Watch These Lamborghinis Drift at Snow Driving School

Most Lamborghini owners, presumably, never consider driving their super-pricey Italian sports cars in the snow. Even though many modern-day Lambos pack all-wheel-drive, every one has a full raft of stability and traction control systems, and two decades of Audi ownership mean Lambos are now made well enough to be consideredactual cars, plenty of people still think of these wedgy exotics as literal fair-weather friends, only suited for cloudless days and flawless pavement.

And let's face it, anyone with the green to afford a Huracan or an Aventador probably has a couple other cars in the garage. And considering how popular mega-buck SUVs have become, odds are good at least one of those vehicles has the ground clearance needed to better navigate the icy moguls and snowy banks that dog winter drivers.

But as Mike Spinelli found during a trip to Lamborghini's Winter Accademia Intensivo driving school in Aspen, CO, modern-day Lamborghinis are just as happy playing in the snow as they are blasting around a track. Outfitted with studded Pirelli SottoZero winter tires, the academy's Aventadors and Huracans turn out to be willing to slide around on the frozen surface with the grace of Brian Boitano.

Bottom line: If you're one of those fools lucky enough to park a new Lamborghini in your driveway, don't be one of those schmucks who keeps it inside all winter long. Let that puppy romp around in the snow instead.

How to Dominate Instagram Car Photography

Instagram is adopting a new algorithm in the immediate future, abandoning the linear timeline in favor of giving some uploads priority over others. The determining factors are part of the secret sauce, thus not public, which freaks people out. But the scores of panicked users nudging you to enable notifications need to chill. No avocado toast/SoulCycle/puppy posts will be overlooked, not from personal pages. For the layperson, the best way to remain relevant is, and always has been, posting captivating content.

That proposition seems simple. Though if it were, we’d all have millions of followers, monetized feeds and pop rose as the yacht steams into the South of France. The reality is most of us need help to crack 1,000 followers. For advice on growing your Instagram following by taking better pictures, we tapped Brett David, owner of Prestige Imports and Lamborghini Miami, and DW Burnett, a professional automotive photographer going by the moniker Puppyknuckles. Below, their top tips and tricks.

Find a high concentration of suitable subjects

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Epic. Thanks to all that came out to support Day1 of #BullFest! Great to get a chance to see all of our Lamborghini family from all over the US and of course make some new friends! #PrestigeIMPORTS #LamborghiniMIAMI #teamPRESTIGE #BullFest2016

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Unless you’re David, half the battle is access to coveted cars. Odds are you don’t open your office door to a sea of Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches (and one memorable Pagani Huayra). So head to where those cars are. Cars and Coffee meet ups, races, auto shows, dealer unveilings, historic meets and fancy neighborhoods are all good. “In Miami, it’s the valet,” David says. “Any given weekend, there’s at least $5 million in cars sitting in the lot at Bal Harbour mall.” Brooklyn-based Burnett suggests scouring cities for unique finds: “People love street parked stuff. In a dense city, you’ll find a bunch walking around.”

Rare, race and classic cars get the most double-taps

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Happy Labor Day #teamPRESTIGE

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Unsurprisingly, opt for a model that fits into the above categories. (Find yourself a 1966 Ford GT40 Gulf livery and rejoice. You’ve hit the trifecta motherlode.) “It’s hard to take a bad picture of an old race car,” Burnett says. With modern rides, exotic brands understandably get more likes, David says, but shy away from the banal. “Unless it’s a McLaren SLR or a 918, skip newer Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsches. People have seen those plenty.” On Bugattis and vintage Lamborghinis, you’ll always find an interesting angle; those are shared and liked 30 percent more, David says.

Consider the surroundings during shot composition

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Crossing guard #datsun #510 #lightpainting #nyc #classiccar #carporn #rust #patina #brooklyn #greenpoint #curbsidecars

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You can find an amazing car...parked at Rite Aid. “Trying to fit the whole vehicle in and having that ugly pharmacy sign in the back won’t work,” Burnett says. Instead, shift into a closeup of a corner of the headlight or a cool detail on the car. On the flip side, if the backdrop is interesting, include as much as possible. “It can help offset what you’re looking at when the car is in the frame,” Burnett shares.

Color matters

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#camaro #nyc #blizzard #greenpoint #brooklyn #chevy #3rdgencamaro #snow #curbsidecars #car

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Match the background and the color of the vehicle you’re shooting. “If we’re doing a shot with a bright blue sky, we don’t want a matte black car in there. It won’t pop,” says David. “A yellow coupe with a beach in the background? That will.” Accordingly, monochromatic shots get 40 percent more likes.

Get your lens low

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Today is the start of the Vanishing Point Rally 2015! Heading back to the factory to begin... #Speciale #VP2015

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“Don’t stand at eye level. It will look normal and boring,” Burnett says. “Cars look better down low. Crouch and play with the angles.” Put your phone on the ground, looking up, and it’ll vastly improve your picture.

Don’t rush

In fast-paced environments, like car shows or races, frenzied action abounds. It’s easy to get caught up and start snapping without thinking. “I try to slow my thoughts down and use my eyes to take in everything. When I see something that looks good, I don’t question my instincts. I trust them. If you’re not seeing anything, you’re shouldn’t take pictures of anything,” says Burnett.

