The architectural guru Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said, '' God is in the details.'' Looking at the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider, you would think he was gushing about it; but alas, he was talking about architecture. The 488 Spider shares many details with its traditional cousin the 488 GTB, sans the top. Perhaps it looks like many other Italian supercars; however, driving one is like roping the wind and not wanting to let go. Not long ago, buying a Ferrari with an open top meant making significant sacrifices: not just the increased risk of skin cancer and catching a much younger wife, then losing the Ferrari to said younger wife in a divorce. The 2016 Spider has changed all of that, well just the sacrifices in performance...the younger wife scenario is still a very real possibility! While many of us will never see a 488 Spider, let alone drive one, we have reviews to live through. To that end, tallyho! Continue reading “A Quick Look At The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider” »
After the age of the American cowboy culture, the vacuum had to be filled with something else. The cowboy culture was defined by speed, aggression and ambition. It is thus little wonder that the first muscle cars were American, tuned V8 engines that could eat the miles fast. Are you surprised that a car’s output is measured in horsepower? A crude interpretation of how many horses could be needed to produce the kind of power in a given time… you know work done over time taken. Today, we have street legal production cars that can go faster than a jet when it is at full speed for takeoff.
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There is something about a luxury car that tells the world that the driver has arrived. The typical person views brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW as the current epitome of obtainable luxury, while Bentley and Buggati seem out of reach to everyone except athletes and the very wealthy. The brands mentioned all seem so permanent, but they are not necessarily so. Permanence in the luxury niche has proven as fleeting as the wealth that drives the production of the end product. Brands that once inspired envy and lust, such as Issota-Frashchini and Stutz, now produce nothing but blank stares outside of the circles of automotive historians. We thought it would be interesting to bring a few of these former grand marques to the attention of our readers, so forthwith man!
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Ford Motor Company has produced many iconic automobiles since Henry Ford first began turning out cookie-cutter Model Ts. The most notable have been muscle cars...well, highly tuned versions of their muscle cars to be more exact. Another source of Ford legend has been the excess luxury of Ford offshoot Lincoln, bringing back visions of the gangster movies of the 1940s. This year the Blue Oval is offering two vehicles that may be destined for greatness. Let's have a quick look at an exclusive, low production Ford Mustang GT and the upcoming 2016 Lincoln Continental. Continue reading “Must Have Fords” »
Well, here we are. As we said at the end of the first installment of this short series, we have a bit more jaded view o the models in this segment. Don't misunderstand us, these are solid cars, if all you want is a car to get you from place to place and do not really care about much else. If that is the case, you should consider a bicycle. If not, then one of these cars may fit your needs and budget.
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Part 1- The Winners
Whether you call them econo-misers, fuel-sippers, or kei cars, the subcompact category gets a bad rap outside of the Asian market. The North American market is particularly hard on the entire class of cars, mainly due to a dedication to large engines and spacious cabins, as well as the copious amount of open rural areas throughout the market. Despite this prejudice, there is a thriving market for subcompact vehicles, especially in large urban areas. As such, buyers need to be aware of the models that are the best to buy and those that under-perform. To that end, we have ranked several subcompact models from best to worst based on quality and owner feedback. The nomenclature is heavily slanted toward the North American and European markets, but Asian badging is mentioned for reference. Additionally, the list is rather long, so we have broken this blog into two separate posts for your reading convenience.
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Visitors to the Tokyo Motor Show are guaranteed to be wowed by next year's vehicles, possible production cars for the future, and the unusual sub-automobile concepts that seem to only make waves in Tokyo. Many of these products are amazing. Asimo was introduced in just such a manner, after all. While Asimo makes sense in that robots are seen as a very real future event, some of the concepts are a bit harder to conceive as being practical, fun yes, practical..maybe not. Honda, always a company to bring an odd concept or two to the Tokyo event, has several such concepts that should be known around the world. So, let's have a look at the U3-X, the UniCub, the WanderStand, and the WanderWalker.
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Carl F. W. Borgward marketed his first car in 1924. Dubbed the Blitzkarren(''electric car'' and pictured above), it was a simple three-wheeled cart powered by an underwhelming 2 bhp motor. The vehicle was built with the single purpose of being a delivery vehicle for cash strapped German tradesmen after WWI. Despite its small motor and a tendency to tip to the side on its front wheel, it became a huge success, becoming the main delivery unit for the German postal system. By 1929, Borgward had been able to absorb smaller automakers Hansa and Llyod into his Goliath-Werke Borgward & Co, forming the largest business concern in the Bremen, Germany area. Continue reading “Borgward: A History And A Revival” »
Why is oil so important for your car’s engine performance? Well, it’s one of the most critical aspects to any car, and is regarded by mechanics as the lifeblood of the machine; carrying lubricant through the engine’s cylinders, and collecting debris, all while under extreme heat and pressure. Continue reading “Why Is Oil So Important for Your Car’s Engine Performance?” »
Regarding tires, there are at least a couple of things that we know for sure. First, they come in all sizes and types, depending on vehicle type, season, and traction requirements, to name a few. Second, tires don’t last forever, from as little as 20,000 miles to 80,000 miles, and will, sooner or later, require replacement.
When it comes time for replacement, there are typically two ways to go about it. One way is to simply ask your trusted technician for replacement tires, all-season tires for a 2005 Toyota RAV4, for example, and he’ll look up a list of tires that are designed to fit the vehicle. The only thing you, as a customer, might have to do is choose between brands and models. On the other hand, you could go out shopping for tires on your own, at which point it becomes a little more complicated.
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