The sound of a Pagani Zonda

This is a video from back in 04 or 05 of Pagani demonstrating the Zonda F in front of their small factory near Modena, Italy. In my opinion the Zonda F is one of the best sounding cars ever made. Its 7.3L V12 has this high pitched shrieking wail to it that I just cannot get enough of.

-Nick

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Dodge Viper, What’s Next?

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The Dodge Viper is a pure American outlaw designed with nothing but naughty behavior in mind. Since it first came out in the early Nineties, it has established itself as some stiff competition for the Corvette, but with a more exotic and hardcore appeal. Chrysler recently brought production of the previous generation Viper to an end and now the world is eagerly awaiting the release of the next generation. So what do I want to see from the new Viper? Continue reading Dodge Viper, What’s Next?

Spotted! Spooky Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limo, Central Park

Caught just by Central Park (by 7th Avenue), this tan Lincoln limousine looks very unique. Clearly (by the side graphics), it’s an advertisement for some venue with “Spooky Special Effects” located between 57th and 58th Streets, along 6th Avenue.

-Al

Major props to whoever was responsible for the appearance, it’s eye-catching and seriously cool.

The Lexus LFA and its marketing predicament

Lexus LFA

I just read Jalopnik this morning, and Mike Spinelli’s article comparing the Lexus LFA to the Jaguar XJ220 as a market failure, and there are some interesting similarities. Spinelli’s article was a reaction to an article on the motorathority.com by Nelson Ireson discussing the LFA’s market struggles alone. Ireson’s article compares the LFA to the likes of the similarly priced Lamborghini Aventador and Ferrari FF, which have both seen some huge demand. He also looks at the cars development to see if he believes the LFA was worth doing overall. Read their articles in the following links and read my take on the issue below.   Continue reading The Lexus LFA and its marketing predicament

BMW, great at many things, but not everything

BMW X6

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with BMW right now. I’m going to start by saying that everything they have always done well they continue to do at the highest level. The basic M cars, 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7 series cars are all pretty much where they should be, the SUVs as well with the exception of the X6. My problems lie with their attempting to over-segment the market, and how so many of the culprits being just awful cars with little or no purpose.    Continue reading BMW, great at many things, but not everything

On the Subject of Hypocrisy: Honda.

Just in the past two or three years, Honda has lost its mojo.  The S2000, once a respected, yet affordable roadster, suffered from the axe after the 2010 model year.  Since then, the last non-Civic ‘sporty’ Honda has hit the skids.  All we have now is the much-maligned CR-Z—a car that has as much compromises as it does electrons running around in its engine compartment.   Continue reading On the Subject of Hypocrisy: Honda.

Thoughts on the VW Golf R

VW Golf R

So VW have decided the Golf R should come to the US market. The R is basically an up market GTI with AWD and more power, around 265hp on the European models. It is being marketed in the same league as the Subaru STi and the Mitsubishi Evo but offers much more luxury and quality but slacks on performance by comparison. Those of you who play Forza Motorsort 3 may already know about the R and what it brings to the table.    Continue reading Thoughts on the VW Golf R

Front Wheel Drive, My Thoughts On This Love-Hate Relationship

Many folks out there gripe about front wheel drive, and the truth is, there is good reason for it. Take away all the mindless bashing that occurs on forums and look at the physics of it compared to rear and all wheel drive. Simply put, you do not have ANY control over the rear of the car. Both steering and throttle inputs go to the front of the car. This means that if rear of the car becomes seriously loose on ice or in some big maneuver the car will be almost completely uncontrollable. While you can fishtail a little and get away with it, the level of controllability is nowhere near that of a rear wheel or all wheel drive car.    Continue reading Front Wheel Drive, My Thoughts On This Love-Hate Relationship

Mazda MX5, Response to Chris Harris

1993 Mazda MX5 Miata

The Mazda MX5 Miata is one of the most widely loved cars in the world, and it is loved by the masses. Chris Harris, a journalist from the UK whom I greatly respect, wrote his thoughts on the Miata in a recent article (link at bottom). In it he deeply criticizes the car and even goes so far as to say it is not a real sports car. Now, having myself recently just bought an old ’93 Miata off of a friend, I can relate to what Mr. Harris is talking about in some regards, but in others I have to disagree.   Continue reading Mazda MX5, Response to Chris Harris

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