The iPhone camera works well (in the daytime)

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Lunch is served.. In one of the most epic venues I've been too. #VP2015 #PaganiMIAMI #teamPRESTIGE #PrestigeIMPORTS #Pagani

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When they’re not using DSLRs, David and Burnett prefer the stock iPhone camera app to shoot with. Both suggest using as much natural light as possible to aid that lens in capturing the richest photo. “Flash never works,” David shares. “You won’t get the whole car, just a blown-out piece. Skip dark locations.”

Polarized sunglasses give you cleaner pictures

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New edit, 1969 Lamborgini Miura S #lamborghini #miura #supercar #carporn #classiccar #sportscar

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The polarized lens from your shades controls reflections, says Burnett. Hold your sunglasses directly in front of the iPhone lens and tilt the camera around. If a car is under direct sunlight, you can minimize the flare and get a black car reflection-free. “If the sheen of the car is picking up a mailbox or something nearby, it’ll eliminate that. And cut through window glare, too. If you need to shoot an interior from outside, you’ll see through the glass instead of seeing yourself in it.”

Less is more during editing

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That moment when... #LamborghiniMIAMI #PrestigeIMPORTS

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Both use VSCO Cam for their on-phone editing software. It’s easy to crop, or manipulate the exposure, saturation and definition manually. There’s a host of adjustable filters, too, though David shies away from those on his professional feed: “We want our vehicles to look as crisp as possible and as natural as possible, just as the human eye would see it.” Burnett echoes David. “Don’t go totally nuts with filters. It’s a matter of trial and error, but if you’re not sure you love the filter, put your phone down for 20 minutes then come back to it. If it’s working, you’ll realize quickly.”

Use science to bolster engagement

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Sunday drive #lamborghini #huracan #brooklyn #newyork #beltparkway ##lamborghinihuracan #lambo #italian #supercar #exotic #exoticcar @lamborghini @lambosgonewild @bulls_motorsports @exoticautocouture @nyexoticcars @exotic_cars_world @exotic_performance @exotic_addiction

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While photos with a filter are 21 percent more likely to be noticed, an extensive study found filters that add warm tones garner the most likes and comments. Boosting saturation and adding patinaed effects lowers interactions. The best native Instagram filters, per the findings, are Mayfair, Valencia, Hefe, Rise, and Nashville.

Post regularly, and not in batches

Unless you’re at an auto show with world premieres, or in the pits of a renowned race, there’s no need to fire off eight or nine shots in a row. People will skim over the whole bunch, missing anything legitimately good. David’s social team releases three pictures per weekday: morning, lunch, and around dinner. “People like to escape their work day and see something fun,” he muses. On the weekends, one to two per day is sufficient. Always bank a few shots to parcel out during lulls to keep your feed fresh.

Evening uploads will maximize impact

First, always consider Eastern Standard Time when posting. Second, the evening will get the most traction. The bulk of Burnett’s like roll in after the sun sets. “Even at midnight, NYC is up and it’s only 9pm in California.”

Be judicious with hashtags

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Great shoot today with @carissasnatchtron and her kick ass '66 Volvo 122S. This is a daily driven, street parked car. Carissa does all the work herself, including rebuilding the motor last year. Real Brooklyn shit. #Volvo #volvo122 #volvo122s #122 #brooklyn #curbsidecars #drivetastefully #nyc #greenpoint #vintage #classic @volvocars #volvocars #cars #carphotography #nikon #nikonnofilter @classiccaroftheday @classicdriver @classicridesdaily

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David strictly adheres to one or two proprietary tags, only adding special event tags when warranted, though he rattled off a common crop to help increase views: #BillionairesClub, #CarLifestyle, #BlackList, #SpeedList, and #LuxuryLifestyle. Burnett’s tags are always germane to the subject. “If it’s a Camaro, I’ll search for top Camaro tags and accounts and incorporate those.”

It’s a social channel. Be social

Keep regularly liking and positively commenting on other people’s posts. You’ll earn follows. Send a few direct messages to compliment someone. (Who doesn’t love seeing that?) They’ll remember you for taking the time.

Keep testing

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Sure is getting dark out here #iwantmymommy #daytona #rolex24 #parkplacemotorsports #porsche #porsche911 #gt3r @roadandtrack @porschenaracing

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“The great thing about Instagram is it’s free,” Burnett says. “Experiment and find out what works well for your followers. You’re not going to get fired if you get weird. You could stumble onto something great.”

2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT Quick Review

Welcome to Critic's Notebook, a quick and off-the-cuff collection of impressions, jottings, and marginalia on whatever The Drive writers happen to be driving. Today's edition: The four-cylinder Chevrolet Camaro.

Americans might feel more open to scaled-down engines in a muscle car, if they hadn’t been played for suckers in the past. Forget even the epicene Mustang II: The Camaro Iron Duke, the four-cylinder, 90-horsepower turd that GM dropped on unsuspecting fans in 1982, wasn’t just the biggest imposter in muscle car history; it was one of the worst cars ever to come from Detroit. And that’s saying something.

