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 and … » 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

I currently ride a 200cc Honda most days. If this ever hits the market, I will buy one. I'm not putting any money down, though - last time I checked, Elio had only met 1/4 of it's estimated capital requirements, and they're planning on starting production in less than a year. I'm not convinced they'll succeed, even if… » 12/13/13 4:55pm 12/13/13 4:55pm

I actually like that detail a lot. The fasteners are nicely plated and are high quality looking. If they were using black phillips head screws, or those abysmal plastic body fasteners that break every time you remove them, it would be cheap - these seem very intentionally placed. They remind me a lot of a motorcycle… » 12/03/13 3:04pm 12/03/13 3:04pm