Used Car Test Drive

Cayman SA used car is a used car, so a good thorough used car inspection should eliminate any used car you don’t want to own. This inspection should include checking for bad paint/body work, modifications, abuse, neglect, etc., as well as verification that all systems work: lights, heater, A/C, all power accessories, door locks, etc..

First on the check list is to see if the car has properly sized/rated matching tires on all 4 wheels. Check for a spare and tire change equipment. If the car passes your basic used car inspection, then take the car for a test ride as a passenger and test drive covering the street and freeway (15 miles min).

As a passenger focus on how the car sounds, feels, how it runs through the gears, acceleration performance, and braking. Pay attention during this phase of your inspection. Keep the radio off and listen to the cabin and engine noises.

The test ride starts out with a cold engine start and while the engine is idling and warming up — A/C off at this time — listen to the engine for any ticks, knocks or other noises. As the engine warms up the idle should smooth out and slow down.

Go for the test ride. Once the engine is up to temperature have the driver run the engine up through a couple of gears, say starting out in 2nd at around 1K and running up to redline then shifting to 3rd and continuing to accelerate observing the posted speed limit or as driving conditions allow. If the car is an automatic, check operation in all manually selected gears and reverse, and the automatic shifting under normal and hard acceleration is smooth. What you want to know is that the engine pulls cleanly, strongly, from just off idle to red line.

After driving several miles the engine/drivetrain should be up to normal operating temperature. Continue to let the engine idle and listen again for any unusual sounds/noises.

Switch with the driver and take the car out over the same route and accelerate, stop, start, turn, etc. nothing too harsh. You’ll want to safely and within the confines of the traffic laws exercise the car and determine if the car feels solid and performs to your expectations for this type of vehicle.

Driving several miles and bringing the car to operating temperature will allow the engine computer systems a reasonable chance of detecting any problems and turning on the check engine light. When you start the car verify the Check Engine Light comes on then goes off at or shortly after the engine starts. This is normal in all in-dash warning lights.

Finally, if you can find no reason not to buy the car and believe you can buy the car for a fair price, arrange to have a pre-purchase inspection (PPI) at a shop by a technician familiar with servicing this type of car inside and out.

Do your research and determine the history of the car model you are considering. As a general rule avoid the 1st year of model introduction. Later model years generally have all the kinks worked out. Ask for all the service records, review the CarFax and check if the car was subject to a recall at

After purchase if tire wear indicates uneven wear get a 4 wheel alignment. If no service records are available check the maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual and perform all required maintenance so you have a starting point for your own maintenance schedule as the new owner. This may include brake fluid flush, filter(s) inspection/change, coolant inspection/flush, transmission/differential fluid inspection/change, spark plug inspection/change, drive belts, and timing belt inspection/change. If you had the car go through a PPI some of the items may have been identified by your auto technician.

Honda CBR 1000F

This touring bike had a production run of 10 years from 1987 to 1997. Horsepower rated at 135 with a top speed of 155 mph. This CBR has a comprehensive dashboard, excellent lights, brakes, comfy saddle, bungee hooks, passenger grab rail and a center stand. CBR 1000FThe CBR was restyled 1989 with new fairing bodywork and crash bungs and again in 1993. Later versions came equipped with a linked braking system. This Honda has comfortable riding position, good build quality, and respectable handling. The Honda’s contemporary rivals were the Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 and the Suzuki GSX-R1100. As a touring motorcycle, the Honda CBR1000F offers a nice, plush ride for two people and can be a deceptively fast motorcycle. However, when pushed hard the rear shocks can get a little bouncy. Later models feel more durable and better finished than the early ones.

500 HP V10 Tomahawk

Top Speed Superbikes

Dodge Tomahawk – 500 HP 298 MPH. Powered by an 8.3 liter V10 engine motorcycle has a starting price of $555,000.

Suzuki Hayabusa – With a top speed of 248 mph this superbike was devised as a challenge to Honda’s Super Blackbird. MSRP is $14,000.

