Newsworthy

Polaris Snaps Up Indian Motorcycles

Posted in Motorcycle Rides, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | April 21st, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Image: Indian Motorcycle

Even if you’re an avid biker, it was easy to miss the re-emergence of Indian motorcycles in 2009. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, since the heavyweight cruiser market was virtually imploding back then, and it still hasn’t approached anything resembling a recovery. Throughout the years, the Indian brand has endured start ups, shut downs and more than a few scandals, but signs were promising that the latest iteration could succeed with the right backing. It wouldn’t come from long-time rival Harley-Davidson, but it did come from powersports giant Polaris, who also owns Victory motorcycles. Read More…

45th Anniversary Camaro Gets Power Boost.

Posted in Camaro, Chevrolet, Domestic Rides, Featured, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | April 13th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Special Edition

The current 2011 Chevrolet Camaro boasts a 3.6-liter direct-injected V6 that pumps out 312 hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. This is enough grunt to push this pony from 0-60 mph in about 6 seconds while still getting 29 mpg on the highway. Not too shabby for a base model pony car that starts out at just over $22k. We’re now coming up on the 2012 model year and because of this Chevrolet has decided to give their V6 pony car a little boost by releasing a 45th Anniversary Edition. This new model will feature a more powerful V6, a new interior package, graphics and more.
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Teen Driver Safety: An Absolute Must!

Posted in Best of, Featured, General, News, Newsworthy, Other Rides, Rides, Safety, Used Cars by MrAngry | April 11th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Teen Driver Safety
*Photo Credit: SuperiorChronicle.com

I was recently speaking with a buddy of mine who was in the market for a used car for his 17 year old daughter. He was asking me about not only what I thought he should get her, but why. We talked about safety, performance, size, economy and reliability. Basically all the mainstays that anyone would want to know about. Since we were talking about a 17 year old girl, the first thing that came to his mind was how to prevent her from texting while driving. My answer… get her a car with a manual transmission. For some reason this never entered his mind, but when I said it you could see the light bulb go off in his head. If you’ve got one hand on the wheel and the other on the gear lever, then the probability of you texting someone goes down exponentially.
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Virgin Oceanic Sub: Taking Us to New Depths

Posted in General, Newsworthy, Videos by MrAngry | April 8th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Virgin Oceanic

For some, taking life by the horns and running with it can be a difficult endeavor, for others however it’s merely second nature. Take Richard Branson for instance, the uber wealthy (net worth of 4 billion) and quite honestly, cool as hell CEO of the Virgin Group. When this guy gets an idea in his head you can pretty much bet that he’ll follow through. For instance, not so long ago Branson decided that he wanted to privatize space travel… yeah… space travel… so he set up Virgin Galactic, a company who is currently building spaceships that will turn Dick and Jane from down the street into full-blown astronauts. Now, not wanting to be outdone by himself, he’s also decided to build a submersible called the Virgin Oceanic Sub which will have the capabilities to dive farther and deeper then any submarine built to date. Built from 8,000 lbs of titanium and carbon fiber, this bad boy will have the capability to operate at depths of 37,000 feet. The goal of the sub is to explore the deepest, most remote places on the planet to help uncover some of the Earth’s darkest secrets. Click through to see what I’m talking about.
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Texas Approves 85 mph Speed Limit

Posted in General, Newsworthy by MrAngry | April 8th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

Cannonball Countach

Recently the great state of Texas announced that their House of Representatives has approved a new transportation bill that will enable the states Department of Transportation to bump speed limits to 85 mph. For those living in the state this is actually wonderful news, but something that unfortunately won’t be happening over night. According to Autoblog.com traffic and engineering studies must be completed to certify that the highways and interstates are capable of withstanding prolonged exposure to the increased speeds. Right now Texas already possesses the highest speed limit in the country at 80 mph, so pushing it to 85 mph shouldn’t be that big of a deal. With the current speed on most interstates throughout the country set at 70 mph, my hope is that other states, especially those that are extremely rural, will follow suit and increase their limits accordingly.

