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WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron

On: Mon, Jul 25, 2011 at 3:27PM | By: Chris Weiss


WHY? The Mercury Cougar-Based Bugatti Veyron test 2

I always thought it would be cool to mount a massive supercar engine into an unassuming everyday commuter like a Toyota Corolla. Imagine pulling up to a stop light next to a Camaro or 911, looking the guy right in the eye, stepping on the pedal ever-so-slightly to let him know you were serious, and then just blowing him away in your Lamborghini-V12-powered Corolla. It would be truly awesome.

Less awesome, but more affordable, would be designing an everyday car—let's say a Mercury Cougar—to look like a supercar. The car featured here may look like a Bugatti Veyron, but it's miserably underpowered.


The [WH]Y-Files: All-Chrome McMerc SLR Terrorizes London Streets

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Chris Weiss


The [WH]Y-Files: All-Chrome McMerc SLR Terrorizes London Streets test 1-1

The Mercedes SLR McLaren has been the subject victim of some of the worst tunes of all time. I actually did a list of terrible tunes a few years ago, and the SLR showed up for three of the 10. And if I updated that list today, a new Brabus SLR creation would bump one of those other choices right off the top 10 to make it four of 10.


Lotus Evora S: Cayman Killer!

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 1:14PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Lotus Evora S:  Cayman Killer! test 1-1

First impressions are everything. Climb inside the newest Lotus on the market, and instantly you know it is something special. The two-tone cockpit surrounds you like a glove. Two big gauges sit front and center to give you the most important data, while an Alpine stereo and navigation unit sit off to the side and take care of everything else in terms of entertainment and navigation.  Depress the traditional heavy-duty clutch pedal (thank God), and you'll notice the light effort thanks to an upgraded master cylinder. Fire up the Toyota(!)-sourced 3.5-liter V6—yes, mostly the same V6 you would find in a Camry, except this motor has been massaged by Lotus a bit to bring out a little more Mr. Hyde from the humble Dr. Jeckyl engine. Better flowing intake and exhaust manifolds combined with Lotus-designed engine management and, oh yeah, a supercharger bolted on for good measure will make your ears second guess exactly how many cylinders your eyes have sworn they saw under the hood. 


The Baddest Jag Ever?

On: Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:34AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The Baddest Jag Ever? test 1-1

For those of you old enough to remember the XJ220, you will recall that it is very hard to forget. It was literally the fastest car in the world for quite some time. Sleek, ungodly powerful, and a vision to behold (if you were so lucky to catch one standing still). However, as with all things, time marches on and progress is, of course, inevitable. It has taken nearly two decades, but the British feline company has finally built a better all-around performer than their legendary poster-child and that car is the 2012 XKR-S. 


 

Jeep Pickup [Mopar Package] Now Available

On: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 7:44AM | By: Chris Weiss


Jeep Pickup Mopar Package Now Available  test 2

For years, the world has yearned for a Jeep pickup model. Chrysler teased it in 2005 with the Jeep Gladiator concept; Mopar poked it with a stick last year with the NuKizer 715, but the market has remained empty. Until now. You can now get your Jeep pickup, but it's going to take a little more than just waltzing into your local Jeep/Chrysler showroom and demanding a test drive.

Jeep is rumored to be developing an actual pickup model, a spiritual successor to the pickups of old. Unfortunately, the most recent word says that the pickup is a pretty low priority at Chrysler at the moment, given the money pouring into fewer niche products. So it's unknown if or when we can expect an actual Jeep pickup model.


BMW Launches Interactive Art Car Site

On: Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 11:11AM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW Launches Interactive Art Car Site test 2

For more than 35 years, the BMW art car has been an institution of both the art and auto worlds. A total of 17 artists have been commissioned by BMW to create the perfect harmony between auto and artwork. Artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella and Jenny Holzer have created past versions of the art car, and all can now be found on an interactive website just launched by BMW.


Six-Wheeled Covini C3A Runs Goodwood, To Be Joined By Race And Eco Versions

On: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Weiss


Six-Wheeled Covini C3A Runs Goodwood, To Be Joined By Race And Eco Versions test 1-1

The oddity that is the Covini C3A became the first six-wheeled supercar to make an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The insect of supercars attracted much attention at the event, leaving people wondering why the Italian automaker chose to build a car with two extra wheels.


Another Camaro Transformers Edition Rolls Out

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:50PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Camaro Transformers Special Edition test 2

As a general rule, I avoid movies starring Shia Labeouf—with the exception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull… for better or worse. Even so, as a car enthusiast, it is almost impossible to resist the temptation of Transformers. In light of that fact, Chevrolet saw fit to create a Transformers Special Edition Camaro back in 2010 and now plans to release a 2012 version. A bright yellow Camaro steals the show in the Transformers latest installment, Dark of the Moon. In conjunction with the release of this box-office summer hit, Chevy announced the specifics for the upcoming 2012 edition.


Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Chris Weiss


Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition test 2

After taking home a victory at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race, Audi decided that the thrill of victory just wasn't big enough. Instead, it needed a full-on car to encapsulate the moment. That car is the all-new R8 V8 Limited Edition.

The car gets a touch of racing blood in the form of the GT-inspired 19-inch alloy wheels. Those titanium-look wheels are offset by bright red brake calipers and the car itself can be painted in exclusive bare-metal-look gray or any standard R8 color.


Mitsubishi Launches Evo Experience II Add-On At Infineon

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 11:24AM | By: Andrew W Davis


Jim Russell Evo Experience school 1 test 2

Mitsubishi Motors America has announced the literal next level in tire-torturing with the “Lancer Evolution Experience II,” the newly-available follow-up to the carmaker’s original Evo-driving course through the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

[OK, they call it “Infineon Raceway” now, but it will always be Sears Point to me.]

Anyhoo, this offers Evo geeks—and the general public—the chance to REALLY scare the wee out of themselves behind the wheel of a specially-prepared Evolution X in an additional intensive day of instruction.

But before you go and assume that this is the typical “follow-the-leader” or “we’re lapping for fun, so no stopwatches here” driving school, I have two words for you: “Time Attack.”


Flying Car Gets A Couple Thumbs Up From Government

On: Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 9:18AM | By: Chris Weiss


Terrafugia Flying Car test 2

Look outside your window onto any crowded street or city sidewalk and you'll see throngs of disappointed adults. They may not show it on their faces at all times; they may even appear happy and jovial. But don't be fooled; they're disappointed deep down.

Thanks to cartoons and television programs like The Jetsons, these adults grew up with expectations of driving around skyways in flying vehicles. Not planes, but flying cars that could replace slower, more tedious ground driving. And, as of the year 2011, not so much as a single, multi-million-dollar flying car-for-the-stars exists.