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Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
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Many thanks to Bill Warner (founder and president), Brian Webber (executive director) and the entire staff of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance for hosting the most memorable Cars and Coffee in Jacksonville’s Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee history. And thanks to everyone who brought out your rides!

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With over 300 cars represented, there was a little something for everyone! Enjoy the pictures and links to participant photos. Also, visit us on Facebook for more coverage of the March 8, 2014 event.

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Make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, April 12, 9-11am and join us at our regular location in downtown Jacksonville, Florida at The Florida Times-Union building at 1 Riverside Ave.

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Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee Page

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Happy 25th birthday to the Dames Point Bridge 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
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Opening on March 10, 1989, the 10,646 foot long, 174 foot high Dames Point Bridge connected Arlington, the beaches, and Southside with the Northside of the city. We may take it for granted unless the bridge is closed because of an accident, but this 25th birthday celebrating bridge saves about 70,000 cars and trucks from having to drive many extra miles and cross one of the downtown bridges every single day.

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For more information about the Dames Point (officially the Napoleon Boneparte Broward Bridge in honor of a Jacksonville native who served as Florida’s governor) visit our news partner, The Florida Times-Union, at http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-03-09/story/dames-point-bridge-spans-25-years-uniting-city-sparking-growth



Happy 25th birthday to the Dames Point Bridge 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
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Opening on March 10, 1989, the 10,646 foot long, 174 foot high Dames Point Bridge connected Arlington, the beaches, and Southside with the Northside of the city. We may take it for granted unless the bridge is closed because of an accident, but this 25th birthday celebrating bridge saves about 70,000 cars and trucks from having to drive many extra miles and cross one of the downtown bridges every single day.

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For more information about the Dames Point (officially the Napoleon Boneparte Broward Bridge in honor of a Jacksonville native who served as Florida’s governor) visit our news partner, The Florida Times-Union, at http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-03-09/story/dames-point-bridge-spans-25-years-uniting-city-sparking-growth



Happy 25th birthday to the Dames Point Bridge 10
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL on 03 10th, 2014
Dames Point Bridge

Opening on March 10, 1989, the 10,646 foot long, 174 foot high Dames Point Bridge connected Arlington, the beaches, and Southside with the Northside of the city. We may take it for granted unless the bridge is closed because of an accident, but this 25th birthday celebrating bridge saves about 70,000 cars and trucks from having to drive many extra miles and cross one of the downtown bridges every single day.

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For more information about the Dames Point (officially the Napoleon Boneparte Broward Bridge in honor of a Jacksonville native who served as Florida’s governor) visit our news partner, The Florida Times-Union, at http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-03-09/story/dames-point-bridge-spans-25-years-uniting-city-sparking-growth



A Concours for Everyone: Preview for the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 6
Mar
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Amelia Island, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, An Addictive Take On Cars, auto show, Automotive, Duesenberg, Ferrari 250 GTO, Jacksonville, FL on 03 6th, 2014
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In the past several years I have been fortunate enough to take in the full experience of one of the world’s most prestigious automotive right here in Jacksonville, Florida’s back yard, Amelia Island. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance doesn’t only attract automotive enthusiasts and those who are truly addicted to the automotive culture, you can expect to see curiosity at an unprecedented level from virtually every walk of life. Mostly due to the stature of the vehicles on display, dating back from the conception of the automobile to the year 1972, there is something for everyone who has even the slightest recognition of automotive history.

The Amelia Concours is a treat for everyone, providing discoveries for those who are new to the world of vintage automobiles and offering surprises to enthusiasts who pride themselves in an extensive knowledge of automotive history. This is part of the uniqueness of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the show can catch an automotive veteran off guard while steadying others on a walk down memory lane. For many, the Amelia Concours is a “bucket list” event, a once in a lifetime experience.

