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The Man's Sedan (Part 3) - The New Dodge Charger
Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

I was feeling a little guilty about my first Man's Sedan feature on the BMW M5, choosing a car that probably wasn't remotely in anyone's price range and certainly not mine. I can dream, right? After being pulled back down to Earth by Austin I decided to choose the new Dodge Charger. There are a few reasons why I went with this car. First off my cousin owns one and she, that's right SHE, loves it. Now she has a few kids and finds the car to be completely functional for hauling around her children, groceries or whatever. She also has a lead foot, which means she has to have a car that is capable. Now I'd never be able to talk my wife into buying this car if I rattled off this: "Did you know this car comes equipped with rear wheel drive, independent suspension and a choice...
 
Suppressing my "URGE" to...
Posted Friday, December 7, 2007

I was glancing around the other night, in hopes of finding a concept car that would meet my profile. You know the rear wheel drive, lightweight, enthusiast's car I love so much, and guess what happened to appear. Something to spring life back into my hopes. Something that I could drive sideways and all I have to do is suppress my urge to... vomit. Nissan's concept the "URGE", has a lot going for it in my book but looks are not one of them. The silver and light blue offset by electric yellow is overwhelming to my senses and makes me almost want to cringe. Being the man that I am, I stuck with it and flipped to the specifications page that Nissan had. The Urge is designed for the video game era. It is intended to come complete with an X-Box and the steering wheel is suppose...
 
Behold The Power Of Cummins
Posted Monday, December 10, 2007

It's about time we wrote about a truck! Geeze, what kind of gig are we running here, Austin? I've been rolling it over in head on what truck would be worthy enough to be the first that we talk about and I could only think of one. The Dodge Ram. Particularly with the Cummins Turbo Diesel. If you want a truck that can tame anything, then this is it. The Ram comes in many options including a 5.7 L gasoline V-8 producing 345 HP and 375 ft-lbs of torque, a quad-cab for you contractors that have to haul around those pesky employees or children, and four wheel drive if you have to climb the face of a cliff with your truck. The Ram also comes equipped with four wheel anti-lock brakes and optional 6 speed manual transmission. Nothing like shifting gears with a beefy clutch and...
 
300 HP for 2008
Posted Friday, December 21, 2007

WRX STI There are a number of vehicles coming out in 2008 with over 300 HP and under $40,000. What is the best? Well, I'd love to tell you but odds are unless a manufacturer gives a few vehicles to test I won't be able to give you an honest opinion. I can only list the car and based on specification from the manufacturer and give you a best guess. I'll try not to let my Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) bias get in the way. With the criteria established - 300 HP - under $40,000 - here I go. First off I'd like to start with the two rival cars from across the Pacific that everyone has been eyeing, the Mitsubishi EVO X and The Subaru WRX STI. Each are excellent cars but which is better? Unfortunately, the EVO X doesn't fit the profile. It is 9 HP short of 300 and if I let it into this...
 
My Grown-Up Christmas List
Posted Monday, December 24, 2007

I was thinking on my way to work about what I would like to have if money was never an issue. Since it is the season for gifts we figured Austin and would write our Christmas lists out and explain why we want what we want. I believe most of the stuff on my list pertains to vehicles, speed or various things having to do with elements of this site. Allen: 1. A Red Rider Double Pump Action BB gun. Why? Duh, haven't you seen A Christmas Story? Besides I can shoot out tires on Austin's Sentra. And no, won't shoot my eye out. (Austin: I grew up with one of these. Good luck killing a bird with it. It's hard.) I'm not trying to kill a bird, just shoot out your tires... 2. This one is a triple whammy. A monster truck, Lotus Exige, and Toyota Prius. The Toyota Prius is for my sister...
 
ZR1 Smiles Upon All Challengers
Posted Thursday, December 27, 2007

The new Corvette ZR1 has a subtle design element that quietly speaks volumes. When you peak under the hood you see the awesome LS9 from the standard Corvette with a hi-tech supercharger strapped onto the top. Normally in a Corvette you see the the "twin flag" emblem all over the place. It is on the hood, under the hood, on the steering wheel, on the door sills, on the wheels, and on the floor. The ZR1 is no exception to this except that when you lift the hood, instead of seeing the standard twin flags on the airbox you see the twinflags making the eyes of an extremely stylized skull. Now that is tough. This seems to represent only one possible thing. That the ZR1 means death. The 620hp in this 3300 lb car are meant to destroy the competition. There is no doubt that the Vette is going...
 
