2015 Cadillac ATS-V to Have 450hp

2015 Cadillac ATS-V to Have 450hp

We have gleamed our first sneak peak at the 2015 Cadillac ATS-V, something that is making a bit of a name for itself as an M3 killer. Well from the specs on this puppy it looks like it might actually have a chance at accomplishing that.

The new ATS-V will be loaded with a 3.6 liter twin turbo V6 pumping out 450hp and 445lb-ft of torque. That’s 25 more ponies than you get in the BMW M3 and almost 40 more lb-ft of torque.

So what else is cool about it? Well, it looks awesome for one thing. Oh, and it also comes available in a proper 6 speed manual transmission. Thank you Cadillac for finally putting a fun gearbox in a fun car! If you dont want that you can get the 8-speed flappy paddle thing – but come on, don’t be a loser.

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Rocket Powered Bicycle Goes 207mph

Rocket Powered Bicycle Goes 207mph

Ho-Lee Shit. Last week a crazy man by the name of Francois Gissy strapped some rockets to the back of a bicycle and went for a joyride around the local neighborhood. The bike was so fast it he was 207mph before he knew it – which was about 4.8 seconds. That’s a world record apparently. Imagine how fast his little legs were churning. 

Not only did it set a world record, it also smoked a Ferrari F430 in a drag race. That’s right, a 20 pound bicycle with a rocket producing 560hp beat a 3,000 pound car with 490hp in a straight line race. Unbelievable! Ferrari better get working on a Batmobile with afterburners.

Anyway, here’s the video of Francois Gissy on his crotch-rocket… literally.

 

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McLaren Builds Car for Common Folk

McLaren Builds Car for Common Folk

That’s right, open your wallet you tight-ass because this deal won’t last forever. McLaren is finally making a car for us Plebeians. What’s that? You’re telling me $200k isn’t affordable? What are you some kind of vagrant?

Ok but seriously, McLaren is supposedly on some kind of new trip to produce a new sports every year starting now, and the 500s (previously thought to be labeled as the P13) is the first amongst them. By McLaren standards, this the car you would find in the bargain bin with DVD’s of The Postman and Green Lantern. But McLaren’s bargain bin is a little too high brow still. Where do they get the ass to call this an “entry level” car?


Ok enough bitching about the price tag. Let’s talk about the car. The engineering, as you always expect from McLaren, is awesome. You don’t really need me to sit here and talk about the engine specs on the car because you have already looked those up on one of 7 billion other car blogs talking about it. It’s going to be fast, it’s going to be low, and it’s going to be sexy. It’s supposedly going to compete with the top Porsche 911′s.

So what do I like about this car? Pretty much everything. There isn’t a whole lot to dislike honestly. And without it being in production yet it’s hard to know more.

But, what makes this car special? What sets it apart from the rest of the herd? As far as I can see it’s just another card in the shuffle of Lambos and Ferraris. I wish there was something unique about it. If I’m going to pay $200k for a toy, it better set me apart from the crowd.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Maybe it will be a complete game-changer. Until then, guess I’ll just piss off.

KIA Builds a Beer and Ice Cream Car Truck Thing

KIA Builds a Beer and Ice Cream Car Truck Thing

This is the only KIA I have ever wanted to buy. Maybe I haven’t given KIA enough of a second chance since early, cheaply made models where master cylinders seemed to crap out as often as my AOL 56k internet. Some of them actually seem pretty decent these days. But they really aren’t that cheap anymore either.

Anyway, enough about that shit. KIA has made a beer and ice cream truck car thing of sorts. I don’t really know what to call it. At the 2014 SEMA show the company revealed these new unique vehicles.

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The beer vehicle is derived from a KIA Sedona and features beer on tap from the Ballast Point, a San Diego-based craft brewery. The vehicle also has restaurant-grade stainless steel counters, extra space for kegs and audio speakers integrated into the roof. Pretty gnarly I admit.

