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Commented On: 2014 BMW M3 Spy Shots

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I'm not sure what to make of the first turbo M3 ... the S14, S50, and S54 engines were the lineage that gave birth to the current V8. What they all have in common is an individual throttle bodied, high RPM, and responsive platform that is world class.

Turbos do make the car much more powerful feeling and have excellent transitory response these days, but the experience is different than a high RPM N/A engine. The components are heavier, rev limits tend to be significantly lower, and the gears spread out to make the most of the torque in the midrange. You don't get that "I'm driving a race car for the streets" feel.

Commented On: 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Runs The Nurburgring: Video

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The car was very composed, looks like it had minimal understeer and excellent turn-in. Looks like Chevy did their homework on the suspension.

Commented On: 2012 Audi TT RS: First Drive

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Gary, people are simply whiny. They want razor turn-in, poised balance through the entire corner, and race car corner exit in a car with 100 lb. spring rates and 6 miles of compression dampening. It's an impossible task that the engineers just can't do without 200 lbs. worth of auto-driver controls and dampening variability (sport mode? HA!). When I get in my friend's 300 BHP Subaru WRX STi I have to twist nobs and push buttons to get the full power from the engine, turn off traction control (on an AWD vehicle mind you), and tune the center differential. That's every single time you get in it and start it!

If you want performance, get performance ... If I buy a Porsche 911 the GT3 should be the entry level platform.

Commented On: 2011 Nissan 370Z vs. 1990 Nissan 300ZX: Past Meets Present

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The new Z's are just hideous ... I'm a big Z car fan and love the body lines and styling of the original 240Z, but this modern "remake" is a modern art masterpiece; and not in a good way mind you.

Why can't the Japanese take a cue from Germany and design cars that don't look like they are going to don armor and do battle with Godzilla? I don't need a kung fu fighter, I need a car that looks timeless and redefines the Fairlady moniker. THAT's why the Z car was heralded and accepted in the US.

Commented On: 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster: First Drive

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Mercedes has done a magnificent job in the past 5 years to re-establish their image and branding. They went from building German Lexus clones to building cars worthy of the silver arrow. Their design and engineering teams should be given raises.

Commented On: Missing Alloy-Bodied 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Shows Up In Barn Find

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That's awesome! The Gullwings were such automotive beauty, and it's awesome to see someone find one and take initiative to save it. I'm going to start checking barns all over the world, LOL.

Commented On: 2012 Audi RS5 Preview

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Yet another lame attempt from Audi to challenge Germany's true performance luxury car; the BMW M-Series. The car has no character, no muscle, and probably has the same marshmellow suspension design as previous Audis. I like Audi, but c'mon guys, let's put together a heritage car that is unique, iconic, and blows the doors off the competition. They need to go back and look at the E30 M3 and the 911. They are unique, legendary, and have lineage.

Commented On: Volkswagen First To Launch Cylinder Shut-Off In A Four-Cylinder Engine

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Sure, the difficulty is maintaining a regulated flow to the turbine so that it doesn't surge when you drive it. In a naturally aspirated engine the cylinder can be turned on and off quickly without any hesitation. I suppose the turbochargers on the VWs are massively undersized anyways (gobs of torque at 1500 - 1800 RPM LOL) and maybe it doesn't make much difference in throttle response.

Commented On: Volkswagen First To Launch Cylinder Shut-Off In A Four-Cylinder Engine

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This is interesting. GM has been doing this with naturally aspirated V8s for a while, but doing this on a forced induction, direct injection motor will be an interesting engineering juggle. Maintaining tip in response and solid EGTs will be paramount to longevity of the engine itself.

Commented On: Texas Raises Speed Limit To 85, Becomes The New Montana

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Finally! ... So many open highways that are perfectly safe at these speeds. This is making me want that S600 so much more ... must work harder, and this is motivation. Thanks Texas legislature!
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