Taking Torque To A Car Show

Recently I was fortunate enough to have our partner, Southwest Kia, loan us a brand new 2019 Kia Optima to go advertise at a local Austin car show. It was a chance to get out there, showcase our app and talk to people about what we’re doing. Car shows always draw [...]


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What It’s Like To Drive A Car Of The Future

I can’t believe that a Silicon Valley entrepreneur has actually built a car as great as the Model 3. For a genius who is focused on living on Mars, and getting rid of human-piloted automobiles, he has created something that car lovers (like me) love to drive. The Model 3 [...]


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Getting Fired From The Biggest Car Blogging Site Wasn’t The Worst Thing Ever

I’ll always remember how I felt when Jalopnik fired me.  I guess things could’ve been worse. I could’ve fallen off the top of a skyscraper. Broken a collar bone. Or gotten charged a $10 late fee for not paying my electric bill on time.  I suppose I shouldn’t have gotten [...]


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How To Avoid Crashing A Car That’s Spinning Out Of Control

Anyone who’s ever browsed the internet has probably come across a video in which someone (a Ford Mustang driver) spins out somewhere (outside a Cars and Coffee) and crashes into something (a crowd of teenage YouTubers). Sure, the drivers of these Mustangs are being idiots, but I also [...]


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Why This V8 Mercedes AMG Is More Fun To Drive Around Town Than My V10 BMW M5

While most people are salivating over newly introduced cars—like the Lexus LC500 or the Honda Civic Type-R—I find myself drooling over used cars at some of the shadiest dealers in town. I’ll drive by Stan’s Stolen Supercars, catch a glimpse of a $35,000 Maserati GranTurismo and wonder [...]


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Driving A Stripped-Down Turbo Miata Kit Car: Doors Are Overrated

This might not look like a 1999 Miata but it is. It’s a stripped down version of one, only consisting of the bare essentials. This is the Exocet from a company called Exomotive. Starting around $7,000, you can build one yourself by getting a hold of a donor [...]


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Here Is Why You Should Buy A Cheap Used Electric Car

We all know used Nissan Leafs are so cheap and so abundant now that Nissan should consider stopping production of new ones. Recently I did a search on Autotrader and found that there were more than a thousand Leafs (Leaves?) for sale nationwide listed for under $10,000. With [...]


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Why A Used BMW 135i Is The Best Bimmer You Can Get Under $30,000

I never cared much for the old BMW 1 Series. It has almost a depressed look to it, like it’s upset because it knows it looks like BMW haphazardly shrunk a 3 Series in Photoshop, and that it was destined to be overlooked on dealer lots by [...]


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I Visited The Cutthroat World Of A Used Car Dealer Auction

You know how every Star Wars movie has a janky flea market full of aliens and rusty junk? That’s pretty much how wholesale car auctions feel, and it’s probably where your used car came from.


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Driving A Camaro Z/28 And A Cadillac ATS-V Back To Back Proves How Great American Cars Are Now

I have always been a big fan of American cars, terrible handling and all. None of my friends who owned Audis, AMGs, Bimmers understood this affection. I didn’t care. It was a cheap way for me to enjoy gobs of torque, and the occasional fishtailing. (Plus, [...]


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I Let A 2017 Mercedes E300 Kind Of Drive Me Around

I have no shame. I’ll knock down people’s doors until they give me the keys to what I want. Mostly it makes me look desperate and pathetic, but sometimes it works. This time around, the folks over at Mercedes-Benz of Austin gave in to my desperation [...]


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You Can Now Buy A 460 Horsepower C7 Corvette For Under $40,000

I distinctly remember when someone I know bought a brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray C7 a little over two years ago for almost $80,000. I drooled over it, rode in it and thought: “Man, I hope he lets me drive it.” It’s almost like he could read my [...]


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Here’s How Much Power My V10 BMW M5 Really Makes At The Dyno

While most people are busy trying to make a difference and change the world in a positive way, I find myself deep in thought wondering: “How much power does my car really make?”


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Here Is A Fun, Cheap Daily Driver That Could Easily Last Hundreds Of Thousands Of Miles

It’s not hard to fall into a state of despair if you’re in need of a fun, reliable, daily driver but don’t have that much money to spend. The distress might make you want to crawl under the covers, eat ice cream all day while watching the second [...]


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Why Car Enthusiasts Should Swap Each Other’s Cars More Often

Being a car enthusiast is always about wanting more. If you’re like me, every day you’re itching to drive cool cars you randomly see like a Nissan GT-R, Acura NSX, or a Toyota Previa. (I really want to drive that egg.) It’s a torturous feeling as there’s [...]


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Driving This Tiny 1967 Mini Wagon Required Me To Be Fearless

Don’t be fooled by this classic Mini. It might look cute and adorable and tiny, but this is a real tough guy’s car. Clint Eastwood owned a Mini, Paul Newman owned a Mini—even Steve McQueen had one. Then again so did Princess Diana, so the common denominator [...]


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Not Excited About Self-Driving Cars? This Tech Could Be The Best Of Both Worlds

Think about driving home after a long, soul-killing day at work, full of continuous browser window swapping between Facebook, Jalopnik, YouTube and an excel spreadsheet full of random numbers so people think you’re actually working. Do you really want to fight traffic and sit through an endless number [...]


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Here’s How To Own The 996 Porsche 911 Turbo You Really Want

Everyone loves the Porsche 911. Even my wife, who couldn’t care less about cars, appreciates a Porsche. The only disagreement I’ve ever heard when it comes to Porsches is whether we love the 914 now because it has no coolant, or still hate it because it’s a Volkswagen. [...]


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I’ve Already Had To Use Both Warranties On My Newly Purchased 2009 BMW M5

Sometimes I make really bad decisions, like when I decided to become an overnight millionaire by investing thousands of dollars into penny stocks. I think you know how that turned out—within hours my net worth turned into pennies. But then sometimes I make really good decisions, like [...]


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Why You’re Wrong About The Jaguar X-Type

You don’t see this quite as much as you used to, but every now and then car manufacturers build something that is a complete catastrophe. They throw all this money into a new product which doesn’t sell and then hardworking employees end up losing their jobs and [...]


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