2015 BMW i8 – First Drive

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2015 BMW i8 Details:

228hp/236 lb-ft 1.5L i-3 turbo engine | 129hp/64-369 lb-ft electric motor
375hp, 420 lb-ft | 0-60mph in 4.2sec
3270 lb | 94mpg est | Front-, rear- or all-wheel drive
Carbon fiber/aluminum passenger cell
Lowest center of gravity of any BMW

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Electronics: Full LED lighting (laser lights in Europe) | DDC | Electric steering | HUD | BMW Connected Drive | BMW i Remote phone app

+ Pros: First proper hybrid performance car | Amazing MPG | Great acceleration and handling | Acoustics | Flat cornering

– Cons: Storage space | Odd brake feel

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It’s difficult to know where to start when dealing with a new automotive concept – a true mid-level sports hybrid – but let’s dive in and confirm the BMW i8 looks great, drives even better and confirms there’s a future for driving enthusiasts in a new, greener world.

We say this with huge relief because we were concerned that the purity of the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept – first seen at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009 – might have been tainted by its short 38-month gestation period. Yet the design looks as fresh now as it did when Ethan Hunt drove it onto the silver screen in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
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In fact, two things came to mind when we saw it in bright Californian sunshine (a location chosen because it’s the largest single market for a performance hybrid, with 70,000 plugin hybrids sold here to date): firstly, it looks astonishingly similar to the original concept; and secondly, it simply looks astonishing.

We’re all used to squinting at concept cars to imagine what the production vehicle will look like, and yet the BMW i8 was barely diluted. It keeps many of the bold features the designers originally envisioned, with seemingly only the transparent doors sacrificed to the homologation process. Fortunately, it does get a lightweight scissor door arrangement that adds a theatrical element to your arrival and departure.
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Put the i8 on Santa Monica Blvd, Pacific Coast Highway or I-405 freeway and you still see the unadulterated concept. Driven alongside Camrys and Altimas, it looks sensational. In truth, it makes everything look rather hackneyed. Even the Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458 appear mundane alongside it.

So while its styling is like nothing else on the road, what’s it like to drive?
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If you’re like us, your experience of hybrids is limited to the unpleasant Prius and entertaining BMW ActiveHybrid 3. Neither of these made a compelling case to buy one, so would the i8 be any different?

The answer is a resounding yes. Thanks to BMW’s holistic approach, everything works. The i8 was designed to be a hybrid, rather than modified to run on electricity, so there were almost no compromises.
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Perhaps its single greatest attribute is the CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) and aluminum construction, seen inside the door apertures, allowing the BMW i8 to tip the scales at 3270 lb. In turn, this means the brakes can be smaller and lighter, the acceleration better and the economy previously unimaginable.

Although US testing was incomplete at the time of writing, European data suggests 0-60mph in 4.2sec, yet with a combined fuel economy of 94mpg. Take a minute to absorb that implication…
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It’s like low-fat ice cream tasting better than the full fat.

BMW has achieved its witchcraft with a combination of gasoline and electric motors, with each playing a vital role.
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In city driving or up to 75mph, the 129hp electric motor gets you moving (unless you’ve selected the Sport driving mode via the shift lever). It allows you to travel up to 22 miles in relative silence using a two-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The petrol engine kicks in above 75mph, or if you need more acceleration in Comfort Mode, or when you select Sport Mode. It drives the rear wheels through a six-speed auto, giving you sporty RWD characteristics but with the assurance of all-wheel drive when needed.

We can thank the carbon construction for the i8’s unique engine – a 1.5L, three-cylinder derived from the new Mini Cooper but turbocharged for this application. As such, it develops a surprising 228hp.
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While many people shuddered at the prospect, we knew that a three-cylinder engine meant plenty of torque. And with electric power to fill in the torque gaps, and less weight to propel, BMW found the perfect powerplant.
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The only remaining question was how it would sound. Initially, we were impressed by the noise but discovered it was enhanced by the audio system. Having learned nothing from the F10 M5, BMW has done the i8 a disservice because everybody will assume the engine sound is poor. Yet watching several cars tackle Malibu’s canyons, we can assure you the engine sounds great. It has an unusual note with plenty of bass and certainly doesn’t need enhancement.

Accelerating hard in eDrive while attempting to plug a gap in traffic, the two-speed transmission seemed to hesitate before the demons were unleashed. Fortunately, that trait was invisible in Comfort or Sport, where the i8’s operating system makes the best use of its available power sources and provides rapid, instantaneous, seamless acceleration from any speed.
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In fact, seamless best describes the i8’s operation because, apart from some minor vibration when the petrol engine fires up, the driver is unaware of the activity happening behind the scenes, relying on the iDrive display to keep you informed.

