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2016 Audi TTS: Not So Mellow In Yellow

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You want a coupe. You also want a hatchback. In addition, you’d like it to be sporty, have a touch of luxury, and boast the latest in interior tech. That’s not a long list of vehicles you’re going to be looking at… in fact, there’s pretty much just one and it’s called the 2016 Audi TTS.

Luckily for you… it’s pretty damn good.

[Disclaimer: Audi tossed us the keys to the 2016 TTS, and included a tank of gas.

Podcast: Episode 139 – Running Solo

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Rejoice all ye faithful, we’re back with a semi-normal episode. Apologies for the SEMA glut, but Chris and I have been slammed as of late. Rather than keep that train rolling, I sat down to record a solo episode. No… this won’t be like Scotland.

Instead, I talk about driving the:

  • Acura RLX Hybrid
  • Audi S4
  • Subaru WRX STI Series HyperBlue
  • McLaren 675LT

Additionally, the HoonTruck is back and running better than ever… and I still managed to break something. Also, there’s chatter regarding the EPA vs SEMA debacle, talk of an upcoming LeMons race, and a few answers to some social media questions.


Hooniverse – Running Solo

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V: Catch Me If You Can, Germany

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It has 640 horsepower under the hood. It’s capable of hitting 200 miles per hour. It’s well under $100,000. It’s also an American luxury sedan built by Cadillac, and it seats five people.

Four of them could be screaming…

The all-new 3rd-generation Cadillac CTS-V is an extraordinary machine. It’s a super sedan that’s been had its German rivals in its crosshairs for decades. Now, however, it’s the Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz offerings that could be looking to catch up.

[Disclaimer: Cadillac tossed us the keys to the CTS-V and included a tank of gas. I returned the car with fuel but with a bit less rubber.]

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited – The Eat, Shoot, And Leave Review

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You’ve heard the one about the panda right? A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down and orders a sandwich. After he finishes eating the sandwich, the panda pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter, and then stands up to go. One patron says to another patron “What’s the deal with the murderin’ Panda?” and in reply the guy pulls up Wikipedia and reads aloud “Panda Bear: Eats, Shoots, and Leaves”. Haha, get it? Grammar jokes! Improper use of a comma is hilarious. Well, on this particular trip, I was the panda, but my weapon of choice was a Canon T5i instead of a 9mm pistol. It was a quick 24 hour trip to San Diego to drive the All New Elantra, and of course eat some delicious shrimp tacos. Read on to get an in-depth look at all of the new tech available in the Elantra, and get an idea for how it is to drive. Before we get into that, I have to say that I’m impressed that Hyundai has kept to traditional names instead of alpha-numerics, and I told them so in person.

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2016 Mazda CX-3: Tiny CUV Packs Plenty Of Fun

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Crossovers suck! …said the average enthusiast, who might be looking to eat their own words in the near future. Crossovers have gotten a lot better, and a whole lot more engaging to drive. Exhibit M: The Mazda CX-3.

It’s a sub-compact CUV packing in a whole lot of driving enjoyment.

Do we wish there were more wagon options out there? Yes, no question.
Are there finally crossovers we can actually enjoy driving? Yes, absolutely.

The Mazda CX-3 is near the top of that list too, as long as you don’t have serious cargo space needs.

[Disclaimer: Mazda tossed us the keys to the CX-3 for a week and included a tank of gas. We drove the car hard and didn’t put much of a dent into that fuel gauge.]

The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 95 – Carrillo Talk W/ Manuel Carrillo III

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We started a trend by inviting Jonathon back on the podcast last week, as we had another return guest in the form of Manuel Carrillo of Internet Brands auto division. Manuel is a good dude, and was recently out committing alleged shenanigans with Jason, so we had to have him on to talk about that. Cam, Tub, and Jason are also here, so we had a grand old time talking over each other! It’s almost like he’s part of our regular crew. Good guy, and plenty insightful.

