Hennessey Venom GT Brings Fastest Car Title Back to the US
Feb22

Hennessey Venom GT Brings Fastest Car Title Back to the US

The United States got a lovely Valentine’s Day gift from John Hennessey.  On February 14, 2014, Brian Smith (Director of Miller Motorsport Park) piloted the Hennessey Venom GT down the 3.22-mile Kennedy Space Center Space Shuttle landing runway to a world record speed of 270.49 miles-per-hour (435.12 km/h).  The world’s fastest car is now the 1,244 horse, 1,155 pound-feet Hennessey Venom GT. The Texas-made Hennessey Venom...

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McLaren 650S Coupe: McLaren’s Middle Child (Performance Figures and Price) [Update]
Feb17

McLaren 650S Coupe: McLaren’s Middle Child (Performance Figures and Price) [Update]

[Update: US pricing for the McLaren 650S Coupé starts at $265,500 and $280,225 for the McLaren 650S Spider. McLaren 650S to make US debut during the 2014 New York Auto Show] I know one thing for sure.  McLaren makes a kick-ass car.  The MP4-12C is probably the best car available under $300,000.  And, the McLaren P1 is nothing short of extraordinary, both in terms of performance and styling.  But, now… now there’s another...

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Review: A Most Surprising Road Test
Feb11

2014 Jeep Cherokee Review: A Most Surprising Road Test

I recently had the opportunity to road test the 2014 Jeep Cherokee.  Sometimes when I test a car, it turns out to be more or less what I expected.  For example, I knew the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was going to blow me away.  And, surprise, surprise, it did.  But, there are other times when I’m caught off-guard.  Times when I fully expect a car to be lackluster, only to be proven woefully incorrect.  The road test of the...

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2015 Subaru WRX STI: Yep, I was right… I want one. [NAIAS, Video] (UPDATE: Pricing)
Jan14

2015 Subaru WRX STI: Yep, I was right… I want one. [NAIAS, Video] (UPDATE: Pricing)

As I’m writing this post, I’m watching The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.  I can be said that this is not the greatest of films.  But, there can be no argument that the cars featured are a bit inspirational.  I’m seriously a hairsbreadth from grabbing the keys and being very, very irresponsible.   I recently sold my 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and since then I’ve been aching for another fun...

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2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]
Jan13

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]

In 1965, Porsche developed the first 911 Targa with the intention of allowing for more stable and secure open-top motoring.  The wide Targa roof bar became the icon of that first Targa and all to follow despite numerous design changes.  Over the past fifty or so years, the targa top idea has caught on.  Hell, even the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that debuted earlier today has a targa-style removable roof.   Now, there is a new...

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Introducing the Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification
Jan08

Introducing the Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification

With 593 horses and 80 percent of its torque available from idle, the Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification is one mean Roller.  This high performance version of Rolls-Royce’s “little” sedan gets a 30 hp bump to its 6.6 liter V12.  The nearly 6,000 pound Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification can now luxuriously saunter from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.   Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said...

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2015 BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe: Twice the M Fun [Video]
Dec21

2015 BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe: Twice the M Fun [Video]

New BMW M3 time is like Christmas.  It’s when all of the wishes of sublime speed and surefooted performance dreamt in the minds of little petrol-heads everywhere come true.  It makes me all warm and cozy… like sitting in a bolstered leather seat with the butt-warmers turned up.   Only this time, BMW is gracing the world with not just one new M car, but two.  Yep.  Two.  BMW officially introduced (on paper at least) the 2015 BMW...

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Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4: Yep, It’s the New Baby Lambo [Video]
Dec20

Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4: Yep, It’s the New Baby Lambo [Video]

The brands spankin’ new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is here.  And, it’s fast.  Like really fast.  Like 3.2 seconds 0-62 mph (~3.0 seconds 0-60 mph), 202 mph top speed fast.  I guess after the leaked photos from yesterday, Lamborghini needed to accelerate their reveal of the replacement for the venerated-but-long-in-the-tooth Gallardo.   The Lamborghini Gallardo came out in 2003 and, as such, is filled with old tech. ...

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Not Your Ordinary Wagon
Dec01

Volvo V60 Polestar: Not Your Ordinary Wagon

Any thought of a boring, soccer-mom Volvo is left if the dust behind the Volvo V60 Polestar.  This is a seriously quick and seriously nimble wagon.  Powered by a 350 horse and 369 pound-feet 3.0 liter, turbocharged, inline six-cylinder the Volvo V60 Polestar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.7 seconds (0-62 in 4.9 seconds) thanks to a six-speed automatic trans and Haldex all-wheel-drive system.  Top speed is a limited 155...

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2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition [Los Angeles Auto Show]
Nov21

2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition [Los Angeles Auto Show]

Nothing says goodbye to a supercar like an over-the-top limited edition.  I guess that’s why Mercedes-Benz will be saying auf wiedersehen to the range-topping SLS AMG with the limited 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition.   Limited to only 350 units of both coupe and roadster versions, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Final Edition isn’t the most bonkers variant of the SLS AMG — that would be the 622 hp...

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