Performance Vehicles

Spy shot of i4 electric, i4 proto pics, 430i, and my 328i towed to the shop.

Test Drive: Dropping Off my 3 Series For a Week in a Loaner BMW 430i: the Setup for the Soon Coming i4 Electric

Sometime next year BMW will be introducing their first real non-compliant full production all electric car. It won’t look as funky as i3 does. It’ll actually look like a real normal car. And it’ll be based off the 4 series. So with my BMW in the shop AGAIN, and the dealer giving me a 430 coupe as a loaner, I decided to take this opportunity to give you a dynamic of what to expect from a 4 series electric by looking at the gas one and my car, a 3 Series, first.
Mustang and Hellcat

Ford Mustang GT Review: A Hellcat Owner's Perspective

I recently spent a week driving a 2018 Ford Mustang GT fastback with the optional Performance Pack 1 and I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the track-focused pony car, but rather than just another review talking about the features of America’s bestselling sporty car, I will talk about the key aspects from the perspective of someone who daily drives a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Rivian R1S Courtesy Rivian Media

The Car Lab Mad Doc Looks to Sign a Pact With Besos and Bloody Mary: Is the GM Buy-In to Rivian the Coming of the American Rolls Royce? Or Just Another GM Saab Story?

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: I hope this is about as mad as the mad doctor can be, signing a pact with the almost-devil of the car industry right before industrial birth of start up production. I guess he’ll be the industrial obstetrician. I hope the car baby ain’t no Rosemary’s. Dr. Scaringe is looking to make a deal with a devil who has more money than God. Jeff Besos of Amazon is in with this. What a strange three way this could be. I cringe: gee Doctor: will it be good for you too?
2020 Ford Super Duty 7.3-Liter V8

New Ford 7.3-Liter V8 Super Duty Engine Will Fit in the Mustang and F-150

Ford introduced a new 7.3-liter gasoline V8 for the 2020 Super Duty lineup, but the fact that this new pushrod engine would fit in both the current Mustang and F-150 brings about some interesting possibilities – including the V8-powered Raptor that so many people want.
2019 Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate

2019 Ram 1500 Split Tailgate Offers Easier Trailer-Friendly Bed Access

The Ram Truck brand announced today that the 2019 Ram 1500 pickup will soon be offered with a new multifunction tailgate that opens like a “normal” tailgate while also having a 60/40 split design that opens like doors – offering easier bed access even when you have a trailer hooked up.
From Jalopnik.com man caught sleeping in Tesla

Driving Distracted While AutoPilot, and the Dangerous Brinksmanship that Goes With It

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: I wonder if the people who are caught red handed being “distracted while AutoPilot” realize how lucky they are they got away with their crime. Unlike the people who I last wrote about who face the wrath of the NTSB and the courts for their tort who proclaim “my Tesla did it, not me,” “driving distracted while AutoPilot” is a crime of reckless endangerment, and most are getting away with it without realizing it.
A Family Portrait of the Tesla Model Range Courtesy Tesla Media

With Lower Priced and Less S and X, Tesla Revamps Model Range Structure and Readies for Base Model 3 Production

By selling the entire model range in three categories, Tesla Corporation makes each car more cheaply, and simplifies discerning which car is which. If you want “Ludicrous,” which now comes in a separate upgrade package at a $20,000 premium, no more looking at old school Bentley-like badges to see battery energy capacity, you just look for “Performance.” This also helps with pricing and sales: by having cheaper Base Models S and X, Tesla is getting ready to sell Base Model 3.
The world of Tesla AutoPilot courtesy Tesla and Wikipedia

“My Tesla Did it:” The Push Button Excuse from Life’s Responsibilities. Owning Technology Before it Owns Us

ANALYSIS AND OPINION: One of the worse things a driver can do in a late model car engaged in an accident is to fib or outright lie. You see, whether you realize it, their car may help you, but your car is going to make it really easy to tell your side of the story, with data and soon even images, sooner than later, and regardless of what kind of shape the car is in, and whether for your benefit or not. Your car always telling the truth, is one thing! Getting on the same page with you, is another.
2019 Dodge Charger and Challenger in Sublime

Sublime Returns to Dodge Challenger, Comes to Charger for 2019

Sublime was the most popular color for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and this afternoon, the high performance brand announced that the bright metallic green hue will be returning for the 2019 model year, but not just for the Challenger, as this color will be offered with all Charger trim levels as well.

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