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VIDEO: Drool as Ferrari test driver hoons 458 Italia around test track

On: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 1:42PM | By: Teddy Field


VIDEO: Drool as Ferrari test driver hoons 458 Italia around test track test 1-1

In the car world, being a Ferrari test driver has got to be the best job in the world. “Heya, Luigi, take’a this 458 out an see’a if it breaks’a”. So you tear out of the factory, bound for Ferrari’s private 1.9-mile test track outside of Maranello. Then you bomb the freshly built supercar around Fiorano’s curves and straightaways until something goes ’Bam!’. Such is the life of the lucky bastard in this video. And you get to watch as he beats the livin' hell out of a Giallo Modena yellow 458. Turn your speakers up so you can hear that V8 wail.


Kia Bringing "High Performance" K900 to SEMA... Possible Production Model?

On: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:24AM | By: Teddy Field


Kia Bringing "High Performance" K900 to SEMA... Possible Production Model? test 1-1

Just last week, we reported that Kia Motors hired NBA star LeBron James to hawk their their slow-moving Kia K900 luxury sedan. Now, they’re taking their K900 revitalization plan even further, by presenting a heavily modded factory show car at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. But will a rumbling V8 performance model get people to notice?


BMW Congratulates Itself With M4 DTM Champion Edition

On: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 11:13AM | By: Teddy Field


BMW Congratulates Itself With M4 DTM Champion Edition test 1-1

The DTM Touring Car Series is like German NASCAR. Devoted fans tune in to watch a bunch of wild-haired pretty boys try to become champion as they race Mercedes, Audis, and BMWs around tracks like the Nurburgring and Hockenheim. After a 20-year absence, BMW re-entered the series in 2012, and they’ve already cleaned up with an impressive string of victories. To celebrate their success, BMW created a special edition of the 2015 BMW M4. And it’s as gaudy as you would expect.


2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat price announced, and it's a bargain

On: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 11:45AM | By: Teddy Field


2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat price announced, and it's a bargain test 1-1

The 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat is one of the nuttiest 4-doors that you can buy. It’s powered by a 707hp volcano, it can achieve a top speed of 204 mph, and it even has enough room for the wife and kids. There’s a handful of supersedans that can do the same thing, but they cost as much as a house (a nice house). The Dodge Hellraiser on the other hand... costs less than a 2015 Chevy Suburban. God bless America!


 

Rocker Hagar Living Large With Ferrari LaFerrari

On: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 5:45PM | By: Gary P Garry


Ferrari LaFerrari test 2

There are a handful of status symbols that speak for themselves without really saying anything. One of them is the automotive masterpiece called the Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy back in 1898, so he was an early pioneer of the automotive industry in Europe. When he was just 10 years old, he attended the Circuit di Bologna auto race, and he was hooked for life.


An Open Letter To Acura

On: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 9:56AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Acura NSX Concept test 2

For those of you old enough to remember, Acura, the luxury brand of Honda, decided to take a plunge into the world of performance cars.  They toiled for years over what to build, how to execute it, and if it would be a success. Well, in 1991 the NSX debuted and although you didn't hear it here first, the NSX was a raging success. The result of all that hard work? An all-aluminum-bodied, mid-engined sports car boasting a Honda-built V6 making nearly 300 horsepower (in 1991 that was a lot) with a max engine speed of nearly 8,000 rpm. Honda employed arguably the best designer in the business, and maybe even the best ever. Want proof? The next time a Pininfarina-styled NSX passes you on the highway and you nearly snap your neck trying to place it in the archives of your brain's automaker catalogue, ask yourself if that car looks like it's from 1991. 


World's Fastest Production Sedan: The 691hp Tesla Model S P85D

On: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 3:59PM | By: Teddy Field


World's Fastest Production Sedan: The 691hp Tesla Model S P85D test 1-1

The all-electric Tesla Model S has actually made the idea of driving an American car cool again. This long-range luxury touring sedan has revolutionized the way we look at EVs. And now they’re going to change the way we look at performance. Say hello to the crazy-fast Tesla Model S P85D.


Will Buick build a new Grand National?

On: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 5:46PM | By: Teddy Field


GNX Rendering by Car & Driver test 2

The 1980s were a Grade A, pasteurized version of the 1950s. Your TV still sat on the floor, encased in wood. Kids still respected their elders. Our president was still staring down the Russians. Cars were slathered in chrome, and luxury still meant a vinyl roof and wire hubcaps. Not much had really changed since Ike left office; then Buick came along and changed everything.

Say hello to the future. Say hello to the Buick Grand National...


Can I give you some car-buying advice? Well, since you asked...

On: Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:43AM | By: Andrew W Davis


1987 Buick GNX test 2

If there’s one question that an automotive journalist hates more than “You get paid for that?!” it’s “What’s the best car?” And from this side of the fence, I’d rather be the doctor friend that has to look at every awful thing anyone who knows them wants diagnosed gratis than to be the guy that “misdiagnoses” someone into the wrong vehicle.

I mean really. How hard is it to say, “That’s gross. And malignant. And you’ve got to consort with a better grade of partner if you want that to stop happening.”? I mean, it’s not like you gave them the sore, you just told them that how terrible it was and, in all honesty, how much they deserved it.

No, in my case I will forever be viewed as the one who passed on some terrible, life-destroying plague that cannot ever be cured as the terms of the lease are quite strict and resale values aren’t where they were predicted they’d be, etc., if a single feature is found wanting or the slightest thing goes wonky.

If you want an expert opinion, they say, ask an expert. Well, as an expert, I say something different. Even I can see you clearly need ointment or something for that. Oh, right. Expert car stuff. That’ll take a little longer to explain…


Is The 2015 Bentley SUV Coming?

On: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 3:37PM | By: Jai Colvin


Is The 2015 Bentley SUV Coming? test 1-1

Bentley fans have waited patiently to see if the rumors of a new 2015 Bentley are true. Well, it would appear that, not only are they true, the new version of the old standard will be better than ever. The new 2015 Bentley is touted to be the first super-premium crossover and, like other Bentleys, the SUV will offer extensive customization options.


Volvo Earns ''Acceptable'' Rating in 2014 IIHS 40 mph ''Small Overlap'' Test. They Did MUCH Better 22 Years Ago with an '81 model...

On: Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Post-crash carnage from right test 2

Imagine driving down a five lane—two in either direction with a turn lane in the center—street lined with houses. You're in the nearer-to-center lane—at the 45 mph speed limit, of course—and notice a small pickup back out of a far away driveway into the curb-side lane of your half of the road. You think nothing of it, seeing as how they’re starting to roll forward in a different lane, as expected. But just as the “Why are they going so slow?” question sounds in your brain, the truck's driver decides to make an abrupt left turn directly into your path when you’re two car-lengths away.

Instantly you’re HARD on the brakes and diving for the center turn lane in a vain attempt to miss the collision, knowing that turning any further will only put you in the path of oncoming traffic and make things worse. And that’s the last thought your brain gets out before your beloved 1981 Volvo wagon’s right front corner plows into the offender’s 1990 Toyota pickup at its left front tire.

Welcome to the REAL world of 40+ mph “small overlap” impacts, 1992-style. And, as I’m sure you’ve guessed from all the driving and typing I’ve done in the 22 year interim, I was (relatively) unhurt. The other guy(s), well, not so much…