Tesla in New Zealand (a review)

In a new series about the presence of Tesla inc. it different countries, we are going to start with the nation of New Zealand. New Zealand does have a surprising amount of Tesla presence as there is one Tesla store and one Tesla Service center. It should also be noted that there is a Tesla Service center that is to be installed soon near Wellington. There are currently 8 supercharger stations in New Zealand as well as 4 charging stations that will be put in soon. And as far as destination charging goes, there is not a single major gap on the whole island. There is either a destination or super charging station on almost every major city in New Zealand.

In New Zealand buying a Tesla is easy, charging your Tesla is easy, and fixing your Tesla is also easy. So what isn’t easy about owning a Tesla in New Zealand? Probably the weather. Tesla batteries don’t perform well in extreme weather conditions, so the extreme heat or cold that can happen will negatively effect your Tesla, mostly in the form of range reduction. Other than that problem is just the fact that charging hasn’t caught up to gas fueling. For now, there will be more gas stations than there will be charging stations but that is due to change over time. Installing an at home charger will also help alleviate some of the range anxiety as one can have 100% charge to start the day every day. The installation of solar panels and the Powerwall can also help reduce cost of living in New Zealand. The recommended car for New Zealand is the Long Range All Wheel Drive Model 3. The dual-motor system is a must have. The larger battery will also help reduce any range anxiety that one might have.

Bottom Line: As weird as it may sound, owning a Tesla in New Zealand is actually better than in most nations. The highly accessible chargers and service stations help to make owning a Model 3, Model X, or Model S simple and thoughtless, which is how it should be.

Lykan Hypersport: The Speed Demon

Introduction

The world of unknown super cars continues to grow today as we cover the Lykan Hypersport. It was a limited production car created in Lebanon and debuted during the 2013 Qatar Motor Show. The production was limited to just 7 models, and the price was a whopping 3.4 million dollars. But that is to be expected when the headlights of the car are lined with 420 diamonds each. It is the first sports car to be completely designed in the Middle East. But this is just the beginning of this Lebanese monster that is conquering the super car world.

The Performance

The Lykan Hypersport is a performance machine. It has a top speed of 245 mph (395 kph) and either a 6-Speed manual transmission or a 7-Speed dual-clutch transmission. Power comes from a 3.7 liter flat-six engine made by Ruf Automobile. The Hypersport puts out an impressive 780 hp, which is especially impressive when you realize there are only 6 cylinders inside it! The Hypersport does 0-60 in a blistering 2.8 seconds, and weighs only 3,042 lbs (1,380 kg). The horsepower, top speed, and acceleration figures on this car are pretty nuts for any car, let alone a 6 cylinder car. Its mid engine layout and rear-wheel-drive drivetrain optimize its performance capabilities. It will be succeeded by the Fenyr Supersport soon…

Photo of Lykan Hypersport Demon
A nice shot of the exterior of a black hyper sport – a good wallpaper

The Verdict

For a vehicle that costs well over 3 million dollars, this car is still exceedingly surpassing 3 million dollar expectations. This car has diamonds in its headlights and has gold sewn into the seats. There’s no wonder as to why the car is as expensive as it is. It is the epitome of luxury, and it looks like a true supercar. The fact that only 7 were made (and 1 went to the police department in Abu-Dhabi) makes seen even more valuable than they already are. Film and videogame representation has also helped the car cement itself in the minds of car lovers as one of the rarest and best cars ever to roll off an assembly line. The Hypersport was used in the Furious 7 movie as well as in the video game Grand Theft Auto (GTA) 5. The Lykan Hypersport was produced from 2013-2017 and has model years of 2013-2016. You’ll be hard-pressed to find one of these cars for sale, as only 6 were ever sold to the public.

Tesla in Florida (a review)

Choosing an Electric car as your new car can be a pretty life-changing decision. Even so, choosing to begin owning a Tesla can change the game even more. Due to the fact the Tesla’s have access to supercharging stations and standard charging stations alike, it makes their vehicles a prime option for anyone looking to purchase an electric car. This article series is going to be researching the pros, cons, and bottom like of purchasing a Tesla vehicle in your state, which today is Florida.

