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Top 10 Fastest Police Cars of the Decade


High Speed Police Chase

DiggThisThe 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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Automotive Watches, Tailgating Gear, Power Programmers & More! An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Warehouse BoxesHoly smokes do we have a new product payload for you.  Christmas time is around the corner, so we thought we should add some products that might make your shopping a little easier this year. Over the last month, we partnered up with Taxor, a manufacturer of men’s watches, women’s watches, and automotive clocks.  But what makes these time pieces are extra special because they feature the logo of your mistress de la garage.

  • GM Watches for Men -  Because you want the world to know that you drive a Corvette.
  • Honda Watches for Men – So you can keep your Honda boxers to yourself.
  • Nissan Watches for Men – So you can time your car going from 0 to 60 in about 9 seconds flat.
  • Dodge Watches for Men – Because strapping a Dodge Hot Wheels on your wrist is unacceptable.
  • Ford Watches for Men – Tired of holding your Ford key out in hopes someone asks what you drive? Wear a Ford watch instead.
  • Dodge Watches for Women – Unless your special talent is telling time by the location of the sun, you need this watch.
  • Ford Watches for Women – Because no outfit is complete without at least one Ford accessory on your wrist.
  • GM Watches for Women – To tactfully remind others what kind of fancy car you drive.
  • Honda Watches for Women – It’s about more than just punctuality–it’s about having mad style.
  • Ford Clocks – Hickory Dickory Dock, tell time with this Ford Clock. C’mon. You knew we had to use it.
  • GM Clocks – Better than running out to your car to check the time–now you can tell time the GM way on your wall or desk.
  • Honda Clocks – Don’t spend your money on a box. Don’t spend it on a fox. Don’t spend it on a sock. Spend it on a Honda Clock.
  • Jeep Clocks – Jeeps beep and clocks tock. Now, Taxor brings you Jeep Clocks–sorry they don’t beep.

And if time isn’t your thing, then we’ve got a few other items that’ll rock your Christmas socks:

  • AVS Seamless Ventvisor – Seamless stockings, seamless rain gutters, seamless plots and now—Seamless Ventvisors.  Get’em today, they’re Ultra Low-Pro for a look that’s slicker than your grandpa’s comb over.
  • Tailgate Cargo Box – No, it’s not a miniature Doug Henning prop; however, the Tailgate Cargo Box does carry all your gear and then magically transform from a cargo carrier into 2 chairs and a table.  Works great for camping too!
  • Hypertech Max Energy Sport – You may have heard about this, you may have even seen spy photos of it, but the day has almost come; Hypertech is entering the world of sport-compacts!  We should have these puppies in stock soon, check back if you want to give your import some extra juice!

2010 Specter Werkes Corvette GTR Gets Our Motors Running


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Officially unveiled at the 2009 SEMA Show, Specter Werkes has shown the public what their 2010 C6 GTR is made of. Based on the mighty 500 horsepower Z06 platform, this Vette is far from stock.  Powered by Lingenfelter’s twin-turbo system for the LS7, this C6 now boasts 800 horsepower to the wheels and enough torque to spin the world backwards.

A custom body kit, vented hood, front lip and matte-black rear fascia clean up the exterior.  Overall, I think it looks good, but those rear exhaust tips are a little over the top.  Carbon fiber wheels adorn each corner, wrapped in Pilot Sport PS2 rubber, surrounding a StopTech 6-piston BBK.  The wheels are made by HRE and weigh in at only 22 pounds each, not bad for 20′s! Press release and 5 more pics after the break!

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Hennessey CTS-V: So Fast, On-Star Called


It’s not very often that a car is so blindingly fast that it’s on board computer management systems thinks there’s a problem. Well if it’s going to happen to anyone, it’s going to happen to John Hennessy and his crew. Watch as their 700 pony-pushing CTS-V runs an 11 second quarter-mile, and then procedes to alert On-Star because .99 G’s of acceleration registers as a “vehicle event”.

PS: This CTS-V SCREAMS!

Hennessey Dyno’s their LS9 Powered Camaro


Hennessey Camaro LS9 Dyno

Well Hennessey did it; they were able to squeeze the LS9 into a Camaro and they have officially finished tuning that beast. Here’s the video of the first dyno… can you say torque-tastic?

