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Why The 2014 Kia Optima Might Be The Right Choice For A 33 Year Old Who’s Only Ever Driven Sporty Cars

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The following post is sponsored by Kia -Ed.

There’s something strange about being a typical 33-year-old guy. It’s an age where you’re kind of stuck between two worlds. On the one hand, the memories of your 20′s are still fresh. I, for one, spent them driving cars that could have been described as sporty; I liked it when my vehicle at least looked like it might be able to go fast. These cars were two-door, sometimes two-seater affairs, and practicality never entered the equation. But on the other hand, you notice your life might be changing somewhat. You’re in a steady relationship and have been for a few years. You may or may not be married, but you’re starting to think about having kids. And you’ve already bought or are about to buy your first home. In short, you are now a full-fledged ‘grown up’, and the reality is pretty clear: it’s time for a new, more appropriate car.

Here’s the thing though: you’re not quite ready. You want a compromise, something that harkens back to your youth while accepting the realities of adulthood. And I think the 2014 Kia Optima fits that bill perfectly. Let me tell you why.

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Obscene Just Got A New Name: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

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You know you’re looking at a special car when the company that makes it is able to charge an extra $600,000 for a version that has bits chopped off. Yes, we’re talking about the roof-less Lamborghini Veneno, dubbed Roadster because that’s what you call those kinds of cars. Don’t call it a convertible though, since there’s no roof at all; if it rains you’ll hopefully have the good sense to keep it inside. Aside from the open air bonanza, you get the same 750hp V12 sitting behind your behind, vibrating your lady parts all the way to a top speed of 221 mph. And you do get almost the same acceleration, although the extra weight (needed to strengthen the car after its surgery) does add a smidge to its 0-60 time, now at 2.9s, up from 2.8s from its lighter cousin. A slower car with bits chopped off, for an extra $600k? Yeah, that sounds about right for Lambo.

Like it’s non-roadster sibling, this car comes in extremely limited edition, with just 9 models planned for 2014. A Veneno Roadster will set you back 3.3 million euros (about $4.5 million), or roughly a Gallardo more than a simple Veneno.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

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Lexus Cars Can’t Be Sporty? Think Again – An OhGizmo! Hands On Experience

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A few days ago OhGizmo! was invited to spend some time in the scorching desert of Nevada, in a calm and quaint town known as Las Vegas. Lexus had rolled out their 2014 lineup for us at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, bringing out all the F Sport cars they thought we’d be interested in looking at. Why? Because they wanted us to experience the difference between a regular Lexus vehicle, and one that has received the F Sport treatment. Compare and contrast, you know?

For years Lexus has been known as a luxury brand, one that makes cars that businessmen want to drive, and sensible women love to own. It’s a reliable brand and it’s an elegant brand. It speaks of refinement. But it’s also a brand that rarely shares space with adjectives like “sporty”, “exciting”, “fast”, and “jaw-dropping”. Well, it turns out that the company’s F Sport division has been hard at work, pushing the engineering envelope and developing a sportier, racier dimension to their craft, available to almost every Lexus vehicle in one way or another. Apparently, the elegant and stately cars we’ve known for years are more than capable of showing some teeth, given the right treatment. In this article, we’re going to go over a few of the highlights from our day at the track, to give you an idea of what the F Sport name means in a Lexus vehicle.

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Six Reasons Why Riding a 2014 Kia Optima Is Better Than Riding A Scooter

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This post is sponsored by Kia.

About a month ago I finally decided to take the plunge and start on the process of getting my motorcycle license. Since then, I’ve been learning all about the joys of riding on two wheels. I’ve looked at everything from the related laws, to the realities of commuting on a motorbike. And I’ve started getting some practice on a scooter. It’s fun, it’s freeing, it’s the wind in your face, and it’s the palpable world all around you.

But (surprise surprise) it’s also a world apart from riding in a car, like the Kia Optima. Sure, it’s obvious, but have you ever stopped to think about just how different it really is? And when things are different, the question of “what’s better?” inevitably comes around. So… what is better: a scooter or a car? You might say I’m comparing apples to pianos, but I’m going to go ahead and tell you that I think riding in the 2014 Kia Optima beats riding around in a scooter. I’ll give you 6 reasons why.

1. “It’s cold up here, folks.” (Better protection from the weather)
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BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Is An Eco-Conscious Supercar

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We’re not completely sure it qualifies as a supercar, but with a $136,000 price tag, exotic “swan wing” doors and a 4.4s 0-60mph time… it’s pretty close. BMW has officially unveiled the i8, a hybrid coupe that features a BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 170 kW (231 hp) of peak performance on the rear wheels, as well as an electric drive on the front wheels, cranking out an additional 96 kW (131 hp) for a combined power output of 362bhp. That’s enough for the aforementioned acceleration stat, which you can maintain until you reach the top speed of 250km/h (155mph). Unlike other cars with similar performance, you can drive the i8 calmly and squeeze 94 miles to every gallon of premium gas in the tank. Granted, that figure depends on how you’re driving the beast, but the fact that it can reach it in any condition at all places the vehicle quite a few steps ahead of other cars with similar power in the consumption department. Take all of the above, and then consider the futuristic looks of it, and you have yourself a car that’s making us consider changing professions. Being in a reality show seems like the easy way to fame and fortune these days…

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Kia Optima’s UVO System Is Pretty Nifty

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This post is sponsored by Kia.

I’ve had my eye on the Kia Optima for a while now. Let me tell you why. I’m a 32 year old guy, and I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m starting to think about changing priorities. Well, I’m not so much thinking about it consciously as I’m realizing it’s happening. Yeah… the life of parties and sports cars just doesn’t have quite the same appeal it once did. And so the time has come to look for a vehicle more appropriate for me. That’s where the Optima comes in.

For one, that car’s a looker. The lines are strong, flowing, elegant and balanced, and I noticed it on the road before I even started doing any research on it. And once I did start digging, I was pleased. Take the engine for example: it comes in 200hp and 274hp configurations, which is plenty. I’m not going to lie, changing priorities doesn’t mean I don’t want to have some fun now and then! And the other thing that stood out to me, being a gadget geek, was the UVO infotainment system. This is what I want to take some time to talk to you guys about.

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This Lawnmower Tops Out At 130mph

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What’s one of the perks of being Honda, a multi billion dollar global corporation? That it can make vehicles like the one above at whim. They took the body of one of their HF2620 Lawn Tractors and stuffed it with the 1000cc engine from a VTR Firestorm motorcycle. Add in a few mods for suspension and wheels and whatnot, and you’ve got yourself a 109bhp lawnmower that’s capable (theoretically) to top out at 130mph. In testing they’ve pushed it up to 100mph, though we’re assured it can do better. The best part? It still cuts grass, thanks to two electric motors.

Wanna see The Stig take it for a spin? We have that video, along with another promotional one featuring British touring champion Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden, after the jump.

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What’s The Most Desired In-Car Tech?

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Trunk Dividers Stop Stuff From Sloshing Around In Your Trunk

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Some of us drive around with trunks that aren’t full to the brim with useless crap, so when we go to the store to buy a gallon of milk (because someone forgot to mention we were out before the groceries were done) and put it in there, it tends to roll around for the entire drive home. It’s a first world problem, clearly, but for $13 you can fix it if it bothers you that much. The Stayhold dividers stick to the carpet that lines most car trunks, and can be placed any way you like. Create compartments where you can put only a few items, or remove them altogether when it’s time to fit the large suitcase and mozy on over to the airport for that vacation you’ve been dreaming of all year.

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