E60 M5 seems like it can be had for low 20s. Not sure what it costs to pull the limiter - but that and a set of appropriate tires, and it is a 200 mph car from the factory. It may not be the cheapest up front, but you won’t get your money back on mods, so when you go to resell the M5 is probably cheapest (unless… » 4/03/15 11:42am 4/03/15 11:42am

Jason - read their marketing material. 84 mpg was a target set based on 3x the US average fleet fuel economy at the time (~28). This ties in with their whole payment plan gimmick - you pay 3x the actual cost of fuel at the pump, and 2/3 of that goes to pay off the vehicle - so fuel based operating cost seems average… » 12/02/14 8:44am 12/02/14 8:44am

Yeah, I'm pretty sure they're actually talking about expansion ratio - normally (otto cycle) your compression and expansion ratios are close enough to be the same so equating them is a liberty most people will take. I guess it takes some getting used to with atkinson » 4/10/14 10:42am 4/10/14 10:42am

From what's available today? I'm going to go with Mazda. They've done their best to keep the wankel alive - using a non-piston ICE counts for a lot in my book. Plus, the rest of their vehicles are basically in the most competitive segments out there, and Mazda has the balls to try to actually make their cars fun when… » 3/20/14 12:16pm 3/20/14 12:16pm

Yeah... but the M635csi had the M88 engine, which was not only featured in the M1 homologation special, but was also a very standout engine from the more pedestrian lineup of SOHC engines offered in BMW's regular lineup at the time. It had the full twin-cam, ITB treatment. I'll definitely agree that the chassis wasn't… » 2/11/14 12:40pm 2/11/14 12:40pm

SNC is a pretty exaggerated problem. I seem to recall actual failure rates in the 1% range, and it's usually from an improperly torqued crank pulley bolt during an timing belt change (lots of shops are big fans using an impact wrench as a torque wrench). My anecdotal proof is my '90 with 198k on the original engine… » 2/11/14 8:49am 2/11/14 8:49am

I would get the 3 hatch, IF I could have it with the 2.5L and a stick shift. If I'm not mistaken, the 3, 6 and CX-5 all share a platform, and the 3 is the lightest of the bunch. I was under the impression that the 3 was only available with the automatic when you opt for the 2.5L motor. If that's correct, I'd probably… » 1/13/14 12:51pm 1/13/14 12:51pm

As this entire article is full of pedantic commenters, I will join their ranks and ask if you are sure the 745i you drove in South Africa was the turbo? The actual South African market 745i differed from the European version and came with the M88 out of the M5/M635csi instead (I think) » 12/25/13 7:35pm 12/25/13 7:35pm