In the past few years of covering the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, I have taken away cherished memories of the people I have met and the cars on display. In a way, for me the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a dream come true, yes, even in the limelight of driving a different new vehicle each week and spending countless hours at auto shows around the world. For someone like my mother, a respected grade school teacher who hasn’t the slightest clue about the historical significance of the 1936 Duesenberg SJN or the driving experience associated with the Ferrari 250 GTO, the show is equally treasured and meaningful. She gets it, walking from car to car with a big smile on her face, glancing at each uniquely sculpted body and stopping to take in the short backstory listed on the show plaque. There really is nothing else like thousands of spectators walking on one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses filled with the most esteemed vehicles from around the world.

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Each year the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance selects an honoree and pays homage to the accomplishments of the selected honoree and how it correlates to theme and automotive history of the event. Last year (2013) the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance featured Sam Posey, who is one of America’s most articulate representatives of motorsports. His wide range of skills apart from racing is also a tribute and hat tip to the amalgamation of the show.

Other events during the weekend of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, such as Silent Auctions, RM Auctions, and exclusive displays put on by various manufactures, all plays a part in the versatility and having something for everyone to enjoy.

Leading up to this year’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, my staff and I had the opportunity to sit down with founder, Bill Warner. In our discussions we were overwhelmed with his warm and heartfelt passion for helping others, which truly determines that the Concours is much more than just a car show. The local community is a big influence in Warner’s passion. The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance donates millions of dollars to charity.

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Warner welcomed our local Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee venue to join his Saturday Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, asking us to help select local participants. Usually, our event is held at The Florida Times-Union every second Saturday of the month averaging about 400 vehicles in attendance representing everything from million-dollar exotics and resto/modified VW buses to American muscle cars. For our Cars and Coffee venue in March, we are joining the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee event welcoming our local participants to spectate the nice field of vehicles Amelia Island Concours has invited. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of Saturday’s event and we look forward to covering the Sunday vehicle display.

The 19th Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance with Honoree Jochen Mass takes place this weekend with the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee running Saturday from 9am till 1pm, various other lifestyle events, and concludes with the official vehicle display at The Golf Club of Amelia Island on Sunday from 9:30am till 4pm. AutomotiveAddicts.com will bring to you exclusive coverage following the event in addition to images from Saturday’s Amelia Island Cars and Coffee, which we will be participating in with local vehicle entrants.

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Our exclusive coverage of the 19th Annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will be live following the show. You may view previous year Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance coverage here.



AutomotiveAddicts.com partners with Florida Times-Union to bring Jacksonville auto news and more 4
Mar
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee, Cars and Coffee, Florida, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, News on 03 4th, 2014
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Founded in 2004 by Malcolm Hogan, Jacksonville, Florida based AutomotiveAddicts.com was created for auto enthusiasts of all types. For the past 10 years AutomotiveAddicts.com has strived to give readers the most interesting automotive related material on the internet without recycling material from other networks. Whether you are looking for a meaningful review of new vehicle, an honest look at breaking automotive news, or helpful technical articles and information, AutomotiveAddicts.com is the place to go.

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Automotive Addicts is also the founder of the Jacksonville Cars and Coffee event, hosting the monthly car show on the second Saturday of every month. The car show began at the St. John’s Town Center a little over five years ago, moving to the River City Shopping Center, Tinseltown, and finally back to the original location at the St. John’s Town Center. All locales had there pros, but none of them felt like home for the event.

In April of 2013, the Florida Times-Union approached the AutomotiveAddicts.com team and asked if they would consider hosting the event downtown at The Florida Times-Union headquarters at 1 Riverside Avenue. The location was ideal, central to the city, right on the waterfront and included a large covered parking area to accommodate the event in case of rain.

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AutomotiveAddicts hosted the first Cars and Coffee at the Florida Times-Union on July 13, 2013. The new location was widely received by the Jacksonville car community. In a short amount of time the show began regularly attracting 400 plus cars and thousands of spectators, AutomotiveAddicts.com Cars and Coffee had found a home and solidified itself as one of Jacksonville’s premier car gatherings. 

