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Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker: Long name… lots of fun

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You can’t afford the Hellcat. You want more than the 5.7-liter R/T has to offer. Say hello to the Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker… if you can remember all of that.

It’s a long name, but it’s a car with lots of fun to pack up all those letters. There’s 485 horsepower on tap, and it’s more than enough to meter out punishment to those rear tires that are just aching for it.

There’s a hole in the hood, and yes it’s supposed to be there. That’s where the shaker scoop pokes through in order to feed some more air into the engine. It’s bolted directly to that 6.4-liter V8, and when you dip into the throttle it starts to dance a bit.

This is a toy for adults.
Adults who enjoy acting like children…

[Disclaimer: Dodge tossed us the keys to this Challenger and we had the car for a week. A tank of gas was included. Not included: fuzzy dice, a black t-shirt and plain jeans, and an iPod with classic rock. We supplied that ourselves… minus the dice.]

Quick Spin: 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S
…Fast Meter Redefined

Go ahead and think back to when you first started driving cars. Think to when you first felt something truly fast, if you rode in it, drove it or saw it blast pass you on a highway or local drag strip. For me it was a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. To 16 year old me this was a rocket ship and was like nothing I had driven up to that point… “allegedly.”

Since then I’ve driven some fairly fast cars, be they from the factory or heavily modified. Regardless of any power I’ve felt before, a strange and wonderful thing happened to me today.

My “fast meter” just got reset and I welcomed with open arms the brutal acceleration of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

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Jaguar XJL: Long, Luxurious, and Lightweight

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If you’re shopping in the full-size luxury sedan segment, things are going well in your life. This is an expensive place to party, but you’re going to wind up going home with a winner.

This is a space dominated by Germany and Japan. We have the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, and the Lexus LS. There are others, of course. Some a bit less expensive and others costing as much as a condo or a house.

Somewhere in between all of that lies the Jaguar XJL. It’s a long-wheelbase sedan from the kitty company that’s now known for its rip-roaring V8s. How can the automaker’s full-size four-door get away then, with packing a 3.0-liter V6 under the hood here?

Well you add a supercharger to push power to 340-horsepower. You also build the body panels from aluminum to keep the weight down.

To take things even further, you create a seriously lux interior space, add way more style, and then price the thing better than the rest of the competition…

[Disclaimer: Jaguar tossed us the keys to the XJL, loaned us the car for a week, and included a tank of gas. During that time I founded a new hedge fund and bought a Hatteras because if felt like I could… the hedge fund is bankrupt and, if the insurance company asks, the boat was sunk off Catalina island by “pirates”.]

First (Track) Drive: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V

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Cadillac has been cooking up some sweet V-Series machines for a few years now. Every new iteration brings about a more refined and compelling package. Such is the case with the all-new 2016 Cadillac ATS-V.

With its available manual gearbox, magnetic ride control, and 464-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine, it should prove to be quite the potent performer.

We trekked to Willow Springs Raceway to find out if that’s the case. Here’s a spoiler for you: The car’s awesome.

Having Your Cake vs. Eating it. Driving the AE86 Corolla GT TwinCam

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I don’t have a bucket list. If I was ever to compile one I fear there would be such an inconquerably tall pile of ambitions to remain unfulfilled that my resultant spiral into depression would only accelerate my progress towards the grave. I do have a to-do list though, and driving this car has been on it for ages.

The AE86 Corolla has turned into something of an improbable hero. It is worshipped by legions of loyal supporters and I was never entirely sure they all know what they’re talking about. It was high time I tried to work it out for myself. So, thanks to Toyota UK, I did.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo: Do you love the latest & greatest?

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The Nissan GT-R has been a bit of a polarizing machine since it’s arrived years ago. Some love it while others feel it can be a bit soulless.

Regardless, there’s no denying its potent performance. Additionally, the car has only gotten faster, better, and more potent year after year. The latest and greatest version has spent time with the capable hands from the Nissan Motorsports division; otherwise known as NISMO.

The GT-R Nismo ups the crazy speed. It ups the crazy levels of grip, acceleration, stopping performance, and overall track-focused insanity.

Maybe it finally ups the number of people who love it for the absolutely focused machine that it is…

[Disclaimer: Nissan tossed us the keys to the GT-R Nismo for a few days. Our heart and brain thank them… our back has different feelings.]

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Wagon(wagen)

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You want a vehicle that can do 99% of everything that you think you need it to do? I have the perfect vehicle for you. It’s called a “wagon”, and it utilizes plenty of cargo room mixed with great driving dynamics and solid styling.

Oh you don’t like that idea? YOU’RE WRONG!

Say hello to the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen, and say hello to a vehicle that will handle nearly all of your daily needs. It has loads of cargo space, returns tremendous fuel economy with the TDI motor, and is available rather nicely equipped for right around $30,000.

Stop buying crossovers. Start buying wagons… this one is a good one to start with.

[Disclaimer: Volkswagen tossed us the keys to this Golf Sportwagen and included a tank of the oil burning fuel. We barely dipped into it, despite putting a fair amount of miles on the car. Even with my fat foot, it has massive range per tank.]

Review: Hyundai i30 Turbo – A Customer Loyalty Bonus

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What’s in a name? Well, if you were in the company of somebody called “The Destructor” it would be odds on that flower arranging and a little light jazz weren’t on the cards. Likewise, a heavyweight boxer might be advised to change his identity from Percy Lovehugz to something a bit more menacing.

Hawkeye was a terrific name for an airborne early warning aircaft, and vigilante an excellent name for a fighter. Car companies don’t always get it right, though. Witness the Plymouth Breeze, an appallingly wishy-washy name but which was, in fact, not much more unsuitable than its sister the Dodge Stratus, stratus being a kind of immovable wet grey cloud which dogs Cornish seaside holidays.

And now Hyundai are calling one of their i30’s a “Turbo”. Should we laugh? I took one around Millbrook test track in the hope of finding out.

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2015 Nissan Rogue SL AWD – The “Gettin’ Hitched Review”

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At the beginning of June, I had to fly back to the Midwest (where I’m from) for a couple of weeks. While I was there, Nissan let me borrow the keys to a brand new Rogue crossover (NOT the Rogue Select, it should be mentioned). I logged a surprising amount of miles, and used the car for pretty much everything it was built to do. I hauled some stuff, I hauled some people, I commuted, I road tripped, and I took it for a nice night on the town. If you’re in the market for a small-ish SUV style thing, you might want to continue reading this review. Oh, and to make this plug a bit more enticing, I was in the Midwest because I got married!

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Audi RS5 Cabriolet – Feel the wind in your hair… and in your wallet

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The Audi RS5 is a sort of lone wolf in a strange land. Four-passenger, two-door convertibles are a rare breed, and they get far more rare when you throw in terms like “all-wheel-drive”, “aggressive”, “V8”, and performance. That’s what we’re dealing with here, and it’s hard to compare the RS5 Cabriolet to other vehicles on the market.

Under the hood we have a rather delightful 4.2-liter V8 that produces 450 horsepower and just under 320 pound-feet of torque. There’s plenty of power on tap, and it’s metered out to all four wheels by way of the seven-speed S-tronic gearbox. My issues with the car begin here.

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