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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2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition [Los Angeles Auto Show]
Nov21

2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition [Los Angeles Auto Show]

Somewhere out there are 50 lucky people who will get to park the awesome and gorgeous 2014 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition in their driveway.  Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Anodized Carbon Special Edition will go on sale in January. Each of the 50 SRT Viper GTS Anodized Carbon Special Edition examples will be painted in a rather cool looking metallic matte finish that makes the car look a bit like the Viper...

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SRT Viper GT3-R: $459,000 and Ready for the Track
Jun24

SRT Viper GT3-R: $459,000 and Ready for the Track

The 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans ended yesterday.  With big wins by Audi, Nissan, Morgan and Porsche and the tragic death of Allan Simonsen on the fourth lap, this year’s Le Mans was one of for the record books. But, there is yet another reason why this year’s race was worth noting.  SRT was back in the LMGTE Pro class with the Viper GTS-R hoping to resurrect the Viper’s dominance from the late 1990s.  Two Vipers, the...

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2014 SRT Viper TA: TA Stands for "Time Attack" not "Total Acceleration"
Mar19

2014 SRT Viper TA: TA Stands for "Time Attack" not "Total Acceleration"

2014 SRT Viper TA: 1 of only 33 in “Crusher Orange” Ralph Gilles and the rest of the team over at SRT must have been stung pretty hard when the Corvette ZR1 beat the brand-spanking-new Viper in a head-to-head competition.  Because, they just lifted the cover off of one hell of an angry track-going snake, the SRT Viper TA.  “TA” stands for “Time Attack” (not “Totally Awesome” or...

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2013 SRT Viper
Apr13

2013 SRT Viper

At the 2012 New York Auto Show, Dodge, and its kick-ass in-house tuning arm SRT, decided to unveil the new 2013 SRT Viper.  After taking a few years off, the Viper is back and more bad-ass than ever.  The new Viper has an updated design that still harkens back to the original back in the early nineties.  The new carbon fiber roof, hood and decklid and aluminum doors make the car very light.  This allows the 640 horse, 600 ft-lb 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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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS: Two More Reasons not to Buy a 911
Mar19

Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS: Two More Reasons not to Buy a 911

The Porsche Cayman S is arguably the best Porsche to be had under $130,000.  And, few cars can best the Porsche Boxster S in terms of speedy, open-top motoring enjoyment.  Both cars (and their non-S base-variants) are superbly balanced, incredibly well-built, easy to use (despite the astonishing excess of buttons in the cabin) and deliver pure driving joy on the track, freeway or twisty back road.  But, now there are hardcore versions...

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Lingenfelter Chevrolet Reaper: Chevy’s Answer to the Raptor
Jan25

Lingenfelter Chevrolet Reaper: Chevy’s Answer to the Raptor

If you’re a Chevrolet guy and like the idea of a high-performance, off-road pickup truck, you can’t like the Ford F-150 Raptor, but you can like the new Lingenfelter Chevrolet Reaper.  Yeah, that Lingenfelter… the guys who make Corvettes and Vipers with like a trillion horses.  The 2014 Chevrolet Reaper is actually a buddy project between Lingenfelter and Southern Comfort Automotive.  Take one 2014 Chevrolet...

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2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block
Jan12

2014 Cadillac CTS Road Test: A Spin Around the Block

I am very familiar with the second generation Cadillac CTS (2008 to 2013).  My parents actually have a black 2012 Cadillac CTS with the 3.0 liter and all-wheel-drive.  They were coming off of a 2004 Jaguar S-Type when they opted for the mid-range Caddy.  So, needless to say, whenever I’m in Milwaukee for a visit, I spend a fair amount of time driving or riding in that car.   I’ve come to a conclusion regarding the...

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