Test Driven: 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport

Jeep has the reputation that a good many other brands dream of–durability, reliability, and timeless appeal.  The Wrangler is probably their best-known product, and having never driven one before, I took a chance and grabbed the keys to a brand-new, 2011 Sport model, in red.  While the Wrangler isn’t for everyone, I’ve been appreciative of it for a long time now, and its appeal has not dropped that much even in these times of higher fuel economy and a high demand for safer cars. Continue reading Test Driven: 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sport


Obscure Auto: TVR Cerbera Speed 12

The one actual road-going Speed 12 in existence

This is a mythical machine known to many enthusiasts. Anyone who has played Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport will recognize it as the most insane car that british manufacturer, TVR, ever built. It is the Cerbera Speed 12. People who know it, know of it’s insanity, but few know it’s actual story. We will try and set the record straight.       Continue reading Obscure Auto: TVR Cerbera Speed 12

Forza Motorsport 4


Gumpert Apollo in Autovista

In the past few days, since Forza 4 hit the shelves, I have devoted a rather large, and probably unhealthy amount of time to it. As a young car guy who enjoys video games I was indescribably excited for the game’s release. So after a decent amount of hours played in the game I am ready to share my thoughts.     Continue reading Forza Motorsport 4

Test Driven: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, Al’s Take

There are many an oxymoron in the automotive market.  Some of them include the “car-based pickup” (Honda Ridgeline, Subaru Baja), “sports-activity vehicle” (BMW’s SUVs), and the strangest one of all, the so-called “four-door coupe.”  Mercedes-Benz virtually invented the latter back in 2004 with the new CLS model, a four-door sedan designed to moonlight as an exclusive, stylish personal coupe.  It was a hit with buyers, and Mercedes saw fit to redesign the car for the 2011 model year.  Mercedes-Benz had the top-dog, $100K CLS63 AMG for test drives at Pebble Beach this year, and I was only happy to oblige. Continue reading Test Driven: Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG, Al’s Take

Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale, a small beast with a massive bite

In BBC Top Gear Jeremy Clarkson was amazed at what the Fiat 500 Abarth felt like with 160hp. Well Italian tuner Romeo Ferraris thought that that was still a bit weak, so they upped the ante to 300hp… in that same car the size of a shoe. All of that turbocharged power sent to the front wheel will surely make this thing quite a handful to drive, and it is outfitted as such. The interior looks to be quite racy but somehow they decided a touch of luxury alcantara would be necessary as well. Romeo Ferraris (yes, a name bordering on infringing the rights of two Italian automakers) seems to be a force to be reckoned with. If they are crazy enough to make a Fiat 500 like this, then I can only imagine what they would do with other cars. Be sure to keep an eye on them. More pics below.   Continue reading Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale, a small beast with a massive bite

Toyota and the FT-86: The Wait Goes On

Scion FR-S concept. Although each concept car looks different from the previous one, they share a shape.

While the rest of the world makes sports cars, Toyota is seemingly pretending to make one.  The FT-86 has been on the mind of every gearhead in the world since at least 2008, but since then, Toyota has been constantly tossing the concept into a microwave and pressing Reheat for every car show since. Not many specifications have hit the press, and although a tie-up with Subaru has been announced, not a whole lot is really known for sure about it.  What is going on here? Is Toyota afraid to release this car?  Or will they ever release it? Or is this just a hoax (Just kidding.)? Continue reading Toyota and the FT-86: The Wait Goes On

Secondhand Saint: Toyota MR2 Spyder (2000-2005)

Back when Toyota made really fun cars, the MR2 was their answer to the Mazda Miata.  Low-slung, small, and mid-engined, the MR2 Spyder represented a true sports car configuration for the price of a milquetoast Corolla sedan.  While it never enjoyed the success of the MX-5, they’re a great way to get a little mini-Boxster for a fraction of the price. Continue reading Secondhand Saint: Toyota MR2 Spyder (2000-2005)

Test Driven: 1997 BMW 840Ci

It’s a shark with wheels. I always loved how this car looked when I was little.

It isn’t every day that you find a car in your area that’s one of only 801 like it in the country.  Yet, that is exactly what happened to me, when I was surfing the Internet, an opportunity landed in my lap faster than a hot bowl of soup.  Just around the bend was a 1997 BMW 840Ci—with less than 90K miles under its belt, I decided it deserved a drive. Continue reading Test Driven: 1997 BMW 840Ci

Something is up with BMW’s power claims

1M vs M3

Recently BMW has made a commitment to turbocharging their entire lineup in the name of efficiency. Many enthusiasts are skeptical that this move will serve to improve the cars, but I think otherwise. I have driven a few 335is and can say that BMW has gotten these boosted cars to deliver their power very smoothly. They are a far cry from the more crude turbocharged cars of old that were plagued by excessive lag and sudden onset power that could unset the car’s balance in a corner. These cars seem to be living up to the BMW reputation quite nicely, and have even shown some surprises that BMW executive wanted to conceal on paper in order to preserve demand for their other cars.     Continue reading Something is up with BMW’s power claims

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