The logic systems decide what propulsion system you need, when to charge the battery and by how much, which wheels to drive, etc. Having used the electric Mini E and ActiveE research projects, as well as its ActiveHybrid production vehicles to develop the operating system, BMW has created a remarkably efficient machine.
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While the ability to run emissions-free is extremely attractive, it’s more useful to European cities that limit vehicle use. It will, of course, save you significant money at the pumps and BMW is developing several plug-in charging solutions for customers, including its own solar-powered carport.
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The batteries can also be charged on the engine’s overrun or with regenerative braking. The latter creates an unusual pedal feel, where the first portion of the brake pedal travel is sharp and communicative. But the harder and longer you push, the more wooden they feel. It’s not that the four-piston front brakes won’t stop you; they’re very effective. However, you’ll need to get accustomed to the pedal feel.

Similarly, the steering is excellently weighted but utterly numb. It does exactly as you command, but you’d have little idea if the tires were in trouble. And despite wider 215/45 front and 245/40 rear Bridgestone S001 tires on all US cars, the i8 looks and feels rather under-tired.
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This might be psychological since BMW endowed the i8 with an extraordinarily competent chassis. The handling was superb, with a natural lean towards slight understeer. However, it was generally very neutral, with small amounts of oversteer possible after severe provocation. What’s more, the car cornered incredibly flat, body roll seemingly alien to its DNA.

Surprisingly, BMW hasn’t provided the driver with a Dynamic Damper Control button. Yet the i8 is equipped with DDC as standard – it simply adjusts automatically to the driving mode, road surface and your inputs. That said, it was rather stiff on surface streets, but seemed to be more forgiving as speed increased. Some of Mailbu’s roughest canyon roads upset the car’s composure slightly because the suspension seems to have a short travel, but it was generally an exemplary and entertaining drive. While not a track car, the i8 will be an enjoyable companion for anybody with a regular commute that involves challenging roads.
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As usual, BMW went to extraordinary lengths to ensure the car was perfectly balanced. Placing the batteries down the spine of the vehicle and surrounding them in refrigerant to avoid the danger of fire from overheating.

With the engine at the rear, the weight distribution is a commendable 47/53%, making it almost ideal. And with much of its weight concentrated below the floor, the i8 has the lowest center of gravity of any BMW built to date.
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The only meaningful downside we could discover was the wide sills that make egress slightly awkward. The side windows don’t lower fully, leaving an inch of glass to knock your elbow on. And there’s a distinct lack of storage space. The rear luggage compartment might take an overnight bag but there are no door pockets, with only a couple of stowage areas in the console and a small glovebox. However, BMW has come to your aid with a line of tailor-made Louis Vuitton luggage designed to slot into all the available space, including the rear seats that even young children might find constricting. A rear luggage area might have been more useful, but BMW has tried to make the i8 as flexible as possible by offering four seats. So we look forward to seeing the first Thule roof box mounted to this sportscar.

Not only is the car good looking, fun to drive and remarkably efficient, it also benefits from a raft of support services called 360? Electric. This will include a BMW i Wallbox for home charging (with the solar-powered carport also announced) and a ChargeNow card for a cash-free payment option at public charging stations. There are also a number of efficiency systems to reduce the amount of time you waste looking for parking spaces. Furthermore, BMW is offering easier maintenance, repair and breakdown services.
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And there’s an app for that. Your phone can monitor the battery’s charge, telling you how long it needs to be plugged in, when it’s ready and how far you can travel.

The technology even extends to laser headlights, which sadly won’t be available in the US because the ancient laws hadn’t predicted it might be an option one day. However, the Europeans will enjoy the range and clarity of the beam.
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With a base price of $137500, you have to ask what the i8 is competing against. You have to assume it will attract Tesla drivers who want more visual drama and driving excitement. It should also attract Porsche 911 Carrera owners, who won’t get the same visceral sportscar feel, but will enjoy its technology and their contribution to the reduction of global warming.

As a city car, the i8 has few peers. It can slip silently and emissions-free through any metropolis, casting a stylish shadow. Yet it’s also able to pick up and go at the press of a button or moving the shift lever.

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The Dos and Dont’s of New Car Shopping

Even if you’re just saving a few bucks monthly on a payment, we all want to find the best bargain we can easily possibly get. It’s our human nature to think like we’ve vanquished a enemy and gotten them to provide us with a deal they didn’t wanna give. Sometimes we’ll spend more on gas getting the deal than we shall actually save, but the idea is that we’ve argued our way into wealth by paying less that we initially thought we were going to. When buying a car, everyone knows there is room to negotiate the sticker price. If they give you the deal, they’re making profits and you’re getting the shaft,. That is the fact of the matter. Every single time.

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So, how can you get a great deal with a new car? Firstly, you have to do your homework. Not merely where you live but in addition check out both nearby markets and also other places across the country. Before heading in the dealer, your plan is to be as informed as you can talk about the vehicle you would like. Don’t let any feature become a surprise, realize it inside and out. You need to understand the features that come stock on every car. For example, if they say that the vehicle is going to are more expensive because it has a CD player, you will know that really, all cars of that model come with a CD player- can’t sneak one past the old gipper.

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The way to achieve that is to call dealers prior to actually go in. The worst thing to do is usually to show up on the dealer uninformed. Call the Nissan Moreno Valley and talk to a guy about the car you want. Once they start gabbing about deals and request you to come in, you need to just hang up the phone. But take note of every one of the info they offer you and then call Metro Nissan Redlands and ask tall of the same questions. IF there are any differences, things they promise Nissan corporate mandates they can or cannot do, you understand someone is blatantly lying. Then you can phone some other dealers and find out the facts – inform them you heard two different stories from different dealers and you can contact them out on it.