Its Good to "B-King"
Posted Friday, December 28, 2007

Suzuki is leading the way in the new street motorcycles that it is releasing for 2008, and it has one of the most versatile line-ups in the industry. One of the newest additions is the "B-King" a naked sport/standard motorcycle that takes the crown on two fronts. The first is speed. This motorcycle has been built with the legendary Hayabusa 1340cc engine. Making this the fastest, naked bike on the planet. The engine has been re-tuned slightly so as not to take away from the Hayabusa's title of fastest production motorcycle. In addition to the engine, the "King" is equipped with typical Hayabusa components like inverted front forks, adjustable rear suspension, and front and rear disc brakes making it not very light at 520 lbs, dry. Another thing that is not so light is the...
 
Mid-Life Crisis
Posted Saturday, January 12, 2008

The other day was my birthday and I believe it is generally the onset of most mid-life crisis; depression, countless hours of video games, and complete discouragement as to how my life has been thus far. I want to reach for greater things, bigger things, and things that excite me. I determined that I need the ultimate vehicle for the mid-life crisis. First off I don't want anything blatantly over the top. I need something refined and respectable. Something that gets great gas mileage but also performs; the vehicle has to make a subtle statement.It only has to carry two people because, frankly, it is my mid-life crisis and kids don't have to be involved. I was thinking the new Corvette because it gets a sensible 27 miles per gallon. The Corvette is the epitome of Mid-Life Crisis...
 
His Name is Jake
Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I got an email back from Corvette regarding the Skull logo on the ZR-1 and I have to say that that the story behind it IS actually quite interesting. Short story is this. It is an homage to the ZR1 Corvette's racing heritage. It is the official logo of Corvette Racing. Long story is as follows. The smirking skull is called "Jake." The Corvette Racing team had been using various 'skull' iconography for a while in various ways, but the guys at BadBoyVettes.com felt that there was a need for a proper logo. This is a scan of the original napkin design from that came from a night at the bar after the 2004 LeMans drawn up by Bad Boy Vettes while sitting with the Corvette Racing team. Since then the logo has been on the C6.R b-pillar as the official "mascot." According to BadBoyVettes,...
 
Yeah, I Saw One
Posted Sunday, March 2, 2008

I started a job recently in North Scottsdale. Yeah, its that Scottsdale, and its the rich area. It is in the air park where the elite, invitation only car club is housed. The one where you pay an arm and a leg to be able to rent crazy sports cars. It is about three miles away from where Barrett Jackson is held. Pretty much every day is an adventure in amazing cars, and this is just when I drive down the road. The first day I worked was the week of the Superbowl and everyone was out. I saw a Bentley Continental GTC, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F430 Spyder, Audi R8, Porsche GT3 RS, and others. This was day one. Yesterday I almost got in an accident as I was driving next to and, in effect, looking at at Maserati Quattroporte. The point is that I get to see a lot of cool cars...
 
How I Handle Envy
Posted Monday, March 10, 2008

For the past couple of months, while I have been waiting / trying to get my bike fixed, I have been borrowing Allen's 240sx. To be totally honest and totally clear, this car is pretty much rice. The paint is bad, there is a big dent in the front corner (a standard on these cars), the lights no longer go down, it has an exhaust that battles with the jets at the airpark, and it is lowered. One thing that doesn't really count but is worth noting is that it is NOT front-wheel-drive. It is at this point that I should also note that Allen didn't just lower it but completely redid his suspension from the ground up and that he also added a LSD to it so it is pretty easy and ready to drift (a fun rainy day event) While I was driving today I see a car in my rear view mirror creeping up. I...
 
My New Project: Honda CL360
Posted Friday, January 16, 2009

One of my good friends moved away almost a year ago and gave me a motorcycle. As our conversation progressed over the phone about the motorcycle, I asked what it is was. "It's a Honda CL360 street bike." "What is that?" My brain was running at full throttle when a poof of smoke rose from my ear. I had never heard of it. "It is just a little street bike; you have to know about a 1975 CL360. You know about almost everything else." He said. "First off, I don't know about every motorcycle ever produced. I can hardly tell you about the different types of Harley Davidson and much less any thing older than 1989." "Are you interested in it or not?" He said. "Heck yeah!" A free motorcycle who couldn't pass that up. The day arrived, when I picked it up with a trailer. Apparently...
 
Can You Roll with 100hp? (AE86 Dyno)
Posted Monday, April 14, 2008

Did I ever mention how much I love my old 1987 Toyota Corolla? Well, I do. (If you don't care about reading my article and only care about the numbers then scroll the to bottom of the page.) The past several month, life for Austin and I has been down right insane. I'm pretty sure there isn't a person out there reading or checking out our web site who hasn't experienced the craziness of life at one time or another. During this craziness, Austin somehow manged to coerce me out of my S13, 240sx, or what ever you'd like to call it. So I've been stuck driving my Corolla. Which it turns out I like actually better. So If your interested in an S13 email me allen@62mph.com During the progression of time I met some fellow AE86ers' (I guess that is what you call us... it's a word...
 
