In a sense, every air-cooled 911 is a homologation special. There's something fairly wonderful about a car that had essentially the same engine, transmission, and suspension components off the showroom floor as it did on grid at the 24 Hours of Lemans.

The consequence here is that on a running-cost basis these are -… » 10/22/14 4:10am Today 4:10am

A Citation X already has an operating cost of about $10k an hour, and the charter cost is a healthy multiple of that. A G650 has ops costs of about $25k/hour. Both of those sell just fine. I'm sure there is a market for a supersonic business jet, but I don't know how big that market is.

Isn't Bernie Ecclestone… » 10/21/14 6:37pm Yesterday 6:37pm

I'd make a case for the E36 M3 over the E46. You see *lots* more E36s at track days / BMWCCA races / NASA races here in NorCal, too, so I think I'm not alone here. The E36 is cheaper to run and much cheaper to buy. There's also more hard-part commonality with the ubiquitous 328s, so if you blow a motor or transmission… » 10/20/14 2:03pm Monday 2:03pm

Good luck! I've raced 944s for years and I'd note a couple of things:
1) You really, really should run with the rear hatch and *rear spoiler* on. There will be lots of aerodynamic lift in the rear with the big open hole left by the hatch, as well as drag. Porsche put that big tea-tray spoiler on the 944 for a reason,… » 10/19/14 8:09pm Sunday 8:09pm

I'd add that men still *do* have an internal, never-ending shame if they don't make enough money and have a certain status among their male friends, so as a guy, any minute that you're spending dusting the mantel or whatever instead of doing the thing that will make your company successful or your boss love you feels… » 10/19/14 4:53pm Sunday 4:53pm

2nd-gen Cadillac CTS V-6. I'd grown up around Baby Boomers who clung to wallowy, wheezy, prematurely rusting Cadillacs of the late 70s and early 80s. I'd had a series of Eurotrash cars, including an E90 BMW that was acting flinty in the electrical department. I went and test-drove a CTS (not a V and not a manual,… » 10/16/14 9:49pm Thursday 9:49pm

This is dorky looking - *if* you're into cars. If you think of cars as evil and bikes / electric skateboards / scooters / Pruises as signs of a forward-thinking dude who cares about the environment, this thing is sexual chocolate. And outside of our little Jalop-bubble, there's a lot of that. Here in the Bay Area I am… » 10/16/14 5:29pm Thursday 5:29pm

Honestly, why play this game? Wire up Valentine 1's front and back and set a new Albequerque to San Diego speed record. Get there hours earlier than the rest of the journos and have drinks and dinner at Seasons 52 or Roy's on the waterfront. Then you can write an article that says "New A3 TDI drives as fast as A4,… » 10/16/14 10:44am Thursday 10:44am

YMMV, but if you're spending a lot of time in the car each day, seat comfort really matters. My butt says the Passat is far and away the most comfortable of these four. The Passat is also notably quieter than the Mazda and the Accord.

(I did buy a current-model Passat for my iron-butt-a-thon daily commuting. It's been… » 10/14/14 8:31pm 10/14/14 8:31pm

"Best" is open to debate, of course, but the fact that you can even write a good case for it means that Musk and team have already won. "Will the [Cadillac ELR] [Nissan Leaf] [Chevy Volt] [BMW i3] be the best overall car you can buy?" would be a laughable headline. » 10/10/14 8:04pm 10/10/14 8:04pm

IIRC, this car is now the cheapest street-legal thing you can buy that will generate more than 1.0g of acceleration. The next cheapest is the 911 Turbo S, and the 918, Koenigsegg, and Veyron round out the club. (GT-R Nismo maybe?)

Sooo...a bargain! » 10/10/14 3:36am 10/10/14 3:36am