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Hennessey Venom GT To Run Goodwood (with Warm-Up Video)

On: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 7:52AM | By: Chris Weiss

Hennessey Venom GT test 2

For the past couple of years, the Hennessy Venom GT has been like a phantom of the supercar world. We don't talk about it nearly as often as cars like the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 or Pagani Huayra, but it shows up every so often to remind us of just how powerful and awesome it is. The next stop? The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb this weekend.

Sorry Chrysler: You Don't Own Ad Rights To Detroit

On: Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 9:23AM | By: Chris Weiss

Sorry Chrysler: You Don't Own Ad Rights To Detroit test 1-1

Well, here's a brilliant victory for the little guy. Though I went on a pretty big rant against Chrysler in its lawsuit against a Detroit-area clothing company that used the popular "Imported From Detroit" slogan in a line of clothes, I really suspected that the court was going to side with the much bigger, more powerful automaker. But a Detroit federal court has ruled against Chrysler in trying to stop Pure Detroit from using the phrase, paving the way for the clothing company to keep selling "Imported from Detroit" clothes.

Flying Spyder; The 2012 Audi R8 GT

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 4:48PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Flying Spyder; The 2012 Audi R8 GT test 1-1

If you missed out on the first 333 copies of the very impressive, very powerful, very fast Audi R8 GT a couple months ago, don't feel bad because we did too. But all might not be lost. Audi is going to give us all another 333 chances to own the baddest car in their lineup, except this one comes without a roof. The 2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder promises to be one of the most exciting open air cars we've laid eyes on in a long time.  

Much like its fixed-roof sibling, the GT Spyder takes what an "ordinary" R8 offers and ratchets it up a few notches towards 'race'. The GT Spyder uses the same 5.2-liter V10, but thanks to a few tweaks here and there, it produces a healthier 552 horsepower (up 27 ponies) and 398 pound-feet of torque (versus seven pound-feet). Now, obviously that little power increase alone is not enough to warrant a new model designation, but it is nice to know that Audi upped the output just enough to brag about.

Toyota (With A Straight Face) Announces The Prius Plus Performance Package

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 1:50PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2011 Prius with PLUS Performance Package test 2

“Developed to meet the evolving demands of the growing hybrid segment, PLUS enhances the driving experience for Toyota hybrid enthusiasts by offering cool and fun accessories that add sporty looks with performance handling.”

Despite the fact that “cool” and “fun” are two things NO Prius could EVER be to many, those crazy cats over at Toyota Racing Development are going to give the Prius—yep, all models—a “performance” makeover as the “first installment of the new PLUS brand of accessories from Toyota.”

This “exciting”—another non-Prius adjective—“new accessory package for 2011” isn’t half-bad, with many of the same kind of performance-enhancing bits that wouldn’t seem so out of place if they didn’t come in a Prius wrapper.

So, here’s the question: Did TRD transform a Prius into something that people who actually CARE about cars won’t be ashamed to be seen in? You decide!


Tech-Ghost Riding Now Legal in Nevada

On: Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Tech-Ghost Riding Now Legal in Nevada test 1-1

Not only can you play every betting game known to man and have relations with a street walker in the same night in Nevada, now you can legally ghost ride. Okay, it's not exactly classic ghost riding where you climb out of a moving car and dance like a fool on the hood or roof, but the effect is the same: empty driver's seat, moving car. After some hard lobbying by Google, the Nevada state legislature passed Bill 511, which legalizes certain self-driven cars on roadways. Google will now be able to test its fleet of advanced, autonomous cars.

Nearly 500 Morgan Threewheelers Already Sold

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 6:04PM | By: Chris Weiss

Morgan Threewheeler test 2

Remove one wheel from your average car, strap a V-Twin motorcycle engine to a retro-styled two-seater with tubular aluminum frame, and slap on a $40,000 price tag, and you have the makings of a real novelty vehicle, not necessarily a big seller. But, so far, Morgan has been rather successful in marketing that exact vehicle to buyers. Four hundred-eighty such buyers have already stepped to the plate and put a deposit down on their very own car... motorcycle... Threewheeler.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Is Nearly No More

On: Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:36PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Veyron  test 2

If you look at the market for million-dollar supercars, you'll find a small, but defined market that includes such models as the all-new Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera R. But, if you look at the market for million-dollar supercars that also own a production car world speed record, well, that market is a market of one: the Bugatti Veyron. And the ultra-exclusive market is about to dry up altogether, as the very last Bugatti Veyron 16.4 has been sold.

Originally produced in 2004, the Bugatti Veyron has easily been the most storied supercar of the 21st century. From its very introduction, the Veyron was the epitome of automotive excess: 1,001-hp 16-cylinder engine, super-million-dollar price tag, and a top speed so damn fast you needed a separate key to unlock it. It's everything that little boys dream of and their parents loathe and fear.

Scion Introduces Is Latest Release: The 2012 tC RS 7.0

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 3:20PM | By: Andrew W Davis

2012 Scion tC Release Series 7.0 coupe test 2

Though it’s nowhere near as exciting as the (supposedly) forthcoming FT-86, Scion’s “original” coupe is nonetheless getting its mojo upgraded as the latest vehicle in the brand’s “Release Series,” the 2012 “tC Release Series 7.0” coupe.

In a combination of numbers that will cause most to re-read their press release, Scion calls the 7.0 the “first release series for the second generation tC sports coupe.” Due out “this summer,” the “tC RS 7.0” (as they abbreviate it) comes with all sorts of thingies and doodads and a special paint color and the like.

Look, I’ll just let Toyota—I mean SCION—lay it out for you…

Big Surprise: Toyota Announces Yet Another Recall

On: Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 2:44PM | By: Andrew W Davis

Photoillustration by author test 2

It’s over. Simple as that. Toyota’s reputation for being the go-to brand for thrifty reliability-seeking folks is over, opening the door for other makes to fill the gap.

This latest “voluntary safety recall” is on “certain 2006 and 2007 model year Highlander Hybrid and RX 400h vehicles” and involves 85,500 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h SUVs—45,500 in the U.S., Canada, Guam, and Puerto Rico, plus 15k in Europe and a little over 11k in Japan—being recalled “because some transistors were inadequately soldered.”

To see what that might mean for you, read on…

Porsche To Launch Sub-Boxster Roadster

On: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 1:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche To Launch Sub-Boxster Roadster  test 2

Want a Porsche without much of the Porsche? Stuttgart is reportedly planning on bringing back a sub-Boxster entry level roadster that will be the spiritual successor to the 356. According to an AutoBild report, it will launch within three years or so.

The new roadster, which is being called the 550, is rumored to be under development for a summer 2014 debut. It will base about 8,000 euros below the Boxster at 39,000 euros ($55,400). Along with price, the entry level Porsche will lose considerable horsepower from the Boxster, dropping down to around 200 ponies by way of a small, 1.6-liter flat-six turbo. That engine will be mounted in the middle of the car.

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.