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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.

 

Bang for Buck Nissan 370z FTW

Bang for Buck Nissan 370z FTW

Son of bitch!

Those were my words as I was car shopping on Auto Trader this weekend. Why? Because I kept coming back to the same inevitable conclusion: the Nissan 370z is far and away the best bang for buck sports car.

Why I am upset by this fact? Because I have already owned a 350z and I want something different. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed my 350z which is probably why the 370z is such a great buy.

So let’s say you’re in the market for a sporty looking two seater with ample interior amenities (to remind you that you don’t live in Tajikistan) and some power to remind you that you still have a pulse. Now, if you’re on an unlimited budget than you have nothing to worry about and your options are pretty much endless. But if you’re like the rest of us, you aren’t wanting to blow your life savings on your new toy.

What you get in the 370z:

Looks: In my opinion, it’s a great looking car. Yes, there are prettier cars and everyone has their opinions on it and I have heard plenty of people say they don’t like the look of it. Well, everyone likes something different.

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Engine: 332 hp V-6 Naturally Aspirated

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Interior: Leather seats, cluster gauges, and a bit of plastic

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Price: You can find 2010 models for around 20k and change

All-in-all, you get the looks, you get the fun, you get the feeling of a more expensive interior. Now what other cars can you compare with it?

The Competitors

ZeeĀ Germans

Well, the Germans will price you out of the market and give you less power – BMW Z4, Mercedez-Benz SLK, Audi TTS, Porsche Boxster/Cayman – all more expensive and less powerful. Granted, you will get some nicer amenities and some smoother rides, but is that really what you buy a sports car for?

The Americans

The Americans? The Corvette is great and will eat the 370′s balls off in the straight. But to get into the 20k price range you’re looking at a car 5-6 years older. Plus, the interior looks like something they pulled out of a 1997 Suburban.

Pontiac Solstace? Let’s not get carried away.

Other Japanese

Other Japanese? Well the Miata MX-5 is super popular, but it doesn’t have the pull you get from a 332hp engine and interior is a bit lacking.

Honda S2000 – I hate the interior on these things, and you will be surprised of the price tag you find on even older models.

Now you could argue that cars like the Mustang, Challenger, Camaro, BRZ, and Evo all give it a run for its money. But then you’re crossing into 4 seaters and muscle cars – which is fine if that’s what you’re looking for.

The sad thing is, the new 370z is not worlds different from the 350z. It’s essentially the same car with a few improvements and more ponies. And that’s disappointing part. Which is why I keep repeating the phrase “Son of a bitch!”

 

 

Convertible 2 Seater Cars: Stop Making Us Feel Like Girls

Convertible 2 Seater Cars: Stop Making Us Feel Like Girls

Let’s be honest, most of the time when you find yourself driving around in a 2 seater convertible you find yourself feeling a bit emasculated. Don’t deny it because you know it’s true. You can say that you’re comfortable with yourself and you don’t care what people think, but as you drive around with that smirk on your face feeling proud of your little roadster, in the back of your mind you think “Do I have a vagina?”

It makes sense too. Unless you want to drop huge dollars on a 2 seater car (and sometimes even if you do), your options don’t give you much in the way of manliness.

Mazda Miata MX-5

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It’s not a bad looking car and is actually pretty fun to drive. But it’s underpowered and so ubiquitous people will be assuming you’re having a mid-life crisis and accidentally bought a chick car.

Nissan 370z

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Lot’s of horsepower, nice exhaust note, has a little grunt. But my God, that rear end is hideous.

BMW Z4

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This is a beautiful car, and no doubt 100 times improved on the manly scale from it’s predecessor with its rounded, curvy style. But again, it lacks the power to really give it the grunt.

Mercedes-Benz SLK350

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Another great looking car – top up or top down. But good luck finding one of these with a proper gear box. Hint: you won’t. What the hell kind of sports car doesn’t come with a manual gear box option??

Porsche Boxster

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Great looking car, great driving car. But somewhere along it became cliche to drive a Boxster. As if you were someone trying to say “I’m better than you because I drive a Porsche, but I could only afford the entry level one”

Now, if you want a 2 seater sports car that won’t make you question your manhood as you drive through town, something like a Corvette might do the trick for you. And maybe some of these other car manufacturers could take a note from Chevy. Granted, the interior of Corvettes have historically been hideous, and the build quality not quite up to snuff, but there is no lack of energy and aggression in these things.

And that’s the problem with so many 2 seaters. They’re built with aesthetics in mind before athleticism and sport. For the weekend cruiser who wants to be seen with their top down and their Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses on as they drive to the organic food market. These cars out of touch with reality.

To be fair, we all know there are plenty of female car enthusiasts who would appreciate improved cabriolets. Because they don’t want to be pigeon-holed as a miniature-dog-carrying, daily-salon-tanning, unemployed shopaholic.

More power, more aggression, more options for the true car enthusiast and less for the Kardashian wannabe’s.

