What is it: The Infiniti Q60 received a major redesign for 2017 and has some of the nicest lines we've seen on a coupe in a long time. If you're not familiar with the name, that's because it used to be the G35 (then G37) before Infiniti decided to add a Q to its entire lineup. A choice of 2.0-liter or 3.0-liter turbo engines is available, all the way up to the 400-hp Red Sport 400 model.Key Competitors: BMW 4-Series, Cadillac ATS coupe, Mercedes C-Class coupeBase Price: $47,205 As-Tested: $57,755Highlights: Our Infiniti Q60 30T is powered by a stout 300-hp version of Infiniti's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, backed by a seven-speed automatic transmission and a steer-by-wire system that we’re not totally sold on.Our Opinion: This car is gorgeous. I think I said it about the Q60 Red Sport, but I’ll say it again: It looks super-slippery even with a little snubbiness at the nose. The rear, too -- holy smokes it looks good. It helps that the profile doesn’t include … [Read more...] about Infiniti Q60 essentials: Looks like a work of art, steers like a video game
Video games review
If you hate DiRT 2, the reasons won’t be the graphics or gameplay. You will hate it because it is sickeningly addicting and a refreshing alternative to tarmac-based racing games. The two biggest racing game franchises out today — Forza and Gran Turismo — pride themselves on making users feel like Michael Schumacher: precise, cerebral, and devoid of emotion on the track. Your virtual career will be spent on winding, paved circuits, some of which are very well recognized by auto enthusiasts around the world. In the spirit of action sports, DiRT 2 takes a more lighthearted approach to the world of professional racing by combining fast-paced, off-road racing with amusing quips, unique challenges, and humorous vehicle accessories. Big-name personas, such as Ken Block, Dave Mirra, and Tanner Foust, even become your virtual “friends,” chiming in from time to time as you progress through the game. The centerpiece of DiRT 2 is the extensive single-player campaign … [Read more...] about Game Review: DiRT 2 for XBOX 360
Project CARS is the first game I've ever played where I thought, "Ya know, a Playseat with a Thrustmaster TX probably isn't a bad idea." There are many reasons this $59.99 Xbox One game begets an $800 investment for a quality wheel/pedal/seat setup, and the most important one is this: it is very, very good. In fact, it's the only next-generation title that comes even close to unseating today's king of the segment, the Forza Motorsport series.Where Forza walks a fine line between arcade-game access and simulation-level challenge, Project CARS leans far more to towards the latter. The physics feel accurate in most cases, with cars exhibiting believable behaviors across the game's tracks. Pitch a car into a turn and you can feel the suspension load up and the body roll through. Bang a curb and the wheel reacts appropriately. Tire degradation feels natural and progressive, and when the rain starts to fall, grip levels respond accordingly. It's all as we'd expect aside from a few strange … [Read more...] about Project CARS Video Game Review [w/video]
True dat. We’re looking for one of our Best and Brightest to write 800-word automotive videogame reviews for TTAC. We’ll pay $100 per published piece plus free videogames (disclaimed at the bottom of the review, of course). Send your magnum opus (within the body of an email) to [email protected] with SAMPLE REVIEW in the subject bar. Rate the game from one to five stars and include a one sentence summation. Again, the review must be exactly 800 words (not including title, star ratings and summation sentence). Remember: ‘tude counts. Oh, and Midnight Club: Los Angeles is out today. Here’s a review style you shouldn’t copy, from Streetfire: “I have to say that from what I’ve seen so far in the last 11 hours it is pretty impressive. It came as no surprise that the party was held in the heart of Hollywood at the Virgin Megastore and featured a performance by the Eagles of Death Metal. I’m personally a big fan of the fact … [Read more...] about TTAC Needs Car Video Game Reviews
The Dirt video-game series is Gran Turismo for the tarmac-averse, with rallies, hill climbs, X Games–style head-to-head racing, and stadium-truck events. The just-released Dirt 3 builds upon the series basics, adding nighttime racing and Ken Block–inspired gymkhana challenges that do not, in fact, take place on dirt. Twin-Turbocharged Physics EngineLike Gran Turismo, Dirt 3 employs a hyper-realistic physics engine for intense gameplay—nailing a decent time on a rally stage or beating the competition in a full-field truck race takes some concentration. The cars respond well to finessed inputs, but ham-fisting your car down a winding, narrow rally stage will put you into the trees faster than you can say “Scandinavian flick.” Just like in real life, slides induced by the flick take quick hands to control. We found trail-braking or a quick handbrake application to be the much more manageable way to nudge our tail out in a tight turn, and a brief … [Read more...] about Dirt 3 Game Review: Just the Sort of Ambassador Rallying Needs in the U.S.
