This is true in certain cars, but I do not believe it's true in the Z4 pictured there. Likely just an optical illusion. A good example of this is the E30 M3, which had an angled steering column. But even in that car, it felt fine with the stock wheel, because the wheel corrects the difference. Mount an aftermarket… » 10/18/14 10:14pm 10/18/14 10:14pm

840s are by far the better option, although you're still going to have to replace the engine at 150k or so if you don't preventatively replace the timing chain guides. That said, that car looks like an incredibly well-kept example, although going by the price, you get what you pay for. » 10/18/14 11:48am 10/18/14 11:48am

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is as Cool as it Sounds [VIDEO]

Imagine all the vintage racing festivals in the United States. Picture the rolling green hills of Lime Rock, or Watkins Glen, and the steady rumble of vintage engines. Now move that scene to 1.5 miles of city streets in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, complete with off-camber hairpins, stonewalls, and bridges over… » 10/15/14 8:45am 10/15/14 8:45am

Wow. What a perfect man for the job. Horowitz is a fantastic action writer, and my youth was filled with his Alex Rider books (who was effectively a James Bond that didn't spend nearly as much time staring through the haze of casinos and about whom the fact that people didn't know him was much more believable). » 10/12/14 6:18pm 10/12/14 6:18pm

Car Suggestions — "Go Bonkers" Edition

So yesterday, a client of mine asked me for some advice in the car front. He's in his 70s, and has had a history of very interesting cars, and he's looking to replace one of them (a 996 Porsche 911 Turbo X50 Cabriolet) with another interesting convertible. And that's the key — he's a man who has interesting cars, the… » 10/12/14 6:15pm 10/12/14 6:15pm

As interesting as this hypothesis is, I'm going to put my vote with you on this one. The i8 alludes to the styling cues of the M1 itself, not the concept that also alludes to said styling cues. To phrase it another way, the i8 and M1 Hommage are siblings. And if we compare the parent (the M1) a famous musician, the… » 10/02/14 11:56pm 10/02/14 11:56pm

"Also, for you skilled metalworkers looking for an amazing project: someone should create one of these in actual metal. Get a Beetle chassis, and then try and build a body according to the inaccurate but lovely swoops and curves of a Reuters illustration. That'd be incredible." » 9/30/14 8:31pm 9/30/14 8:31pm

Am I doing it right? I could never own one of these thanks to the fact that the entire head is effectively a wear item thanks to poorly designed plastic timing chain guides. Beautiful cars though. If they had been sold in this country with the 3.0-liter six I have in my E39, well, I wouldn't have an E39 right now. » 9/28/14 7:44pm 9/28/14 7:44pm

From the Subaru owners I've known/talked to/almost bought cars from, front mounts do get noticeably better flow, although it's only worth it with a substantial upgrade (you can still support boost with an upgraded top-mount without going the full FMIC route). It's mainly for street cars, of course, but I haven't heard… » 9/27/14 10:54pm 9/27/14 10:54pm

Not much a of loss, considering the auto tragic and fact that there was no M-package car save for the M635 (sold only in manual) and M6 (likewise), and this car is therefor a normal 635 or 633 with an M badge glued on - and tasteless wheels, no less. » 9/27/14 5:17pm 9/27/14 5:17pm

Okay, I know we're all laughing, and yes, it's an incredibly counterproductive thing to do to your car, but are these vehicles actually being stopped/towed/impounded for being too low? If so, what's the actual law for that? Because that's a grey area that I feel a lot of people are unaware they might fall into. I know… » 9/26/14 8:00pm 9/26/14 8:00pm