With four-doors’ and crossovers crazily co-opting the mantle of Coupe,Nice Price or Crack Pipe Jetta around to legitimately own that I’m ashamed to admit that amongst the dozens of cars I’ve owned in my life, not a single one has been Italian. Oh, I’ve driven plenty of Italian cars, everything from lowly Fiats and an actual Innocenti Mini all the way up to Ferraris, Maseratis, and D Advertisement That likely would have all changed if yesterday’s 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce had been within spitting distance of me. At $3,500, I could probably swing it, I do have one of those fancy new Apple Cards after all. I also didn’t think that any of the work it needed was beyond my skill level. Most of you agreed that it would have been a reasonably good idea, showering the car with praise in the comments and awarding it a solid 70 Now, I want to start out today’s discussion by first apologizing for featuring two VW’s this week. I do try to mix … [Read more...] about At $8,000, Is This R32-Swapped 1987 VW Jetta A Total Coupe De Grâce?
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Once again, the legendary and iconic Volkswagen Beetle has gone out of production. I say once again, because, depending on how you qualify things, this will be the third or fourth time this has happened: first it ended in Germany in 1978, then in Brazil in 1986, where it restarted in 1993, and ended again in Brazil in 1996, then it ended in Mexico in 2003. Really, that was the true end of the original, air-cooled Beetle. Volkswagen ended production of the retro Golf-based Beetle in Mexico yesterday, and I’d like to commemorate this fact by talking about an under-appreciated role of the Beetle: as the gateway drug to the world of weird cars. While I’m sad to see that, for the first time in 81 years, Volkswagen will not offer a Beetle-shaped car anywhere in the world, I can’t feel too broken up because, like I said, the end has already happened. I did my mourning for the Beetle 16 years ago, and, while I was certainly excited when VW announced a retro-styled car based … [Read more...] about The Volkswagen Beetle Has Come to an End. The Original Was a Gateway Drug for Weird Cars
Hyundai has officially announced that the new N performance brand has whipped the current Veloster into sporting shape, and it’s ready to go toe-to-toe in a title fight with Volkswagen’s 7th generation GTI. While the 2019 Hyundai starts about $500 higher than the VW, at $26,900, the N offers an extra 30 horses—at 250 versus the GTI’s 220—in the stable. Advertisement Things get really interesting when you check the box for the N Performance Package, which nets you 275 horsepower, an electronically controlled limited slip, a performance exhaust, bigger brakes, and bigger wheels for $2100 extra. Unlike the GTI, however, the Veloster N is only available with a manual gearbox, which is great in my eyes, but will likely hamper sales in direct comparison with the German. Advertisement With the extra power, one could argue that the Veloster N is actually punching above its weight class, aiming for larger targets like the Civic Type R and VW’s Golf … [Read more...] about The 2019 Hyundai Veloster N Is Coming For The GTI’s Hot Hatch Lunch Money
Everything that happens in Zack Snyder’s Justice League is because of Mother Boxes. Mother Boxes are otherworldly containers that wield ultimate power, especially when combined. However, after seeing the movie, I have some questions about how they actually work. To talk about the Mother Boxes, we’ll have to get into some minor Justice League spoilers. Best to keep away until you’ve seen the film. Advertisement Okay, so the whole reason the Justice League is formed in Justice League is to stop Steppenwolf. He’s an ultra-powerful character who, thousands of years ago, brought three Mother Boxes to Earth to try and conquer it. He was defeated, though, and since then the boxes have lain dormant. That is, until Superman died. Once Superman was dead, Earth spiraled into chaos and the boxes deemed it ready to be conquered again. So they called Steppenwolf back to Earth so he could reunite the boxes and form the Unity, a power which would turn Earth into a living … [Read more...] about I Have Questions About
With the loss of Darwyn Cooke last week, it’s no small comfort to pick up a copy of Catwoman and see a version of his costume design on the cover. Cooke’s work persists, and for good reason: With her cat/whip belt and the goggles, this version of the character is iconic, instantly recognizable, and just practical enough to be believable, without losing any of Selina’s grace or sex appeal. Advertisement With Catwoman #52 (DC), writer Frank Tieri moves readers deeper into the mystery of the White Mask and the False Face group that Selina has been tracking. With the advent of DC’s Rebirth at the end of May—many books starting over with #1s—it seems that this is the last issue of Catwoman for a while. The story has stumbled a bit—no surprise with Tieri trying to follow Genevieve Valentine’s intimate and deeply interesting take on Selina Kyle as mob boss. Given just six issues to write a story, Tieri gave Selina a new sidekick in the young … [Read more...] about A lackluster