2013 Acura RDX AWD Tech

RDX soothes this Savage beast

2013 Acura RDXFlying into Washington D.C.’s Dulles Airport for a family wedding, I was frazzled from a day of flight delays, noise and airport confusion. But there in the parking lot was my soul soother, my nerve mender, a new 2013 Acura RDX.

This RDX is more spacious, more luxurious feeling and a better all-round performer than its predecessor, which was no slouch to be sure. The interior is roomy, comfortable and quiet. Its power hatch welcoming to a big load of luggage. Everything looks and feels right for a small to mid-size crossover. It didn’t hurt that mine was the upscale AWD Tech model, which means it was slathered with goodies and gadgets.

But at its base is solid performance that any luxury crossover owner would want.

Its new 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 delivers a healthy 273 horses, up from 240 hp with the previous turbocharged 4-cylinder. But the turbo delivered it with more low-end oomph. This is silky smooth after harnessed to Acura’s 6-speed automatic that features Sport/Shift, including paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. I doubt most drivers will use that feature often, but it’s a perk if you prefer more performance. Continue reading 2013 Acura RDX AWD Tech

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Own a Vette without taking out a second mortgage.

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though I have this, what some of my friends call a sickness in my love for AMC cars, I love others too like Corvettes. If I were to win the PowerBall, a big one, a Corvette would be on my list of collector cars to buy. This car defines the word “cool”. Heck it was so cool in the 70’s that astronauts were given these. At the Johnson Space Center, the lot was filled with them. Which one do I like best? Well I like them all but if I had to choose just one, bummer, I would go for a 63. I love the split rear window of the coupe but also love the convertible. Again, like promo cars, the price of the real deal will depend on its conditions and options. Entry level for a drivable one can be around $30-$40 grand but if you would want a showroom quality one, just like it came off the factory line in St. Louis where it was first built, be ready to spend into six figures! Well I not sure about you but I have several mouths to feed, a mortgage and a car loan on my 2008 Chrysler Pacifica. Boy I wish they still made that. Sorry, editorial comment. Continue reading Own a Vette without taking out a second mortgage.

2012 Hyundai Azera

Azera is aces in luxury, quiet, comfort

 If you are among the folks who thought Hyundai would never make it in the U.S. car market, well, get over it.

I’ve driven quite a few Hyundai models of late and the new Azera is the finest yet. This is a large front-drive sedan to challenge Toyota’s Avalon and entry-level sedans from Lexus, Infiniti, Acura and the like.

Granted the Azera looks much like a Lexus and, similar to that make, it tends more toward luxury than sport. The emphasis here is on smooth, starting with its gentle curving roofline and profile to the car’s stylish soothing leather interior. Continue reading 2012 Hyundai Azera

Die-cast Car: Automodello Griffith Series 200

Newcomer Automodello scores with Griffith

I know cars, but beyond the Griffith sports car name, this Series 200 race car was new to me. That’s how rare they are in the car world (only 192 were made), and in the die-cast car world.

But rare is good when you’re collecting. The review car is a stunning 1:43 metallic blue Griffith Series 200 from Automodello, a newer specialty die-cast car maker from Buffalo Grove, Ill. To make this one even more special, it’s one of just 85 Tribute Editions that were made to mark Jack Griffith’s 85th birthday. He founded the car company. The car’s license even reads “85 Jack.” Plus this model is autographed by Griffith and Bill Warner, who puts on the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance each year and which recently honored Griffith. Continue reading Die-cast Car: Automodello Griffith Series 200

Die-cast car: Autoart’s Parnelli Jones Saleen Mustang

Triple threat: Parnelli, Saleen and Mustang = winner

Parnelli Jones, Steve Saleen and Mustangs, now there’s a recipe for success.

Saleen is known for his customized high-performance Mustangs, while Parnelli is known for his success racing pony cars in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The fact that Ford’s venerable muscle car has been restyled beautifully in the last 5 years makes it perfect timing for the three forces to come together, both in the real automotive and die-cast car worlds.

Autoart has been cranking out near perfect versions of the Mustang now for several years and its new 1:18 version of the 2007 Saleen Mustang Parnelli Jones edition is yet another winner. Continue reading Die-cast car: Autoart’s Parnelli Jones Saleen Mustang

Die-cast car: CMC 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSKL

CMC recreates a legend with 1931 Mille Miglia-winning Mercedes SSKL

Legends have made auto racing though the years and Germany’s CMC delivers three-in-one with its latest die-cast model, the 1931 Mille Miglia-winning Mercedes-Benz SSKL. The Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race up and down Italy’s country roads from 1927-57 was the ultimate endurance race of the day. Mercedes itself began building its racing reputation at that same time. Couple those facts with that of legendary Rudolf Caracciola (Real first name was Otto; he was German) driving the SSKL (the White Elephant) to victory in the 1931 race, and you have the triple wammy of fame, an iconic brand and racing history. Continue reading Die-cast car: CMC 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSKL

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