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But that is not the end of the story…

In January of 2014, the Times-Union contacted Malcolm and asked if he would be willing to come on board with the paper and write a weekly column in the Saturday Drive section of the paper. Meetings were held and emails were exchanged. The new column titled, “An Addictive Take On Cars” debuted on February 8, 2014. Malcolm was then joined by AutomotiveAddicts.com senior editor, Chris Brewer in the February 22, 2014 column.

AutomotiveAddicts.com has also set up a section of the website that readers of the Times-Union can go to for more in-depth articles and reviews, videos and more by clicking on the Florida Times-Union Column link the top of the AutomotiveAddicts.com website or by visiting http://www.automotiveaddicts.com/category/tu

“An Addictive Take on Cars” can be found every Saturday in the Drive section of the Florida Times-Union or you can see the same great stories online at http://jacksonville.com/autos

Automotive Addicts Cars and Coffee Jacksonville, FL is held every Second Saturday of each Month from 9am till 11am located at:
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1 Riverside Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32202

*Please note that the March 2014 Cars & Coffee is being held at the Amelia Concours d’elegance

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Toyota Reimagines The First Japanese Supercar 28
Feb
Posted by Chris Brewer in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, Jacksonville, FL, Japanese Automakers, Japanese Cars, Scion, Scion FR-S, Subaru BRZ, TOYOTA, toyota 2000gt, video on 02 28th, 2014
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In 1965, Toyota made a move that revolutionized the auto manufacturer’s reputation and fearlessly initiated the import sports car movement. Known as the most conservative of all Japanese car makers, Toyota wanted to strike out with a car that would rival the Porsche 911 and the Jaguar XKE in both style and performance. In collaboration with Yamaha, Toyota built the rear wheel drive, two-seater, 6 cylinder 2000GT. Limited in production, only 351 were produced, the 2000GT showed the world that Japan was capable of making cars that not only exhibited unsurpassed quality, but looked incredible and were fun to drive on the road or race track. Toyota crafted the 2000GT to at standard that even at the asking price of $6800, the company lost money on every car sold. For reference the 1965 Porsche 911 stickered at $6500 and the Jaguar XKE sold for $5600.

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The styling and performance of the 2000GT inspired Nissan, then known as Datsun in the US, to build what many consider the grandfather of the modern import sports car, the 1969 Datsun 240z. The 240z followed the basic formula of the 2000GT as a rear wheel drive, two-seater, grand tourer powered by a stout inline 6, but did it for less than half the asking price. An enthusiastic reception from the US market allowed Nissan to sell over 168,000 first generation Z cars, eventually becoming the best selling sports car of all time.

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Over time the Toyota and Nissan flagship sports cars evolved, growing in size, weight and price. Both cars eventually ceased production by essentially pricing themselves out of the sales market. After a five-year hiatus in the US, Nissan reinvented the Z car in the form of the 2002 350z, but Toyota remained relatively silent on the flagship sports car front. Rumors would travel around the Internet from time to time, but the manufacturer never officially hinted of a new car in the lineage of the 2000GT.

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In 2009, Toyota announced the FT-86 concept at the Tokyo Auto Show. Inspired in part by the AE86 Corrolla and the Sports 800, the FT-86 had even more in common with the original 2000GT. Not only did the Toyota concept and the 2000GT look alike, the FT-86 was also the result of two Japanese auto manufacturers working together to build an industry standard sports car. This time around it was Toyota manufacturing the coachwork and Subaru providing the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter boxer (horizontally opposed) engine producing 200 horsepower and 151 ft. lbs. of torque.

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The warmly received concept soon entered into full production, getting the 86 and GT86 moniker in Japan and Europe. For the US market, the car was rebranding as the Scion FR-S and launched with great anticipation alongside its twin brother the Subaru BRZ for the 2012 model year.