Just look how that man stands behind the bar

 

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The latest version of a creepy ice cream truck is the KIA Smitten Ice Cream Soul EV. It’s painted cherry red with white upholstery inside, and the retro-look vehicle has room for the requisite ice cream maker.

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That’s all I have to say about that.

Nissan IDx Concept Car – Something Radical

Nissan IDx Concept Car – Something Radical

Nissan has rolled out images for its new concept car – the IDx. It’s sporty and retro-looking. Seems to have some resemblance to the Dodge Challenger doesn’t it?

So is thing actually going to be available at some point in the future? It’s been rumored that the project was on the chopping block, but Nissan execs have seemingly breathed life into the project again, stating that a redesign is in the works and it may be modeled more from the chassis of the Nissan Maxima.

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A new sports car would be a welcome addition from Nissan. In my opinion, the Z has long been one of the best cars for the money, and successor to the 370z is set to come out sometime in the next 3 years. If Nissan can offer similar performance with a new look, this will be a cool new roadrunner to consider when looking for a sports car.

 

Flying Car: You Will Hate This

Flying Car: You Will Hate This

Why do I say you will hate this? Well because this is a line of bullshit. This really isn’t much of a car at all. It’s an airplane… that could be driven on the road. Look at it. This is basically just a single turbo prop with folding wings.

Watch the video of this thing. It needs about a half mile to take off. Someone please tell me how this truly qualifies as a “flying car”.

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Apparently, plenty of people are interested in this thing though. At least 100 people have put down $10,000 deposits to get one when it comes out. Did I mention the company that builds the aircraft, I mean car, – Terrafugia – has publicly stated that the car has malfunctions? Oh but they’re minor… just what I like to hear when I’m 30,000 feet in the air.

 

2015 Z06 0-60 in Less Than 3 Seconds

2015 Z06 0-60 in Less Than 3 Seconds

2.95 seconds. That’s how fast the new Chevy Corvette Z06 will accelerate from 0 to 60mph. That’s not quite Bugatti Veyron territory, but let’s be honest… who the hell is going to be able to tell the difference?

You will never drive a Bugatti Veyron. Never. No, it won’t happen. I’m sorry. And neither will I. So don’t think I’m trying to rub it in your face. It’s like asking Mila Kunis to go prom with you (wait, that shit actually happens these days). But, a Chevy Corvette Z06? Well, that’s more like it. And to have a car that doesn’t cost half a million dollars or more doing 0-60 in less than 3 seconds is absolutely fucking phenomenal.

To achieve a time like that you have to opt for the 8 speed automatic. If you go with the 7 speed manual you will end up in the 3.2 seconds range. (Christ, so fucking slow…)

The Chevy Corvette Z06 will go on sale early next year and its starting price will be around $78,000. But let’s be honest you’re going be paying more like 90-100k for this car. Still a bargain for that kind of speed.

I’ll tip my hat to Detroit on this one.

 

Car Payment Late? The Bank Will Turn Your Car Off

Car Payment Late? The Bank Will Turn Your Car Off

A few weeks ago I wrote a post bitching about how much I disagree with the concept of connected cars and how they interfere with our daily freedoms. Well, here is another gem coming out of connected car future.

Over 2 million vehicles have been sold with starter interrupt devices installed on them. This is because, people are taking out bigger and bigger loans in order to purchase cars these days. So the banks are trying to cover their own asses. Hey, they don’t want to lose their shirt either. So now, if you are late on a car payment, you may come out on morning to go to work only to find that your car no longer “works”.

I suppose in some aspects it is no different than having your electricity or gas cut off when you don’t pay your utility bill. But what really gives me the red ass is that car companies and government are invading our lives more and more with these connected cars under the guise that they are for our benefit.

