2016 Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Track Test Review Taking to the Track with Cadillac's Two Big Dogs
Oct17

2016 Cadillac CTS-V and ATS-V Track Test Review Taking to the Track with Cadillac's Two Big Dogs

Taking to the Track with Cadillac’s Two Big Dogs, the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. While Top Gear frequently refers (or should I say referred) to itself as a “poky little motoring show,” they did so with the utmost irony as they are, in fact, the yardstick by which all other motoring media are measured. TickTickVroom is in reality a poky little motoring blog. So, when we get invited to do something...

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2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Review: 550 HP of Surprise Road Test: I knew it would be good, but I never realized the baddest of the cats would be this fun.
Aug23

2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD Review: 550 HP of Surprise Road Test: I knew it would be good, but I never realized the baddest of the cats would be this fun.

The 2016 Jaguar F-Type R AWD has been on my gotta-drive-it radar for some time without much traction being made toward getting the keys to one. I’ve been lucky, and some car makers have given me some awesome time on the track and off with some pretty incredible cars. But, since TickTickVroom isn’t the biggest or most recognized of car sites, finagling the opportunity to be handed the keys to a 550 hp, six-figured sports...

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Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Build, Part 2 Installing a Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake
Apr11

Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake: 2015 Subaru WRX STI Build, Part 2 Installing a Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake

Installing a Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake The Mishimoto Performance Cold Air Intake is officially the first performance install for my little-ole 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. And, thus far, I’m quite happy with it. Like I said in my first build post, while I’ve done pretty much every repair you can imagine on a car, this is my first real performance wrenching. So, I decided to start with an easy upgrade that may...

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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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Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Drives Itself to Vegas, Baby! Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Completes a 560-Mile Test Self-Drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.
Jan09

Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Drives Itself to Vegas, Baby! Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Completes a 560-Mile Test Self-Drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.

Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept Completes a 560-Mile Test Self-Drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas. Audi A7 Piloted Driving Concept is pretty impressive. If anything, it’s even more impressive than it’s scooty-er sibling, the Audi RS7 Piloted Driving Concept, which lapped the Hockenheim racecourse last October. While the RS7 Piloted Driving Concept ran itself driverlessly around a race track at speed with a nearly...

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Best Sedan for 2015 This Year's Best Sedans for the Money
Jan04

Best Sedan for 2015 This Year's Best Sedans for the Money

In our continuing effort to be moderately helpful, here is the TickTickVroom list of best sedans for 2015. We chose the top sedans under $15,000; $20,000; $30,000; $40,000; $50,000; $60,000; $75,000; $100,000 and a few honorable mentions. Some are fast. Some are inexpensive. Some are good in inclement weather. But, all are awesome cars. Best Sedan Under $15,000 2015 Ford Fiesta S MSRP: $14,455 Zero to Sixty: 8.5 seconds Top Speed: 120...

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Review: 12 Months A Full Year with the Baby Benz
Nov17

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Review: 12 Months A Full Year with the Baby Benz

A Full Year with the Baby Benz It’s been a year since we got our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 long-term test car. It’s also been a year since we posted our six-month 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 review. In that review we mentioned a few… let’s call them… foibles with the then newest Baby Benz mixed in among the many high points.   Here’s a quick recap of our six-month 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250...

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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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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: 2014 TickTickVroom Car of the Year
Apr13

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: 2014 TickTickVroom Car of the Year

It’s officially TickTickVroom’s Second Anniversary.  I can’t believe we’ve turned 2!  I honor of our terrible twos, we thought we’d create the annual TickTickVroom Awards consisting of the TickTickVroom Car of the Year and TickTickVroom Watch of the Year.   Just to explain our process… Our anniversary falls on April 13.  So any car and any watch that comes to market between April 13ths is...

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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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