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Yamaha Roadstar Warrior – Guest Review

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Jamie Burgis

Jamie Burgis

Yamaha Roadstar Warrior – Guest Review

Guest writer Jamie Burgis take us for a cruise on the powerful, yet comfortable Yamaha Roadstar Warrior

I start with a quick walk of the vehicle. My first impressions of the motorcycle; I noticed the long sleek lines, curvature of the body, and powerful stance. It looks fast standing still. This motorcycle would fall in the class of sport cruiser, trying to offer a good amount of power along with comfortability for longer rides. When you first get on the bike, you notice it feels like a hefty bike with a long wheelbase and a substantial weight. I find the saddle large, comfortable, and they make you feel secure. This model also includes a small stock passenger seat. The handlebars are quite agreeable, just below shoulder height for me. The mirrors are reasonable in size and are well-positioned, which is essential as it provides excellent visibility. Seeing well and being seen are important parts of feeling confident on any bike. The rest of the controls and display are well laid out and easy to read but sadly no gas gauge.

I headed out on a beautiful spring morning, the feeling of the crisp, clean air and the sun on my shoulders was invigorating. Feeling free as a bird as I glided along, secure in the comfort of the symbiotic relationship between man and machine. A feeling of peaceful joy came over me, rolling down the twists, turns, and straightaways of a long scenic country road. Childlike glee as I twisted the throttle braced against the wind. It was such a relaxing feeling being able to live in the moment, only focusing on the ride and the road ahead. All the stresses of daily life quickly melting away. Peace and solitude are rare and valuable things in today’s world, so finding them wherever you can is vital for everyone. I, as many others do, find it in the open road and through my unique experience of riding.

With such a large displacement, I immediately noticed this is a very loud and powerful motorcycle. The throttle response is incredible and could be a little bit scary for some people. I found it had excellent torque and acceleration all the way through the gears at low or high RPMs. This is not a bike for beginners. Be prepared to have to hold on tight with a bike like this. I found the handling to also be exceptional for a bike of this size and weight. It leaned over smoothly and effortlessly. I could feel it gripping the road in the corners. The braking threshold was great on this machine, which is super important when riding with this kind of power.

Overall, this was a very fun bike to ride. A very powerful yet relaxing ride, with a very capable engine, nice upright riding position. I could comfortably ride this all day. Some of the drawbacks I found were having absolutely no storage and very limited options available for this bike, and yes, the aforementioned missing gas gauge! Some of the pluses are the cost and reliability of this model. If speed and comfort are important attributes for you, then I would definitely rank this among the more interesting models in the sport/cruiser class

Make: Yamaha

Model: Roadstar Warrior

Engine: 1698cc Fuel injected, belt drive, air-cooled

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG – Automotive Video Review

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG – Automotive Video Review

"With the new 53-series models we are extending our portfolio in a first step towards a hybridized future with a leading-edge combination of sporty design, performance and efficiency… “ - Tobias Moers

The most impressive innovation found in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 AMG is the new, electrified 3.0-litre engine that offers twin-turbocharging by way of a traditional exhaust gas turbocharger and the new electric auxiliary compressor. This provide almost instantaneous boost, as when the CLS 53 is starting at zero, the electric auxiliary compressor can immediately build up a high-pressure charge, delivering a faster increase in torque for acceleration until the large conventional exhaust gas turbocharger is deployed. As a result, the CLS 53 is able to zip around, with a glorious turbo lag-free response. It is as if this car gets all the benefits of both a supercharger and a turbo for all our lead foot needs. The new 3.0 L. engine provides the CLS 53 with 429 hp and a maximum torque of 384 lb-ft. The electrified EQ Boost starter-alternator briefly provides an additional 21 hp, plus 184 lb-ft of torque while still feeding the new 48 V on-board electrical system. This impressive new system clearly works as the CLS 53 4MATIC+ rockets from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

The newly available 48 V on-board electrical system is also available to provide the CLS 53 with more robust traditional functions like; shifting, gliding and restarting of the engine by the start/stop function.

The new Mercedes CLS 53 features the twin-blade, silver chrome radiator grille, previously reserved for the V8 Performance models. As standard, the CLS 53 comes with 19-inch light-alloy wheels with optional 20-inch wheels available to add another layer of opulence if you so wish

The optional ENERGIZING comfort control is another interesting highlight on this vehicle. It links together the numerous comfort systems in the vehicle and harmonizes their specific functions such as; air conditioning and seating heating, cooling, and massaging, steering wheel heating, lighting and audio. Depending on your selection it generates a unique environment that Mercedes claims can enhance well-being and the drivers experience.

Finally, the CLS 53 4MATIC+ features the latest generation driving assistance systems pioneered in S-Class. Standard features are Active Braking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and ATTENTION ASSIST. Other standard features include PRE-SAFE®, the occupant-protection system, and the new PRE-SAFE® Sound, which prepares your hearing for any accident noise when the car believes there is a risk of a collision.

Key Features:

  • MSRP $92,000
  • 3.0-litre 6-cylinder in-line engine
  • 429 hp at 6100 rpm with and additional 21 hp of boost
  • 384 lb-ft at 1800-5800 rpm with an additional 184 lb-ft available
  • AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission
  • Acceleration 0-100 km/h 4.5 s
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2019 Jaguar F-Type

2019 Jaguar F-Type – Automotive Review

2019 Jaguar F-Type

2019 Jaguar F-Type – Automotive Review

This quintessential Jaguar all aluminum sports car, comes in so many variations, there is something for almost everyone

Overview/Summary

From a turbocharged 4-cylinder kitty, to a roaring 575hp SVR lion, the Jaguar F-Type is the classic sportscar you expect from Jaguar. With a long history of sexy coupes and convertibles the F-type easily picks up the pouncing cat logo and runs with it. We got the chance to drive multiple different models in different configurations, and each one completely satisfied that sportscar itch. Getting behind the wheel of the F-Type SVR, kicking it in sport mode and dropping the top I was grinning from ear to ear; with each eye widening roar from under every overpass on Hwy 1 back from Vancouver… Don’t even get me started on the sound it made in the tunnel

 (+) – Available in so many different options, there is a F-Type for everyone

(-) – Classic 2-seater sportscar, don’t expect to have many guests

Highlights

Only real new thing in the 2019 is the Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen.

Comparisons (F-Type SVR – CAD 143,500.00 As Tested)

  • 2019 Porshe 911 Carrera – $111,000 – 4.2s 0 – 100 km/h
  • 2019 Mercedes SL 550 Roadster – $128,900 – 4.3 sec 0-100 km/h
  • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage – £123,850.00 – 3.6 sec 0-100 km/h

The Jaguar F-Type was a really fun car to drive around town. It was low to the ground and had a tight glove like sports car type feel, but when you want that, this jag is what you are looking for. Sure, it’s maybe not an economic friendly daily drive, but that is not what this car wants to be. The F-Type wants to be both seen and heard, and when you are behind the wheel, that is completely okay.

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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 Exterior

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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Ford Fusion Exterior

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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