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PostHeaderIcon Oregonians Go Crazy Over Self-Service Gas Stations; Facebook Trolls Come Out Of The Woodwork

As of January 1st, Oregon will now permit self-service gasoline stations in counties with 40,000 residents or less. It’s a pretty minor law change, but the reaction on social media has been enormous.

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The Full Story

For the past 65 years, Oregon drivers have been banned from pumping their own gasoline, as the north western state was one of just two states in the U.S. (New Jersey is the other one) with a law in place that stipulates station employees must fill the tank, rather than the customer. However, back in May of 2017, Oregon passed a new law that opens the option for self-service stations in counties with 40,000 residents or less. The law change just went into effect January 1st, prompting local CBS affiliate KTVL 10 in Medford to post a poll to their Facebook page on whether or not Oregon should allow self-serve gas stations.

“The reaction to the poll has been immense, to say the least, with some 46,000 comments 54,000 shares as of this writing.”

The reaction to the poll has been immense, to say the least, with some 46,000 comments 54,000 shares as of this writing. Several Oregonians have expressed concern over pumping their own gas, with one top comment reading:

“No! Disabled, seniors, people with young children in the car need help. Not to mention getting out of your car with transients around and not feeling safe too. This is a very bad idea. Grrr”

Or another that reads:

“I don’t even know HOW to pump gas and I am 62, native Oregonian….. I say NO THANKS! I don’t want to smell like gasoline!”

Of course, given the vast majority of U.S. residents have pumped their own gas the entirety of their driving lives, the troll backlash has been immediate and scathing. One comment reads:

“FEAR NOT OREGON!!!!!

I’ve decided to move to Oregon to open a school to teach people how to pump their own gas. Short term business you say? HA! I will simply branch out and offer classes on such complicated things as:

1. Tying your own shoes.

2. Dressing yourself.

3. Operating a self checkout machine.

4. Dial your own phone.

5. Mow your own lawn.

6. Split your own firewood

7. How to feed yourself.

8. Make your own dinner.

9. Wash, dry and fold your own laundry. (Extra charge as these are three classes taught separately)

10. Operating a can opener, manual and electric.

11. Counting past 10.

12. Wiping your own butt.”

Or there’s this other troll comment:

“No lie, pumping your own gas is MORTIFYING and downright TERRIFYING. I witnessed my dad get viciously eaten by a pack of raptors and a T-Rex, which would have been kept at bay by a qualified gas station attendant. Think of the children, Oregon.”

Of course, we here at TopSpeed like to think we give a fair shake that takes into account all sides of a story. As far as full-service gas stations are concerned, a dedicated pump attendant does make the process a bit safer and help to create jobs. On the other hand, the whole process is as easy as filling a bucket with a hose, and just as long as you don’t do something absurdly stupid like light a cigarette or go for a long-distance fill-up shot, it’s quite safe as well.

Regardless, the law merely opens the option for self-service, and several rural Oregon stations have already come out to say they will continue to offer full service, given that’s what their patrons prefer. So really, the law change is a pretty minor issue – but hey, at least we got a few laughs out of it, right?

PUMP YOUR OWN GAS
Starting January 1st Oregonians can begin pumping their own gas in rural counties. MORE: http://bit.ly/2lnpGYP
Do you think Oregon should allow self-serve gas stations statewide?

Posted by KTVL CBS 10 News, Medford on Friday, December 29, 2017

PostHeaderIcon Chinese Businessman Pays for a BMW With Coins: Video

A Chinese man bought a BMW. That’s not exactly news-worthy, right? What makes this worthy of the news is that the man paid for the first installment for the Bimmer entirely with coins that added up to almost $11,000. Our parents did say that the loose change from our piggy banks would come in handy at some point in time.


“The customer was in the wholesale business and had accumulated a staggering amount of five mao coins that added up to 70,000 yuan”

If this looks like it’s one of those silly hoaxes that always seem to pop up at the start of every year, it’s not. This actually happened in the Putian province over in China. According to local reports, an unnamed man went to a BMW dealership last December 18 to buy a BMW with the intention of settling the first installment of the car using coins he had collected over the years. The dealership’s sales manager, a man, identified as Mr. Go, explained that the customer was in the wholesale business and had accumulated a staggering amount of five mao coins that added up to 70,000 yuan. That’s around $10,800 based on current exchange rates.

Fortunately, the customer found an accommodating dealership that not only agreed to the peculiar downpayment but also helped transport over ten boxes of coins from the customer’s house to the dealership. Video footage also shows a group of salespeople sitting in the dealership counting all the coins.

Before you start getting any ideas, it is important to remember that here in the U.S.; there is no federal statute that mandates a person, private business, or an organization to accept all amounts of currency or coins as payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a State law that says otherwise. That’s one of the reasons why gas stations and convenience stores don’t accept large denominations of currency. So, if you any of you decide to buy a BMW using quarters, you might want to check with the dealership first.

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PostHeaderIcon Britain’s Dream Car for 2017 Is a Frankenvehicle with Lambo, BMW, and Alfa Romeo Cues

Dream cars, we’re talking about them on a regular basis. They’re usually exotic vehicles that we can’t afford, and we wish we will be able to buy them at some point. But dream cars isn’t always about Bugattis, McLarens, and Ferraris. A recent study conducted in Great Britain revealed that the country’s dream car for 2017 is a mess design-wise, combining features from vehicles that are radically different. More than 2,300 motorists were polled in this study on what makes their perfect car, with options ranging from badges and headlamps to doors and paints. And the result is essentially a Frankenstein of car features and designs launched over the last decade.


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Commissioned by webuyanycar.com, the survey reveals that drivers favor sporty car features but prefer the higher ride of an SUV. Specifically, most participants nominated the Lamborghini Urus as their body of choice. Far from surprising given that crossovers are highly popular now and considering that the Urus was unveiled only a couple of weeks ago. And it makes you better understand why Lamborghini wanted an SUV in the first place.

