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 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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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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Fox Marketing Hyundai Veloster Turbo Set for SEMA
Oct24

Fox Marketing Hyundai Veloster Turbo Set for SEMA

Hyundai does SEMA right.  Between the Hyundai Legato Concept Genesis Coupe by ARK Performance, the 1000 HP Bisimoto Hyundai Genesis Coupe and now the Fox Marketing Hyundai Veloster Turbo, the Korean carmaker is showing off what their cars are really capable of… Power.  Lots and lots of power.   The Fox Marketing the the Hyundai Veloster’s 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged Gamma powerplant and went to...

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2015 MINI Cooper Sees Major Technology Changes
Oct05

2015 MINI Cooper Sees Major Technology Changes

The 2015 MINI Cooper (F56) is set to be unveiled at MINI’s Oxford, UK factory in November, and it will feature some major technology changes.  The biggest change for the 2015 MINI Cooper is probably under the bonnet (that’s the hood, by the way).  Since its return to the U.S. market, the MINI Cooper and it varied variations have been powered a 1.6 liter four-cylinder, be it naturally aspirated, supercharged or...

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1000 HP Hyundai Genesis Coupe to Come to SEMA
Sep24

1000 HP Hyundai Genesis Coupe to Come to SEMA

Every year, automakers, tuners, modifiers and aftermarket part makers go to the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas to play.  Anything and everything than can be done to a motor vehicle finds a home at SEMA.  And, if they’re smart and recognize that tuners are a major part of their client base, a carmaker will bring a heavily modified, über fast version of one or more of their models to display and...

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet: Drop-Top Turbos [Video]
Sep24

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet: Drop-Top Turbos [Video]

Last may we were introduced to the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, the top rung of the 991 generation of the Porsche 911 clan.  Now the forced-induction Porsche twins lose their tops.  Set to officially debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Stutgart has given us a sneak preview of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet.   Powered by the same engines as their hard-topped siblings, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet gets...

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VUHL 05: Track Day Car Born in Mexico City, Powered by Detroit and Unveiled in London
Jul17

VUHL 05: Track Day Car Born in Mexico City, Powered by Detroit and Unveiled in London

Don’t confuse VUHL with Zuul.  Zuul is the gatekeeper of Gozer The Destructor from Ghostbusters.  VUHL (pronounced “vool”) stands for Vehicles of Ultra High-Performance and Lighweight.  I think that may be pushing the whole acronym thing a bit.  In any case, they are the Mexico-based maker of the new VUHL 05 supercar.  You may recognize the name.  They’ve been dropping hints about the VUHL 05 for a few months...

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VW Passat TDI Sets Guinness World Record for Fuel Economy at 78 mpg
Jun24

VW Passat TDI Sets Guinness World Record for Fuel Economy at 78 mpg

A Volkswagen Passat TDI powered by a 2.0 liter, 140 horse, 236 pound-feet turbo-diesel just set the Guinness World Record for “lowest fuel consumption – 48 US states for a non-hybrid car.”  (That’s quite a mouthful.)  Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger manage to wring 77.99 miles per gallon out of that little diesel over 8,122 miles and 16 days.  That’s a lot of miles.  The VW Passat TDI and its...

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2014 Cadillac XTS to Get Optional 410 Horse Twin-Turbo V6 among New Options
May15

2014 Cadillac XTS to Get Optional 410 Horse Twin-Turbo V6 among New Options

Last month we tested the 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum against the 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged.  While the top-dog Caddy was great, it couldn’t compete with the big Jag in terms of power, acceleration and performance.  For the 2014 model year, that will change as Cadillac has added the LF3 engine, a 410 horse, 369 pound-feet, twin-turbocharged, 3.6 liter V6 to the XTS’ options list.   This is the same engine out of the CTS,...

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