Sunday, April 6, 2014

Writing Nice Things About A Hybrid (Part 2). The BMW i8


I can't believe that I am doing a second part to this. But this is a hybrid that cannot go unnoticed. This car is unlike BMW's distinguished M series. It does not come with fuel enraged horses that charge down a road, but instead with quiet, and elegant horses. In the end though, they are still horses. The i8 is a plug-in electric hybrid that comes with 131 horsepower. This car has an ace up a sleeve though. It also brings a 1.5 liter Turbo 3 cylinder engine that displaces 231 horses! That's not bad... not bad at all for a 3 cylinder. With these two combined, the BMW i8 goes from 0-60 in just 4.4 seconds. 

Sadly, there are two downfalls to this car. One is the color choice. Because of the blue trimming, this car only seems to go well with the black on black color choice.(At least it's still better than the i3.) And the other is the price. With an estimated starting price of $120,000, the i8 will be far from many people's budgets. But hey, maybe you might earn your money back with by its fuel consumption of 112 mpg. 






Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Writing Nice Things About A Hybrid. The Porsche 918


Earlier this month, I was given the challenge of writing nice things about a small hybrid. Again... it is supposed to be small. Well, the Toyota Prius has a height of 57.6 inches. While on the other hand, the Porsche 918 has a height of 45.9 inches. So not only is it small, but it is also smaller than the most notorious hybrid. Challenge ACCEPTED. 

What makes the Porsche 918 a hybrid? Well like its other super-car competitors, such as the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, the 918 has the KERS unit. This allows it to charge and power an electrical motor. In fact, the 918 is able to drive 18 miles without a charge. That's quite impressive for a super-car. It also has the best method of recharging its batteries. Burning gasoline and moving fast. 




The Porsche 918 comes with a 4.6 liter V8 engines that is able to displace 608 horsepower. But don't worry, it also comes with not only one, but with two electrical motors that add another 279 horsepower. That's 887 horsepower! FOR A HYBRID! It's incredible how far technology has gotten. Not only are we able to move at tremendous speeds, but we are also saving the planet. Just imagine, you are doing 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and going at a top speed of 214 mph, and you're not on the dirt planting trees. It's just.. incredible!

The looks of this car speak for themselves. In fact, they don't. The looks are speechless. It is the epitome of European styling. The curves all over the 918 just scream out speed and agility. Even without the roof(yes it is removable), you'll be going fast. So not only will you be able to save the Earth, but you'll also be more respected than a Prius driver... driving his/her *cough* ugly box *cough*. 




Friday, March 14, 2014

Is that a Jeep? The 2015 Jeep Renegade


As you all know, Fiat is the owner of Chrysler and we have now begun to see the effects on cars. But why Jeep? Out of all the brands that exist under Chrysler, why did they have to get involved with Jeep? Why couldn't they have left them alone?! It’’s a real shame.


Well, the Jeep Renegade was recently revealed to the public at the Geneva Auto Show. And what do we think of it? Well... it has Fiat Disease. Just from the looks, you can tell that Fiat have gotten their hands on designing. I can't believe I'm going to say this about a Jeep, but It looks preposterous! (means absurd or like woah dude)The Renegade does not come with the usual Jeep character; it was thrown out the window. Instead, they gave it some wimpy touches and is the weekend car for a Prius owner. But don't worry! They added "cool" new "X's" around the car to resemble the old gasoline tanks from WWII... Maybe they were actually just crossing out what SHOULDN'T go on the car and someone misunderstood what it meant. The whole car is a disaster, even the Cherokee with its weird headlights looks better! The only thing that shouts Jeep is the iconic grill and engineering. So at least you’ll be able to drive in the rain to your nearest Starbucks.


There aren't that many specs on the Renegade, but the biggest engine offered for it will be a 2.4 Liter that is able to pump out a 184 horsepower. I'm sorry, but For a Jeep, that's a little sad. My sister's Honda Accord is 180 horsepower. Fiat, you need to get your stuff together. Don’t mess with Jeep.