Admittedly, the 4-Series Gran Coupe is intended to be practical. But exactly how practical this car is far exceeds any imaginable expectations. Having spent a lot of time around some 428i and 435i press cars with my 110+ pounds of film equipment, I can safely say that these are some of the most practical, and at the… » 11/26/14 11:47am Wednesday 11:47am

LA's traffic isn't that bad at all, in my experience; it's at least consistent, and you can almost always use a mileage-times-four-plus-two approach to figure out how long it's going to take to go anywhere. I prefer that to the East Coast's parking-lot-for-who-knows-how-long traffic. » 11/24/14 5:09pm Monday 5:09pm

Tavarish, I've been a huge fan of your work since before you were a regular Jalopnik contributor, but I do have to point out (as someone who has dabbled in flipping cars and projects) that there is a distinct difference to purchasing what I've come to define as a "real" car and purchasing a flippable "project" (in a… » 11/23/14 5:09pm Sunday 5:09pm

You owe it to yourself to get out more and take some ride-along laps at the nearest track event that offers that sort of thing. Your understanding of how the body responds under a situation where all you can do is hold onto your camera and brace yourself against the firewall will change immensely after that experience. » 11/16/14 5:55pm 11/16/14 5:55pm

Next time you're at a mechanic's shop, take a look at the tire mounting system, and ask how it works. Mounting tires on wheels (the wheel is only the metal unit, and does not include the tire) is a more complicated process than it would seem, and one that involves a lot of time-tested engineering of beads (part of the… » 11/15/14 7:35pm 11/15/14 7:35pm

Oddly, I very much agree with you with two specific exceptions in the form of the 4C and Huracan. Regular Italian cars like Fiats, Lancias, and even Alfas are just hideous, which is especially disheartening when you consider that just ten years ago, Alfa was in their stride and designing some of the most beautiful… » 11/11/14 7:03pm 11/11/14 7:03pm

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