Posts Tagged: review

Cycle World Design Review: More of the Same

I hate to be a jerk, I really do.

But sometimes, my sense of design-snobbery gets the better of me and it happens. This was the case a few years ago: the agency I was working at had some issues of Cycle World laying around in the media department. We always had fashion magazines lying around, but anything automotive or motorcycle-related was a rare treat. I read through them, noticed some truly questionable design choices, and eventually the visual faux-pas accumulated to the point that I felt compelled to take to Twitter and berate @CycleWorldMag for it. Yeah, I know: jerk. Continue reading…

Driven: 2013 Subaru BRZ

We’ve all been watching this one closely. Here’s what we know: Subaru and Toyota have teamed up to build an unprecedented, driver-focused sports car that puts lightweight and balance over horsepower. It’s about driver involvement instead of numbers, and so far it’s garnered universal praise. But for regular drivers, how can it live up to the hype?I was fortunate enough to have a chance to find out. I spent about 20 minutes with the Subaru BRZ, which sadly, was automatic, but it was enough to leave an impression. I drove it on regular, bumpy roads at street legal speeds and then did a handful of laps on the infeild road course at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s a small track, but a track nonetheless, and I had room to explore the handling behavior better than I’d be able to if I had had it for a week driving only on public roads. Continue reading…

Porsche 991 pictures published

I got to preview the new Porsche 911 for CultureMap last week. [Story here]. This one was pretty run-and-gun, and less than ideal as far as location and timing. Mid-day on a Friday, in Sugarland, I scrambled for a location that wouldn’t be too distracting or have too many locations and ended up at an office park. The reflections were still an issue, but not deal breakers I don’t think, although I did end up cropping tightly or throwing away some angles where the reflections were really bad. I had my choice of a white, black or grey 991, and chose the grey because I wanted a little more interest and a challenge (white or silver is a walk in the park). It seems the grey wasn’t much better than black but it probably came out more interesting than white would have. For my full impressions on the car, see the review but in summary: fantastic. It’s pointy and stretched just enough to make the 997 look like a tub of goo. Everything is solid, everything is as it should be. Great car.  Continue reading…