Here at RFD we like our cars fast, light, and agile. The trucks in this comparison are none of those things, but they are very good at a lot of other things. Our current camera vehicle is a 2008 Suburban LTZ. It has seen duty chasing, and being chased by, BMWs and Porsches among others. But it’s got some miles on it, and it may be time to replace it. So is the latest big SUV offering from Ford better than our Chevy? Let’s find out. Continue reading
Lately I’ve been looking at the Porsche 911 as a possible replacement for my M3. Sounds like a logical move, right? BMW M3 owner moves on to Porsche 911. Nothing we haven’t heard before. But why look at the 911 now when I could have looked at them eight years ago instead of buying an NSX, or the Corvette, or the STi, or whatever the hell else I bought? Perhaps there is a natural progression to car buying. Continue reading
This Delorean is AWESOME. The DTM styling is so mean looking. Is this a Photoshop job or the real deal? We need more details.
Bookshelf. Park bench. Girlfriend-repellent. Whatever you call it, it’s been the easiest way to spot a Subaru STi or Mitsubishi Evolution for over a decade. And like it or not, it’s the rear spoiler that single handedly gives the STi and Evo a foul odor of immaturity to those outside of the enthusiast world. Continue reading
This video features the acceleration bits from one of the favorite car events in SoCal, the TARGA TROPHY. It’s such an awesome event even if you aren’t participating in the actual rally.
This was by far the BEST turnout at a Targa Trophy. It’s evident in the video, as there are accelerations/drifts/burnouts from ALL different types of cars from JDM to exotics, from European to American. Enjoy!!
Ever wonder how brake pads hold up to the elements? The pads shown here are Hawk HPS pads which were installed in 2009 and driven in northern Virginia for four years. The mileage driven was relatively low as can be seen by the depth of the remaining pad surface in the photo above. That crack between the pad material and the backing plate? That’s because the two are no longer one.
I’m no luddite when it comes to in-car technology. I enjoy what techno goodies that have seeped into today’s cars. Hands-free phone calls are convenient and listening to Spotify thanks to Bluetooth connectivity is wonderful.
I like it even more when that technology is out of the way.
That’s why Apple’s unveiling at last week’s Geneva auto show has me worried about the future of in-car technology. While it’s no surprise that Apple’s answer to crappy infotainment systems from automakers is smartphone integration through their new CarPlay system, I have doubts that it will solve many of today’s problems.
If you want the ultimate M3, you’ve got to have the M3 CSL’s carbon fiber roof for the most weight savings where it matters – up top. If your M3 has a sunroof you can either replace the entire roof with a carbon fiber skin like the CSL or replace the factory sunroof with a carbon fiber panel insert. The carbon fiber sunroof delete panels can be found for under $400 and can be installed in just a couple of hours with nothing more than your basic hand tools. Continue reading
Quick update of the Recaro SR11 seat from Evolution X in my M3. Installed pics below:
I used the Macht Schnell mounts and the seat is ever so slightly off center of the steering wheel. So far I’ve driven about 70 miles in them and they are very comfortable. Getting in and out of the car is still easy because the leg bolsters are fairly low. I am a 34in waist and these fit me nicely with some wiggle room to spare. I’d say a 36in waist would be snug. Seat height is lower than factory seats in their lowest setting by probably an inch. I now clear the sunroof when wearing my helmet. For me, this Recaro is equally as comfortable on highway trips as the factory seats and it’s no comparison once you move on to twisty roads.