Diesel Engine Shootout: Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge – An infographic by the team at AutoAnything
Even though the 2010 SEMA show was held in Las Vegas – a good thousand miles away from his traditional stomping ground in the Pacific Northwest – sasquatch made an impromptu appearance at the custom car concourse. At least, that’s what I thought when I caught sight of the Bigfoot Express, a trick ’32 Ford custom built in honor of the real Bigfoot. Continue reading
The urge to augment is universal—it’s what drove our cavemen ancestors to paint their bodies and what continues to drive broheims to get barbed wire Celtic knots inked around their biceps. Although the urge is universal, good taste is rare. Need proof? Check out this quartet of unfortunate car mods. Continue reading
It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, the day when people all over the globe (but especially in Dublin and Boston) pay their respects to one of the patron saints of Ireland. Now, paying one’s respects comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people opt to dust off their House of Pain muscle shirts and guzzle green-tinted beer in the streets. Others prefer to don Flogging Molly sweatshirts and guzzle green-tinted beer in the streets. We prefer to tip our cap to Saint Patrick by putting together a collection of our favorite Irish-y automobiles. Check ‘em out: Continue reading
Think hybrids are only for bookish, latte-sipping, liberal librarians from the People’s Republic of San Francisco? That may have been true before the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche has redefined the word “hybrid” with the announcement of their visionary Porsche 918 Spyder. In our humble opinion, the only way this green machine could get more supreme is if they slathered some Stuttgart sour cream over the hood. Continue reading
I’m not ashamed to admit that when the first Ford Focus models were unveiled back in 1999, I was a hater. It seemed like the Ford blew its load on the headlight design but didn’t have any creative juices left to finish the job. So they ended up with a bug-eyed, anemic, practical-joke of a car. Continue reading
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Tagged 2010 Detroit Auto Show, 2011, 2011 Car, 2011 Focus, 2011 Ford, 2011 Ford Focus, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, Focus, Ford, Ford Focus, New Cars
If you were to poll 100 native San Diegans, at least 75% would agree that snow is just a myth (the other 25% are snowboarders, and we really don’t take them that seriously). However, outside of our unnaturally pleasant 619/858/760 area codes, the celestial dandruff is an all-too-common annoyance.
Now, snow and cars don’t normally get along. The one usually causes the other to skid across highway lanes like a greased-up ten-year-old on a downhill slip ‘n slide. Sometimes, though, the two place nicely together. Jalopnik recently compiled a list of ten cars modded by Mother Nature. Lesson learned: if you’re thinking about bolting on a body kit but are unsure about how it might look, you can always park overnight in Fargo and take a look at the results.
The last ten years has brought us some amazing developments in automotive technology. Bugatti brought us the Veyron, one of the fastest and most advanced cars of it’s kind. Subaru and Mitsubishi brought cheap speed to the masses. And Tata made the Nano, the most affordable car in the world.
Looking forward to the next decade, we are going to have affordable cars that have standard features like lane-assist, wireless internet and voice recognition. The possibilities are endless, but before we look to the future, lets take a quick look at the past.
Here are the Top 10 Fastest Police Car’s of the decade.
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Tagged 2000, 2010, Best, Best of, Cars, Cop Cars, Corvette, Decade, Dodge, EVO, Fastest, Lamborghini, Police, Police Cars, Porsche, Spkyer, Spyker, STi, Subaru, Top 10, Z06
VH1 may try and fill the airwaves with “Best of <insert topic on which has-beens can make sarcastic observations>” lists. But, we’re purists. We believe lists should be reserved for the week prior to the new year, which is this week.
That’s why we were excited to see Jalopnik compile a list of the 30 most expensive car crashes of 2009. This list elicits odd emotions, though. There’s the initial sense of schadenfreude seeing the upper-crusts’ toys crash and burn, especially in the aftermath of the economic downturn in which we’ve learned that much of the recovery has been top heavy, favoring the Richy Riches over working families. However, there’s also a secondary sense of pain seeing those exotic racers mangled, torn asunder, never to be hot-dogged down a Florida highway or a Moscow city street ever again.
The fiberglass carnage is pretty intense, so check it out only if you have a strong stomach.
There are a few well-known Russian exports: strong vodka, delicious caviar and mail-order brides. But did you know that one of the most luxurious (self-proclaimed) auto manufacturers is located in Lenin’s backyard? They go by the name Dartz, and they take their coach-adorning craft to scary, scary extremes.