Late Nights Car Watching
Posted Monday, April 28, 2008

The other night we went out to check out the underground car scene. It was kind of like bird watching, only with cars, and there really weren't any cars....
 
How to Stick it to the $@*% Oil Companies...
Posted Monday, June 2, 2008

Yesterday was the first day in my entire life that I paid more than $50 to fill my fuel tank on my 240sx. I paid almost $4 a gallon. (I took a 15 minute pause right here in the article to punch a few inanimate objects and yell at the fact that gasoline is so so expensive... Feel free to do the same.) So I figured, I would recommend a few ways that you can save and hang on to that precious liquid gold in your tank a little longer. First, keep your hands, arms, heads, and puppy dogs in the vehicle at all times. As much as my dogs like the windows down the gas mileage of you car can suffer greatly by just having the window down. With the windows open air flows into the vehicle and not around it, decreasing how aerodynamic it is. This is more critical the faster you are driving. So at...
 
Great Gas Milage and Performance In One Car?
Posted Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The questions is can you have your cake and eat it, too? I love the idea of fast sports cars that handle well and also serve as a decent daily driver. However, as I mentioned before in the last article, gas prices are on the rise and are currently over $4.00 a gallon with no relief in sight. Where does that leave the driving enthusiast?  Bored... and annoyed (At least I am.) You can't take that leisurely trip up north or to your favorite mountain pass on the weekend, you have to save that precious fuel for getting yourself to work and back. So what is the solution? Carpool if you can, ride a bicycle if you live close enough, or buy a more economical ride. I never want to recommend that people trade in their existing car for the sole reason of poor gas mileage. If there is nothing...
 
The New Nissan 370Z
Posted Monday, December 1, 2008

I'm really excited about the new 370 Z car that is being produced and feel like Nissan has come full circle with this new Z. The new styling and major redesign of the chassis captures the references from every Z car, and glaringly so from the 240Z. But the new Z car has also capture its own unique styling that I can only describe as a contradictory "sharp-roundness" not found in any other vehicle except in the Nissan line-up (The New Maxima). The headlights and taillights sharply encase the roundness and flares of the wheel wells. The shortened rear of the car and sharper line of the rear hatch add to the meanness factor. But I can't forget about the inverted fangs in the grill that surprisingly add to the lines and aggressive stance of the car. In short, the car screams "Drive me...
 
How To Buy a Used Car
Posted Monday, December 8, 2008

I often look at new car prices and my guts start wrenching. $30,000 here, $60,000 there, $12,000 for a Chevy Aveo. I can't help but wonder, "seriously?" Why buy new when the price of the car is going to depreciate as much as 30% when driving it off of the lot? Then you have to pay for maintenance, tires, full insurance (cause it's new), and what  other accessories you need to have while you're paying it off. The simple solution is buy used. Keep in Mind The question you have to ask first when buying a used vehicle is what do you have budgeted for a vehicle? Keep in mind $1,000 is a minimum that you should have in reserve for repairs on the car the day after you purchase it, for any used car of any age. If can only spend around $5,000 then you should consider looking at cars costing...
 
I Sing the Mini Electric
Posted Saturday, December 6, 2008

BMW announces the release of 500 Mini Cooper Electric cars for lease in 2009. While only 500 lucky people will get to cruise back and forth from work in one, the rest of the United States will get to enjoy 100 years of the perfected art of the internal combustion engine. You know, like being able to accelerate faster than a slug, wonderful torque, horsepower, mellow exhaust notes, gas prices, air pollution... Wait a second, the new Mini has 204 horsepower, produces 162 ft-lbs of torque at 1 rpm, is completely silent, never needs gasoline and never pollutes. That's more horsepower and torque than either of my cars. If I'm keeping score, that is like the Mini E-4 and my compact cars-0. What's this? The new Mini is capable of a governed 95 MPH and 150 mile range on a single charge....
 
Cadillac CTS-V
Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2008

I always thought Cadillac was the boring luxury car of the United States. There was never much appeal for me to take interest in them. The Northstar was a great performing engine but incredibly hard to work on. Then the front wheel drive platform that Cadillac used since the '80s never ever under any circumstances added to the performance aspect of the car. But Cadillac did one thing well and that was the job of keeping people comfortable, particularly Grandma and Grandpa. But that has all changed. The new Cadillac CTS-V is no longer the Grandma's car for cruisin' but a missile for mischief. In the past, the CTS-V was invariably short of it's competition; always out-handled, out-braked and most of the time the engine was out-performed by cars of similar cost. The new 6.2L supercharged...