Like communist historians, GM (and Ford, and Fiat Chrysler) often likes to whitewash entire chapters of performance oppression and outrage, yet the carmaker sometimes can’t resist jogging our bad memories. Chevy boasts that, by developing 275 turbocharged horsepower, the newly-standard four-cylinder in the 2016 Camaro matches or beats the output of any small-block V8 offered between 1971 and 1995. I can already hear your applause tapering off. Yet this Camaro RS—like the Ecoboost Mustang—is a sincere olive branch to fans, not another hobbled Trojan horse.

If you love the Camaro’s rebellious roots and style, aren't bothered by its godawful sightlines, and can’t stretch your budget to the V-6 model or the dominating SS V-8 version, there’s much to like here. This is a Camaro that, at just 3,339 pounds, weighs 390 fewer than the previous generation’s six-cylinder base model. Incredibly, this lightest Camaro weighs in like a Corvette hauling a few groceries—it's only 41 pounds heavier than a base Stingray. As with the entire sixth-generation Camaro lineup, thank the mass-shedding chassis it shares with the Cadillac ATS and CTS. It’s like one of those mind-blowing weight loss before-and-afters: The Camaro, after 40 years of packing in Detroit coney dogs, is suddenly as trimmed and toned as the dude in those Insanity fitness videos.

Save weight, save money. My four-cylinder Camaro 1LT started at $26,695 and shot out the door at $30,380, versus roughly $44,000 for the SS I memorably partnered with in the Adirondacks. Auto journalists, this one included, sometimes forget that 40 grand is too guilty a splurge for even solidly middle-class buyers, especially for a good-times car. And while I couldn’t quite maintain the EPA rating of 30 highway miles per gallon, the manual’s overdrive sixth gear put a frugal 28 mpg within easy reach.

Despite its cylinder-challenged status, only a prick would accuse this Camaro of being slow. The four-pot RS runs to 60 mph in a pride-salving 5.4 seconds with the manual trans, and does the quarter-mile in 14 seconds flat. That’s a respective 0.1 and 0.2 seconds quicker than the previous-generation porker, the 304-horsepower V-6 model.

Yet for all that, I’m just not personally interested in a four-cylinder Camaro—or maybe any four-cylinder pony car. The culprit here is GM’s Ecotec four-cylinder, the one that always sounds great on paper (see: ATS, CTS, Buick Regal GS) but never quite fools your eardrums or inner ear on the street. Put an overachieving VW/Audi turbo motor in this car, or BMW’s boost-crazy TwinPower engine—two four-bangers where you don’t miss the extra cylinders—and I might feel differently.

The Ecotec has improved over the years, but it’s still laggy at the bottom and wheezy at the top. The punch is estimable, including 295 pound-feet of torque, but it’s packed in a short, almost diesel-esque powerband. A final crawl to redline, between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm, makes it the Lady in Red of four-cylinders: The slow dance you never want to relive. The lack of sonic boom and low-end grunt, so explosively addressed by the SS model's Corvette-based V8, seems at odds with the Camaro ethos. Chevy has coaxed a modest terrier growl out of the four-cylinder, but many fans expect off-the-leash Doberman instead. Visuals are no problem, as my electric-blue Camaro drew as many compliments from onlookers as the SS. Fire it up, though, and some loyalists will wonder: Is this a real, bro-worthy Camaro, or a Subaru duded up to compete on “The Bachelor”?

On forested two-laners in New York’s Dutchess County, this milder, softer Camaro couldn’t mount the same thrilling commando attack as the SS, which includes a stiffened suspension, Brembo brakes and sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 rubber in its ammo belt. (The difference shows up on paper, too: Chevy claims 0.85 g’s of lateral skidpad grip for the base LT, versus a lofty 0.98 for the SS.) My test car did raise its game with a $1,950 RS package, including 20-inch alloy wheels wearing run-flat tires, HID headlamps with decorative LEDs, a reworked grille, rear spoiler, and LED taillamps.

Yet the revolutionary transformation of the new-gen Camaro still shines through. The car has the fastest, most spot-on steering of any muscle car, a tight and responsive chassis, and an excellent six-speed manual that ups driver involvement. The Chevy found its best proving ground on the Sawmill Parkway north of Manhattan at night, dispatching fast sweepers and hugging concrete dividers like a NASCAR-lite stocker.

As someone who couldn’t stomach the Camaro caricatures of the Seventies through Nineties (or the local Detroit dopes who tended to drive them), it’s great to see a Camaro that defies so many of its stereotypes and gets with the enlightened-man program. So it shames me a bit to say that this four-cylinder Chevy sheds a bit too much baggage at once. A Camaro still needs to tease up its roots, show off its muscles and crank up the metal, enough to get Tawny Kitaen writhing on the hood.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT
Powertrain:
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder: 275 hp / 295 lb-ft
0-60 mph: 5.4 seconds (six-speed manual transmission)
Price (as tested): $25,695 (30,380)
MPG: 21/30
Spinal Tap Amplitude: Four (out of Eleven)