RideApart Review: 2013 BMW F800GT

By Tim Stevens, Temecula, CA —The BMW F800ST found few fans, largely due to confusion over whether it was a sportsbike or sport tourer. To settle the matter ST has been kicked into touch and replaced by the 2013 BMW F800GT. New look, a little more power, a different riding position, plus a host of improved technical… » 4/26/13 3:34pm 4/26/13 3:34pm

What's The True Cost Of Power?

The term "horsepower" was coined by James Watt almost purely as a marketing scheme for his steam engine. Horsepower is actually based on another standard, but foot-pounds-per-minute doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's now the benchmark for power, though it isn't always indicative of a car's performance. Weight,… » 6/18/08 12:40pm 6/18/08 12:40pm

What's The Most Horsepower For The Buck?

When we announced that you could get the 2009 Corvette ZR1 for just $103,300, Ben started to look for a way to scrounge together the $103,200 he'd need to buy one. Still, we're talking about $161 per horsepower. That's not shabby, but Godzilla is only $148 per horsepower. And what about the Tata Nano? Just $75 per… » 6/17/08 11:40am 6/17/08 11:40am

Killer Wasps In Your Toyota: Why The Metric System Sucks


OK, we'll admit that the metric system is the way to go when you're, say, plotting orbital trajectories for the Mars Climate Orbiter and other science-heavy stuff. But when you're talking about the power output of an internal combustion engine, we want to hear galloping hooves, dammit! None of this kilowatt nonsense.… » 1/10/08 11:30am 1/10/08 11:30am

Sir-Mix-A-Lot Was Right: Fonda Didn't Have a Motor In the Back of Her…


The results are in for automakers using Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards for rating their cars' horsepower. And this is no good news for those of you who bought that Toyota Camry with the expectation of a hotter-than-hot-sake 210 hp. In reality, you may be feeling a bit like you just swallowed some raw… » 3/13/06 4:55pm 3/13/06 4:55pm

Next Stop, Burnoutville: Cadillac STS-V Gets Official Horsepower Rating

It's not often when the closing of loopholes reveals good news for a company. In Cadillac's case, it resulted in a horsepower bump for its 4.4-liter supercharged Northstar V8. GM announced back in April it was the first automaker to follow the SAE's new voluntary, third-party power and torque testing and certification… » 7/28/05 11:51am 7/28/05 11:51am