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Dodge Charger Hellcat: Insanity Contained… Barely

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707 horsepower.

We’re not talking about some ultra-exotic hypercar made by hand in some shop in a country you’ve never been visited. This is a four-door, five-passenger sedan from Dodge.

This is the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, and it might be the most insane vehicle on the planet simply for the fact that it exists at all. The folks at Dodge have created one giant middle finger to the world with this car, and they can raise a second middle finger when you pair the car with its Challenger sibling.

It’s wild, loud, powerful, aggressive, and it’s offering near super car acceleration for premium to luxury sedan pricing. The Hellcat also happens to be a car you could live with everyday… which just adds to the craziness.

[Disclaimer: Dodge flew me to Washington, D.C. and put me up in a hotel that had a clear view of the White House. This was a blatant attempt to instill extra patriotism into my bones. This wasn’t necessary as the Hellcat forces MURICA down your throat hole, and then transforms you into a red, white, and blue bald eagle that can only communicate by squawking out God Bless America.]

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: Aggressive Aural Angular Anger

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The Lamborghini Aventador Roadster is ridiculous. It’s ridiculously expensive, ridiculously powerful, ridiculously designed… and it’s perfect it in its ridiculous world.

Is it perfect to drive? Of course not, but the fury and the noise help keep a smile on your face the entire time you’re driving one. Unless you come in too hot for a corner, then it’s time to frown and cry as you understeer towards a cliff. Thankfully, that didn’t happen for me.

[Disclaimer: Lamborghini tossed me the keys to the Aventador Roadster for a weekend. They also included a tank of gas. I’m pretty sure I needed a few more tanks.]

Classic Quick Spin: Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato

Bradley Brownell November 10, 2014 Featured, Quick Spin

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When someone throws you the keys to a Lancia Fulvia Sport Zagato, it doesn’t take more than a split second to say yes. A few months back, I was given the opportunity at a Lancia club gathering to drive this beautiful vision of Italian design, and I could not have been more excited to slip behind the wheel. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to drive a front wheel drive car, especially considering it only carried a 1216cc V4 rated at around 80 horsepower.

The great thing about the Zagato, though, is that lightweight hand-formed aluminum bodywork forming a modern-for-its-era angular shape. It took a bit for me to get used to the driving experience, as it wasn’t exactly modern. Once accustomed, though, it was quite a joy to drive.

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Nissan NV Taxi: Angeles Crest Confessions

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What do you do when you’re given a Taxi to drive for the week? Well, normally people might pick up friends and family, and then shuttle them around town.

…I’m not normal.

I decided to hustle the Nissan NV Taxi over Angeles Crest highway on my way to Willow Springs. No, the taxi didn’t get track time, but it did get “exercised” along the way to the track.

Also… RIP little birdie.

[Disclaimer: Nissan lent me the NV Taxi for a week and included a tank of gas. I earned zero dollars from zero passengers. I should’ve trolled the airports…]

Cruising Electric – Family Fun (NSFW)

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RAMJAC introduced this excellent slot car set themed after the famous Al Pacino film Cruising. The toy promised to be at least as much fun as the film, and it certainly delivered. Featuring a sweet Chevy van and a Mopar police car, among many other great details, this set would make a great collector piece today.

Hit the jump for the trailer and lock eyes with the TV ad.

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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen eGolf

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There’s officially a Volkswagen Golf for everyone. The standard Golf is a go-to choice in the compact hatchback market. Enthusiasts love the GTI, and diesel-drinking enthusiasts can’t wait for the GTD to get here (seriously… hurry your asses up on that one VW).

Now Volkswagen has a Golf for the ultra-green set. It’s the 2015 eGolf, and it’s the automaker’s first shot at a fully electric machine here in the United States.

What makes it special beyond its propulsion system? Nothing… and that’s why people will like it.

[Disclaimer: Volkswagen flew me to Virginia and put me up in a hotel so that I could sample their 2015 lineup. I focused on the eGolf because it was the most time I’ve been allowed to spend with the electron-drinking VW.]

2015 Honda Fit – Why Jeff is Wrong

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Most auto journalists, and Jeff, just love the 2015 Honda Fit, as they should. After all, it is an economical, affordable, reliable, and highly utilitarian vehicle. Completely redesigned for this year, the Fit is extremely important as its buyers are likely to become the future buyers of pricier Honda cars. But after I spent some time with it, I wasn’t so in love with the Fit.

Allow me to explain.

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The 2015 Honda Fit is Biggie Smalls

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A good compact car is capable of magic. It needs to pretend to be quite small on the outside, but reveal a large interior space once the doors are opened. The 2015 Honda Fit should be named David Copperfield then there’s some serious prestidigitation going on here. By the way, I spelled prestidigitation right the first time I typed this out… which is some sort of black magic.

Honda engineers have managed to create a interior world that’s deceptively vast. Fold down the rear seats and you basically have the cargo space of a crossover. You have the fuel economy of Honda Fit, however, and that’s a wonderful thing.

[Disclaimer: Honda tossed me the keys to the Fit for a week, and included a tank of gas. I am pretty sure I never needed to fill it up despite putting a good amount of mileage on the tires.]

Quick Spin- VW e-up! Are Friends Electric?

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As any curious, hands-on non-affiliate of PETA will confirm, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Every car manufacturer on our collective radar seems to have at least murmured something about Electric Cars, and every attempt at replacing combustion with conduction as our favoured motivational fuel seems to end up with a very different product.

Recently I reported on the unsettlingly expensive i3, the quasi sci-fi imaginings of BMW which have translated into production without neutering from the original design concept, as a statement of “can-do” from the Bavarian powerhouse. Now, as something of a contrast, lets take a look at the way they do things electrically in Wolfsburg. … Continue Reading

Budget Review: Headlight Rehab Solutions

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You may have seen a number of videos or message board posts touting headlight cleaning techniques that are fast, easy, and use common household items. Toothpaste is the old favorite, but a recent account of using bug spray appears nearly magical. A man applies it to a rag, wipes it on a hazy plastic headlight, and voila! It appears like new. Does it really work? I decided to test this against a headlight restoration kit from 3M. Follow the jump to see which is better.

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