The $25,000 Challenge: BMW E46 M3 vs. Ford Fiesta ST
The BMW E46 M3 is regarded as one of the best drivers cars of all time, and
they can now be had for under $25,000. In our opinion, the Ford Fiesta ST
is the best new car you can buy for under $25,000. So, which is better? We
hit the canyons with both to find out.
2014 BMW i8 Review
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What's New for 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model.
Based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car shown a few years
ago, the 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a
high-performance plug-in hybrid. If this is what the future looks like,
sign us up. Zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds? A full charge in three hours
from a regular garage outlet? Approximately 95 mpg? Yes, please.
For the i8, BMW chops its classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
formula in half. The i8 uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder
paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The
three-cylinder drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through a
The engine and electric motor combine for 362 horsepower, 420 pound-feet
of torque and all-wheel-drive performance, all integrated into a chassis
that is 10 pounds lighter and 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. The i8
also delivers stellar handling thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and a
low, centrally mounted battery pack, although standard 20-inch wheels seem
like a suspect choice for maximizing corner-to-corner performance.
BMW says the i8 can also travel 22 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph on
electrons alone. Uncorked with the gasoline engine in the lead, it will
reach a top speed of 155 mph. Sounds like a pretty good future to us.
Lightweight construction helps bring lofty performance within reach,
notably an aluminum chassis, chemically hardened glass (similar to that
used in smartphones) and extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced panels
within the 2+2 passenger cabin. Those plus-2 rear seats are small, however,
smaller than even a Porsche 911's, and are best considered auxiliary
luggage space. Even settling into the front seats requires some practice
given its unique scissor-lift-style doors.
We drove a recent i8 prototype and found the i8's easy thrust in
all-electric mode a close match for the Tesla Model S. In its Sport mode
(there are also Comfort and Eco Pro settings), the i8 further awakens,
feeling light, agile and averse to body roll. The hybrid never quite
overwhelms with acceleration, but it also never feels winded, the electric
motor's torque nicely covering for the small turbo as the latter winds up to deliver its power
Whatever the i8 lacks in competitive performance, it won't lack for style.
Its low-slung profile is punctuated by standard U-shaped LED headlights.
You can even order the i8 with laser headlights where regulations allow
(sorry, U.S. shoppers). Inside, a multitiered and layered cockpit design
uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather for upholstery and
panel surfaces Like the smaller i3 electric car, the i8 will offer three
trim levels -- Mega, Giga and Tera -- all with varying degrees of sport and
The 2014 BMW i8 arrives in the spring and starts around $136,000. That's
well above its most obvious target, the Tesla Model S, and that kind of
money also buys a lot of Porsche 911. Performance aficionados won't likely
be swayed and may even look across the BMW lineup to the "M" cars. But for
the hybrid buyer seeking power, performance and efficiency through a lower
profile, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Check back for more information on the 2014 BMW i8, including specs,
driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
First Drive - 2015 Subaru WRX STI
Hooniverse.com's Jeff Glucker travels to Northern California to meet up
with the latest version of a popular Pleiades-badge wearing,
all-wheel-drive, rally rocket. It's the 2015 Subaru WRX STI, and it's time
to meet it and put it through its paces.
This doesn't just mean some time on the street, however, as the day also
includes some hot laps at Laguna Seca.
2015 Subaru WRX STi: dyno tune and POV test drive
http://www.POVtestdrive.com - How much power will a 2015 STi make? Watch
the first ever Cobb protune on a 2015 Subaru WRX STi performed by Michael
Adkins of Mtuned Tuning on location at Rev Works, Inc. in Orlando, Florida!
After the Dyno
session, stay tuned (by Mtuned only!) for a spirited POV test drive and
launch and see what it's like to drive the new 2015 Subaru WRX STi from the
driver's point of view.
Cobb Accessport V3
Mtuned Tuning Cobb Protune
Rev Works, Inc.
What is POV test drive? POVtestdrive.com is the original point of view test
drive creator, and the only videographer to push the limit of today's
hottest tuned cars. You've probably seen the copycats, but imitation is the
most sincere form of flattery. Nobody does it as good as the original!
Большой тест-драйв (видеоверсия): BMW 3 серии
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В «Большом тест-драйве» автомобиль,
который Сергей Стиллавин хотел бы иметь
в своём владении, Рустам Вахидов
признает его высокое качество, но
отмечает небольшие проблемы с
управляемостью, а Виктория Колосова
заявила, что он (автомобиль) «ну...
Subaru WRX Review: better than the BRZ? (FRS, GT86)? -- Everyday Driver
The 2015 WRX introduces the latest generation of Subaru's iconic nameplate.
With the same engine block and similar price to the BRZ, the guys wondered
which car was more fun on one of our favorite roads. Ask any enthusiast
about these cars and you'll start a debate... so that happened here too.
Which one would you have?
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2015 Subaru WRX STI: The Daily Driver Rally Car Returns! - Ignition Ep. 107
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago tests the latest generation of the
perennial rally car favorite: The 2015 Subaru WRX STI. Much like the new
WRX, this STI has an entirely new and significantly stiffer body structure,
but unlike the WRX, it still uses the same 305 horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four that's powered the car
since 2008. Our introduction to the car occurs at the press launch at Mazda
Raceway Laguna Seca. From there, we test the STI to see the performance
improvements and drive it on one of our favorite mountain roads. How does
the new STI stack up? Stay tuned to find out.
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По признанию Сергея Стиллавина если бы
не его габариты, то он давно бы
польстился на автомобиль, ставший героем
сегодняшнего выпуска б/у-версии
"Большого тест-драйва". При каких
обстоятельствах и за какую сумму
приобрел BMW 3 E46 его нынешний хозяин
Дмитрий, что ему пришлось сделать с
автомобилем, получилось ли у Сергея
Стиллавина комфортно разместиться за
рулём машины и что удивило Рустама