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Brawn Meets Brain: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE

The Camaro SS 1LE brings the meat while still giving you the vegetables you need.

(The following review was ghostwritten for our technical editor, Geoff Lo)

What happens when you continue to improve a product? Apple’s iPhone gets more speed and more features, building design becomes more environmental friendly, trees grow bigger. What happens, then, when you take a very good car and make it better? Perhaps, the Camaro SS 1LE?

BMW Begins to Win Back Fallen Hearts with M4 GTS

Finally, we get something good, eh?

For the first time in BMW’s history here, a special-edition M4 will be available natively in Canada. It is called the GTS, and it will definitely put a lot of cars to shame. With its 493 hp turbo-6, this will undoubtedly put regular M4s to shame and then some. 

The Holy Viper will Dead by 2017

1992. This was the year that I was born (if TAC goes big, you’ll have to find this post buried deep to find my age again… although I’m sure I’ve mentioned it elsewhere… probably many times… anyway). This was also the year that the Dodge Viper, our sacred icon of engine + chassis + steering wheel = car(?) for over two decades now. In many ways, this car is a part of me. It shares my upbringings as an awkward 90s kid making his way in a world full of diversity and European automotive prowess…

2016 BMW M2 – This is It

Sweet baby Jesus!

BMW has officially run out of names for its M cars. All of the normal numbered series cars now have a true M variant save the 7-series which has never had an official M version (this may happen, though). At least it didn’t have to play word games to appropriately name this M car without stepping on historic toes. We all remember having to correct our friends when they referred to the stunningly good 1-series M as the “M1”, which was actually a mid-engined halo car made in the late 70s as a homologation special. No more bunched up panties, you can safely call it M2.

How Has the VW Diesel Fiasco Affected You?

You would think that a major automaker has never cheated in some way before with the amount of attention the VW software-cheating TDIs are getting. Every tenth or so tweet I see is about it, every second business article I see is about it; this is definitely killing some of that VW reputation (or maybe lack thereof). But, what does this truly mean for owners of these environment-killing machines? How do you guys feel about it?

2012 Ford Mustang GT – Lines and Power Galore, but Not for the Faint of Heart

This may not be the prancing horse, but this one isn’t wasting any time prancing.

When you spend some years with the same vehicle, it becomes difficult to qualify or even quantify the experience. So many different thoughts have had the time to come and go, so many different experiences to modify or create those thoughts. You would think our job would have to include having a logbook at the ready at any point in time. I believe it is best to just reflect back and put it down, however.

Okay, so How Badly do You Want Another Mazda Halo Car?

I hear in the distance, the echo of a legend. If only this one can be the next Arex-Seven…

Terrible poetry aside, a true RX-7 successor would be dope. It would be the dopiest of dope. It would be dope-sauce. And I don’t use the word dope (by that definition).

Paul Walker’s 16 Year-old Daughter is Suing Porsche for his Accident

 

Meadow Rain Walker, Paul Walker’s sole heir to his estate, is suing Porsche over the accident that killed Paul in a Carrera GT in November of 2013. She is claiming that the car did not come equipped with such safety features as stability control, reinforced doors, and fire-resistant fuel lines among other things.

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