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150 Miles in the Roadkill “General Maintenance” Dodge Charger Hellcat

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in New Models | Comments Off on 150 Miles in the Roadkill “General Maintenance” Dodge Charger Hellcat

Published on December 31, 2015 By: Phillip Thomas | Photography by Phillip Thomas 2015 Dodge Charger price starts at $27,995 > Learn More I’m deep inside the Santa Monica Mountains at this point, with Hellcat’s rapid-fire eight-speed automatic transmission locked down in third-gear. This allows us to modulate the Hellcat’s Saturn V-like thrust through its entire torque band. Spin it from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm – it’s enough to get just about any felony charge that you want while still keeping the PZeros planted. Enough time in the canyons and 707hp begins to feel natural, even though the simple idea of the Hellcat is unnatural to begin with. If you listen to the wrong people, the Dodge Charger Hellcat might intimidate you at first wind of its specs: 0 to 60 mph in 3.7-seconds? 11-second quarter-miles on the stock...

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CARS: A brand-by-brand look at new 2016 models

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in New Models | Comments Off on CARS: A brand-by-brand look at new 2016 models

Published September 10, 2015 Associated Press Facebook81 Twitter277 Email Print  (Lamborghini) The 2016 model year has plenty of workhorses, including new versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Titan pickups, Chevrolet Malibu and Kia Optima sedans and the Honda Civic small car. But it also has some sparkling show horses. Ford, Audi, Ferrari and Acura all have new supercars. Cadillac is launching the racetrack-ready CTS-V. Dodge is unleashing its fastest Viper ever, and Lamborghini has amped up the power in its Aventador. Drivers with a smaller budget can also have a lot of fun in the new Ford GT350, Audi TT or Mazda MX-5 Miata. Hyper luxury is in: Bentley is releasing its first SUV and Mercedes has a $189,350 Maybach version of its S-Class sedan with its own fragrance system. The new top-of-the-line Range Rover SVAutobiography starts at...

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Army awards tactical vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in New Models | Comments Off on Army awards tactical vehicle contract to Wisconsin firm

Published August 26, 2015 Associated Press Facebook910 Twitter512 Email Print  (Oshkosh) Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. won a major contract Tuesday to build a new combat vehicle to replace a large share of the U.S. military’s Humvee troop carriers. The Department of Defense awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract to Oshkosh Defense, one of three firms that were finalists for the work. The $6.7 billion contract is expected to support thousands of jobs. The Army and Marine Corps plan to buy as many as 55,000 JLTVs by 2040. Nearly 49,100 would be built for the Army with 5,500 going to the Marines. The vehicle is designed to provide more protection against roadside bombs and mines than Humvees without being as big as another military vehicle produced by Oshkosh, the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP. —Surplus military Humvees heading...

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Test Drive: 2015 BMW i8

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in New Models | Comments Off on Test Drive: 2015 BMW i8

By Gary Gastelu Published March 27, 2015 Facebook48 Twitter90 livefyre17 Email Print NOW PLAYINGStarnes: Spring Break: We’re making Sodom & Gomorrah blush Never autoplay videos Have you purchased a pricy sports car recently? Something in the $137,450 range? Congratulations, you successful so and so! I just hope it wasn’t too much of a financial stretch, because, I’m sorry to tell you, odds are you bought the wrong car. Look, I’m sure whatever you got is fast and sexy and will provide many wonderful years of motoring, but for the same money you could’ve gotten all of that, your mind blown, and experienced what its like to have the eyes of everyone you pass pop of of their heads. The BMW i8 may not be THE future of sports cars, but it is one possible future, and no doubt...

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2015 Volkswagen GTI Test Drive

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in New Models | Comments Off on 2015 Volkswagen GTI Test Drive

By Gary Gastelu Published January 23, 2015 Facebook52 Twitter100 livefyre23 Email Print So the Volkswagen Golf GTI is your 2015 North American Car of the Year. At least that’s what the jury of 57 journalists that handed it a decisive win over the excellent Ford Mustang and Hyundai Genesis thinks. I wasn’t on it, but I generally agree with the assessment that the seventh generation GTI offers lots of utility, refinement and performance per buck.   Related Image Expand / Contract  (VW)   You’ll need 25,605 of them to get into it. That buys you a two-door GTI with a six-speed manual transmission. Add $600 for a four-door model and another $1,100 for the six-speed dual-clutch automatic and you end up with the car I tested.   Related Image Expand / Contract  (VW)   The GTI looks familiar, but it’s an all-new car...

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Buick drops the top on Cascada convertible

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in New Models | Comments Off on Buick drops the top on Cascada convertible

Published January 11, 2015 Facebook60 Twitter137 livefyre44 Email Print It’s been 25 years, but Buick is finally dropping its top again. The 2016 Cascada is the company’s first convertible since the 1991 Reatta. The slick-looking 2+2 is a reboot of a model from General Motors’ Opel division that’s already on sale in Europe, but updated for the United States.   Related Image Expand / Contract   It’s powered by a small, but potent 200 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, and features 2+2 seating. A soft-top roof design allows it to have a large trunk for a convertible, whether the roof is up or down, and can be opened at speeds up to 31 mph.  The rear seatbacks can also be folded down to create a cargo shelf.   Related Image Expand / Contract...

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