2015 SAN FRANCISCO AUTO SHOW

IMG_0912_1024While nowhere near as big or spectacular as the LA, New York or Detroit car shows, there was still plenty to see at the 58th annual San Francisco Auto Show. Take a look-see at the pics and find out for yourself. [Read more…]

THIS VS. THAT: TORQUE-VECTORING SYSTEMS

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In this edition of THIS VS. THAT, we’ll cover active torque-vectoring systems — specifically brake-based systems vs. active differentials. What’s torque vectoring, you ask? Torque vectoring usually refers to the ability to actively control how an engine’s power is distributed between a vehicle’s wheels (typically between two wheels on the same axle), in order to help improve vehicle performance in corners.

But how torque is vectored makes a big difference, and it’s the reason why we’re covering this topic. Also, I find that people sometimes aren’t sure which type their car has (as evidenced by some of my car enthusiast friends). In fact, I hear stuff like this all the time: “Oh, my car totally has that torque-vectoring differential thingy. Yeah, it vectors the sh#t out of my car in corners,” to which I once replied, “Really? Because the last time I checked your Scion xA didn’t have it.” Then I ducked to avoid getting punched. In the interest of providing full disclosure, the Scion xA does have a traction control system that vectors torque (passively), but not the way we’re referring to here (actively). [Read more…]

SPOTTED: 2016 ACURA NSX ON THE STREETS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Pretty isn’t she?

On my way to work this morning I had the pleasant surprise of stumbling upon the 2016 Acura NSX. It instantly caught my eye because (a) I’m a car nerd and (b) it was completely blacked out and begging for attention. It was funny because a woman saw the car at the exact moment I did, and she said to her friend: “Wow, that’s a really beautiful car.” You said it sister! Now back off as you’re blocking my view.

Now, I don’t want to get your hopes up thinking that this is an article about a test drive, as there was no test drive to be had. This is because (1) I wasn’t invited to one (2) this wasn’t a press event (3) the Honda/Acura guys were being shooed away by some of the St. Regis staff as the NSX was blocking the entrance to the hotel. [Read more…]