Source: Autoblog.com

Fast Lane Daily: Mercedes-Benz Concept A-Class

Posted in Funny, News, Newsworthy, Spy Shots, Videos by MrAngry | April 7th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Concept A-Class

In the past premium brand hatchbacks have never been well received here in the United States. Hot hatches as a rule generally come in one of two varieties; either the fuel efficient cutesy kind, or the high horsepower fun to drive kind. Take for instance the 1995 BMW 318ti, a car that was basically a BMW 318 with the trunk cut off. BMW marketed this as their entry level sports coupe, but since the little 318ti was neither powerful or fun to drive, sales languished and consumers stopped walking into BMW showrooms. Then there is the case of the 2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor hatchback. As with the BMW, this baby Benz was an attempt to bring younger thirty-somethings into the showroom in the hopes that after owning a C230, that they would graduate up to an E-class or something better. Now while it was a valiant attempt, the American public simply didn’t want to be seen in an entry level premium car when they could, for the same money, get more value for their dollar by going with either an American or Japanese alternative.
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It’s All About Power Adders for Future BMW “M” Cars

Posted in BMW, European Rides, General, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | April 5th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

BMW M3

There’s something about a naturally aspirated engine that just feels right. They’re raw, unadulterated and in the end, make power in the purest form. Equip a car with a turbocharger, supercharger and or any other power adder and it almost feels like your cheating in a sense. However thanks to stricter emission and mileage standards just about every manufacturer out there is looking at going with smaller displacement engines with either a turbo or supercharger system so as to maximize their cars performance and efficiency. BMW for example has announced that on every new “M” car going forward that they will be utilizing some type of forced-induction system. Now while I completely understand the “why” behind the decision, I have to say that for purists like myself, it’s a hard pill to swallow. The next generation BMW M5 for example will be equipped with a new twin-turbo V8 which replaces the current V10 that resides under the hood.
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U.S. Traffic Fatalities Lowest In History

Posted in Newsworthy, Rants & Raves, Safety by Kurt Ernst | April 4th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

One more reason not to live in California... Image: Coolcaesar

Sometimes a piece of valid data goes counter to everything that should be true. As someone who spends a lot of time driving the interstate highways of the southeast, I’ve seen behavior behind the wheel ranging from simply bizarre to truly frightening. On my at-least-once-per-month drive to Miami (source of all car related activity in FL), I see a minimum of one serious traffic accident in each direction. On my last trip, I saw three, all of which shut down either I-95 or the Florida Turnpike; given how truly, epically bad drivers are in the Sunshine State, I’d expect bodies to be stacked along the roadside like cord wood stacked outside the Unabomber’s Montana cabin in Autumn. Read More…

Next-Gen Chevrolet Malibu To Be Global Seller

Posted in Auto Show, Chevrolet, Domestic Rides, Event Coverage, General, Newsworthy, Rides by MrAngry | March 31st, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Redesigned Chevrolet Malibu

The redesigned Chevrolet Malibu first hit the streets in 2008 and with it came a resurgence in style and quality that had been absent in Chevrolet’s mid-sized cars for quite some time. The car was beautifully styled with soft lines, a European look and feel, and an interior that was simply gorgeous for a car sold at its price point. Basically Chevrolet was onto something good and they knew it. It’s now 2011 and Chevrolet is getting ready to take the wraps off of its next generation Malibu, a car which will be sold worldwide and is aimed at challenging all those who oppose it in the mid-sized market segment.

“This Malibu takes Chevrolet’s established and award-winning nameplate to new places and introduces it to new audiences around the world,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet. “Whether the Malibu is sold in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia, it has been engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of customers around the world.”

Since the new Malibu is set to be a global seller, Chevrolet made sure to put in some long hours on the design front so that it would appeal to consumers worldwide. We’ve been told to look for a more aggressive and sporty design, with certain design cues being lifted from performance cars like the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette. The new redesigned Malibu is set to be unveiled at 8:30 p.m. EDT on April 18 at “http://www.facebook.com/chevrolet” so make sure to mark those calendars of yours so you don’t miss it!

Source: GM

1974 Lamborghini Espada Goes BOOM!

Posted in General, Newsworthy, Videos by MrAngry | March 28th, 2011 | 1 Response |

1974 Lamborghini Espada

Unfortunately the joys of classic car ownership can sometimes be tarnished when our beloved old friends don’t behave as they should. This once beautiful 1974 Lamborghini Espada, a car that belonged to one Lorraine Schultz of Bloomfield Village, MI is a perfect example of that. Apparently Schultz’s son was in the garage of their residence and went to start the car when it somehow burst into flames. The resulting explosion not only destroyed the car, but caused severe damage to the Schultz’s home as well. Lorraine Schultz was an avid car collector and in fact started the Michigan Women’s Automotive Association. As of right now there is no news on the cause of the explosion, but fire marshals are investigating. Old cars, while wonderful to own can be finicky, so if you’re a classic car owner and are getting your old ride ready for spring, make sure you do a full check before you even attempt to turn that key. Click through for the full news report.
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