October 22, 2015 |
CHAKA FATTAH JR. had connections, a name and access - and he dreamed big - a former roommate and business partner testified at Fattah's federal trial yesterday. "He had a name. His father's a congressman," Matthew Amato told a federal jury. Fattah could get in the front of lines at clubs and get hard-to-get seats at restaurants. How? "Just by saying, 'Hey, I'm Chaka Fattah Jr. Can I have a table or get in front of the line?' " Amato said. With that access, Amato testified, he thought Fattah's idea of launching a high-end luxury concierge service for "high-net-worth individuals" would be successful.
September 28, 2015 |
2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender: Plugging into a little less worry. Price: $52,750 as tested, including $1,500 for the Giga World package (19-inch wheels, universal garage-door opener), $2,500 for the Tech and Driving Assist Package (navigation and BMW Online apps), and $1,000 for the Parking Assist Package. Marketer's pitch: "Every great revolution begins with a charge. " Conventional wisdom: I'm going to get stuck somewhere, I just know it. Reality: Fairly convenient family car, but some iBugs remain.
August 31, 2015 |
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 vs. 2015 BMW M4 Convertible: Price up, top down. This week: 2015 BMW M4 Convertible. Price: $96,075. A base starts at a much more reasonable $72,500; I'll expand on add-ons later. Marketer's pitch: "M. The most powerful letter in the world. " Conventional wisdom: Oooo. Aaaah. BMW. Reality: Open-road roominess. The fun is there, too, but can be hard to find. Up to speed: Last week we toured the region in a Corvette, which offered speed and unbridled fun in the sun for two. Two, two, two cars in one: Take the BMW out for a spin without overdoing it, and you're treated to a car that out-Cadillacs Cadillac.
April 12, 2015 |
For those preparing to take a test called the SAT (Strange Automotive Trivia), a knowledge of recent BMW nomenclature is essential. Bayerische Motoren Werke has traditionally employed even numbers when identifying coupe models - except when it doesn't. Until recently, the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan had a 3 in its name. But when BMW redesigned the 3 Series for the 2014 model year, it created a 4 Series designation for the coupe and its convertible stablemate. Then, for 2015, it re-muddied the waters by introducing the 4 Series Gran Coupe model that I just tested.
March 30, 2015 |
2015 BMW 228i xDrive Coupe: All-around fun. Price: $38,600 as tested ($33,900 base price) Marketer's pitch: "Meet the road rebel. " Conventional wisdom: Didn't you used to be the Ultimate Driving Machine? Reality: Think of the 2 Series as a high-maintenance partner. She or he may be difficult to get to know and have expensive tastes, but sometimes it's all worth it in the end. First impressions: I make a point of not learning too much about specific models before I drive them.
March 6, 2015 |
The 2018 BMW Championship, a playoff event on the PGA Tour, is on its way to Aronimink Golf Club after the club's membership voted unanimously Wednesday to approve hosting the tournament. While there are no dates set as yet for the tournament, it traditionally has been the penultimate event of the tour's FedEx Cup playoffs in mid-September. The top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings compete in the tournament. The contestants who are in the top 30 of the standings at the conclusion of the event move on to the season-ending Tour Championship, which will pay the Cup champion $10 million this year.
February 27, 2015 |
ON AUG. 13, 2013, Eric Torres made a number of bad decisions - from fleeing a cop during a traffic stop to crashing his BMW into a wall to bringing a gun into a Feltonville store - that led to him shooting a police officer during a violent confrontation, a prosecutor told a jury yesterday. In the Almonte Mini Market, at 4th and Annsbury streets, kitty-corner from his Raymond Street home, Torres paced the aisles watching to see if cops would go to his house, Assistant District Attorney Lou Tumolo said in his opening statement.
February 16, 2015 |
'Excuse me, Miss. Excuse me!" The New York City police officer down on Ludlow Street was tapping my window with the insistence of the law. "Oh boy," I thought. "Here we go again. " I had been idling for way too long, talking on the phone in what definitely could not be considered a parking spot - could not even really be considered a loading spot, if I were honest. I rolled down the window. "Yes, officer?" I asked. "This is the best looking car I have ever seen," he told me, smiling.
October 20, 2014 |
2014 Audi Q5 TDI Quattro TipTronic vs. 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d: Luxury and diesel together? This week: The BMW X5. Price: $72,475 as tested. (A base diesel model starts at $56,500, and a bare-bones rear-wheel-drive X5 can be had for $53,725.) Marketer's pitch: "The ultimate driving machine. " Conventional wisdom: A Volvo-loving friend of mine said the Eurozone competitors are a "we-car" (Volvo) versus a "me-car" (BMW). Reality: Pretty darn ultimate, I'd say. Catching up: In our last episode of Driver's Seat, we tested the Audi Q5 TDI, a turbodiesel version of the company's small crossover.