Most may feel the 1980’s were anything but great when it comes to car. The decade known as the decade of excess was also one of the most boring times for cars. While acid washed jeans, hair bands, and pop rap were taking pop culture by storm, automakers were having a hard time figuring out the restraints that has been placed on them in the late 1970’s with the introduction of emissions and fuel regulations that put a huge damper on the amount of horsepower that could be pulled out of an engine. With these constraints, many of the manufacturers were building cars that barely had 200 horsepower and still called them high-performing machines. If that isn’t enough, the decade of the 80’s was the decade that brought us the minivan and changed many cars from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive, talk about serious boredom, that’s it in a nutshell.
The Ariel Atom 3.5R looks like a go-cart that many of us would have wanted to build as kids had we been blessed with an unlimited budget and a lot of know how. It is in fact one of the lightest weight vehicles on the road and with a 350 horsepower engine and a total weight without a driver and fuel of only 1210 pounds this monster has one of the lowest weight per horsepower ratios on the road and the result is simply amazing.
The 3.5R isn’t even the most powerful of the Ariel models with the V8 model having 125 more horsepower and the 3S having 15 more this model has the best weight ratio which gives it a huge advantage. The 3.5R is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder supercharged Honda engine in the European model and a 2.4-liter in for the US model. This phenomenal engine is attached to an excellent Sadev sequential transmission to let the shifting be smooth and powerful at the same time. With all this power and great weight ratio, Ariel has made the claim that this is the fastest Atom on a twisty road thus far, making for a fantastic drive for anyone looking for some serious driving excitement.
As it continues to be one of the fan favorites when it comes to a great crossover SUV, the Equinox has been unveiled for 2016 offering more of what its rabid fans desire. Since its inception, the Equinox has offers the most spacious cabin of a crossover SUV giving occupants a ride they will enjoy each time they step foot inside the SUV. To go with the amazingly comfortable space, the Equinox is very quiet inside allowing for only the desired sounds to be fully enjoyed by all and not interrupted with outside road noises.
As the second best-selling Chevrolet vehicle, only the Silverado has had more sales, the Equinox continues to flourish in a segment filled with stiff competition. To go along with the quiet and spacious cabin, the Equinox offers excellent fuel efficiency and outstanding control to the mix to stay well ahead of this crowded segment of the automotive world. The outside gains a bit of a refresh as well, allowing for the vehicle to add more appeal (as if that were fair) and gain an even better following than before.
As a dynamic duo from Porsche the Cayman and 911 make an amazing pairing and let the world see more from one of the world’s most renowned names in high powered sports cars. The Cayman is a mid-engine coupe that offers a balanced weight that makes the car feel so under control a driver just has to keep pushing in harder and faster until they can’t handle going any faster. No doubt for most owners the car itself will still have plenty of go left when the driver has had enough. The Cayman is built to leave other high performers way behind in the dust including the Chevrolet Corvette, Audi TT and Nissan 370Z. Read more
International Automotive Shows around the country have inspired and intrigued consumers for the past few months. From crazy concept cars and latest technology to the new vehicle models you can expect to see on the road in a neighborhood near you soon, audiences have been delighted by what they have seen so far. So what can we expect in 2015 for “green” or environmentally friendly technology in our cars and trucks?
BMW is offering their i8 Hybrid Plug-in Powertrain. This sports car has two separate powertrains and can be driven one at a time, or simultaneously. The front wheels are powered by a 96-kilowatt electric motor, while the rear tires are fueled by a turbocharged 231 horsepower gas engine. BMW is also debuting their i3 Rex Range Extender which is a 2 cylinder gas engine that powers a generator to add 80 plus miles to the cars 90 miles of electric range.