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Podcast: Episode 242 – Randomness of life

Friend of Redusernab Jonathon Klein stops by to join us in the studio. We talk about some of the fast machines that Klein has driven lately, and that includes the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, Scarbo open-wheel vintage Ferrari tribute race car, and a few McLarens. After that I remind everyone that the new Jeep Wrangler is really good before we dive on into your questions.

Your dreams shall be filled with visions of this hand-built RC Scout

Jeff Glucker March 20, 2018 All Things Hoon

The video is from 2015, but I’ve only just stumbled across it by way of a post today. What we have here is a fully hand-built remote control International Scout. A mixture of wood and foam board, the Scout is incredibly detailed and faithfully recreated. Right down to the bearded driver and his bumper stickers.

All of this artistic RC goodness is the work of . If you head to this channel, you’re going to be inundated with truly excellent RC builds of all shapes and sizes. There is a car or two in the mix, but it’s mostly trucks. The build quality on everyone of them will put a smile on your face.

Prepare to wander down a most excellent RC rabbit hole.

[Source: via Reddit]

Netflix rolling out new Fastest Car series

Jeff Glucker March 20, 2018 Hoonivercinema

You can color me slightly intrigued on this one. Remember how I recently asked you about what you’d like to see in a car show? Netflix has a new one on the way, and this one could actually be pretty interesting. It’s called Fastest Car, and it appears to pit supercars and high-end sports cars against sleepers.

These are real deal sleepers too, for the most part. At least that’s how it seems in the trailer above. You have the Bisimoto Honda Odyssey minivan making prodigious horsepower, the Lunch Money Garage hot rod with hand controls (which is a local machine that I always love seeing when it’s out and about), and a handful of other buckets that are ready to pour on big power.

In the other corner, you have the supercars. It also seems like the series is going to put the mindset of these supercar owners on full display. Be they knowledgable enthusiasts or simply folks with too much cash at their disposal.

Yes, the trailer is soaked with drama but a trailer needs to be in order to draw you in. I’m not going to endorse this show yet since I’ve only seen as much as you have, but I will definitely give it a shot. I love the idea of pairing true sleeper cars against the likes of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and McLarens.

This could provide shootouts worth watching.

This is the best a VAZ-2103 has ever looked

Built between 1972 and 1984, the VAZ-2103 Zhiguli is best know to us western devils as the Lada 1500. A “luxury” compact sedan, the 2103 is built on the bones of the Fiat 124 and featured parts from the newer Fiat 125 as well. However, due to its far thicker steel, the VAZ is heavier. It also features worse braking technology.

Despite that, it’s remained a symbolic workhorse that shrugs off the harsh cold arriving with a Siberian winter. Eventually, the 2103 was phased out so that VAZ could bring in the less decadent 2106. Seriously. VAZ used too much chrome on the 2103, and that needed to be scaled way back for cost reasons.

And, you know, chrome is for capitalist pigs.

This specific car looks to be beautifully maintained. And after it’s received the Petrolicious video treatment, it’s likely that this could be the prettiest video ever to feature a VAZ-2103. 

Driving the Kia Stinger GT AWD on Snow and Ice

This is the third time we’ve gotten our hands on the Kia Stinger GT, but this time we’re driving it in a place you might not expect. In Crested Butte, Colorado you’ll find a course that’s covered in snow and ice.

A fleet of Stinger GT sedans with AWD are on hand and shod in Michelin Alpin winter tires. Our goal for the day then? To see how much fun we can have with this 365-horsepower hatch/sedan. Since the AWD system is rear biased, it seems we’re able to able to find quite a bit of fun on the snow and ice.

Truck Central: Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport

Jeff Glucker March 15, 2018 Hoonivercinema

I was hoping to find the keys to a Tacoma TRD Pro in my hand. Instead, the key fob read TRD Sport. The difference there is rather massive when it comes to soaking up some bumps away from the pavement. Regardless, I wanted to see what the TRD Sport could do so I ventured off road anyway.

What I found in the Tacoma TRD Sport is a solid truck with a few flaws, one of which isn’t necessarily the fault of the truck itself. First off, the seats are oddly uncomfortable. Not the material, as I love a good cloth seat. But rather the actual position of the seat feels a bit too high. Second, unless you have ECT-Power pressed then the transmission is in full Eco-Warrior mode with no concerns about your request for power. Finally, the as-tested price is $38k. That’s the one that I don’t feel falls directly on the shoulders of Toyota, as all new vehicles are expensive. Still, that number feels about $8k-$10k too high to me.