But things become really weird once we take a look at the other styling elements combined with the Urus body. The SUV combines an Alfa Romeo Giulia grille with BMW 6 Series headlamps up front, a Lamborghini Gallardo spoiler and Hyundai i30 exhaust around back, and Audi R8 doors with Honda Civic Type-R wheels wrapped in off-road tires onto the sides. The mash-up is rounded off by a Bentley badge and an electric blue color. Well, while none of the cars mentioned above are ugly, all these features combined into one vehicle make for a horrible concept. It’s so awful that it took “several weeks” to turn it into an accurate 3D rendering.

The company that commissioned the survey says it’s a bit surprised that people didn’t vote for two-seat configurations, convertibles, and high-performance supercars, opting for a high-riding body instead.


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Design aside, the study also revealed that drivers are willing to spend an additional £1,552, on average, on upgrades and add-ons, while more than a third said that heated seats are a must. Nearly half wanted a personalized registration plate. One in three drivers would want their car to handle any type of terrain, while an equal amount with their cars would have the ability to fly. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to see this FrankenUrus fly in front of my bedroom window.

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PostHeaderIcon McLaren F1 GTR Is More Than Just a Supercar, It’s Also a Christmas Tree Transporter

The McLaren F1 GTR is one of the most eye-catching supercars of all time. It’s a magnet for attention, and it’s capable of unfiltered viciousness on the race track. Apparently, it also makes for a handy car during the holiday season, as the owner of the UK’s most recognizable F1 GTR, Andy74b on Instagram, showed us in a recent video.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen a performance car double as a Christmas tree transport vehicle. We saw a Ferrari 458 and an Audi R8 do it last year. But a McLaren F1 GTR? That’s never going to happen, right? Guess again.

Personally, I don’t think it’s a good idea to use an F1 GTR for this purpose. But I don’t own one, so my opinion doesn’t matter. Andy74b on Instagram does own one, and we see it in all its glory in this video prepared by the man himself. He gets inside the car, drives to the tree farm, and buys one for his home. Since the F1 GTR lacks in enough space to fit a Christmas tree, Andy74b decides to simply strap it onto the roof of his F1 GTR, before going on his merry way.

It’s one thing to see a Ferrari 458 or an Audi R8 serve the role of a Christmas tree transport vehicle. That’s old news. Whats beyond comprehension is seeing someone use an eight-figure supercar for the same reason. Then again, such issues are problems for the affluent, something we can clearly see in this example. Here’s to hoping that the F1 GTR survived in bringing that Christmas to its destination.

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PostHeaderIcon Vehicles for Hauling that Last Minute Christmas Tree

The Christmas season is upon us and most everyone who celebrates with a tree in their house already has theirs in place. But for those slackers who wait until the last minute, here’s a list of perfect vehicles for hauling home a Christmas tree. Naturally, a lot of room is required for hauling a six to 12-foot tree, so our list includes full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.

The American automotive marketplace has tons of SUV and pickup options to choose from, but here are our favorites. They offer exceptional amounts of cargo room, while providing plenty of comfy space for people. Let us know your favorite in the comments below.

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2018 Ford Expedition MAX


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Ford completely redesigned the Expedition for 2018 and follows tradition of being based on the F-150 pickup. The body-on-frame SUV now shares even more with the F-150, including its dashboard, the aluminum construction for its body, and the potent 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 backed by a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Expedition MAX offers an impressive 121.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind its front seats. Then again, nobody wants to haul a sap-covered tree inside their $50,000+ SUV, so the roof is a much better option. Thankfully, a roof rack with horizontal bars comes with the Expedition, giving plenty of room for cargo and the occasional Christmas tree.

2018 Chevrolet Suburban


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The current Chevy Suburban isn’t as new as the 2018 Expedition, but it’s no less roomy or capable. In fact, the Suburban is ever so slightly larger inside, offering 0.2 cubic feet more room behind its first row. For the mathematically uninclined, that equates to 121.7 cubic feet of room.

But like the Expedition, nobody will want to haul a dirty Christmas tree inside their Suburban, so the roof is the better option. Again, the standard roof rack with available horizontal bars offers the perfect place to lay and secure the tree.

2018 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Long Bed


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If hauling big and heavy items is on the agenda, then the Ram 2500 is the best choice. Rounding out the “Big Three” American automakers, Ram offers tons of cab and bed configurations for its light-duty and heavy-duty pickups. For this comparison, we’re looking for the largest load space matched with the most people room. Unfortunately, the Ram 1500 isn’t available in a crew cab, long bed configuration, though the three-quarter ton 2500 version is.

The Ram 2500 comes standard with the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, but the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 and legendary 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel are available. Various versions of a six-speed automatic are most common, but Ram actually offers a six-speed manual transmission with the Cummins.

As for the hauling portion, the long bed measures eight feet in length.
Width wise, the bed is 5.5 feet across and 4.2 feet across between the wheel wells. That’s more than enough room for the average Christmas tree. For larger tree, Ram’s optional cargo bed extender should get the job done. As for payload, no Christmas tree will outmatch the Ram 2500 Crew Cab’s maximum payload rating of 3,990 pounds. Well, maybe the Rockefeller Center or Whitehouse Christmas tree…

Did we miss your favorite tree hauler? Let us know in the comments below.

PostHeaderIcon What Would Santa Drive? – 2017 Edition

Santa Claus isn’t the kind of guy you’d think of when talking about superheroes, but he’s definitely the fat, cheerful version of Superman. Just think about it. He has only 24 hours to deliver presents all over the world, including difficult to reach areas, and gets the job done every time. Let’s face it, Superman is the only guy who would be able to do the same, but he’s too busy rebuilding Krypton nowadays. A big part of Santa’s success as a delivery guy are his uberfast, flying reindeer. But what if they all got sick at once for the holidays? Planes aren’t an option as they can’t land just about anywhere, so Santa may be forced to use a car.

