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BY: Bix

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Celebrates National Donut Day In Predictable Fashion (w/Video)

Though to be fair, that's probably how we'd celebrate if we had a ZL1 today.

Today, in case you were unaware, is National Donut Day. Pop into a Dunkin' Donuts or a Krispy Kreme today, and you can walk out with a torus-shaped deep-fried sugar-coated carb bomb for free. We don't know who started this holiday, but damn it, we're glad somebody did. And so is Chevrolet, apparently. (more…)
June 07, 2013 at 03:05 PM
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BY: Bix

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Versus Ferrari 458 Italia. On The Nürburgring. (w/Video)

With Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel. Oh, this is good.

If you're looking for someone to hustle a car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in record time, Sabine Schmitz is one of the first numbers you ought to dial. The blonde Bavarian bombshell has been kicking the 'Ring's ass for almost two decades—she won the 24 Hours Nürburgring two years running in the '90s, and since then, she's spent much of her time piloting BMW's Ring Taxi M5s around the track. According to one interview, she'd lapped the 'Ring more than 20,000 times...and that was back in 2008.

So if you were looking for someone to punt a Porsche 911 GT3 RS around the 'Ring, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than Sabine. Likewise, if you were looking to find a car worthy of challenging her (lightly-modified) GT3 RS, it'd be hard to do much better than a Ferrari 458 Italia—in this case, one driven by racing driver and RSRacing founder Ron Simons. And to capture it all on camera, well, you can't really beat a Nissan GT-R for a camera car.

The race seems, well, a little scripted—but then again, it's kind of hard to stick a camera car in with two competitors raging down the track at 10/10s, let alone ask them to move around for a better shot. That said, the end result is damn good television.

[via YouTube]

June 06, 2013 at 04:57 PM
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BY: Bix

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition Is Yet Another 911 You'll Want

This one comes with just a dash of retro baked into the recipe.

Apart from the ass-mounted engines, Porsche's 911 has mostly been about the relentless pursuit of performance through technological advancement. (The decision to ditch the stick shift on the latest 911 GT3 and Turbo is just the latest example; we could grab more if we didn't have other things to do today.) But every now and again—usually to mark some sort of special occasion—Porsche throws those folks who salivate over the '74 Carrera RS and who, given a quarter-million dollars, would buy a Singer 911 over a 911 GT2 RS a tasty bone. And the latest bone is this beauty you see above.

Porsche calls it, somewhat unoriginally, the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition. That said, the name is the least-interesting part of the car. It's based on the 911 Carrera S, but Porsche slaps on the wider body of the Carrera 4 for that extra visual flavor. Porsche Active Suspension Management comes standard, as does the sport exhaust system and xenon headlights with active cornering ability. And there's a rumor on the Internetz that every U.S. version will come with the Sport Chrono Package and the Powerkit that bumps the 3.8 liter boxer-six up to 430 horsepower, which makes this car kind of a performance steal

It wouldn't be a throwback model without those retro-inspired bits, though, so Porsche added on a unique engine compartment grille, special Fuchs-inspired 20-inch wheels, and a tartan pattern on the leather seats that's reminiscent of the fabric design on the 911 seats of the 1960s. And, in a subtle touch, the gauges come with green labeling, white needles and silver caps—just like the first 911s.

The 911 50th Anniversary Edition comes in your choice of black or two exclusive grays: a light "geyser grey metallic" and a dark "graphite grey." Since it's "just" a Carrera beneath the skin, there's also the choice of seven-speed PDK and seven-speed manual gearboxes. The PDK knocks four-tenths of a second off the 0-60 time (3.8 versus 4.2), but nobody buys special edition 911s to drag race. Go for the stick. You might not be able to much longer. And only 1963 examples of this 911 will be made (at a base price of $125,050), so hey, order now.

[via Porsche]

June 05, 2013 at 03:15 PM
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BY: Bix

A Schmui-Eye's View Of The 'Ring From An F1 Car (w/Video)

Schumacher dusts off the ol' F1 driving gloves for a lap of the Nordschleife.

Michael Schumacher: He used to be great, now he's just decent. He's still a better driver than, say, you or me (unless you're reading this, Mark), but for the most part, Schumacher's life has kind of become a walking Germanic personification of Springsteen's "Glory Days." (more…)
June 04, 2013 at 08:07 PM
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BY: Bix

Pagani Zonda Revolucion Is The Last Of The Big-Time Zondas

It's got the weight of a del Sol, and more power than an F12berlinetta.

Ladies and gentlemen, Horatio Pagani is proud to present the final, ultimate version of his original supercar masterpiece. It's called the Pagani Zonda Revolucion. And to paraphrase Lennon/McCartney, we'd say we want one. (more…)

June 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
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BY: Bix

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S: More Power, Less Stick Shift

Aston's little V12 monster gets a little upgrade.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is, by most conventional measures, a step up from the V12 Vantage it's replacing. It's more powerful, it has more gears, and it tops out at a higher speed. But in spite of that, we're sad to see the V12 Vantage S replace the regular ol' V12 Vantage. Because we're pretty sure this means Aston Martin is pulling the last V12/manual transmission combo off the market. (more…)

May 30, 2013 at 02:41 PM
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BY: Bix

2014 Corvette Stingray Certified at 460 HP, 465 Lb-Ft

That's with the performance exhaust, but c'mon, who wouldn't buy the performance exhaust?

We like horsepower. We like torque. We like trying to find every single one of them in the cars we drive. But we also like being able to go as far as possible on a gallon of gas when we're not hooning the tires off. So yeah, we're pleased that Chevy's new LT1 small-block V8 in the 2014 Corvette Stingray makes more power and delivers better fuel economy than the engine it replaces. (more…)

May 29, 2013 at 05:32 PM
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BY: Bix

Epic Shelby GT500 Dyno Fail Is Good For A Laugh (w/Video)

Assuming nobody was hurt. Otherwise, that just seems mean.

Running a car on a dynamometer involves tricking said car into thinking it's running along at high rate of speed when it's actually standing still—which, in turns, involves getting the rear wheels spinning very quickly. (more…)
May 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM
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