Pros

  • Tesla Supercharging situation is one of the best in the nation in Florida. From the panhandle down to Miami, there are no real major gaps in Florida that don’t have charging stations.
  • All Wheel Drive models of the Model 3, Model S, and Model X are great and can be useful during the rainy seasons.
  • At home charging means that you won’t need these charging stations, unless you decide to take a road trip. An at home charger is highly recommended for any electric car.
  • Gas costs – Florida currently ranks #27 in gas prices (1 being cheapest and 50 being the most expensive).
  • Only the Model 3 requires you pay at a supercharger, but electricity is still cheaper than gas (see above).
  • If you purchase a Model S or X your supercharging is free, so over time your car is cheaper to maintain.
  • Tesla cars will (obviously, but sometimes forgotten) not need oil changes. This also adds to the “cheaper to maintain” model.
  • Tesla Vehicles need brake replacements every 100,000 miles! Due to the regenerative breaking, you can go longer without using your break.
  • The acceleration… any Tesla model is punchy and fun to drive.
  • Tesla vehicles come with an App!! That’s right, your car can be preheated, turned on, and even moved by your phone.
  • Your phone is your key on your Tesla… so there’s no need for the key chain.
  • Florida has optimum climate conditions for owning a Tesla, so you can expect to keep 100% of the charge almost 100% of the time.

Cons

  • If you do live in a charging gap, it can make long trips harder to accomplish.
  • Tesla presence in Florida isn’t all that large. We are still waiting for more service stations and stores.
  • The cheapest Tesla you can buy will set you back at least $35,000. And that model is hidden from public eye.
  • The all-wheel-drive cars are pretty expensive.
  • If you do happen to run out of charge on the road… there’s no real back up plan.

12 Most Expensive Cars on Autotrader – 2019

These are the 12 most expensive cars currently for sale on autotrader.com. Buckle up, and here we go…

12. 2015 Mclaren P1 ($1,750,000)

Photo of a Grey McLaren P1
Grey McLaren P1

This 2015 Mclaren P1 has 176 miles on the odometer and is located in Fresno, CA. It is a hybrid hyper car that comes with a 7-Speed Automatic transmission and a top speed of 217 mph. It has an exterior color called “flintgrau” and its interior color is title “oxblood red”. It is the 170th P1 made by Mclaren.

11. 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe ($1,759,000)

Photo of an Orange Aston Martin Vanquish
Orange Aston Martin Vanquish

This 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish has 189 miles on the odometer and is located in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. It is an insane British supercar that comes with a V12 and an 8-Speed automatic transmission. Its exterior color is called “Fiamma Red” and the interior color is called “Black Leather”. it gets 13 mpg in the city and 21 on the highway.

10. 2014 Mclaren P1 ($1,836,986)

Photo of an Orange Mclaren P1
Orange Mclaren P1

This 2014 Mclaren P1 has over 8,000 miles on the odometer and is situated in Sugar Land, Texas. It is the second Mclaren on the list, as well as the second P1 on this list. It has the exterior color called “Mso Magma Orange” and interior color just title “Black”.

9. 2015 Mclaren P1 ($1,850,000)

Photo of a White McLaren P1
White Mclaren P1

This (the third) 2015 Mclaren P1 has 3,750 miles on the odometer and is located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mclaren seems to dominate the early portions of the list with the P1 (if we would have done 14, the new senna would have been #14). The color sequence on this car is fairly straightforward with the exterior title “white” and the interior titled “black”

8. 2010 Bugatti Veyron ($1,899,000)

Photo of a Blue Bugatti Veyron
Blue Bugatti Veyron

This 2010 Bugatti Veyron has 6,061 miles on the odometer and is located in North Miami Beach, Florida. This is the original hyper car, an Italian monster with 16 cylinders and 4 turbos. It comes with a 7-Speed automatic transmission and has a black interior and a black exterior. It also has an all wheel drive drivetrain.

7. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder ($1,899,995)

Photo of a Porsche 918 Spyder
Grey Porsche 918 Spyder

This is the first Porsche on the list, and it will only cost you $45 to upgrade from the previous Bugatti to this 918 spyder. The 918 has only 121 miles on the odometer and is located in Los Angeles, California. It is Porsche’s hybrid hyper car, and is the 836th model made. Its exterior color is “Liquid Metal Si” and its interior color is simply “Black”.

6. 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder ($1,959,000)

Photo of a White Porsche 918 Spyder
White Porsche 918 Spyder

The second Porsche 918 Spyder on this list has only 26 miles on the odometer! It is located in Pompano Beach, California and has a leather interior. The exterior on the car is just white, but the interior color is “black/acid green”.

5. 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 Roadster ($2,499,888)

Photo of a Blue Lamborghini Centenario
Blue Lamborghini Centenario

This 2017 Lamborghini Centenario has just 653 miles on the odometer, and is located in Costa Mesa, California. It is Lamborghini’s attempt at a hyper car, and it comes with a V12 engine and a 7-Speed automatic transmission. It also comes with an all wheel drive drivetrain and has 759 horsepower. Its exterior color is titled “Blue Cepheus” and the interior color is called “Nero Ade”.

4. 2014 Mclaren P1 ($2,699,995)

Photo of a Blue Mclaren P1
Blue Mclaren P1

This 2014 Mclaren P1 is P1 number 4 on this list. It has 0 miles on the odometer, and is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our Mclaren hybrid has returned for the final time on this list, as we won’t see it any more expensive than a hefty 2.7 million dollars. Its exterior color is called “Modica Blue Carbon Fiber” and its interior color is simply black.

3. 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari ($2,890,000)

Photo of a Yellow Ferrari LaFerrari
Yellow Ferrari LaFerrari

Let the rise of the Ferrari begin. This 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari has 995 miles on it and is listed in Costa Mesa, California. The LeFerrari was Ferrari’s response to the hybrid hyper cars made by Mclaren and Porsche. It is insane around a track, and one of the most powerful cars ever to be made. It comes with a V12 engine and a 7-Speed automatic transmission. Its exterior color is “Giallo Tristrato” and its interior color is called “Nero”.

2. 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari ($3,200,000)

Photo of a White Ferrari LaFerrari
White Ferrari LaFerrari

The second LaFerrari on this list is located in Seattle, Washington and breaks us into the $3 million area. It has just 282 miles on the odometer and has an exterior color called “Bianco Italia” as well as an interior color titled “Nero”.

Number One: 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari ($3,495,000)

Photo of a Red Ferrari LaFerrari
Red Ferrari LeFerrari

The most expensive car on autotrader is this red Ferrari LaFerrari. It is a 1/1 model with all the Russo colors utilized on the car. It is truly the rarest Ferrari, and deserves its 3.5 million dollar price tag. 

Tesla in Texas (a review)

Choosing an Electric car as your new car can be a pretty life-changing decision. Even so, choosing to begin owning a Tesla can change the game even more. Due to the fact the Tesla’s have access to supercharging stations and standard charging stations alike, it makes their vehicles a prime option for anyone looking to purchase an electric car. This article series is going to be researching the pros, cons, and bottom like of purchasing a Tesla vehicle in your state, which today is Texas.

Pros

  • Tesla Supercharging situation is fantastic, if you leave near a large city like Dallas or Houston.
  • At home charging means that you won’t need these charging stations, unless you decide to take a road trip. An at home charger is highly recommended for any electric car.
  • Gas costs – Texas currently ranks #1 in gas prices (1 being cheapest and 50 being the most expensive). So your gas is cheap, but costs of electricity are still cheaper.
  • Only the Model 3 requires you pay at a supercharger, but electricity is still cheaper than gas (see above).
  • If you purchase a Model S or X your supercharging is free, so over time your car is cheaper to maintain.
  • Tesla cars will (obviously, but sometimes forgotten) not need oil changes. This also adds to the “cheaper to maintain” model.
  • Tesla Vehicles need brake replacements every 100,000 miles! Due to the regenerative breaking, you can go longer without using your break.
  • The acceleration… any Tesla model is punchy and fun to drive.
  • Tesla vehicles come with an App!! That’s right, your car can be preheated, turned on, and even moved by your phone.
  • Your phone is your key on your Tesla… so there’s no need for the key chain.
  • Due to the warmer Texas climate, your car wont lose charge during the winters.