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The Scion FR-S’s twin brother, the Subaru BRZ

The Scion FR-S had an immediate fan base. Critics loved it. The car sold so well that dealers experienced back orders for months at a time. It appeared that Toyota had reimagined the formula of a well-built, lightweight, great handling, affordable sports car in the heritage of the Toyota 2000GT, but priced more along the lines of Datsun’s best-selling 240z.

But will the FR-S live up to the legendary status of the early import sports cars? As the owner of a 1971 Datsun 240z, I couldn’t wait to find out!

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I picked up the 2014 Scion FR-S 10 Series at the Southeast Toyota Distributors Westlake Processing Center, located on the Westside of Jacksonville, Florida. The facility itself deserves a mention, providing jobs for many Jacksonville residents and giving Toyota a strong presence in northeast Florida. Many of the sport and luxury Toyota brand vehicles in the Southeast United States have the finishing touches completed at this facility. For instance, if your Camry came with leather seats, odds are Toyota installed them in Jacksonville.

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The FR-S 10 Series comes equipped with a push button start. I sat down in the firm, but comfortable race inspired seat, buckled up and hit the button. I had read quite a bit about the high-revving Subaru boxer engine and quickly rolled down the windows so I could appreciate what it was up to. I placed the 6-speed rev matching automatic transmission in drive and drove off on what would become one of the most memorable weeks that I have ever spent with a car.

Approaching the northbound ramp of I-295, I sharply cut the wheel and stabbed the throttle. The rear end of the FR-S slid around to catch up with the front wheels and compliantly sped onto the highway. I could not stop smiling. The Scion is nimble and sure-footed, but make no mistake, the 2700 lb FR-S likes to dance.

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The Scion FR-S has one of the lowest centers of gravity of any production car on the road today. We are talking Ferrari and Lotus territory. The finely tuned suspension, wide 17-inch tires, and record-book-low center of gravity means that the car handles incredibly well. I would argue that the FR-S is the best handling car under $50k, which is remarkable considering that FR-S starts at only $25,255 and the top-of-the-line FR-S 10 Series with an automatic is only $29,430. Adding to that value is that even with my led foot I was able to get an average of 30 mpg combined over the week that I drove the car. Scion officially claims the automatic gets an EPA 25 city/34 highway.

The 2014 Scion FR-S 10 Series is absolutely a driver’s car in the tradition of my 1971 Datsun 240z. When I had the two cars together in the driveway it was apparent that Scion had caught the vision of the affordable ‘70’s import and taken it to the next level.

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The FR-S is everything that the original import sports cars were and more.  The aesthetics, incredible driving performance, Toyota reliability and unequaled value, both in initial and long term cost, makes the Scion FR-S a well deserved top pick for sports cars under $30k. If you are in the market for a head turning car that is a blast to drive but won’t break the bank, the 2014 Scion FR-S might be the car for you.



2014 BMW 428i M Sport Review & Test Drive 20
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in An Addictive Take On Cars, Automotive, BMW, BMW 4-Series, BMW 428i, Test Drives on 02 20th, 2014
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The all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series has been introduced into the Bavarian line of vehicles to replace the outgoing 3 Series coupe while the sedan variation retains the 3 series nomenclature. In this exclusive replacement, the new 4 Series takes on a growing approach for being the highly sought-after ultimate 2-door driving machine, and they have pulled of this accomplishment with great success.

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I set off on a week-long journey to wrap my day-to-day lifestyle around the all-new 2014 BMW 428i with the M Sport package, and in doing so it was a well-perceived adventure. In this escapade, I found plenty of space for my family of 3, by means of a simplistic interior layout, and best of all, a refreshed driving nature dedicated to being the best driving vehicle in this class.

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It isn’t very easy for me to give the best driving crown to any vehicle, even though I have been biased towards BMWs ever since I picked up my first BMW in the form of a 2002 M3 about 12 years ago. Evading my biased nature, my new BMW 428i M Sport test vehicle was given a fair chance through my open mind to balance my over-all perception. I can walk away in knowing BMW has not lost its touch in building a vehicle that puts the way it drives ahead of everything else without compromise in other areas.

