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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

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Volkswagen is pretty much cooking up a Golf for everyone on the planet. You have the standard Golf, the diesel TDI, and an all-electric eGolf. Enthusiasts around the globe love the GTI. There’s also a wagon version coming soon called the Golf SportWagen.

This, however, is the one for… us. This is the Volkswagen Golf R, and it’s a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive hot hatch designed to make you a happier person. For just under $40k, you can pilot a nearly 300-horsepower five-door that also happens to have one of the (if not THE) best interior in its class.

Oh and Hans Stuck helped make sure the handling doesn’t suck.

Win-win? You best believe it…

[Disclaimer: Volkswagen invited me down to San Diego and put me up in a hotel for the evening. I took a train down to the location so I could drive a Golf R back and spend even more time with the car. Nice ride down… better ride back.]

2016 Honda Civic Type R Is FWD Destroyer Of The ‘Ring

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Front wheel drive is boring… it is, right? The actual answer depends on the car you’re driving. My Honda Civic Si was a blast to drive, and our own Kamil Kaluski is pumped to get his Integra on the road. Ask anyone who’s attended the Team O’Neil Rally School in New Hampshire about front-wheel-drive fun, and watch a wide smile spread across their face.

Fun in a front-wheel-drive car is possible, it just depend on the car. Honda has just gone and dropped the mic when it comes to what’s possible in a FWD machine. The automaker has posted a video to YouTube that shows a 2016 Civic Type R development car being driven by around the Nürburgring by a professional shoe.

The time? 7:50.63! According to the running lap times posted on Wikipedia, the Civic lapped the Green Hell faster than a number of cars that would make your head spin. Hop past the jump to watch the lap, and also to read about two little problems we have with the lap and the car as well.

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Last Call: The Final Frontier

Jeff Glucker February 27, 2015 Last Call

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“Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.” – Spock

…his certainly wasn’t.

Fantasy Finds Friday: Land Rover Defender 110

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It’s been awhile since I’ve taken a dive on the Fantasy Finds train. I’ve got my HoonTruck, and there is a boat load of parts for it on the way to my house (more on that very soon). Here we are though on this Friday February 27th, and I’ve decided to once again head back out into some fantastical waters to appease my “I Need That” portion of my brain.

Lately I’ve been eyeballing Defenders. Well, I always eyeball them, but this past week or so I’ve been really paying attention to them again. Our man Kamil says he’s done drooling over them as the prices have gone ultra-loco, but there are still deals out there to be found. Still, Fantasy Finds Friday isn’t about finding a deal but instead filling a hole in that fantasy garage in your heart and mind.

Regardless, with its $28,000 BIN, this 1988 Land Rover Defender 110 is ticking a whole lot of my fantasy boxes.

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Craigslist: 1962 Bel Air Wagon With Modern Power

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Whenever I travel, I always wind up at the local airport far too early. So when that happens, I pull out my laptop and start checking out what the local Craigslist has to offer. Today I’m in Miami (just drove the new Honda HR-V, which I can’t tell you about yet), so I was very curious as to what I might find. A few listings from Cuba popped up, the random smattering of muscle cars and hot rods were there, and a few nice old pickups caught my eye as well.

It’s this 1962 Bel Air wagon that has me drooling a bit, however, and it’s due in part to what’s under the hood.

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The Aston Martin Vulcan
An 800hp Carbon Fiber Track Assassin

Jeff Glucker February 24, 2015 Announcements

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You know I love the Aston Martin brand. I’ve been fortunate to drive pretty much every vehicle they produce in a variety of driving situations. It’s not a stretch to say that I’ve become quite acquainted with what’s possible when behind the wheel of an Aston Martin vehicle.

Well, there’s a new Aston Martin model… and it should warp anything that I thought was possible when piloting a machine wearing the AM wings. It’s called the Aston Martin Vulcan, and it’s here to steal your heart while devouring your soul.

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The Hooniverse Staff Reviews the New Cadillac Ad

Jeff Glucker February 23, 2015 All Things Hoon
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Sometime at the beginning of the prior weekend, I saw a few folks post a link to what is apparently a new ad for Cadillac. It unfolds in New York City, and it doesn’t show you one single Cadillac vehicle. Instead, you’re riding along in a car taking in the sights of the city while a voice reads the text from an excerpt of Theodore Roosevelt’s 1910 speech entitled “Citizenship in a Republic”.

I’ll tell you right up front… I hate this ad. I know that Cadillac feels they need to revise their naming scheme, relocate to NYC, and reach a new audience. They certainly don’t need to (and shouldn’t) pander to enthusiasts, as we’re a niche market. You know who else doesn’t buy a lot of cars? The people who live in Manhattan or Brooklyn. They take cabs and ride the subway, or hop on their bikes, and they also walk. That’s just a small part of what I dislike about this new ad.

Am I wrong here? That’s certainly possible, so I posed a question to the rest of the Hooniverse crew. I asked them what they thought of the ad (over a weekend, when some of them could’ve been drunk…) and I’m going to post those replies after the jump.

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Comment Issue – We’re looking into it…

Jeff Glucker February 20, 2015 All Things Hoon

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Hey everyone, I’d like to apologize for the commenting issues we seem to be having at the moment. I’m going through right now to manually approve the comments that are getting screwed with, and we’re looking to see what’s causing it as well.

2015 Audi S8: Assassin in the League of Extraordinary Super Sedans

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There exists a League of Extraordinary Super Sedans, and few four-doors can claim to be members. The quiet assassin of the group is, undoubtedly, the 2015 Audi S8.

This is thanks to the pairing of its well appointed interior with a 520-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine under the hood. You can blend in with the pack thanks to the subtle exterior styling or you can disappear into the horizon should you need to remove yourself from the company of other cars.

[Disclaimer: Audi loaned me the S8 for a week and included a tank of gas. If you have the means, I highly suggest picking one up… truly a fantastic machine.]

Podcast: Episode 93 – An Awful Accent

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Zack Klapman is fresh from a The Smoking Tire trip to New Zealand. He’s joined by host Blake Z Rong and Podcast Producer Chris Hayes, and they explore everything from Kiwi Country.

I couldn’t make it to the episode because… I was nervous my truck would overheat on the drive up to the studio. I need to swap in a new thermostat. Oh well, make fun of me all you want. After that, LISTEN TO THE PODCAST. OBEY ME.


Hooniverse – An Awful Accent

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