I drove America's cheapest car through wintry New England and loved it

I refuse to believe car enthusiasts are subjected to the confines of only cars thought to be "enthusiast" cars; you know, the ones that sound great, accelerate from this to that in a certain amount of time and look this way etc etc. One key figure in particular stands out amongst the car community, a man fronting… » 1/25/15 12:00am Yesterday 12:00am

Did you know that Acura offers a...150 hp premium car?

Revelation for the morning: the entry-model Acura ILX comes with a 2 liter powertrain that makes 150 horsepower. Two things before Acura enthusiasts brutally stab me on the way to my morning Dunkin' Donuts: One, I know this model is not targeted toward performance oriented buyers at all and two, Acura does have… » 10/10/14 11:00am 10/10/14 11:00am

An FAQ for the commonly misunderstood BMW SMG II transmission

APiDA's excellent E46 M3 buyer's guide this morning once again reminded me how quick some enthusiasts are to vilify any transmission that's not a traditional three pedaler. Hell, even an excellent automated system such as the Porsche PDK gets crapped all over by some of the purist purists. Well, I'd like to take this… » 6/19/14 2:35pm 6/19/14 2:35pm

I survived my first track day!

A few weeks back I expressed worry over my forthcoming track day. Well that day came and went. Car performed great (except that lifters started ticking as a result of the struggling wet sump, but that went away after cooling down), tires are chewed up and I lost some body weight in sweat. But hey, I had one hell of a… » 6/03/14 12:58pm 6/03/14 12:58pm