BMW’s departure from the familiar nomenclature of the past has been received with mixed reviews from the dedicated German sports car community. It seems that the Bavarian automotive giant has decided to affix odd numbers to sedans and even numbers to coupes and convertibles. Of particular concern, to the performance motoring crowd, is that the lofty standard of the beloved M3 will be lowered with its replacement M4 coupe. BMW aficionados have been less than impressed with the redesigned M5. Claims that the M5 lacks guts, that the suspension is soft and mushy, and that the sports car temperament has been eliminated have fueled the fires of doubt about the new M4. The BMW faithful fear that a similar fate awaits the new M4, after all, the engineers who designed the M5 are still around.
Vollkswagen and Audi have created new excitement in the electric/hybrid arena with their latest entries in the category—the VW e-Golf and the Audi A3 e-tron. Nearly every automotive manufacturer today has an extensive program aimed at developing the new future of technology. Like it or not, electric power is here to stay, and the amount of money and research pouring into the segment is higher than ever before.
One of the most popular platforms for tuners since its official debut in the States back in 2002, Subaru hopes to raise the bar of high performance per dollar yet again with the 2015 iteration of the WRX. Set to debut this week, Subaru did a good job of keeping official information leaks to a minimum but we were finally able to get a good look at what should hit the ground later in 2014 thanks to an official release from Subaru.
From the engine block to the fenders and everything in between, today’s automobiles are an amalgamation of traditional and space-age materials. The push for more efficient vehicles has necessitated the use of new methods and technologies to produce the lightest, strongest components possible.
Discusses the history of on-board diagnostics in automobiles, their function and how to decipher diagnostic trouble codes on a basic level.