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When you have what you think are the options and all the info and the features you want, and also you know the package and features you want, after that you can go to the dealer and perform the negotiating having an informed background. The dealer will know that they can can’t mess around with you when you come prepared. If you demonstrate that you’re also knowledgable, they’ll know they’re dealing with somebody that did research and won’t be fooled, remember, they are fully aware the behind the curtain facts, and. They’re going to let you obtain the best deal you will get because they know thy must at least just close a deal with you and they can get that sale. Also when it comes to trading in a vehicle, there is a lot wiggle room there, many thousands of dollars even. Use that to your advantage as well.

1992 Honda Civic CX – K20 Swapped Purist

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The ’92-95 Civic, or EH chassis as U.S.-bred versions are stamped, is quite possibly the most popular body style to build and modify. Flanked by two monumentally popular Civic generations (’88-’96 and 91-00), the slippery, mid-’90s hatchback has proven itself over capable with countlessstreet and show, and in many cases record-setting race versions that blanket the Honda enthusiast crowd. With all of that notoriety comes a relatively tricky part-constructing a standout. Owning one of these vehicles automatically places you into very crowded waters, and breaking free ofFrom a purist’s standpoint, simplicity still reins supreme as hard-core EH fanatics search for a proper balance of performance and uncompromising aesthetic touches. For Michael Blancke, owner with this ’92 CX, the lure of the popular hatchback wasn’t all that enticing. I started out wanting to build my ’95 four-door, he says. I found myself collecting all the parts for a few years, together with a built ITR motor and SiR interior. As the parts pile continued to accumulate, Michael’s good friend RC Chacon, owner of RC’s Garage, was busy building the precise car you see pictured. Only, at that time, its chest cavity was the location of a boosted B Series heart, and the car had gained national attention because it graced the cover of this very magazine. Avid HT readers will recall through the article that RC wasn’t exactly a huge fan of hatchbacks either, which is ironic considering both he and Michael wound up building a hatchback-the very same car in realitySo, how did an anti-hatchback guy with a built B Series on the back burner end up with this K-powered CX? Well, let’s start from the beginning. Michael adds, I took a ride in my close friend Rhett’s K-swapped ITR, and I was hooked! I immediately wanted to go K Series. So, i sold all of my B Series stuff and started collecting K-swap parts to piece together a motor. The four-door sat in the backyard for quite some time while the scavenger hunt continued, until Michael brought it to RC’s Garage in hopes of finding some solid motivation. The build process began, albeit slowly, and not long after, motivation again waned. I just lost motivation again. A short time after that, I needed the opportunity to buy RC’s old car [but] the first time it was for sale, I didn’t need it. He ended up buying it back after selling it, and then I bought a weird itch to get it. He wanted me to buy it because he wanted one of his good friends to have it, and this time around, I really did start to like it. Michael says emphatically, Never have I liked hatchbacks, I’m a four-door guy, LOL. With the majority of the K-swap ancillary parts already accessible, the sedan chassis was abandoned in the meantime and Michael and RC got busy working on the hatch.

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It was suitable for a K24/K20 combo, even though the original plan called for a turbo K Series; Michael purchased a turbo kit. He soon discovered that a straight K20 in comparison with a Frankenstein setup carries enough differences to cause far too many headaches. As an alternative to forcing the turbo kit into the bay, the components were instead sold and the money was spread out across the entire build, in naturally aspirated form.

The sanitary underhood appearance is really a direct reaction toAfter having the engine bay resprayed by local paint guru Tony Froelich, the powerplant was prepped for duty. Using Golden Eagle’s head stud kit, a K20Z3 block was mated to your K20A2 head fitted with Toda valvesprings that provide support for a collection of custom ground Web Cams. The cold side sees an increase in airflow thanks to an RSP Euro CTR intake manifold, Hybrid Racing 70mm throttle body, and a Vibrant Performance Vanjen clamped JDL 3-inch intake. With momentum on the build at an all-time Michael, RC and high decided to have the trip from Arizona to LakeElsinore and California, for that annual Eibach meet, which was quickly approaching. The scramble to finish generated an electrical gremlin that Michael can laugh about now, but he wasn’t smiling just a few hours before hitting the road to SoCal. He recalls, The night before Eibach, I kept blowing a fuse, which led to no power to the ECU. We might not for that life of us figure it out. Soon there is a team of people seeking to figure it all out with Hasport’s wiring guy, Brian Thomas, leading the way. It ultimately came down to my human error after being deprived of sleep when I installed the fuel pump. I pinched a wire as i tightened on the pump, and yes it was inducing the fuse to blow. We went through like 20 of theavailable, the Civic did make your trek for the massive Eibach event by the due date and, not surprisingly, captured the interest of attendees throughout the day. The only problem was, some were saying the words that also ring in Michael’s ears. Basically If I would have heard that it still looked like RC’s car one more time, I would drive it away a cliff, I swear. LOL! Jokes aside, the time had come to revamp the exterior bits to make the car truly his, and knowing this, Michael contacted the one shop which could procure tough-to-find JDM goods quickly-ICB Motorsport. He adds, I go to my good friend Matt of ICB and ordered an initial Molding hood and flugel plate. While I was there, he unveiled a Sergeant wing, which looks a tad more aggressive compared to a Spoon wing and it’s fiberglass. Decided I wanted it, and I color-matched it on the car. Michael also obtained a five-lug conversion from RC’s sourced and Garage a classic pair of bronze CE28s of the 16×7 variety.