Yup, you guessed it, I’m updating Santa’s delivery car garage for 2017!

So what would Santa drive this year? Nope, last year’s vehicles aren’t an option. Mr. Claus is too popular and trendy to use the same cars each Christmas. And needless to say, with so many new vehicles launched in 2017, he’s probably anxious to try new rides. Let’s see what vehicle lineup would be able to replace Santa Claus’ eight reindeer this year.

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Tesla Semi


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“Santa needs all the luggage room he can get”

Tesla’s recently announced semi truck is an obvious choice here. Santa needs all the luggage room he can get and things don’t get better than this when it comes to hauling goods. The Tesla Semi is supposed to be quick too, needing 20 seconds to hit 60 mph when fully loaded. Granted, that seems slow when compared to modern sports cars, but fully loaded means no fewer than 80,000 pounds (more than 36 ton!) here. You should also consider that a conventional semi needs a full minute to hit that speed.

Another thing about the Tesla Semi that Santa may like is the all-electric drivetrain. Global warming is a serious issue at the North Pole with the ice cap melting and all, so Mr. Claus may favor a green vehicle for deliveries. Tesla also promises a range of 500 miles per charge for a fully loaded truck, so performance wouldn’t be an issue. With regenerative braking and a megacharger that adds 400 miles of range in just 30 minutes, the Tesla Semi sounds promising and very reliable.

The only issue here is that the electric semi won’t be available until Christmas. But maybe Tesla has a running prototype Santa can borrow for a couple of days. Painted in red, of course – Now that would be a big publicity stunt!

Read our full review on the 2019 Tesla Semi.

Jeep Wrangler


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“It's one of the best off-road-capable vehicles available right now”

The Wrangler may not be able to carry around too much stuff, but it’s one of the best off-road-capable vehicles available right now. And, Jeep just launched a brand-new version, called the JL, with upgraded everything. Santa has three engines to choose from, including the big 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and an eight-speed transmission for easier operation. Four-wheel-drive is obviously standard and will come in handy in rough terrain and snow. The fully boxed frame, the solid axles, and the multi-link control suspension arms make the Wrangler the ideal deliver SUV for just about any environment. The heated seats and steering wheel and the dual-zone climate system means that Santa will be comfortable no matter the continent, while the modern Uconnect infotainment system will provide all the convenience for those long intercity drives. And yes, it’s available in red paint. With a matching red interior too!

Read our full review on the 2018 Jeep Wrangler.

DeLorean DMC-12


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“Santa could use Doc Brown's modified DMC-12 to travel faster”

Yeah I know the DeLorean DMC-12 is old and slow, but I’m not talking about the production car here. Santa could use Doc Brown’s modified DMC-12 to travel faster. Not back in time or into the future of course, but rather teleport to different parts around the world using a modified version of the already heavily modified car. I know that teleportation hasn’t been invented yet (so to speak), but Chinese scientists did manage to successfully teleport a photon from Earth to a satellite orbiting the planet. I’m sure Mr. Claus and the Chinese government could sort something out here. It might take a while though, as China may want a joint-venture for the entire project.

Lotus Esprit submarine car


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“It actually works as a submarine, using a bank of four propellers to move forward”

Travelling the world only by road and air can be tricky, so Santa could use a vehicle that’s able to provide transportation under water. A submarine would be too dangerous with all the conflicts going on around the world, but I have a solution: the Lotus Esprit submarine car! Although it looks like a production Lotus Esprit, this sports car was built as a one-off for the “James Bond: The Spy Who Love Me” film from 1977. And it actually works as a submarine, using a bank of four propellers to move forward. These are driven by four electric motors powered by batteries housed in a water-tight compartment. It has articulated fins that provide a turning circle for around 20 feet and it can dive and climb using ballast tanks.

The only problem is that the interior no longer resembles a production Esprit. The cabin has only a platform seat for the driver, with the remaining space occupied by motors, batteries, levers, and other control features. The movie car is currently owned by Tesla chief Elon Musk, so maybe the Lotus will be included in some sort of deal with the semi truck.

McLaren Senna


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“A retirement car for good old Santa?”

I know, a McLaren Senna is way too radical for Santa Claus. It’s not exactly useful with room for just two helmets and those race-ready seats don’t look very comfortable for long trips, but I’m including it here as a retirement car for good old Santa. He’s been doing this for decades now, but he has to retire at some point. Or, he could very well decide to move to California for a few summers. After all, he doesn’t have to work all year. I’m sure that his factory has enough elves to cover for one person on prolonged PTO. Yup, Santa could take the Senna on the race track and enjoy a bit of high-speed action. Or even better, he could embark on a tour on race tracks around world to showcase his driving skills. Heck, he’s been traveling the world for so long, I bet he’s got the skills to score some quick laps at the Nurburgring. People would pay big bucks for that, which could go to charity and stuff like that. Why not put a million-dollar supercar to good use?

Read our full review on the 2019 McLaren Senna.

Pops’ Take

A Bicycle


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Now wait a minute, you cannot end this article without my input. What’s with all the fancy cars and electric trucks? How come no one notices that Santa is having weight issues? He definitely doesn’t go to the gym as often as he should, so he could replace the car with a bicycle. Oh, you can’t haul stuff on a bike? Well, life is tough. Maybe Santa could hire a driver for the Tesla Semi. But hey, there’s good news in this. There are plenty of fancy bikes out there. Expensive ones too, assuming that Santa doesn’t want to be seen on a cheap means of transportation. For $10,000, Santa can score a state-of-the-art, carbon-fiber bicycle in no time!

