2019 BMW M850i – Video Review

2019 BMW M850i – Video Review

A pinnacle of BMW styling, power, and technology. Truly worthy to wear the 8 Series badge.

While it has come a long way since its very first introduction in 1989, the BMW M850i remains one of those cars made only for the affluent. It is smaller in length than the 7 series and even the 6 series. However, the 8-series BMW styling can only be directly compared with the Gran Coupe. Sculpting in the double-bubble style racing roof, with a gaping air intake in the frontend and subtle swivels in the hood, the BMW M850i provides a design unlike any other in the BMW line-up.

In terms of performance, the M850i has shed the V12 -engine option from 1989 and replaced it with its twin-turbocharged and intercooled dual overhead cam 32-valve V-8 engine. This is propelling the driver to 100km/h from a standstill in 3.7 seconds thanks to its launch-control program, 523 horsepower, and 553 lb-ft of torque. Controlling that power the M850i series is the equipped adaptive steering control, and awd control. The technology seamlessly displaces power to each of the four wheels as needed in order to maintain control through corners, and launch off a standstill. During testing, this car experienced less than ideal weather conditions, and surprisingly, the M850i felt solid on every type of puddle, corner, and bump. To top it off, the counterbalanced wheels with 245/35R-20s up front and 275/30R-20s out back improves its handling.

The BMW M850i starts at $124 000, but given all the optional packages including executive package which includes a crystal gear shift, professional driver assistance, and optional carbon-fiber roof the price quickly climbs to $136 860. Buyers are going to have to consider spending the extra dollars to climb from a 6 series to 8 series for more-or-less prestige status. In any regard, the BMW M850i was a pleasure to drive, for a more in-depth analysis, please check out our video review:

Key Features:

  • Starts at $124 000
  • Engine: twin-turbocharged and inter-cooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block, and heads, direct fuel injection producing 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
  • Dimensions: Wheelbase: 111.1 inches / Length: 191.2 inches / Width: 74.9 inches / Height: 53.0 inches / Trunk volume: 12 cubic ft / Curb weight: 4643 lb
  • Fuel consumption (combined): 11.5L/100km
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99th Vancouver Autoshow

99th Vancouver Autoshow

Don’t miss out on these highlights from over 400 vehicles at the 99th Annual Vancouver International Auto Show, presented by Top Motorist.

With a recorded overall attendance of more than 115,000 during the six-day event, it ranked as the third-best attended event in the 99-year history of the event.

The crew over at Top Motorist was honored to attend the press event and get a firsthand look at everything from unique supercars to every day rides vehicles and a wide mix of everything in between – with over 400 vehicles presented at the Vancouver Convention Centre. A big focus was on the unique, exceptional, and a host of alternative energy options as the event offered the public a chance to not only to view these vehicles, but also test drive a variety of clean energy vehicles presented by CEVforBC™ and charged up by FLO.

We can’t wait to see what they have in store next for the 100th year celebration

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2018 Tesla Model 3 – Automotive Review

Model 3 Performance - Red Front Motion
Chris Jud

Chris Jud

2018 Tesla Model 3 – Automotive Review

More than 2 years ago, on an early morning in downtown Vancouver, my dream of owning a Tesla 3 got to a very slow start.

Waiting in the queue for more than 2 hours amongst other car enthusiasts, I could feel a certain carnival-like atmosphere. It brought me back to a similar experience I had, one where I had waited patiently at a glowing new Apple store for a chance to be among the very first to own an iPhone which was released about a decade ago in 2008. Waiting to enter the Tesla Sales Office, many smart vendors were approaching the queue to offer things like electric docking stations for faster home charging and memberships to special electric vehicle clubs. Finally, I entered the holy grail – a Tesla Sales office and was greeted by a friendly person who helped to take my reservation and a small $1000 deposit.  At this time, while all this was happening across the country, there wasn’t even a picture of the car available yet, as Elon Musk was set to reveal the car to the world a mere 10 hours later. The only possibility to jump to the front of the proverbial queue was to go to an official Tesla location and take this leap of faith.

In the end, this rather bold move enabled me to get production number 30,063 from the worldwide Tesla 3 deliveries. Having a number from this early on in production means it was probably produced during the time when Elon Musk was known for sleeping on the factory floor and would often take personal control of assembling Model 3’s. I can probably claim that our car may have even been produced by the extraordinary man himself.

During those long last few years, you may have read in the news about all the endless delays in production and even a few scary stories about potential quality issues. I regularly got a few sniggering remarks like: “your car is probably being built in a tent” or “Will you get your car this year at all?”  and “hopefully you can get your car before the company goes bust”.

That all changed when a Tesla representative based in Las Vegas, USA contacted us in early July of 2018 and announced that our car has arrived at the Tesla delivery center recently set up in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver B.C. So, on July 9th, 2018 the day had finally arrived where I could take possession after fully paying my dues of a brand new shiny red Tesla 3.  At the time of ordering our Tesla 3 was customized with a multitude of options including; an extended battery (not that I need it but it makes it go faster!), fully panoramic glass roof (which helps make the neighbors envious), 19” tires and special rims (the standard issues are dead ugly) and an improved sound system (what’s the point driving in near silence if you cannot fully appreciate the nuanced performance of Luciano Pavarotti or Lady Gaga).

