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FIAT 550 Italia Tests the Limits of Good Taste

June 26th, 2012

On the list of things that make me happy, few items rank higher than high-powered cars that aren’t supposed to be high-powered.

Think along the lines of the Nissan Juke-R, which managed to stuff a GT-R drivetrain into a normal Juke (or placed a Juke body over a GT-R drivetrain, depending on how you look at it). Either way, the result is fantastically ridiculous.

There’s also the more recent news of the old Ford customized with 1,700 horsepower courtesy of a Koenigsegg CCR engine. Good stuff.

There’s really no limit to the craziness that can come out of the combination of a small car with a high-power drivetrain. With the right resources, all a guy has to do is search through some used car listings, find an appropriate project car, purchase a supercar engine and then spend a few hours in the garage. Easy enough, right?

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Biggest Product Flops of 2011: FIAT 500 and Chevy Volt?

December 30th, 2011

New Coke was a product flop. Bic disposable underwear was a product flop. I won’t even mention the Ford Edsel.

But the new FIAT 500 and Chevy Volt?

Yahoo! Finance has determined, perhaps as nothing more than a way to generate year-end web traffic, that those two new cars were some of the biggest product flops of 2011, right up there with Qwikster.

Yes, sales have been a disappointment, but calling them flops is a bit unfair and premature. Well, for one car, anyway.

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5 Ways to Save Money and Commute in Style

September 23rd, 2011

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Once upon time, buying a commuter car meant sacrificing any hope of an enjoyable driving experience. If you wanted something fun and good looking, you’d have to buy a secondary sports car for the weekends. Weekday commuter cars, at least in the U.S., were inexpensive, fuel efficient and reliable, but about as plain and boring as ordering vanilla ice cream in a parlor of 46 million flavors.

Our economy might be in a sinkhole, but that doesn’t mean people have forgotten about a fun driving experience. We just want it to come in under 20 grand or so while getting good miles per gallon and looking at least somewhat exciting. Like paying the price for vanilla but getting a nice cup of Ben & Jerry’s Schweddy Balls instead.

Keep reading for some of the most fun and good looking commuters available today!

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Fiat 500 Models Proliferating: Which Will Come to the U.S.?

March 4th, 2011

Fiat 500 Zagato

Fiat is doing a cool thing in marketing its 500 for the U.S. It is introducing a veritable profusion of models/trims, presumably so that buyers can have a customized, personalized car.

Will the gambit work? We happen to think the 500 is a great car to begin with. Adding special features may well attract people who fancy its uniqueness—and want more of it. With famous names like Abarth and Zagato, the appeal to sports car fans will be strong.

The Zagato Coupe (above), shown at Geneva, has the famous double-bubble roof of the classic 1950s Z-cars, with some engine tweaking and a beautiful take on the basic 500 design. Even if you don’t know the history, the appeal is there.

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