Yes, folks, there’s a new sheriff in town. Sure, he looks…different. He’s got a funny name and he’s fresh off the boat from the old country, but he means business. He’s also looking for an outlaw by the name of CTS-V who claims to be the fastest production sedan…in the world.Porsche Panamera is. It’s a sedan…wait, no, it’s a hatchback. A wagon? Who knows. It doesn’t matter, really. It’s fast; faster than any Cadillac CTS-V you can throw at it. But wait, the CTS-V is a damn fast car, ain’t it? You bet it is. The sedan will blast 60 mph in 4 seconds flat. The Coupe? 4.1 seconds. The Wagon? 4.2. Few sedans can tangle with this Caddy and win. The Panamera is one of them. Oh, did we mention the Panamera gets better gas mileage, too… How? As any poker player will tell you, a pair beats a high card. One supercharger, no matter how super, simply ain’t a match for twin turbos. Put another way, the Caddy’s … [Read more...] about First Test: 2011 Porsche Panamera Turbo
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Most auto enthusiasts consider 1970 to be the zenith of the muscle car movement. The auto manufacturers were battling it out in a variety of motorsports, new car lines were being introduced in a raging war for the heart and soul of pavement-pounding car buyers, and the plethora of choices from pocket rocket to hairy-chested mastodon, with a mind-boggling array of add-on accessories, bordered on the decadent. No motor vehicle manufacturer was more in tune to the pulse of muscle car consumers than Chrysler Corporation, and no division fielded a more testosterone-packed line-up than Plymouth’s now legendary Rapid Transit System. The introduction for the ’70 Plymouths was Tuesday, September 23, 1969. As was the norm in that era, dealers soaped the showroom windows to heighten the suspense as to what new offerings would be unveiled. When the day came to launch the ’70 models, dealerships were decorated inside and out, lending a party atmosphere to the proceedings. For the … [Read more...] about The 1970 Plymouth Rapid Transit System – Pinnacle Of Performance
Summertime is fun time, giving hot rod and custom car owners the perfect opportunity to hit the open road with their rides across the country. Regardless of whether you’re heading to the local doughnut shop for cars and coffee or planning a high-mile sojourn, one thing for sure is that there’s no better way to enjoy traveling than with the sound of a hopped-up V-8. The PPG Syracuse Nationals celebrating its 17th year and has become one of the East Coast’s largest premier events to attend, with rodders making the trip from countless states and Canada to check everything out. Syracuse is an area with a deep history of automotive tradition being that it was the birthplace of a number of automobile makes, including the Franklin. The region is surrounded by the picturesque Finger Lakes region, offering amazing views, countless wineries, and great restaurants. After check-in a short cruise brought you to the gates of the massive New York State Fairgrounds with over 365 … [Read more...] about 17th Annual PPG Syracuse Nationals
The PlanJust where this scheme was first hatched nobody seems to remember, but it has hotel bar written all over it. It must have been after a long, beautiful day on the road on Power Tour(r) or on top of 14 hours of sensory overload at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. When the HOT ROD staff is spooled up into a state of giddy exhaustion and the second round of beverages has been ordered-only then can a story idea as extreme as this one begin to make sense. The high concept: Take a truckload of crate engines and race-test them all in the same car, at the same time, on the same dragstrip. Yeah, right. Get real. Such a project would require a track thrash of heroic proportions. The logistics alone are a nightmare. It would demand far more time and budget than one feature could ever justify; meanwhile, any one of a zillion little things could go wrong and crash the whole stupid plan. One would have to be crazy to even suggest such a thing. But now here is the truly weird part: We pitched the … [Read more...] about The Jumbo Crate Motor Comparo of Death!
When you’re in the New York metropolitan area and it comes time to shake down some extra-fancy, extra-rapid sheetmetal, such as the $240,000 Bentley Continental GT Speed and the $375,000 Ferrari FF we are driving, you don’t have a lot of options. This, of course, would be distinctly unlike either of the window stickers for these two cars, as between them they enumerate a combined $100,000 in options. What we mean by “lack of options” is this: There are few roads around here to fully reveal a supercar’s superpowers—no experience to be had legally in a place close to New York City that even slightly resembles blasting down the autobahn or traversing the Stelvio Pass at speed. As a result, the thinking has long been that to evaluate stylish and spendy 12-cylinder flagship coupes like these, with seating for two-plus-two and price tags for two-plus-14, you might as well concentrate on psychographics instead of fast driving and simply point your swish … [Read more...] about Hamptons on the Hudson: Ferrari FF vs. Bentley Continental GT
Cold and slush did little to cool our love affair with our Four Seasons 2017 BMW M2, which powered through a Midwestern winter as chariot on several big road trips. Over thousands of miles from Florida, all the way to Toronto, and across Michigan, the M2 proved itself a versatile long-distance companion. For a rubber-roasting sports car of this ilk, it’s been a pleasant surprise. The M2’s first big outing was to Canada, where yours truly piled on more than 600 miles of mostly highway driving. My girlfriend Michelle and I loaded the trunk with a pair of suitcases and backpacks, which fit easily without needing to fold down the rear seats. From Ann Arbor, Michigan it’s about 4.5 hours to Toronto, not including the requisite stop at Tim Horton’s for the all-important Timbits and hot chocolate. The ride is a largely monotonous haul flanked by farmland and windmills, which offered up plenty of time to take note of the M2’s interior. Now nicely broken in, … [Read more...] about Road Trips and Dealer Visits Galore for Our Four Seasons 2017 BMW M2
the saga of Delaware couple Debbie and John Hooper, who were engaged in a battle with First State Chevrolet over their wrecked 2012 Camaro ZL1. The car was sent to the dealer for a warrantied paint repair, but was wrecked by a joyriding employee that snuck in on a weekend to go for a spin.First State claimed that as the employee shouldn't have been in the car in the first place, it wasn't liable for the crashed ZL1, although it did try to make things right with the Hoopers by offering them a car with more mileage, modifications, options they didn't want and a rather questionable provenance. This was turned down. The Hoopers wanted a new ZL1 for their troubles.Now, thanks to a little cooperation from General Motors and Berger Chevrolet, in Grand Rapids, MI, a 2013 Camaro ZL1 is being sent to First State. According to a post on the Camaro5 forums, John Hooper said, "I understand that it will be about two weeks before the insurance check is cut, the old car is paid off, the new car … [Read more...] about Wrecked Camaro ZL1 owner getting new car thanks to GM and different dealer