Saturday, December 12, 2015

2016 Subaru WRX STI Series.HyperBlue - Review & Test Drive

2016 Subaru WRX STI Series HyperBlue Limited Edition Review & Test Drive. The 2016 Subaru WRX STI Hyperblue is a limited edition with a 2.5L boxer engine producing 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque. This is sent through a 6-speed manual transmission to a driver controlled center differential, DCCD. The STI features three limited slip differentials, with a front helical LSD and a rear Torsen LSD. Major changes for the 2016 model year versus the previous generation include a more rigid chassis, stiffer suspension, torque vectoring, different seats, a nicer infotainment system, more rear leg room, a flat bottomed steering wheel, and a tighter steering ratio.

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

2016 Mazda Mazda6 Grand Touring - Review & Test Drive

2016 Mazda Mazda6 I Grand Touring Review. The 2016 Mazda Mazda 6 is a mid-size sedan capable of 40 mpg on the highway. The Mazda6 is powered by a SkyActiv gasoline 2.5L engine producing 184 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque, routed through a 6 speed automatic transmission to the front tires. Features include 19 inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, rear lip spoiler, 8-way power drivers seat, leather-trimmed sport seats, bluetooth, paddle shifters, rearview camera, advanced keyless entry, 60/40 split folding rear seats, Bose 11 speaker sound system, heads up display, LED daytime running, fog, and taillights, power moonroof, Mazda Radar cruise control, I-ELOOP, lane departure warning, and active grill shutters. 

The Mazda6 has many superlatives as far as how efficient this vehicle is in comparison to all of the other vehicles which I’ve tested. First off, it has the highest highway fuel economy rating of any of the purely gasoline vehicles which I’ve tried out, at 40 miles per gallon. This also gives it the second highest range of any vehicle I’ve tested, at over 650 miles assuming 40 miles per gallon. At an estimated $1,400 per year, it has the lowest annual fuel cost of any non-hybrid vehicle I’ve tested. It’s the most aerodynamic vehicle I’ve tested to date, tying with the GT-R’s 0.26 drag coefficient, however having a smaller frontal area. This is also accomplished with better than average ground clearance for a sedan, at 6.7 inches. The Mazda6, along with the MX-5, has the highest compression ratio of any gasoline engine I’ve tested at 13:1, however unlike the Miata the 6 only recommends regular octane fuel. Finally, the Mazda has the best smog rating of any vehicle I’ve tested, scoring a 9 out of 10, meaning very low nitrogen oxide or hydrocarbon emissions. 

MSRP As Tested: $33,695

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mitsubishi Evolution X - AWD System (S-AWC, ACD, AYC)

How does the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo's S-AWC system work? How does the active center differential work? How does the active yaw control work? What are the different drive modes such as tarmac, gravel, and snow for? What is the torque split of the center differential?

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution features a sophisticated AWD system, using an active center differential to split torque between the front and rear, a helical limited slip differential for the front axle, and active yaw control in the rear as a result of a torque vectoring differential. 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

10 Awesome Car Parts From SEMA - Specialty And Performance Parts Car Show

10 Awesome Car Parts at one of the World's Largest Car Shows: SEMA 2015. SEMA features some of the worlds most amazing cars and incredible aftermarket car parts. Walking the showroom floors, here are 10 parts I found to be particularly cool from an engineering standpoint, including a variable twin-scroll turbo,  exterior gas tanks, external damper reservoirs with fins, the Arial Atom's pushrod suspension, top mounted radiators, exhaust muffler diverter valves, electronically controlled dampers, crystalline IR blocking window film, a burning man car's suspension and inboard brakes, and finally an ice filled barrel intercooler. 


2016 Honda Accord V6 Manual 2DR EX-L - Review & Test Drive

2016 Honda Accord V6 Manual 2DR EX-L Review. The 2016 Accord EX-L features a 3.5L V6 engine matched with a 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 6 speed automatic transmission. The front wheel drive Honda includes a one touch power moonroof, 18" alloy wheels, LED fog lights, LED taillights, automatic headlights, heated power door mirrors, a rear deck-lid spoiler, and remote engine start. 

This car review will cover the interior, practicality, driver ergonomics, engine, cost, driving dynamics and impressions, fuel economy overview, and a 0-60 test. 

MSRP As Tested: $31,745


Thursday, November 12, 2015

2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review - A Love Story

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe features a potent 550 HP supercharged V8 engine and what is quite possibly the best 8 speed automatic transmission on the planet, courtesy of ZF. Shifts are incredibly quick, smooth, and precise. The F-Type features instinctive AWD, a switchable active exhaust system (it sounds amazing), an electronic active differential, and a super performance braking system. 

Options included on the vehicle tested include the Carbon Ceramic Matrix Braking System with 20" forged alloy wheels, carbon ceramic rotors, and yellow calipers for a cool $12,000. Other options include illuminated treadplates, the suedecloth interior pack - R, and the vision pack 3 which includes adaptive front lighting, front sensors and rear parking camera, and blind spot monitors. 

MSRP As Tested: $128,695.00


Friday, November 6, 2015

The Best Minivan Review Ever - 2016 Kia Sedona

The 2016 Kia Sedona. The best review of a minivan. The Kia Sedona packs 7 or 8 people, features a V6 engine with 6 speed transmission, and has plenty of torque for hauling all of your stuff. Features are endless: heated and vented front seats, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, 360 degree camera system, keyless push button start, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic power windows all around, power lift gate, tri-zone climate control, front and rear parking assist, chrome wheels, nappa leather seat trim, driver seat position memory, yes it’s got it all. 

But what else can the Kia offer? How about reclining rear seats? The only other vehicle I’ve had this nice of a seating position in the rear seats is a $200,000 Maybach S600. Dual sunroofs. Well what if you’d like to chauffeur and want the ability to open and close the doors for the rear passengers? Yep, you can do that. It also features a completely hands free power liftgate. You simply stand next to the back with the key in your pocket, and it opens up for you, no fumbling required. When you put the car in reverse, on top of the ridiculous number of cameras and available views, the side mirrors automatically tilt downward to help with backing up or parallel parking. 

While I'm not saying the Kia Sedona is the best minivan out there, it certainly does have an abundance of features and offer a nice, compliant ride. I set out with the goal of creating the most interesting minivan review ever. Undoubtably not that challenging, since competition is rather... mundane. 

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