PostHeaderIcon 2017 TopSpeed Christmas Wishlist

Christmas 2017 is upon us, and Santa is surely busy making his list and checking it twice. Of course, here at TopSpeed haven’t exactly been good, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending out our wishes. Naturally, as a group of car guys (we do have a few women working behind the scenes, but as you might expect, they were too stubborn to get in on the fun) we all wish for the one special car that sticks in our mind. Some of us are hoping to find that old-school muscle in our driveway Christmas morning, one of us is looking for a new Porsche, and of course, we’ve got the Jeep guy too. Oh, and let’s not forget about Pops’ grumpy ass. He had to give his two cents as well. With that said, check out our wishes below then us know what car you want for Christmas.

Ciprian’s Christmas Wish


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Like many of you, my automotive wish list is pretty long. But it seems Santa can only deliver one car, so I’m going to skip all the cool releases from 2017 and ask for a Chevrolet El Camino. But not just any model, I want a 1970 El Camino SS LS6. Yeah, its the one with the 454-cubic-inch (7.4-liter) V-8 engine, 450 horsepower, and 500 pound-feet of twist. Why do I want it? Isn’t it obvious, it’s the perfect combination of muscle car performance and pickup truck utility. I obviously don’t need the latter, but the El Camino is among my favorite muscle cars ever. It’s a tough decision against my other favorite, the 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi.

I’m also picking the El Camino to make up for our 2015 Christmas wish list that was restricted to new releases. Since I couldn’t pick the old El Camino then, I settled for its modern iteration, the HSV GTS Maloo. That was the beefed-up version of the Holden Commodore Ute, a car which, sadly, is no more with General Motors having shut down automobile production in Australia. So this is it, I want to add a 1970 El Camino SS LS6 next to the HSV GTS Maloo I got for Christmas in 2015. Old meets new, huh?

Kirby’s Christmas Wish


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There’s always the temptation to go the easy way out with this list. I could put any one of this year’s hypercars and be done with it. But I’m not doing that because that’d be too easy. Instead, I’m picking a car that I chose as my favorite car from the Geneva Motor Show back in March. If Santa can be so kind, can I still get an Alpine A110?

Of all the cars that debuted this year, this one is still my favorite. I love the way it looks, particularly the nods to the original A110. I love that even if it’s compact, it still looks spirited, with hints of a mean streak wrapped in its tout body. I know that it’s not the most powerful car in its segment – the 350-horsepower Porsche 718 Cayman has it by the throat – but I don’t care. I’m not in the business of muscle-flexing, anyway. I want my car to have its own personality. I want it to stand out, even in the presence of faster and more powerful exotics. The Alpine A110 checks all those boxes, so much so that its 252-horsepower and 236-pound-foot output is just the icing on the cake.

Mark’s Christmas Wish


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It probably comes as no surprise my automotive Christmas wish list has the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL written prominently at the top.
And since we’re given free reign to wish big, I’d go with the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. The harder choice would be deciding between the new six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. More than likely, I’d save the $2,000 upgrade charge and stick with three pedals. The 3.6-liter V-6 will do as well, at least until the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 comes out in 2019.

I’d opt for the $595 Cold Weather Group, the $795 Trailer Tow and HD Electrical Group, and the rather pricey $1,295 Electronic Infotainment System Group that includes the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system, navigation, HD and XM radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and the Roadside Assistance and 911 Call feature. I’d also wish for the $1,295 Steel Front Bumper package. The String Gray body color and black Sunrider soft top give the Jeep an industrial look. The optional $1,495 leather seats are a must, as is the $195 Trail Rail Management System.

Of course, all these options add up. My Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon would cost Santa $47,335 – ouch! But hey, a guy can dream big, right?

Jonathan’s Christmas Wish


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Robert is giving us a lot of leeway with this list, so my first inclination is to go with the outrageously awesome Pagani Huayra, the Italian carbon fiber dream machine with an interior that looks like it sprang out of some much faster version of Narnia. But, as Kirby said, that would be a bit of a copout, because of course I’m wishing for a friggin’ Pagani, right?

So I’ll dial it back a bit and go with something slightly more down to Earth – unless there’s a crest nearby, that is. My pick for this year’s wishlist is a revamped new-gen Subaru WRX 22B STI. Something lightweight, two-door’d, and heavily turbocharged to give the Six Star brand a much-needed kick in the pants. Just knowing something like this actually exists in the world would be enough to make me happy, although I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing one in my driveway either…

Robert’s Christmas Wish


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Of all the cars in the world, all of the high-performance supercars, all of the new-gen “muscle,” and here I am still thinking about “The Goat.” That’s right, as a Pontiac guy, my heart is predominantly owned by the 1969 GTO, more specifically, the Judge. But, not just any Judge. I want the GTO Judge with the Ram Air IV upgrade, four-speed manual, Warwick Blue exterior, and Black interior. Of course, I’m a hardtop guy, so mine wouldn’t be so rare, with nearly 7,000 built in hardtop specification, but I wouldn’t be opposed to getting one of the 108 convertible versions ever made. After all, those came standard with the Ram Air IV package as standard equipment, and there were oh so sexy.

And, for a metal bucket, in stock form, the GTO Judge was pretty damn fast. I wouldn’t even be that disappointed with the standard Ram Air III package. After all, it could hit 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and run the quarter mile in 14.1. That Ram Air IV upgrade, though. Man, that thing pushes the 60-mph sprint in 6.6 seconds with a quarter-mile coming in at 13.9 seconds with a speed of more than 100 mph. That’s pretty good for something that weighed much more than your modern-day car. It hit these numbers by pushing 366 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque from a 400-cubic-inch power plant. In Ram Air IV spec, horsepower jumped up to 370 ponies. Fuel delivery was handled by a single, four-barrel carb and, despite my desire for the four-speed manual, I would be more than have with the Turbo Hydra-Matic trans, four-speed close ratio manual, or even the three-speed manual – just bring me something Santa, please.

