Incorrect. The 4.2i and 5.3i versions of the 9-7x have the same Stabilitrak system as the other GMT360 models and about the same off-roading capability (they weren't lowered as far as I know). Which is to say "light" because it's only a part-time system. The Aero model (along with the TBSS) is more capable thanks to a… » 11/26/14 2:31pm Today 2:31pm

A good indication of the direct link between the Offenhauser designs and the Pug was the unit construction. This approach allows very high (15:1) compression ratios with good reliability. It's also probably why, when the turbos arrived, they were able to run 44 psi of boost. » 11/24/14 2:28pm Monday 2:28pm

That's about what they can be bought for in the U.S. with that year/mileage/spec but I would strongly recommend spending up to $20K to get a newer or lower mileage car under warranty. My main beef with the Tiguan is the fact it is far less spacious/practical than, say, a Forester, the gas mileage isn't any better than… » 11/20/14 2:23pm 11/20/14 2:23pm

The Golf is a *much* shorter vehicle, like 8 inches shorter in wheelbase. That alone should save a few hundred pounds, and VW has the added advantage of having a smaller, less complex engine and less in the way of "luxury" accoutrements. Also 400 hp requires much beefier suspension, brakes, etc., etc. True, the R has… » 11/19/14 9:56am 11/19/14 9:56am

"Any money spent on cars, is money wasted." No question that the dealership model is a racket, but are you sure this is the language you want to use? Cars can be a valuable investment, because you can use them for gainful employment. And so can renting an apartment, because it can allow access to gainful employment.… » 11/11/14 2:26pm 11/11/14 2:26pm

Your nationalistic post piqued my curiosity, so I have read that the Wright supercharger drive replaced the French unit used by R-R to good effect. New metallurgy improved break-in and corrosion resistance. Bendix carb replaced SU. And Packard produced the two-piece cylinder head, which R-R could not do at the time. I… » 11/06/14 9:05am 11/06/14 9:05am

The sportiness has a lot to do with the setup. The 4A-GE is a Cosworth BDA clone with a ton of character. The 1NZ-FE? Not much. Plus, the Fx16's gearbox has shorter ratios and the suspension is setup to encourage Scandinavian flicks. It's just a really entertaining car to drive. The xA? Not so much, although I like… » 10/28/14 9:04am 10/28/14 9:04am

I wouldn't call it terrible. Just "not as effective in certain conditions" and also "not as expensive". The STI setup, with LSD front and rear diffs and two center diffs (electronic and mechanical) is the most proactive but it's also easily the most complex and most expensive. It also hurts gas mileage and curb… » 10/24/14 1:16pm 10/24/14 1:16pm

Well, many MR2 drivers had snap oversteer issues. The oversteer threshold is quite fine on these cars so many owners lacked the practice or knowledge to control it. With stock suspension and tires, it's very controllable and not a problem. I'd be wary of driving the SC in the wet, however. » 10/24/14 9:23am 10/24/14 9:23am

Jamaican? Jarama is Spanish through and through. A lot of people dislike or ignore the design but I like it a lot. It photographs poorly but in person it's quite stunning. Basically, it's a shortened Espada, intended as a large GT. The headlight treatment could have been better, though. » 10/23/14 12:00pm 10/23/14 12:00pm