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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.

 

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.

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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

Connected Cars: Destroying Your Driving Experience

Connected Cars: Destroying Your Driving Experience

Cars kill people.

Well, not exactly. Bad driver’s inside cars kill people. Women playing with their hair and putting on their makeup at 60mph. Guys changing their fantasy football lineup as they merge into traffic. People do stupid things. That, for sure, will never stop.

So the idea of connected cars sounds great doesn’t it? They tell you when you’re drifting across a center line. They automatically stop when you get to close to an object in front of you. But it doesn’t end there.

Governments around the world are enforcing stricter laws on newly manufactured cars. By 2015, all cars in Europe must be equipped with eCall, which dials emergency services when an accident has been detected. Laws in the U.S. are soon to follow. And the latest trends are now moving toward cars that are fully connected and drive themselves from point A to point B. Paranoid of drones? We are becoming them.

On surface, the good parts of something like this are highlighted. Less accidents, better fuel efficiency, less traffic. But what happens when you actually want to drive your car? Want to find that open road to open up the V8 for a few thrilling minutes? Well, be prepared to have your cars power cut to stay under the speed limit. Like cranking the tunes on a road trip? Get ready for a rocking “safe” volume to max out with. The more connectivity cars gain, the more freewill we lose.

And what happens when we lose power in the middle of a dinosaur park??? Somehow “Oh shit” doesn’t quite say it. A few lawyers are bound to be shredded.

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But it’s not just our driving experience that suffers. Connected cars bring a whirlwind of other problems into the picture.

High Security Risk

Earlier this year BBC released information on a study that proved the extremely high security risk of cars that are networked together. The connection devices are made by third parties, not the car manufacturers, and when pressed about the security of their systems these companies did everything possible to hide their results. The full article from BBC can be seen here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28886463

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New Infrastructure Needed

Roads and parking lots will need rebuilt and heavily modified to make connected cars function properly. I wonder where they will get the money for that? It’s probably in your pocket.

Mobile Contracts

Connected cars will need to be paired will mobile services to make them function. Which means, getting the wonderful phone services we all love involved. Want to sell your car after a year? Too bad, you’ve got a contract for 3 years with Verizon.

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But let’s be honest, the real problem here is that we are losing our freedoms. It’s a privilege to be able to drive a car. If you have earned it, you should have the ability to drive in the manor you like. And if you violate the laws then that’s your fault and you will suffer the consequences. Maybe we should concentrate on getting people to be more responsible when they’re behind the wheel. But when we start turning cars into trains, how long before our lives are dictated in other ways? Everything has risks and repercussions that could ultimately lead to injuries, illness, fatalities. But if we are supposed to deny ourselves every pleasure in life for the sake of being “safe”, life’s not much worth living anyway.

Or maybe I’m just cranky.

 

 

Frankenstein’s Monster: Classic Porsche 911 Overhaul

Frankenstein’s Monster: Classic Porsche 911 Overhaul

Before we talk about any other shit, we need to address what’s really important about the Porsche 911 of the 70′s. Who drives them.

Let’s start with the list:

Ralph Lauren – Dousche

Jerry Seinfeld – Likeable Dousche

Richard Hammond – Hard not to like

Rowan Atkinson – Mr. Bean

Christ, even Bill Lumbergh drives a 911…

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All joking aside, the Porsche 911 of the early 70′s was one of the best sports cars ever made – before regulations and government caused Porsche to modify their engine. This essentially made the Porsche 911, less Porsche-like. Less fun, less grunt. And sadly, these early Porsches are becoming harder and harder to find.

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Luckily, a company named Singer Vehicle Design, has figured out a way to breathe life back into the Porsche monster – and the result is incredible. They use a process called “backdating” where they start with a modern car, strip it down to the essentials, and build it back up as an “old” car. In this case the new car is a ’89-94 Porsche 964. It gets stripped down and rebuild with a carbon fiber body, 360hp engine, and is scary fun to drive.

The downside: if you don’t have a 964, you probably won’t be getting Frankenstein’s Monster either – since they create these based on owners bringing them in. The good news is, you will save yourself $500,000 and an 8 month waiting period while they build the damn thing. That’s a lot of cheese.

But if I had the money, would I get one of these things? Absolutely. And no, I won’t be working this weekend.

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