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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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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2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: A Supercharged Supercar Updated: 0-60, Quarter-Mile, Horsepower & Price Performance, 0 to 60 and Quartermile Times, Horsepower and Price
Jan13

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: A Supercharged Supercar Updated: 0-60, Quarter-Mile, Horsepower & Price Performance, 0 to 60 and Quartermile Times, Horsepower and Price

UPDATE: The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has the unbelievable performance we were hoping for.  Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph passes in blink at 2.95 seconds. Quarter-mile is even more impressive at 10.95 seconds. These times are for a Z06 with the 8-speed automatic transmission. UPDATE: The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “LT4 supercharged 6.2L V-8 engine is SAE-certified at 650 horsepower (485 kW) at 6,400 rpm and 650 lb-ft of...

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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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2015 Audi Q3: A Beefier Q3 for North America
Jan09

2015 Audi Q3: A Beefier Q3 for North America

The rest of the world has had an Audi Q3 crossover since 2011.  But, that Audi Q3 is a smaller, gentler Q3… more like a demure Q5 than a stout little SUV-style crossover.  The North American car market didn’t really buy into the last version (especially since it was never available here), so Audi has made a beefier, tougher, meaner, North-American-market-ready small luxury crossover in the 2015 Audi Q3.  The new Q3 is set...

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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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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Plus an Italian Aircraft Carrier
Dec05

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster Plus an Italian Aircraft Carrier

$4.5 million. 2.9 seconds 0-62 mph.  Top speed of 221 mph.  And, it looks good on the deck of an Italian aircraft carrier.  Lamborghini held the public debut of the insane Lamborghini Veneno Roadster aboard the Italian Navy’s Cavour aircraft carrier while it was docked in the port of Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi.  With only nine examples to be produced, the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is super expensive, super fast and super rare. ...

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