A purist at heart, Michael Blancke focused on a solid balance of tasteful appearance and usable performance. I can honestly say I adore the car now, he says. Even RC

2000 Honda Civic – A 14-year Journey

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Kelvin Bulda is a reserved individual who doesn’t have a lot of an online alter ego. He generally keeps to himself, however within the Honda community are familiar with his and him car. Kelvin prefers to stay away in the hype and the madness that exists inside the ever-growing import scene. His 2000 Honda Civic mimics his personality; it isn’t overly flashy and doesn’t have any parts on it that might attract too much attention. For himself, although only the true Honda enthusiasts would appreciate what Kelvin has understand and done that he truly builds his car not for other people. One important tidbit worth mentioning is the fact he’s been on this journey with his Civic since he acquired it brand new 14 years ago.

I’ve always loved how the [EK] Civic looked and that i purchased that one back in 2000 when I was still a Junior in high school. Kelvin says. This is my first car as well as theseem like it’s straight outta Japan!

Guys like Kelvin are just wired differently, while it is almost unfathomable to think that you guy would stick to one car for this length of time. Through all the technological, changes and trends advancements that our community has seen in the past decade, he has remained loyal to his Honda. Similar to a long-term relationship, the key to keeping things fresh was to constantly evolve and to try new things. When you ask him, he’ll never tell you that he or she is done with this Civic while he is always trying to find new things to enhance it, whether it’s changing the wheels or simply adding something small to the engine.The most recent incarnation of his hatch is perhaps its most timeless look. He grew up loving the Japanese Civic Type R, along with his build represents his vision of an American adaption of your famed CTR. At first glance, you might think that his Civic was a Type R model because the entire exterior has been transformed with all JDM EK9 Type R components. The only aftermarket, non-CTR parts that are visible are a collection of Spoon Sports side mirrors and a pair of ARC splitters up front. Adding to the classic styling elements of his EK9-themed build are 16-inch Advan RGs that look like they came straight out of your box brand new. Behind the wheels are Endless brakes, which were only a pipe dream during his tenure in secondary schoolCheck out the rear with matching Bride fabric, even though bride Brix seats!

Inside the cockpit of Kelvin’s Civic is everything that you would find in an EK9 CTR, except the steering wheel remains to be on the left-hand side. Everything else is OEM Type R, although he has tailored it to his own liking by adding Bride seats and re-wrapping the rear CTR seats in Bride material to match. It provides the signature Type R red floorcarpet and mats, door panels and headliner.

As stated, Bulda is continually adding new trinkets to his motor, although he’s taken some liberties under the hood of his Civic. There is a plethora of parts from different manufacturers that can be found, but the heart of his build stays true to the Type R theme with a B16B engine from a J-spec EK9. By taking a look at some of the parts because certain pieces that he uses just aren’t common nowadays, you can tell just how long he has had this project just. Sure, you’ll recognize all the Spoon Sports products, but when was the last time you saw a 5Zigen header, SARD fuel pressure regulator or GAB Sports oil cap?through the mid-2000s in the event it had an Air Walker front bumper, GAB Sport wheels and black side moldings. Back then, he was one of the primary guys to run an Air Walker front and it was easily recognizable. Many West Coast guys didn’t even know this car still existed at one point while he actually got into a pretty bad wreck in 2008 after leaving a meet. Someone clipped him on the highway and the car spun-out of control, hitting another car in the process. his, Luckily and he passenger escaped without injuries. For most, that could have been it for the particular car and they could have moved on-but not Kelvin. He loved his Civic so much that he or she kept it and slowly rebuilt it from the ground-up. If anything, the accident only helped to reaffirm his love for his first car. Who knows, another decade from now, when we’re all old and also have a big gathering of Honda owners from years past, maybe we’ll see Kelvin pull up in the Civic. It’ll probably still look just about the same and none individuals will be surprised that he still hasmounts and exhaustwith a few rare goodies like the 5Zigen header.

