Monthly Archives: July 2015

Victory Will Hit the Market With Their Electric Bike. Take That, Harley!

Victory Empulse TT

At this point, probably everyone has heard of Harley-Davidson’s LimeWire project, a jet turbine-sounding electric bike concept currently touring across North America for H-D customers to road test. Sadly, for them, road tests are not enough anymore and Victory has pulled the carpet from under their feet by announcing their own electric motorcycle, the Victory Empulse TT. 

Harley-Davidson waited too long to mainstream their LimeWire Project electric bike concept. Still stuck in neutral and touring America to see what potential drivers have to say about it, Victory kicked into fifth-gear and released their first Victory-branded, mass-produced electric motorcycle.

Dr. Viper, or: How I Learned to Stop Pouting and Love the Money

How many different ways do you have to spend that lottery money?

Would You Buy an Open-top Evora?

Quicker and quicker the Evora gets, but how fancy are you hidden to the world?

Lotus has delivered to us a newer, faster, lighter, and sharper Evora, the 400. Better Lotuses are always better, especially in the case of the Evora, but convertible Lotuses would add more than just cream to the cake. 

2016 Lexus IS – When Toyota Shows Some Teeth

2016 Lexus IS 200t

Lexus is on a roll to change their brand image and escape the Toyota curse of boredom. Borrowing the quality and reliability from the mother company, Lexus is however heading down a very different path. Like that rebellious teen trying to stand apart by going in the opposite direction from what he’s told. That’s what the new 2016 Lexus IS is, that cigarette the teen bummed to infuriate his parents. And it’s starting to work.

There’s a lot going on for the entry level luxury sedan. In fact, for its 2016 edition, the model receives shiny new trims while other are replaced, in a new classification of the model’s  trims line up. 

2016 Honda HR-V

HUUURRRRRVVVVVVV!!!!!! That sounds like a really forceful push. And the HR-V is a forceful push from Honda into the tiny crossover segment.

The first time I saw an HR-V, it was parked next to a 2016 Pilot and a 2015 CR-V.  Next to those, the HR-V looks tiny.  

2016 Yamaha XSR700 – Can We Call It Hipster?

A mix of current technologies with an old-school mentality; isn’t that what hipsters are all about? Well, that’s at least Yamaha’s take on the modern-retro movement, with the introduction of the brand-new XSR700. 

The Japanese manufacturer has released a trailer to introduce its competitor to the Ducati Scrambler. This newcomer will not only be the manufacturer’s weapon of choice to compete in the retro-craze currently sweeping the motorcycle industry, but will also be a blast from the past, celebrating the XS650’s legacy, with an up-to-date twist.

2015 Ford C-Max – Go Green or Go Home

Hybrids have gone a long way since their shaky, mass-market beginnings almost 20 years ago. The 2015 Ford C-Max is one of those new age, modern day hybrids, introduced to the American market only three years ago. But let’s take a minute here to appreciate the fact that Ford actually makes good hybrids. Who knew?

New 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring or The Super Bug

Have you ever seen a Buick Encore on the road and realized it looks like a beetle of some sort? Well, I have. And now, the bug gets the sport treatment with the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring version. 

This bug is getting a turbo! Buick has announced that for 2016, the Encore will take the road to performance and economy thanks to an all-new 1.4-litre, direct-injected, turbocharged engine teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the start and stop technology that we have come to know and love. Or not. Rated at 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, the engine with aluminum cylinder block and head is part of a new family of “small, power-dense engines”, marked by Buick’s promise to crank up the fun factor and keep the fuel economy numbers at a low. Isn’t that the promise every manufacturer makes in 2015 anyway?