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The new 2014 BMW 428i gets a decent powerplant for the start of the 4 Series line featuring a 2.0-liter direct injection turbocharged inline-4-cylinder producing 241 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft. of torque as low as 1,250 rpm. The power delivery, at the cost of a callous audible note, is linear through the band with a nice pull but somewhat diminishing at about 6,600 rpm till redline and fuel cut at 7,000 rpm. Power is directed to the rear wheels through a new ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission that exhibits lightning-fast shifting and very minimal use of the torque converter to mimic the snappy shifts and direct connection of a dual-clutch transmission. The new 8-speed automatic is the fastest and most responsive of any automatic transmission with 8 forward gears I have experienced. Even the ECU mapping of the transmission controller is a gem in that it never wastes time hunting for the proper gear or limits your steering-wheel-mounted shifter paddle inputs when reaching the limitations of the RPM band. Basically, it lets you bury the RPM needle right next to redline in its perfectly executed rev-matched downshifts. Additionally, in full Sport+ mode the transmission will let the rpms fly up to fuel cut giving the driver unadulterated control. The direct connection of the 8-speed automatic aides in the direct-injection twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine to get 35 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city. These figures were easily attainable and on the highway I was able to better the EPA figure to get a nice 36.4 mpg at highway speed limits.

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The new 2014 BMW 428i happily fulfills the placement of the go-to and benchmark luxury sports coupe, which has worn a variation of the 3 Series badge for about 4 decades now. Enthusiasts will delightfully praise how the 428i, and more-powerful 435i (300 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6-cylinder), has carried the 3 Series coupe’s enthusiastic tradition with a steady forward momentum where it left off. This forward momentum is evident in the 428i M Sport package setting itself apart from the normal 428i with more aggressive aerodynamics (different front/rear bumper and diffuser), larger 18-inch staggered aluminum wheels wrapped in 225/45/R18’s up front and wider 255/40/R18 tires in back. The M Sport package also adds on adaptive M suspension (adaptive and adjustable dampers according to selectable ecopro-normal-sport-sport+ drive mode), sports seats, dark Burl walnut wood trim, M steering wheel, shadowline exterior trim (darkened trim), anthracite headliner, and a separate M Sport brakes add-on option featuring larger rotors all around, blue-painted 4-piston calipers up front and 2-piston rear. The Dynamic Handling Package added to my 428i M Sport test vehicle adds variable sport steering, basically dialing in the steering ratio for a perfect quick-steering balance and a nice weighted feel from the new electric-power-assisted steering rack. The adaptive dampers were very subtle in their variation from the selectable driver modes (eco pro, normal, sport, sport+) where the most noticeable change in the modes where found in the transmission’s shifting patterns, throttle position and steering wheel weightiness. In either mode the adaptive dampers provided a competent ride quality where Sport+ mode was better at keeping the 3,470 pounds in check around hard corners. Speaking of weight, the difference in the 6-speed manual transmission equipped 428i vs. my 8-speed automatic is only 50 pounds with the advantage being the lighter manual transmission.

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Even though the new 2014 BMW 428i M Sport Package is focused more on being an enthusiast-oriented driving machine, the handling limits can be found in subtle hints when the rear end is broken loose due to the lack of a limited slip differential. The new 428i gets an open differential, which takes an extra bit of effort to allow the rear to communicate to the driver at times when dynamic stability control is disabled. Of course, the DSC handling dynamic mode allows you to slip the rear out for a second or two before the system clamps the rear brake calipers down on the large rotors and saps your throttle input for a quick moment acting as your proactive safety blanket. Nevertheless, the lack of a limited slip diff does not take away from the 428i’s astonishing handling capabilities. Apart from this slight shortcoming, the new BMW 428i is a well-planted vehicle able to tackle just about every road-going obstacle you can throw at it with confidence to spare. This is evident in the almost perfect 50/50 front-rear weight balance, an enthusiast-sought-after characteristic that BMW has prided themselves for pioneering on road cars for many decades now.

