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2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop

New MINI Hardtop maximizes motoring fun

 MINI has a deceptively simple message for its potential buyers, Let’s Motor!IMG_0864

Yet it delivers exactly that, simple motoring fun.

A new, larger MINI was reintroduced in 2002 by BMW, the former Mini was a British make. Now, a dozen model years later, its third and again larger (about 5 inches nose to tail) iteration, continues to be a cute boxy hardtop that is a blast to drive. This is especially true of the tested Volcanic Orange S version with a new 2.0-liter twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine.

That smooth running BMW-designed powerplant belts out 189 horsepower and features a torque rating of 207. It kicks you in the seat of the pants, especially when the car is set to Sport mode. The S model offers three driving settings, Eco that reduces power and saves fuel (MINI-malizing they call it), Mid (perfectly fine for nearly all driving) and Sport (booster rocket power).

You simply turn a ring on the base of the shift lever housing and once it hits Sport you know it. Power is instantaneous. The MINI zips forward like a race horse set free from a starting gate. Sport also firms up the suspension, which might be needed on the race track, but only further intensifies the rump thumping you already get in the MINI on the street. Despite the 2014 model’s wheelbase growing 1.1 inches, the ride is no smoother and the shock damping feels almost non-existent in the Sport setting.

IMG_0866The Mid setting eases shock stiffness some, as it does the horsepower and torque. But MINI still hustles away from stoplights quickly and power is near instant with the twin-turbo booster set at the Mid, default, level. Go Eco and you’ll feel the car ease away from a stop, but power is substantially reduced. This may work well in jammed city driving where you just crawl from stoplight to stoplight.

Handling is go-kart like responsive all the time, but extraordinarily quick in Sport mode. That’s what makes MINI so much fun, especially around town. You can flick the car into a tight curve or corner and zip out the other side like you’re an F1 racer on a quick practice lap. Steering is immediate and easy. Continue reading 2014 MINI Cooper S Hardtop

Chasing Classic Cars: There’s an app for that

For those who like me love going to the app store and classic cars

Let’s face it, we’re all car junkies! If we don’t already have our classic car, our baby, we lust for it. Well…..there’s always the promo models but they’re not interactive. Relax followers, I found a couple of apps that might interest you.

Free is good!

When I go to the app store I try to limit what I pay for apps. Of my 118 apps (OK, I might have gone a little overboard), I have a several that are $4.99 and a couple that are $9.99 (mostly aviation related). But FREE is even better, right? I have tons of those. Keep in mind that most of the apps offered are created with a goal of generating revenue. So free isn’t always free. To generate revenue, many free apps will make up the difference with in-app purchases.

chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.Not sure how I found out about it but CSR Classic caught my eye. The concept behind this app is that you have the opportunity to restore “THE GREATEST CLASSIC CARS EVER MADE” although not everybody will totally agree with the list of cars. There are Mustangs, a Corvette and several other Chevys, Mopars, such as a Road Runner and Barracuda, along with options from BMW and Audi that you drag race against other fictional car owners the app comes up with. Whateverchasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps. you do, do not pick the Chevy Impala even though it has a big 427 engine in it. I picked it thinking all that power would help and it didn’t and ended chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.chasing classic cars, car apps, app store, classic car apps.up costing me lots in upgrades. It’s all about shift timing and power. Oh and speaking of upgrades, you get some freebies in the beginning and it is pretty easy to earn the cash needed for  them. I used most of them to buy the Thunderbird which ran must better but eventually needed some upgrades I would have to pay for. The in-app purchases start at $2.99 (not bad) and run all the way up to $59.99 (ouch). Well after a while I loved the game, I didn’t love it more than the $9.99 upgrade I had bought. I will warn you that this game is addictive.

The classic cars that you will never own

chasing classic cars, classic cars, car apps, iphone, ipad, SavageOnWheels.comchasing classic cars, classic cars, car apps, iphone, ipad, SavageOnWheels.comAh but you can with this cool app I found called Car Fiend (who isn’t?) where you can create your ultimate garage. It’s sort of like Facebook or Pinterest but just for cars. You can add pictures of your own rides or grab ones you see on the internet to put in your garage. Others can comment on your picks while you can do the same with their’s. I’m not going to get into what’s in my garage because I’m going to do a post about that soon. I love this app! Hats off to its developer, CARFIEND.

How much do you think that car costs?

hagerty-1I do that all the time when I see a classic car. My wife and daughter ask too. Hey, it’s not like we’re going to buy it but it’s nice to know. This comes from one of my favorite place to hang out at Hagerty.com, considered THE source on classic cars. Hagerty has a price guide app. Totally FREE! You can find your car’s price and view market trends. It is so easy to use. Select the make, model, and year and the prices pop right up from a low (barn find not covered) to a high (restored to factory or better). Just for fun, pick a car, any car. I like to have fun with the exotics like Lambos or Porsches as these are the cars I will probably never own. Come on PowerBall!

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