Nerd’s Eye View: LA Auto Show Part 2 – Cars & Stuff


If you require room for four, the Aston Martin Rapide is not a bad way to go.
FAIL!  I bet 50-Cent doesn’t own a Rapide because the Vitamin Water bottle doesn’t fit in the rear cup holders. I guess it was designed for the small Starbucks cups. (If you guys didn’t understand the pop culture reference, rapper 50-Cent was one of the main guys behind Vitamin Water.)
It is a bit snug in the back seats that happen to be quite well bolstered. The car is a 4-seater only as there’s no sitting over that center console. The Rapide is sort of like a super hyped up Mazda RX8 now that I think about it.
The Rapide’s doors have a bit of an upward arch as they open, so a pair of struts are used to assist.
When you fill up the Aston Martin, after two clicks max, you should wait ten seconds before removing the pump. I assume that’s to prevent dripping gas on the paint. Personally, I prefer to use the shake method to get the last drops of gas to fall instead of waiting ten seconds. Also, all the airbags and stuff should be replaced after 10 years. Something having to do with the degradation of the explosive stuff, or ‘pyrotechnic’ as Aston Martin labels it. Personally, I prefer to say ‘explosive stuff’.
Do you remember when cars used to have leather straps to hold shut engine covers? This amazingly beautiful Jaguar XKSS once belonged to Steve McQueen.
And here we have the new Porsche 911 GT3.

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