Pops’ Christmas Wish


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Cars? I don’t want cars for Christmas. I have enough cars, including a 1970 Plymouth Cuda Hemi (wink wink). All I really want is for the station wagon to return to its former glory in the U.S. I want station wagons for everyone. Proper American stations wagons besides the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, the only grocery getters you can buy nowadays. Now, this would be a wonderful present from Santa. I want to see a modern Chevrolet Colorado, a Buick Roadmaster Estate, a Ford Country Squire, and even a Ford Torino Wagon. It’s probably a bit too much to ask from good old Santa, but it’s the best thing I can think of right now. The station wagon deserves another, and I bet they can survive alongside the booming crossover market. So how about it, sport? Would you make station wagons popular again?

PostHeaderIcon Wrecking Ball Gets a ’Go’ At Smashing Cars

If you’re having a slow day at the office today, we invite you to spend the next 10 minutes of your day watching this. It’s not often that we get to see a car get created, but it’s even rarer for us to see a car get smashed to smithereens. This video from YouTube channel The Slow Mo Guys gives us a heavy dose on how cars get treated when they’re sent to scrap yards. Just a reminder: the star of this video isn’t a car; it’s a wrecking ball.

There’s a part of me that feels bad for these cars. As bad a shape as they’re in, I still cringe at the sight of them getting properly introduced to a four-ton wrecking ball that has no conscience whatsoever. No car deserves to have this fate, no matter how messed up it already is.

That said, I actually enjoyed watching this video because of the destruction it provides. This is what happens when a wrecking ball is let loose on unsuspecting cars. The first car to suffer that fate appears to be a Buick Park Avenue sedan. It’s not the kind of car that evokes nostalgia on my part, so I don’t care too much for it. That’s a good thing because the sedan quickly gets demolished to the point that the tires on the other side of the car actually come loose. It’s not a pretty sight.

Next up is the Honda Element, which actually survives in better shape than the Buick. Then again, the term “survive” is relative in this case because the Element still gets whacked hard enough for it to actually flip over. From there, the guys turn their attention to a BMW 3 Series E46 Convertible. Instead of swinging the wrecking ball, a decision was made to instead drop it from a height of 115 feet and let gravity do its thing. The result of that experiment is a completely smashed 3 Series. If you’re a Bimmer fan, you’re probably better off skipping this part of the video.

You can, however, return before the end. There’s a nice bit at the end that properly demonstrates the force of these wrecking balls. Make sure to stick around for that part.

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PostHeaderIcon A Little Road Rage and Violence for You: Video

Road rage confrontations are nothing new in this day and age. All it takes are two ill-tempered fellows and the combustibility immediately goes through the roof. Sometimes, cooler heads prevail and we leave it at that. But other times, things go south when one suddenly decides to sucker punch the other. The latter scenario played out in Adelaide, Australia recently as a dashcam recording managed to capture the scene for our collective viewing pleasure.

I don’t suppose these not-so-gentle men thought that a dashcam was in the vicinity when they decided to start doing their best WWE impersonation. To be fair, one of them seemed to have his wits about him, until the other guy decided to uncork a flailing haymaker on his noggin.

The scene takes a turn for the worst when the two start throwing some wild swings on each other. A couple of other people came in to try to break the sorry excuse of a fist fight, but not before both combatants managed to land a couple of misplaced swings on each other. It’s not the cleanest of road rage fights that we’ve seen, but it does have good entertainment value to it.

The only downside is we don’t get to see how it ended as the car with the dashcam drives off before we had a chance to judge the ill-conceived bout. I just hope, for the sake of everyone involved, that the fight finished quickly because it really wasn’t a fight, to begin with. It was one guy sucker-punching the other, and the two engaging in an arm-flailing competition for about 30 seconds.

On a more serious note, I do wish that nobody got hurt from this episode. Things like this tend to happen more often than we realize, and in some cases, the results are far worse than what we just watched.

PostHeaderIcon Porsche Is Now Making Honey

When was the last time the words “Porsche” and “honey” were mentioned in the same sentence? Years ago? Never? As implausible as it sounds, it’s not a figment of our imaginations anymore; it’s the real deal. Porsche, the company famous for building some of the most iconic sports cars in the history of the world, is now selling honey.


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“Porsche is actually harvesting the honey from bee colonies it set up in May 2017 around its production facility in Leipzig, Germany”

Before you start snickering at the thought of Porsche branching out from the auto world into the food business, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a hokey joke that was made up for spits and giggles. Porsche is actually harvesting the honey from bee colonies it set up in May 2017 around its production facility in Leipzig, Germany.

In the short space of seven months, Porsche has already produced more than 400 kilos (882 pounds) of honey, which it now sells in jars at its customer center shop under the “Turbienchen” name.


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“The bees themselves were only introduced this year in response to the declining population of German bees”

It’s unclear if harvesting and selling honey was one of Porsche’s end-goals when it established a 132-hectare nature reserve around its area in the early 2000’s, but the project has reaped benefits for a lot of parties concerned. Back in 2002, Porsche established colonies of Exmoor ponies and cattle in the area. The years that followed saw a dramatic increase in animal life, a lot of whom have made the area their homes.

The bees themselves were only introduced this year in response to the declining population of German bees. As it turned out, Porsche’s decision to introduce the insect has been so successful that the company already has plans to expand it in 2018.
“We will continue the initiative next year, and we are planning to expand it. Our nature reserve offers the ideal conditions for bees,” Gerd Rupp, chair of the executive board at Porsche Leipzig, said in a statement.

If that expansion happens, you can be sure that we’ll be seeing more of the “Turbienchen” honey in our lives.

