sense of well-being and being well off. But as a true-blue sports car, it falls short. Don’t expect a supreme road carver — it would ruffle your coiffed hair.

2012 Nissan GT-R Coupe

02/09/12
89
100

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Jason H. Harper Jason H. Harper 8.3 out of 10 2012 Nissan GT-R Coupe
Coupe

The GT-R cares only for immoderate, shameless speed. While it doesn’t look like a high-dollar supercar, it’s actually one of the most shameless examples I’ve ever driven.

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