 

Comfy Cruisers: Best Road Trip Cars

Comfy Cruisers: Best Road Trip Cars

Some of our lives require a lot of time in the car. Visiting relatives, long distance relationships, driving around for work… whatever the case, the hours cushioned fabric squishing our cushioned asses really start to add up. When you’re driving 15 hours of interstate the last thing you need is a plastic seat with the suspension of a wooden roller coaster. You need something smooth and silky. Something that reminds you of being in your recliner back home so you can pass out with your mouth open and careen into oncoming traffic.

Seriously though, if your looking for a road trip car, you need something that will absorb road and not fight you to drive it.

Well, that’s an easy answer! Just get a Bentley or a Rolls!

**** off, guy. We’re talking about cruisers you can actually afford. And if you CAN afford a Bentley or a Rolls, what the hell are you doing reading this blog?

Alright enough bullshit. Here we go.

5. Nissan Maxima

There is a lot to love about the Nissan Maxima. It’s roomy, it’s comfy, it’s got a 300hp engine. I know what you’re thinking; “Why wouldn’t you just go with the Infiniti M37 or Q70?” Well, that’s a fair question because afterall, Infiniti is Nissan’s “luxury” line. But to be honest, the interior of the Nissan is just as good. Both come standard with sunroofs, leather upholstery, and power seats. Both have a fantastic entertainment system and premium sound system.

The difference is, the Maxima starts around $35,000. The Infiniti starts around $49,000. To me the choice is obvious: Maxima

4. Buick Verano

Yes, when we think of Buick we think boring old man who needs his walking stick to get out of the car. (A walking stick with a mosquito fossilized in amber?) No.

But anyway, this car contains all the features you look for in a luxury car. Soft suspension, cruise control, auto A/C… you know all that old man shit. But isn’t that what you want when you’re in the car for hours on end? And, the interior is actually pretty nice and Buick has worked pretty hard to improve the exterior styling of their cars.

The best part, it starts around $23,000.

3. Volkswagen Touareg

The nice thing about having a “luxury” SUV is that you get the extra space for all your girlfriend’s suitcases. I use the term “luxury” because VW isn’t really a company portraying itself as a luxury car. But the VW Touareg has come a long way since it was first introduced and is actually built on the same chassis as the Porsche Cayenne (right, because VW owns Porsche).

Anyway, although it’s built on the same chassis as the Porsche, it has been tweaked to be a more comfortable for long cruises rather than lap times. The interior is also pretty lavish.

2. Mercedes-Benz S550

Well, the price tag goes a little bit here. But so does the comfort level. The Merc’s suspension is one of the most comfortable you will find on the market today. Afterall, Mercedes caters to people whose bones are crumbling right?

But you also get some power with a 380hp engine. So you won’t be late for your mother’s chicken pot pie you fat bastard! Sorry.

However, be ready to shell out some cash for this sucker. The 2015 models are going for about $120,000. That’s a lot of cheese… You can however pickup a model a few years older, say a 2011 or 2012 with low mileage for about $50-60k. Still a lot, but a huge discount.

1. Audi A6

This really is a beauty of a car. Audi has consistently churned out interiors that are top of the line and this one takes it to the next level with tons of tech toys and incredible sound and entertainment at your fingertips. It come standard with a 2.0 turbocharged engine or an optional 3.0 with an 8 speed automatic. Dropping yourself into this car is about the next best thing to putting your bed in the back of a truck and sleeping the whole way.

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2014 Mini Cooper S – Bigger is Better… Right?

2014 Mini Cooper S – Bigger is Better… Right?

Although the 2014 Mini Cooper S is not so mini anymore, it’s still a great car to drive and will give you tons of thrills while doing so. The first time I saw this car in person I thought “what the hell did they do?” The nose is long, the overall lenth 4.5″ longer than the previous year. It’s wider – 1.7″ to be precise. It seemed to have lost that luster of a super compact car that can still whip your ass around.

But then you go inside. You drop into that familiar Mini interior with the tach front and center and the oversized circular gauge in the center. Except… it’s roomier. The size increase actually serves a purpose. The front and rear seats both have more room and the luggage space is increased by 50%.

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Pretty gnarly.

But the best part about the Mini S remains the drive. You probably aren’t going to win a lot of drag races against muscle cars, but honestly, you won’t give ****. Whipping this still-little car around some curvy mountain roads will put a ****eating grin on your face until you go careening off a cliff.. and even then you might still be smiling. This car is unbelievable fun.

My favorite thing about the Mini S is the styling. When they launched the new Mini over 10 years ago, they held true to the style of the 1960′s Mini. And all that style brings back the racing pedigree of the Mini S – which won the Monte Carlo Rally 4 times. I think James May might have said once “Everyone should own a Mini. You’re not a complete driver until you do”.

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Let’s keep something in mind here: no matter what car you find, it still has faults. The Mini Cooper S has it’s faults, but I think the benefits far outweigh them.

No, it’s no longer British. – But seriously, who cares?

Yes, you could buy a GTI or Fiat Abarth instead. But the GTI in my opinion is too Vanilla in it’s looks. The Abarth is a pretty cool little car, but I think the styling could use some work in the upcoming years. And it’s even tinier than the Mini.

In the end, does anyone care about my opinion? Probably not.

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