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My Top 10 list of cars that defined the past decade

1. Tesla Model S – proved the case for the electric car. Did so in the luxury realm by out-branding and out-performing the established petrol competition.

2. Porsche 991.2 GT3 – proved the enthusiast segment will hold strong for the things they love. Manual Porsche’s should exist forever.

3. VW TDI (Dieselgate) – TDIs were the ultimate enthusiast economy car, great fuel efficiency and fun to drive. You could even buy a brown manual wagon TDI. Too bad VW corporate screwed us all over by lying.

4. Modern Muscle – Horsepower and Handling. Hellcats, ZL1s, and Shelbys. Despite so many people wanting efficient cars, we are currently in the midst of the biggest horsepower war of all time. Cars with 600-900hp are available straight off the showroom floor, and many of them are also among the best handling cars on the market, with incredible performance all around.

5. 911 Reimagined by Singer – taking an old 911 and making it into the best possible version of itself. This model is a likely future for the enthusiast auto industry to revitalize the cars we love when many of them are being discontinued.

6. Ford Focus/Fiesta – the Fiesta ST and Focus ST and RS were incredible. Ford got so much right, but then they suddenly decided we don’t matter to them, dropping the hatchbacks in favor of bitchy little crossovers. Screw Ford.

7. KIA Stinger / Genesis – for brands known for shitty little econoboxes in the previous decade, Hyundai/KIA has come such a long way. Genesis is gaining momentum as a smart luxury brand, the Stinger is competing with the best in class, and the Veloster N won R&Ts Performance car of the year.

8. Hybrid Hypercars – the 918, P1, LaFerrari, and later the Regera. they proved hybrid tech could be used for serious speed and not just MPG.

9. Toyota 86 – proved demand for affordable sports cars still exists.

10. Midsize Performance SUVs – if they’re going to take over, at least there are some fun ones. Macan, SQ5, GLC AMGs, Stelvio, X3/X4M, all are like big rally cars. So if you need to compromise for practical reasons, you have some great options.

Thoughts from the A90 Supra

I spent a little time driving the new A90 Supra for the second time today. I’ve had some time to collect my thoughts now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really enjoy this car a lot.

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What is the point of a Toyota with BMW reliability and running costs?

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That question has been on my mind all day, because looking at the new Supra, I see a lot of BMW parts where Toyota’s build quality really matters (engine, drivetrain, etc). If the Supra shares all of the BMW electronics as well, then this will likely be the most unreliable Toyota of all time. And it’s going to be built in Austria, so you know it will. That’s kinda shitty for a brand who is otherwise the benchmark of reliability and long term quality.

Don’t get me wrong, I love much of what they’ve done with this new Supra, and I’m sure they will deliver a brilliantly executed car on the front end. I like the look, I like its flavor, and I’m sure I’ll love the performance. I drove a BMW X3 M40i and loved it, the Supra has that engine with RWD and over 1,000lbs less weight. It will be fun, no doubt.

But how will these fair a decade or two from now? I’m not that confident.

The Supra’s other massive shortcoming is the lack of a manual transmission option. This is a small 2 seat sports car, not a supercar, not a GT car, not a sedan. It needs a manual to “be all it can be.” End of story. Toyota should at least fix that, and we can all find a way to live with the BMW issues underneath.

I just want to be clear, here. I don’t count myself as a Supra hater. I actually really like the car overall, but I have high standards in a world of increasing compromise. To me, the MKV Supra is a C+/B- as it sits. If they just add a crisp-shifting Japanese manual to the mix it would climb to a B+/A-. To get the full A+ it would need the full bulletproof Toyota build quality, but unfortunately, that just wasn’t feasible in the current market climate.

It’s a good effort, but there is some very clear room for improvement. For most driving enthusiasts, a small sports car with 2 pedals simply isn’t on the menu, especially not for $60 grand when you could have the manual Porsche 997 of your dreams instead.

-Nick

Highlights from Radwood Philadelphia 2018

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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!

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Highlights from the Scarsdale Concours

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We love the Scarsdale Concours because it has a much more relaxed vibe than most other Concours events and while it’s not huge in size, the cars are always top notch. This year did not disappoint. We’ll let the gallery do the rest of the talking.

Enjoy!

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Ferrari F12 next to a Prius in Greenwich, CT

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Like Yin and Yang in perfect harmony, the fast and ostentatious Ferrari F12 sat side by side with the slow and humble Toyota Prius. Two very different lifestyles met to attend the same festival of Automobillia, the Greenwich Concours.

It’s a lovely place.

-Nick

Highlights from the 2018 CF Charities Supercar Show

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Wait I thought this said “Supercar Show?” Yea well, that did happen too, but we got a bit sucked into the autocross part of the event in our own cars. The weather was VERY borderline, but the rain never quite hit until the afternoon. That kept a lot of people away from the show, and thus, there wasn’t much of a line for autocross runs. So we happily enjoyed run after run. I love looking at cars, especially rare and exotic cars, but it still doesn’t compare to the thrill of actual high-performance driving.

We made the most of the autocross, and then checked out the rest of the show when it was time for the crew to have lunch. We were a little on the late side, but even still the turnout looked pretty thin in the show itself. I think the threat of rain scared a lot of people away.

Even still, I got to see two things I’d never seen before. One was a V12-swapped Toyota FJ40 Rat Rod, and the other was all three modern Bugattis lined up together. Chiron, Veyron and EB 110 together in the most exotic sort of harmony. It was incredible, and they’ll have their own galleries coming soon.

Enjoy this brief preview of the show.

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Toyota 200GT at The Elegance at Hershey

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This legendary Japanese sports car, the Toyota 200GT, was one of the stars of The Elegance at Hershey. Its sleek sports car shape is timeless, and its classic reputation will endure as a part of the history of the automobile. It’s always awesome to see this car in person. Enjoy!

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