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BMW 1M vs. Audi TT-RS

Car & Driver is improving!!—-good on them to test the 2 cars we have all been waiting to see a test of against each other—the wicked Audi TT-RS and the majestic BMW 1M. I love both of these cars—kind of torn because of my ‘Audiphile’ nature telling me to prefer the TT-RS, however deep somewhere in my head it’s the 1M that captures my imagination massively.   I do despise the looks of the TT-RS, as i think they pretty much ruined the 2nd generation of the TT—a car that deserved to evolve better from the timless MK1.  To me, the 1M’s styling makes it one of the best looking cars of my lifetime.  Imaginative, toy-like, and just aggressive.

The Infiniti G37 IPL is also in this comparison, however doesn’t really match up to the other 2 in terms of size, style, or performance.  The TT-RS posts a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds (!!!!!) and beats the other two in lap times and most performance criteria.  No surprise there, but by price, i have to say the BMW 1M is such a great car starting at $47k.  I don’t think the owners of either of these 2 monsters will be dissappointed….i think the Porsche Cayman R would have been a good 3rd car in this comparison.  Meanwhile….please excuse me while i continue to have wet dreams about that orange 1M.

 

(these scans were uploaded by Superchargedcarman from 1addicts)

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i bought an issue of Car & Driver? yes.

I have not bought an issue of Car & Driver for at least 7 or 8 years.  But i bought a copy of the latest edition the other day at Duane Reade after surprisingly seeing the new quattro Sport Concept splashed across the cover along with the original.   By far and away, my favourite concept car of the last few years—–and one that gets my blood rushing! MAKE IT AUDI! put me on the facking list!

 

But i gotta say, C&D have taken some GREAT photos of the new quattro Sport.  Here are some of them (enlarge for hi-res)

C&D have also written a very nice article to go with these pictures, so i highly recommend having a read if you’re into the quattro Sport Concept as i am….

http://www.caranddriver.com/features/11q1/audi_quattro_concept_meets_ur-quattro-feature

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iedei: the 14th fastest growing blog on WordPress!

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14th fastest growing blog on WordPress! hurrah! IEDEI was started on a warm, August weekend, with the purpose of covering the petrolhead culture and soul—in addition to some auto news with focus on its relation to car culture, history, and legend.

There are plenty of car blogs out there, the majority of which attempt to cover ‘news’ as it happens.  What i’ve found is that many of these blogs (i.e. Autoblog) appear to simply run on sensationalism, gossip, weak rumours, scouring other blogs for info, treading through other auto websites for scoops, etc.  Autoblog for example, writes a piece of juicy gossip on a monday, retracts it on a tuesday, and then re-confirms it on a wednesday—–ONLY to retract it fully a week later! For all we know, they’re making this stuff up after getting bored…who knows!?   I think it all gets a bit tiring.  I remember having bookmarked several automotive blogs several months ago, and on a particular day I clicked all of them, to find the same tired ‘breaking news’ story about the new Hyundai Coupe.  It’s fine to read it on ONE blog, but I really don’t feel like occupying my time clicking bookmarks only to find the same photo(s) and similar writing explaining and re-explaining what soon becomes old news.

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While i do think those car blogs are entertaining sometimes, and are now considered to be cornerstones of obtaining daily information—I feel what’s missing in many of them is passion.  There is hope, however! A few months ago, I came across a modern news-filled blog that DOESN’T sacrifice passion for the sake of quantity.  Autofiends is a fantastic blog based out of California that does attempt to address the culture of cars, rather than just the bland news stories.  It has a grip on the past, with links to the future—and liasons the in-between.  Well done!

Recently, I discovered a great website out of the UK named Drivers Republic, started by Chris Harris (ex-Car Magazine) and some of his mates/colleagues.  Great video reviews, daily scoops and news, and a growing community-type atmosphere.  What they’ve done is create an e-magazine, the sort of thing which signals the end of those nasty auto magazines such as Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Road & Track, Automobile, etc….the likes of which we are exposed to in the United States.  The UK magazines have always been better, and Drivers Republic has created an innovative, interesting website that’s regularly updated and is ready to evolve into more.  Good job, sirs.

So where does IEDEI fit in to the automotive news world?  This is a blog that attempts to correlate the past into the present.  The production car industry, the racing world, the lifestyle, the accessories, lost archives of automotive legend, new frontiers of the industry, places to go, things to buy, interesting links—this blog is attempting find the SOUL of what we petrolheads spend so much time and energy thinking about and being interested in.   The history of cars changes in relevance every time a new technology or innovation is introduced.  Racing from the past, present, and future are undeniably tied at the hip by a culture—a strong culture of progress, imagination, and most of all fascination.

Grow on! thanks for reading!  WordPress.com has thousands and thousands of blogs, and knowing that people are reading, and that there are people out there into the same things I am, is a GREAT feeling!

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