Almost every bike has a one defining element, something that differentiates it in a crowded market place. Occasionally thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s luscious looks, cosseting comfort, prodigious power, outstanding handling (okay, I ran out of alliteration there); with the BMW R1200R youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to dig as deep as your first good pull of the throttle. There it is, what defines an otherwise plain Jane Ã¢â‚¬Å“nakedÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ an engine that gouts torque like a Monty Python skit gouts blood.
In Plasma Red, the 2008 Infiniti G37S seems painted with the spilled blood of the BMW 335i Coupe. One wonders if Infiniti hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t delved into Sun TzuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 6th century BC military treatise, to guide its battle. The G35 couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have pulled this off, especially with BMW throwing a 300hp/300lb-ft torque twin-turbo grenade into the luxury sport coupe fray. The G37S, however, is a warrior as deeply disciplined in the ways of the road and refined in the art of sport coupe war as any of the competition.
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The 2008 Volvo XC70 has received a few lukewarm reviews, but OutDrive.ca thinks that’s a matter of context. Determined to put the all-wheel drive in its natural setting, and Sweden not being handy, OutDrive.ca headed to the interior of BC to find out.
Saab has always attracted a slightly eclectic and literate fan base, so naturally we at OutDrive have felt the draw. The official stamp of brand quirkiness, the late Kurt Vonnegut, was the owner and manager of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Saab Cape CodÃ¢â‚¬Â. Saab has come a long way from the oil-gas mix, two-stroke, two-door sedans Vonnegut blames for robbing him of a Nobel Prize for Literature in, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Have I Got a Car For YouÃ¢â‚¬Â. Luckily for us, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not in a temporally twisted parallel universe where Vonnegut sold the equivalent of a 2008 9-3 Sport Sedan 2.0T, otherwise his excellent non-Nobel literature may never have been penned. [Read more…]
Thumb the button and the door swings upward with a satisfying mechanical grating and an electric motorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s thrum laboring. In my mindÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eye that is my welcome to the Garage, as I fish around my pocket for a set of keys. The joy of reviewing bikes and cars for a Ã¢â‚¬Å“livingÃ¢â‚¬Â (I use the term loosely) is youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a member of the vehicle of the week club. After five years running OneWheelDrive.Net and a few months on the car side with OutDrive.ca, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never quite lost that new metal thrill. [Read more…]