If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you may have noticed that the GM LS series engines make me as happy as a new pair of socks (VERY happy!). So naturally when I saw some pictures and video of this Boss Hoss “Berzerker” motorcycle, I knew that I had to bring it to the forefront of the 1A Auto blog.
In my strange world, I imagine the birth of this bike began like this:
Guy 1: “Hey man, I wanna go fast, like super-space-ship fast. I think I want to ride an actual laser beam, or maybe like a missile or something. ”
Guy 2: “Maaaan, you know you can’t put a seat on a laser beam, and handlebars would look ridiculous on a missile! You’re talkin’ crazy bro!”
Guy 1: “Ok, what if we take an LS2 engine, bore it to 430 cubic inches, strap it to a 2 speed transmission, crank out 700+ horsepower, and put a seat on it?”
Guy 2: “Wheels?”
Guy 1: “Oh yeah, we’ll use those too, but no more than 2! If I am traveling super-space-ship fast, I don’t want rotational weight crowding my peoples.”
Guy 2: “That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout! What we need is more “Berrrrzerker“.”
Now the conversation probably didn’t go like that, I really have no idea. One thing we do know is that the bike exists now, and it apparently makes ludicrous power. Judging by the violent symphony blaring out of my over-treble’d computer speakers and the NHRA decals all over it, I would bet the 706 hp numbers are legit. Does it go super-space-ship fast? Probably…
I will be the first on here to say “I would like a second helping of Berzerker Please….”
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A Real CTS-V Coupe
Having good friends at a variety of car dealers is really cool, especially today. This morning, a new CTS-V Coupe was stopping by a local dealer, and a good friend of mine snapped a pic for me because he knows that I would sell his soul for it. Without further adieu, here it is. Just sit back and appreciate it’s beauty, because nothing else needs to be said.
Turbocharged Fuel Injected Manx
As I mentioned in yesterday’s Nutts and Bolts blog, I had gone to a car show over the previous weekend and saw a lot of interesting things. One of the cars that really caught my eye was a heavily modified Meyers Manx. Typically, I have zero interest in these and skip right over them, but this one had my name written all over it. This guy ran a VW engine, with a turbocharger, and a megasquirt fuel injection system. Everything was polished, painted, or plated, and it had wheelie bars that looked not only functional, but used. Does it get better than this is the world of Volkswagen ? If so, I challenge you to show me, because I don’t believe it. This is the pinnacle of fun.
Some people tell me that I have a subconscious love for air cooled Volkswagens. I think those people are crazy. » Continue reading more of this post…
This is what I want.
This is likely what I will someday buy.
Recently, I talked about my deep rooted relationship with Cadillac Cateras. In that post we learned how truly “special” they are, but we never touched upon their evolution into the CTS. Yes, the CTS is in fact an acronym for Catera Touring Sedan. Ouch! Don’t worry though, they aren’t really the same car…..well….sorta. In 2003 the CTS still had the same heart, soul, and terrifyingly – awful engine as the Catera. After that year though, Cadillac strapped on their game face and abandoned that awful drivetrain for good. In walks 2004, oh hello there!, we now have a……….wait for it…… 400hp LS6 engine option. (queue – the sound of angels…. ooooaahhhhhh..)
This brings me to the point of this whole post. I want to buy a Cadillac CTS-V, badly. When the CTS-V price drops to an absurdly low level, I’m getting one. Come to think of it, I don’t care if the car has been wrecked, recovered theft or sunk in a river. I want it, as long as it’s cheap. I want 6 gears to shift into manually, I want rear wheel drive, I want big brakes, and obviously a big LS V8. I would likely end up stuffing so much forced induction onto the engine that it would spit my rear end gears out at every set of lights. That’s ok though, because I will do it in high class Cadillac fashion.
What will you buy?
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The Lexus LFA has been somewhat elusive since it popped up on the scene as a concept in 2005. However, Lexus has been abusing it on the track and improving upon it for the last few years while you weren’t paying attention. It is now rumored that 500 of them will be built for the 2010 model year. This rumor is becoming so real that Lexus even made a commercial to prove the car really works. It isn’t another boooring brand new super car doing burnouts though, they brought science to the game this time. I imagine people were all like (tiny voice) “I want to see the new LFA fo-real!”, and they were all (in a deep voice) “Fine we’ll break some stuff with the sound of our amazing exhaust”.
From my perspective, it has all the necessary features of a car that I will never be able to afford. Let’s check em’ out!
- Built by Lexus? = Check!
- V10 engine? = Oh Yea!
- 9000 rpm redline? = Uh Huh!
- Factory launch control? = Weeee!
- Carbon Fiber Body? = wut.
- Really economical price? = Sorry, that will not be available for you at this time or ever.
- Steering wheel mounted start button? = Vrrrroooomba!
- Engine sounds tuned & directed into the interior? = Brrraaattt dat dat dat dat dat Vrooom! Bratttt dat dat dat dat….
Put on your party hats folks, because multiple sources are saying that GM is bringing the mini truck back (*applause*). They say it will be smaller than the Colorado / Canyon, and closer to size of the S10′s. Apparently they remembered that in the 1980′s, the small truck segment was selling 1 million trucks annually, which is vastly more than today’s measly couple hundred thousand. In celebration of mini trucks, lets reflect on some of the all time greats.
1989 Toyota Truck
1976 Datsun 620
1989 Mazda B2200
1982 Isuzu Pup
1988 Chevy S10
1989 Dodge Ram 50
Images: From eBay
S10: Item # 110536202785
Pup: Item # 330436878381
B2200: Item # 270581175633
Datsun: Item # 300426516614
Toyota: Item # 200475365183
Each day, I like to see what is going on in the automotive world, so I like to check out a few different auto blogs. One of my personal favorites is Jalopnik.com (no surprise there). For those of you unfamiliar, it is a combination of different writing styles and automotive related topics that are truly entertaining, for my strange sense of humor at least. The way that they write is just the way I like it, a perfect symphony of facts, pictures, and sarcasm. Now, I realize that this glorious Nutt’s and Bolt’s Automotive Blog isn’t at Jalop traffic levels yet, but I do often wonder if any of the writers over there check us out. I am one of their biggest fans, so I would be honored if they stopped by here every once in a while.
If you do any Automotive Blogging (and I know some of you do), drop a “Ello Gov’na” in the comment box!