Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

This week is the coolest auto show of the year.  The show that will spawn bedroom-poster fantasy cars for years to come.  It’s not about mass-market, business-floating people’s cars.  It’s about luxury cars and exotics.  Supercars and hypercars.  The stuff dreams are made of.  It’s the Geneva Motor Show, and the coolest cars always debut there.  We’ve picked a few of the most notable examples from this year.  So far. Continue reading “Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far”

A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?

Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea

Ford has been killing it in the performance department lately.  The ST twins, the Focus RS, the beautifully modernized Mustang line, and of course, the indomitable GT, which already won Le Mans.  They’re all milestones of a company that loves speed.  But yesterday we learned that Ford is planning a hybrid Mustang by 2020.  Sorry.  I should have warned you to take your glycerin before reading that.  It is, however, true, and that could mean amazing or terrible things for one of America’s most popular sports cars. Continue reading “A Hybrid Mustang: Best Idea or Worst Idea?”

New Ford Bronco Confirmed: Your Uncle was Right

New Ford Bronco Confirmed

I was wrong.  Two and a half years ago, I wrote this about a cadre of fake news stories circulating and never seeming to land, like plastic bags caught high in drafts between apartment blocks.  There was the mid-engine Corvette, the new Mazda RX-7, and of course, the rebirth of the Ford Bronco.  Now it’s 2017, and I don’t see any midship ‘Vettes or sleek, new Rotaries, or- oh wait.  Ford just announced a new Ford Bronco for 2020.  Your uncle, who posted that fake news story about it back in 2013, was right.

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Are There Any Humble Cars Left?

Humble Cars

So this all started when I read Jalopnik’s recent review of the Trabant.  That car, a little East German two-stroke literally made of pressed rags, has fascinated me for some time, and I’m only just starting to figure out why.  The Trabant was a humble car, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that some of my favorite cars fall into this category.  But can you even get a humble car anymore?

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Can the Focus RS save us from crossover malaise?

Focus RS

This is in no way exclusive, but it’s usually a mom, or someone planning to be a mom sometime soon.  They’re ready to dump the old cars they drove in high school or college, even though they’re extremely reliable OBD1 Hondas or 3800-powered Buicks.  It’s time to get into something more “serious.”  And it’s always a crossover.  Prospective moms want the utility of a minivan, of course, but the minivan is anathema, apparently a sign of surrender to age.  They’re just too momish.  What protoparents fail to realize is that those of us on the leading edge of car culture already view crossovers the same way, and the rest of society won’t be far behind.  Until then, we have to put up with roads packed and clogged with an endless stream of ugly, unwieldy, good-at-nothing crossovers.  It’s depressing.  But our warm salvation from crossover Antarctica could come from an unlikely hero: the Ford Focus RS. Continue reading “Can the Focus RS save us from crossover malaise?”

Detroit Auto Show: What’s New For 2016

2016 Detroit Auto Show

Auto show season has been flung back upon us like a cold, sweaty towel, and this week’s Detroit Auto Show has ushered in waves of mediocre boredom boxes and depressing news.  The Chrysler Town and Country will be renamed “Pacifica.”  Scintillating.  But it’s not all bad.  In fact, several awesome things have shown up in Cobo Hall this week already.  Here are the trends they follow. Continue reading “Detroit Auto Show: What’s New For 2016”

Ram 1500 Mods: A Complete Guide

Ram 1500 Express

You finally bought your dream truck, a muscle-bound, full size Ram.  It has enough torque to carve the sequel to the Grand Canyon, and room enough to protect your entire family from the definitely impending zombie apocalypse.  It’s an awesome tribute to American ingenuity, a monument to getting dirt under your fingernails and working hard enough to work out while working.  But there’s always room for improvement.  So we put together a list of some of our favorite Dodge Ram 1500 mods and upgrades, many of which you can install yourself, right in your garage or driveway.  We get it: You have to budget for parts.  Since they’re not made out of cardboard and corn starch, they tend to cost a little more than your average giant barrel of cheese poofs, which is okay, since they last longer and are more nutritious.  So we organized these parts by price, from lowest to highest, so you can map out your own path for your Ram upgrades. Continue reading “Ram 1500 Mods: A Complete Guide”

AutoModding Your Jeep Wrangler JK 101

Jeep JK AutoMods

The Jeep Wrangler JK, that being the ’07-current model, is one of the most capable off-road vehicles you can buy in America today.  Where most SUVs have become glorified crossovers, compromising their mudability for on-road dynamics, the Wrangler has remained consistently trail able while gradually becoming a more capable on-road commuter, as well.  Yes, the meaning of Jeep ownership has broadened beyond the image of the crazed desert hero wearing nothing above the waist but his beard, to include normal people like you who want an SUV for commuting, but still want it to be a real SUV.  But as good as it is stock, and no matter how you use yours, you can still upgrade yours with some simple Jeep JK parts and accessories. Continue reading “AutoModding Your Jeep Wrangler JK 101”

AutoModding Your 2015 Mustang: Intakes

2015 Mustang

We’ve cleared the path out behind your Mustang’s engine with an exhaust, and we’ve made sure you’re getting all the fuel you reliably can with a power programmer.  Now it’s time to make sure your engine’s getting enough air with a cold air intake.  You have a few options for your 2015 Mustang intake, whether you got an EcoBoost or a GT, and we’re laying them all out for you. Continue reading “AutoModding Your 2015 Mustang: Intakes”

AutoModding your 2015 Mustang: Power Programmers

2015 Mustang

Here’s how this works.  Your 2015 Mustang, as you probably know, is fuel injected, which means there’s an electronic system, a computer function of your ECU, that detects how much fuel you need and injects it into your engine.  Ford put these programs, called fuel maps together in order to give you the most power they could while remaining efficient, keeping your throttle comfortable, and balancing many other factors that make a car meet environmental regulations and help it remain accessible to the average American carbuyer.

But you only really care about the first of those factors: Power.  Performance.  So you want to adjust that computer to give you the most performance you can get within the reliable parameters of your engine.  That’s what a power programmer will do for you.  They’re safe for your engine, extremely easy to install, and provide measurable results.  You have two brands to choose from when plugging into your 2015 Mustang: DiabloSport and SCT.  Each has two different tuners, so we’ll break each down to help you make the right decision, and we’ll start with the big guns. Continue reading “AutoModding your 2015 Mustang: Power Programmers”