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BMW M1 Concept Car

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, mercedes with tags , , , on April 30, 2008 by lee76

The M1 Hommage concept (left) with the original production M1 (middle) and the original M1 concept (right).After Mercedes produced its SLR McLaren and Audi its R8, one would expect BMW to join the supercar fray.  Hell, anything with Mercedes’ twin-turbo torque-monster V12 runs like a supercar.  Well, BMW is finally taking steps in the right direction: behold the M1 Hommage concept car.

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Great Track Cars

Posted in 'stang, acura, audi, bmw, camaro, cars, competition, ferrari, mitsubishi, porsche, Track Events with tags , , , , , on March 18, 2008 by lee76

I’ve always said, “Need to get out to the track,” or “Gotta go to one of those high performance driving schools the Club does.”  Yeah, yeah.  Well, I did it.  Now I’m addicted.  Here’s the problem, however.  I have a car that cost almost fifty grand, and it would be the only thing in my current sparse stable I could take out to the track that could “hang.” I really don’t want to replace the brakes, the brake fluid, the tires, possibly the rear floor (Mike?), my bank account, my ego, my engine (hey look, anyone is at risk of money-shifting).  So I’ve been looking for a track car.  Something that can be modified with a proper roll cage if I get that that far into it; something that I won’t care if I ding up.  My results are set forth below, and they are just off the top of my head.  Feel free to add more cars via “comments”: Continue reading

Used All Wheel Drive Rides

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, mercedes, mitsubishi, subaru with tags , , on March 4, 2008 by lee76

As promised, here is the review of some used all wheel drive cars.  Many of these can be had for fairly reasonable prices, some are still quite dear, and others, well let’s say you wouldn’t want your friends to catch you driving them, but they’re still loads of fun.  I didn’t include the obvious Subarus and Mitsus.  It is indeed possible that your experience is different, but I haven’t seen a used Subaru or Mitsu that wasn’t beat to hell.  I’m sticking to the Germans on this one, with one exception.

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All Wheel Drive Rides at Reasonable Prices

Posted in acura, audi, bentley, bmw, bugatti, cadillac, cars, competition, infiniti, lexus, mercedes, mitsubishi, porsche, subaru, Uncategorized, volkswagen with tags , , on February 26, 2008 by lee76

I must say, with so many good all wheel drive cars out there today I almost don’t know where to begin.  Almost.  This post may evolve over time, and as always, I welcome additions and comments (especially from any of you rally people–yes that means you, Satch).  Let’s go… Continue reading

Audi R8…

Posted in audi, ferrari, porsche with tags , , , on February 25, 2008 by listmaker

What can I say about this work of art that hasn’t already been said?  This thing is unbelievable to look at, especially with the stainless, silver, or carbon “blades” on the sides.  Get it in dark grey with the silver or even carbon blade.   I thought the superbowl commercial was dead-on, as well.  This car is really going to put Audi back on the map especially as a real alternative to Porsche (despite Porsche’s threatened cross-pollination with VAG).  I’d love to see the planned RS8 go up against the Porsche 997 Turbo and Ferrari 430 in a head-to-head competition.  I just bought a Powerball ticket.

REVIEW: Best Luxobarges Over $65K

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, infiniti, lexus, maserati, mercedes with tags , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2008 by listmaker

I was also asked to rate the bigs, and here are my impressions in no particular order: 

LEXUS
Lexus LS460 and LS460L.  It will be a fairly reliable car, with an excellent quiet ride, lots of luxury goodies and a lot of wowee-neato electronic features that actually work quite well. The 4.6l 380bhp V8 and 8-speed auto work well together; all those gears really do improve performance and economy. Yet it’s handling leaves a lot to be desired, it is boring, and its braking performance is actually quite atrocious: it’s 70-0 distance was about 30 FEET LONGER than the next competitor. It was even longer than that of an Escalade. 30 feet is huge when you’re trying to stop. Figure paying about $68K-$75K for one with decent options. Lexus Site

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Infiniti M35/M45, which is going to be smaller than the Lexus. Both cars will be fairly reliable, comfortable, and user-friendly, especially in the navigation and climate control interfaces; the interior is also quite understated and tasteful.  Performance-wise, the car has had rave reviews with good handling and a gem of an engine with the V8.  The VQ 3.5 and 3.7 literV6 is good too, but starts to sound like a John Deere at high revs. Downsides are that the car may not be as big as you want, and Nissan does have some occasional reliability issues. Pay about $46K for the V6 and $56K for the V8 with decent options, but again, I’m afraid the biggest Infiniti is still a little too small.  Infiniti Site Continue reading

REVIEW: Best New and Used Luxury Cars Under $50K

Posted in acura, audi, bmw, cadillac, infiniti, lexus, mercedes, reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2008 by listmaker

I was asked to render soem advice to someone looking to spend under $50K for a prestige-make car, and did not care if the car was slightly used:

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Lexus ES 350. If you’re going that route, my recommendation is to get a loaded Toyota Camry instead; it is the same car. The ES350 is a waste of money because it is a re-badged Camry with some different body treatments and a pretty interior. The Camry is a good, and rather big, car that should last with regular maintenance. Both cars are fairly powerful with the V6 but have namby-pamby handling performance. Braking is okay, not great. If you’re going leather with a Japanese car, I recommend an all-black interior because Japanese spray-dyed leather wears out very quickly.  A light-colored interior will look worn and “beat” well before it’s time.  Lexus Site

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