One special incident at delivery must be mentioned: Each and every representative of this still young and rather unique company was very friendly and took every possible effort to make our experience a memorable event. However, when one extra chirpy employee told us: “Welcome to the family!” suddenly it felt a bit like I was joining a cult…

Now to the question which might interest you most: How is it to drive? Naturally, you would think that I’m biased, but I even took the risk of letting my friend and neighbor do a test drive and asked his wife to inspect and comment on the interior. Both results were positive, and they both mentioned how this is clearly the future of the automotive industry, and I’m pretty sure I heard them walking away muttering something about high gas prices and the possibility of self-driving.. I really like the balanced handling, rapid acceleration and the overall driving experience (in near silence). The interior with its unique single central display will take some getting used to – but like the Apple iPhone in 2008, this car represents the first taste of what’s to come.

Key Features

  • 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds (Performance Option)
  • Optional Dual Motor AWD
  • 500 km on a single charge (Long Range Option)
  • Standard with advanced hardware capable of providing Enhanced Autopilot features today, and full self-driving capabilities in the future
  • All driver controls/information on the central 15-inch touchscreen
  • Car updates over-the-air via Wi-Fi & cellular
  • Currently starting at $64,100 CND
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2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE -Review

2017 Toyota Camry SE - Review

2017 Toyota Camry Exterior

The Toyota Camry has always been regarded as a huge sales success and an excellent value-for-money vehicle purchase. However, the new 2017 Toyota Camry has underwhelmed this year with their prized sedan. It’s not all a loss; the Camry has some new features and technology that does impress, but as a whole, the vehicle didn’t stand out from the others in its competitive class. In my opinion, I still think it has a way to go regarding a featured wow factor and price, thus being ranked below the 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Mazda 6.

I give credit to Toyota for their stylish exterior features giving the Camry somewhat of a performance look.  The front end of the vehicle looks okay, however, the gaping mouth look of the grille that cascades downwards makes me uncomfortable. Similar to a person with braces smiling with your mouth open; not appealing. The black mesh look is a recommended option. It’s apparent that Toyota focused on making the Camry incredibly spacious. It’s comfortable and roomy for all passengers. It features leather seats throughout and a featured moonroof which is always a nice touch. 

Some of the Features the new 2017 Toyota Camry offers are a Hybrid Synergy Drive®. This allows for the optimum output of both gas and electric capabilities while maintaining fuel efficiency (5.6/6.2 City/Hwy for 200hp). It had smooth handling that is common in the top sedan cars; however, it lacked the sportier tight handling where you find in the Mazda 6 and Honda Accord. Multiple safety features highlight the Toyota Camry by having a blind-spot notification, rear crossing traffic alert, and back-up camera. An underrated and unique feature is the Qi-compatible wireless charger. This gives you the ability to lay down your smartphone on a non-slip charging pad as you drive. This was an interesting concept, but then again USB cords do the same thing.

Overall the Toyota Camry wasn’t an exciting ride; it may be nice for someone who is willing to have fuel efficiency and reliability over drivability. That may also be a person who eats there hamburgers plain. It constantly felt like something was severely lacking in this vehicle. I’m hoping to see an increase in performance for next year’s model while maintaining or improving its fuel efficiency. When putting the vehicle into park, you experience a beeping alert that the door is in fact open. Well, I found this very pointless and annoying. I am aware my door is open because I need to exit this boring vehicle, I do not need a loud constant beeping to remind me. Perhaps if the door is left open after a certain amount of time it could beep and let me know, that might be helpful in that sense.

Key Features:

  • Price: $32, 150
  • 8L/100km City and 6.3L/100km Highway
  • 5L, 4-cylinder, Hybrid Synergy Drive®
  • 10 Airbags, Seats 5 

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2017 Jaguar F-Pace Exterior

2017 Jaguar F-Pace – Review

2017 Jaguar F-Pace - Review

2017 Jaguar F-Pace Exterior

A once exotic supercar company specifically catering to the only privileged few dealing with their midlife crisis, has now dipped into the SUV market. Leave it to the British to begin to conquer foreign lands. What’s next? Could this new force take its growing empire to the affordable sedan market? Or perhaps the slow-moving, hippy, battery operated hokas-pokas market? (Watch your back Toyota Pruis!)

This brand new Jaguar F-Pace is a true driver’s car. It exudes performance with its supercharged V6 engine dishing out 380 horses, blasting off from 0 to 100 in 5.5 seconds. The Fuel economy is great for a sportier SUV it is equipped with an eco-mode that optimizes fuel efficiency and reduces CO2 emissions, And Jaguar said “Why not?” and followed the trend by making it lightweight aluminum; this gives the Jaguar F-pace a fuel economy of 10L/100km highway and 13.3/100km city. Let’s discuss the advanced technology of this vehicle that’s almost reminiscent of that nerdy kid in high school that everyone’s thinking “Yeah, he will find a cure for a disease in 5 years” only the F-Pace is double as smart. It contains adaptive dynamics with configurable dynamic mode and adaptive surface response that redistributes torque specifically to the road conditions. Ever get annoyed when you are driving with a passenger, and they are constantly nagging about your driving habits? Well, let the F-pace do it for them with its complex integrated system providing feedback on your driving.

