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Toyota AE86 Corolla GTS
Posted Monday, December 3, 2007

We test out an AE86 coupe in the canyons of Arizona. This being the first time that either of us have driven this car with any real intention, we quickly find out what all of the hype is about. With a small 1.6 liter engine, and a fully tuned suspension this car manages to make short work of the canyons....
 
BMW 1 Series
Posted Thursday, October 18, 2007

BMW 1 Series: On sale in the spring of 2008, the 1 Series Coupe will be available in two versions; the 128i and the 135i. Powered by a 3.0-liter, 230 horsepower inline 6-cyinder engine that generates 200 lb-ft of torque, the 128i Coupe will feature Valvetronic valvetrain management and aluminum/magnesium construction—core elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics. The powerful 135i Coupe features BMW’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower and an incredible 300 lb-ft of torque from as low as 1,400 rpm. With its direct piezo gasoline injectors, twin low-mass turbochargers and air-to-air intercooling, optimum performance and economy is achieved with no loss in engine response. For the 135i Coupe, acceleration from 0-62 mph is accomplished in...
 
F** Front Wheel Drives!
Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FUN FRONT WHEEL DRIVES (I bet you weren't thinking FUN): Allen: Let me just preface this by saying I'm not a big fan of front wheel drive cars. This took quite a bit off internal fortitude to actually admit that there are a few front wheel drive cars that I actually like. Honestly, just two out of the many front wheel drive cars I have driven. Granted, there are probably others that are just as fun to drive as these but these I have driven and can vouch for. Also, these are the only one I have actually really, and I mean really, enjoyed driving. The first is, as you can tell from the picture, the Mini Cooper (S model shown.). This is like driving a go-kart. You look in the direction you want to go and it goes there. The one I drove wasn't even the S model so I can only...
 
In the Niche: (Part 1)
Posted Monday, October 29, 2007

Allen: Where have all the rear wheel drive (RWD) economy sport compacts coupes gone (maybe this market is a little too specific)? Are they gone for good? If you haven't figured out by now I'm a big fan of oversteer and not the kind that involves your "good friend" the E-brake, Austin. I've been keeping up with concept cars that are being produced in the past few years in hopes that they will fill this "Niche market", like the Saturn Sky or Pontiac Solstice when they were still concepts. It turns out that GM decided to make them convertible roadsters, sadly. With the demise of the beloved Nissan 240sx in 1998 there has been nothing to fill the void. Nothing for me to hope to drive sideways and still get the 28 miles per gallon while cramming (And I do mean CRAM.) my family, friends,...
 
The Man Sedan (part Austin)
Posted Monday, November 26, 2007

So I was reading Allen's post on "manly sedans" and the same thought kept popping into my mind, "Why are sedans so UNmanly?"I am a man and I think that sedans are great cars simply because they are more functional than a coupe. They can hold friends or family members, they are good for hauling stuff, and with a little creativity and sometimes help from a nice manufacturer, you can have LOADS of fun in them. I personally drive a 1997 Nissan Sentra. It is not a good sedan. It has 1.6 liters of dull permeating its bright green exterior. It is not a fun drive. While it is reliable, Allen was writing about was the funnest, most entertaining sedans, and its a hard sell. Generally speaking sedans are sold for their function, or their class, but not so much for their character. If...
 
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...
 
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...
 
Review: Infiniti G35 Coupe
Posted Monday, December 29, 2008

This was a pretty fun review to film as we had access to a closed private four lane road that was fairly new and about 2 miles long. Unfortunately timing was short and we didn't get all of the shots we were hoping for. As a result this film has been sitting for a year now and is just now being released during Ketchup Week 2008....
 
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I had to put a post on the upcoming Genesis Coupe (GC).  This has been a long anticipated car for me and a step in the right direction for Hyundai.  There are simply not enough affordable rear-wheel-drive sport coupes on the market today. Plus, if Hyundai can make one why can't other companies like Toyota (That is my shameless request for Toyota to come out with a new sports car.) The Genesis Coupe has the combination of looks that are reminiscent of Hyundai's no longer produced 2008 Tiburon,  but the GC has a more ominous feel.  It has the looks of a bee.  They look cool but you really don't want to be messing with it our you might get stung.  Stung by what though?  Hyundai is know for economic cars and low horsepower engines. <img class="alignnone...
 
Genesis Coupe Commercial
Posted Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Who didn't watch the Super Bowl?  Who caught the Genesis coupe commercial with Rhys Millens?  I know I did and it was awesome.  So those of you who some how managed to fall off the face of the planet and missed this check it out at: http://www.hyundaigenesis.com/coupe I can't wait,  in a few months I'm going to Hyundai to test drive one.  While your at it try to edit your own commercial. Here's mine: http://www.hyundaigenesis.com/coupe/default.aspx?OpenUrl=http://hyundai.realitydigital.net/clip.aspx?key=9998B4CCABBEC86C...
 
Honda S2000
Posted Thursday, February 5, 2009

Time to pay homage.  Honda announced last week, this is the last year of the S2000 roadster; a brilliant car that ran a 10 year stretch.  I for one am sad to see such a keen car be removed from Honda's dependable but fairly boring line-up.  That's not to say that Honda is a bad company but the only other sporting oriented car they have is the Civic SI. The S2000 roadster is almost a perfect combination of sport, handling and fun.  It is a tribute to the company to pull 237 HP out of a 2.2L engine without forced induction and still maintain dependability.  If you've ever driven one you know. I had the privileged of driving a 2002 s2000 with the 2.0L f20c engine with 240 horsepower (all stock just smaller displacement than the later model S2000).  It wasn't too spectacular below...
 
2009 Chevy Cobalt SS
Posted Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I haven't been terribly interested in Chevy's compact car, the Cobalt.  The styling is so reminiscent of a beached whale except the whale has a better tail fin.  But some how, some way, the Cobalt has caught my attention.  At least the SS model has. Looks aren't everything especially when you have the horsepower and handling to put the Honda Civic Passer-by-er in his place. What's caught my eye with the Cobalt SS?  The engine, the power-train, the price and the performance.  The SS is equipped with a dual overhead cam 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injected Ecotec engine capable of  260 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque.  Yeah, that's not a small number for a compact car.  You get all that and 22 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway. And just cause you...