Posts by Alex Lloyd
It’s more than just its inherent speed, or the whooshing noise that fills the cabin like a school choir jamming with James Hetfield. It’s what it represents in an industry full of skeptics. It’s a portal into the future – a time capsule left by some mad scientists born decades too soon. It’s something that shouldn’t exist. And yet it does. How do you take three independent power units and make them work in harmony? I guess that’s why I’m not an engineer, but I get the impression even the folks in Stuttgart can’t believe what they’ve achieved. Imagine the memo: “We are going to create a new halo supercar. It will be a plug-in hybrid, capable of traveling further than a Toyota Prius in all-electric mode. And yet it will lap the Nurburgring faster than any production car before it.” Enter the Porsche 918 Spyder: The most technologically advanced car of our time.
We've brought you the drive video of the $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder -- an 887-hp hybrid supercar with two electric motors working in harmony with a big 4.6-liter V-8. But how about this? Porsche's V-4 hybrid Le Mans racer -- the 919 Hybrid, sent to us by Kevin Leech. Get on board with electrification, folks. Because it's taking over the world. If you have a photo to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and
Some things in life are hard to explain, like why a dentist insists on asking you questions when you clearly can't respond. Or why we call pants "a pair" even though it's just one. Or how about this puzzler: Why would a person drive their Mustang along a Texas highway despite it missing a wheel?
Life is full of little mysteries, I guess.
We don't know much about the video below; it was published on YouTube by an onlooker who captured the footage while passing the three wheeler on what is believed to be a highway outside of Houston. The flabbergasted cameraman says, "That is happening right now."
The Internet has been speculating as to why the person at the wheel was continuing driving: Was there a medical emergency? Were they late for work? Or was Jeopardy on in five minutes and they'd forgotten to set the DVR?
There is no word as to whether the police were informed of the incident, or what action may be taken. But with this video continuing to spark attention, the mystery may yet unfold. Which is more than can be said for the talking dentist.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic3 days ago
Taking a simple concept and turning it into a car enthusiasts' dream that lasts for 25 years – a phenomenon that remains as strong today as it did a quarter of a century ago – is unfathomable. And yet that is exactly what Tom Matano, Bob Hall and their team did back in 1989 with the Mazda MX-5 Miata.
In celebration of these achievements, Mazda has brought a 25th anniversary special edition Miata to the New York auto show, a glimpse into the next generation Miata set to arrive within the next 12 months, and an array of 15 iconic Miatas from the past 25 years – including the 1996 M Coupe concept and the only 1998 Miata ever built.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic4 days ago
With its new President and CEO of America, Michael Horn, on stage in New York after just 100 days on the job, Volkswagen debuted its 2015 Jetta. You'd be forgiven for noticing little differences compared to the outgoing model, and in the words of Horn himself, the changes are indeed subtle. The most notable of those subtleties is the all-new 2.0 liter turbo diesel motor, offering 45 mpg highway and a modest increase of 10 hp.
For VW, diesel is where it's at.
During a roundtable meeting preceding the reveal, Horn told Yahoo Autos that diesel motors represent 25-percent of their sales, and that VW controls over 70-percent of the U.S. diesel market. Beyond the range benefits and punchy torque, the buyers of diesels are more affluent and upscale -- the type of customers all manufacturers are keen to attract. Despite increasing its hybrid models, diesel motors are where the company sees the most room for growth, along with a re-haul of its SUV lineup starting in 2016.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic4 days ago
Toyota finds itself in a precarious position. Those that enjoy cars as more than a simple means of transportation think of the Camry as a bland spongecake gone stale. And yet it's been the best-selling vehicle in the entire industry for the past 12 years, with a car rolling off the production line every 65 seconds. So how do you add flavor to your insipid dish without alienating your loyal -- and vast -- customer base?
Enter the 2015 Camry: Toyota's attempt to engage enthusiasts while appeasing to those that think a turbo is nothing but a cartoon snail.
In 2011, when Toyota launched its sportier Camry SE grade, the average buyer of said model dropped 12 years to 45 years old. It also equated for 45-percent of all Camry sales, proving that buyers were eager for an increase in sportiness. For 2015, Toyota has added an XSE model, making driving dynamics and edgy looks more of an importance. The SE model also moves over to the hybrid Camry, hoping to prove that sportiness and the environment can go hand in hand.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic6 days ago
As a parent to four, I can attest that lugging around a heavy child's car seat is the worst thing on planet earth. It makes traveling on airplanes a nightmare. So much so, in fact, that we parents of many drive minivans across country, dealing with kids that need to pee every five minutes then throw up french fries all over the back seats. But this is exponentially preferable to navigating security at JFK.
Fortunately for parents everywhere, Volvo has a solution: The inflatable child's car seat that folds into a bag.
As brilliant as this sounds, there is, however, a problem. It's just a concept, and as of right now, Volvo has no intention of actually making it. Still, it's the thought that counts, right?
Weighing just 11 lbs., it's over half the weight of a traditional car seat. It inflates and deflates at the push of a button, or remotely via a Bluetooth connection. The whole process takes just 40 seconds.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic6 days ago
After declining sales, Nissan realized a major change was in order for the 2015 Murano. Taking cues from the mostly-adored Sports Sedan Concept that debuted this year in Detroit, the third-generation Murano ditches the toothy grille for a more familiar feel, while trading curves for angles.
And that's a good thing.
Nissan itself will be the first to tell you that the outgoing Murano was looking a little dated. It says that when it revealed the second-gen model back in 2009, focus was on improving the interior, not revolutionizing the exterior. For 2015, the brief was entirely different: Produce a car that is visually striking.
It blends the Sports Sedan Concept's aggression with the popular Qashqai's (and Pathfinder's) modern styling. In my eyes, it's a much needed improvement.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic17 days ago
According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Smart man he was, but I feel he neglected a key measure of insanity: The speed of one's lawnmower.
With the exception of Acura's upcoming NSX, Honda hasn't made a fast car in sometime. Perhaps that's because it's been focusing its efforts on building a lawnmower capable of claiming Guinness' world record?
Hitting 116.57 mph, Honda's "Mean Mower" has officially become the world's fastest lawnmower, besting the previous record by almost 30 mph – despite falling short of its 130 mph target. Ridden by Piers Ward from Top Gear Magazine at the IDIADA Proving Ground in Tarragona, Spain, the top speed run was measured over a 100-meter speed trap, under the watchful eyes of Guinness. To make it official, the run had to be repeated in both directions within an hour.
- Alex Lloyd at Motoramic18 days ago
The McLaren 12C has received plenty of critique over the last few years for being a bit bland on the eyes. Many say it lacks the allure of a Ferrari or the wildness of a Lamborghini. Of course the McLaren 650S is here to challenge the naysayers, and we drove that car last week. But you know, when looking at this picture by Thomas P, when it comes to the 12C, I'm not sure I identify with the original concern. It's just plain stunning. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and