Archive for the 'Maserati' Category

24
Oct
10

A whole lot of updates on AK – pics and video!

Hi everyone,

this space has been left unattended for a month at the very least, but I now have the opportunity to share with you what we’ve been doing over at http://www.auto-kinesis.com. We have car reviews up with several more on deck, a multitude of photos and our first original videos!

We attended the Americana Manhasset Concours D’Elegance on Oct. 10th. click here to see our video and photo gallery of the event.

This is our first venture into cutting a video for the site. It’s more of an exercise in what we hope to accomplish in the near future.

Also live is our long overdue review of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited, a car I enjoyed but learned a painful lesson about time management and the delaying of writing a review. I have several new ones to write and I’m desperately trying to avoid repeating the same pattern.

Check out the Sonata review here.

And lastly, here are some shots for upcoming features on AutoKinesis:

Thanks for reading! Keep checking AutoKinesis for more news and articles!

and visit our youtube channel and let us know what you think of our new videos.

-Alex K-

 

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15
Oct
08

The Miracle Mile

Every year around this time, the Americana Manhasset, a high end strip of shops an boutiques, holds a fantastic Concours D’elegance.

All the local exotic car dealerships come out and make their presence known, as they come and feature the best of their collections, while the local car community comes out in their finest to do the same. The result is a breathtaking combination of new and old dream cars lined up for all to see and enjoy. It is window shopping for the dream garage, and probably the only time men are dragging their wives and girlfriends to “the AM”, and not the other way around.

What is also fantastic about this event is the parking lot in the back, which sort of becomes an unofficial suppliment to the show itself. Like I’ve said before, the car community here is vast, and those who didn’t enter usually show up in a wide variety of exotics and mix together in the back with all the other cars. There’s usually a concentrated center, where the most intriguing and wild rides convoke themselves away from the main party, and you kind of discover it like Baby wandering away from the aristocratic function and finding an automotive Patrick Swayze and his crew rocking out with all the “regular” cars.

Here are the highlights:

The Phantom's Menace

 

Uncle George would be proud

Uncle George would be proud

Guy Frost's Dino

Guy Frost's Dino

Oh! here comes my dream angel baby...

Oh! here comes my dream angel baby...

...and there she goes. one day, I promise...

...and there she goes. one day, I promise...

no naked James May in sight this time

no naked James May in sight this time

Bugatti boombatti

Bugatti boombatti

Still don't know if the "S" in DBS stands for sport, spy, or sexy

Still don't know if the "s" in DBS stands for sport, spy, or sexy

''back in my day, we didn't have roll cages..."

Tommy brought this up from Vice City

Tommy brought this up from Vice City

*sigh* I just...really want one

*sigh* I just...really want one

Dad hints that the SLR 722 would make a fine Christmas gift

Dad hints that the SLR 722 would make a fine Christmas gift

I had to put a Porsche in here, otherwise V throws a fit

This is for V.

It doesn't get much better than this

It doesn't get much better than this

don't worry sunbeam, it happens.

don't worry, Sunbeam, it happens

288 GTO. how do you like me now, Magnum?

288 GTO. how do you like me now, Magnum?

Alright, Dad, we'll get you a Testarossa too

Alright, Dad, we'll get you a Testarossa too

GT-R in the wild

GT-R in the wild

The court finds you bad-ass, and sentences you to a lifetime of smoking bitches

The court finds you bad-ass, and sentences you to a lifetime of smoking bitches

Number one...

Number one...

...with a Bullitt.

...with a Bullitt.

Check out all 300+ pics at my Picassa album : http://picasaweb.google.com/Alex.Kal…i/Americana08#

-Alex-

01
Mar
08

The Eye and the Shark

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The other day, I went to the office and for seemingly no reason, I developed the worst headache I’ve had in a long time. as the day progressed, the pain increased to a point where I was literally wincing and moving my head as if someone just punched me “upside it”, as it were. I sat and waited for the extra strength whatever I took to do its thing when Robert came over and brought up an interesting point: “maybe someone gave you ‘the eye’. ” He may have been right.

