Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Turbo things that aren’t turbo

What is so damn special about the word Turbo? It used to appear on everything in the 80s and 90s. One of my first computers was turbocharged – it even had a little flashing light when the so-called turbo would kick in. There are a million others turbo things, too. But this turbo phenomenon hasn’t gone away. Recently SiriusXM added a station called Turbo. It’s plays heavy rock from the 90s and 00s and it actually really great for those who grew up in that time and were influenced by that music. 

But still, turbo. It’s not like the 80s, 90s, or even 00s were the pinnacle of turbocharged engines. We have the more turbo engines available today than ever before. I’m even guessing that the amount of available new turbocharged engines might now outnumber naturally aspirated engines. And they’re better than ever too! The lag has been minimized and they don’t burn oil or blow seals on regular basis. Turbos owe direct-injection a great thanks, too.

Back to the point at hand. Today we want to identify objects, any objects, that are not even remotely related to cars and/or turbochargers, but are turbo or are in some way named turbo. 

The Caveats (there are always caveats):

  • Said object cannot be a car or any part of a car. 
  • It cannot be a car name, or any part thereof. 
  • Exception – a car with the word turbo in its name that wasn’t actually turbocharged or supercharged. 
  • Don’t give us a damn lesson on what a turbocharger and what a supercharger is, or that even nitrous-oxide can be considered a turbocharger. If you’re one of those people who starts conversations with “well, actually…” please STFU. 
  • It’s got a be a full word turbo, not an abbreviation of any kind, like when Audi called its engine 3.0t when it was really supercharged. Lamers. 

Difficulty: 0.3 out of 11, faster with a turbo. 

How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates! Bonus points for adding photos.

Spy Shots: 2020 Lincoln Aviator or Ford Explorer

Lincoln has shown the 2020 Lincoln Aviator at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Our own Robbie was instantly in love with it. And rightfully so, too. Lincoln has recently stepped up its game. The first new model of what I will call Modern Lincoln was the Continental. It looked great inside and out but missed out by being based on an old FWD chassis. Then came the Navigator, which nailed down the design of what we all imagined a modern Lincoln to look like. 

The Aviator is the smaller, but far from small, SUV designed to fit between the Navigator and the upcoming two-row Nautilus. It is based on a new platform with longitudinally mounted drivetrain which will send its power to the rear, or predominantly rear wheels in 4WD applications. This will also underpin the next Ford Explorer. Both vehicles are extremely important to the Ford Motor Company. The Aviator will have to carry the Lincoln brand as it will surely outsell the pricier full-size Navigator. The Explorer has to be the workhorse, capable of being comfortable family vehicle as well as a rugged police cruiser. 

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski May 18, 2018 Mystery Car

Last week’s Mystery Car was identified pretty quickly by mdharrell. Special credit should be given because it was an obscure French military vehicle that few people have actually ever seen. The fact that I used a picture that I found on the internet made it somewhat easier. Good job!

But that is not the case this week. Today we have a picture I took myself and it was a of a vehicle that I never wrote about. As usual, make and model, please. Engine for super extra credit. 

Image: ©2018 Hooniverse/Kamil Kaluski, All Rights Reserved.

Hooniverse Asks: What’s a fun or interesting to do with an old Volvo wagon?

One thing I learned in life is that if an opportunity comes knocking, I shouldn’t rush to the door. I now have an opportunity to own the above 1997 Volvo V90 for an extremely low price. The wagon supposedly runs well. The body is a little beat up, the radio is missing, and the front seat has a rip in the leather. I don’t know what the mileage is. But there is a catch. There is always a catch. 

In order for me take possession of this fine Swedish luxury wagon I have to promise, and follow-up on that promise, to do something cool or interesting with it. And this cool or interesting idea has to be approved by it’s current owner, first. 

My initial thought was to make a Lemons racer out of it because I obviously need a third slow Lemons racer. I did some research. This last of the true brick Volvos has a 2.9-liter inline-six that makes 181 hp at 5,200 rpm and 199 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm and a four-speed automatic. It weights 3461 pounds. This takes it out of contention of being any kind of a race car unless a V8 is swapped into it. A V8, or honestly any other swap is beyond my abilities and budget.

I kept thinking. Perhaps it could make a cool sports wagon – think lowered on some cool wheels, blacked out trim. Or a raised expedition wagon on some off-road tires, with some lights and a roof rack. But for this model, Volvo has ditched the conventional coil springs and installed a single transverse leaf-spring suspension in the back. It’s a design similar to the Corvette. Needless to say, it cannot be raised or lowered, at least not without some serious fabrication. 

I’d love to do something cool with a wagon like this but I really can’t think of anything beyond these options, none of which are great. The best thing to do with it would be to clean it up, fix up some things, and just drive it. Am I missing something? What else could I do with it?

Quick Spin: 2018 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T SEL Premium

There’s a problem with mid-size sedans. They’re not selling. Seriously, no one is buying them. Everyone wants an SUV these days. It’s so much of a problem that Ford, a huge automaker by any measure, gave in and decided “hell, let’s just not make any ‘cars’ for the U.S. market”. And others might follow suit, because irrational thinking is contagious.