I need to go. I have shit to do. But, if you want to learn more about all this crap check out this article http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/09/car_lenders_use_remote_kill_switch_to_disable_cars_when_borrowers_miss_payments.html

How to Choose A Car For Yourself

How to Choose A Car For Yourself

If you’re one of those people who constantly say about their car “It gets me from A to B”, this article is not for you. I get it, you’re better than me because I’m materialistic and enjoy automobiles for more than just transportation – and what kind of person cares about that? Well, lots of people actually. If you like to rub it in other peoples’ faces that you couldn’t care less what your car looks like, or performs like, or how it makes you feel when you drive it, go down to the local used car lot and find the cheapest car there and buy it. It gets you from “A to B”, right?

Now, if you are one of the self-absorbed jerks who sees cars as a little more than a glorified buggy (like myself), and you are struggling to figure out which car will suit you, then I have a few words of advice for you.

Choose a Car for You

First of all, fuck what everyone else says about a car. Everyone has different preferences about cars and they don’t all line up. I can’t tell you how many times I have rethought my decision on a car because some shitzipper has a condescending passing comment about it. What makes them the expert? If you like a car don’t let other people influence you. Because its a guarantee, that no matter what you think about a car, someone else will have the opposite opinion.

I love hot hatches. I don’t know why, but they have always appealed to me for some reason. I get a lot of shit for this. But you know what? I don’t really care. Because when I get it one of them and start darting around the roads it makes ME happy. And a lot of times, it just takes a single ride along for one of those nay-sayers to change their opinion about it.

Chill out on the Looks

Don’t just choose a car because you think it’s super cool looking and will start turning heads on the streets. Honestly, to really get strangers looking at you, you need to be in 100k+ sports car that most people wouldn’t see anywhere but a car show. OR a classic car that is all but extinct. People see thousands of cars everyday, and even as a car enthusiast, 99% of them won’t get a second glance from me. They’ve all been seen before, yours will be no different.

Don’t Compromise

Having said that about looks, you want what you want. When you start cutting corners on your hobby car, you will find yourself disappointed once the thrill of having a new car wears off. Personally, I like HID headlights. I know it’s a silly thing to care about, but it is one of those things that is important to me. So guess what? When I buy another car, it’s going to have HID headlights. The last thing you want is to be driving your car you’re supposed to love saying “It’s good, but I wish it had….” That’s not the way to do it. Six months later you will be on Autotrader again searching for something else.

Make sure you can afford to drive it

Remember that the price sticker on a car is only something like a third of the total cost. Be prepared for regular maintenance cost and repairs and gas mileage. Plus, if you stretch yourself on the sticker price, you’re going to think twice every time you think about taking the car out for a spin. A car is meant to be driven. It truly does nothing else. A friend of mine blew his savings account on Porsche 911 a few years ago. Gorgeous car and absolutely amazing on the road. He had it for 3 years and guess how many miles he put on it. 600. Yes, 600 miles in 3 years. The rest of the time it sat in his garage while its cover collected dust. What a waste! I’m certainly not a proponent of beating on one’s car, but if you are afraid to take the car out EVER, than there is no point in having it.

Conclusion

No one can tell you what car to buy. It’s a personal choice and you need to choose what makes you happy. Of course you should be wise and take into factual elements into account like mechanical reliability and things of that sort. Remember, you can get a car that gets you from “A to B” and still enjoy it.

 

1963 Porsche 911: Year One

1963 Porsche 911: Year One

Porsche traces its roots back to Volkswagen who wanted to build faster version of the Beetle for racing. When the race never happened, they decided to keep working on the fast version anyway.

The 1963 Porsche 911 debuted as the Porsche 901, but some wet blanket in France said they had copyrights to cars with a 0 in the middle of the name or some crap like that. Anyway, long story short, Porsche just changed the 0 to a 1 and voila we have the iconic Porsche 911.

Check out the original specs:

  • Engine: 6 cylinder Boxer
  • Power: 130 HP
  • Transmission: 5 speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 2,376 lbs
  • Speed: 11.5 seconds

Why am I writing about this? I don’t really know. But it’s a cool car. So piss off.

 

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