How extreme, you ask? 3 words: whale penis leather. Let that sink in for a minute. Ponder it. Mull it over. Chew on it. Now, consider it again: whale penis leather.
Turns out, Dartz considered land mammal leather a little too gauche for one of their uber upper-crust automobiles. So they found a supplier of whale penis leather, which they intended to use for the seats. When animal rights activists, Pamela Anderson included, caught a whiff of Dartz’s plans, they protested. And the public outcry worked.
In response to the protests, Dartz left the whale penis leather out of the final design. In a cryptic press release that reads like Gogol Bordello liner notes, a Dartz company man by the name of Leonard F. Yankelovich states:
We have no any ideas to kill the whale or something like that. All we want – to make just luxury car…We just looking for most expensive products for this car – and that’s why we choosed whale penis leathure when we checked it is most of most. [Sic]
Obviously moved by the pleas of the animal rights activists, Yankelovich goes on to make a personal statement to cetaceans everywhere:
We want to tell our hello to all whales: ‘Our Sea Brothers! We all know that earth are stand on three whales – we will keep You live! We don’t Earth fall down to Ocean!’ [Sic]
In a final act of magnanimity, Dartz also commissioned the (Photoshop) construction of a tribute car to Pamela Anderson and the other animal rights activists. Take a gander:
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Tagged Animal Rights, Dartz, Gogol Bordello, Luxury SUVs, Pamela Anderson, PeTA, Russia, Whale Penis, Whale Penis Leather, Whale Phallus
This is how we do it in San Diego. :)
From our family to yours:
Hot on the release of the 2010 Porsche 911 is the GT3 RS. This super-tuned version of the GT3 gets the same upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six engine that the 911 inherited from the Carrera, but this version is sans-turbos. Either way, power output is pegged at 450HP, more than enough to make the RS leave blurred streaks of neon through the air. A wider track, custom suspension and light weight body work improve grip, handling and general sex appeal. Full gallery below, but there’s two track videos after the jump!
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Tagged Fast Cars, GT3, Porsche, Porsche 911, Porsche 911 GT3, Sexy, Sports Cars, Super Cars
Out with the old, in with the new. Although Porsche hasn’t made any real changes to the exterior, it’s whats under the hood (boot?) that counts. And Porsche delivered for 2010; gone is the peppy 3.6-liter, replaced by the Carrera’s beefier 3.8-liter flat-six. Not only does the new engine have 5.5% more displacement, but it also features direct-injection, which gives a bump to power and fuel economy. What also gives a bump to power? The twin set of variable-geometry turbines they mounted to the boxer.
Power output has been raised to an incredible 500 ponies, and if you can keep your lead foot in check, you can also expect an EPA-estimated 24.1 MPG with the 6-speed tranny. If you want to go for the 7-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (aka: dual-clutch) system, you get bumped up to an environmentally-friendly 24.8 MPG. Being green never felt soooo good. :)
What else is new? A refined Porsche Traction Management System (PTMS), a more rear-wheel-biased Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and an optional set of super expensive, super light RS Spyder Rims. The Coupe runs $132,800, but you can expect to pay another $11,000 if you want to sport the convertible. All this amounts to quite an upgrade for the 911, probably Porsche’s way of pushing back on the GT-R. Check out the full photo gallery after the jump.
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Tagged 2010, 911, Audi, Cars, Fast Cars, News, Porsche, Porsche 911, Sports Cars, Super Cars, VAG, Volkswagen
Hennessey announced today that it was able to squeeze in the 640 horsepower LS9 into the engine bay of the new Camaro. By the looks of the photos, the engine fits quite nicely. This is a considerable upgrade from the Camaro’s optional V8, but Hennessey wasn’t happy with just 640 ponies. Oh no, they’ll be working on pushing out over 700 to the wheels.
Only 24 LS9 Camaro’s will be made by Hennessy and 11 of them have already been pre-ordered. If you got a couple hundred grand laying around and fancy the new 2010 Camaro, get on the horn and talk to Mr. Hennessey. Pics after the jump!
UPDATE: HENNESSEY PRESS RELEASE AFTER THE JUMP – Performance Specs Included!
