When it comes to cheap, fun cars, buyers have a ton of options. $30,000 can get you a ton of performance and enjoyment in today's market. Which new car do you think provides the most fun for under $30,000?I hate to be cliché, but I think the new Mazda MX-5 Miata is still the best affordable new car in terms of fun. There's no other car on the market today that provides so much enjoyment behind the wheel at such a reasonable price. Sure, it might not be as practical as your favorite hot hatch, but I think the top down feeling and balanced driving experience is worth it. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which new car under $30,000 do you think is best? It doesn't have to be a dedicated sports car like the Miata—it could be anything, as long as it's new and under 30 grand. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New Car You Can Buy for Less Than $30,000?
Go back a few decades, and you'll have a hard time finding a fun car for sale that happens to also be fuel efficient. Nowadays, though, fuel efficiency and fun can be had together in abundance. The Subaru BRZ is a good example. It's been on the market for a few years now, and remains one of the most pure driving experiences you can buy. And because the BRZ makes do with just a small 200-horsepower 2.0-liter flat-four, it can achieve up to 32 MPG on the highway. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: What's the most fun new car you can buy today that gets 30 MPG or more? It doesn't have to be sporty or affordable like the BRZ, either—your choice could be anything, as long as it gets at least 30 MPG on the highway, and makes you smile behind the wheel. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Most Fun New Car You Can Buy That Gets Great Gas Mileage?
Chrysler’s turbine program received a lot of attention but, as with many groundbreaking technologies, myths dogged the program. One myth which persists to this day is that the cars’ exhausts were dangerously hot. “They burned the asphalt!” “They would melt the bumper of the car behind them in traffic!” These, and other silly statements, were made by people who did not understand the truth: The exhaust of a Turbine car was COOLER than the exhaust of its piston powered contemporaries. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Part of the confusion stemmed from the fact that many people loved the Turbine cars and enjoyed talking about the cars’ unique features. For example, the tachometer ran up to 60,000 RPM, while the car idled over 10,000 RPM. Those outrageous numbers make sense for a turbine engine but were certainly good for some ice-breaking conversation at cocktail parties. And right next to the tachometer was a gauge showing the … [Read more...] about Turbine Exhaust Will Not Melt You
Despite the apparent onslaught of tiny turbocharged engines and electric vehicles, there's still a swath of new V8-powered cars out there that make a ton of power. Which is your favorite? The first car that comes to mind for me is the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T. The 602-horsepower twin-turbo 3.9-liter V8 version of Ferrari's four-seat grand touring car is actually the lower-spec version, dwarfed by the all-wheel drive V12-powered Lusso. Still, over 600 horsepower going to the rear wheels is more than enough thrust for me. And even though the Lusso T is turbocharged, it still makes a healthy V8 growl. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Now we'd like to know: Which new high-powered V8 car is your favorite? It doesn't have to be something exotic like a Ferrari, either—it could be anything, as long as it has a V8 with a lot of power, and you can buy it new right now. Let us know in the comments below. … [Read more...] about What’s the Best New High-Powered V8 Car You Can Buy?
Back when Ferocitas, my KTM 390 Duke was new, I knew many people, including journalists who had new bikes as well. And then, one of them, a youngster, had a crash. I met him sometime later and asked him what happened. And he said, in essence, that he'd pulled out into the top lane to pass a slow or stationary truck. And run smack into the back of a truck parked in the top lane. Scary, yeah? Now see this near miss video that has been doing the rounds since yesterday. I don't know the riders, but that shook me up. And then I realised that we can learn from this video. And the journalist and this rider both made the same mistake. It's an easy one to make, to be sure, and an easy one to avoid as well. Vision The central, most vital tip we give to our students at the TWO School by Indimotard that OVERDRIVE powers and I teach at, is about the eyes. And we say that the bike goes where you look. That's a warning - in the case, for example, of running over the one 4-inch stone on an empty … [Read more...] about Better riding: You must be able to see where you’re going!