Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DeMuro Gives a Tour of the NEW '19 Corvette ZR1!

He didn't get to drive it, but this is by far the best run-down of the new Vette's features I've seen so far! 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Say It Isn't So! The Volkswagen Scirocco is officially dead | Wheels AUS

Thinking about this news, in a reasonable manner - I understand it. The car-buying public in the US, and apparently the world - is moving toward cross-overs and SUV's - has been! - for a long time. But my gut says.. this sucks!

I can remember fondly seeing Scirocco's in the 80s and 90s and really liking their looks. And with the recent iteration of the design - available only outside the US unfortunately - that liking just grew stronger.

Does it resemble a stretched out, partially flattened/wider Golf or GTI? Sure... but it's just so sleek and cool! Alas, no more!

Read more of this awful news...

The Volkswagen Scirocco is officially dead | Wheels

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Which Snooze Sedan Do You Prefer? Honda Accord vs Toyota Camry!

2018 Honda Accord

Excuse me.. I should have prefaced that title with the phrase.. "In the past..." as these two best-selling Japanese sedans, redesigned for 2018 - are actually pretty dang attractive! 

2018 Toyota Camry

Remarkably similar in price at both low and high end as far as trim and package options go, neither 2018 Honda Accord nor the 2018 Toyota Camry disappoint in the looks department. 

I have to say from seeing them on the road, that I would have a pretty tough choice between the two - based on looks alone. I would have to drive each of them, but based on what I've heard they're both very similar in driving feedback and performance as well.

One thing is nice - they're both positioned as well-performing cars, not just the simplest snooze-sedan of old meant to get you from A to B. Sure, they'll get you where you want to go - but both of these cars offer up some excitement as well. Especially the Camry, if the new ad campaign - excellently done in my opinion - is to be believed. Set to the tune of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Know"- the ads are pretty cool, and sure portray the new Camry as one fun-to-drive vehicle!

Check out the full comparison over at Motor1.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017 VW Golf GTI vs 2017 VW Golf R - which one should you buy? Motor1 UK - Great question!

I am a HUGE fan of the "hot hatch" class... and the original VW GTI from way back when, essentially created the category, as far as I can remember!

If you're looking to buy a GTI, there's another hot hatch you really should consider, and it's - surprise - another VW! Lesser known, more expensive, a tighter suspension, plus 4-wheel drive... VW's Golf R is essentially the same thing as a GTI, with different specs! 

Aside from different badging, and some internal styling cues - the GTI has special plaid seating that harkens back to the original models - the GTI and the R look very much the same!

I am a big fan of VW's in general... I owned a 2006 Jetta for 4-5 years, and lusted after a Phaeton for as long as they've been out (still do, maybe..) - so if this choice came down to one I had to make, I'd have to say I'd go for the GTI, or maybe a USED GTI, and get TWO of them. For the minimal visual differences between the two models, there are extensive ones under the hood, and transmission, etc. - the R is 4-wheel drive of course! 

Thus, the GTI starts at $25,595 US, while the R starts at a somewhat lofty (by comparison) $39,375 US - a big difference! 

Of course, if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, or just want the extreme handling characteristics of a 4-wheel drive - whenever you drive, year-round - the Golf R should be your choice! 

Check out the video and article on Motor1.com! 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hot Kia "SUV-Hatch" Picanto Must Be Yet Another Euro-Only Car!

 This is sort of a hot hatch.. Although it sits a little higher than normal, like its bigger brother the Sorento. It actually reminds me quite a lot of my Chevy Sonic hatch!

Unfortunately, the Picano X-Line must be yet another European or non-North American offering, as it sure looks fun and with 127lb-ft of torque - should be quite fun to drive! The article states that it gets a phenomenal 52.2 mpg US (average) using the "New European Driving Cycle"- I'm not sure what that means exactly, or how it compares to regular US-provided MPG figures, but sounds pretty economical too! 

See the complete article at Motor1.com:
SUV-Inspired Kia Picanto X-Line Launches at Frankfurt

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Very Cool Mazda Hot Hatch! Zoom Zoom Indeed! - CarAdvice

If you're a reader (one of the few, at this point..) of my FstCrs blog... you have probably guessed that I'm a big fan of Hot Hatches! I've seen Mazda 2's out and about, but I'm not sure I've ever seen the GT version in the wild.

Check out this review on Australia's CarAdvice:
2017 Mazda 2 GT hatch review

Friday, August 25, 2017

Kia Stinger GT - Surprise First Look by the Guys at The Straight Pipes!

Just caught this story on Jalopnik this morning... and man did the guys at The Straight Pipes YouTube channel get lucky! They were interviewing Kia Canada's president, and asked if they could see any pre-production models...  Turns out - YES! 

After checking out TSP's YouTube channel, I also came across a driving review video of the Stinger GT from Wheels Australia!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sweet Hot Hatch Goodness - Next-generation Ford Fiesta ST AUTOWEEK

I saw a 4-door black Fiesta ST at the local Mid-Ohio Valley Cars & Coffee meet-up a couple weeks back, and I have to say - if I was in the market for a cool hot hatch, I'd have to consider the Fiesta ST, perhaps even against its sibling the Focus ST. 

The styling, interior, not to mention the 3-cylinder (a Ford first) 1.5L EcoBoost engine producing 197hp... I'm hoping that these European specs make it to our side of the pond!

Check out the full review in AutoWeek:
Next-generation Ford Fiesta ST

Friday, August 11, 2017

What? Only 2 Liters?? AutoWeek.. Jaguar F-Type 2.0 review

Jaguar F-Type 2-liter - AutoWeek

It may not have the svelte lines of the E-Type of old, but this new Jaguar F-Type is definitely easy on the eyes! Plus... reading this review I'm blown away by the fact that this model is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder that has some amazing technology built-in - check out the review for all the engine-y details! 

In this space - high-end luxury sport coupes - the cars sometimes tend to blend together, style-wise, making it difficult to tell them apart, from distance. But the F-Type has some really nice styling cues that make it distinctly Jaguar. And it looks damned good moving - or at rest! 

Check out the full review and more gorgeous photos at AutoWeek!
Jaguar F-Type 2.0 review: Fewer cylinders, no less fun

Friday, July 28, 2017

Renault Alpine A110 Photo Gallery... Beautiful Blue Coupe!

If Given One... I'd Surely Love It... 2018 Lexus LC 500h Review | Digital Trends

Tons of drive reviews and videos out for the new Lexus LC 500h coupe right now... and I'll admit, it's one sharp car - but I don't love it. Now, am I the target market for this car... Regular car guy who likely will not get to own or drive one of these puppies in the near future, or typical Lexus/Infiniti buyer who wants something a little sportier than the "regular" up-brand import SUV/crossover/sedan? 

If you fall into the latter demographic, this car may be everything you could ever want... Don't get me wrong, as I said I'm sure it's a dream to drive and has luxury and power to spare - the basic design just sort of falls flat for me. The angular treatments at the corners remind me just a bit too much of the current down-market (at least from the Lexus lofty areas) Toyota Prius. 

The Digital Trends article mentions the car drew plenty of attention compared to a bunch of Porsches and Ferraris - but is that simply because it's a different design - not necessarily better, or newer? 

If I were given the chance to drive one, or long-term test one (hint-hint) - I'm sure I'd love it... but check out the full article below - including the "terror handle" inside! And I don't think they were bowled over by its looks either... 

2018 Lexus LC 500h Review | Digital Trends

DeMuro Gives a Tour of the NEW '19 Corvette ZR1!

He didn't get to drive it, but this is by far the best run-down of the new Vette's features I've seen so far! 

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