The exterior of the vehicle conveys a sleek and elegant look throughout. Containing similar features to the Jaguar F-Type; its elegant crease lines give the appearance of a fierce look. LED lights tapered in a “J” formation give it that seductive Jaguar cat look. Aerodynamics is key for sportier vehicles, and the F-pace has delivered in that with its advanced shape increasing downforce to reduce fuel consumption and wind breaking noise complimented by its high-speed stability.

Inside the vehicle, you will notice the stylish leather seating making your trip always comfortable. On those romantic endeavors, Jaguar has also included a set of mood lighting surrounding the F-Pace’s interior. Surrounding you with an elegant light show as you recline back into your chair with your significant other and gaze upon the stars through the panoramic sunroof. The 11 speaker sound system by Merdian™ allows you to set the mood right with some Marvin Gaye. It’s completely spacious with the ability to fit any standard twin mattress, and as well as any other items.

The overall drive of this vehicle is without any flaw in performance. The double wishbone front suspension provides the F-Pace with tremendous handling capabilities to match with the dynamic power. The heads-up display is a nice touch allowing the driver to never take eyes off the front. The Jaguar F-Pace had a stiff feel to it, so every turn would feel tight. Some restrictions to the rear visibility was some concern of mine, I would often have problems viewing my rear in a full capacity vehicle. This could be caused to the styling choice of slimming down the backend to maintain a sporty look as opposed to boxy. A Unique option is the introduction of an activity key which I found to be an excellent idea. It’s fully waterproof and resembles a Fitbit™ type style that is worn on the wrist that fully locks and unlocks your F-Pace with a swipe over the rear logo. Giving you the fearless satisfaction that you won’t lose your key while out on an adventure.

Key Features

  • Starting price $ 67,900
  • 3.0L Supercharged V6 Engine
  • 13.3L/100km City, 10.0L/100km Highway
  • 4 years/80,000 kilometers 24/7 Roadside Assistance/New Vehicle Limited Warranty

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2017 Ford Fusion – Review

2017 Ford Fusion SE - Review

Ford Fusion Exterior

Quietly becoming the leader in mid-sized sedans, Ford has bolstered its Fusion with a variety of options. Quietly, due to the fact that in a mid-size sedan class it is often overshadowed by the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.  Challenging those two, the 2017 Ford Fusion has offered something the competitors don’t. This innovation is the six types of engine options and availability for front and all-wheel drive all exclusive to the New 2017 Ford Fusion.

I myself have had the pleasure of driving the 2017 Fusion S and SE. While both being the entry level options of the Fusion, they both impressed me immensely. Starting with the differences between the two; The Ford Fusion SE exclusively has LED lights, chrome front grille, signature Ford SYNC® voice communication and entertainment, and a variety of optional upgrade packages all of which aren’t available in the Fusion S.

The exterior features a couple new editions to the 2017 Fusion. First off they have added three new colours that are sure to turn heads. Ford has released white gold, lightning blue, and metallic burgundy velvet.   Ford has given the 2017 Fusion a Kardashian style surgical upgrade to the rear-end. The new upgraded on the back-end has impressed me more than any other so far. It features a new platinum trim across the trunk that causes a unique and elegant look to the taillights.

Inside the vehicle, Ford has introduced a new rotary gear shift. This gives a more smooth transition from park to drive and a quick seamless witch to reverse. It comes really in handy when backing out of a tight stall while other aggressive shoppers pass dangerously behind you. The quick transition mixed with the safety alerts on the reverse cameras assures that you won’t back into a person’s shopping buggy again. Unless you mean to after that person cut in front of you in line at Costco.

It quickly becomes apparent when you put this car into drive at how quick and smooth the ride feels.  The 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine Fusion SE all-wheel drive, is accompanied by the patented Ecoboost® engine delivering 231 horsepower. While a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 175 horses fuels the Fusion S. Both have a multi-link suspension (the use of three or more suspension arms) in the rear allowing for a majestic and smooth as possible on any road surface.

The Ford Fusion comes with a 5 year/100, 000 km power-train warranty, 5 year corrosion warranty, and a roadside assistance program lasting 5 years/ 100, 000 km’s.

It’s a sportier, stylish, and more comfortable ride than most other affordable mid-size sedans. When you begin your drive, you will notice how quiet and smooth the ride feels on the road.  It does however lack something else in order to stand out among the competitors. The fuel economy is pretty underwhelming at 11.3L/100km city and 7.5L/100Km highway for the Fusion Se, and 10L/100km city, 7L/100Km highway for the Fusion S. For comparison sake, the Nissan Altima has 8.8L/100km city, and 6L/100km for highway.   

Fusing style, comfort, and power the Fusion has lived up to its title.   

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