Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2015 Subaru WRX: Fantastic or Fugly?

The recent release of the 2015 Subaru WRX has created an immense amount of hype in the automotive world, especially for those who are devoted to the Subaru way of life. It’s easy to understand why too with the vast amount of changes the new model has undergone. From its looks to its suspension and even the engine the new WRX is a very different beast than the last. Subaru focused most of their efforts on the new WRX's handling. With stiffer springs, a more rigid body, bigger brakes and now standard Active Torque Vectoring to help with understeer first reviews confirm increased handling  abilities over the last model. Power is up as well with 268 hp and 258 torques although the 0-60 time has dropped some. So on paper it sounds as though the new WRX will be fantastic. But what about the way it looks? From the front it resembles the Legacy GT of old and from the side the rear of the car almost has a BMW look to it. When most anticipated a more aggressive “in your face” type styling Subaru decided to soften things up a bit. So what do you think? Do its looks resemble an AWD monster that can thrash any surface you throw at it, or is it something your Grandma could take to K-mart on a Saturday afternoon with no one looking twice?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Famous Mustaches and the Cars Behind Them

The iconic mustache. A symbol of strength, determination, and ruggedness. No other strip of hair has one, let alone two entire months devoted to it (Mustache March and Movember). Though it may come in many different shapes and sizes the men who bear this great symbol all have one thing in common, they mean business. But what really sets America's greatest mustaches apart from the rest are the incredible cars behind them. While it might not be March or November I believe it's still appropriate to pay tribute to some of the greatest Mustaches ever grown, and the cars that supported them all along the way. Hit the jump for todays epic car and the mustache behind the wheel.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

93 Mazda Miata

So I took the plunge. Last week I went against my instinct and I bought a 1993 Mazda Miata. But why did I hand over my man card and buy this "girls car", you might ask? Well I'll tell you why. I bought it because I'm monumentally sick of driving "compact cars" like my wife's Elantra and the 3 previous Corollas I've owned. I'm sick of driving to work and school and to the grocery store in a car that's so boring I feel like I'm watching re-runs of 60 minutes. But you see this created a huge dilemma because while I'm sick of suffering from car depression I also don’t have a fat wallet that enables me to drop big bills on the new Mustang Shelby GT500 I’ve been lusting after. And while I could have purchased an old 5.0 or even a 300ZX I drive a lot so I need a car that’s not going to break down every other Tuesday. So there you have it. And while I’ve taken a lifetime’s worth of crap for buying this car in the past week alone, I still don’t regret it. Hit the jump for more...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Sad Life of many Sports Cars

This is a 2008 BMW M3. This 4 year old car may look friendly and sociable, but lurking beneath its calm and collected exterior is a monster trying to break free. With a 4.0 liter V8 that generates 414 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque this deceiving sedan begs to be driven like a bat out of hell. The sport tuned suspension, oversized brakes and a sticker price of over $60k, back in 2008, are further proof that this is no ordinary family car. So only a diehard M fan with gasoline surging through his veins would dish out more than most peoples’ annual salary on a car like this, right? Well, sadly, no. Hit the jump for more!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Retro Corrado Commercial

Volkswagen has produced some pretty interesting commercials throughout the years. In this retro advertisement they sacrifice a  Beetle with the intent of proving how fast the G60 Corrado is. With a supercharged 1.8 liter churning out 158 HP the "Rado" was a pretty quick V-dub back in it's day. Pay attention to that rear spoiler too. Only the finest Supercars have similar spoilers nowadays. Check it out!  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

2013 Ford Focus ST

Back in highschool one of my buddies parents' drove a first generation Ford Focus. Occasionally my friend and I would borrow the car for school or football practice, etc. and I specifically remember thinking how horrible the car was. The inside was cheaper than a coupon shopper and the ride was horrendous. Maybe I'm exagerrating a little but I honestly felt like the car was going to break down every time we drove it. Then about 6 months ago my wife and I flew to Wisconsin and ended up renting a 2011 Focus while we were there. This time around though, I was blown away. The car was spectacular. It was sportier and more aggressive. The trend continued inside the car with it's sleek lines and high quality materials. The ride was also monumentally better than what I remembered in my buddies Focus. It drove great and the steering was quick and responsive for a compact. I was very impressed to say the least. When the time came to return the car I was a little bummed that I'd be back driving my wife's 2007 Elantra at the end of the day. My point in all this is that the Ford Focus has made leaps and bounds of progress since it was introduced in 98'. Well now Ford's about to take their success with the Focus another step further with the introduction of the ST. Hit the jump for more!

Neil Armstrong's 1967 Corvette


Do you want to be friends with Neil Armstrong? If so you should probably find another dream because it's most likely not going to happen. But if you want to feel like you and Neil are best buds without going golfing together on the weekends then you could always buy his 1967 Stingray Corvette that's for sell on Ebay right now. It may not be in the former astronauts hands anymore but it was given to him by Chevrolet to drive for a year after he conquered the moon back in 69'. After he had his fun in it he turned it back into the dealership who then sold it to another NASA employee who drove it for awhile and then parked it in his garage where it's been sitting for the last 31 years. The seller purchased this gem from the NASA employee this February and is now hoping that the car's rich history will bring him an even richer bank account. His claim to the car's authenticity is the Protect-O-Plate which is a piece of metal that Chevy installed which was stamped with Armstrong's data. But even if it was this American hero's car would you pay the current bid of $245k for it? Check out the Ebay ad for more pics!