I used to think all Eastern bloc cars were equally as bad (except Tatra), but we shouldn't confuse the heritage of Skoda and Dacia. Skoda has a deep history of unique engineering and design, dating to the 19th century, and survived despite the Cold War. Dacia, however, was a product of the Cold War, and did little… » 12/19/14 9:16am Friday 9:16am

Cadillac had a short-lived LMP Northstar program that was somewhat successful in the ALMS series but definitely overshadowed by the string of R8 successes. The best result at three 24 Hours of Le Mans was ninth. I think it scored a second in one U.S. race, just behind an R8. » 12/17/14 1:17pm Wednesday 1:17pm

It's funny, I thought for a long time that Mini ceased to be when the Rover Group was purchased by BMW in 1994. But that's not true. Original Minis (in Mk VII form) were made at Longbridge until 2000, just before the new MINI appeared. The marque and manufacturing (if not the company) was and still is in England, and… » 12/16/14 8:10am 12/16/14 8:10am

That's the beauty of the Saab. Efficient when required, power when necessary. Modulate with the throttle. That's basically the idea that's helping all of these other car companies get great highway fuel mileage with decently powerful cars. Even a Saab tuned well into the 300+ hp range will easily get 30mpg highway. As… » 12/11/14 2:54pm 12/11/14 2:54pm

If you drank it today, it would be plenty mellow. I drank a 4-year-old Devil Dancer (only 12% but still 112 IBUs) and it was clear the IBUs had faded considerably. The malts took over the flavor profile and it drank more like a malty cream ale. Caramel and butterscotch (think Werther's). Yes, a mild hop kick at the… » 12/10/14 9:26am 12/10/14 9:26am

The IMS issue was a problem mainly for the 3.6-liter 2002-2004 cars, which I believe used a different bearing. Those had as much as a 10% failure rate. The early 3.4-liter cars and a final run of 996s to about 2007 had a less than 1% failure rate. It's not much, but a $1,000-1,500 bearing replacement is better than a… » 12/10/14 8:59am 12/10/14 8:59am

Agreed, but have you seen the QX99 or whatever the giganticist SUV in the Infiniti range is called? Sweet lord. And this is also better looking than the limp-wristed chrome wagon JX35. I'll take Lexus' techno-anger over the Infiniti chrome bacchanal any day. » 12/08/14 8:29pm 12/08/14 8:29pm

Nissan has an extra 30 or so hp, if that, but also has more displacement. Peak torque arrives at a higher rpm, I believe. Hyundai has an extra .2L of displacement, along with extra weight. GM's LFX may have an extra 25 hp at the same displacement, depending on application, but it's also got more technology (DI,… » 12/08/14 7:51pm 12/08/14 7:51pm

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 11/26/14 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 11/24/14 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