I'd *love* to know if this car is competitive in Street Mod. On the one hand, lots of power + light weight + short wheelbase = YAY! On the other hand, floppy 1970s unibody + weight out at the ends of the car + antiquarian suspension in a class where WRXs and Civics abound. It somehow feels like it should be a C… » 9/19/14 5:01pm Yesterday 5:01pm

No, it was vulgar back then, too. Outrageousness was kind of the point - think of it as a Lamborghini done by Ferrari.

I agree with you that the 308 and 288GTO are prettier in pictures, but I still want a Testarossa. Up close, the details are *perfect*. » 9/19/14 12:37am Yesterday 12:37am

I know several people who have bought surplus-auction city buses, put a toilet in, and re-registered them as RVs. Surprisingly, none of them have turned them into LyftLine cabs...but I suspect this is just a matter of time.

Having driven some Class A motorhomes lately, I will say that they are easier to drive than an… » 9/18/14 8:23pm Thursday 8:23pm

I assume the super car makers have some firm data on how their cars actually get used. Is there anything they've told you that you could share? I know the stereotype is that super car owners mostly drive slow and park outside the strip club or whatever, but every time I do a track day there's at least a smattering of… » 9/17/14 9:20pm Wednesday 9:20pm

The 911 bubble won't pop for quite some time, so why not a 996? The thing is that you can get the whole darn engine replaced for less than the price delta between a 2001-2002 996 and an early 997. Personally I think it gets interesting somewhere below $17,500 - it's neck and neck with an E46 M3 at that price, and… » 9/17/14 6:19pm Wednesday 6:19pm

My mechanic - and let me calibrate for you, he daily-drives a 308 and has told me repeatedly that the engine-out service on a Testarossa is "no big deal, just a couple grand every five years" - has talked me out of buying Quattroportes on three separate occasions. At one point I said, "but it's $32 grand for a Ferrari… » 9/15/14 2:19am Monday 2:19am

Well, you need to find the extended-wheelbase version with the 5.3L V-8 and add a supercharger and lowering springs. The SS came with two rows of seating only. (I have an Envoy XL with the 5.3 and it's actually pretty fun to drive.) » 9/12/14 9:48pm 9/12/14 9:48pm

This is basically what V2V communication is supposed to simplify. There's a flurry of activity right now between automakers and USDOT & the FCC to figure out which protocol to implement and how to do it, and the headlines suggests we'll see some incorporation to cars in the 2016-2017 timeframe. No video necessary to… » 9/12/14 9:32pm 9/12/14 9:32pm

Please can someone explain to me why the Jag weighs so much? It's a relatively small car made out of aluminum. I've spent some time poking around one and nothing jumps out as being particularly over-built - it's as if every single one is shipped with something heavy being smuggled in its private parts. » 9/12/14 1:02am 9/12/14 1:02am

The Aston website configurator says the GT can be ordered without the accent lipstick or roof stripes, and without the side stripes.

But alas, you cannot get it in Kopi Bronze or Goodwood Green with Red Fox interior, which is kind of how I'd like mine to be, if and when. » 9/10/14 4:11pm 9/10/14 4:11pm