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The interior of the all-new BMW 428i carries that unique BMW livery starting from the traditional-styled gauge cluster, which does not require illumination during the daytime by use of sharply printed large dials. The seating area is larger in every direction when compared to the outgoing 3 series coupe where the front sports seats give the front occupants a wide range of adjustability and over 42-inches of legroom. The new BMW 428i’s versatility within its luxury sports coupe form factor is among the best in the business. The rear seating, although slightly short on space, still proves to fit two normal-sized adults where they can access the seating surprisingly easy through the power-slide-retracting front seats.

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Dashboard controls, receiving a fine tuning on their placement, are easily accessed while the minimized and scaled-down iDrive control on my test vehicle, lacking the optional navigation system, backup camera, streaming Bluetooth audio and a few other highly-sought-after feature sets, still utilize the same centralized controller and high-resolution center-mounted LCD screen accustomed to BMW. Use of the system still takes a while to familiarize yourself, yet it becomes quite the intuitive system after 10 or more minutes of trial and error. Many options and amenities missing on my test vehicle, as previously mentioned, were somewhat of an afterthought for me as the BMW 428i proves to be such an enjoyable driving machine. In knowing how the new 428i can stack up several options and feature packages to your liking, mostly in an A-La-Carte fashion, makes the new 4 series an attractive buy for those who want the full spectrum of luxury from a benchmarked luxury sports coupe.

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As far as monetary value, the all-new 2014 BMW 428i isn’t shy about defining its audience as the MSRP starts at $40,500, while my test vehicle equipped with the M Sport package, Dynamic Handling Package, M Sport Brakes, a $500 charge for the Melbourne Red Metallic paint job and a $925 destination charge, it comes to an as tested price of $47,125. Though, this pricing scale may not balance well with those looking for their entry into the luxury brand, the 4 series has undoubtedly grown into a much more sophisticated luxury sports coupe deserving of its admission fee due to its adventitious and enthusiastic ride qualities, unique styling, worry-free maintenance plan (4-year/50,000 miles no-charge factory-recommended maintenance), and admirable personalization options.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base 428i $40,500 / As-Tested 428i M Sport $47,125
  • Vehicle layout: Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe
  • Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve turbocharged inline-4-cylinder 241 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm / 258 lb-ft @ 1,250 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Curb weight: 3,470 lbs.
  • Wheelbase: 110.6 in
  • Length x width x height: 182.6 x 71.9 x 54.2 in
  • Headroom: f/r-29.8 in./36.1 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.2 in./33.7 in.
  • 0-60 mph: 5.7 sec
  • EPA city/hwy fuel econ: 23 mpg / 35 mpg (8-sp automatic tranmission)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.8 gallons

 



2014 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study Released – Cars Getting Less Reliable? 13
Feb
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in An Addictive Take On Cars, Auto Addiction, Automotive, Automotive Help, J.D. Power and Associates, JD POwer, News, Technical, Vehicle Dependability Study on 02 13th, 2014
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Each year we take pleasure in reviewing the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study and examining which automakers make the top of the list and which ones falter. This year, for the first time since 1998, the overall dependability declined when compared to previous years.

The 2014 study is significant more so in its demonstration of over-all dependability, all according to problems per 100 vehicles reported, due to a decline throughout the entire automotive landscape. One could conclude that today’s cars are a bit less reliable than the outgoing few years. Though, this is not to say some of your favorite brands have not improved. Considering how Lexus has remained to stay at the very top of the list demonstrates how there pursuit for perfection is paying off. Additionally, their margin over the next best automaker is astonishing, scoring only 68 problems per 100 vehicles while Mercedes-Benz takes second place with 104 PP100.

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You may view additional data on the 2014 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study on their site here.







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