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A Hoon’s Guide to Understanding BMW

Of all the car manufacturers in business today, few have a lineup as large and confusing as BMW. There was a time when the assortment of numbers and letters they used to identify their models followed sound logic and everything was easy to understand, but those days, for the most part, are long gone now.

Their North American lineup consists of more than two dozen different cars (including M variants) and with each comes an additional array of terminology that only makes it all more complicated to keep track of. Since I’m the only Hooniverse contributor who still loves them enough to understand it all, I figured I’d create this handy guide to the current BMW lineup so we can all git gud together.

After reading this, you’ll be able to interpret the numbers, letters, and monikers more effectively than you’ve ever cared to before. Now when someone tells you they bought a BMW 440i xDrive Gran Coupe with M Sport, you’ll know exactly what they’re driving and can accurately determine if they deserve to be slapped in the face.

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The News for May 5th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • Alpina details updated B4 S Bi-Turbo

  • Porsche sets a personal best with new 911 GT3 at the ‘Ring

  • Elon Musk sheds more light on upcoming Tesla semi truck

  • Kia builds one millionth Sorento in Georgia

  • What’s your automotive news?

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A Rare BMW M3 CRT Can Be Yours… For Only $299,500

An interesting BMW popped up for sale on duPont Registry yesterday and even this unabashed BMW enthusiast finds the asking price a bit perplexing. It’s a 2013 BMW M3 CRT, one of only 67 ever built and one of two in the United States. “CRT” stands for Carbon Racing Technology, a name which succinctly describes this car’s contribution to the future of BMW.

It was a technical exercise which debuted a more extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in areas like the hood, seat backs, and air-channeling front apron for the first time in a production BMW road car. It also gave them a chance to experiment and perfect the manufacturing process for the material that ultimately allowed for an even greater use of CFRP in the i3, i8, and the new 7 Series. It wasn’t until the M4 GTS debuted four years later with a CFRP hood, seat backs, and aero elements that we saw a similar application of CFRP in an M car.

It was undoubtedly ahead of its time… but are we really doing ~$300,000 E9X M3s now? Really?

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The News for April 28th, 2017

Greg Kachadurian April 28, 2017 The News!

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW doubles down on high-performance diesels with new M550d

  • Nismo launches part reproduction program for R32 Skylines, eventually others

  • Honda recaptures FWD Nürburgring record with new Type-R

  • Jaguar teaser proves existence of new XF Sportbrake (wagon)

  • What’s your automotive news?

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2017 Classic Motorsports Mitty Highlights (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 of the 2017 Classic Motorsports Mitty recap, where we dive into the rest of the classic race cars that flocked to Road Atlanta last weekend and weren’t already covered in the Porsche-only recap from yesterday. Porsche was the featured marque of the race but another 200 cars or so were welcomed to the paddock.

The Mitty is perhaps the south east’s biggest motorsports reunion and it draws in some of the best classic race cars from the country. Everything from Datsun 510s and BMW 2002s to a Lola Bo7/18 and a Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo (which is in fact the one spitting fire above) got the chance to tackle Road Atlanta last weekend, so here’s around 40 of the best cars for your viewing pleasure.

Click past the jump to see what makes The Mitty an event you can’t miss. I’ll keep my talking to a minimum, as is preferred by everyone. As always, full resolution photos and about a hundred bonus shots are on my Flickr.

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2017 Classic Motorsports Mitty – The Best of Porsche

The 40th annual Classic Motorsports Mitty stormed into Road Atlanta this past weekend with around 300 classic race cars from around the country and from nearly every era. It was a beautiful show for fans who got a rare opportunity to see some of motorsport’s most legendary cars take to the track again years after retiring from professional competition.

Porsche was named the featured marque of The Mitty, so just over 100 Porsches of all ages were woken up for a fun weekend at track. There’s so much to cover from this event that I’ll be doing a two-part recap on the best of The Mitty, and since Porsche was the marque of honor I’ll start with them. Stay tuned for the second part tomorrow.

[All images © 2017 Hooniverse/Greg Kachadurian – full sizes and extras on Flickr]

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The News for April 21st, 2017

Greg Kachadurian April 21, 2017 The News!

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. There’s also just a little opinion of mine because I can. This week:

  • BMW introduces M4 CS, a faster M4 that doesn’t sacrifice practicality

  • Lotus Exige Cup 380 is a true race car for the street… for real

  • GM Venezuela manufacturing plant is illegally seized by authorities

  • Hyundai launches Ioniq Unlimited+ subscription service for new EV

  • Mercedes-Benz previews future design language again with new concept

  • Genesis prices out the updated G80 models

  • What’s your automotive news?

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The News for April 14th, 2017

Welcome to the Hooniverse News – 2017 New York International Auto Show Recap! As always, this is a weekly recap of some of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull, but nearly all of those big stories originate from one of the world’s biggest auto shows. I would argue that things weren’t quite as exciting this time around as it usually tends to be, but there’s still plenty to talk about. This week:

  • Lincoln finally reveals all-new, ridiculously nice Navigator

  • Audi Sport reveals GT4-spec R8 and special edition road car

  • Jaguar updates F-Type and adds new turbo-four model

  • Acura ditches the beak and enhances the TLX’s sporting creds

  • Hyundai refreshes Sonata with new design and refinements

  • Lexus adds a touch of F Sport to new LS 500

  • Subaru commits to 7-passenger SUV with new Ascent concept

  • Tesla set to reveal semi truck in September

  • Porsche is finally coming to Gran Turismo and launches in Forza Horizon 3

  • Other coverage from the week

  • What’s your automotive news?

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Hooniversal Opinion – 2017 New York International Auto Show

One of America’s largest annual auto shows is kicking off this week, so as is tradition, this is the part where most of your regular Hooniverse contributors get together and discuss the new cars making their debut here.

The New York International Auto Show is setting a stage for nearly two dozen new cars to make their world or North American debuts so there’s plenty to talk about, as has been covered in the news throughout the week and the usual [mostly] factual recap that will follow this. For this bit though, we’re changing things up a little by only talking about the ten most important and/or interesting new cars on display.

The valuable opinions of nearly a dozen hoons, two of which were actually at the show, are all past the jump. Some of us were nice and some were a little… harsh, and I bet you can guess who. Be sure to chime in for yourself and stay tuned for the news later today.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Wheelies into New York

Finally, after months of cryptic teaser videos that looked to be created by the head of the Nickelback fan club’s teenager, Dodge introduced a car so powerful and so quick that only the old “Demon” name could do it justice. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a limited-run muscle car that can attack the drag strip like nothing else.

And it really can do a wheelie.

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