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Posted On: 4/23/2013 3:50PM
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In a broad, sociological sense, thieves aren’t generally considered the worst villains among the criminal class.  Robin Hood, Danny Ocean, and Charlie Croker are all portrayed as brilliant heroes, cooler than a Daniel Craig staredown and slick as an E-Type.

But then we get robbed.  Someone makes off with our beloved cars, expensive car parts, or other, automatically less consequential, things, and we begin to realize that thieves are actually thoughtless, terrible children whose sole hobby is to spike our violent tendencies.  I first encountered this a few years ago when some used needle kicked in our door and stole my roommate’s XBox (of all things).  Then, on Saturday night last week, someone hacked the catalytic converter out from under his truck.  It always sucks to work hard for something only to encounter someone who isn’t working hard and takes it from you.

But the worst is when they take something of far greater sentimental value than monetary value.  On Wednesday night, someone stole Jalopnik writer Jason Torchinsky’s beloved ’73 VW Beetle.  He’d owned it for about 20 years, drove it regularly, patched it up with pennies and love, and some degenerate coward lifted it from in front of his house for the few hundred bucks he’d get for chopping it.

No, I don’t have any sympathy for thieves.  Therefore I’ve come up with a few nonlethal theft deterrents that don’t just deter an individual theft, but a whole career path.

 

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Posted On: 4/23/2013 9:39AM
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As humans, we share the general weakness of remembering things better than they were.  Watch a movie you once loved as a child and you might be disappointed.  You remember how good the burgers were at that diner, but did you forget that it smelled like an ashtray?

Or take classic muscle cars.  They were beautiful, riotous examples of automotive pageantry, jammed with enough torque to pull the rug out from under your neighborhood and a thunderous exhaust to match.  And most of them rode on leaf springs.

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Posted On: 4/5/2013 8:49AM
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Since the hybrid movement began almost 20 years ago, the vast majority of “green car” initiatives have surrounded power. Can we make a more efficient engine? Can we pair it with an electric motor? What about diesel, natural gas, or pure electrics?

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Posted On: 3/30/2013 9:36AM
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Yesterday we covered a few of the surprising number of cool, actually cool, cars to debut at the New York Auto Show. Here’s a few more, and some of them we didn’t expect to respect. Check them out after the jump!

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Posted On: 3/29/2013 9:36AM
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Generally the New York Auto Show is endured, rather than enjoyed. Every marque serious about their newest metal has already pulled its sheets at Geneva, and New York is more of a mainstream, consumer-level nap of a show. Not this year. We didn’t see any new Lamborghinis or Ferraris, but so far we’ve gotten our share of the awesome, and if it’s a little more affordable than a Veneno, we’re not upset about it. Check out my rundown of our favorites to date after the jump!

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Posted On: 3/22/2013 2:59PM
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When you read about supercars all day, but never get to drive any of them, you tend to put them on different tiers by performance. I’m looking today at what should be a top tier supercar- the Spania GTA Spano.

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Posted On: 3/20/2013 8:07AM
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Spring is flirting with the breeze here in Kansas City, and we’re digging ourselves out from under piles of melting snow to stare at the sun like it’s some kind of benevolent liberator. I love winter--the coats, the sideways hoonage in the snow, the warm fires, and the Christmas gifts. But spring is always welcome, and with it generally comes an itch.

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Posted On: 3/19/2013 8:16AM
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If you’ve ever read more than .06 of my writings, you’ll know that I’m something of a purist. I like old, simple things like carburetors and manual transmissions. Often this makes no sense whatsoever, as fuel injection is much more precise and reliable, and a good DCT can shift much faster than I could, despite my mutant superpowers.

So though I’ll always prefer to work on simple machines, I’m often equally astounded by new technology, especially if it will someday be cheap enough for schlebs like me to own. Most new tech, after all, starts at the top, in the supercars and spaceships. Swedish supercar builder Koenigsegg has joined that club.

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Posted On: 3/8/2013 8:16AM
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Every year in the shadow of Mont Blanc, car manufacturers from around the world take their newest examples through puddles of melting snow to Geneva, Switzerland for the biggest motor show of the year.  2013 has been no exception, revealing some cars we’ve been waiting to see for years, and others that were a complete surprise.

First among the surprises was the Lamborghini Veneno, which debuted on Sunday night, upstaging rival Ferrari’s latest by a day or so. Before we explode about the styling, let’s get power out of the way. It’s been furnished with a 750 hp, 6.5 liter V12 which can boot it up to 220 mph. It will reach 60 in under 3 seconds.  It is the most powerful production Lamborghini ever built, though only three will be made, besides the show one you see here- one in each of the colors of the Italian flag. Each will cost $4.6 million, though they’ve all been bought up already. Sorry, Charlie. But just look at the thing. It reminds us of Lamborghini’s Countach days, before they got all corporate and Audified. All Lambos are a little radical, but this is simply mad. It doesn’t look like a fighter jet. It looks like a concept sketch for a toy fighter jet, and that’s awesome. We’re glad we didn’t know about it until we saw it.

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Posted On: 2/20/2013 8:21AM
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We’ve always thought that the Australian car market is what the US car market was in the ‘60s, but 50 years later.  Unlike us Yanks, the Aussies still love large sedans, rear-wheel-drive, and manual transmissions.  And though the poor Bruces don’t get Mustangs, they do get the Holden Commodore, GM’s full-size sedan.  And now, thanks to the Chevy SS, we get it, too.

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