There is a… superstition of sorts that is shared with many European cultures, either due to geography or through religion. It’s known as “the eye” or, if that wasn’t spooky enough, “the evil eye.” And if you believe it or not, its not as scary as it sounds, unless you’re saying it while holding your hands up and doing the creepy fingers thing while you say it. How it works is if someone you see has ill wishes for you, most especially if they’re jealous, they give you “the eye” and they wish you bad luck or you physically feel like total crap for seemingly no reason.

One example is when I worked at this mortgage company briefly last year, a company of young Greek men started by a guy named Billy. One day, a guy Billy & crew knew came by our office and, if I’m remembering this correctly, they all used to work together in a previous company, so when Billy & co. branched off to form their own firm, he was… misled, and they went into business for themselves behind that guys’ back. At any rate, he stopped by to visit and everyone was very pleasant, but the second he left, everyone leaped from their seats and immediately started flinging holy water at everything because they were scared that he gave us all “the eye” and doomed the office to failure. (scary side note: guess what isn’t there anymore.)

I mention that office because we collectively ogled car websites and discussed our dream cars daily. Billy in particular like do use this point to motivate us by saying we would earn enough in a year to get them. I mentioned to him that I hope to get my Mustang GT/CS sooner than that, to which he would chuckle in a smug way and say ” forget it, wait a year and you can get the Shelby 500KR. me? I’m going to go get that new Maserati, the Gran Turismo.”

Time passed, and I went on to do other things. I got my car and, knowing the fate of that company, I really doubt Billy got his. Yesterday, I got that too.

….For about an hour, anyway. I test drove the Maserati GranTurismo and this time, I wasn’t alone. I picked up the car with Melissa at Ferrari/Maserati of L.I. and headed to the back roads of my neighborhood for a good ol’ thrash. The car is quite striking when you see it in person, and this one looked like a big, purple nurse shark. On the way home, we took the time to bask in the luxury of the “Maz”, admiring the embossed Trident on the shifter, walnut trim, and leather with contrasting stitch. We dug the center computer console which housed the navi radio and phone, with a corresponding screen in the gauge cluster for me.

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The interior was as comfortable as it was good looking (although, I have to say I wasn’t thrilled with the colors in this particular car). It’s been a long time since I’ve sat in a car with such a comfortable driving position. Really, I’m at a loss for words to describe it.

Cruising into town, I was itching to see what this 400+ bhp Italian V8 could do, so I opened the taps and let it loose, and it was as if awoke posideon himself by kicking him in his scalely ass. We overtook a bus and a couple cars as we glided through the town with a torque heavy dash and a roar like you’ve never heard before. Melissa said herself that she doesn’t really get excited over engine notes like we do, but she loved the sound this car made.

Grabbing Victor, and commenting that “itsa preety car” in our best Italian voices, it was time to see what that “sport” button did. The suspension became considerably tighter, and the engine became a true beast as we set out across the windy shore roads of my neighborhood. giving it the beans while paddle shifting, the car grips through a curvy road like the shark it resembles, it just bites hard and never lets go.

Driving this car, and I mean really driving it, gave me a physically pleasant sensation throughout my body. this car can do that. We gave it our all for the next hour, gunning it and swimming through turns like they were nothing until our necks were sore from being pushed back by the torque. We drove back in complete silence because there was nothing that needed to be said. this car had it all; the looks, the toys, the performance. I’ll say sincerely that the only cars that will top this will be a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. No Mercedes, no Bentleys, just pure Italian bred, performance spitting machines.

I’m going to get some asprin and a cross.

-Alex-

30
Jan
08

Tease me

I’m excited about my next test drive, so I decided to drop a bit of a hint just for fun…

-Alex-