• Friday, November 13, 2015

    2016 Honda Accord V6 Manual 2DR EX-L - Review & Test Drive

    2016 Honda Accord V6 Manual 2DR EX-L Review. The 2016 Accord EX-L features a 3.5L V6 engine matched with a 6-speed manual transmission, or an optional 6 speed automatic transmission. The front wheel drive Honda includes a one touch power moonroof, 18" alloy wheels, LED fog lights, LED taillights, automatic headlights, heated power door mirrors, a rear deck-lid spoiler, and remote engine start. 

    This car review will cover the interior, practicality, driver ergonomics, engine, cost, driving dynamics and impressions, fuel economy overview, and a 0-60 test. 

    MSRP As Tested: $31,745


    Thursday, November 12, 2015

    2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe Review - A Love Story

    The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe features a potent 550 HP supercharged V8 engine and what is quite possibly the best 8 speed automatic transmission on the planet, courtesy of ZF. Shifts are incredibly quick, smooth, and precise. The F-Type features instinctive AWD, a switchable active exhaust system (it sounds amazing), an electronic active differential, and a super performance braking system. 

    Options included on the vehicle tested include the Carbon Ceramic Matrix Braking System with 20" forged alloy wheels, carbon ceramic rotors, and yellow calipers for a cool $12,000. Other options include illuminated treadplates, the suedecloth interior pack - R, and the vision pack 3 which includes adaptive front lighting, front sensors and rear parking camera, and blind spot monitors. 

    MSRP As Tested: $128,695.00


    Friday, November 6, 2015

    The Best Minivan Review Ever - 2016 Kia Sedona

    The 2016 Kia Sedona. The best review of a minivan. The Kia Sedona packs 7 or 8 people, features a V6 engine with 6 speed transmission, and has plenty of torque for hauling all of your stuff. Features are endless: heated and vented front seats, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, 360 degree camera system, keyless push button start, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, automatic power windows all around, power lift gate, tri-zone climate control, front and rear parking assist, chrome wheels, nappa leather seat trim, driver seat position memory, yes it’s got it all. 

    But what else can the Kia offer? How about reclining rear seats? The only other vehicle I’ve had this nice of a seating position in the rear seats is a $200,000 Maybach S600. Dual sunroofs. Well what if you’d like to chauffeur and want the ability to open and close the doors for the rear passengers? Yep, you can do that. It also features a completely hands free power liftgate. You simply stand next to the back with the key in your pocket, and it opens up for you, no fumbling required. When you put the car in reverse, on top of the ridiculous number of cameras and available views, the side mirrors automatically tilt downward to help with backing up or parallel parking. 

    While I'm not saying the Kia Sedona is the best minivan out there, it certainly does have an abundance of features and offer a nice, compliant ride. I set out with the goal of creating the most interesting minivan review ever. Undoubtably not that challenging, since competition is rather... mundane. 

    Related Videos:
    2015 Kia Forte Koup - https://youtu.be/ZmyYbscUx1s


    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    Best In Show SEMA 2015 - Sung Kang's FuguZ - GReddy 240Z

    Sung Kang's FuguZ, Gran Turismo's 2015 SEMA Best In Show. Fast and Furious franchise actor Sung Kang builds a 1973 Datsun 240Z featuring an NA RB26 engine. The "FuguZ" debuted at SEMA 2015, where it also won best in show. Congratulations to Kenji Sumino, Sung Kang, Mike and Greg, and all of the crew at GReddy for an incredibly purpose built and successful track build 240Z. Additional videos on Speed - Motors on Fox: Z Dream Episodes. 


    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    What Is The Best AWD System?

    What's the best AWD vehicle? What all wheel drive systems are best? How do differentials impact the AWD system? This video looks at open differentials, locked differentials, limited slip differentials, and torque vectoring differentials to determine the advantages of each in various situations. 

    Related Videos:
    Torsen LSD - http://youtu.be/wiq1Rk5wqds
    Viscous LSD - http://youtu.be/w2bRb17jJ1U
    Clutch Type LSD - http://youtu.be/ujsxq9WBllU
    Torque Vectoring Differential - https://youtu.be/qwwFZAbYGW0
    Differentials: http://youtu.be/Hv0jYDWp0ZA
    Open vs. Locked Diff: http://youtu.be/gwJEU7p9U2Q
    Open vs. Locked Diff Part 2: http://youtu.be/_HOa0aRZYpw
    Multi-plate Clutch: http://youtu.be/SQvFg4WbdZ4
    AWD - https://youtu.be/UL9LmT3fzbQ
    4WD - https://youtu.be/ZN6xHc7Nz-E
    Transfer Case - https://youtu.be/K1qj8dHTmP4


    Friday, October 30, 2015

    2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Engineering Insight & Review

    The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a two door roadster with 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, delivered through a 6 speed manual transmission (6 speed auto is offered) to the rear wheels via an optional limited slip differential (manual Club trim). All trims feature a 2.0L SkyActiv DOHC 4-cyl engine. The Club version features Bilstein shocks, wider high performance tires, and a front shock tower brace. Options include Brembo brakes with BBS forged dark alloy wheels.


    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Subaru Boxer Rumble - Exhaust Explained

    What gives the Subaru WRX STI its iconic boxer exhaust rumble? What's the difference between equal length headers and unequal length headers? What are the advantages of equal length headers? The reason the WRX STI sounds so unique is due to the unequal length headers. The exhaust pulses do not line up evenly before entering a single exhaust pipe to exit to the rear. The uneven exhaust pulses result in a fluttering sound rather than a smooth even exhaust note which is characteristic of equal length exhaust headers. This is very similar to crossplane crankshaft V8's versus flatplane crankshaft V8's, where flatplanes have a much smoother tone. 

    Related Videos:
    Flatplane vs Crossplane Sound - https://youtu.be/-s5bSQIQQsY
    2015 Subaru STI - http://youtu.be/Ye_ALPQqYLg
    2014 Subaru STI - https://youtu.be/X2uUW3r8YHM
    2015 Subaru WRX - https://youtu.be/dVruWDgtTPg

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