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Marauder Makes Mayhem On Top Gear

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 11:16AM | By: Chris Weiss


Marauder Makes Mayhem On Top Gear test 1-1

Earlier this week, the all-new season of Top Gear began. And we're not talking the watery, semi-entertaining American version, but the original that started it all. What better way to start an all-new season than by featuring something that can be described as the "world's most unstoppable vehicle." The crew put the Marauder armored vehicle through all kinds of brutal testing, and the machine of destruction and protection came out with nary a scratch.

Built by the Paramount Group of South Africa, the Marauder looks kind of like a Hummer that's taken every type of steroid known to man. It's taller, burlier, longer, and, most importantly, tougher. It can carry up to 10 fully outfitted troops in a military mission and is designed to keep its occupants safe no matter what kind of carnage is going on outside. It can be used as an infantry patrol vehicle, command center, or mobile medical station and can survive all types of explosions and attacks. Highlights include run-flat tires, which can roll another 30 miles, even after being pierced by bullets, the ability to swim with a fording depth of half the vehicle, and anti-blast seats. Despite weighing 15 tons—up to 18 when fully packed—the Marauder can travel at speeds up to 75 mph.


Video: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Earns Its Name

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 12:30PM | By: Chris Weiss


Video: Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition Earns Its Name test 1-1

When you designate a 'Nurburgring Edition' anything, you'd better be sure that it's up to the task. And Lexus did just that in racing its LFA Nurburgring Edition around the Nordschliefe circuit of Nurburgring. Finish time? 7:22.85. And that was just messin' around.

Gazoo Racing team manager Akira Iida attacked the Ring before last weekend's 24 Hours of Nurburgring event and logged the time, which would be enough to give the LFA Nurburgring the number 10 spot all time. We say "would be" because the run wasn't an official lap, just a warm up. An official attempt is likely to come later this year and we'd expect the LFA to move up the list even further.


Pre-Production Mini Coupe Pricing And Pics, Oh My

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 8:44AM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Mini Coupe test 2

A full seven months prior to production, Mini has released loads of pictures and statistics about the upcoming two-seater Mini Coupe. Although we saw official teaser photos earlier this month of a seemingly camouflaged pre-production vehicle, these new pics claim to be actual photos of the Mini Coupe which is expected to land on US soil this fall; and timing couldn’t be better. Since the contemporary version of the Mini Cooper hit the consumer market it seems like these once-cheeky clown cars just keep getting more expensive, less fun, and let’s be honest—less Mini.

However, this new coupe looks to draw from some of the grandeur of days past with decidedly less volume and a reasonable, albeit still high, price tag. In the United States, the Coupe will come in all three currently available trim levels: Cooper Coupe, Cooper S Coupe, and the John Cooper Works Coupe.


1990 Honda Accord Nears Million Mile Mark

On: Sat, Jun 18, 2011 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Salamone


1990 Honda Accord Nears Million Mile Mark  test 2

A man from Norway, Maine (yes, such a place-name exists and the pictures demonstrate why) is taking his 1990 Honda Accord above and beyond any insignificant six digit limit speculatively put on the odometer. Joe LoCicero intends to break the 1-million mark by September 2011. Seeing Joe’s initiative, Honda has taken this opportunity to put out a press release showcasing the reliability of Honda automobiles. As we say in the schoolyard, or the occasional jailhouse, the proof is in the pudding.

Since he purchased the vehicle in 1996, Joe has racked up an average of 62,500 miles a year. Yes, that’s nearly 5 times greater than most people. Around the 300,000 mile mark on his odometer, Joe began taking detailed records of his maintenance and vehicle achievements—including 661 photos of his odometer. Yikes.


 

The Polish Supercar Steps Out of the Shadows (with Video)

On: Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 5:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


Arrinera supercar test 2

As promised the Arrinera supercar (world's first Polish supercar) has made its official, early-June debut. The Lamborghini-esque ride looks a little less Lambo in person, but the influence is still pretty clear. We have full video of the event.

Arrinera got some help from none other than Lee Noble in designing the as-yet-unnamed supercar. The car features a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 worth 638-hp, which Carscoop says is, indeed, the Corvette ZR1 mill. It fits that engine snugly inside a tubular steel chassis and lightweight Kevlar and carbon body.


Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster: A Wingless Angel

On: Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster:  A Wingless Angel test 1-1

Sometimes when car companies decide to resurrect a car or a nameplate, it doesn't quite work out. It seems as if someone somewhere in marketing (who obviously is not a gearhead) just got the job, thanks to Monster.com, comes up with the idea to bring back a name in the history books with no real idea of what the original bearer of that name stood for.  

But for every modern Malibu SS, GTO, or Thunderbird, once in a while we get a car brought back that is arguably even better than the original. In 2010 we saw the most recent rendition of retro in the form of the undeniably elegant, yet extremely powerful Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Harking back to the 1950's 300SL, the modern form of the gullwing was every bit as breathtaking as the first specimen. Now, only a little more than a year later Mercedes will bring back yet another model for us to enjoy, in the form of the SLS AMG Roadster. This droptop beauty will mirror the late 50s version of that same venerable 300SL Roadster. 


Mark Higgins Topples Isle Of Man TT Circuit Record With Subaru WRX STI

On: Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 6:18PM | By: Clay Ritchings


Subaru WRX STI test 2

The tiny bit of green that is known as Isle of Man is famous for its TT motorbike racing event held every year. Recently the island played host to one of the most remarkable displays of speed on the planet. As if rocketing down the 37.8-mile course by speed mongers on motorcycles in less than 18 minutes can get any better—it did. Subaru decided to have a go at beating that record, and sent a Subaru WRX STI sedan and former British Rally Champion Mark Higgins to make this record-breaking attempt.


Chrysler Goes Deeper Into The Aftermath; Dr. Dre In New 300 Spot

On: Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 9:30AM | By: Chris Weiss


Chrysler Dr Dre Aftermath Commercial test 2

When I first heard that Chrysler tapped Dr. Dre for its latest commercial, I thought they were really taking a good thing too far. I mean, the Eminem ad was one of the most interesting commercials of the year, a job well done. But Dr. Dre? He's not from Detroit. The only thing he has in common with Chrysler is the connection by way of Eminem, who is signed to his label Aftermath Records.

But as it turns out, there actually is a good reason for this rap-starred follow-up, and it works nearly as well as the first.


Video: Koenigsegg CCXR vs. Supercharged Corvette Z06

On: Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 4:10PM | By: Chris Weiss


Koenigsegg CCXR vs. Supercharged Corvette Z06  test 2

Much like watching two heavyweight icons like Ali and Frasier gruel it out for supremacy, there's something magical about watching two ultra-powerful, iconicly awesome supercars go head to head. Even when the match-up is odd and skewed.

The latest piece of supercar throw-down to bubble to the surface of the Interwebs is a Drag Times piece with a supercharged Corvette Z06 and a Koenigsegg CCXR.


Bigger, Stronger And More Efficient - The 2012 Mercedes M-Class

On: Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 3:32PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Mercedes M-Class test 2

As of yesterday, the official unveiling of the 2012 M-Class has reached the far corners of the internet. Although the upcoming M-Class shares many design cues from former models, this third generation Benz looks to showcase many significant improvements. Just based on appearance, the front grille is more distinctive, the sides and taillights have more drastic angles, and rims are offered from 17 to 21 inches. Yes, consumers may be reminded of former models, so please put on your monocle, raise your thinking pipe, and take a quick peek. Hopefully all concerns will be laid to rest.


Bugatti FAIL: Driver Donuts Into A Divider

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 10:15AM | By: Chris Weiss


Bugatti FAIL: Driver Donuts Into a Divider  test 2

You'd think Bugatti owners would be a little smarter as a group. First, there aren't that many of them. Second, a price tag of more than $1 million usually has a way of weeding out the riff raff—you have to be at least kind of smart to earn yourself that much money just to spend on a car.

Yet, by all indications, Bugatti owners are some of the dumbest car owners on the planet. Within less than two years, the small pool has had Darwin Award candidates like this guy and this kid. Dumb, dumb, dumb. And now there's a new Bugatti jackass to add to the list. In an attempt to show off his supercar's donuting prowess, this guy careens right off the track, over the grass, and into a divider.