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We cruised Woodward in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/video]

Posted Aug 19th 2014 8:00PM

Calling Attention With A 700-Horsepower Megaphone

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

We were definitely rock stars at the 20th edition of the Dream Cruise.

The yell came from somewhere in the crowd: "Hey Hellcat, push it!" We obliged with a jab of the throttle, and the 707 horses of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat roared to life. It went on like this. All weekend. It's one thing to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise, it's quite another to star in it.

We were definitely rock stars at the 20th edition of the Dream Cruise, metro Detroit's annual summer car show that rolls up and down the area's iconic strip, Woodward Avenue. Chrysler tossed us the keys to its latest muscle coupe a few days before the cruise with the suggestion: "Have fun." Hmm, okay, think we can handle that. And with a vague game plan of burning as much fuel as possible, we hit the road.

Thursday night was a bit of a dry run – or so we thought. The idea was to get used to the Hellcat's heavy clutch in traffic, gun the engine a few times and head home. But the Dodge commanded immediate attention from the moment we pulled onto Woodward... READ FULL STORY

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Greg Migliore / AOL

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic

Posted Aug 18th 2014 12:00PM

Luxury Bruiser Loves To Run, Hates To Dawdle

2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 4Matic

Let us pause as I toss a Kleenex to the owners of Mercedes-Benz's $204,500 S600 and $249,500 S65 AMG models. The quickest S-Class is not fitted with a twin-turbocharged V12 driving its rear wheels. Instead, that honour goes to this $167,400 (the standard S550 is "only" $116,800 and the standard AMG 4Matic version is $156,400) S63 AMG, which arrives with a twin-turbocharged V8, a wickedly quick multi-clutch transmission and surefooted all-wheel drive. This particular Mercedes-Benz is a massive vehicle, stretching just over 17 feet long and weighing in at more than 4,800 pounds (2,177 kilograms), but in superhero fashion, it combines the luxury of a penthouse suite with the performance and moves of an exotic sports car.

During a recent trip to Washington DC, I was handed the key to a glistening Verde Brook (think metallic dark brown) S63 AMG. After a quick walk-around, which required prying myself out of its cavernous second row (complete with opulent heated and cooled reclining seats equipped with marshmallow-soft pillows), I dropped behind its steering wheel, fired up the engine and pointed its nose south. My destination was 300 miles (483 kilometres) away, which should have taken just over four hours, except this was a summer weekend and I was heading down dreaded Interstate 95 with a few million other motorists... READ MORE

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Michael Harley / AOL

Ex-CEO of red-light camera company indicted on corruption charges

Posted Aug 16th 2014 9:59AM



A former chief executive officer of one of the world's largest makers of red-light traffic cameras was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday, along with two city officials in Chicago.

A US federal grand jury returned a 23-count indictment against the three, alleging that ex-Redflex CEO Karen Finley provided approximately US$570,000 in cash and other improper benefits to an assistant transportation commissioner in exchange for inside information that helped the Phoenix-based company win contracts in Chicago worth as much as US$124 million.

For a decade, Finley schemed with city official John Bills to help secure the rights to city contracts by providing him cash, meals, hotel stays, rental cars and golf outings, according to the charges. Redflex funneled more money to Bills through a friend, Martin O'Malley, who was hired as an independent contractor by the company and passed some of his US$2 million in compensation back to Bills, the indictment alleges.

"When public officials peddle influence for profit, the consequences are severe," said Zachary T. Fardon, US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. "When corporate executives enable that corruption, the same rule applies. We will attack alleged public corruption from every angle.

Click down for the rest of the scoop.

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Next Corvette ZR1 to go mid-engined? Motor Trend thinks so

Posted Aug 15th 2014 4:00PM

1964 Chevy CERV II

Will the Chevy Corvette go mid-engine? It's a strong possibility, according to a report from Motor Trend.

The magazine says Chevrolet could use the mid-engine layout as soon as the next ZR1, which would mean the supercar could be only several years away. A bit farther out, the next-generation Vette, the C8, could also go mid-engine, according to Motor Trend. The seventh-generation car went on sale in 2013, so the C8 isn't due until the early 2020s.

The story, which cites anonymous sources and has multiple authors, says General Motors considered using the mid-engine configuration for the C7, but that those plans died when product guru/vice chairman Bob Lutz and former Corvette chief engineer Tom Wallace left GM.

A Corvette spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment Friday morning.

Moving the Vette to the mid-engine configuration would offer many possible benefits, including a more favourable weight setup and greater performance. It would elevate the Corvette, which is already considered one of the best and most affordable high-performance cars in the world, to elite status. The C7 is a viable Porsche 911-fighter, but the mid-engine chassis would allow the Vette to face off against Ferraris, Lamborghinis and McLarens.

In its online report, Motor Trend argues the Corvette might need to go to a mid-engine setup to separate itself from the next-gen Chevy Camaro, which is expected to cut weight and improve its agility to better compete against the Ford Mustang.

Rumours of a mid-engine Corvette are nearly as old as the car itself. Zora Arkus-Duntov, considered to be the father of the modern, performance-oriented Corvettes, was a vocal advocate. As we've reported, GM has moved to trademark the "Zora" name for use on cars. Arkus-Duntov spearheaded development of two mid-engine Chevrolet Experimental Racing Vehicle prototypes in the early 1960s, which fueled rumors the Corvette could move to that setup. The CERV II concept (shown above), specifically was conceived as the answer to Ford's GT40 program, and the CERV II also had what's believed to be the first torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. Could a Corvette get all-wheel drive? Some people inside Chevy have been thinking about it for more than 50 years.

