Test Driven: 2007 Honda S2000 (9.5/10)

Honda S2000 (AP2)

When the S2000 came on the scene it was hailed by much of the media as being one of the best affordable sports cars money could buy. Having tried one out, I would have to agree wholeheartedly. The S2000 offers everything you would want from a pure roadster, a lot like a Mazda Miata, but it is a much more serious performance car all around. Honda has a long history of racing and when they decide to really make a proper car, it shows. It is just a shame they don’t make more cars like the S2000, and that they stopped its production altogether in 2009, with no successor yet planned.     Continue reading Test Driven: 2007 Honda S2000 (9.5/10)

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Main Street in Motion: What I think.

Cars lined up for Mainstreet in Motion (in NJ)

In a related article, Nick talked about his experience at Main Street in Motion, an event created by General Motors, in order to show off their lineup and all the improvements they’ve made (or in some cases, not made) over the past years.  It’s worthy to note that, after a quick talk with another patron, that GM used to do these events often, and this was the first time they’d done this in quite some time.  Knowing that, I took some drives and a few observations.  For example, they attempted to get lower-optioned versions of competitor vehicles at any chance they could, with some notable exceptions, which I will get to later.  Also, like Nick said, the entire event was free of charge. Continue reading Main Street in Motion: What I think.

Pagani denied by US over child hating airbags

Horacio Pagani and his creation, the Huayra

I am kind of heated over this. Pagani has done so much work to make the Huayra US legal, and has even put airbags in it for goodness sake. However, because these airbags are not “passenger weight sensing” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has denied the car for road use in our country. Keep in mind this is a seven figure hypercar of which only a small handful are made per year. Pagani says between 6 and 12 Huayras would have been sold to American customers per year. This is not some huge production car that will affect many people at all, and exceptions have been granted for other such “special case” cars; one of which being the Tesla Roadster which has already sold more units than the amount of Paganis in existence. Clearly if they can make an exception for Tesla then is just plain hypocritical of them not to grant a much smaller company a pass as well.

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Obscure Auto: Alfa Romeo 164 Pro-Car

Things aren't always what they seem--looks like a 164...goes like hell.

Most, if not all, car nuts know what the 164 was.  When it was introduced, it became the last non-roadster that Alfa sold in the USA.  However, it has a dirty secret hidden under its bodywork, one that turned this unassuming little Italian sedan into a fire-breathing monster.  Only one was ever built, but it survives to this day–the Pro-Car. Continue reading Obscure Auto: Alfa Romeo 164 Pro-Car

VW is a Bulli

Bulli

The original Volkswagen Bus was the icon of a generation dedicated to peace, free love, and rebellion against the establishment. The Bus served as a fitting mode of transport for such people with its unique design and usability, it served the counter culture lifestyle well. VW’s new concept, the Bulli has a similar appeal to it for modern times.    Continue reading VW is a Bulli

Secondhand Saint: Lexus IS300

IS300 (Front)

Back in 2001, Lexus got a lot more serious about competing with the likes of BMW and Audi, by increasing its model range.  The new IS, on sale in Japan for a period of time as the Toyota Altezza, ended up in the United States as the Japanese answer to the BMW 3-Series.  On the surface, it is structurally very similar to the German, with an inline-six at the front, rear-wheel-drive, and sporty personality.  However, these cars are fast becoming something far greater than Lexus imagined a decade ago. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Lexus IS300

Spotted! 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe, Whippany, NJ

Very nice hot-rod here. Also hard to tell which year it is.

There was supposed to be a massive car show today at the Birchwood Manor in northern NJ today, but due to the threat of thunderstorms, the officials postponed it to next week.  On my way back home, I spotted this slick lime-green 1934 Ford coupe (complete with some nice flame outlines) about to find out that the car show was cancelled.

 

Spotted by: Al

Test Driven: 2011 Buick Lacrosse Lineup vs. 2011 Acura TL FWD

2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS (18 inch rims).

At Mainstreet in Motion at the Meadowlands at the end of July, I was already somewhat familiar with the LaCrosse, having driven one for two laps around the Buick circuit in Philadelphia.  But, I took the opportunity to drive the rest of the lineup during the event in New Jersey, so here’s a few thoughts on it. Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Buick Lacrosse Lineup vs. 2011 Acura TL FWD

Test Driven: 2006 Mazda RX8

Mazda RX8

I have always been a bit hot and cold on the RX8. I always saw it as a downgrade from the FD generation RX7, and I thought it was underpowered, especially when compared to the likes of its competition. I had also heard it had no torque at all and needed to be pushed hard if you wanted to go anywhere at all. Everyone I had ever met who owned one loved it and swore by it as a proper driver’s car, and of course on Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson loved it as well. So, there are a lot of people who like it, but I was left wondering why. I realized the only way I could really finalize my opinion was to go out and drive an RX8, so I did.     Continue reading Test Driven: 2006 Mazda RX8

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid–Not just for environmentalists.

Not too many non-sports cars look good in yellow. This does, though.

So, the Cayenne Hybrid has recently gone on sale.  Some are already saying that it’s heresy, in that it’s not only the Cayenne (which is a Porsche SUV, and such a thing is apparently the Antichrist), but a hybrid as well.  All is not lost, in my opinion, because Porsche lately has been doing many things right, and they’re stepping into the environmental field with the right foot first. Continue reading Porsche Cayenne Hybrid–Not just for environmentalists.

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