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Tagged Camaro, Chevy, Chevy Camaro, Chevy ZR1, Corvette, Corvette ZR1, Hennessey, Horsepower, LS9, Performance, ZR1
The Hennessey tuning shop is known for making Big power come out of monstrous engines. From their 1,000+ horsepower twin-turbo Dodge Vipers to their track-demolishing Corvettes, John knows his muscle cars. But that’s why his work on the GT-R is special; it’s not the traditional naturally-aspirated V8 muscle that’s capable of producing gobs of torque and astronomical amounts of horsepower. Rather, the GT-R is a highly tuned and balanced V6 that makes lots of horsepower per liter, making it super quick around the track. But like what many tuners in this world have asked; what would happen if we gave Godzilla even more power?
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Tagged Godzilla, GT-R, GTR, GTR700, Hennessey, Nissan GT-R, Nissan GTR, Sports Cars, Super Cars, Video
Could it be? Would Ford actually bring they’re road-going rally car to the states? I sure hope so, because that means we’d be seeing these little beasts all over the place. The 2.5-liter 5 cylinder engine puts out to 305 horsepower and nearly 300 ft-lbs of torque… that’s STi and Evo territory! Ford says they’re considering bringing the RS stateside, but we wouldn’t see it in the showrooms for at least 2-3 years. What do you think they should do? Would you want to own one?
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Tagged Car Wallpaper, Focus, Ford, Ford Focus, Ford Focus RS, Hot Hatch, Wallpaper
Tesla Model S - Front View in White
Tesla’s Roadster had a lot of hype in 2008. It was the hot, eco-friendly roadster that could do 0-60 in four seconds while reportedly getting 120 MPG. While the car is still hot-off-the-presses, Tesla’s been burning the midnight oil, working on the Model S. It’s a five seven seater sports-saloon that can do 0-60 in five seconds while still having a 300 mile range before needing a recharge. It looks like their work has paid off; I think it’s got the edge on the Porsche Panamera’s styling, while keeping up with it in all it’s performance specs.
So here’s some new wallpapers for your work week, enjoy!
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Tagged Cars, Desktop, Desktop Wallpaper, Desktop Wallpapers, Economy Cars, Sports Cars, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Sedan, Wallpaper
Aston Martin has vowed to make a super car that makes all others tremble. For months they’ve been providing teasers of how the car will look, showing little pieces of it to the press. Well this week was the Geneva Motor show and the One-77 is now known to the world. It is, in the tradition of all Aston Martin’s, beautiful, elegant and powerful. AutoBlog has done a great write up on the beast and they took lots of pictures. To quickly sum up the One-77, it’s got:
- A 7.3-liter V8 producing around 750 Horsepower
- Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Chassis
- Carbon fiber body panels and ducts
- Expected curb weight of 3,300 pounds
- Low 3.0 second 0-60, 200+ MPH
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Tagged Aston Martin, Geneva, Geneva Auto Show, One-77, Super Car, Super Cars
As if we didn’t have enough to worry about on the roads, Massachusetts has recently started using unmarked Ford F150’s to catch unlawful drivers. This was first brought to the public’s attention by Noah, a writer for the Pansy Patrol. The description of the vehicle is a late model blue/gray F150 with an officer inside and government plates. Hidden light bars also adorn the vehicle, but chances are the only time you’ll see them are when the lights are flashing red and blue.
While I support the officers who manage traffic violations, I personally think using unmarked police vehicles is borderline to “playing by the rules”, especially when you consider the safety aspects of pulling over for an unmarked vehicle. Now that they are using one of the most popular trucks on the road, the use of unmarked police vehicles goes farther into the gray area.
I know, I know… last weeks WOTW didn’t make it up on Friday, but that’s because we we wanted to bring you something really special on Monday to brighten up your day… consider this mission accomplished.
It’s hard to find a better example of a Lamborghini than their brand-spanking new Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce. When compared to the already lightweight LP-640, a 220 lb. weight loss and 487 ft-lbs. of torque helps the SuperVeloce run 0-62MPH in just 3.2 seconds, but it’s the 670 bulls under the hood that make it scream all the way up to 212 MPH (if you have the small spoiler on the trunk, that is). ‘
The refined, poly-angle design makes it more subtle than the Reventon, but still much more aggressive than the standard Murcielago. The engine cover alone helps transform this beast into an icon as three hexagonal-shaped polymer plates serve as a window into the engine bay, supported by a series of carbon fiber shelves formed specifically to maximize air flow onto the rear spoiler.
I doubt this Murc will be featured at the Lamborghini Academy, so these press photos will have to satisfy your appetite. Enjoy the pics, they should look great on your desktop for the next week or so. :)
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Tagged Lambo, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Murcielago, Murcielago, Sports Car, Super Car