It’s still a Tacoma though, which means it’s built to last forever. The 3.5-liter V6 makes over 270 horsepower, and the cabin space finds a nice balance between truck style and updated amenities without going too far in one direction or the other.

It’s a good truck. With fresh competition from an inbound Ford Ranger, I hope it becomes a great truck once again.

Podcast: Episode 241 – Wranglin’

Spoiler alert: the new Jeep Wrangler is good! The 2018 Chevy Silverado, however, isn’t so great. What’s also good is a Kia Stinger GT AWD that wears snow tires and is let loose on a winter driving course. Those are the main topics this week, but we also tackle your podcast questions.

Finally, we dip into some upcoming vehicles and then also try out a new segment at the end of the podcast. It’s a talk about some photo/video/travel gear. This time around we cover the Wandrd Access duffel, Mavic Air, and some upgraded ear pads for the Audio-Technica ATH M50x headphones. 

First Drive: 2018 Audi RS 5

Audi Sport is cranking out some modern classics. We’ve got the five-cylinder-powered RS3 and TT-RS making great noise, and now a new RS 5 is ready to join the party. This is the 2018 Audi RS 5 and it’s got enough juice to make it a quicker (and maybe more affordable) combatant in the Germany luxury sports coupe market.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine that’s good for 444 horsepower. It’s also good for moving the RS 5 from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, per Audi. For the record, that’s quicker than a BMW M4 with the Competition Packaged and the Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63S. The car is a blast to drive and blurs the lines between potent sports coupe and proper grand touring machine.

But the line becomes less blurred once you go over a few bumps. The suspension, when in full dynamic mode, is extremely stiff. Like, save it for the race track stiff. But when you want to best the BMW and Benz offerings, you better bring your best… and Audi has done just that.

There’s no softness found in this latest RS variant. It’s an ass-kicking machine that looks resplendent in its available Sonoma Green paintwork. If you were thinking about buying an M4 or C63… maybe you should think again, and take a look at the RS 5.

[Disclaimer: Audi flew me Scottsdale and put me up in a nice hotel. There was food and booze as well.]

Podcast: Episode 240 – TRD Sweatbox

I’m sitting in a Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, and it’s getting hotter. Regardless, I have things to say and a recorder to capture it all. Topics this week include the Tahoe RST, Tacoma TRD Sport, a trip to Colorado to drive a Kia, and some potential news on a bigger trip coming up in May.

Also, we touch on a bit of the news out of Geneva. Specifically, the reveals of the Rimac C_Two and the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro.

Finally, I’m excited to try out a new camera bag and I touch on that towards the end of the episode.

 

Truck Central: Do you need a Chevy Tahoe with a 6.2L V8?
The RST Performance package says you might

Since the dawn of time, the Chevy Tahoe has trekked along with a 5.3-liter V8 engine betwixt its fenders. Now though, if you’re itching for a Tahoe with more GO, you can get just that. This is the Tahoe RST optioned up with the Performance Package. RST stands for Rally Sport Truck. The Performance Package means you’ve pulled the 355-horsepower 5.3-liter out in favor of a 6.2-liter V8, and you now have a Tahoe with 420 horsepower and a ten-speed automatic gearbox.

There are a handful of other upgrades that come along for the ride as well. Switching to the larger mill also means a move to magnetic ride suspension. There’s also another upgrade package that adds in massive front brakes and a Borla exhaust. The front clampers see a move from 13-inch rotors to a six-piston Brembo setup squeezing down on a 16.1-inch rotor. Those are larger than the wheels on my ’74 Benz. By more than two inches.

This one certainly isn’t cheap, of course. As-tested this Tahoe clocks in with a price tag of $78k. That’s basically Yukon Denali money and nearly Cadillac Escalade money. It’s also about $8k more than a Durango SRT, which makes quite a bit more power.

So with the Tahoe RST Performance we have a full-size SUV that can scoot from 0-60 in under six seconds… but it can’t outrun the issues I have with its suspension setup (too stiff) and the price tag relative to competition (too high).

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