Eric Peters: 2017 BMW R9 T Scrambler new motorcycle review

Eric Peters: 2017 BMW R9 T Scrambler new motorcycle review

By Eric Peters Have you seen the Steampunk BMW? Yes, I know – it’s the “scrambler” version of the R 9T. Which means it has high-mounted pipes and higher bars and fat tires with John Deer-esque tread for rooster-tailing clods of sod out in the back field. But it’s more than that – and more fun than […]

Eric Peters: 2018 Dodge SRT8 Demon debuts

Eric Peters: 2018 Dodge SRT8 Demon debuts

By Eric Peters Pity the starving man who gets to smell fresh bread – but never gets to taste it. Dodge wafted some fresh-baked smells our way the other day. The Challenger SRT Demon was revealed to the press at the New York Auto Show. 840 hp. A pair of dragster skinny tires in the trunk. […]

Eric Peters: Desperate solutions to manufactured problems

Eric Peters: Desperate solutions to manufactured problems

By Eric Peters Desperation brings out the worst in people – including engineers. But then, you can’t really fault them. The government issues its fatwas – which aren’t suggestions – and it is the job of the engineers to figure out ways to comply with the fatwas. Hence, the becoming commonplace use of turbochargers and […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac Escalade new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Cadillac Escalade new car review

By Eric Peters The Cadillac Escalade is ridiculous – but then, so is my orange Trans Am. Both are (or were, in the case of my ancient Pontiac) designed to meet emotional rather than practical needs. Excellent. We could stand more of that. The Escalade is, in its way, the closest thing new to something […]

Eric Peters: What’s a Clover?

Eric Peters: What’s a Clover?

By Eric Peters I get asked – what’s a Clover? Definition herewith: * Clover (noun): The root cause of every affront to liberty. The spoonful of poo that ruins a gallon of ice cream. Clovers are instinctive authoritarians. They can be found on the political left and the political right and eveywhere in between. They […]

Eric Peters: 2017 VW GTI new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 VW GTI new car review

By Eric Peters The ’17 VW GTI may not look much like a Corvette, but in several ways, it reminds me of one. Well, not a new one. My high school buddy’s 1978 L-82 coupe Wait. Give me a minute. The GTI has 210 hp – 220 if you buy the Sport, SE or top-of-the-line Autobahn […]

Eric Peters: Does that look right to you?

Eric Peters: Does that look right to you?

By Eric Peters You don’t have to be an architect to know there’s something wrong with the Leaning Tower of Pisa  – which isn’t supposed to be leaning. The same kind of troubleshooting can be applied to your car. It’s not necessary to be a mechanic to notice things that don’t look right – in […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mercedes AMG GLE 63 S new car review

By Eric Peters You make the rules, we’ll find new ways around them. That could be AMG’s motto and maybe is . . . unofficially. The Rhinoceros Thing you see before you is somehow fully compliant with every government reg; and yet… well, just look at it. Al Gore does not approve. But it’s all – […]

Eric Peters: Old school economy: Chevy Chevette (1976-1987)

Eric Peters: Old school economy: Chevy Chevette (1976-1987)

By Eric Peters In some ways, the Chevy Chevette had a lot in common with a new Mercedes – or similar high-end luxury car. It wasn’t, for openers, front-wheel-drive. Like the Benz, the ‘Vette was rear-wheel-drive. Theoretically, it could do a burnout. And if the road was wet, you could! Or, if you put something else […]

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

Eric Peters: 2017 Mini new car review

By Eric Peters The latest Mini is bigger  – and slightly smaller engined. Usually, that’s a recipe for slower – and drinks more gas. Would you believe (best Maxwell Smart voice) this one also  goes faster – and uses less gas? Now, the Mini is not perfect. Which I will get into below. But it’s […]

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