Still, a move to mid-engine would make the Corvette a completely different animal, and fans of the car are among the most loyal in the industry. A layout change could make the Vette more extreme, and possibly more expensive. Would you welcome this? Let us know in the comments below.

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News Source: Motor Trend

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Meet the coolest police cars on the planet

Posted Aug 15th 2014 1:00PM

Ariel PL1 police car

Police cars are faster, more athletic and even better looking than they have been in generations.

Nobody likes getting a ticket. It's expensive, embarrassing and annoying. And when the officer ambles back to an ancient Ford Crown Victoria, more than a few of enthusiasts have had the tantalizing thought: I could have outrun him.

Okay, slap yourself across the face. That's a ridiculous idea. Engaging in a police chase over a speeding ticket is idiotic, and just to dissuade you further, digest this: police cars are faster, more athletic and even better looking than they have been in generations.

The Detroit Three each offer imposing sedans for police. With gaudy horsepower ratings and track-capable 0-60 (0-96 km/h) times, these patrol vehicles are really muscle cars wearing the uniform. Still, those cars are downright button-downed compared to some of the international offerings from supercar makers like Lamborghini. Read on for a few of our favourites.

Lamborghini Factory and the Lambo Police Car

Image Credit: Ariel Motor Co / Lamborghini / Brabus

2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat vs. the fastest sedans in the world

Posted Aug 14th 2014 7:00PM

707 HP And A 328 KM/H Top End Make For Crazy Bedfellows

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

"This is a car that most brands would never bring to market." – Tim Kuniskis

Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis had reason to be confident, perhaps even a bit cocky at the reveal of his brand's newest halo car, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. As he said simply, it's the "quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world."

It's a bold statement, and the numbers back him up. By now they're familiar: the Charger Hellcat packs a supercharged 6.2-litre V8 with 707 horsepower. It has a top speed of 204 miles per hour (328 km/h) and run the quarter mile on radial tires in just 10.8 seconds.

That's serious performance, and as the covers were about to come off the Charger Hellcat, Kuniskis rubbed it in a little bit. "This is a car that most brands would never bring to market," he said.

Ouch. But for now, he's right, and Dodge's natural rivals from Detroit, Ford and Chevy, have little to compare with the Charger Hellcat... READ MORE

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sizzle

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Hot Wheels cars we wish we could drive in real life

Posted Aug 14th 2014 3:00PM



Ever since the Hot Wheels brand hit toy store shelves back in 1968, the popular 1:64 scale manufacturer has featured plenty of cool cars based off of real life vehicles, concept cars and even a few strange prototypes that were never put into production.

But arguably, the most amazing and sought after Hot Wheels cars have always been the sometimes bizarre original creations derived solely from the car crazy minds of Mattel's own toy designers. This begs the question, what if some of these wacky creations were real?

After combing through a few galleries of our favourite Hot Wheels cars from our childhood, we compiled a list of the coolest original Hot Wheels cars we wish entered production as actual cars.

Click here to check out the full list of coolest Hot Wheels cars we wish we could drive in real life and for more, watch the Hot Wheels car reviews featured in the video below.

CGR Garage - RODZILLA Hot Wheels Review & Dragon's Lair

Image Credit: Hot Wheels Wiki, eBay, Hot Wheels, supercars.net

Best new cars of 2014 for teens headed back to school

Posted Aug 13th 2014 6:00PM



Back to school is just around the corner and droves of students will soon be hitting the road, returning to class after having the summer season off. If you have a teen or twenty-something in your life in need of a new ride for high school, college or university, we've rounded up the best new cars of 2014 when it comes to value, reliability and still being kinda fun too.

Teens have different needs when it comes to cars. They're by far the most dangerous age group on the road, so they should have the latest safety features and technology and should not have cars with engines that are too powerful.

The car buying experts at Kelly Blue Book has put together a great list of vehicles that, in addition to being among the safest on the road, are also among the most fuel efficient and versatile cars with low starting sticker prices.

Click here to head on through to see what KBB recommends as the best new cars for teens headed back to school.

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat revealed with 707HP and 4-doors

Posted Aug 13th 2014 12:30PM

707 Horsepower Now Available With Four Doors



Almost immediately after we drove the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, we began wondering: what's next? Pumping 707 horsepower into the Challenger seemed so crazy – and so intoxicating – we just assumed that Dodge would try that trick again.

Rumours swirled about a Charger Hellcat. Frankly it makes even more sense than the Challenger version. The Charger is a bigger car, and Dodge has never been shy about dropping monster engines under its hood. Hell (cat), we've seen Charger mules running around town that appeared to be the super sedan.

And finally, it's here. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was revealed today at a preview event near Detroit, and it will be a centrepiece of the Chrysler display this weekend at the Woodward Dream Cruise. (We're currently assembling a full gallery of images of the new car, and waiting on official pictures from Dodge – please accept these humble snapshots in the meantime and look for an update.)

The Charger gets similar Hellcat treatment as the Challenger. Under the hood is the now familiar 707-hp supercharged V8 displacing 6.2 litres. It pumps out 650-lb-ft of torque, can sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and can post a quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds – both times 0.2 seconds slower than the Challenger. The engine is paired with the same eight-speed automatic transmission offered in the two-door Hellcat, which is specially designed to handle the increased output.

There's plenty of "show" to complement the "go" of the Charger Hellcat, yet it all has a purpose. The hood scoop and air extractors help cool the V8, and there's a custom spoiler in back. It all rolls on 20-inch wheels.

Theoretically, Chrysler can only do so many Hellcat variants, but perhaps the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ram 1500 would be good options for another one. It's not like we're suggesting a Dart Hellcat. Or are we?

Click here to read the full press release added below – 11.0-second quarter mile and a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h)!

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