2015 Ford F-150 2.7 Liter Eco Boost

2015 Ford F-150 2.7 Liter Eco Boost

Full size trucks have V-8’s, or at the very least V-6’s. because even “City Trucks” need to haul or tow every now and then. Here in Texas not only does one’s truck need to look tough, it must sound tougher. That’s right, one of the first things Bubba changes on his truck is the exhaust, and no any old exhaust will not do. The exhaust must sound as mean and cruel as a Mel Gibson recording to his girlfriend, as menacing as Laurence Taylor on a three day bender. And it’s got to have a ride height that says, hell yes, I wear boots.

Well Ford…yes Ford has turned Bubba around faster than a sign for free light beer. The all-new F-150 2.7 liter Eco-Boost has forever changed the way I view truck engines.

You see, as much as I hate to admit it and I do, I’m Bubba. I have been a slave to the V-8. Ever since the first Eco-Boost started giving Bubba a reason to check V-6 on the order form with pride, I’ve been blown away with how powerful and well mannered they are. I had to get past the fact that it was a V-6. Don’t get it twisted the forced induction of the twin turbo Eco-Boost made the acceptance a lot easier. But now Ford wants me to go even smaller. To Bubba going smaller is NEVER better. But, wait, What if you started to get even better mileage and only gave up 1/10 of a second zero to sixty. Now Bubba hears you.

Ford, of course, helped themselves by knocking off 700lbs of heft that the previous F-150 had to pull around. They achieved this by constructing the body out of aluminum. Ford tells me it is actually stronger than the previous f-150. You subtract 700lbs from any car or truck and the power you need to push the truck around can diminish without affecting performance. One of the first reactions I had to the 2.7 liter Eco Boost was that there was plenty of power. There was not one time, in traffic or hauling something reasonable that I felt I needed more power. And the sound, the 2.7 twin turbo sounds as menacing as most V-8’s on the market now. That’s under WOT of course.

Tooling around town you wouldn’t even know the F-150 was running. It’s whisper quiet, especially when the Start/Stop technology kicks the engine off at stop lights. With some early versions of the Start/Stop tech, the A/C would falter. That’s not the case anymore, as Ford has managed to keep the cab not only quiet but cool.

I for one love the Start/Stop technology. It saves gas and cuts down on emissions. How many trucks can claim that?

2015f-150-interiorThe new interior of the 2015 F-150 is an improved version of what I think was already one of the best interiors in its class. The controls for the infotainment stack are straight forward and do not require complete attention to either adjust the climate or the radio dial. Note to other manufacturers, bring back the knob, on the radio. The seats are very comfortable and offer great support. Even in cloth which comes on the XLT version.

Yet another thing that makes the all-new 2015 all-aluminum F-150 appeal to me personally is the step assist on the side of the bed, near the cab. At 5’10” it’s getting harder and harder to get in the bed of modern trucks. The trucks seem to get taller as father time continues to wither me down to nothing, like a frail eighty year-old Burt Reynolds.

With the help of this step I can easily retrieve items from the bed without having to crawl inside.

The stated mileage on the 2.7 liter is 18mpg city and 23mpg hwy. I was able to get around those numbers, even better at times. This is thanks to the Start/ Stop tech I love so much.

The 2015 F150 is impressive on many fronts but none more obvious than the new 2.7 liter Eco-Boost version. Starting out around $32,300.00 well equipped, it’s hard to go wrong if you choose this truck, even if you answer to Bubba.

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2015 DFW Car Show

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2015 Mustang GT “Modern Muscle”

2015 Mustang GT “Modern Muscle”

Everywhere you go, if you are into fast cars, the term “modern Muscle” is sure to come up in conversation. What does modern muscle mean? What it means to me is an element of controlled chaos. A high horsepower, high torque power-train, paired with brakes as large as a Lance Armstrong lie and a suspension capable of competing in weekend autocross events while also handling daily driving with ease and poise. There are many examples out there, some better than others.

I’m not sure there is a better all-around example of “modern Muscle” than the 2015 Mustang GT. The newest version of the Mustang must have the Blue Oval Boy’s smiling more than Ted Cruz at an open carry demonstration in South-Central Texas.

Ford delivered the Mustang GT a couple of weeks ago. Deep Impact Blue was the color and it caught my eye immediately. The color was just really compliments the body lines which are perfect for me. I remember, the 2014 DFW Auto Show was the first place I laid eyes on the car. Older purist did not seem impressed. One remark I heard over and over was, to Euro. Not for me!

The exterior styling was a huge gamble and it paid off big time. The 2015 Mustang GT is a world class car that leaves the old straight line track runners of the past in the grave where they belong. Nostalgia is cool, as long as you can turn it, stop it and cool it. But, for me, give me this modern interpretation of the original every time. My favorite body line of the Mustang is the C-pillar to rear-quarter slope. My next has to be the rear-end. I even posted a picture of the rear of the Mustang on Facebook with a description I can’t post here.

The 2015 Mustang GT is much more than a pretty face….and nice butt. It is a track warrior. With the available Track-Pack you can monitor and log all kinds of useful gear head info. This car even allows you to view air/fuel mixtures in real time. GPS allows you to run your own quarter mile blast anywhere you want….yeah, I did it. The steering has three different settings that allow you to twist the steering wheel with the ease of an eighties Oldsmobile or, choose the sport or track settings and get more response than an ad for free gas.

Also, new for this year is the IRS. No more solid rear axle. The best thing about the IRS system besides cornering, is the ability to gain traction. Much like the Corvette, the Mustang GT wants to go in a straight line under hard acceleration. Going sideways is for Paul Giamatti, not muscle cars….not modern muscle cars

2015fordmustang2One thing I would suggest. Unless you are a super model pass on the Recaro racing seats. I’m not a big man, 5’10” 185, but I found the seats way too snug for any kind of comfort. And, as for the back seat…bahahahahahahaha! Come on Ford, there is no back seat to speak of. We tried fitting grown men in the back seat with hilarious results. None of those results looked comfortable.

I will say this, I think Ford has the easiest infotaiment system to use. All the needed setting can be adjusted with ease. No reaching too far or trying, unsuccessfully to provide over-exaggerated dexterity.

The 2015 Mustang GT pricing starts at $32,000.00 and can hit $46,000 with the Trac-Pac option. That’s an option I would exercise if I were buying this car.

Chevrolet, the ball is now in your court. The new bar has been set.

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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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