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PostHeaderIcon Elon Musk Pulls a Donald Trump; Criticizes the Media

So, once Donald Trump took office, we definitely saw what it was like to see someone be criticized by the media and, in turn, we have also seen what can be said when that person being criticized fires back – the Trump\Media war against each other has been and still is going strong. Well, Trump is the only one who has a dissenting view of the media these days, and – big surprise here – the other crybaby is also a billionaire wonderboy that goes by the name Elon Musk. Of course, Musk didn’t take to social media to complain about the fake news and phony media but instead whined about it to all of the people on the conference call made to discuss Tesla’s scary loss of $619 million over the last quarter. The truth is that, like Donald Trump, Musk didn’t really have anything good to say about the media – even saying that the recent stories about firings at Tesla we taken completely out of context. It turns out fake news is everywhere.

According to Business Insider, Musk actually went on a bit of a rant, saying “Journalists and editors with low integrity failed to provide any context. The actual article would have read, ’Tesla fires 2% of employee base for performance-based reasons….’ Of course, that would be a meaningless article so, of course, they forget to include that. Shame.” And, so this isn’t taken out of context, it’s be reported that Musk actually yelled the word “Shame!”

For what it’s worth, musk has clarified that the number of people who lost their jobs was just 700, or – you know – that two-percent of his workforce. Of course, this isn’t the end of the story by a longshot. Lately, Tesla has been the focus of a number of lawsuits including racial discrimination, being anti-LGBT, the delay of the Model 3, cheating Stephen Platt out of shares, and it is even being sued by the UAW as the UAW believes Tesla fired some employees that were pro-union, just because they were pro-union. Of course, Tesla alleges that it is all based on the fact that they all (700 of them) were fired for poor performance, but you know how that story goes.

Lawsuits Galore

Is it just me or is everyone in line to fire Tesla for one reason or another. It’s kind of like all these actresses coming forward after 30 years saying they were raped or harassed. It’s like everyone is lawsuit crazy and if someone has money, they’ll be targeted. I mean, it’s not like Tesla hasn’t been in front of the firing squad before – there for a while, anyone who forgot what pedal meant go in a Tesla tried to sue the company. The point is, the company is owned by a billionaire, so there are lawsuits aplenty, to say the least. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some racial and anti-LGBT discrimination going on, but that doesn’t mean it really happened. I’d like to see evidence of this, just like I’d like to see evidence of all the other accusations made against people in power or under the famous limelight. Until then, I’ll just assume everyone is hoping to get rich quick.

What do all of you think , though? Is there discrimination and hatred going on over at Tesla’s factories? Are people being overworked? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Add Some Boost To Your Pumpkin With This Subaru WRX STI Carving Pattern

So then, it’s Halloween. What’s your costume gonna be? Does it happen to be a blue and gold jump suit and helmet combo with the name “Solberg” or “McRae” printed across it? If that describes you, then this is what your pumpkin should look like. Offered as a free downloadable and printable PDF from SubaruPartsPlus, this carving design will turn that boring orange squash on your porch into a turbocharged rally star, announcing to the whole neighborhood your undying allegiance to the Six Star brand.

Granted, that rumbling aftermarket exhaust you installed probably does the same thing, but either way, this is a great way to inject your spooky holiday with a little AWD goodness. We recommend adding a rooster tail of pumpkin seed “gravel” shooting out the back for extra artistic bonus points. That said, if you really wanted to scare your fellow Subaru enthusiasts, maybe a carving of a head gasket would be more appropriate…

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PostHeaderIcon Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

Continue reading to learn more about a few “Costumed” Cars.

Subaru BRZ And Toyota 86


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This one should be pretty obvious. Developed as a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ and 86 are practically identical, with just a few minor differences to tell them apart. Outside, there are several small cosmetic alterations and slightly different headlights, while inside, the trim and equipment varies a bit between the two models. The suspension tuning is also slightly different.

The rest of it, however, is the same. That includes all the important stuff, like the platform, the engine, and the transmission options. Basically, everywhere it matters, these two are the same.

Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru BRZ and the 2017 Toyota 86.

Fiat 124 Spider And Mazda MX-5


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Upon its release for the 2017 model year, the Fiat 124 Spider was hailed as the glorious return of the small Italian roadster, a topless homage to the brilliance of Fiat’s past and the possibilities of its future. However, there was just one problem – it wasn’t a Fiat. It was a Mazda.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, especially considering the similarities seen between the above-featured Subaru and Toyota. After all, the Fiat does get a good deal of unique gear to call its own. The suspension is new, as is the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood. The exterior styling is totally different as well. What’s more, buyers can upgrade to the even-sportier Abarth edition if so inclined, gaining a new limited-slip differential and a throatier exhaust.

Still, the 124 uses the Mazda’s platform and several of its minor components, and even gets built in the same factory as the MX-5. All told, the bones of this Italian are Japanese.

Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5.

Lamborghini Huracan And Audi R8


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Less you think its just $30,000 sports cars that can play this costume game, we had to throw in this pair as well. Here’s the deal – Lamborghini likes to tout itself as a preeminent supercar brand rocking a long history of making incredible performance machines with few to no rivals. And that’s true. It’s just that since 1998, the Raging Bull has operated under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which means brands like Audi can now say the same thing.

Take the Huracan and R8. Both get over 600 horsepower from a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10, routing power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both also get the same low-weight, high-rigidity chassis. But sure, the Lambo is the one to get if being noticed is a top priority… but either way, you don’t have to dig deep to see it’s basically a disguised Audi.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan and the 2017 Audi R8.

PostHeaderIcon Watch This Stripped Mercedes Get Pounded by Potholes

Warped Perception, the Discovery Channel and YouTube show known for filming interesting stuff in super slow motion and with high-def cameras, has beaten the last breath of life from a tired Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The goal: to film the suspension as it rebounds from going over cringe-worthy potholes in a neglected urban street.

