I always enjoy driving BMWs. There are many great things about them. But I’ve never had a BMW set my soul on fire the way many other cars do. They’re good fun while I’m behind the wheel, but afterward, I’m all good. There’s no checking Autotrader listings, no contemplating my finances. Fun was had, moving on.
In every way this M2 Comp is very, very good. It’s quite fast, even struggling to put its power down at times. It handles extremely well with direct steering and a solid planted feel from its chassis. It’s DCT gearbox shifts quickly and obediently. It’s comfortable. It was the right color. It sounded decent. There’s nothing bad about the M2 at all. But it just didn’t leave me buzzing when the drive was over.
Continue reading Fun drive, but it left me a little cold. The M2 Competition.
The BMW F90 M5 is like the Millennium Falcon. It’s big and can haul lots of cargo, it has lots of extra features and tech, and it’s also the fastest ship in the galaxy.
Continue reading A Supercar with Massaging Seats, the BMW F90 M5
The BMW i8 is today a lot like the DeLorean was in the early 80s.
While not nearly the political phenomenon the DeLorean was, in the market it occupies the exact same slot: a spaceship-looking car with epic doors that doesn’t perform nearly as good as it looks. In fact, the ratio of the i8’s power compared to the Ferrari 488’s is nearly identical to that of the DeLorean compared to a Ferrari 308.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually really love the i8 for what it is, and I enjoyed cruising around in the sapphire blue one you see above. But the i8’s party piece is its appearance rather than its performance. It’s only about as fast as a stage 2 Subaru, but it will turn as many heads in town as a Koenigsegg, especially in an insane color like this. We actually had a guy push his stroller into a curb because he was so fixated on our i8 just sitting at a red light.
The i8 is really is a concept car you can buy, but it’s more for casual drivers than enthusiasts in terms of the driving experience it offers. Also just like the DeLorean ⛄️
As far as offbeat colors go, this Evergreen BMW M Coupe is up there, especially with its matching green interior. We spoke with the owner and I believe he said it was one of just 16 like it on this Earth. I’ve always loved the Clownshoe and its shooting brake design. BMW took a roadster and made it into a genuinely practical coupe with a unique design. It’s a future classic for sure on style alone, but it’s also a genuine enthusiast’s car from what I consider the end of the golden era for BMW. Values are already climbing.
Enjoy the photos.
Continue reading A very rare Evergreen BMW M Coupe at Radwood Philly
This was the first Radwood event on the east coast, and it was surely one of my favorite events of this year. Radwood is a car-based celebration of 1980s and 90s culture and the stuff that showed up was extremely interesting. I’ll let the highlights do the rest of the talking for now. There’s much more to come. Enjoy!
Continue reading Highlights from Radwood Philadelphia 2018
I love the E46 M3 and I especially love it in Laguna Seca Blue. This one was very nicely modified and it really popped against the exotics and classics at the Scarsdale Concours.
Enjoy the photos!
Continue reading A cleanly modded BMW E46 M3 at he Scarsdale Concours
When I was a kid, my friend’s dad gave me a lift home in his brand new 1999 BMW 740iL. I was blown away by how nice it was to just sit in even as a nine year old. Since then I’ve wanted a BMW 7-Series from this generation. Here, Doug Demuro walks us through the highest end version of the era–the 750iL V12 with the M Sport package. Enjoy the video.
-Albert S. Davis
I love Cars and Caffe because it draws the entire enthusiast spectrum, everything from beater Miatas to classic muscle cars to heavily modified cars to million dollar hypercars. It’s a real show of enthusiasm for the automobile, and there’s no other show quite like it.
I’m a firm believer that car people are largely the same, just at different socio-economic levels. The person in the E46 M3 would be the one in the Ferrari 488 if he had more money, and vice versa if the person in the Ferrari had less money. You can really see that when you go to a show like this.
Naturally, I tend to focus more on the exotics in my photos, despite me being the guy rolling up to the show in a Miata. Rest assured, I’d do the same with a Pagani if I had those sort of means.
Lots of people really love cars, and that becomes crystal clear when you’re at this show. There is hope yet for the enthusiast automobile!
Enjoy the gallery.
Continue reading Highlights from Cars and Caffe at Garden State Plaza Fall 2018
A few weeks ago I was able to make up for lost time by attending the first of two fall Caffeine and Carburetors events in New Canaan, CT. This one, held on the main drag, was not as heavily-populated as some have been in the past, but as it was my first time, I was still very happy to have come up. These are some of my favorite shots of the day and I hope to attend more of these down the road. The next one will be in October, likely late in the month, and will serve as the season finale. Enjoy the photos. Continue reading Mini Gallery of the September 2018 Caffeine and Carburetors at New Canaan, CT
Compact crossovers have taken the American market by storm in epic proportions. Sales of sedans are declining, and sales of luxury crossovers from brands like Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and the like have gone through the stratosphere. Cadillac’s best selling vehicle is the XT-5, the replacement for the SRX. Meanwhile, BMW started working this segment with the first X5 way back in the Bush Administration. Two Presidents and eighteen years later, we face the new X3, a car that I mocked often when it launched in 2004. Now in its third generation, I took the keys to this blue M Sport (as ridiculous as it sounds) and found it to be quite an eye-opener. Continue reading Test Driven: BMW X3 xDrive M40i (Grade: B)
Such an elegant little old sports car. I particularly love it in this green.