This episode’s topics include: Drinks, Desk, 5-minutes speed talk about how to get into RC cars, the death of Scion, Brad went on a presser for Hyundai’s new Elantra (look for a full review soon), somehow got a flat tire, and Jason drove a new Subaru WRX as well as the McLaren 675LT with Jeff over the weekend. Manuel might be buying a BMW, so of course we rant about that for a while. We talk a bit about how awesome our listeners are. We generally have a great time, and it seemed like Manuel actually enjoyed himself, despite me mispronouncing his name and Cam going gaga over the limited Spanish he knows. Anyway, hopefully you enjoy this as much as we enjoy making it for you!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Carrillo Talk

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The 2016 Rolex 24 – a tale of exhaustion, tinnitus, and bewilderment

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Last weekend’s Rolex 24 at the Daytona became an instant classic the moment the green flag dropped. This year’s twice round the clock spectacle saw new, highly anticipated cars in their first race and it was the first event held at the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway, which is now being billed as “the world’s first motorsports stadium”. Expectations for this race were about as high as they could possibly be.

They were especially high for me because it would be my first Rolex 24 adventure and more importantly my first 24 hour race. The plan was to stay up for the entire race and experience as much of it as I could. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from the whole thing other than some great racing and dangerous amounts of caffeine. After staying up for more or less the whole thing, I can say it was an exhausting, painful, and grueling experience that ruined my perception of endurance almost as much as it ruined my sleep pattern.

But from start to finish, the 2016 Rolex 24 was amazing and spectacular on levels that exceeded all expectations. I’ll show you what I mean…

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Aston Martin DB9 GT: A Lovely Way To Say Good Bye

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The Aston Martin DB9 is bowing out. It’s a grand Grand Tourer riding on a grand-old platform, and it’s time to make way for the future of Aston Martin machines. The automaker has created one final version of the car, and ti’s called the DB9 GT. It’s a pumped up version of the standard car, boasting a bit more horsepower, some badges, and the updated center stack that’s also found in the Vanquish.

This, friends, is the proper way to say good bye.

(And it makes us extremely excited for what the DB11 will bring to the table…)

[Disclaimer: Aston Martin gently placed the stainless and sapphire key to the DB9 GT in our hand, and had a tank of gas ready in the car. We turned that fuel into glorious noise and lots of forward motivation.]

Quick Spin: Land Rover Range Rover Sport Td6

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It is interesting how in a span of a lifetime people change, or don’t change. Four years ago I went to Poland where I met up with my childhood friend. As a child, my friend Paul has always had interest in outdoor and expedition type activities. While he’s not full-on car geek like me, he always preferred 4x4s over conventional cars. Many years ago Paul even bought my father’s old UAZ when he, ahem, upgraded to a Lada Niva.

Fortunately, Paul has done quite well for himself in the post-communist Poland, running a successful construction company. About four years ago, few days before I arrived for a visit, he happened to pick up a brand new Land Rover Discovery 4 (LR4 in U.S.) with the then new turbo-diesel V6 engine. After a few minutes in that vehicle I began wondering about the sanity of Land Rover product managers. Why were they not selling Rovers with this engine in North America?!

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The Cammed & Tubbed Podcast: Episode 94 – Beginning & End W/ Jonathon Klein

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Another week and another great guest. Jonathon is our first returning guest (well, except for Jason). Jonathon was recently hired by Automobile Magazine (Part of TEN: The Enthusiast Network), and we had him on to talk about it, and give him a congratulatory conversation. Cam and Tub and Jason are also on this one, but you’d probably never know it, as Klein could talk forever! Somebody get this man a podcast!

This episode’s topics include: What’s on your desk, Jonathon’s new job, an upcoming Hyundai event that Jon and Brad are both attending [Tub Note: I actually just got back home as I’m typing this. More info coming Monday.], we talk a bit about music, and beer, and movies, and other junk. Then, the unthinkable happens. During the podcast we notice Cam has gone a bit quiet and contemplative, so we ask him about it. Apparently, he’d just gotten a series of text messages informing him that his band, Dirt Rockets, has broken up. We spend a good chunk of time trying to ease his shock. Then we talk about the new 718 Boxster, the impossibility of the new Golf R420 (and the mid-engine Corvette), and close out with a few high-fives. Enjoy!


The Cammed and Tubbed Podcast – Beginning & End

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