Announcement that probably does not concern you...

ESS is now shipping N52 superchargers. +80 whp for $5k, easily tunable (and reliable) to +100. Combined with headers, E85, a higher pressure tune, a cat-back exhaust, and some minor mods to the SC system, 400 HP should be within reach for 30i cars for around $7,500. That means your silky-smooth 128i would probably be… » 10/30/14 8:55pm Yesterday 8:55pm

I prefer revs. I think anyone who has the chance to drive a rev-happy car hard would agree. When it comes to BMW motors, I feel that there's no comparison (in terms of enjoyment) between the torquey turbocharged motors and those sweet, sweet NA engines they have abandoned, potent as the turbocharged ones may be. My… » 10/30/14 4:56pm Yesterday 4:56pm

I can't think of any new cars worth nightmarish maintenance...

But the 3000GT VR-4 was definitely worth it if only because insanity. 320HP out of a 3L V6, 4 wheel steering, AWD, a retractable hard top, and a retractable hard top. Did I mention a retractable hard top? It had one. Of course, it cost about as much as an NA 5 speed supra (attractive, bulletproof GT for the commute)… » 10/29/14 5:51pm Wednesday 5:51pm

I realized that I have a duty.

There are two immensely interesting cars simply street parked and never driven in my neighborhood. One is a turbo FD RX-7. Yes, it's a stick. It sits in 100-degree heat during summer, the snow and salt come winter, and sits in a parking space 24/7. It moves occasionally, but it's neglected enough to make it worth my… » 10/28/14 8:01pm Tuesday 8:01pm

Regarding DeMuro's article.

I once saw an LFA, in 2010 IIRC. And then sat in it. And then it made pants-ruining noises and moved. So there you go, Doug! Backstory: Sister's friend from high school's dad owned massive Toyota dealership, had 1998 supra turbo 6spd and LFA along with a couple of yachts and two river houses. My favorite car was (and… » 10/28/14 7:08pm Tuesday 7:08pm

Awesome that he feels that way! It's very different and far more refreshing than the "vee need mah tech" that porsche engineers go around waving in the air. Your M3 is certainly the last of an era. An awesome, awesome era. » 10/27/14 7:36pm Monday 7:36pm

While we're on the topic of theoretical stripper sports cars...

The fixed roof coupe C5 was intended to be a stripper model to boost sales; power nothing, few amenities, a rigid structure, a stout manual transmission, and a roaring V8. Unfortunately, the initially-released higher-priced convertible and targa top coupe sold more than well enough to not necessitate the production of… » 10/26/14 9:44pm Sunday 9:44pm

I felt the same way a while back when I was actually being a bit productive on here. Eventually there came a point when so much bullshit was on the FP and I couldn't get on there with a post I spent hours on that I went somewhat inactive for a while. Anyways, I really enjoy the stuff you post and I'm sure if you… » 10/26/14 7:33pm Sunday 7:33pm