Entry-level...puts you in mind of a beginner, a novice, something that needs to be graduated from. None of those metaphors apply to entry level luxury saloons. Despite being marketed to reach the largest possible audience, these cars are guaranteed to offer the amenities and prestige that buyers are looking for, sans the budget-breaking price of a more premium offering. Continue reading “Affordable Swank: Entry Level Luxury Saloons Ranked” »
Some of the toughest off-road vehicles ever built are more than 30 years old. These old-school monsters were built for roaming the backcountry for months at a time. Many have conquered safaris with ease, chased down wild game for zoos, and attacked many a campsite with verve. They feature prominently in our escapist fantasies as we leave our work-a-day lives behind, even if it is just for a little while. Continue reading “Old-School Trucks For Off-Road Adventures” »
The SUV seems ubiquitous today. Every where you turn there is either an SUV or a minivan(MPV if you prefer). You can find a plethora of Fords, BMWs, Mercedes-Benz, and sundry other automakers, taking up row after row of spaces in any given parking structure. The brands we take for granted today are just the Darwinian version of the SUV. The strongest, most brand fit models have managed to survive the last two decades of constant change and upheaval within the public preference spectrum. What about those dinosaurs that time has forgotten or models that were to weak to survive? Why has one model managed to survive for decades while others have failed within three years? Continue reading “SUVs That Time Forgot” »
The 2016 BMW M4 GTS has a tonne of talking points to keep a writer abuzz article after article. About the third one in, most readers would be eyesore and sick of the topic, so we have to condense everything down to a single post and hit the highest of the highlights. So, what is that highlight? Water. Yes, two simple hydrogen molecules attached to a singe oxygen atom could quite well be the highlight of the M4 GTS. Continue reading “A Quick Look At The 2016 BMW M4 GTS” »
Measuring power is easy. You have two numbers that are generally accepted by most drivers: brake horsepower and torque. Which is most important is a matter of personal opinion. Here at Be Forward, we have a decided bias toward torque, but brake horsepower is the standard most widely accepted around the world. Unfortunately for the average buyer, big pony numbers usually come with a high price tag. On the bright side, there are several autos out there that offer more than adequate bhp numbers and manage to keep the price tag under L28,000. Here are several with a high output number and a fairly low ticket price. Continue reading “The Most Powerful Cars You Can Buy For Less Than $28,000” »
So, how do you define being ''first''? Once you define first, you must clarify which country you are talking about. Next, how do you satisfy everyone? Being first to bring an innovation to the automotive market can be a double-edged sword. It is a great marketing tool so long as it works conveniently for buyers. If it doesn't, or worse yet doesn't work well at all, an automaker can take years to recover its reputation. Also, being first can mean being the first to take an innovation mainstream.
One such ''first'' is the hybrid car. Many consider the Toyota Prius to be not only the first, but most popular hybrid. In truth, hybrid cars were first introduced in 1896, with several versions offered by 1910. Toyota was "first" to offer a modern hybrid drive system...in Japan. The Honda Insight featured the first modern system in many other markets, confusing the issue. Continue reading “Automotive Firsts: A History Lesson For Automobile Enthusiasts” »
On November 2, 1893 one of the most iconic automotive designers the world will ever know was born. Battista ''Pinin'' Farina went on to found what is arguable the most influential coachbuilding company to ever grace an automobile with its genius in 1930. Carrozzeria Pininfarina began its close association with Ferrari in 1952 and has lent its body and soul to more Ferraris than can be imagined.
Pininfarina's association with Ferrari is so cemented in the mindset of the world that few realize the coachbuilder has ever worked with any other automaker. Fortunately for the automotive and car enthusiast worlds, Pinin and his son Sergio lent their imaginations to other brands over the decades. It is those select few cars that we would like to explore today.
Continue reading “Pininfarina's That Do Not Wear The Prancing Horse” »
Summer is nearly upon us. To many that means trips to the beach, visits with family, and last minute outings of all sorts. Summer driving adds up to a lot of driving under extreme conditions that can include heat, dust, on top of stop-and-go traffic jams. Each one of these will take an extreme toll on your vehicle. If you do not take the proper precautions, your vehicle is going to let you down, usually at the most inopportune moment. Luckily, by performing some periodic maintenance and taking a few other precautions, you can lessen the chance of a breakdown or minimize the impact of one. Continue reading “Top Tips To Prepare Your Vehicle For Summer” »