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Review: 2016 Subaru BRZ Series.HyperBlue

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People, gearheads, enthusiasts – what is wrong with you? Why are you not buying the Subaru BRZ?

Here is a car that has so much going for it. It is a car that everyone asked for, and yet few are actually buying. It’s rear wheel drive because it’s the best wheel drive. It has an honest #savethemanuals transmission. It’s affordable, efficient, and reliable. It’s even kind of practical. Most importantly, it is a blast to drive!

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What’s the deal with the domestic sport sedan market?

Kamil Kaluski October 12, 2016 All Things Hoon

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My daytime job boss is a huge GM fan. He especially likes the obscure cars – he owns two Fieros and a Solstice. We were chatting yesterday and the Chevy Caprice and SS came up. We agreed that both are cool and have a lot going for them. We also agreed on the fact that we can’t tell the difference between the Caprice, SS, Malibu, and Impala. They all just look so similar.

I argued that this is a good thing for the SS and the Caprice. Like the original BMW M5, they are wolfs in sheeps’ clothing. Then I conceded that I probably wouldn’t buy one, unless the price was OMGawesome, because they both look like the Malibu. And the interiors are rather awful.

Then I went to the Chevy website. I built my SS, which came up to approximately $50,000. Then, out of pure curiosity, I checked the local dealer inventory. While my blue with six-speed stick SS wasn’t available, a local dealer had a new red automatic SS. This was surprising as I have seen a total of one Chevy SSs in real life. Here is the shocking part – before any discussions, they are willing to sell it for almost ten grand off MSRP!

So, a brand new, 415hp V8, rear wheel drive, sedan for $40,000. Can you find a better sport sedan bang for the buck?

Yes! Yes, you can!

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Say what? Rally pilot talks…

Kamil Kaluski October 7, 2016 All Things Hoon

Frank Kelly and  Liam Brennan at the Donegal International 2015. Most auctioneers talk slower.

Review: 2016 Land Rover LR4

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We recently looked at the freshly introduced 2017 Land Rover Discovery. It is the replacement for the venerable LR4, which dates back to 2004 when the Discovery 3, known as the LR3 in the United States, was introduced. Needless to say the LR4 is a little long in the tooth and the competition from vehicles such as Volvo XC90, Lexus GX 460, Mercedes GL/GLS and countless others has been strong. Despite that, sales have not only remained steady but have actually been on a recent upward trend.

So what is so special about this vehicle that keeps buyers, and many repeat buyers, coming back? Is there a secret Land Rover sauce? Are they sprinkled with Landy potion? Is it the brand name? Is it the promise of unparalleled abilities? Perhaps it’s its brawny appearance?

Let’s take a closer look.

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The Grand Tour: Three Idiots and a Racer

Kamil Kaluski October 3, 2016 All Things Hoon

Hammond, Clarkson and May. They’ll be back soon, and along with them will be… Not The Stig!

Yes, Ben Collins is back on Not Top Gear as The Stig The Ben Collins, which seems appropriate. The new show starts on October November 18th and it is likely to be very good yet familiar, as seen from the above clip.

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2017 Land Rover Discovery – Luxury Utility Vehicle

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The Discovery, also known in the United States as LR3 or LR4, is extremely important to the brand, probably much more than the poster-child Range Rover. The Disco is the volume leader, despite not being the most affordable Rover. With its three-row configuration, unique driving position, comfort, and actual utility, it is the go-to vehicle for many affluent families. And these days the competition is very stiff.

Despite simply being a rugrat-hauler and grocery-getter for most people, markets around the world actually expect the Discovery to be capable and utilitarian. Getting this vehicle just right was as important as it was probably challenging for Land Rover. The question is did they get it right?

Let’s take a closer look at the 2017 Land Rover Discovery.

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Mystery Car Bonus Edition

Kamil Kaluski September 28, 2016 Mystery Car

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The esteemed Robert Emslie runs the Mystery Car series every Friday. His pictures usually show a fragment of a fender and small piece of a chrome blinker bezel. Apparently that is enough for you mad scientists to conclude not only the year, make, and model of the car but also the engine firing order and the required lug-nut torque.

I will make it easy on you geniuses and post a picture of a whole vehicle. Almost the whole vehicle. Bonus points if you know the engine firing order.

Hooniverse Asks Bonus: Is it time to rethink the trunk?

Kamil Kaluski September 28, 2016 All Things Hoon

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The main objective of the automobile is to transport people and their things. The problem seems to be that these days everyone has more thingsMORE STUFF!!!

Our cars keep getting bigger and bigger because we need to move our stuff. We also want to move our people and stuff in relative comfort and safety. This is why new minivans are close in size to old full-size vans. This is why half-ton pickups are huge. This is why a new 2016 RAV4 is the size of a 2001 4Runner. This is why the station wagon, a sedan with with a hump, was replaced by a three-row CUV. And even then we still bitch that there is no trunk space with the third row up to put our stuff.

I am personally very guilty of it. I have a rather huge three-row SUV. I haul my two kids in it and occasionally other people’s kids. Despite living somewhat of a minimalist lifestyle, the trunk of my 4Runner is always at least half full. I got stuff in it: stuff for donation, stuff for sports, stuff for school, stuff for the gym, and even stuff for stuff. STUFF!

This has me thinking – is it time to rethink the automotive trunk?

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Land Rover Gets Storrowed

Kamil Kaluski September 27, 2016 All Things Hoon

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Storrow Drive is a lovely, if slightly congested, road along the Charles River in Boston. It meanders like the river and has several low overpasses along it. Each and every entry onto Storrow Drive is properly marked with low clearance signs. Despite that there a numerous accidents where a tall vehicle accidentally navigates onto a road. Sometimes they stop in time and are forced to back up. Other times they don’t stop and hit an overpass. The locals call it getting “storrowed.”

The picture above shows what happens to Land Rover LR4 that is on top of a car carrier that hits a low overpass. Oops. This did not happen on Storrow Drive but it did happen near it. The point is that there are many places in Boston where one can get storrowed.

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Review: 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63

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The biggest problem with the G-Class is that people buy it for the wrong reasons. This is a vehicle that, much like Land Rover’s Defender and Jeep’s Wrangler, was originally developed for utilitarian and military purposes. But now it is being bought by B-list celebrities, app developers, and athletes with freshly signed professional contracts. It stopped being an expedition vehicle and it became an accessory to a Prada dress, and that is rather sad.

Mercedes G-Class was launched in 1979. Since then, it has been offered in countless body, chassis, and powertrain configurations. It was a globetrotter, fire engine, and light military vehicle before becoming a character on the Kardashians. Because the appearance of the G-Glass has remained rather unchanged, with time it became iconic. It has undergone a constant evolution rather than a complete revolution every five years like all other vehicles.

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