2016 Scion FRS AUTOMATIC??!!! review
Feb08

2016 Scion FRS AUTOMATIC??!!! review

When I first got in this 2016 FRS, and saw that it was an automatic, I was like… But but but…. the FRS/86 auto does have a few tricks up it’s sleeve. I literally never, not once even for a minute, drove the car in full ‘auto’ mode. Nor did I want to. I always went straight to the ‘manual’ version of the auto tranny. And driving the car in this way, it was pretty stinking fun. The car...

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2016 Kia Sorento Review
Jan29

2016 Kia Sorento Review

Bottom line is: The 2016 Kia Sorento offers stylish design in a usable package – with that awesome 100,000 mile stress-free Kia warranty.  It’s competitors may offer more room but it comes at the sacrifice of style and personality.  If you want something with panache and are in need of a 3 row crossover…this is your choice. The exterior is one of it’s best traits.  In a sea of forgettable design this is the...

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2016 Audi S3 Cabriolet review
Jan14

2016 Audi S3 Cabriolet review

If you’ve driven a newer Audi or Volkswagen, then the Audi A3 Quattro Cabriolet is exactly what you think it would be – with a top that comes down. It’s a play-toy for a sophisticated, cultured buyer. IE: someone who doesn’t put large drinks in the cupholders. The exterior is striking in the subtle details. The interior is remarkably quiet for a drop-top. And interior trim pieces are soft & pleasurable to the touch…...

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2016 Lexus ES350
Dec29

2016 Lexus ES350

by:  Yousef Alvi & Jonathan Wooley Editor’s note: Let’s be honest for a second.  If you’re an enthusiast, you’re probably not going to even consider this car.  BUT your mom, uncle, aunt, grandparents, & sister’s-cousin’s-former-roommate will love it.   This is the 2016 Lexus ES350. This car is engineered to be forgotten… but in a good way. Hear me out. A lot of us look for cars that...

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2016 Honda Civic Review
Dec22

2016 Honda Civic Review

This is the 2016 Honda Civic, and we are going to get this out of the way first:  We hate the CVT transmission. It might be a decent tranny for a commuter. And it might technically keep the car right in the boost sweet-spot. But it sounds dumb & we don’t like it. Now – that is the only time we will bring it up. Why? Because the 2016 Civic is that good.  It’s not just good.  It’s faith reaffirming.  For the past 15...

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2016 Scion iA Review
Dec21

2016 Scion iA Review

Speaking as a ‘car guy’ snob – the new Scion iA sucks. It’s slow, and it’s about as sexy as a tadpole. BUT – speaking as a big-brother to all you millennial guys & girls out there… I understand why Scion made it, and why you might want/need it. You’re trying to get life started. The system hasn’t exactly made it easy on you guys. You want to do something with your life that matters. And the fact of the matter is...

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When Pigs Fly | The Burly Brand Sportster Scrambler
Dec18

When Pigs Fly | The Burly Brand Sportster Scrambler

Sportster, Civics, Mustangs, And Doing it Right It’s not what you drive/ride, it’s how you thrash it. That’s the custom mantra. It’s what’s driven us to take inappropriate machines, and drift, race, and drag them against more “proper” opponents. The results, for our culture, are always better – more innovation, more fun, and more speed. Just look at what drifting Mustangs and drag racing...

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2016 Acura RDX Review
Dec16

2016 Acura RDX Review

It’s very rare nowadays that you encounter a car that just does everything right.  There is always some prevailing flaw that will stick out during your time that just annoys the crap out of you.  Well this is not the case with the 2016 Acura RDX.  It’s quick, nimble, roomy, good looking and efficient.  It’s everything you need  in a modern day luxury crossover. It’s powered by their ubiquitous 3.5 liter V6 making 279 horsepower and...

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Battledrift: Mustang vs Lamborghini
Dec16

Battledrift: Mustang vs Lamborghini

What do you get when you take a 650 HP V12 Lamborghini piloted by Daigo Saito vs Vaughn Gittin Jr. behind the wheel of his 550 HP Mustang RTR, and thow them on some open roads in Niigata, Japan? You get BATTLEDRIFT, and it is everything that you want. I think by this point we’ve grown accustomed to energy drink brands dropping some great videos, and this clip from Monster Energy is no disappointment. We could go on about the...

