Eric Peters: 2017 BMW C650 GT new motorcycle review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW C650 GT new motorcycle review

By Eric Peters It’s hilarious that they get away with calling something like the ’17 BMW C650 GT a “scooter.” Please. Ok, it looks like one. It is a step-through and it doesn’t have a manual transmission. By those measures, sure, it’s a scooter. What time does Matlock come on? But it’s also something else. […]

Eric Peters: App before you wrench

Eric Peters: App before you wrench

By Eric Peters Back in the day, when your bike wasn’t running right, you had to wrench to figure out why. Now, you can tap an app on your phone. And know what needs wrenching… without wrenching. Or at least, before wrenching. Motorscan – which makes diagnostic scan tools for Harleys and BMWs and a […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tundra new truck review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Tundra new truck review

By Eric Peters It’s much simpler buying a Japanese 1500 series full-size truck like the Toyota Tundra – and its across-the-street rival, the Nissan Titan (reviewed here). Both come in fewer configurations –  so there’s less confusion – and they only come with V8 engines (the Titan has just one V8 engine). The Big Three […]

Eric Peters: The speedometer as codpiece

Eric Peters:  The speedometer as codpiece

By Eric Peters Almost every new car I test drive – even the humblest hybrid – has a speedometer that reads to at least 120 mph. 140 is common; 160 not unusual. Some cars have speedometers that read to 180 or even 200 MPH And some of those are capable of pegging them. Few ever […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford Focus RS new car review

By Eric Peters Everyone knows Rocky – the movie character. Not many people know Chuck Wepner – the real-life boxer who went 15 rounds with Ali – and knocked him down, too. Wepner became the inspiration for the movie character. Similarly, almost everyone knows the Subaru WRX STi – the all-wheel-drive Rally Race drifter. Fewer […]

Eric Peters: Irreparable damage

Eric Peters: Irreparable damage

By Eric Peters You’ve heard the saying – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it? True enough. But there are also things you can’t fix once broken. The car will never be quite right again – and may be a lot wrong. These Irreparables include: * Water damage – This has always been a killer; […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty new truck review

Eric Peters: 2017 Ford F250 Super Duty new truck review

By Eric Peters If the Bugatti Veyron “transitioned” into a truck, this might be the result. Instead of 1,000 horsepower, almost 1,000 ft. lbs. of torque. Instead of a 200-plus MPH top speed, the ability to drag around more than 20,000 pounds of trailer. They both have aluminum bodies – but the Ford weighs twice as […]

Eric Peters: Demonized

Eric Peters: Demonized

By Eric Peters Really, it’s surprising it took them so long. But it is much more surprising that automotive journalists are leading the chorus ululating for the outlawing of the Dodge Demon muscle car. The automotive journalists at Automotive News – which is (or was) to the car world what The New York Times once was to […]

Eric Peters: The Clover who squealed

Eric Peters: The Clover who squealed

By Eric Peters Late last week, it was revealed who squealed. The Clover responsible for making it impossible for any of us to buy a diesel-powered Volkswagen henceforth – and a lot more – is Stuart Johnson, the former head of VW’s Engineering and Environmental Office in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was outed in a […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Yaris iA new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Toyota Yaris iA new car review

By Eric Peters One of the best little Toyotas isn’t. It’s the Yaris iA. Which was badged as a Scion last year. But it’s not that anymore, either. It’s actually a Mazda2 . . . which you can’t buy at a Mazda store. Toyota will sell you one, though. WHAT IT IS The iA is a […]

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