Not all automakers are so quick to simply give up on cars but it’s obvious that the focus for most sits with SUVs and crossovers. Volkswagen has the Atlas and the recently redone Tiguan, which is now available with third row seats. There’s also the excellent Alltrack, which itself is a jacked up version of the Golf Sportwagen. A version that’s significantly pricier and better selling. It’s maddening. Still, there’s also the lovable Golf, the new Jetta, and the Passat.

But is just having cars in an automakers’ portfolio enough? 

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Review: 2018 Kia Stinger GT

The headrests. I don’t love the headrests. If you keep the backrest of your seat more on the vertical, the headrests will push on the back of your head. They should really have some back and forth adjustment. Everything else about the Kia Stinger GT is excellent. It looks great. It goes and handles as good as it looks. It’s a world class car that should put every automaker on notice. Go buy one, you’ll love it.

That’s it. That’s the review. 


Edit: The headrests are adjustable forward and back as per the owner’s manual, page 3-16. But, even in the rear-most position they can still tap he back of the driver’s head. 

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Mystery Car

Kamil Kaluski May 11, 2018 Mystery Car

Another Friday, another Mystery Car! I figured that I have been inundating yous guys with new cars, so I decided to throw in something old. I’m gonna give ya tip and say that it’s wicked old. I’m looking for make and hopefully model name, perhaps a period of time when it was made. 

Maymar was the first to correctly identify last week’s Mystery Button, and the fact that it came from a Kia Nero. But the real mystery was the actual function of the button. “12V BATT RESET” the button said. How does one actually reset a battery?

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Spy Shots: Rolls-Royce Cullinan – The SUV of those who find the Phantom too small

If you think Rolls Royce making an SUV is a blasphemy, you’re wrong. Rolls-Royce has been making SUVs for decades, it just that they were all disguised as cars. That is quite opposite from a modern cross-over vehicle which is a car disguised as a utility vehicle. If you don’t believe me, find one of the smaller Rollses, like the Dawn or the Ghost. Stand next to it and observe. You’ll notice that belt-line is near your chest, that the side mirrors are similar in side to those on a full-size pickup, and that the vehicle footprint is similar to that of a Chevy Tahoe, if not bigger. 

Make no mistake, the Cullinan will be a huge vehicle if for no other reason then to show its superiority over lesser vehicles. You see, to have a Rolls is to be seen and when everyone at the country club or posh restaurants switched to huge SUVs, the Rolls-Royce vehicles were no longer the dominant ones. They no longer got all the looks and they got lost is the sea of huge vehicles. The only way for Rolls to go is to go bigger, and hence the Cullinan which will easily surpass six feet in height. 

Thanks for sending these, and the Supra spy shots in, Brandon! Sorry it took us so long to get to them.

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Spy Shots: The New Toyota Supra

It is no secret that Toyota is working on a new Supra. And frankly, what the hell, Toyota, why would it take you twenty years to bring this car back to the market? Let’s hope that when it comes here it’s a worthy successor to the vehicle from the 1990s. While we already know that it will be pricey, unlike the Supras of the 1980s, let’s hope that it won’t be priced like an exotic. My guess is that it will be priced somewhere between the Lexus RC F and the Lexus LC, so figure in the $70,000s. 

Reader Brandon spotted this mule being tested about two weeks ago and managed to get some good shots of it. Along with this Supra was a camouflaged Rolls Royce Cullinan. That is interesting because the Supra is being developed along with the next BMW Z4, which we have spied before here. BMW owns Rolls Royce, so it would make sense that the Z4 and the Rolls be seen together, but the Supra? 

Thanks for sending these in, Brandon! Sorry it took us so long to get to them.

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Encyclopedia Hoonatica: Two doors, two seats, fixed roof, and no hatch

I’m a big fan of grand touring automobiles. Those are usually luxury large coupes that were designed to swallow up miles while providing the driver and the passenger utmost comfort. Big engines, just enough room for you and yours, and the small amount of stuff two people may need for a weekend at a resort far away from home. 

But, I like my grand touring coupes in a certain specific way. First, I prefer two seats. The small useless rear seats bother me for some reason, I hate them. I also don’t love convertibles. I prefer fixed roof vehicles. And while I love hatches, I don’t want a hatch grand touring coupe. Hatches, while useful, add weight and may reduce structural strength. I also don’t think that they’re very classy. A coupe, by my own definition, is a sedan-like three-box shape but with two doors.

So today we are looking for two-passenger, two-door coupes, with a fixed hard roof, and no hatch. 

The Caveats (there are always caveats):

  • No rear- or mid-engine cars – a coupe, by my own definition, has the engine in the front. 
  • A model with rear seats deleted, such as the Mustang GT350R, doesn’t count. 
  • Just because you think a vehicle shouldn’t have rear seats (BRZ, Camaro) but has them, doesn’t count. 
  • A hatch is a cargo opening that has glass in it and/or hinges above the belt-line of the vehicle. 

Difficulty: 7.8 out of 8, harder than you think, I think. 

How This Works: Read the comments first and don’t post duplicates! Bonus points for adding photos.

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