Let’s start off with some performance figures from some “conventional” hyper cars.
Bugatt Veyron Supersports- HP 1200, Torque 1,100ft/lbs, 0-60 2.6sec, Top Speed 263 mph
Pagani Huayra- HP 720, Torque740 ft/lbs, 0-60 3.3sec, Top Speed 231mph
Koenigsegg Agera One:1- HP 1,314, Torque 1011 ft/lbs, 0-60 2.8sec, Top Speed 273 mph
McLaren P1- HP 903, Torque 722 ft/lbs, 0-60 2.8sec, Top Speed 217mph
So they’re all amazingly fast and they all have insane performance figures. But take a gander and the latest in car technology; the Quant E-Sports Limousine. Continue reading
Okay, today in the car world there are so many different types of car. Coupes, cabriolets, sedans, SUVs you may know about, but what about laundrolets, four-door coupes, or SACs? Laundrolets were really only made by the late Maybach company. It was a convertible limousine that the roof only folded down at the very back. Four-door coupes are a relatively new niche formed by Mercedes copied by Audi and BMW. Basically it’s a sedan with a swoopier roof for added style. They do look quite splendid, but at the price of practicality. SAC or sport activity coupe is a niche created by BMW that is basically a coupe version of a SUV. It’s practicality is drastically reduced but the overall style is improved. The BMW dominates the niche (of which there are few competitors) with their X6. With so many crazy niches that are always being filled car enthusiasts cry out to auto manufacturers to just stop. I can definitely say in BMWs case this is especially true since today, they released the 4 Series Gran Coupe. So you thought that the 6 Series GC was confusing (a sedan based on a coupe based on a sedan architecture). Well BMW seemingly has thrown sense out the window and broken off from their “coupes are even numbers and 4-doors are odd numbers” naming scheme with this new one. It is not only a sedan version of a coupe based on the 3 Series sedan, but it’s also a hatchback. Think about it for a second though, BMW has said coupes are even numbers. What if they are talking about the lines rather than the number of doors? The 4 GC is a coupe in style terms so maybe it still makes sense. I know that BMW has all these models and even the GT 3 and 5 Series, but I feel like they have something for everyone now. The GTs are the opposite of form over function, but for some people that’s good. With this new 4 GC I think they hit a sweet spot. They haven’t just restyled the 3 series sedan, but with the new lift-gate, made it more practical. I can’t wait to see an M version. The front fascia of the regular 4 Series never got me excited but this car’s body with an M4 face, what a dream! Not to mention it’s screaming six.
One Hundred. It’s a number with multiple associations. That’s how old Aston Martin is this year, that’s about how many thousand dollars it would take to buy a new SL-Class Mercedes, and now it’s the number of total Koenigseggs produced. Continue reading
So many cars these days compromise performance and handling for creature comforts. The 2013 BMW M5 is a case and point. While I love the thing to death, it weighs nearly two tons because it has this and that put in. Continue reading
When you talk about the M3, you can’t start with the current one, you can’t talk about the last generation, you have to start from the beginning:
The year was 1985, with BMW ramping up their racing, they would soon stumble across one of the most competitive niches to date. They created the M3 with intentions of just qualifying for the races, they needed 5,000 road versions of their ultimate racing machine to be eligible. Later in 1991 they would sell over 17,000 M3’s. Continue reading
There are cars our there that go for numbers (Koenigsegg Agera), there are those who aim to hook buyers on their looks (Aston Vanquish), there are cars built for fun driving (Toyota GT86), but very few that embody all of these characteristics. The one I’d say is the best in all those aspects is SLS Black Series. It makes for a visceral, raw driving experience, yet calm and well-mannered as any track car could manage on the street. It can be as fast and precise like obsidian scalpel it is, cutting through corners and touching the apexes in a way only a handful of cars could hope to. Continue reading
I am glad to finally be able to write a full article on the BMW i8. My lifelong affiliation with anything BMW has to do with its history in making good looking, reliable, and fun-to-drive cars. I’ve been waiting for about three years for the i8 to come out. I thought it was a great concept, another classic in the making from a company with a lot of original ideas. I mean when BMW built the original M5 and the original 3 Series they created new niches, niches they’re still on top of today. Continue reading