Harley Earl Corvette: A One-of-a-Kind
Jun02

Harley Earl Corvette: A One-of-a-Kind

Not too long ago, I was at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, and I was up close and personal with something I never thought I would be fortunate enough to see in person… the Harley Earl Corvette.  To be honest, before that day in Boca, I never really knew the details of Harley J. Earl’s one-of-a-kind 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (aka Shop Order 10323).  That is to say… I knew it existed, but...

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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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MINI Superleggera Vision Concept: A MINI Coupe We Actually Want
May23

MINI Superleggera Vision Concept: A MINI Coupe We Actually Want

This is the MINI Superleggera Vision.  And, it looks like the MINI Coupe everyone was hoping for when MINI announced they were making a two-door, two-seater a few years back.  Unfortunately, it isn’t headed to production.   The MINI Superleggera Vision concept car is, just that, a concept designed to show off beautiful one-off coachwork craftsmanship for MINI for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 on Lake Como in...

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Old Top Gear Looks at Porsche 968, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT and Jaguar XJS
May17

Old Top Gear Looks at Porsche 968, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT and Jaguar XJS

Nothing makes the the evolution of automotive performance more obvious than watching grainy, VHS episodes of the original, old Top Gear, like the ones below from 1992 and 1993.  Viewing an afro-coiffed Jeremy Clarkson wax poetically about the virtues of a car from the early 1990s is enough to make you run to your garage and hug your daily driver.   On old Top Gear, cars with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in the 5s (i.e. Mazda...

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Jaguar to Finish Six Aluminum Lightweight E-Type Coupes
May16

Jaguar to Finish Six Aluminum Lightweight E-Type Coupes

Many believe the acme of automotive design was reached when the Jaguar E-Type (aka XKE) hit dealers in 1961.  And, they’re not wrong.  Inch-for-inch… Curve-for-curve… Cylinder-for-cylinder, there has yet to be a more beautiful, stirring or soulful car.  This is even more true when you look at the very rare aluminum Lightweight E-Type from 1963.  Sure, there are some that are, perhaps, as stunning (the new Aston...

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Trident Iceni Diesel Supercar Is Coming to the US (Pricing)
May05

Trident Iceni Diesel Supercar Is Coming to the US (Pricing)

In August 2012, we told you about the Norfolk, England-based Trident Sports Cars and their Trident Iceni diesel supercar.  In that particular post, I extolled the virtues of its rather powerful 6.6-liter turbo-diesel and six-speed automatic gearbox.  And, now, the Trident Iceni is officially ready to launch, and it’s coming to the U.S.   Trident claims the Iceni is the “the world’s fastest and most fuel...

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Piston King Motor Oil by Mail
May01

Piston King Motor Oil by Mail

Does a hatred of running to your local auto parts store to pick up a case of 10W-30 keep you from from being a do-it-yourself-motor-oil-changer?  If so, that’s good.  Because, Piston King Motor Oil, is banking on it.   Piston King is a new brand of synthetic and conventional motor oils that sells exclusively through their online store at PistonKing.com.  But, is it actually easier or cheaper (or even equally as easy or...

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MotorMood: Trying to Make the Road a Smiley-er Place
Mar21

MotorMood: Trying to Make the Road a Smiley-er Place

Have you ever wished you had a sorta light-up message on your car to signal some sort of message to other automobilists with whom you share road?  Oh yeah… definitely me too.  I’ve too often found myself driving down the road wishing for a glowing middle finger or flashing bird I could shine upon other less chivalrous motorists.  Two days ago, I ran across a start-up called MotorMood whose professed goal is “making...

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Tesla and New Jersey: Capitalism, What?
Mar17

Tesla and New Jersey: Capitalism, What?

I’m sure everyone has heard that California-based Tesla Motors and their CEO (and my personal hero) Elon Musk is having a bit of trouble selling their cars in certain states.  And, it is complete and utter bullshit.  If I could, I would go out and buy a Tesla Model S and park it right in front of the homes of certain governors with a giant sign that calls them weenie-heads or make some other heretofore un-thought-of intelligent...

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Ferrari California T: A Turbo Droptop from Maranello (Video)
Mar05

Ferrari California T: A Turbo Droptop from Maranello (Video)

Maranello’s turbo-charged Ferrari California T may very well be the belle of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show ball.  Announced in February and just unveiled in Geneva, the Ferrari California T is one awesome droptop.   Ever since the Ferrari California first hit the streets in 2008, I’ve had the opinion that the 2+2 grand tourer is a bit half-assed.  The 3,600 pound, 454 horse California was fairly powerful and had decent...

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