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Let's get the obvious out of the way; the Hyundai Genesis Coupe isn't going to win any beauty pageants any time soon. From all but the rear three-quarter view, this car is homely. The front end is reminiscent of a sad puppy, all droopy eyed and lethargic. The profile lends itself to odd angles and geometrically challenged shapes. The tail end is pleasing enough, if not generic. The rims are slovenly designed hunks of aluminum featuring fat spokes that are anything but sporty. The interior, an ill-fitting hodgepodge of plastics and fake metals, is an execution dotted with varying degrees of success.
So, that is what I don't like about the Genesis Coupe. Probably the last time I'll mention anything I don't like about it. The benefits of purchasing a Genesis Coupe far outweigh the styling issues; it doesn't even compare to a new Camaro styling-wise, but dynamically it is far superior.
With this in mind we venture over to the Hyundai website to see if optioning a Gen-Coupe is as pleasing an experience as slinging one around a skid pad has the potential to be . . .
Yowza! I don't usually say nonsensical things like that, so enjoy it now: Yowza! All it takes to produce entertaining television is a Porsche, a Corvette, and a finish line. A couple of Europeans who seem to absolutely despise each other driving the two cars doesn't hurt either. Throw in one gut-twisting piece of elevation-shifting pavement referred to, simply, as "The Corkscrew", and you have the makings of a prime time bash-fest that network TV could never hope to compete with. Or, you would, if we Americans had any taste. Instead we get 'Private Practice' in prime time . . . yeeech!
But I digress; this weekend's ALMS finale featured one of the best last lap battles ever witnessed in American road racing, along with a number of other surprises . . .
Posted In: Videos, Racing, Reports
Tags: GT2, ALMS, Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Jaguar, Panoz
The American Le Mans Series, week to week, is the most entertaining racing of any kind in the world. It is a thinking man's sport; the sheer number of different car makes and drivetrains and classes gives a race-dork like me hours of brain food. After having learned every nuance of new cars and teams over the 2008/9 off-season, my autotechnophile-glands were swollen and ready to burst. This year saw several changes take place in the ALMS. Using the economic downturn as an excuse, Audi pulled out of the series for the first time in nine years. Running only two events, Sebring and Petit Le Mans, the Audi team was not able to dominate the series like they had in the past. A new LMP1 contender stood up to take their place, Acura.
Posted In: Racing, Car Reviews, Technology
Tags: ALMS, Acura, Porsche, Zytek, Mazda, Laguna Seca, Jaguar, BMW
Sunday could have gone a little better. A Bucs receiver not named Kellen Winslow could have caught, oh, I don't know, ONE friggin' pass. Jeff Gordon could have avoided letting Jimmy Johnson win. I could have been on my way to claim my $500 million worth of "lot-rie winnins" . . . naturally, none of these things happened. The Bucs choked away another promising start, Jeff forgot how to drive on the second to last lap, and I couldn't even afford the dollar required to be eligible for "lot-rie winnins" in the first place. To top it all off, both versions of American sports car championships wrapped up their seasons this weekend. By bedtime Sunday night, I was in a less than agreeable mood, needless to say.
The day before, The Rolex Grand Am Series ran an unforgettable event at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Both classes, Daytona Prototype and GT, were still up for grabs, three teams vying for the DP title . . .
Posted In: Racing, Reports, Videos
Tags: GrandAm, Brumos, Porsche, Pontiac, Gainsco, Lexus, Riley, Ford,
If Car and Driver test drives a car once, said car may end up being sold in our country. If they test a foreign market vehicle twice, the chances of it being sold in the US are considerably better.
The car in question is the 2010 Fiat 500 Abarth. This car has been on sale for several years in the rest of the world, and now that the Chrysler take-over is all but said and done, Fiat can focus on a return to the US market. This is great news for those Gen-Y Americans who were too young to experience Fiat ownership. Though they may have a reputation for poor reliablity in this country, Fiats are as modern and well put together as Volkswagens and Hondas; they're also monumentally more exciting . . .
Posted In: Car Reviews, Reports, Videos
Tags: Fiat, Chrysler, 500, Abath, Fiat500Abarth
North Carolina-based USGPE getting closer to finalizing their driver line-up, constructing a car, and establishing their European base.
Gran Turismo 5 gets delayed even further. I feel apathy creeping in.
Toyota fixes the deadly floormat issue; unfortunately it isn't all that sophisticated a fix . . .
Posted In: Good, Bad & Ugly
Tags: USGPE, F1, Polyphony, Sony, GT5, Forza3, Turn Ten, Toyota, Lexus, Recall
The future might just get more futuristic quicker than I thought. The concept of on-the-go recharging of electric cars may soon be a reality after a German engineering company IAV (Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr) pursues this promising technology. The company has received a patent for technology that would allow an electric car to be charged by an embedded strip in the road, using electromagnetic induction.
Yeah, yeah, we all know your Prius is just sooo kewl. We are super jealous, really. How could I possibly live without a car that has no room, is made out of crappy plastic and nickel, and costs north of 30 large? The media says I cannot, nay, must not drive a car that receives its locomotion from dead dinosaurs alone, and the media is always right; right?
If we all just have to drive hybrids, how difficult could it be to come up with one that has enough room for a family yet can still attain an impressive mpg rating? The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and all of its offspring don't really count; 25 mpg isn't that impressive anymore. Volvo has the answer in the form of the stately V70 Two-Mode Plug-In Hybrid. And I thought Japanese sports cars had convoluted names . . .
Posted In: Concept Cars, Hybrid / Green, Technology
Tags: Volvo, V70, Ford, Prius, Insight, Honda, Toyota, Chevrolet, Tahoe
The F1 title fight is coming down to the wire for 2009. At the Japanese Grand Prix, Brawn GP had the opportunity to clinch the manufacturer's title, and though they were not successful will have the chance again in Brazil. Brawn GP is the phoenix rising from the ashes of the Honda F1 team. After winning six of the first seven races, Brawn is finally seeing serious competition from more established teams like Red Bull and Mclaren, but most likely the title fight will go to Brawn.
Next season there will be several new teams entering F1, emboldened by Brawn GP's unlikely success. Manor Racing, Campos Racing, our home-nation favorite, USF1/GPE, and finally the return of Lotus, albeit under Malaysian ownership and based in Sepang. Unlike Brawn, these teams are all starting from scratch, using a brand new Cosworth engine (unfortunately, this is the same powerplant used by Williams in 2006; it should be competitive if the FIA allows minor updates; that's a BIG 'if') and placing that engine in freshly designed chassis.
How far along are these teams? A brief overview of each organization to follow . ..
There is light at the end of the tunnel, but no, it’s not from an oncoming Prius, Insight or Fusion Hybrid
There is much debate on which direction the automakers should go with the development of new vehicles, and this blog is no exception. Should auto manufacturers go the way of the hybrid by engineering more cars like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight or look at the EV (Electric Vehicle) possibilities? Both technologies have many pros and cons to consider.
Posted In: Hybrid / Green, Miscellaneous, Car Reviews, Technology
Tags: fuel cell, FCX Clarity, Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Mini Cooper
Detroit Free Press columnist Mark Phelan has compiled a list of 'hot cars' to watch for 2010. He lives in Detroit, he writes for a Detroit-based newspaper, Mark Phelan should know what we should be interested in next year, right? Meh, it's hit or miss. My thoughts on his thoughts and the cars he thinks about to follow . . . also, what should be omitted from this less than authoratative list . ..
Posted In: Car News, Reports, Car Reviews, Rumors
Tags: Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler,