It’s rather obvious that CUVs/SUVs (crossover utility vehicles/sports utility vehicles) are a dominating force in the American culture today. All you have to do is visit a local grocery store and look at the parking lot or down the street of a suburb and you’ll see vehicles consist mostly of crossovers and trucks. Subaru has been one of the innovators of crossover utility vehicles but has retained the car-like appeal of such vehicles in the way they drive and are initially presented in their Sheetmetal. One vehicle from Subaru that has gained new attention is the Ascent, their surprising 3-row crossover that balances affordability and usability through a long list of available features.
For the 2021 model year, the Subaru Ascent remains mostly the same from its 2019 model year introduction only adding the steering-responsive LED headlights and a second and third-row seat-belt reminder as standard features. Otherwise, the Ascent brings a lot to the table for a three-row crossover and a new bundle of active safety features through Subaru’s latest EyeSight suite of driver aids, which now includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist as part of the package.
Powering the Subaru Ascent is left to one powertrain, a 2.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder boxer engine that gets mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The powertrain is decent for moving the Ascent along and its ability to hit 60 mph from a standstill in about 6.9 seconds. Here, the turbocharged engine is strong but is somewhat hindered by the CVT, which gives the drive an uneasy feeling with inconsistent power delivery. Basically, the power is lumpy due to the CVT where it attempts to often emulate a traditional automatic transmission that has gears with virtual gearing ratio drop-downs upon acceleration. The nearly endless ratio changes from the CVT force you to constantly modulate the throttle to keep a steady speed. Sometimes the lumpiness is frustrating, but you find ways to manage the power after you know what to expect. Overall, the Ascent rides good and plays on the idea of you piloting a much smaller vehicle than it is. Moreover, from the outside, the Ascent doesn’t look as big as it is on the inside, which is a good thing to give passengers plentiful space.
By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2021 Subaru Ascent Limited Review & Test Drive
Sourced From: www.automotiveaddicts.com/74497/2021-subaru-ascent-limited-review-test-drive
Published Date: Thu, 09 Sep 2021 12:18:31 +0000
Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
The Bonhams February sale is about to wrap up, so we’re taking a break from our regular scheduled programming to pick our favorite motorcycles from the auction. From an Ariel Square Four and a 1989 Kawasaki ZX-10, to Hans-Otto Butenuth’s BMW 500 Rennsport [above], here are seven classic motorcycles that we’d love to park in the Bike EXIF garage.
1907 Quadrant In the early 1880s, two blokes by the names of Walter and William Lloyd patented a pedal tricycle steering mechanism, which they (very confusingly) called the ‘Quadrant.’ Anyway, Quadrant went on to make bicycles, tricycles, and motorcycles, and, by 1901, had emerged as one of Britain’s earliest motorcycle manufacturers.
This 453 cc Quadrant was originally built in Coventry and was meticulously restored by a previous owner. It showcases its history through hand-written notes, technical drawings, old registrations, marque-related literature, and an SMCC Pioneer Certificate.
By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Going Once, Going Twice: The best bikes from the Bonhams February sale
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/bonhams-february-sale-2024
Published Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2024 17:36:07 +0000
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SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE “SPEEDVETTE” – NO RESERVE
Celebrating the best of performance and style at the upcoming 2024 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, where it is selling with No Reserve, is the “Speedvette,” a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette that marries classic aesthetics with modern muscle.
This custom beauty underwent a no-expense-spared rotisserie restoration completed in March 2023, and comes alive under the hood with a robust GM Performance 6.2-liter LS3 engine, generating 525 horsepower. Paired with a 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission, it is sure to deliver a straightforward American muscle experience.
This Speedvette rolls on Schott Turbine wheels wrapped in Diamond Back Classic red line tires and boasts a Pro-Touring treatment. Its Coffman Corvette custom chassis incorporates C6/C7 components, RideTech coilovers and a power rack & pinion steering system. Stopping power is delivered by C7 calipers gripping slotted rotors, assisted by an E-Stopp electric brake.
The exterior’s subtle modifications include 2-inch rear fender flares and a smoothed decklid with a waterfall effect. The Torch Red exterior and black Haartz Stayfast convertible top add a classic touch. Inside is a handcrafted bespoke cabin with black leather and red stitching.
Register to bid today for the opportunity to take this Speedvette home with you and join us January 20-28 at WestWorld for the 2024 Scottsdale Auction.
Title: SPEEDVETTE: Raw Power Comes Alive with GM’s LS3 Engine
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/speedvette-raw-power-comes-alive-with-gms-ls3-engine-no-reserve-2024-scottsdale/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2023 21:10:11 +0000
Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
I got lucky when I bought my 2012-model Triumph Bonneville SE last year. A single-owner bike with less than 1,500 miles on the dial, it had spent most of its life trickle-charging in a garage. What’s more, the previous owner had thrown a handful of tasteful factory accessories at it (and a few that were less well-judged).
There was one key ingredient missing though; good suspension. Most modern classics roll out of the factory with suspension components that are adequate at best, but the older air-cooled Bonneville’s setup is downright poor. Small LED turn signals and a fancy sprocket cover might make your bike look prettier, but new shocks—like the fully adjustable TFX Suspension Xtreme units now gracing the tail end of my Triumph—will make it ride better.
Based in The Netherlands, TFX Suspension is run by a small and passionate team, led by founders Hans-Dieter Fischer and Alex Meijs. The two of them formed TFX fourteen years ago when the suspension company that they were working for folded. Now they produce components on their terms, with the sort of hands-on approach that’s often missing from larger companies.
Their catalog includes various mono- and twin-shock items, suitable for a wide range of on- and off-road applications, plus a handful of front suspension upgrades. (We’ve seen their parts on custom bikes from Bottpower, Powerbrick, CNCPT Moto, and more.) They sent me a set of their Xtreme shocks to test out on my Triumph Bonneville; fully-adjustable units that retail for €1,399 [$1516].
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road tested: TFX Suspension Xtreme adjustable rear shocks
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/tfx-suspension-review
Published Date: Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:45:19 +0000
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