Cons

  • Most of the wide-open-space area of Texas is without charging stations.
  • This one might be weird but its true: the Tesla door handles can get seriously hot in hot weather.

Bottom Line: The pros are overwhelming! The cons for owning a Tesla in Texas don’t go past the initial costs to buy the car and the lack of charging in the sparser areas of Texas. Texas is one of the prime states to buy a Tesla, as charging installation isn’t hard to find.

Tesla in Indiana (a review)

Choosing an Electric car as your new car can be a pretty life-changing decision. Even so, choosing to begin owning a Tesla can change the game even more. Due to the fact the Tesla’s have access to supercharging stations and standard charging stations alike, it makes their vehicles a prime option for anyone looking to purchase an electric car. This article series is going to be researching the pros, cons, and bottom like of purchasing a Tesla vehicle in your state, which today is Indiana.

Pros

  • Tesla Supercharging situation is pretty good, if you live anywhere near a large city like Indianapolis or Fort Wayne you have relatively good access to away-charging .
  • All Wheel Drive models of the Model 3, Model S, and Model X are great and a must have for those 12 inch + snow days.
  • Where Supercharging stations are lacking, Chargepoint.com has non-Tesla chargers all throughout Indiana, with the only major gap of charging being in the Lafayette to South Bend region.
  • At home charging means that you won’t need these charging stations, unless you decide to take a road trip. An at home charger is highly recommended for any electric car.
  • Gas costs – Indiana currently ranks #26 in gas prices (1 being cheapest and 50 being the most expensive).
  • Only the Model 3 requires you pay at a supercharger, but electricity is still cheaper than gas (see above).
  • If you purchase a Model S or X your supercharging is free, so over time your car is cheaper to maintain.
  • Tesla cars will (obviously, but sometimes forgotten) not need oil changes. This also adds to the “cheaper to maintain” model.
  • Tesla Vehicles need brake replacements every 100,000 miles! Due to the regenerative breaking, you can go longer without using your break.
  • The acceleration… any Tesla model is punchy and fun to drive.
  • Tesla vehicles come with an App!! That’s right, your car can be preheated, turned on, and even moved by your phone.
  • Your phone is your key on your Tesla… so there’s no need for the key chain.

Cons

  • The cold weather can reduce some of the range on your car.
  • If you do live in a charging gap, it can make long trips harder to accomplish.
  • Tesla presence in Indiana isn’t all that large. We are still waiting for more service stations and stores.
  • The cheapest Tesla you can buy will set you back at least $35,000. And that model is hidden from public eye.
  • The all-wheel-drive cars are pretty expensive.
  • If you do happen to run out of charge on the road… there’s no real back up plan.

Bottom Line: The Pros far outweigh the cons. The only foreseeable issues you will run into are if you decide to go on road trips, and the initial cost of owning a Tesla. But after you’ve made the purchase, it only gets easier from there. With cheaper maintaining costs, and a great all-wheel-drive system, it makes driving in Indiana a bit easier… and more fun.

Should You Buy an Electric Car?

This is a question that is often asked in America, and around the world today. Now, we are going to give you an answer based on where you live, your income, and what electric car is best for you. It should be noted than the things talked about in this article will only be renewed over time. It should also be noted that new car brands are coming out with new electric cars every month. New options will always be available in the future. Let’s get in to it…

For starters, we are only counting 100% electric cars in this list. No plug in hybrid or flex fuel cars. Just electric vehicles.

The electric vehicle market is massive, and the prices on electric cars are only falling as technology improves. But some problems like range anxiety still exist in the United States for people who are considering buying electric cars. Below are two maps of chargers across the United States. The first map is a map of all the superchargers in North America. Superchargers are charging stations that work exclusively for Tesla Vehicles, and no other electric cars. The second map shows charging points for all types of cars, including Tesla’s if you have an adapter.

