The 2013 Shanghai Auto Show is not until later this month, but Porsche has given its loyal fans an early present by unveiling the 2014 Porsche Panamera which bestows Porsche’s popular four door with several updates for the new model year.
Last fall, Techshake’s Kevin Gordon and I were . His was equipped with the sweet-shifting six-speed manual, which offers the driver complete control in extracting the goodness out of what is arguably Toyota’s sportiest offering in some time. My fate? Spending a week with the automatic-equipped FR-S. Was it as good?
The Lexus ES, originally a part of Toyota’s effort to penetrate the luxury market by adding high-end features to a reliable lineup of sedans. As time went on, and Lexus reached into the upper echelons of the luxury market, the ES grew distant from its Camry underpinnings on the surface, but retained a position as a solid competitor to domestic and import brands. For 2013, the ES moves to a platform shared with the larger Avalon, and the lineup also expands to include the ES300h, the first ES hybrid. Is the ES hybrid the car the luxury market was asking for?
Here at Techshake, we spend far too much time talking about cars that are self-propelled. But what about ones that are gravity-propelled? It’s about time that we investigated gravity as an automotive fuel; after all, gravity is even more constant than wind, water, sunlight, or other alternative energy sources. For this reason, we built a Pinewood Derby car as a proof of concept. If this one is successful, we’ll consider producing a full-size mock-up.
The name is Z/28. Not Z-28, and not Z28. You need the slash for it to really mean something. Much more than just an RPO code (and believe me, GM loves models with RPO code-like names (Z06, ZR1, Z51, Z24, etc.), the Z/28 name to get a 5.0 liter race-ready Camaro into Trans Am racing. Using a 327’s block with a 283’s crankshaft, the (that’s right; Ford isn’t the only company to have a 5.0/302 in its history) Camaro Z/28 was very successful in its racing career and on the sales charts. Subsequent Z28s have not had the same racing pedigree, and the name has been dormant since 2002. Now, upon the occasion of the fifth generation Camaro’s mid-cycle refresh, the Z/28 is back, and it’s again a pure track machine.