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Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record

On: Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 2:06PM | By: Chris Weiss


Hennessey Venom GT Is Coming For Veyron's Record test 2

There's no shortage of supercar marques with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in their sights. Bugatti's record had barely been made last summer before other potential contenders like SSC and Koenigsegg started waving their gauntlets around and hinting at an upcoming challenge. In a conversation with Jay Leno, John Hennessey, the mad man behind the 1,200-hp Lotus Exige known as the Venom GT, became the latest to publicly set a goal of beating the Veyron SS's 267.8 mph world record.


Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video

On: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 10:27AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota NS4 Plug-In Concept Teaser Video test 2

Toyota announced last month that it will be bringing a new plug-in hybrid concept to the Detroit Motor Show. While the automaker has left most of the details for the show, it has released a new minute-long teaser video of what it calls the NS4 concept.

The NS4 will showcase the latest green conceptual goings on at Toyota while simultaneously displaying the latest sporty design language. Toyota has called the car an "advanced plug-in hybrid concept" but has not gotten into any details of its powertrain.


Car On Roof, Hoax?

On: Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:28PM | By: Chris Salamone


Saturn on Roof test 2

We’ve all seen stacking Tupperware, cats on dogs, and even a rat on a cat on a dog – almost has a ring to it. But as of 1:30 AM on Wednesday, a new stacking combination has emerged as an incredible feet of cunning. What makes this latest balancing act so breathtaking? Local police, firemen, and possibly even the great David Copperfield cannot logically explain how a Fresno, California car thief managed to land a green Saturn so perfectly on the edge of an apartment complex’s roof.

The current theory, divined by an imaginative group of officials, suspects that the Saturn hit a nearby curb at high speed, launched off a set of small garden rocks, and soared to rooftop glory.


Chevy Gives Indie Filmmakers Their Chance To Go To The Super Bowl

On: Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 9:51AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chevy Gives Indie Filmmakers Their Chance To Go To The Super Bowl test 2

Developing an ad for the Super Bowl is like...well, it's like the Super Bowl of ad gigs, the chance to showcase your skills in front of the biggest audience of the year and develop buzz for months and years to come. It's a big opportunity.

Instead of just hiring some big-buck, Mad Men-style agency to put together its Super Bowl spot, Chevy is holding competition for independent filmmakers across the world. The filmmakers will provide their take on Chevy's "Everyday Hero" campaign, part of the greater "Chevy Runs Deep" umbrella, and the most popular one will make it to game day.


 

Man Saves BMW From Rolling Into Traffic (Video)

On: Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 11:13AM | By: David Walter


Man Saves BMW From Coasting Into Traffic test 2

Thanks to a more observant stranger and the owner's quick reactions, this unmanned BMW 3-Series didn't roll straight into a busy street. Fortunately, the owner was able to successfully slow down his 3-Series, or he (and others) could've gotten seriously hurt! That tractor trailer was timed just about perfectly to t-bone the Bimmer-gone-wild.

Not sure why the camera was rolling, but thankfully we get to watch some quick thinking turn this potentially tragic event into a total win with all the thrills of a Jason-Statham action film.


Cheeky Double-Deckers Return To Square Mile

On: Tue, Jan 3, 2012 at 12:23PM | By: Chris Salamone


New Routemaster test 2

Back in 2005 the charismatic red double-decker buses of yore were removed from the streets, and simultaneously replaced by post-apocalypse reminiscent modern articulated buses (aka bendy buses). Indeed, anyone who has spent some time driving in a large city like London will tell you the world has surely ended if a 60 ft. bus has become a practical public transportation solution – nevermind those bi-articulated monsters which peak around 82 feet of double trailer insanity.

Fortunately, however, London’s current Mayor, Boris Johnson, committed to replace bendy buses with a transit vehicle Londoners would warmly welcome: an all-new, greatly improved hybrid diesel-electric red double-decker.


Bugatti vs. GT-R, When Worlds Collide [Video]

On: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 9:52AM | By: Chris Salamone


Bugatti Races GT-R test 2

Well, it’s not every day we see two industry titans battle head-to-head in a quarter mile, full throttle sprint to the finish. Just a few days ago, these seemingly unlikely competitors – considering their respective costs-to-purchase – met to do just that in the appropriately sophisticated city of Palm Beach, Florida at the Palm Beach International Raceway.

Supercar fans may not like the results, however. While the Bugatti Veyron put up an impressive post time, beating the GT-R, the gap between the two vehicles was hardly enough to justify their price disparity. For 2011, the Bugatti Veyron started with an MSRP over $2,000,000 and yet the Nissan GT-R hovers around a meager $90,000.

Did the Bugatti perform 20 times better than Nissan’s Godzilla? Ha! We might as well be asking if Godzilla flinched when Mothra went all ‘protective mother’ on the world to save her eggs.


Utah Man Wins Lamborghini Murcielago, Crashes It The Same Day

On: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 at 10:04AM | By: Stephanie Lunsford


David Dopp Lamborghini Winner! test 2

David Dopp won a Lamborghini Murcielago during a halftime show of a BYU football game in November. He was one of ten finalists in the Mavericks gas station “Joe Schmo to Lambo” contest at Lavelle Edwards Stadium.

Dopp wasn’t able to take the car home immediately; he had to put insurance on the car before they would deliver it to his house. After a ceremony at a Maverick gas station in Dopp’s hometown of Santaquin, he was finally handed over the keys to his new Lamborghini by a nonprofit organization.


Volkswagen To Advertise 2012 Beetle During The Super Bowl

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 3:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen To Advertise 2012 Beetle During The Super Bowl test 2

I don't necessarily think the average Beetle driver is a rabid football fan, but both the Beetle and the Super Bowl do have one big thing in common: They both enjoy hugely iconic status in the US. These two icons will soon be joined together when Volkswagen uses the biggest day in American television advertising to showcase the all-new Beetle.

Volkswagen announced that it will have a 60-second spot at the start of the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI. The automaker hasn't revealed any specifics about its ad, but did say that "a fully integrated digital, social media, and grassroots campaign" will accompany the ad.


Euro-Spec Up! Headed For Production

On: Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 9:58AM | By: Chris Salamone


VW Up! test 2

Back in 2007, VW unveiled the Up! concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Americans giggled condescendingly in delight, unable to appreciate the benefits of minicar ownership. Well, now we’re waste deep in a global recession and stuck paying gasoline bills on cars which rarely summit 25 miles per gallon.

Who’s laughing now? Although currently slotted for a European production run, VW’s Up! will officially go on sale in February of 2012. The company has yet to specify whether not the Up! will drive under the good ole’ red, white, and blue, but microcar fans can at least wait with some level of enthusiasm in knowing this production vehicle looks good…really good.


Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH

On: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:02PM | By: Chris Weiss


Faster Than Advertised: Lamborghini Aventador Doesn't Stop Till 230 MPH test 2

When Lamborghini launched the Aventador LP700-4, it listed the top speed of its new flagship at 217 mph. That's a solid top speed on its own, but some media testing reveals that the car is actually significantly faster. A German magazine recently pushed it to 230 mph.

Sport Auto tested the Arancia Argos-colored Aventador that we've become quite familiar with on the Hockenheimring track. As you can see clearly from the shot of the car's speedometer in the video below, the testers got the Aventador up well beyond 217 mph, all the way up to around 230 (370 km/h). The testers hit the mark very briefly but surely.

To be fair, they also said that a GPS-based speed check revealed top speed to be 354 km/h (just under 220 mph). That's still above the list speed, though.