Essentially, if you live in the states from Montana down to New Mexico and North Dakota down to Kansas, I would not recommend getting an electric car right now. Especially if you don’t live near a somewhat large city, as there are exceptions in all the states I mentioned. Examples would be Denver, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. These places are abounding in chargers and would be prime places for owning an electric car. But areas that are more wide open spaces probably should wait until more chargers reach their area. It is pretty similar with Tesla vehicles, as the only chargers than aren’t in cities follow major highways. If you don’t happen to live by the city or a highway, then buying a Tesla might also not be the best idea. If you do decide to get one anyway, I would recommend a Tesla model with at least a 100 kWh battery, so that you have maximum range possible. Also, the superchargers are far more abundant in this area than the standard charging areas, and you will find it easier to fill up after longer trips.

The Electric Car to get in the West Coast

If you live in the West Coast area (Washington to Arizona), you are in prime electric car real estate. Especially if you live in the state of California, where they have lanes designated for electric cars only. In the west coast, charging stations and Tesla Chargers are abundant. You can hardly go a mile without seeing one. You won’t need a car with massive mileage like a 100D model Tesla, but I also think you might be handicapping yourself if you decide to pick up an older Nissan Leaf. I would recommend the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 (base model) if you live in this region. Each comes with around 250 miles of range, which is more than enough to get you to your next charging station. Each also are very high tech cars, that don’t lack performance, but also don’t excel it in. If you are going for a more family car, the Jaguar I-Pace is the best option as it is the cheapest of the SUV’s available right now.

If you live in the Midwest, which is Minnesota over to Michigan and everything under, you need to have a Model 3. Tesla chargers in this area are surprisingly abundant and the All Wheel Drive on the Model 3 will come handy in the snow that often occurs in the northern most areas of the region. The Long Range on the Model 3 would be recommended as to ease any range anxiety. 300 miles should be plenty to get you to your next charger, or your at home Tesla charger which I highly recommend you get. It becomes the equivalent of charger your phone at night, and leaves you with 300 miles of fresh charge daily. Also, in the winter electric cars can lose a bit of range due to the cold, so it is a good idea to have the longer range to cushion how far your car will be able to travel. I cannot recommend any non-AWD cars due to the fact that winter without it will be terrible. Also, non AWD electric cars tend to perform poorly in snow and slick conditions.

In the New England to Florida area, you are also in prime Electric car real estate. Those who live in the warmer parts don’t need to worry about getting AWD cars, or worry about longer range vehicles. The Base Model 3, Chevy Volt, and New Leaf will all work for these warmer climates. You won’t lose any range due to cold weather, and you also won’t need power to all wheels in bad weather scenarios. But as we get more north, the Bolt and Leaf recommendations fizzle out to longer range Model 3’s and Model S’s. Tesla chargers in the New York area are absurdly close, and there may not even be a need to install your own charger at your house. But in the more spread out areas of Maine and Pennsylvania, at home charger is definitely recommended. As more all wheel drive electric cars become available, more will be recommended in cold weather areas. But for now, Tesla dominates this area of the electric car world, and that is why it is the only on we can recommend for the colder New England region.

If you like articles on Electric Cars, check out our articles on the new Cybertruck and Ford Mach E!

Cheapest Exotic Cars in 2019

Exotic cars are super expensive, especially if you are buying them fresh off the factory. But used options are becoming cheaper as time goes on, and today we are giving you a list of the lowest cost exotic cars from cargurus.com, ebay.com, autotrader.com, and cars.com.

Listings

Image of a White Alfa Romeo Giulia

If you want to see more cheap cars for sale view our article here.

Cheapest Cars for Sale in 2019

In 2019, new cars are super expensive. Even used cars are starting to swell in price. But today, we are compiling the cheapest cars that function OK and aren’t in a salvage yard. We will be taking these car lists from websites like Cargurus.com, Autotrader.com, cars.com, eBay.com, and many many more. Note that some of the listings in this list will be sold over time, and this list is global.

