Thursday, October 8, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi Evolution X MR Review - The Last Evo

The 2015 Mitsubishi Evolution X MR is the final model year for the Evo. The vehicle features a 2.0L I4 engine producing 291 HP and 300 lb-ft of torque, sent though a sophisticated AWD system called S-AWC which involves an active center differential and a torque vectoring rear differential. The MR features a 6 speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with paddle shifters. 

The Evo X has multiple transmission modes: Normal, Sport, and Super Sport where shift points and shifting speeds are altered. There are also various AWD modes including Tarmac, Gravel, and Snow. 

Other Features Include:
- 710 Watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system
- 10" subwoofer
- 6.1" touch screen
- BREMBO brakes
- Bilstein shocks
- Eibach springs
- BBS Forged Alloy wheels
- Active Yaw Control

MSRP As Tested: $41,805

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Too Much Negative Camber - Wheel Alignment

How much camber is too much? When getting a wheel alignment, what should camber be set to for performance driving? A slight amount of negative camber can increase the amount of lateral grip a car has at the limit, though too much negative camber can result in uneven tire wear, reduced grip, and premature tire failure. 

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat - World's Fastest Production Sedan

The 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat is the quickest, fastest, most powerful production sedan in the world. It features a supercharged 6.2L V8 Hemi producing 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, sent though an 8 speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. Features include a competition suspension, adaptive damping, configurable drive mode, three mode electronic stability control, remote start, and SRT performance information. For under $70,000, it's one hell of a car.

MSRP As Tested: Just under $70,000


2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Review - Impractical, Strenuous, Superb

The Alfa Romeo 4C is an Italian sports coupe with a carbon fiber monocoque matched with a 6 speed twin clutch transmission with paddle shifters. A mid-engine 1.7L turbo I4 produces 237 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle weighs less than 2,500 lbs and is truly a drivers car, with little in the way of everyday drivability. Though incredibly impractical, it's an experience unlike any other road car out there, with manual steering, floor mounted brake and throttle pedals, and exceptional chassis rigidity. 

Options Included:
- Convenience Group
- Leather Interior Group
- Red Car Cover
- Bi-Xenon Headlamps
- Sport Tuned Dual Exhaust
- Forged Dark 5 Hole Wheels
- Battery Charger
- Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
- Red Performance Brake Calipers
- Premium Paint

Base Price: $53,900
MSRP As Tested: $67,395


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

4 Reasons FWD Cars Need Spoilers

Does a spoiler on a front wheel drive car do anything? Why would a FWD vehicle have a rear wing? There are many reasons a spoiler or rear wing can be beneficial, regardless of which tires are driven. A car with a proper rear wing will be able to corner faster, brake faster, and can have reduced lift. 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

2016 Toyota Mirai Review - Are Hydrogen Cars The Future?

The 2016 Toyota Mirai is a zero emission vehicle which is powered by an onboard hydrogen fuel cell. It features an electric motor producing 151 HP and 247 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a 153 HP power output solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell stack. Also onboard are two carbon fiber reinforced hydrogen tanks. 

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Features Include:
- Electronic push-button start with Smart Key
- Noise reducing glass
- 8 way power seats, heated
- Heated steering wheel
- Premium audio with navigation
- Intelligent touch controls for climate and radio
- LED headlamps with automatic high beams feature
- 8 year/100,000 mile fuel cell system warranty

MSRP: $57,500


Sunday, September 20, 2015

2015 BMW i8 Test Drive - Predicting Traffic Lights

The 2015 BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid featuring a turbo 3-cylinder engine producing 228 HP and 238 lb-ft of torque sending power to the rear wheels. At the front of the car, an electric motor supplies 129 HP and 184 lb-ft giving the vehicle AWD control. There's a two-speed automatic transmission up front for the motor, and a 6-speed automatic transmission in the rear for the ICE. Total system output is 357 HP and 420 lb-ft. There's a 7.1 kW lithium ion battery onboard for pure EV driving. 

Built into all new BMWs is the Enlighten App which provides a countdown of traffic lights for when they will turn red/green. An incredible feature that allows for better timing of lights, saves you fuel though improved driving, and gives you peace of mind knowing when the light will change.

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Options Included:
Pure Impluse World Interior
- Black brake calipers
- 20" light alloy wheels
- Alarm system
- Leather engine cover
- Storage package
- Heated front seats
- Headliner in anthracite
- Park distance control
- Ambient lighting
- LED headlamps with cornering
- Active drive assistant
- Head-up display
- Harman/Kardon premium sound
- Enhanced Bluetooth with Smartphone in

MSRP As Tested: $150,095