There’s been a lot of chatter for a long time about the impending demise of the row-your-own manual transmission. I’m not talking about those automated manuals – with or without an actual clutch or two – with acronyms lifted from the annals of phone company documentation such as DCT, DSG, PDK, etc. No, I speak of the real, three-pedal mechanical gear changers with a friendly stick emerging from either the floor or – if you’re old – the steering column. Continue reading
Tag Archives: Volkswagen
Our penchant for wacky German sedans is obvious to anyone who has spent any time perusing TTS, but in truth the majority of what we consider wacky appeals to us because it’s uncommon here in the U.S. – usually those cars and configurations that just never made it here. Grey market cars with velour upholstery, manual transmissions, gasoline-fueled standing heaters, and stuff like make us giggle like schoolgirls, but this is not one of those cars. This NSU Ro80 is arguably better: they actually sold these here (VERY briefly and in small numbers), but chances are you’ve never seen one, at least not here and not in person. Frankly, even in Europe they are few and far between, but they represent an interesting time in the history of NSU/Audi/Volkswagen as a precursor to slippery futuristic designs like the sleek Audi C3 100/200/5000 that wowed the entire automotive world in 1982. Better than that, Ro80s run a Wankel rotary engine. That’s right, Mazda fans, this Bud’s for you. This one can be found here on mobile.de in Heilbronn, Germany for just 4,000 Euros.
WFNX and the Boston Phoenix are gone. Published and broadcast for 30 years, they were synonymous with college radio and the Boston college music scene. When Clear Channel bought the dial space, they moved radio operations to WFNX.com and, quite frankly, the playlist improved dramatically. Sadly, two days ago it all went down. An institution has vanished, leaving a void to be filled with yet more corporate radio.*
Because you need to hear Stairway to Heaven just one more zillion times. Continue reading
We write a lot about sedans here at TTS because we’re that kind of geek. Actually, we’re a lot of different kinds of geek. We certainly like our sports cars, and could be tempted by certain goofy trucks sporting badges like Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. But there’s something about a fast yet subtle four-door with a manual transmission that speaks to us, both loudly and clearly. Continue reading
Chances are if you’ve found this blog and you’re reading this post that you share with us some degree of automotive enthusiasm. So when it comes time for you to think about that next car purchase, and you can’t swing a new AMG E63 for a hundred grand or even a new 5-series for sixty, what do you do? Let’s say you can afford $20,000: folks smarter than me will tell you to buy a used Lexus if you’re in the market for luxury, or a BMW 3-series if you’re in a sporting mood. I beg to differ. A real car geek wants to stand apart from the crowd, automotively speaking. Nope, what you need is this Bentley, which can be found
here on CraigsList in Tampa Bay, Florida for a paltry $16,995.
Generally speaking, I am not an SUV guy. I appreciate that you can sit up high, and frankly, I’ve found myself contemplating getting one more than once just so I have a fighting chance of seeing around the rolling billboard of an SUV or minivan that invariably manages to get in front of me every single stinking day that I commute. That said, I am most definitely a diesel guy. Ever since I got off a Pan Am 747 in Hong Kong in 1977 and was met with the incessant sound and smell of diesel motors, I’ve been a fan. Yup, I’m the weirdo that likes the noise AND the smell. It’s a thing, but it’s my thing.