The video shows the Mercedes’ MacPherson strut going though a full compression cycle multiple times over just a short distance of road while the control arms swing wildly around their rubber bushings. The stripped down Merc clearly isn’t having fun; every little part is reeling from the shocks and making the unibody car do the wave like teens at a concert. Most surprising is the lateral forces seen acting on the wheel and tire as the car turns slightly while mid-bump. In fact, the forces are too much for the dry rotten tires could take. Both the front and rear tires pop and the sidewalls slam into the broken asphalt – and it’s all captured on 4K slow-motion video.

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PostHeaderIcon Mazda Releases “Decision Tree” For Miata Owners Asked To Lend Their Car

We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s a buddy whose daily is in the shop for repairs. Maybe it’s a younger sibling who wants to impress a member of the opposite sex. Maybe it’s a significant other who just wants to see what the fuss is all about. Whoever happens to be asking it, it’s a question that can send a cold chill down the spine of any and all automotive enthusiasts: “Can I borrow your car?” Normal folks won’t get it, but if you frequent this website, you’ll understand. This shouldn’t be some off-hand, casual request, like asking for a stick of butter or to borrow your neighbor’s lawn mower. This is your car, the four-wheeled light of your life, the thing you daydream about, the hobby that eats up all your spare time and money, the machine that speaks to you in a language of squealing tires and popping upshifts. Luckily, Mazda gets it, as evidenced by this handy flowchart. Designed as a handy reference guide for Miata owners, we’d argue it’s applicable for anyone wise enough not to denigrate their ride by seeing it as merely some sort of transportation appliance.

Of course, we wanna know – would you be comfortable loaning your car out? Under what conditions would you be willing to give up the keys? What car-lending fails (or wins) have you experienced in the past? Let us know in the comments!

Mazda MX-5 – decision tree


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PostHeaderIcon Automakers Celebrate Lifting Of Ban On Women Drivers In Saudi Arabia

We knew it was coming sooner than later. Now that the women of Saudi Arabia are all set to be allowed to drive, automakers from all over the world have been quick to react to the ground-breaking news, celebrating the development on the social media with hashtags #SaudiWomenMove and #SaudiWomenCanDrive.

Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were the first automakers to post their congratulations and promote themselves to the women of Saudi Arabia, getting the word out early that they’re ready to welcome women drivers into the driver’s seat for the first time in the history of the Middle Eastern country. The quick response to the living of the driving ban was a smart move, particularly because of the business potential that it offers for a lot of these companies. Data gathered by The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association revealed that Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of vehicles and parts in the entire Middle East region. At the same time, data from LMC Automotive pointed to Saudi Arabia as the 21st biggest automotive market in the world, a figure that could go up with the potential of having more customers by virtue of lifting the ban. In total, Merrill Lynch estimates that as many as nine million potential new drivers could be in the hunt for new cars in Saudi Arabia, including 2.7 million resident non-Saudi women. With all these numbers being thrown out, it’s no wonder that companies like Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan were quick to roll out the carpet for Saudi women. It’s going to be great for business!

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Check out the social media posts from these automakers

Some might say that Ford, Nissan, and Volkswagen are simply taking advantage of the situation regarding the lifting of the ban on women drivers in Saudi Arabia. To that, I say the three automakers are doing exactly what everybody should be doing at this point. By all accounts, the Saudi Arabian market is one of the most lucrative auto markets in the world and the potential of it becoming more lucrative by introducing close to 10 million new drivers is a huge opportunity for automakers to expand their businesses.

Ford Middle East was one of the first to comment on the lifting of the ban with a smart and visually catchy post depicting a rearview mirror with a woman’s face on it. The surrounding area is all black, evoking an image of a woman wearing a niqab, a garment of clothing traditionally worn by Muslim women to cover their heads, leaving only a small slit for the eyes. The Ford post was accompanied by a simple “Welcome to the driver’s seat” message to go along with the hashtags #SaudiWomenMove and #SaudiWomenCanDrive.


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Note: photo of Ford’s social media post about the lifting of the ban on women drivers

For their parts, Nissan Middle East and Volkswagen Middle East also posted about the lifting of the ban. Nissan threw in an image of a Saudi license plate with “2018” and “GRL” on it. That’s an easy nod to the year 2018, the year that the ban is expected to be officially lifted by the Saudi Arabian government. The “GRL” letters reflect a shortened version of “girl.”


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Note: photo of Nissan’s social media post about the lifting of the ban on women drivers

Volkswagen’s post also plays up the imagination with an image of a woman’s fists and the words “My Turn” between them. The image itself appears to hint at a woman holding the steering wheel of a car. The German automaker added a message on its post, telling future women drivers “It’s your turn; take over the driver’s seat.”


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Note: photo of Volkswagen’s social media post about the lifting of the ban on women drivers

Given how important this development is, I fully expect more automakers to follow soon with their own social media posts, welcoming Saudi Arabian women to live in the fast lane.

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PostHeaderIcon A McLaren Story That Makes Us Hate Insurance Companies Even More

This might be the oddest tale of destruction to ever happen to a McLaren. A donkey caused a whopping $40,221 in damage to a McLaren 650S Spider after its owner parked beside the donkey’s enclosure. The German police report theorizes the orange 650S looked like a giant carrot to the donkey, who proceeded to eat part of the carbon fiber body near the bumper, scratching the orange paint in the process. The owner, Markus Zahn, says he returned to his McLaren and got inside before seeing the donkey in his rearview mirror.

Adding insult to injury, Zahn’s insurance company refused to fully cover the repair costs, sending Zahn an invoice for $7,052. Though he owned a $288,000 exotic supercar and likely could have easily paid the bill, Zahn decided to sue the donkey’s owner for the cost. Not surprisingly, the donkey’s owner, who named the barnyard animal Vitus, refused to pay the expense. Now a year later, a German court finally heard the case and ruled in favor of Zahn. That left the donkey’s owner with a repair bill of $7,052.