Rumor: Next Gen Corvette to Bring Back Split Window Design


1963 Corvette Split Window

One of the most iconic designs in the Corvette’s history is the split window design from the 1963 model year. Yes, it hinders the drivers vision out the rear window, but it provides a beautiful swatch of metal to paint in an area usually reserved for glass. In 1964, the split window design got the axe, ultimately replaced by a huge sheet of glass. Well next year is the Corvette’s centennial anniversary, and GM is considering bringing back the split rear window style. As I see it, there are a couple pros and cons to this:

Pros

  1. Elegant exterior styling (duh!)
  2. Could work as a structural brace, providing a stiffer chassis design
  3. The possibility of having the split window be completely transparent, by means of fancy aero-space materials and technologies.  Think electro-transparent panoramic glass, like that featured in the new Maybach’s.

Cons

  1. Rear vision could be blocked, or seriously hindered. This could be solved by having a rear camera installed by the license plate.
  2. It could add a considerable amount to the bottom line of buying a Corvette
  3. It doesn’t represent a drastic leap in styling, is it really going to be worth it?

Stingray Concept - Transformers II 2009

What do you think of the Transformers 2 design concepts?  Solid win or epic fail?

Lambo SuperVeloce vs Corvette ZR1


The blokes over at AutoCar were lucky enough to pit two of the worlds fastest and most highly regarded super cars in the world. The Lambo SV has 670 Italian-bred ponies in the boot and all wheel drive, making it go from 0-60 in negative three seconds… well, maybe it can’t defy space and time, but it’s still ridiculously fast. The ZR1, on the other hand, has 30 less horsepower and 60 more pounds, meaning the Lambo should have a solid edge over the bowtie. Watch and learn why American muscle is king.

Remember that Hennessey LS9 Camaro?


It’s alive and it sounds awesome!

It Fits! ZR1 LS9 in the New Camaro


2010 Hennessey LS9 Camaro

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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2010 Chevy Corvette, Now with more Grand Sport


2010 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport - Red

Great news for those of us who are longing to see the 2010 Corvette: Chevy recently announced to bring back the Corvette Grand Sport for next year. The Z51 performance package will be discontinued and replaced with a Grand Sport model touting Z06 body pieces and some unique performance upgrades.  New bits from the Chevy parts bin will allow for a  greater degree of handling performance; wider wheels and tires, revised shocks, beefier stabilizer bars, new spring specs and tranny-specific gearing will all be included on every Grand Sport model. The new race-bred suspension will give it distinctive, starting grid performance. The new Grand Sport will be offered in both coupe and convertible body styles, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Chevrolet puts the same 6.2L LS3 V8 into the new Grand Sport, giving you an extremely capable 430hp to tap into. Some versions will be equipped with a two-mode exhaust, which even raises horsepower from 430hp to 436hp. Chevrolet also announced a 0.2-sec drop in the Grand Sport’s 0-60 mph times. The new 2010 model is equipped with 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels wrapped in super-sticky 275/35ZR18 and 325/30ZR19 tires, front and rear. Want more details? We’ll be back soon with more news and pictures as they become available. If you currently own a Vette and need some replacement parts, you can be sure to find them in our Corvette parts section.

Hennessey Works on the ZR1, Run’s 11 Second Quarter


Hennessey ZR700 Corvette

Hennessey is known for creating muscle cars that have so much power, they could make the earth spin underneath them. They have not deviated from their path to madness in their latest creation, the ZR700.  Here’s the basic formula; take a limited edition 640HP ZR1 Corvette, add more boost, a bigger intercooler, a K&N intake, stainless steel headers, high flow catalytic converters and an electronic tune to boost up horsepower to 705 at the crank. 

Get more details, dyno sheets and videos after the jump!

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The Worlds Most Unique and Crazy Limousines


Various Exotic Limousines

I’ve collected some some photos of the world’s most luxurious, unique and wild limousines.  Many of these are custom made for the limo companies and some are custom ordered for the rich and shameless.  Hit the jump to view all the pics, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Watch the Corvette ZR-1 Engine Be Assembled


General Motors has just made the ZR-1 engine available as a crate motor, allowing you to drop it into a wide variety of vehicles. The LS9 is the most advanced and powerful V8 engine to ever leave the GM factory.  Here’s a cool video of the LS9 being assembled, tested and packed away into a crate.

Drag Race Video – Corvette ZR1, Ferrari 599, Porsche GT2, and the Nissan GT-R


MotorTrend has tested all of these cars and they have finally lined them up for a drag race.  This isn’t just a 1/4 mile race either, they run these cars until they run out of pavement.  I’m not going to spoil the results for you, but you should think hard about what the finishing order will be.

Corvette ZR1 Knocked Four Seconds Off its Lap Time Around the Ring!