Drivetrain Spoon Sports lightened flywheel; Exedy clutch;

Footwork & Chassis TEIN HA coilovers with pillow mounts; NEXT Miracle X-bar; OEM CTR front sway bar; SRR rear lower control arms, rear lower tie/sway bars; Cusco lower tie bars; J’s Racing pillar bar; Rigid rear upper strut bar; Carbing 3-point front upper strut bar

Brakes OEM Honda CTR five-lug conversion; Endless front big brake kit; Project Mu brake pads; Goodridge stainless brake lines

Wheels & Tires 16×7 Advan Racing RG wheels; 205/45R16 Dunlop FM901 tires

Exterior OEM CTR rear lip, side moldings, front grille, front lip, side headlights, taillights and markersMy spouse Tiffany Bulda, my daughter Kelani Eulalia Bulda, Mom and Dad, Deguzman family, Kerwin Bulda, Chris Lopez, Adam Schubert and also be from BG Motors, Gary G&S Auto, Nate from CT Engineering, Henry Chung and the Motorsport Dynamics crew, Geoff Gabriel from JDM theory, Thomas Pinai and Speed Addicts, Adam Luong, Steve at Hmotorsonline, Mike Estebar and ATS Garage crew.

The Dos and Dont’s of New Car Shopping

Even if you’re just saving a few bucks monthly on a payment, we all want to find the best bargain we can easily possibly get. It’s our human nature to think like we’ve vanquished a enemy and gotten them to provide us with a deal they didn’t wanna give. Sometimes we’ll spend more on gas getting the deal than we shall actually save, but the idea is that we’ve argued our way into wealth by paying less that we initially thought we were going to. When buying a car, everyone knows there is room to negotiate the sticker price. If they give you the deal, they’re making profits and you’re getting the shaft,. That is the fact of the matter. Every single time.

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So, how can you get a great deal with a new car? Firstly, you have to do your homework. Not merely where you live but in addition check out both nearby markets and also other places across the country. Before heading in the dealer, your plan is to be as informed as you can talk about the vehicle you would like. Don’t let any feature become a surprise, realize it inside and out. You need to understand the features that come stock on every car. For example, if they say that the vehicle is going to are more expensive because it has a CD player, you will know that really, all cars of that model come with a CD player- can’t sneak one past the old gipper.

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The way to achieve that is to call dealers prior to actually go in. The worst thing to do is usually to show up on the dealer uninformed. Call the Nissan Moreno Valley and talk to a guy about the car you want. Once they start gabbing about deals and request you to come in, you need to just hang up the phone. But take note of every one of the info they offer you and then call Metro Nissan Redlands and ask tall of the same questions. IF there are any differences, things they promise Nissan corporate mandates they can or cannot do, you understand someone is blatantly lying. Then you can phone some other dealers and find out the facts – inform them you heard two different stories from different dealers and you can contact them out on it.

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auto business, car sale, consumerism, gesture and people concept – happy woman with car dealer making deal and shaking hands in auto show or salon

When you have what you think are the options and all the info and the features you want, and also you know the package and features you want, after that you can go to the dealer and perform the negotiating having an informed background. The dealer will know that they can can’t mess around with you when you come prepared. If you demonstrate that you’re also knowledgable, they’ll know they’re dealing with somebody that did research and won’t be fooled, remember, they are fully aware the behind the curtain facts, and. They’re going to let you obtain the best deal you will get because they know thy must at least just close a deal with you and they can get that sale. Also when it comes to trading in a vehicle, there is a lot wiggle room there, many thousands of dollars even. Use that to your advantage as well.

2013 Subaru BRZ – Out Of The Blue

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To build these cars is one thing that I do for myself. People relate the automobile with the shop, and it’s been working real well. I think it’s a blessing. I get to complete what I love and make a living doing it. Greg’s statement is easy yet all-encompassing, showing not merely the type of builder and businessman he is, but the type of person he is. His company specializes in whatever your graphics needs can be, from banners and signs to liveries and wraps. After chatting with him, it took only a few moments to realize the amount of an easygoing, well-spoken individual he is. So we’ll allow him to introduce the tale of this awesome BRZ project car: I had been at SEMA 2012 running around and, of course, I saw FR-S and BRZs everywhere, he told us. Through the car’s popularity, it didn’t take much for the BRZ to etch itself in Greg’s head. There’s something about the car, the brand, individuals in the community, and thisOut Of The Blue even though At the same time, it’s a great tool for the business, began Greg Lilly, owner of Underground Graphics and this sexy Subaru BRZ.

So the project began right after SEMA, even before he had the keys to his own BRZ. Before I got it, I did something using this type of build that I had never done before…I built it. I hadn’t even taken delivery of your car and i also was already purchasing parts, for example the aero, although i knew I needed Subaru’s World Rally Blue, so that’s what I ordered. In a sea of manufacturers making products for the FR-S/BRZ platform, selecting a kit was actually one of many easier tasks. I wanted this car to bedifferent and ideal, and subtle, he explained. What kit comes to mind which is both popular and definitely not subtle? That’s right. And yes it wasn’t for Greg whatsoever. If I had a dollar for all who said I should have gotten the Rocket Bunny kit…you get the idea, he laughed. But being able to think outside of the box is what separates people helping to easily delineate the tiers of car builders. Greg has used APR Performance aero products before, so he called upon the company again for its carbon units to the exterior. Design-wise, black wheels would complement the rich blue hue of the chassis, so he ordered a collection of SSR SP1s in matte black with anodized lips. Sitting behind the spokes are a custom pair of blue Futura Design brake calipers and top hats tying together the outside of the vehicle. The outcomes speak on their own-the automobile has a significant presence and the black undertones almost make the car manage to glow. You happen to be drawn to your vehicle and as you become close, you will be presented with the chance to see the clean andthat he or she wanted to utilize a set of fresh Bride Stradia II Reims seats. As thrilled because he was when they arrived, there is one problem he just couldn’t get over…they had blue stitching. That would have been fine and dandy given the exterior of the automobile, but with the factory interior of the BRZ having red stitching, it simply didn’t match. So, greg hit up JPM Coachworks and made a special order of the Alcantara interior offerings. With blue stitching, he remembered telling them, although I’ll take one of everything. He even went up to now as to order a brand-new handbrake assembly to deliver along for upholstery-providing the ultimate complement for theOut Of The Blue