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Pint Size Sleeper: MNNTHBX Honda Grom
Dec11

Pint Size Sleeper: MNNTHBX Honda Grom

   The Situation Honda Groms are fun. This is a fact inscribed on stone tablets. But they’re very far away from fast. The question becomes, can they? With the Grom’s arrival, racing series have already popped up across the country, and aftermarket parts are aplenty. but Greg Hatcher of MNNTHBX wants to strike where sportbikes least expect it – in the twisties of Tennessee. The Solution So, how does one go about...

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Android Auto / Apple CarPlay…you need this!
Dec09

Android Auto / Apple CarPlay…you need this!

This is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  It’s the single most important thing to happen to infotainment since the advent of GPS and streaming media.  Why do you ask?  Simple.  Car manufactures royally suck at making infotainment rigs.  We all have felt it.  They are slow, cumbersome, maddeningly frustrating and in all cases…simple voice commands are an utter pain in the ass.  Do you know why?  Because they are always behind the...

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2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Review
Dec08

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible Review

So this is our third test of the 2015 Ford Mustang and you know what?  It still amazes us!  Let me explain.  The second you chop the roof off of anything, you compromise the structural integrity of the car.  Instead of a nice firm chassis you get something akin to wet spaghetti.  To solve that dilemma, manufacturers have to shove heavy and complicated bracing to get at least a semblance of rigidity back but its usually never the same....

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2016 Honda Accord Review
Dec03

2016 Honda Accord Review

This is the 2016 Honda Accord and its a stupidly important car to Honda’s future.  Why you ask?  Because according to the internet, literally trillions of Americans are running over to Crossovers and the lowly old sedan is being left in their wake. In years past, you go in and swap your old smelly Accord for a shiny new one and the process repeated itself until you died.  There was not a thought process behind it, it was more akin...

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2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Review
Nov30

2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 Review

Here’s the thing with the Miata… and it’s been this way since conception: If you want to like it, then you’re going to like it. If you want to hate on it, then sure – you can find your reasons. But just because the Miata Nation can’t convince you it’s cool… doesn’t necessarily mean you’re right & they’re wrong. I went into driving the new 2016 Mazda Miata MX-5 interested & open-minded. On the 1st day – I loved the...

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Koruworks Corolla
Nov28

Koruworks Corolla

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE (See preceding article on 240sx) So despite his best efforts, the S13 chassis got its hooks in Tyler. And I think we’re all better off for it because his 240sx is the tattooed, scarred version of what we all love about cars. Tyler’s Corolla, however, has a more classic beauty. And we’re all better off for that too. Because the drift culture is a battle zone, and it’s nice to see the survivors rise...

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Koruworks 240sx
Nov25

Koruworks 240sx

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE Most of us buy cars that we actually like. You know – cars that we’re attracted to. That’s usually how this works, but not for Tyler. Years & years ago, when Tyler from Koruworks first started getting serious in the import car culture, he loved drifting… but he detested 240s. So the way Tyler figured, that’s the perfect reason to buy one, right? That way – if/when he crashed his...

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2017 Infiniti Q60S
Nov24

2017 Infiniti Q60S

Our friends over at Autoblog caught wind of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60S out in the open!  What do you guys...

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2015 Lexus LS460L Review
Nov20

2015 Lexus LS460L Review

The Lexus LS has been with us for almost 30 years now and it’s hard to imagine a world without it.  The Lexus brand was a risky move for the Japanese automaker.  In the late 70s and onto 1980, they firmly established themselves in the American market as a worthwhile substitute for (at the time) the rather craptastic American alternatives.  But it was time to take on the Germans and the rest of the world by creating the...

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Hotseat E30 BMW
Nov06

Hotseat E30 BMW

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE As I sat here gearing up to write an article I realized – nah. Because sometimes when you try too hard to define something, you end up cheapening it… or diluting the pieces. Editors tend to have a hard time with this – they want to be the appointed ones to attach the perfect words to an item or idea. They feel driven to break down every little detail into its smallest element. But we...

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NVRENUF GTR
Nov05

NVRENUF GTR

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE Real car guys all seem to have a similar dehabilitation, and it manifests itself in different ways. But what it all boils down to – is that enough is never enough. In every other facet of our lives, we might be humble, satisfied, sensible, laid back, generous, socially-functioning people. But when we lock into our automotive frame of mind, our inner-beast breaks the leash. And we become dead-set...

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KTM Supermoto
Nov04

KTM Supermoto

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE You know that 1st bad-influence friend you had in grade school? The kid with the M80’s, who taught you the f-word, knew the location of his dad’s porno stash, and totally touched a boob already? Yeah — that’s a supermoto. Supermotos make you ride wilder & have more fun than you usually would, and they urge you to generally create a ruckus. Bottom line – they’re good for your health. Basically,...

