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My thoughts on the new VW Beetle

2012 VW Beetle Turbo Edition

The 2012 VW Beetle is exactly what the Beetle needed to be in this day and age. VW has gotten rid of the cute and overly feminine look for a much more mature look that draws much from Dr. Ferdinand Porsche’s original Volkswagen design.   Continue reading My thoughts on the new VW Beetle

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Secondhand Saint: Ferrari F355

The three offerings of F355, the Spider (front), GTS (mid), and Berlinetta (rear). I prefer the GTS because it is a nice middle ground of the three.

This is somewhat of a departure even from the other cars we have featured in this section, but the F355 is a fantastic value if you have the money for it. While it cannot be had for the price of a new Corolla (like many of the other cars we’ve featured), it is one of the most iconic modern Ferraris and it can be had for the price of a BMW 5 series, so it is still a fantastic value.   Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Ferrari F355

Test Driven: Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 Spyder

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.   Continue reading Test Driven: Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 Spyder

Supercar SUVs: only one company can pull it off

Unofficial artists rendering of a Lambo SUV. There are a few out there, but I like this one the most because it looks like an SUV, not like a high riding Gallardo with awkward proportions. It could stand to be a tad more extreme though.

In this craze of high-end manufacturers desiring to build SUVs, there have been many truly despicable propositions. Maserati and Aston Martin are among the worst offenders here, seeing as how an SUV could not be more wrong for each of their portfolios, and to suggest such things as a good idea is in fact a high crime in the car world. For these marques an SUV model would do nothing but water down the brand. There is however one company that should be making an SUV, and that company is Lamborghini.    Continue reading Supercar SUVs: only one company can pull it off

Secondhand Saint: BMW 8 Series (E31)

BMW 8 Series

Quite simply the 8 Series is a legitimate Gran Turismo that can be had for the price of a Toyota Yaris. Lets see, boring econobox that can barely be considered a car or an epic, 150mph, V12, GT car that will make you feel like an utter boss every time you look at it? If fuel economy is your main concern go for the Yaris, but if you like living life in a more extraordinary fashion then this Bimmer may be just the ticket.    Continue reading Secondhand Saint: BMW 8 Series (E31)

The Turbocharged Revolution

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, well over 400hp from only 2.0L thanks to modifications 😉

There are still some people out there who say “there is no replacement for displacement”, then when their large displacement V8 Camaro or Mustang gets blown away by a little 2-liter Lancer Evolution they have a bit of a hard time explaining themselves. The truth is that in the industry there is a very direct “replacement for displacement” and that is a turbocharger. The purpose of any form of forced induction is to give a certain sized motor the power of a larger one. It’s true that a larger motor will make more power than a smaller motor if both have the same turbo/boost level/compression ratio, but that is not how turbos are used in the industry. In reality, they are used to make cars with smaller motors give similar performance to cars with big motors.   Continue reading The Turbocharged Revolution

Secondhand Saint: Chevrolet Corvette C4 LT1/LT4/ZR-1 (1992-1996)

Endless headroom = endless fun.

The Corvette, despite all of the criticism leveled against it over the years, has always been a big favorite of mine.  From the originals in the 1950s to the newest ZR-1, each is unique, yet also somehow the same.  However, one of the ones that got a lot of criticism when it was new, the C4, did improve over its life, and the later models are becoming a serious bargain on the used-car market. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Chevrolet Corvette C4 LT1/LT4/ZR-1 (1992-1996)

Dodge Durango: Nice steak, but sizzle will help.

Me Gusta. Dodge Durango R/T, hauling a monster behind it.

So Dodge redesigned the Durango, and is now selling a hotter version, the R/T. But, with this on the market and getting decent reviews already, Dodge would be insane not to at least make a few prototypes of a Durango SRT8. Continue reading Dodge Durango: Nice steak, but sizzle will help.