For that high-caliber stance, Greg utilized an airbag setup from Air Lift Suspension using custom dual tanks controlled by AccuAir management. One-matched Hotchkis strut bar sits in the engine bay while duties below the chassis are taken care of by Perrin’s sway bars, control arm brace, and bushings. Additionally, SPL Parts rear adjustable camber and toe arms help with dialing inside the suspensions settings.

Giving the Subaru ability to move from one show to the next is a Vortech supercharger kit. Throw in a Nameless header, Non Stop Tuning pulleys, and Perrin bolt-ons and the BRZ threw down 265whp on the dyno, making this coupe more than competent at smoking the backSome people get wound up and defensive the second the term Hardparker gets thrown into the mix, however, not Greg. He just smiles and takes it all in stride, hence his custom license plate. It doesn’t bother him, despite the fact that he readily admits that this name is fitting given that the car really doesn’t get driven. Besides, after falling in love with the BRZ, he finished the auto and was selected to showcase it at SEMA the following year. He’s come up with a BRZ that’s complete head to toe and sexy concurrently, and he’s done it despite the criticism of not going Rocket Bunny but just byshifter and shifterFrom The Blue

Exterior APR carbon-fiber front lip, side skirts, rear bumper skirts and rear diffuser; Perrin shorty antenna; Version Select rear spoiler; Lightwerks painted headlight housings and STiR lens swap; T1R blue wide mirrors; smoked tail lights, corner lights and daytime running lights; JDM side markers

Interior Bride Stradia II Reims seat and seats rails; Crow harnesses; JPM Coachworks alcantara upholstery on steering wheel, shifter boot, e-brake boot and handle, center armrest, speaker pods, knee pads, dash panel, gauge hood, lower door armrest, upper door panel, rear seats and rear seat armrest; ARC titanium shift knob; Agency Power harness bar; ProSport 60mm Premium EVO boost gauge; ATI 60mm vPod gauge mount; Sylvania ZEVO LED kit

Thanks You Gillman Subaru Southwest, Dorbitz Designs,AccuAir and Airlift, Futura Design, JPM Coachworks, Tanabe USA/SSR Wheels, APRPerformance and Sony, Excel Autobody, Mach V Motorsports, SPL Parts, Nameless, AWD Tuning, StanceNation, Mayday Garage, Proper Garage, my team of 10 years, Team 16NiSS, and my understanding and forgiving wife.

“1991 Acura NSX – Building Honda’s Dream Car “

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Being raised as automotive hobbyists, the dream car of many has long been the famed Acura NSX. Porsches and other supercars weren’t in the spectrum of reality because they were cars that you just saw in magazines or owned by the wealthy. The NSX was different; something about the supercar being manufactured by Honda just managed to get seem obtainable. It was a Honda after all. How much could an NSX really cost if everybody was driving a Honda, right? As you get older, reality kicks in with gradual maturity, and also you start to understand the value of things. You soon realize that even during your late twenties, the NSX isn’t exactly some car that one couldin the past. They were, and therefore are, still preferred and were able to retain their value through the years. They can be by no means cheap by any stretch from the imagination, although obviously, they aren’t as pricey as they used to be whenever they left showroom floors in the early ’90s. This is certainly evidenced from the voice in your head uttering the familiar words must be nice when you discovertogether with a six-speed manual swap, making this car a great time to drive!

