2016 Dodge Viper ACR and 2016 MINI John Cooper Works From One End of the Performance Car Spectrum Waaaaaaaay over to the Other
May09

2016 Dodge Viper ACR and 2016 MINI John Cooper Works From One End of the Performance Car Spectrum Waaaaaaaay over to the Other

From One End of the Performance Car Spectrum Waaaaaaaay over to the Other (Video, Specs and Photo Gallery) The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR and the 2016 MINI John Cooper Works… Two cars of very different lineage, very different purpose, very different pedigree and very, very, very different performance. But, they have something essential in common. They share one spirit… The spirit of edge of your seat driving and the true joy of...

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Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Quarter-Mile, HP, Price, Top Speed
Jul15

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Quarter-Mile, HP, Price, Top Speed

Soooooooo… The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat… Um, yeah.  I’m not entirely sure what else to say about this car other than it’s fast (very, very, very fast) and powerful (very, very, very powerful).  After its flabbergasting power, everything else seems trivial.  We first wrote about the Challenger SRT Hellcat in May, mentioning Dodge’s claim of over 600 horse for this latest of Detroit muscle cars and...

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exhaust Note (UPDATE: Horsepower)
May27

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exhaust Note (UPDATE: Horsepower)

[UPDATE: The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 officially produces a massive 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.  Holy crap.] With a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 producing over 600 horsepower, we knew the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat exhaust note would be mean… Just plain mean.  Oh, and loud… Mean and loud.  But, we didn’t have any idea it would be this mean and loud and...

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2013 Dodge Dart Gets Dart SXT and Dart Limited Special Editions
May15

2013 Dodge Dart Gets Dart SXT and Dart Limited Special Editions

I like the Dodge Dart.  Actually, I like the new Dart a lot more than its original incarnation.  It’s fun to drive.  It’s efficient.  And, I think it’s a great car for the money.  So, needless to say, I was happy to hear Dodge announce two new “Special Edition” packages for the 2013 Dodge Dart (the Dart SXT Special Edition and Dart Limited Special Edition) and a Rallye Appearance Group. According to...

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Dodge Dart: Old Name. New Car. Italian Soul? – Road Test Review
Feb27

Dodge Dart: Old Name. New Car. Italian Soul? – Road Test Review

Zipp.  If the Dodge executives, back in 1959, had listened to focus groups an iconic and successful car would have been called the Dodge Zipp.  Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and the Dodge Dart was born.  Or, should I say re-born? The Dart name was first used by the Chrysler Corporation on a 1957 concept car, the Chrysler Ghia Dart, designed by the celebrated Italian design house and coachbuilder Carrozzeria Ghia (who also penned...

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Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013: The Hot Wheels Report
Aug19

Top 10 Most Stolen Cars in 2013: The Hot Wheels Report

Today, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (aka NICB) released their annual “Hot Wheels” auto-theft report for 2013 listing the Top 10 Most Stolen Cars.  As usual, if you have a Toyota sedan, Honda car or American-made full-size pickup, you better lock your doors.  Although, after a minor increase in 2012, the FBI estimates an overall national vehicle theft decrease of 3.2 percent for 2013.  All the 2013 numbers...

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Range Rover Sport SVR Laps the Nurburgring in Record Time (UPDATE: Price, 0-60)
Jul30

Range Rover Sport SVR Laps the Nurburgring in Record Time (UPDATE: Price, 0-60)

(UPDATE: The 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR will be the first Land Rover vehicle to wear the new high-performance SVR badge The SVR features a 550hp 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 162 mph1 on the track Pricing starting at $110,475) The Range Rover Sport is often seen as the Range Rover people buy when they either can’t afford the big daddy Range Rover or are...

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2015 Ford Mustang Specs – GT Gets 435 HP
Jul17

2015 Ford Mustang Specs – GT Gets 435 HP

Not to be outdone by Dodge and their obscene 707 horse Challenger SRT Hellcat, Ford has just release their own muscle car news.  Of course, I have to be referring to the 2015 Ford Mustang GT and its more-than-respectable-in-fact-its-downright-great 5.0-liter V8 churning out 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque.  By the way, that’s 20 more horse than a 996 Porsche 911 Turbo.  Food for thought.   Not to be outdone by...

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2015 Ford F-150: It’s Aluminum (Video)
Jan14

2015 Ford F-150: It’s Aluminum (Video)

Ford really did it this time.  I mean an aluminum pickup truck… crazy innovative.  Hey, if it’s been tough enough for years on the Land Rover Range Rover, why shouldn’t the 2015 Ford F-150 be aluminum?  But, aluminum and a 2.7-EcoBoost V6 powerplant?!?!  Talk about a game changer.   Growing up, my family always had a pickup truck, mostly Dodges.  When it came to home improvement or landscaping, my parents were...

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Fiat Buys Balance of Chrylser in a $4.35 billion Deal
Jan01

Fiat Buys Balance of Chrylser in a $4.35 billion Deal

You can now add Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Mopar, Ram and SRT to the ranks of Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia and Maserati.  In a $4.35 billion dollar deal announced today, Turin-based Fiat S.p.A. gets the remaining 41.46 percent of Auburn Hills-based Chrysler Group, LLC that they didn’t acquire a few years back.  The Chrysler Group, LLC is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat S.p.A.   Fiat is beginning 2014 with a...

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