While it seems petty of Zahn to saddle the arguably innocent donkey’s owner with a bill he could easily pay, the real ass of this situation is the insurance company. Undoubtedly, Zahn pays big money to keep his prized McLaren and his fat bank account safe from harm, but when it came time to actually file a claim, the insurance company didn’t feel it was on the hook for the full repair bill, despite Zahn having full coverage. I’m sure the insurance company would complain if Zahn flippantly decided he didn’t want to pay the full amount of his monthly premiums. Regardless of the $40,221 repair cost, the insurance company should have paid up. That’s what insurance is for. Its double standards corporations often hold that makes the public so distrusting.

What would you do in this situation? Let us know in the comments below.

Hat-tip to CarScoops

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PostHeaderIcon Like Dyson, Aston Martin Wants to Jump Industries Too

It’s not uncommon for big companies to jump industries from time to time. One of the most recent, and most provocative, has to be Dyson – the well-known vacuum cleaner brand that recently announced that it would soon jump into the electric car market. Admittedly a move that should scare any EV manufacturer out there – Dyson has made a career out of finding flaws usually overlooked and perfecting the products they were derived from – it’s still a little too early for anyone to start beating their chests in fear of another competitor. And, that’s why we’re looking at this Aston Martin vacuum cleaner. It’s not likely to be something that every really hits the market, but the significance remains. This rendering was posted along with a tweet from Andy Palmer himself congratulating Dyson for joining the independent British car company club:

“Congratulations @Dyson on joining our independent British car company club. We’re looking forward to branching out into vacuum’s….. 

Of course, we would love to see an AM-branded vacuum at some point – after all, Aston does build some pretty fine pieces of machinery, but could it really top the quality of a Dyson? Hard to say, but if you look at cars like the Aston Martin Vulcan, Valkyrie, and DB11, it’s hard to bet against the brand, wouldn’t you say? After all check out that huge spoiler on the rear, the massive five-spoke rear wheels and what about that nod to the V-12 thanks to those six exposed cylinders on each flank? Surely, Palmer just tapped into one of his artists downwind and well below his paygrade to throw this together in 20 minutes for a tweet, but it has us asking the question: Why not? What do you guys think? Would you invest in an Aston Martin vacuum cleaner with all the fixins, including V-12 suction, or would it be a little too expensive for your taste? Let us know in the comments section below.


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PostHeaderIcon Some Automotive Memes to Get you Through the Weekend!

With all of the seriousness and hate in the world – nations banning the ICE, Neo-Nazi’s raging across America, Audi not knowing how to name its cars, and Donald Trump being in office – we thought it might be fun to throw together some fun Memes for the weekend. As such, we’ve compiled a few of our favorites along with some commentary. Do you have a favorite car meme? Let us know what you think of these and post yours in the comments section below. If we like it, we’ll include it in next week’s meme compilation. Click “read more” to see our favorites from this week — there’s surly something for everyone 😉

With all of the hate on the ICE going on these days, let’s state this outright and make fun of those hybrid and electric cars. If you don’t find this funny, you’re probably from California…or New York.

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It’s really more like the look you give after some kid thinks his Toyota with a spoiler is fast and you show him what real power is. Plus, who doesn’t like a good Kermit meme?
Ahhh the hypocrisy of America. Gotta love it.

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Ummm… if you’re going to speed, you better be able to drift too. Slowing down isn’t an answer here.

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OK, Subies are pretty reliable, but when they break, they break.

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Also when your homies don’t judge because you accidentally knocked up that barista at Cars & Coffee meet last year

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The new Chargers may not be quite as good looking, but at least they have heritage, right?

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Murrica… Need I say more?
Yup… so much fun. As a hint, if you have a fat girlfriend, opt for the airbags instead of the coilovers. It’s much easier than having to adjust one side each manually each time you go to get her.

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Sorry, bro…. you’re really not that important

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Well, you might not get laid, but I bet you’ll have hella fun playing Forza 7

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PostHeaderIcon Angry Owner Sets 7 Series on Fire Outside BMW Headquarters

Remember the guy who smashed his BMW M6 with a sledgehammer and axe at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, then fixed it and smashed it again at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show? His name is Pourmohseni Hadi and he’s pretty angry with BMW, which reportedly dismissed his complaints about the high-performance coupe having rattles and transmission issues. It all started back in 2008 and the Italian businessman is on a long mission to protest the brand by destroying BMW-badged cars. He set a Z3 on fire at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and only last week he did the same with a 7 Series sedan,BMW 7-Series this time around just outside BMW’s headquarters in Munich.

The disgruntled owner drove a fourth-generation 7 Series (built between 2002 to 2008) to Munich, parked it on the sidewalk just outside the BMW Museum, and set the cabin on fire. Hadi also walked around the area with a sign saying something like “BMW customer deceit customer blackmail process fraud” in German. There’s no word as to how the man’s protest ended, but if his previous acts are any indication, he probably had a long talk with the German police and likely paid a fine.

Continue reading for the full story.

What’s This Guy’s Problem?

When you destroy three BMW in a few years it’s pretty obvious that you have a big problem with the brand. His issues with the German automaker stretch back to the late 2000s, when apparently BMW dealers refused to fix the rattling and jolting he was experiencing while changing gears in this M6. Hadi claims that he wrote to Italian BMW workshops, but they said nothing was wrong with the car, while the carmaker’s team in Munich was unresponsive to his complaints.

As a result, he decided to smash the car during the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. He did it again the next year and then set another car on fire in 2015, before burning the 7 Series in 2017. But as it turns out, BMW is simply ignoring him. Drawing a conclusion is impossible here, mostly because we do not know the full story behind the owner’s rage and BMW’s lack of action, but it’s pretty clear that billion-dollar companies do not respond to such savage acts.

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