The NSX has long been a dream car of mine since childhood, Jeffrey Nguyen says. He or she is the guy you’d likely say MBN to because he’s the owner of the sleek NA1 here. I’ve always been an avid fan of Hondas, and one of my first builds was an H22A turbocharged Prelude. I owned a couple of other cars afterward, but nothing really in comparison to the fun and reliability of a Honda. After I graduated college, I began looking for NSXs. I didn’t expect to find anything however I found one for sale in California for $20,000. If you’ve never actually considered purchasing an NSX before, it is pretty hard to find a high quality one under $20K-even by today’s standards. I discovered this car in 2006. That price was unusualthrough the price tag, Jeffrey contacted the owner to find out more. The property owner contacted him shortly after with the details, and before Jeffrey knew it, he was on the way to Long Beach from his hometown of Las Vegas to discover the car for himself. The property owner assured me that it was well-maintained, though The [NSX] had about 150,000 on the odometer, which was somewhat high. He had every one of the service records to support his claims. I took it to get a quick test drive and was sold. I was finally an NSX owner, and also theThough his doubts subsided after the journey home, he still did a leak-down and compression test to ascertain if the original C30A engine was good. For Hondas, that type of mileage isn’t anything unusual, although 150K may sound like it has lived a couple lifetimes. The tests showed that the V6 ran perfectly strong. It was now time for Jeffrey to get started on planning out his build. He explains, I already had a pretty good idea how I wanted the car to check before I even purchased it. The car is over twenty years old, so appearance-wise, it absolutely was a bit dated. I wanted allow it a modern update without sacrificing an excessive amount of the original lines. I didn’t go overboard with the wild aero like some NSXs. Too, because I planned to cruise around a whole lot.””, this car still had to be very streetable””was included with removing the original front face of Jeffrey’s NA1. As opposed to the old motorized flip-up headlights, he opted to go with a more modern NA2 front-end, which was available in the ’02-and-up models. With a fresh new face mounted, Jeffrey proceeded to bring the vehicle closer to the pavement with the addition of TEIN Flex coilovers. Unlike most conventional suspensions, Jeffrey’s TEIN dampers have a custom air-cup kit. This adds a really small air bag to the front dampers that’s hooked up to a compressor that feeds air involved with it. The result allows the front to visitAmong the many great features for being an NSX owner may be the camaraderie that exists within their community. They often times get together to be on spirited drives through local canyons. After I got the exterior of my NSX dialed in, I took it out to a couple of NSX group drives with other owners. I fell in love with the way the car handled every curve. It’s a feeling like no other car I’ve ever owned or driven. It became an obsession of mine to improve the agility of the vehicle. In the process, I must have experimented with every strut and sway bar combination possible.

I enjoyed every inch of my NSX, however it always felt like it needed an extra gear. It also wouldn’t hurt to free up the motor some, even though power wasn’t a limiting factor. The factory five-speed came out eventually and then in went a ’97 model six-speed manual. I also added a new CT Power Grip clutch and light-weight flywheel. The C30A1 sounded too much such as an Accord in my opinion, so I installed a set of Pride headers along with their exhaust system to give it so muchThe rest inside the cockpit is likewise reimagined to resemble the Japanese NSX-R. The door cards have been covered with red Alcantara and the carpet and floor mats are original NSX-R. Even original leather components were tweaked slightly with adding red stitching. Furthermore, all removable plastic trim pieces were substituted for stylish carbon-fiber alternates.

Jeffrey concludes, After college, I started my own shop and my NSX functions as a great kind of advertising to draw interest toward my business. It’s just one of those cars that is certainly highly respected everywhere. I will go to a Coffee and Cars gathering with older enthusiasts, an auto show or meet with younger crowd and also cruise along on exotic car runs. It’s really multifaceted. More than anything else, owning this NSX also has provided me with the opportunity meet probably the most down-to-earth drivers I’ve ever known. Besides being an ultimate driving machine, it has helped me to network in life. Simply put, there’s not one other car like it.

Simple Maintenance Tips for a Smooth Ride

For the majority of time our cars take us to wherever we want to go without a hiccup – they take us out and they also bring us home without having trouble by any means. It’s little wonder then that we tend to take things for granted after a while. In order to enable them to run better for longer, It’s well worth remembering however, that even the most trustworthy of vehicles relies upon us to complete a few basic maintenance steps.

If you remember these top tips it will not only help your vehicle to last longer but additionally cut down on repair bills down the road and be sure that your vehicle is safe and reliable for the long term.

See the Manual . . . Then Follow The Instructions – every new car comes with a manufacturers manual and although nobody can force you to follow the advice it’s a really smart course of action. The manual will tell you the recommended maintenance tips for your particular car including:

• The frequency of which you should modify the oil, and how to do it

• The levels and color of fluids

• The type of fuel which should be utilized for your particular vehicle

Keep Close Track Of Your Tires – auto manuals may also have recommendations about how exactly often your tires should be rotated. You have to check over your tires regularly to ensure that they are with the correct pressure and that have sufficient tread for them to be safe. This not simply gives you a smoother ride but also can help to maximize fuel efficiency and lower the risk of suffering with a blowout.

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Driver Broken Down On Country Road

Read the Signals – you have to learn how to pay attention to your car and recognize when things are not quite right. Listen out for unusual grinding or squeaking noises which could imply that your brakes need checking. If your steering wheel gets the shakes even when you are driving along smooth roads it may also be a sign that something serious is going on. Address them once you notice them as if something feels wrong with your car then there probably is something wrong with it, it’s important that you don’t ignore these pointers.

Be considered a Good Driver – good drivers are kind with their cars. They don’t treat them like race cars and see if they can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a few seconds. In the event you set off slowly it causes less strain towards the engine, change gears smoothly and don’t brake too hard which can cause harm. In order to get the best out of your car for longer, everything should be slow and smooth.

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Make it Clean – and that means on the inside and the outside too. The outside of your car can become a carrier for lots of debris including hot, bugs and dirt tar during the summer salt and time during the winter time. All of these things will have a detrimental impact on your car over a duration of time including both the motor parts and the structure from the body. Ensure that is stays tidy and clean inside and outside.