Suzuki Hayabusa
Suzuki Hayabusa

MTT Turbine Superbike Y2K – Powered by a Rolls Royce 250-C20 turbo shaft engine 320 HP 227 MPH. MSRP $175,000

Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird – 153 HP for an estimated top sustained speed of 190 miles per hour. The last bike was produced in 2007.

BMW S1000 RR – Produces 193 HP at 13,000 rpm and reaching a top speed of 189 MPH. Anti-lock braking is standard, and electronic traction control is available as an option. MSRP $14,000.

Yamaha YZF R1 – Clocked at 0-60 mph in 2.88 seconds, with a top speed of 177 MPH. MSRP $13,990.

MV Agusta F4 1000 R – Produces 174 horsepower. It has a four pipe undertail exhaust and single-sided swing arm. The F4 has a top speed of 176 MPH and an MSRP $19,498.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-11 – Produces 147 horsepower with a top speed of 176 MPH. The Ninja ZX-11 was produced from 1990 until 2001, and held the record as the world’s fastest production motorcycle from 1990 to 1995.

Ducati 1098s – Producing 160 horsepower it is capable of 169 MPH. The average MSRP on a Ducati 1098s was $20,000 when it was released in 2007.

Porsche 918 Spyder Rear

2014 Zero to Sixty

Fastest 0-60 times tested in 2014 by manufacturer

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD 0-60 mph 5.1
Audi R8 Plus 5.2 V10 Coupe (Tiptronic) 0-60 mph 3.2
Alfa Romeo 4C 0-60 mph 4.4
Aston Martin Vanquish 0-60 mph 3.9
Bentley Continental GT Speed 0-60 mph 4.0
BMW M5 Competition Package/M6 Gran Coupe 0-60 mph 3.6
Buick Regal GS AWD 0-60 mph 6.2
Cadillac CTS Vsport Premium 0-60 mph 4.5
Callaway Chevrolet Corvette Convertible SC610 0-60 mph 3.4
Chrysler 300 SRT 0-60 mph 4.3
SRT Viper Time Attack Edition 0-60 mph 3.2
Ferrari 458 Speciale 0-60 mph 2.9
Fiat 500L Trekking (Manual) 0-60 mph 7.9
Ford Mustang Roush Stage 3 0-60 mph 4.4
GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Regular Cab 4×4 0-60 mph 7.3
Honda Accord Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.2
Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T 0-60 mph 6.4
Infiniti Q50S Hybrid 0-60 mph 4.8
Jaguar F-Type V-8 S 0-60 mph 3.9
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 0-60 mph 4.5
Kia Cadenza Sedan 0-60 mph 6.1
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Autobiography 0-60 mph 4.6
Lexus IS 350 F-Sport Package 0-60 mph 4.9
Lincoln MKZ 2.0T AWD 0-60 mph 7.3
Maserati Quattroporte V8 0-60 mph 4.1
Mazda 3s Grand Touring Hatchback (Manual) 0-60 mph 6.6
McLaren P1 0-60 mph 2.7
Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster Black Series 0-60 mph 3.1
Mitsubishi Outlander GT 0-60 mph 6.7
Nissan GT-R 0-60 mph 2.9
Porsche 918 Spyder 0-60 mph 2.5

Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche 918 Spyder

Subaru Forester 2.0XT Turbo 0-60 mph 6.1
Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L 0-60 mph 6.1
Vauxhall VXR8 0-60 mph 4.0
Volkswagen Beetle GSR (Manual) 0-60 mph 6.2
Volvo S60 Polestar 0-60 mph 4.7


2015 Ford Mustang – 50th Anniversary Edition

2015-Ford-MustangThe Ford Mustang has been completely redesigned for 2015. The 50th anniversary edition is the most technologically-advanced and most efficient Mustang ever built. It is available in four-cylinder, V-6 and, V-8. The Mustang keeps a smaller version of the shark-nose grille to improve aerodynamics. The 5.0 liter V8 version has an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads producing more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft of torque. The GT model is available with a manual transmission with launch contol that can be used to adjust the desired engine speed optimized for current track conditions for best performance. Another new feature for 2015 is integral-link independent rear suspension.