It's September 1989; I'm 14 years old sitting on my bedroom floor with R.E.M. 's album Green—the band's best work—echoing off the car-poster-covered walls from a then-cutting-edge Compact Disc player. I'm reading the latest issue of this very magazine, prior to 1991 called VW & Porsche. At the time, the Internet was only used by people even nerdier than myself, so opening the pages of a car magazine revealed actual new information.
The BMW M2 is the best BMW in more than a decade, some might even say the only BMW worthy of the M badge in that time period. It has everything the old-school M-faithful want in a car: great throttle response, world-class ride/handling balance, good steering, sounds like a straight-six should, and driver interaction unmatched since the e36—this is the return of the classic BMW. So the question is, if the M2 is so good, can a tuner, even one of the best BMW tuners in the world, improve on it?
When I originally asked VW if we could get a Passat VR6 as our next project car, I had visions of the great, undiscovered sports sedan in my head. It's all there: abundant space, classy interior, good platform, great engine, refined yet subtle styling. Sadly, one of the things missing at that point was aftermarket support. There is plenty out there for the 1.8t-powered Passats, but up until now, the VR6, or as I refer to it "the correct version," has been somewhat ignored.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".