I recently stopped by Porsche North Houston to check out a 981 Porsche Cayman S that had popped up for sale. I met Efan Hsu who first gave me a tour around the dealership and all their wonderful toys. Porsche North Houston is one part automotive showroom, and one part Porsche museum. There are so many incredible vehicles on display (all for sale) that your jaw will stay on the floor until long after you’ve left.
This is an extremely enthusiast-oriented dealership, and I cannot say enough nice things about Efan and the rest of the Porsche North Houston staff. They are the most welcoming and customer service oriented sales team I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Check out these beautiful machines of Porsche North Houston!
Mini has jumped into the electrification game with their Mini Cooper Countryman S E All4 PHEV. Based on Mini’s largest model, the Mini Cooper Countryman S E All4 is a blast to drive but ends up feeling like a package of compromises.
Hindered by its low electric-only range and the high price of entry, one has to look hard to find the value. Still, the Countryman S E All4 might be worth a look for environmentally responsible buyers wanting to stand out amongst a sea of Priuses. Read More
The BMW 3-Series has long been the gold standard for German sports sedans. It was the car that had it all – good looks, plenty of power, and incredible handling. All these traits combined to make the 3-Series the Ultimate Driving Machine for almost 40 years.
Other brands have chased BMW over the years to come up with cars that delivered the exciting experience the 3-Series gave its owners. Unfortunately, BMW lost the way with dreadfully dull the F30 3-Series, giving other brands a chance to catch up. The F30 3-Series had painfully numb steering, an overly harsh suspension, and a very reluctant throttle despite the excellent B58 engine.
Thankfully, the all-new 2019 BMW 330i addresses most of those issues with significant improvements to the chassis and engine, and interior. Are these changes enough to propel BMW back to the top of the sport sedan segment?
We’ve done a pretty decent job over the years here at Speed:Sport:Life covering the Speed and Sport aspects of things. This site initially started because a few of us were car lovers with a passion for racing. We were in our late 20s, and our life revolved around car shows, race tracks, and anything else automotive.
Eventually, though, things happen in life that changes how we approach our passions and hobbies. Some of us focus on careers, family, and other aspects of life beyond those passions and hobbies. I’m no exception to this, and these things are why I more or less let this site go dormant over the last couple of years before recently getting back at it.
While I never lost my passion for speed and sport, I chose to put more focus on the lifeaspect of things. Focus on life included having more experiences that involved travel and quality time with my family. So here I am, having just turned 40 in February, ready to share my vacation photos and experiences with others. I’m officially an old man, but I hope that sharing some of these travels can help others enjoy the life of travel as much as we have. We’ve got a few lined up, from the Hawaiian Islands to German Christmas markets, to where to find the best BBQ in the state of Texas.
My first trip report on Speed:Sport:Life focuses on the beautiful Island of Hawaii, better known as the Big Island. 2019 marked our third year in a row to the Big Island just because we fell in love with it so hard during our first trip in 2017.
There are so many places that you can visit and activities to do that it is impossible to get bored. This is our third year and there are still so many things that we have yet to get our teeth stuck into, so hopefully, we can get around to doing it on this trip. I particularly want to look at the Kai Kanani Sailing trips to see and learn more about this amazing island. I’ve heard many people tell me about this before, so I hope it’s something that we can fit into our schedule.
For now, here is what I’ve learned over the years.
First launched in 2010, the all-electric Nissan Leaf became one of the first mass-market full-EVs available for purchase, with everyone wondering how things like Nissan LEAF charging would work and, of course, once charged, how long was the battery really going to last? Safe to say, the car has more than proved its worth as, nine years on, the Leaf has become the best-selling electric car in the world. The original Leaf was truly a cutting edge piece of technology at the time, but it also highlighted the problem with the developing segment of electric cars. With an original range of 73ish miles, the Nissan Leaf couldn’t do much more than short commuting duty.
Fast forward to February 2018, and the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf. The new Leaf debuted with a 40kWh battery pack and a 151-mile range, over double the original Leaf’s range. While this went a long way in solving the range anxiety problem for most, those of us who live in sprawling places like Texas still need a bit more range to feel comfortable.