February 5, 2010
I took the Hyundai Genesis Coupe out for a couple days and am starting to think that I can’t afford to own one. We were provided with the nice 3.8 Track version, which is the sportiest of the offerings, but for a guy like me it still lacks what I really want in a sporty car. Here is a list of mandatory modifications that I’d have to complete in order to own this car:
1. Stiffer suspension – The car has too much weight transfer and too much lean.
2. Lightened flywheel – I can’t exactly describe it, but the transmission is lacking. Quick shifts are nearly impossible to fire off and at low RPMs it feels like the tranny has too much weight to turn over. I’m thinking a lightened flywheel would help with getting the power sooner and might delay the hang time between shifts.
3. Wheels – Very few OEMs get the wheels right, and rather than making the car these take the car back a notch and remind you once again that it’s a Hyundai.
Overall I actually really enjoy the car and I’ll admit that I’m somewhat finicky, as you can tell by the wide variety of cars I’ve owned.
February 1, 2010
Look what just got dropped off at CarDomain World Headquarters. Snapped some quick pics, now I’m off to play with it. Stay tuned…
October 28, 2009
I had to be down in Portland for the weekend, so I thought I’d take our Mazda 3 test car over to the Burnside skate ramp where a Jeep had famously rolled over a few days earlier. Once I saw the ramp, I wasn’t sure that the Mazda would fare any better, plus I was pretty sure no one would ever give me a test car again.
Skate ramps notwithstanding, I came away pretty impressed with this little car. Actually, it didn’t feel little. It felt just about right. Continue reading after the jump!
October 14, 2009
Check out our new copper red mica Mazda3 i Touring 4-Door test car! Ok, so it’s a boring FWD automatic sedan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with it. With the auto and the moonroof/6CD/Bose package, the MSRP is pushed up close to $21k. But still, it seems like a pretty decent car for the money. I’ll be driving it around town and then down to Portland this weekend, and will give you my full review next week. Stay tuned…
October 2, 2009
Well, it took almost four days of living in Los Angeles, but I finally got behind the wheel of a supercar. Sitting here typing, I still can’t believe what happened. Now it’s not like I’ve never realized that I’m one of the luckiest bastards to ever walk the face of the earth—I have, really—but lately that’s been happening like, every [expletive deleted] day. You see, CarDomain and YoParts are going to be giving away a Nissan GT-R, and when I rolled into the office yesterday morning, Nads told me we were picking it up from DC Motors, which is a solid 45 minutes from the office, that afternoon. He also—for reasons I can’t at all fathom—informed me that I was going to be driving it back.
September 3, 2009
By Jim Brennan
I had the opportunity to road test the Freightliner version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, and came away quite impressed. With this morning’s announcement that makes it certain that Dodge will be losing the Sprinter, Freightliner dealers will still be in the hunt, along with select Mercedes-Benz Dealers.
July 28, 2009
Car Culture At Large
It has taken one week of driving and a few days of reflection, but I have come to the conclusion that the Audi RS6 may well be the best all-rounder money can buy. The first day I picked the car up from Audi Japan I headed straight down to the Hakone Turnpike for a day of hard driving. One quick blast to the top of the summit revealed an immensely powerful car, one that was maybe trying to play supercar too hard, given its obvious limitations in other areas. Based on the A6 the RS6 (RS stands for “Renn-Sport”) is offered as both a sedan, like the test car you see here, or the slightly more practical Avant version, wagon to you and me. The test car sported a “Sepang Blue” body color, one that I though matched the sporty intentions of the car rather well. Continue reading over at Speedhunters…
By Dino Dalle Carbonare
July 14, 2009
When CarDomain was preparing to get our first test car last year, I remember all the editors had to fill out a bunch of paperwork and agree to have our driving records checked over. And since I’d gotten my first speeding ticket in almost ten years just days before I was handed the forms, I was a little nervous. But everything worked out, and while I’ve certanily had my share of uncomfortable conversations with Rob, I never had to call from jail or report that I’d gotten a tester impounded. Unfortunately, one journalist Down Under recently got a little carried away with Ferrari’s new California. He was popped for doing 142MPH, which resulted in the brand-new Cavallinio getting impounded. Good luck getting your hands on another tester buddy! More over at Jalopnik.
March 9, 2009
I’m used to ignoring 300Cs when I see them at the stoplight and in every parking lot, but after Chrysler tossed us the keys to their 300c SRT-8 I now find myself scoping every 300C out there.
Like always Rob was nice enough to set me up on a date date with the press car, and I was lucky enough to keep her overnight. Overall I was incredibly impressed with this machine, and when it came down to writing about her, I couldn’t come up with one thing to right about so instead, here is pictorial. More pics after the jump!
March 6, 2009
When our 2009 Mustang GT came in last week with a hot Torch Red paint job, the first thing I thought to myself was, “Oh God, which one of us is getting a ticket first?” A week later, no tickets, a pile of rubber and a new found respect for Mustangs was born.
Continue reading after the jump!