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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.

Audi's New Top Convertible: R8 GT Spyder

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 12:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

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There's a new top convertible in Ingolstadt. Audi unveiled the R8 GT Spyder last week, a car that pairs the performance and technology of last year's R8 GT coupe with a fabric soft top. The high-performance Spyder is a limited edition model, with less than 350 units planned.

The R8 GT Spyder begins with underpinnings of the former top R8 convertible—the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI quattro. But it cuts about 187 lbs. of fat by using materials like an ultra-light, magnesium engine frame and carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer front spoiler, rear bumper, and rear side panels. Final curb weight comes in around 3,615.5 lbs. Inside components like the glass fiber-reinforced polymer-chassis bucket seats also help weight savings.

Bugatti FAIL: Driver Donuts Into A Divider

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

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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.


Top Five Annoyances While Driving According To Motor Trend

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 8:55AM | By: Clay Ritchings

Top Five Annoyances While Driving test 2

Motor Trend recently conducted a poll which asked readers of its Wide Open Throttle blog and Facebook and Twitter followers what factors really annoyed them while driving. I think that #4 could be avoided by not being one of the drivers on the rest of the list. Over all, it is pretty clear that we hate “Slow Drivers” according to the poll and I must agree.  Full press release from Motor Trend after the break.

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Falls Victim To Earthquake

On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 7:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet test 2

There really hasn't been much good news to come out of Japan since the March earthquake that ravaged the nation. It's been nearly three solid months of natural disaster and ensuing economic, infrastructural, and industrial turmoil. But we may just have a small tidbit of good news: Nissan is having problems producing its painfully awkward Murano CrossCabriolet.

The Murano CrossCab debuted at last year's LA Motor Show, where it became the first convertible, AWD crossover. And it quickly proved why it's the first AWD crossover convertible—because the big chunky body of a crossover looks absolutely awful from nearly every angle without a roof. Still, though, it's a unique offering that may develop some kind of following.

Another Super-Juiced Supercar: 2012 Mosler Raptor

On: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 6:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Another Super-Juiced Supercar test 2

In a recent test of the 2011 Mosler Photon (a car that it seems duly impressed with) Automobile magazine got a few juicy teaser bits about the upcoming 2012 Mosler Raptor. The car will play in the same sandbox as elites like the Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg Agera. At what could be about half the price, it will deliver similar performance and a sexy exterior inspired by an exotic woman.

Clearing Up DIY Headlight Restorations

On: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 3:18PM | By: Clay Ritchings

Headlight Restoration test 2

Car headlights sometimes become cloudy and less effective than they should be over time. Why? UV rays, vehicle exhaust, ozone, acid rain, chemicals, and road debris take their toll on the plastic and cause them to get cloudy. This cloudiness caused by degradation can reduce and diffuse the light going through the headlight lens. This makes it difficult to see when driving in the dark and creates an unsafe situation for many drivers; most of whom don’t even realize it’s happened. In fact, if you are out cruising at night, the odds are good that you can’t see anywhere near as well (or as far) as you could when your car was new.

This happens to all plastic headlight lenses over time, and some cars seem to experience it faster than others, depending on many, many factors. Take a walk outside and inspect your cars plastic lenses; if the car is a few years old, chances are there are visible signs of weathering and hazing. Folks who live in warm climates like me are likely to experience the problem much sooner. That is why my 2007 Nissan Sentra Spec-V is in need of some headlamp TLC.

Find Cool Cars For Camry Money At Mecum's St. Paul Sale

On: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 9:35AM | By: Andrew W Davis

2000 Lotus Exige LHD coupe test 2

If there’s one thing that you learn as a long-term automotive writer it’s this: math and science—no matter how bad they sucked—were worth working at as they seem to be the key to affording the automotive baubles you only get to borrow.

Sure, having a new car or two just appear clean and full of fuel in your driveway every week is great, don’t get me wrong. But when what I call “Seventh-Day Disease” kicks in—named for the last day you have a car you REALLY wish you owned and don’t want to give back—you start wishing that you’d have checked the “Doctor” or “Lawyer” box on the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” form instead of “Writer/Pauper”.

There is an antidote that works most of the time, though: a “cheap-yet-cool” set of wheels you can call your own. (With your spouse’s permission; DO NOT forget that part. I CANNOT stress that enough. Trust me on this.) And one of the best places to find that vehicle is at one of the smaller “local” automotive auctions, like Mecum's upcoming St. Paul sale.

Audi To Build R4 Sports Car

On: Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 9:20AM | By: Chris Weiss

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After a number of on again/off again rumors, the Audi R4 is on again. And it looks like this time it's for good. Autocar reports this week that Audi has given the official go-ahead to the mid-engined, two-seat roadster, which will be a smaller, more affordable complement to the R8 supercar.

While its big brother shares underpinnings with the Lamborghini Gallardo, the R4 will look to VW's other performance brand in borrowing front-end elements from the 911-derived Porsche Boxster. While its front will be shared, its rear will be "radically different."

Which Way Will They Go? Summer Gas Prices Remain a Mystery

On: Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 12:06PM | By: Chris Weiss

Summer Gas Prices Remain a Mystery  test 2

Well, last weekend we celebrated the unofficial start of summer. Because weather remains cool, unpredictable, and sometimes downright inclement in many places during late May, many people around the country undoubtedly celebrated Memorial Day by flocking to warmer, more southerly locales.

I sure did. And while my overall weekend was excellent, it served as a big reminder: Gas prices are pretty awful. I spent the weekend camping for free, doing free outdoor activities, and eating super-cheap food like grilled hot dogs and sandwiches. Yet, I still managed to spend somewhere around $150 or $200 just on gas.