Car Reviews

A lot of guys love their cars. My brother, for example, loves to find old cars and restore them. For him, it is all about the car. For me, it is all about driving. My fondest memories as a teenager revolve around driving. I remember learning to drive my father's old 1955 Dodge Crusader in a field. Later, once I had my driver's license, it was all about driving my brother's car around town and out on the highway. The specifics of the car were less important than the driving experience. Driving was therapeutic. I don't claim any great mechanical skills. I appreciate cars at more of a design or esthetic level.

Hopefully this will explain why my discussion about cars often focus on the driving experience, not the nuts and bolts, or mechanics, of the car. That said, I will do my best to provide those with more of a mechanical inclination enough details to appreciate why I think it is a great car.

BMW 5-Series

I should probably start with this disclaimer, I currently drive a 2004 BMW 530i. This was the first year of the new design. It also was my first BMW. I bought it because of how it looks, but quickly discovered I like it best for how it drives. There is some truth to BMW's slogan, "The Ultimate … [Read more...]

Ford Mustang GT Review

I'd heard a lot about the 2011 Ford Mustang GT, and thought that I needed to take one out for a drive. Back in high school, it was one of the hot muscle cars. A friend had one, and we were all envious. It looked good, sounded great, and went fast. Today, over 30 years since I was first in a Mustang, … [Read more...]

Porsche 911 Review

I know several people that drive a Porsche 911, and they are all equally passionate about their car. This in itself says a lot about the Porsche. It is clearly one of the more popular sports cars in the Bay Area where I live. The Porsche 911 seems as common on the roads as your typical sedan. In … [Read more...]

Audi R8 Review

Performance Highlights The Audi R8 4.2 quattro is a mid-engine design. It is powered by a V8 generating a whopping 420 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 187 mph. It also comes in a R8 5.2 version with 5.2 liter (318 cu in) V8 … [Read more...]