Aaron Robinson of Car and Driver in his review of the new 2015 VW Golf TDI with DSG transmission has a tough “Dummkopf” policy for folks who accidentally put gasoline in their diesel: “Should you accidentally fill your TDI with gasoline, the car sends a signal to Germany and you are denied future entry to the country on the grounds of being an idiot and a menace to the nation’s rental-car fleet.” Excellent jab Aaron … folks filling up will think twice now! 🙂
The F-22 Raptor is the most technically sophisticated jet fighter in the world since it’s debut in 2005, and a cost approaching 500 million dollars per plane, it should be. But it lacked one thing: live combat experience. With the bombings in Syria yesterday, it now has that combat experience, and apparently passed it’s initial sorties with flying colors
Automobile’s Jason Cammisa does an excellent job in his classic car review of one of my favorite all-around cars the 1985-89 Toyota MR2. This mid-engine 2-seater was owned by one of my best friends and could handle like it was on rails. Given it’s performance, outstanding handling, and great gas mileage along with Toyota reliability, it is one of the all time performance bargains.
22 year old college student Devonne Duerbaum provides this “First Person” perspective (with help from AJ Baime of WSJ)of the bond between a Dad and his daughter via an unusual subject: Ducati Monster 696 Motorcycle.
Peter Bohr of Road & Track does a classic car review of the “Anti-911” Porsche 944/968 produced from 1983-95. The precursor to this car was the 924, which debuted in 1976. The main issue with the 924 was performance: It was powered by an anemic VW/Audi 4-cylinder engine lacking the performance expected from a Porsche. The 944/968 solved that when Porsche developed a new engine which was essentially half of the powerful V8 engine in the 928.
A new 5 passenger Honda just made it’s initial voyage, but it’s slightly different this time: It flies! The first HondaJet took off from Greensboro, NC and flew for approximately 84 minute flight. It’s went as fast as 400 mph and flew as high as 15,500 feet. For approximately 4 million dollars this single pilot plane can be yours!
Hennessey Performance is led by John Hennessey, who singular goal in life appears to be to produce the fastest cars on earth. The Venom GT (aptly named) is the end product of this obsession, and for a cool 1 million dollars US, it can be yours.
Kelley Blue Book’s Micah Muzio instructs his KBB cohort Leigh Anne Sessions in the proper way to slide a car sideways. Very impressive destruction of not 1 but 2 sets of rear tires!
As many of you know, BMW has moved the two door version of their 3-series to a new 4-series line. Which means the performance version of the coupe is the M4, while the sedan stays with the M3 label. Confused? Don’t be … Car & Driver reports only 10 lbs difference between the cars with the performance essentially identical (0-60 in 4.0 seconds), all for only $62,295 for 6-speed Manual … and make mine in Sakhir Orange Metallic: