Old Top Gear Looks at Porsche 968, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT and Jaguar XJS
May17

Old Top Gear Looks at Porsche 968, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT and Jaguar XJS

Nothing makes the the evolution of automotive performance more obvious than watching grainy, VHS episodes of the original, old Top Gear, like the ones below from 1992 and 1993.  Viewing an afro-coiffed Jeremy Clarkson wax poetically about the virtues of a car from the early 1990s is enough to make you run to your garage and hug your daily driver.   On old Top Gear, cars with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in the 5s (i.e. Mazda...

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Mitsubishi Outlander Updates for 2014 Model Year
Jul22

Mitsubishi Outlander Updates for 2014 Model Year

Last year, the Mitsubishi Outlander received a pretty comprehensive overhaul.  So, it stands to logic that for the 2014 model year Mitsu only made a few tweaks to the car.  Nine tweaks to be precise.  Here they are below… Audio system head unit (ES model) Engine balancer shaft (all models) Newly designed steering wheel with audio controls (all models) Improved sound insulation (all models) HD Radio (SE model) 6.1-in. touchscreen...

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2015 Subaru WRX STI Build: Part 1 I've Finally Started the Build on my 2015 STI...
Apr04

2015 Subaru WRX STI Build: Part 1 I've Finally Started the Build on my 2015 STI...

I’ve Finally Started the Build on my 2015 Subaru WRX STI… About 6 months ago, I bought an Ice Silver Metallic 2015 Subaru WRX STI with an STI Short-Throw Shifter and upgraded Kicker sound system. Since then, I’ve made a few cosmetic changes. By that I mean red RockBlokz Rally Mud Flaps, OLM LED high beam and daytime running lights (from SubiSpeed.com), Lamin-X yellow foglight covers and a bit of plasti-dip on the...

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2016 Ford Focus RS to Hit US Shores with AWD 3rd Gen Ford Focus RS Brings Serious Competition for Subaru WRX STI after Death of the Evo
Feb15

2016 Ford Focus RS to Hit US Shores with AWD 3rd Gen Ford Focus RS Brings Serious Competition for Subaru WRX STI after Death of the Evo

3rd Generation Ford Focus RS Brings Serious Competition for the Subaru WRX STI after Death of the Evo. 2016 Ford Focus RS is officially coming to U.S. shores to drive American highways and byways with a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder and all-wheel-drive. Finally, we get a version of the baddest Ford Focus. I guess the third version is the charm. By that I mean there have already been two versions of the Focus RS in Europe.  ...

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Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000
Dec08

Best SUV Under… er, Best SUVs for the Money Best SUV Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000

2014 Best SUVs Under $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000 Unbelievably, it’ll be 2015 in like 28 days. Crazy, right? That means it’s winter (or almost winter) in a huge chunk of the country. And, winter means snow. And, snow means you need traction. And, traction means four-wheel-drive,  failing that all-wheel-drive, failing that front-wheel-drive. And, finally, that means SUVs. (Or, at least it...

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Four Cylinder Fast Cars Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine
Oct01

Four Cylinder Fast Cars Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine

Maximum Performance, Minimum Engine Honda Civic Type R Concept and the Top 10 Best Four Cylinder Performance Cars   Today (or rather yesterday in France) at the Paris Motor Show, Honda has continued their… um, let’s say… extended unveiling of the next-gen four cylinder Honda Civic Type-R. And, in the tradition of the Acura NSX Type-R and Acura Integra Type-R (both badged as Hondas in Europe), this latest über...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long Term Review: 6 Months
Apr11

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long Term Review: 6 Months

Well, it’s been about six months and 10,221 miles since we took delivery of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 long-term test car.  We took a vow when we leased the car to keep it for better and for worse, and let this six-month long-term review serve as an account of both the better and the worse.   Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 But, first a reminder on what it is we’re testing, exactly.  In October 2013, we leased a 2014...

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2015 Subaru WRX STI: Yep, I was right… I want one. [NAIAS, Video] (UPDATE: Pricing)
Jan14

2015 Subaru WRX STI: Yep, I was right… I want one. [NAIAS, Video] (UPDATE: Pricing)

As I’m writing this post, I’m watching The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.  I can be said that this is not the greatest of films.  But, there can be no argument that the cars featured are a bit inspirational.  I’m seriously a hairsbreadth from grabbing the keys and being very, very irresponsible.   I recently sold my 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and since then I’ve been aching for another fun...

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Horsepower to Reindeer Power Conversion
Dec23

Horsepower to Reindeer Power Conversion

Back for the holidays is the TickTickVroom.com exclusive Horsepower to Reindeer Power conversion. Of all the methods of transport that exist, it must be argued that Santa Claus’s sleigh and eight flying reindeer rank among the coolest and fastest out there (He does make it around the world in one night including several stops, after all).  So, with Christmas and Santa’s annual trek coming up on Wednesday, it got me...

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2015 Subaru WRX Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show
Nov20

2015 Subaru WRX Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Subaru has officially won the road-going rally-car war.  With Mitsubishi retiring the Lancer Evolution after the Evo X’s run is finished, the Subaru WRX (and WRX STI) is the undisputed king of the hill.  So, think of the new 2015 Subaru WRX just unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a victory lap. It seems almost sad the the best Subaru WRX thus far is losing its sparring buddy.  But, be that as it may, the 2015 Subaru WRX...

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