Drive’s J.F. Musial goes to Fisker Automotive in California to try out the Karma, and get some fantastic insights from company founder, Henrik Fisker. Listen to what he says because he is absolutely right about the future of cars, and the need for something like the Karma to keep our roads interesting. Not to get all political, but Mitt Romney said Fisker was a failure, and seeing this I would have to ardently disagree. Enjoy.
This is my Mom’s Volvo S80, and it seems very boring. It is beige, one of a few selectable shades of beige, and it looks just like every other Volvo on the road. Volvos are known for very solid build quality as well as their huge emphasis on safety; they are great cars but they generally aren’t synonymous with the term “exciting”. Looking at this S80 you can see the design is very conservative, and while it does have clean lines it is still basically the same exact car Volvo has been making for years. It would seem then that this S80 is just a continuation of mundane motoring from Volvo, and hardly worth a second look. However, after 9 years with this car, I can tell you that is definitely worth a second look because this beige Volvo has some extra tricks up its sleeve. Read the rest of this entry »
On paper, Hyundai’s Genesis sedan is one of the best values available on the market. It is aimed at the likes of the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series, Lexus GS, and Infiniti M however it vastly undercuts all of them on price. In fact the entire Genesis line begins and ends (with their top of the line 5.0 R-Spec) below the starting price of the most basic Mercedes E-Class. That’s correct, for around $2,000 less than a bare bones E350 with a puny 282bhp V6 you can have a 5.0L V8 with 429bhp in your Genesis, surely a serious value. So, on paper it all looks totally legit, but for me, the real question is this: is the Genesis a legitimate competitor in this segment as a car without considering its value for money, or is it just a car you would only buy if you wanted some luxury but couldn’t afford the real deal? Read the rest of this entry »
Of the six cars I drove on the Gotham tour the one I would want in my driveway has to be the Gallardo LP-560 Spyder. It offers all of that supercar feel, speed, performance, and image, but with none of the drawbacks of the Murcielago. Although because it lacks some of that outrageous idiocy, it is very different than its bigger brother for better and worse in various ways, but as a car, that will be driven in the imperfect and chaotic world, it is far better. Read the rest of this entry »
Hot hatchbacks represent one of the market’s easiest ways to get into a brand-new sporty car without paying an exorbitant price. Although the segment has expanded drastically over the years, Volkswagen is still the company that seems to win every single comparison test. The GTI is the yardstick by which the others are measured, and I decided that I should go and find out why. Read the rest of this entry »