The Nissan GTR is a bit of an enigma. It’s one of the rare few that satisfies more than one personality traits. It’s nearly untouchable at the Ring, only beat by the million dollar Porsche 918 when counting series production vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the replacement to the outgoing SLS, the AMG GT this morning, ahead of it’s public debut at the Paris motor show next month. Targetting the Porsche 911, the new AMG GT sits in a new segment in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.
Powered by an all new 4.0L V8 Biturbo, the powerplant pumps out 510hp in S guise, allowing the AMG GT S to hit 60mph in a scant 3.6 seconds, along with a 194mph top speed. The base AMG GT model is rated at 462hp, hits 60mph in 3.8 seconds, and tops out at 190mph. The engine features a hot V configuration, where the turbochargers are nestled within the V, resulting in a more compact design. A wet sump version of the engine will power the all new C63, due out in January of next year.
I’m in lust again. Her name is W205. She comes from a family named Mercedes and the family crest is a 3 pointed star. She comes from a long line of well groomed sedans. It started in 1982 when Mercedes released a small saloon (sedan for us North Americans) under the 190 moniker. The W201 was the beginning of the entry level sedan for Mercedes. 2015 brings us the 5th generation, the W205.
The C-Class has remained much the same size until now. It has grown in every dimension and grown up in style. The interior has improved dramatically in the W205 and offers amenities that were only seen on E-Class or higher vehicles. The growth is evident in the longer wheelbase that allows real leg room for rear passengers when the front is adjusted for my driving position. In the W204, I either had to compromise my leg room, or only allow children to sit behind me when loading up the car.
The Southwest Calgary Ring Road project has not started yet, and it’ll be a many years before it is completed but that doesn’t mean we can’t go on a virtual drive of it before then. Watching the video explains why the Southwest Ring Road has a mega budget of $5 Billion with 37 bridges along the route, crossing both the Elbow River and Fish Creek.
The virtual drive starts at the current terminus of the NW Ring Road at the Trans Canada Highway and snakes its weigh on the western edge of Calgary to connect with 69th street (West Calgary Ring Road) then continues on in the second video all the way to Macleod Trail in the south.
The new C Class from Mercedes-Benz has been making waves since its introduction at the Detroit show earlier this year. Redesigned from the ground up, the new C moves upscale as the CLA Class takes over the entry level Mercedes-Benz moniker. Packed with features from the E and S Class, the new C redefines the luxury sports segment shared by the BMW 335, and the Audi S4. The question is, will the C400 4Matic be good enough to unseat BMW as the market leader?
It’s not often one gets handed the keys to a million dollar car. Well in this case, about 1.6 million, but who’s counting? It’s ironic that I’m the one that gets to write about this supercar. You see, I’m not exactly a fan of Ferrari. Don’t get me wrong, Ferrari makes some great sports cars, but I’m a diehard McLaren fan in the sport of Formula 1 and Ferrari has been our biggest rival over the checkered history of the two teams.
For me, driving a Ferrari is akin to a Red Sox fan wearing a Yankees jersey or, something closer to home, a Flames fan sporting Oilers gear. It’s obvious that the owner of this car has a good sense of humor, as he suggested that I close off our Summer Series by taking his F50 for a day. I promised to be open minded about the experience. Hell, I even wore a red shirt to pick up the car. Read the rest of this post »
With frequent business trips to the Bay Area, I’ve experienced first hand the convenience of Uber. After a night out with co-workers at Lucky Strike where many adult beverages were consumed (open bar seems to be the theme at company events), half our group wanted to head back to the hotel while the other half decided to head out to a random karaoke bar. I start looking around for cabs so we could flag one down while a couple of the executives just whipped their smartphones out.
In less than a minute they had already summoned a couple Uber cars to pick us up and about 7-8 minutes a driver came up and picked us up. I presume the second Uber car picked up the other group right after we left. The best part was that at the end of the trip, we didn’t have to pay. It’s all done automatically. That’s right, no arguing with the driver about how he can’t take a credit card because his machine is broken, or figuring out how much to tip the driver (trust me, it can get expensive after a night out of drinking if your math is bad lol).