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TX Audi S5
Nov03

TX Audi S5

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE Cars have always been something I’ve had interest in. Growing up, my four older brothers were gear heads, and I guess I picked up their habits. Dad walked out the door when I was 10, no warning, so I had to learn to grow up at an early age. I worked hard, and by age 16 I got my first car… an ’08 Honda Accord Coupe. That car was my gateway (and my weapon) to meeting & joining up with the car...

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Nissan Pulsar GTI-R
Nov02

Nissan Pulsar GTI-R

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE If you looked at every JDM junkie’s dream car wish list, chances are you’d see a collection of the usual suspects – Skylines, Silvias, Evo XIs, etc. The power hitters. These are the double-D, fake titties of the JDM tuner world. You know you’re probably never gonna get to touch one… but hell, it never hurts to dream right? So what about the guy who likes a modest B-cup? Something like the...

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Gridlife
Nov02

Gridlife

SEE FULL DIGITAL ISSUE FOR FREE Gridlife is an event that you seriously need to consider. Here’s the premise: trackday, drifting, car show, concert, & camping. Sure – we’ve all heard of other events that combine the same elements… but Gridilfe has that key ingredient extra spark of life to it. It’s one of those events where, much like Import Alliance, the people ARE the event… they’re not just attending it. SEE...

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Helltrack Bound | Suzuki Feel Free Go Concept
Oct30

Helltrack Bound | Suzuki Feel Free Go Concept

It’s a neon fever dream strapped to party like it’s 1986. The Suzuki Feel Free Go Concept is their offering for  2015’s Tokyo Motor Show. But it’s heart lies somewhere in SoCal. A Moped? Aren’t those lame? If all you know about mopeds come from hipsters fiending for twee, you’re missing out on the sketchiest, easiest way to begin life on two wheels. They can be picked up for nothing, and...

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Vortech Charge Cooler Install: Ecoboost Mustang
Oct29

Vortech Charge Cooler Install: Ecoboost Mustang

    If you’ve got a new Ecoboost Mustang, the Vortech Charge Cooler should honestly be one of the first mods you look into. Reason being: once your turbo car gets heat soaked (which could be as little as one hard pull in the summer), it’s no longer efficiently making power… and it’s more-or-less ‘game over’ until it’s had a good chance to cool. It’s a very noticeable defeat. But this charge cooler upgrade kit from...

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2016 BMW M4 GTS
Oct29

2016 BMW M4 GTS

The BMW M4 is the quintessential sports car.  Well it just got a whole lot better.  Introducing the BMW M4 GTS.  This track ready beast comes from the factory with water injection boosting power to 493 horsepower and 442 ft/lbs of that sweet torque!  Why go water injection?  This is a quote from BMW below: “The 2016 BMW M4 GTS is the first production road car to be fitted with a trailblazing water injection system. With this...

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RX-7 Revival : Mazda’s new Rotary?
Oct28

RX-7 Revival : Mazda’s new Rotary?

Yes we all know you can stick a small block Chevy motor into a RX-7/8 but the essence of the car has and always be in the rotary.   Those other motors may be ‘better’ than a rotary but nothing else is like a rip, snarling, popping and downright scary sounding rotary screaming through a tunnel at night.  The rotary is kinda like print… everyone said it was dead but it has just risen out the ashes like a Phoenix. The...

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2016 Ford Edge Review
Oct28

2016 Ford Edge Review

By:  Michael Sanders The new 2016 Ford Edge is not your typical mom-mobile. It fits into that new category of a truly sporty SUV. It’s big and comfortable enough for mom and the kids, and has enough cool factors to satisfy dad. My wife and I were both thoroughly pleased with this car, but both for our own different reasons. Well – I’m the one writing the article, so let’s start with what I liked. That’s easy: Twin turbo, V6,...

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Shrek’s Porsche Cayman S
Oct28

Shrek’s Porsche Cayman S

  The Porsche Cayman S is a chassis that falls into a gray area. It’s not an exotic per say, but it’s also not your entry-level everyday commuter. In a way, it plays in a segment where the Supra, RX7, and 300ZX turbo used to be. Porsche design, roots, & heritage are definitely alive within the Cayman, and that’s what sets it apart. But it’s also got a price tag that you can reason with, set goals for, and get your money’s...

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