It came to me in the wide, swishy passenger seat of Jonathan Ward’s 1949 Mercury hot rod. All the right smells were imprinting the moment we rolled through industrial Chatsworth, California. Sun-heated steel from the dash; stretched leather; a vague tinge of nicotine on Ward’s jacket. One thing was missing, though: gasoline. The car wasn’t burning any. But when Ward stepped on the go-pedal, the vehicle warped toward the horizon like a hipster hillbilly spaceship. There’s a mind-bending weirdness to an art deco desert rat-style car skirting off with the futuristic whirr of a Tesla. But regardless of your stance on old-versus-new, it’s conceptually pretty cool. Ward is hardly the first person to try making a fancy electric car out of an old classic, and this Mercury isn’t even the first EV out of his Icon shop. Icon is known for rebuilding and redressing classic SUVs at the highest level of elegance–such machines fetch six-figure price tags. … [Read more...] about What It Takes To Give A 1949 Mercury The Heart Of A Tesla
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. Twenty-five years ago, the King of the Hill at BMW was the 8 Series coupe. It’s a crowd-pleaser at Radwood today, but it was a tough sell back in the day. That didn’t stop fans from wondering when BMW would make a full-on M version of that car—something that only happened in prototype form. But now it’s 2019, the 8 Series is back, and it brought a real, honest-to-God M8 with it. Around this time last year, I took a quick trip to test the then-new M850i xDrive and found it to be worthy of its position at the peak of BMW’s lineup. Still, I knew then it would get unseated by the M8 Competition—a 617 horsepower, track-focused version of the same car with an even bigger price tag. As much as I liked the M850i last year, I’m here to say this now: The King is dead. All hail the King. (Full Disclosure: BMW flew me to Lisbon, Portugal then shuttled me to Faro where they put me up in a … [Read more...] about 2020 BMW M8 Competition: So Good It Was Worth The Long Wait
The Morning Shift All your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn't your time more important? The UAW’s biggest topic of concern is clear, new developments in that ongoing UAW probe, additional background information on Nissan’s new CEO and more await you in The Morning Shift of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. 1st Gear: Job Security As the United Auto Workers strike on General Motors marches on, there’s really no end in sight. UAW negotiators and GM reps still haven’t managed to negotiate a contract both sides are happy with, and job security is one of the big issues keeping the two apart. Late last night, a UAW top negotiator confirmed to Reuters job security is one of the most hotly contested topics. A letter from UAW vice president Terry Dittes to UAW officials reads: “We have made it clear that there is no job security for us when GM products are made in other countries for the purpose of selling them here in the U.S.A. We believe that the vehicles … [Read more...] about What The Striking GM Workers Really Want
Countersteer Your true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars. Back in the day at General Motors, they used to boast they offered a car “for every purse and purpose.” Evidently the purpose of the Buick Cascada was “rental car customers who want a Chrysler Sebring now that Chrysler no longer makes the Sebring.” But that wasn’t even the worst thing about it. I rather hated the Cascada in a way that’s hard to do nowadays, since nearly all modern cars are pretty good. But the Cascada felt cheap, limp and ugly. It had all the driving dynamics of a wet dishrag. It looked and drove like the old-ass Opel it was. Newer Buicks, specifically the Regal TourX, are vastly more satisfying. But as anemic as this front-drive convertible felt behind the wheel, it’s the interior that was a real middle finger to its buyer, or anyone else who happened to be inside it at the time. I mean, look at this: How on earth was that an interior on a brand new … [Read more...] about What’s The Worst Interior In Any Car You Can Buy New Right Now?
Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams. It is unfortunately only Wednesday. Maybe this banger from one of my favorite current acts will help you get through it. … [Read more...] about St. Lucia — ‘Walking Away’