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Just following these very simple tips can help you to get many more years and many more miles out of your car, as well as help it to retain a good re-sale value.

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“00-’06 Audi TT Coupe History – Affordable Design Icon “

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Concept cars, what a disappointing bunch. All those grand ideas trumpeted at auto shows and then we end up getting the Honda CR-V as well as other common conveyance made lukewarm by focus and meetings groups. Not the Audi TT Coupe, though.

Either bydetermination and luck, or some both, what began as an intriguing design study translated into a road-going model with little compromise, essentially a light re-drawing in the roof line. And it may even be argued that the production version looks better for it. The idea was to create a desirable car that might still be affordable for many people. The eye of the beholder notwithstanding, the Audi TT has generally been desirable and used versions have grown to be more affordable on a regular basis.

As the Audi TT moves into its third generation, the first (code-named 8N) retains a purity of design, an integrity where subsequent face-lifts would only stray from the original point and lessen the impact. This aesthetic angle is amongst the many pleasures of Audi TT ownership. Never underestimate the thrill that always occurs when walking as much as the door while taking in its shapes and proportions, clicking the vehicle open, and stepping inside. It’s a thrill that continues from the cabin, for the reason that interior received just as much styling skill and attention to detail as that striking exterior. The design team included J Mays, Freeman Thomas, and Peter Schreyer, all of whom have become leading figures within theirOnly a couple of ergonomic downsides. The roof’s leading edge is low, so overhead traffic lights are hard to see and a cricking of the neck may be involved. And think about this compact coupe a two-seater despite those little seats in the back. Only those really small or with a crush on their chiropractor would even attempt to squeeze themselves in.

Although the first-generation Audi TT will always be held up as one example of great car styling, its underpinnings are the same as the MkIV Golf (platform PQ34). Didn’t necessarily make it the driving machine of anyone’s dreams, even though this helped with affordability. Still, the 225 version with all-wheel drive makes decent progress (zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds) with reassuring grip. These were recalled and re-engineered, including the addition of a rear wing, suspension tweaks, and ESP, though early European models had issues with high-speed stability.can be another staple of your VW Group: a 1.8L turbo four. This unit has been tried,tuned and tested, and thrashed by now. It’s a well-known quantity that can handle high miles as long as it gets the proper maintenance. More about that in a moment. It’s also a prime candidate for an ECU re-flash or even an upgraded turbo system.

Through the factory, this 20-valve engine powered the 180 and 225 versions. Those numbers are based on the metric PS rating (pferdestarke), which results in 178 and 222 hp. Torque is 173 and 207 lb-ft, respectively. The lower-power version is easy to distinguish from the outside: It only has one exhaust pipe as opposed to the two in the 225, which also has a larger K04 turbo and a second intercooler. The base 180 is really a front-drive model, with all-wheel drive as an option. Drivers shift their own gears: five within the 180, six in the 225.

A V-6 version was introduced for 2004. It makes 247 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque from 3.2 liters of naturally aspirated displacement. It came coupled to the then-new DSG dual-clutch transmission. It’s fast as heck, includes a stiffer suspension, and all-wheel drive is standard.

Let’s return to maintenance. There was a class action suit claiming that the timing belts within the 1.8L engines of several ’99 to ’03 VW and Audi models failed prematurely. Be especially wary of this aspect, although an agreement was reached.

Audi TT timing belts should be replaced at least every five years, maybe every 36 months or 60,000 miles, just to be on the safe side. It’s a good idea with a brand new purchase whose service history might have grown sketchy to budget for a belt change along with a tensioner. While it’s in the shop, replace the factory water pump with a stronger aftermarket alternative.

Tired front suspensions will make noises going over bumps and the TT is not light, so take note of the braking system as well. Examine the alloy wheels for scuffs, probably good ammunition for price haggling right there. The TT is low, so look underneath in case it’s been scraped against those curb stops in parking spaces. The lowest level entails further for that driver to fall into the seat, so inspect the left bolster for wear.

The instrument panel was the subject of more legal action, working on Audi TT models built between 2000 and 2005. Examples for sale could well be working with less than its full complement of pixels. Specialist companies offer a complete rebuild for about $350, not including the cost of removing and refitting the instrument cluster, plus shipping.

A ’00 180 with front-wheel drive is valued at $2,900, but good luck finding one in the classifieds for your little. Buying a V-6 version requires something in the area of $12,000. Occupying a sweet middle ground between those two, a ’03 225 with all-wheel drive is booked at $6,460. Out in the real world, spending around $ten thousand will purchase a decent example. With plenty of parts available and prices remaining sane, now is a superb time to acquire what is destined to become a classic.

550hp 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-X – One Bad Kenmeri

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550hp 1973 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-X – One Bad Kenmeri

It seems unlikely that Mary Shelley would ever have built a car. This can be largely to poor timing on her part: She was dead by 1851. Yet were she given the opportunity build a car, the writing Ms. Shelley produced in her lifetime would lead you to believe that a machine similar to thisgoing on 200 yrs old now though oft-told since, and Patrick Soliman’s ’73 Nissan Skyline GT-X.

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