America

This 2002 Chrysler Sebring in Downers Grove, Illinois for $400. (Needs Transmission).

This 2002 Pontiac Bonneville in South Holland, Illinois for $494.

This 2002 Honda Accord V6 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for $499.

This 2000 Nissan Maxima in Chicago, Illinois for $300.

This 1997 Ford Ranger in Huntington Beach, California for $600 (by owner).

This 1985 Buick LeSabre in Long Beach, California for $990.

This 2005 Toyota Matrix in Los Angeles, California for $1,100 (by owner).

This 1994 Chevrolet Corsica in Clifton, New Jersey for $400.

This 2006 Chevrolet HHR in Brooklyn, New York for $499.

This 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier in Saint Petersburg, Florida for $400 (by owner)

This 2001 Volvo V70 in Largo, Florida for $850.

This 1998 Honda Accord V6 in Denver, Colorado for $750 (by owner)

This 2009 Pontiac G6 in Houston, Texas for $690.

This 1995 Saturn S-Series in Atlanta, Georgia for $488

This 2005 Volvo S80 in Hawaii for $4,795. It is currently the cheapest car listed in Hawaii.

This 1999 Mercury Sable in Virginia for $500.

The UK

This 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK in Great Britain for £575.

This 2007 Ford Focus in Great Britain for £595.

This 2002 Smart ForTwo in Great Britain for £300.

This 1992 BMW 3 Series in Great Britain for £400.

This 1993 Mazda Eunos in Great Britain for £500.

This 2008 Fiat Grande in Great Britain for £950.

**This list will be updated over time.

Noble Automotive

Image of a Blue Noble M600
Blue Noble M600
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Keeping with the theme of relatively unknown auto manufacturers this week, we have the car company known as Noble. Noble Automotive Ltd. was started in 1999 in West Yorkshire by Lee Noble. The aim was produce his performance, rear-wheel-drive cars for the world. The first car manufactured by Noble was the M10, which was made from 1999 to 2000. Very few were ever put into production, as the Nobel M12 was soon to follow. The Nobel M12 was put into production in 2000 and ended production in 2008. The M12 featured 3 different engines over time with a 2.5 liter option producing 310 bhp and two 3.0 liter engine both producing 352 bhp. The acceleration on the M12 is very quick, but not insane as it does 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. The top speed was somewhere in the area of 170 mph.

After the Noble M10 and M12 came the Noble M400, a track variant of the M12. The Noble M400 had 425 horsepower and nasty acceleration, with a 0-60 time of just 3.3 seconds. The top speed for the M400 is 185 mph and it often came in a boring grey color. Only 75 Noble M400 models were ever made, making them rare and sought after in the car collecting world. The M400 was made from 2004 but was discontinued in 2007. After the track oriented Noble M400 was discontinued, the M14 was to be the next car produced. But, they decided to move their preorders to their next car, the M15. But the M15 never quite made it into production, and so it still remains a legend.

The final major Noble vehicle to be produced was the Noble M600. In 2010, the M600 began its sales production. The engine on the M600 is a twin-turbo charged V8 produced by Volvo that puts out 650 horsepower. Its acceleration is quick, as it does 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. It is assumed to top out at 185 mph, and only 70 models were ever made of it.

The bottom line is that Noble Automotive is a very underrated car maker. They haven’t sold many models, but their cars performance extraordinarily in almost all circumstances. As to why they aren’t better know, it is because of the lack of Nobles on the road. Very few people can say that they’ve ever seen a Noble in their neighborhood or on the highway. But, that should discourage you as Noble plans for a new model to come out in 2020.

If you are curious about Noble M400 models for sale, here are some models in the USA (Pennsylvania), Florida, Arizona, California, and the UK. The price for a typical M400 seems to be in the $60,000-$150,000 range. There are also a few results on eBay, but I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of any of those models. An additional piece of information, Noble cars came in a variety of colors such as black, grey, orange, blue, light blue, green, red, and occasionally purple.

For more info on some unknown car brands, check out our article about the Spyker C8!

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