My dad owned a 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI when I was a teenager, and I loved that two-door hatchback and its focused feel from the moment I first (legally) slid behind the wheel upon obtaining my driver’s permit. Fast forward to last year, and VW’s reveal of its new, not-for-the-U.S. Up! GTI for Europe instantly brought me back to my old man’s car; the German company drove the point home even further with references to that original Mk1 GTI in the press release. The Up! GTI, which is based on a model about two sizes smaller than today’s Golf, finally hit European roads this year, and I quickly made plans to hit up VW for time in the pint-sized performance hatchback. An extended summer trip to England allowed that to happen. The Up! GTI screams cool just as loudly in person as it does in photos. It’s roughly the same size as a Fiat 500 but looks even smaller, and spot-on proportions serve as a strong foundation for the chunky, aggressive aesthetic. Buyers … [Read more...] about The VW Up! GTI Isn’t Quite the Rabbit GTI I Wanted It to Be
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Nice Price Or Crack Pipe Is this used car a good deal? You decide! The original MSRP on today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe BMW i3 was over fifty-five thousand dollars. Like all limited range electric cars, the i3’s depreciation is extreme. Let’s see if this one’s current price might make that downward spiral a fun ride at least. When you are close to perfection, it’s hard to imagine ways to improve. I know that’s an issue I face on a daily basis. That’s also an issue confronted by Mazda’s sassy little roadster, the MX5 Miata. Long considered the answer to all that ails you, the question of how to improve upon its near-perfection is one that has long stymied the world’s greatest thinkers. Having solved everything else, it’s rumored even Stephen Hawking was working on that quandary at the time of his death. The obvious answer to the immutable Miata question is of course, to add horsepower. And, as we all know, there’s no … [Read more...] about At $15,500, Could You Get a Charge Out of This 2014 BMW i3 REX?
Nice Price Or Crack Pipe Is this used car a good deal? You decide! The 25-year import rule allows a lot of interesting cars to be brought to the U.S. these days. With all those choices, someone decided to put the effort toward today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Panda. Let’s see if it was worth the wait. There are over seven billion people on the face of the Earth at present, give or take one or two. In that sea of humanity you, as an individual, may not matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. I’m sorry, but it’s true. You probably feel pretty special nonetheless, at least to yourself. That’s likely how the seller of last Friday’s 1991 Camaro Z28 1LE felt about his car too, seeing as he described it as being one of one due to its kit and color-combination caboodle. He seemed to price it accordingly, setting its asking at a cool $31,000. The teeming masses didn’t see it that way however, and dunned both price and car with an 85 … [Read more...] about At $7,500, Could This Grey Market 1991 Fiat Panda 750 be a Small Miracle?
Never had a chance to drive a Fiat Nuova 500? Are you curious? Well with this guide, you really get the feeling of what it's like to live with one of these gems.IgnitionThe operation was divided into three stages. First you had to insert the key into the switch at the center of the dashboard and turn it to the right. Then you had to lift the choke and carburettor lever on the left behind the gearshift between the two front seats, modulating the height on the basis of the outside temperature. It was a fine art. You learned it with practice, and it helped to avoid flooding the engine or causing it to malfunction. The third and last part was to pull the other lever up, which was connected to the starter motor. One turn, two turns, sometimes a small bang, the 500 gave a shudder… and that was it. The two-cylinder engine had started with its unmistakable sound. As the engine temperature increased you could lower the first lever. But if you did it too soon, the engine would hiccup and … [Read more...] about Guide to the Fiat Nuova 500
Let's resume our look at the Fiat Nuova 500 of 1957. In this installment, with the help of Fiat Auto Group Press, we'll look at how the design of the Fiat Nuova 500 came to be. The 1957 Fiat Nuova 500 The 110 prototype for the Nuova 500 To understand ‘how’ and why the Nuova 500 was born, we have to think not of a mere substitute for the old Topolino (509,650 units between 1936-1955), or of a model that was able to compete with a scooter, in terms of costs and efficiency. Fiat obviously decided to do ‘something’ better. The strategic planning of models had begun again, after the anguish and uncertainty of the war years. Giacosa wrote an interesting description of the ‘preparatory’ stage before the arrival of the car. The most important Italian automotive engineer in the second half of the 20th century, and the true father of the Nuova 500, is the best witness to these events. ‘While the 600 was still at the experimental stage,’ … [Read more...] about Design of the Fiat Nuova 500