When Infiniti launched their original G sedan, the brand started gaining a reputation as “the Japanese BMW” due to its sharp handling and V6 engine that loved to rev. Today, the Lexus IS and Cadillac ATS have taken the 3-Series’ place as the compact luxury sedans with the sharpest handing and best feel. What of the Japanese BMW then? To answer that question, Infiniti sent me a 2015 Q50S with all the options, including the controversial steer-by-wire system.It’s my opinion the run-away sales success of the 3-Series (142,000 sold in the USA alone last year) has more to do with BMW being the ultimate marketing machine, not making the “ultimate driving machine.” The current generation 335i is certainly fast, but compared to the E36, it’s bigger, softer, more numb, more luxurious and better built than ever before. That’s not a slam because those qualities are exactly why I like the 3-Series more now than ever before. Rather than chasing the … [Read more...] about 2015 Infiniti Q50S Review (With Video)
“Damn, that’s ugly,” I thought to myself — in addition to saying it openly amongst my automotive journalist friends when Nissan unveiled the new, third-generation Murano at the 2014 New York Auto Show.“Who’s going to buy this?” I asked myself — in addition to everyone who would possibly listen to my whining.“I bet this won’t sell,” proclaimed my inner monologue — in addition to my external one.Boy, was I wrong on that last point. The new Murano’s year-to-date sales in Canada have already eclipsed last year’s entirely (sales surpassed 1,000 units in June 2015 for the first time ever in Canada), and it will likely sell more in the U.S. than it has in the last couple years at the very least.When I had a chance to drive the newest “lifestyle” crossover from Nissan, I realized why my predictions were so wrong. If you can look past the sheet metal, the aging VQ35DE V-6 engine and the … [Read more...] about 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD Review – Suave Ugly Duckling
Kleenex is to facial tissue as Google is to searching the web; as Coke is to any soft drink in Metro Atlanta; as Nintendo was to video gaming in the ’90s.In that vein, U-Haul is the Kleenex of moving vans.At the beginning of each month, you’re bound to see at least five orange-and-white U-Haul misery machines piloted by sweaty-faced individuals attempting to transport their belongings, which they’ve hoarded over the last X number of years, to their new abodes. Their faces tell the tale: Moving is horrible. Everything about it is a nightmare. And U-Haul is intrinsically part of that nightmare.But U-Haul doesn’t do just moving vans, trucks, and trailers.During our move from Nova Scotia, on Canada’s Atlantic coast, to Oshawa, Ontario, some thousand miles to the west, we decided to give U-Haul’s newest product a whirl. It’s called U-Box and it promises to alleviate the needless torture of long-distance moving.Promises are … [Read more...] about U-Haul U-Box Review – Box of Lies
There I was, all ready to do something that no automotive journalist ever does: purchase a brand new performance car. I was days away from going down to the local Ford dealer and signing on the dotted line for a brand new Ford Fiesta ST. I had it all picked out: an ST3 model, with the Recaros, grey wheels and Performance Blue paint. And then I got a phone call from Volkswagen, offering me the chance to drive the brand-new, MK7 GTI.For those of you still reading the buff books, the MK7 GTI has been out for the better part of a year – and every keen TTAC reader knows that this is the first GTI to be built off of VW’s MQB modular architecture. But what does it mean for the enthusiast who doesn’t live and breathe the ins-and-outs of modular architectures?Well, quite a bit. The MK7 is longer, wider, more spacious inside, while packing more power and less weight. Length is up by 2.1 inches, while width is up by half an inch. Notably, the GTI loses 1.1 inches … [Read more...] about Capsule Review: 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Get in the RC F and press the starter button hidden, out of place, next to the gauges. That little tingle crawling up your spine is perfectly normal. Point that gaping rabid spindle maw at your nearest runway, skidpad, industrial plant, Ken Block Gymkhana set, or empty freeway on-ramp. Step on the throttle, hard. Harder, firmer! (Stop giggling!) Watch that trick digital gauge, front and center, as bright as Times Square: when the needle hits about 3,700 RPM the windshield gets blurry, the blood rushes to the head, the chests of every occupant is shoved firmly against the seatbacks, and the exhaust baffles open up and the cabin fills with a WOOOOHHHHHHHH, deep and warbly and just slightly parodic of itself. At this moment, it is the Loudest Thing in the Known Universe. And it rings with the same unmistakable baritone earthquake as the last genuinely insane Lexus—the dearly departed IS F. Oh, yes, the IS F—Lexus’s first hot-rod experiment in that most American … [Read more...] about Lexus RC F, Reviewed!