 

We all know that the Corvette ZR1 is a beast, and today it has proved itself yet again.  Jan Magnussen was at the wheel in the ZR1 this time and 73 turns later he was able to knock 4 seconds off the ZR1′s previous time of 7:26.4.   

The new time of 7:22.4 seconds is fast.  Really really fast, but it’s still .3 seconds behind Dodge’s best run in their Viper ACR.  To be honest, these times should all be considered unofficial until the top manufacturers get together at the ‘Ring on the same day and run their cars at the same time in similar weather conditions.  Then we’ll really have something to compare the cars against and nobody can call foul on using modified cars and upgraded tires.  Porsche, I’m looking in your direction.

Stay tuned, I’m sure GM will be releasing the video soon!

Source: AutoBlog

Next Season of Top Gear to Start November 2, 2008: Brought to you by AutoAnything


Tickets for Top Gear’s studio audience are currently being sold for Wednesday, October 29th.  This would be for the first episode of Top Gear’s new season, which would indicate that the first episode should air on Sunday, November 2nd.  Can’t wait to see what trio has in store for us. 

Sneak Peak: Judging by the photos I’ve seen, there will be a shootout between Chevy’s ZR1, the Dodge Challenger and Cadillac’s CTS-V.  Whether that will be featured in the first episode or not will remain to be seen, but it’s definitely in the works.

Sources: Final Gear and AutoBlog

Cars.com Reviews the Corvette ZR1


Cars.com gives a good, indepth review of the new ZR1. Check this out if you want to get a closer look at one of the fastest production cars ever made.

Nissan GT-R vs. Corvette ZR1: The Battle Continues


Chevy finally got around to putting their all-mighty ZR1 to the ultimate test: Germany’s own Nurburgring.  If you haven’t been following the dual, Nissan’s GT-R surprised everyone with a lap time of 7 minutes, 29.03 seconds… a VERY fast time.  Chevy said that their ZR1 would beat it, and the new $103K Corvette followed through with a blazing time of 7 minutes and 26.4 seconds.  Not bad, not bad at all Chevy!  They say there was also a strong headwind on the longest straight, which might have slowed it down a bit.

They only thing Chevy is sweating over now, other than the dismal car market, is Nissan’s GT-R V-Spec, the even more highly tuned and taught version of the already fast GT-R.  Unofficial times of the V-Spec put it somewhere near the 7:25 mark, and since the GT-R is already $30k less that the ZR1, Nissan has a lot of head room to play with to beat out the Vette.  Rest assured, when the official times are posted, you’ll find them here at the AutoAnything blog… this is one dog fight we’re not going to miss!

Chevy Corvette ZR-1 Specs Released


Today Chevy released the official numbers for their legendary race car.  For $103,000 you can rocket up to 60 mph in just 3.4 sec, run the quarter-mile in 11.3 sec at around 131mph, and then keep you can keep that petal floored until you hit 205 mph.  The performance figures are quite impressive, as is the thorough use of carbon fiber…but what we at AutoAnything want to know is how fast it’ll run around the Nurburgring!  Can Chevy fulfill the Corvette’s destiny to be King of the ‘Ring, or will Nissan hold onto that title for a while longer?  Let me know what you think, pictures of the new Vette are below.

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Corvette ZR-1 3/4 Shot

Nissan’s new GT-R is King of the ‘Ring, but for how long?


In case you’ve missed all the chatter about Nissan’s latest rendition of the Skyline, formally badged as the GT-R, it has officially set the pace on the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:29.03.  If that lap time means little to you, maybe the following list of cars which were slower than the GT-R will mean more: the Porsche Carrera GT, Porsche 911 GT2, the Koenigsegg CCR, Mercedes’ SLR McLaren, and that limited-production-run vehicle which barely got any press coverage, the Bugatti Veyron.

Chevy has taken this harder than most other automakers.  The latest version of their iconic American super car, the 2008 Corvette Z06, ran around the ‘Ring quickly at 7:42.9 seconds, beating a stable full of super cars like the Pagani Zonda S, the race-bred Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ferrari’s own F430 Scuderia.  But coming up for 2009 is Chevy’s supercharged version of the Z06.  Codenamed the Blue Devil, officially released as ZR-1, Chevy says their new hot rod will beat the GT-R.  Maybe so Chevy, but are you ready for the GT-R V-Spec which is unofficially running lap times of 7:25 seconds?  We’ll see come the new year…for those of you that haven’t seen what the new GT-R is all about, scope the pics below.

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