After returning home to Calgary, Uber is one thing I always miss after a night out. In Calgary, you’re lucky if you can even get a taxi after midnight. Most people arrange rides with friends to get home, and unfortunately many choose to drive themselves home while intoxicated. It’s a big problem, but protecting an antiquated taxi system is higher on priority list than providing consumers with better transportation options in Calgary.
I’m not entirely sure when Uber setup this online petition for Uber Calgary, but it was probably some time last year after they ran a promotional trial. They have already collected 3,887 signatures as I am writing this. If you think Calgary City Council should fix the taxi situation by allowing companies like Uber to operate here, go check out the site and sign the petition.
This is your chance to stand with us and send a message to your elected officials that Calgary deserves a new set of transportation choices. Consumers love Uber because the taxi industry doesn’t come close to offering the same convenience and reliability. Drivers love Uber because it provides higher earnings and greater flexibility. Cities love Uber because it gives residents and visitors a ride when they need one, serves neighborhoods that taxi companies neglect and reduces taxi crimes and DUI arrests.
Uber may not completely solve the taxi issues in Calgary, but if the City of Calgary eliminates the $80 minimum that limo and town car service companies have to charge for trips, Uber would be able to operate to relieve the demand on taxi services as it will provide a choice, albeit a more expensive one, to those that are willing to pay for it.
If you missed the original post, illmotion hosted the 4th annual Sunday School Show and Shine this weekend at the Max Bell Arena. We posted a big set of pictures in Part 1 and as promised we have included the rest of the pictures in this set.
As I mentioned in Part 1, there were a ton of amazing cars that made it out to the show for everyone to see and it is no different for Part 2. I’ve included some of my favorites, but there are many more in the gallery at the end of this post. Apologies to anyone that had a car entered in the show that was missed.
It may be too little, too late but Honda has announced that the Honda Performance Development (HPD) supercharger kit for the CR-Z is now available. Strapping on the supercharger will boost the power output to 196 horsepower, a significant jump from 130 horsepower. Had the CR-Z launched with a supercharger from the factory, I’d bet there would be a lot more on the road today. The kit also comes with an air-to-air intercooler, high-flow fuel injectors and an updated ECU program. Cost of the kit in the US will be $5,495 (no word on Canadian pricing) and the best part is that CR-Z owners maintain their factory warranty if it is installed by a Honda dealer.
“The CR-Z was the first hybrid to prove that efficiency doesn’t have to come at the cost of sportiness and fun,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “With HPD street performance accessories, including the new supercharger kit, the CR-Z will surprise everyone again with even higher levels of performance directly inspired by our on-track racing efforts.”
The HPD supercharger kit is available exclusively for CR-Z manual transmission models and HPD has developed an optional limited slip differential and HPD sport clutch for those customers looking for an even higher level of performance.
This past sunday, illmotion hosted the 4th annual Sunday School Show and Shine at the Max Bell Arena. As with every year, hundreds of cars descended on the parking lot where owners showcased their rides. One thing different this year however was the weather. Each year, it is normally scorching during the Sunday School Show and Shine, but this year it was a much more comfortable affair allowing people to get out from under their tents to talk cars. Roaming the parking lot it was great to see proud owners talk about their builds with each other and those that came down to check them out.
There were a ton of amazing work, and hopefully we captured a good cross section of the vehicles that were there. With limited time and the number of people checking out the cars in person, it was difficult to get everyone. We’ve broken up the post into two parts due to the sheer number, so check back tomorrow for the rest of the pictures.
I spend a lot of time on various car forums on the internet, and I always enjoy clicking on the car comparison threads because they bring me the most amount of enjoyment. You see, I love watching people argue on the internet, as long as I’m not involved. Car comparisons always have good intentions to begin with, on the internet or in real life, but they typically end in a shit show of fanboys trying to justify why their prized possession is better than someone else who owns a competing model. I have a theory which explains why this happens.
It’s very simple, the theory is that there are only 3 personality types that describe every car enthusiast in the world. While everyone is primarily 1 of these 3 types, they can dabble in the other categories but, in the end, they will argue to the end based on their primary personality. Let’s break it down. Read the rest of this post »