Favorite Cars

Here’s The New 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Favorite Cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, News, Porsche, Promoted, Videos by Kurt Ernst | September 2nd, 2011 | 3 Responses |
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S

The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S. Image: Porsche AG

Porsche’s 2012 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S make their official world debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, but you can see the 911 Carrera S on the road in the video below. At first glance, the 2012 Porsche 911 looks a lot like the 2011 version, until you view them side by side. The new car is longer, wider, and just a bit shorter, which gives it a lower center of gravity and allows for slightly better weight distribution. It’s shed some 100 pounds since last year, and both versions get more powerful engines for 2012. Read More…

2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Buying, Favorite Cars, Featured, Import Review, Infiniti, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | August 29th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe

Thumbs Up: Impressive handling and acceleration

Thumbs Down: Unpleasantly loud V6, somewhat unrefined

Buy This Car If: You want a 370Z that’s been to charm school

Back when Saturday Night Live was still funny, the show once ran a commercial spoof of a product that was both a floor cleaner and a dessert topping. I don’t remember the details, but the bottom line was this: by trying to be two distinctly separate things, the product had to make some compromises. Enter the 2011 Infiniti IPL G Coupe, which tries to walk the line between a hardcore sports car and a personal luxury coupe. Read More…

2013 Ford Mustang: More Power, Sharper Styling

Posted in auto industry, Favorite Cars, Ford, Mustang, News, Pony Cars by Kurt Ernst | August 19th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Expect the 2013 Ford Mustang to look a lot like the 2012 Shelby GT500. Image: Ford Motor Company

The current Ford Mustang last got a styling refresh in 2010, even though it got new V-6 and new V-8 engines in 2011. It’s not due for a major restyling until 2015, which represents the 50th anniversary of Ford’s pony car. Ford needs to do something to keep the Mustang fresh between now and 2015, but it can’t afford to spend too much on a mid-cycle refresh. When in doubt, add more power and sharpen up the styling.

That’s exactly what Mustangs Daily tells us to expect for the 2013 Mustang, which should debut in concept form at November’s Los Angeles Auto Show. There aren’t any details on how much more power the Mustang will make, but the current Mustang V-6 gives up 18 horsepower to the Camaro, while the current Mustang V-8 has a 14 horsepower deficit compared to the Camaro. It doesn’t matter that the Mustang is lighter, because bragging rights are bragging rights.

Expect to see a more prominent upper grille and smaller lower grille for 2013, along the lines of the current Shelby GT500 Mustang. The angled rear tail lights are on their way out (thankfully), to be replaced again with flush tail lights similar to the 2005 design.

There’s no word on pricing or availability yet, so we’ll call it as “comparable” and “spring of 2012.”

Source: Mustangs Daily

NHTSA Looking At Ford Mustang Transmissions

Posted in auto industry, Favorite Cars, Ford, Mustang, News, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | August 9th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Image: Ford Motor Company

This has been a long time coming, but the NHTSA has finally launched an investigation into the manual transmissions used on 2011 and 2012 Ford Mustang models. The agency has received 32 complaints to date, including both 5.0-liter and 3.7-liter equipped cars, but the issue has been well-documented on Mustang internet message boards for nearly a year. There may be 32 official complaints, but there are a lot more dissatisfied owners out there. Read More…

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe: RideLust Review

Posted in Cadillac, Car Buying, Domestic Review, Favorite Cars, Featured, RideLust Review by Kurt Ernst | August 8th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Thumbs Up: The world’s biggest bargain in a luxury supercar.

Thumbs Down: Rear seats for insurance purposes only.

Buy This Car If: You want the best looking CTS-V, and don’t haul many passengers.

Every time I drive a Cadillac CTS-V, I come away amazed at how good these cars are. The 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is no exception, and the car offers a blend of style, luxury, performance and handling that few cars on the planet can match. Certainly no cars in the under-$70,000 price range can come close to the CTS-V Coupe’s 556 horsepower, luxury interior, impressive ride quality and amazing handling. Even if you’re not a Cadillac fan, or a domestic car fan, find an excuse to get your hands on a CTS-V; it will completely change the way you look at Cadillac (and quite possibly American cars). Read More…

Roush Stage 3 Mustang Puts Pavement In Its Place

Posted in Favorite Cars, Ford, muscle cars, Mustang, Pony Cars, Videos by Kurt Ernst | July 26th, 2011 | 1 Response |

Concerned you’re not doing enough to promote global warming? Do you have carbon credits aplenty, or do you simply like turning meaty rear tires into lingering clouds of mosquito-repelling smoke? If you answered yes to any of those questions, consider buying yourself a Roush Stage 3 Mustang, which displays it’s prowess at leaving expensive black spots on the pavement in the video below. Read More…

Back In Black: New C63 AMG Black Series Coming

Posted in AMG, Design, Fast Cars, Favorite Cars, Mercedes Benz by Kurt Ernst | July 25th, 2011 | 4 Responses |

Image: Mercedes Benz

I’ve never been a Mercedes-Benz guy, simply because its cars have generally been geared more toward luxury than sport. They’re superbly engineered, and some have genuine sports car capabilities, but these come slathered in burl walnut and tied to an automatic transmission. In short, I can admire Mercedes-Benz automobiles, but I’ve never really lusted after them. Read More…

Next Generation VW GTI To Get More Power

Posted in Favorite Cars, News, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | July 21st, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Image: Volkswagen

If you’re shopping for an affordable but entertaining hot hatch, it’s easy to overlook the current VW GTI. On paper, the car only puts out 200 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque. That’s quite a bit less than the rival Mazdaspeed3, which puts down 263 horsepower and 280 ft-lb of torque, or even the Subaru Impreza WRX, which is good for 265 horsepower and 244 ft-lb of torque. Once behind the wheel, it’s easy to see that the GTI is greater than the sum of its parts, but many shoppers don’t even test drive a GTI before moving on to higher-output rivals. Read More…

Ford Issues TSB Advising Against Mustang Mods

Posted in auto industry, Favorite Cars, Ford, Mustang, News by Kurt Ernst | July 7th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

If you own a 2011 or newer 5.0 liter Mustang (or F-150), be advised that Ford is on the warpath in regards to modifications and vehicle warranty. Their latest TSB warns that modifications may exceed component design limits, resulting in component failure (and the associated loss of warranty coverage). The TSB tells dealers to be on the lookout for aftermarket modifications, ranging from reflashed ECUs through intakes, headers and exhausts. A flowchart in the TSB talks dealers through the repair process, with one ending option being “Initiate warranty cancellation process”. Read More…

Five Ways That Cars Are Like Women

Posted in Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Favorite Cars, Lists by Kurt Ernst | July 2nd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

These two things are more alike than you realize...

I’ve been married for a long time, and yes, it’s to the same woman. In my case that’s a good thing, since she puts up with all my bad habits and we seem to get along just fine. I’ve also been driving cars for a long time, which makes me something of an expert on both cars and relationships. I won’t call myself an expert on women, because the most important rule you can learn as a guy is that particle physics is far more understandable than women. Try to picture rebuilding a six speed gearbox blindfolded, with your toes, while shocked at random intervals by a cattle prod, and that should give you an idea of the average woman’s complexity. Read More…