2015 Volkswagen Convertible R-Line

2015 Volkswagen Convertible R-Line

Every now and then you come across a car so fun to drive that it requires a nick name. So, when Volkswagen dropped the newest version of the Beetle on me I had to come up with a great name for this fun to drive little ride.

There is a Ten-spot lady-bird Beetle, a Beet Carrion Beetle and a Black Ground Beetle. None of these names seem to do this little chariot justice. So, I’ve settled on Torque Beetle. It’s the best name I can come up with to describe the sheer thrill of driving the most feminine of automobiles, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible.

I don’t know how I feel about writing this but, from the cockpit of the 2015 Beetle Turbo R-line, it feels extremely masculine. Mind you, I never dropped the top. The whole time I had with the Beetle the convertible top was closed tighter than mountain top mining operation’s record books.

More and more of the” pedestrian” cars are coming equipped with turbochargers to aide in performance and fuel economy. One of the obvious extra benefits of turbo charging is a ton of normally missing torque. Seriously, can you ever remember getting out of a Volkswagen Beetle and saying to yourself, man, that car has a ton of torque. If your answer was yes to this question before 2014 then, I’m sorry you’re more clueless than Marshawn Lynch at a Super Bowl presser. Hmm, I guess I could also use the name “Beast Mode Beetle”.

Volkswagen took steps a couple of years ago to make the Beetle more appealing to the guys. It seemed to me at the time that they must have consulted Porsche because now the Beetle looks more racer than renter. The lengthening of the C-pillar was a huge help in making the Beetle appear to have broad shoulders. By doing this it also helped with that old Beetle rounded look.
What really surprises me about the ‘Torque Beetle” is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re driving in the city or, on a curvy East Texas road, you will have trouble wiping the smile off of your face.

There is one thing you will need to know before taking a road trip, however. The 2015 Volkswagen Beetle is extremely limited on trunk space. You would think with the Beetle being a front engine design now that a small trunk would not be an issue but, it is. with the top cover in the trunk there is room for little more than a six pack of pop.

As I’ve mentioned above the Beetle is fast but, it is also very economical getting 25/33 mpg city/highway.

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The interior on the R-line is sporty and warm, with trim accents throughout. The steering wheel feels fat and comfortable in your hands and the front seats are extremely comfortable. As for the backseat….well, not much there. I would not recommend the Beetle for a family of more than two.

Pricing for the 2015 Volkswagen Beetle R-line is right around $30,000.00. That seems about right to me given the performance level the R-line reaches.

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2015 Infinity Q60S

2015 Infinity Q60S

You never know in life what will appeal to you. You may think you have your taste refined to the point of your personal perfection, and then you see something that speaks to you in a way that can’t be denied.

Before I was able to get serious seat time in the 2015 Infinity Q60S Convertible 6MT, I would have classified it as a “chick car”. Rather jelly bean in its design, the Q60S gives off that vibe as it sits there.

Then you open the door, slide in the driver’s seat and hit the start button. The sound of the 3.7 liter DOHC 24-Valve VVEL V6 engine is glorious. I decided right then and there that I would put away my initial impression. This Q60S is anything but feminine.

Delivering 325HP and 267lb-ft of torque, the Q60S offers more than enough power to make driving a blast. But, power, as great as it is, may be the least impressive part of the Q60S. The overall driving experience…the total package is what sets the Q60S apart.

A six-speed close-ratio gear box and independent front and rear suspension, front and rear stabilizer bars and a 14.7:1 sport tuned steering gear give you complete control. The steering is quick and precise and the brakes are outstanding, using 4 piston brakes at the front, and 2 pistons at the rear. The whoa is as impressive as the go.

The centerpiece to me however is the folding retractable hood on the Q60S convertible. When closed the roofline is crisp and clean. What impressed me even more though was how clean the Q60S looks with the top down. My eleven year old was speechless (which never happens) when he saw the mechanical, transformer-esque folding style of the roof, for the first time. I have to admit, it got my attention too.


Once inside the Q60S you slide quite comfortably into the leather-appointed, heated driver’s seat. The lumbar support is tight enough to keep you seated properly but, comfortable enough for any extended trip you would want to take.

And speaking of road trips, the Q60S shines on the highways. the cockpit is Monday morning meeting quiet at highway speeds. I did hear a bit of gripping from the backseat occupants. But hey, it’s a sports car. It is.

As with anything Infinity produces there is tons of usable tech like a Bluetooth hands-free phone and Homelink universal transreciever. I found the basic controls for the infotainment system to be very straight forward and the Bose Open Air Sound System sounds great whether the top is up or down.

With a sticker price of $54,000.00 you should expect a certain feel, and Infinity must realize our expectations because the Infinity Q60S convertible is a perfectly executed play on sport/luxury.

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2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4X4

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4X4

The rebirth of the mid-sized truck has become a reality. How ironic is it that GM releases their first mid-size truck in three years and the price of gas is at 1.98 a gallon, in Texas?

I’ve been preaching to anyone who will listen for years that there is a market out there for these mid-size trucks. Ford has one of the best examples…if you live in Central America. Oh, and for the rednecks reading this review Central America is not Oklahoma, it’s actually south of us.

Why did it take so long for this to happen? If you ask the dealers they will tell you the death of the mid-size truck came about because of pricing. In 2006 a Full size Ram 1500 was about the same price as a similarly equipped Dakota. They told me that when bubba was in the market for a truck, and a full size was the same price they took the larger truck…every time.
It turns out Manufacturers won’t produce what they can’t sell, and well, they couldn’t sell mid-size trucks. So, we had a three year period without a domestic offering.

The Chevrolet Colorado won the 2015 Truck of the Year and it should have. Driving different cars each week allows me to take inventory of the looks the cars get on the road. The Colorado turned heads daily. Full-size truck guys too. Everywhere I went people asked about it. So, if you’re curious, here goes.

I was lucky enough to enjoy the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 a few weeks ago. delivered in red with charcoal interior and a great stance, I couldn’t wait to get in. My expectations were through the roof and I was preparing myself for the let down that I did not want. Not only was I surprised, I was shocked. The 2015 Colorado is quiet and rides as comfortably as any full size on the market. What is even more impressive to me is how nimble it is.

You full size guys will never understand what it’s like to zip in a parking place. I see you parking your full size trucks, in the city. It looks like Shaq squeezing into a Chevy Cruz. Fun to watch, hard to do.

Let’s talk towing. If you own cows buy a full size. If you tow a twenty foot trailer, buy a full size. But, if you’re like me and so many other city dwellers and like to have a truck to haul stuff at times and pull anything that goes on dirt street or, water then the Colorado will be more than adequate. With a tow rating of 7,000lbs with the added 250.00 trailering package you should never have a problem.

Of course, towing is all gears, torque and horsepower and with two engines available Chevy delivers on this too. For now, you can choose between a 2.5L I-4 or a 3.6 liter V6. the 3.6 liter offers 305hp and almost 300 lbft. of torque. There is a turbo-diesel on the way and I for one, can’t wait. If you drive a truck you need to think in the terms of turbo-diesel in the future.
The bed of the 2015 Colorado is deep and can accommodate large loads of mulch or dirt, or engine parts. With almost nine inches of ground clearance on the Z71 you can tackle challenging off-road obstacles.


The interior is whisper quiet and very comfortable. As a man of considerable size….5-10 180. I found the seat height to be perfect for slipping in and out.

Fuel prices will rise again. Why not rethink the big truck next time you’re ready to make a purchase. You can get a well equipped mid-size, do anything, four-wheel-drive truck for less than the full size and you’ll never look at parking the same again.

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