Zero to 60 in Under Three Seconds: Two Ways to Get There

McLaren P1

McLaren P1

One of the cars I’m going to mention here is real and could theoretically be purchased and stored in your garage, assuming you had enough cash and knew the right people.

The other car doesn’t even exist. All we have is the promise that it will, along with some seriously unbelievable claims and performance numbers.

These are supercars that reside at opposite ends of real and imagined, yet share the common goal of becoming one of the fastest automobiles in the world.

First, let’s start with the real car: the McLaren P1.

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Low-Cost Luxury Spurs Tough Decisions

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

At some point in our lives, each of us must face The Decision.

For some, The Decision must be made immediately upon college graduation. For others, it doesn’t surface until later in life. But The Decision is unavoidable. Automakers know about The Decision and will do anything in their power to help you make the one they believe is right.

For them, the earlier The Decision is made, the more likely they are to earn a lifetime customer. That is why more and more luxury automakers are rolling out entry-level cars. Convince a 25-year-old to make The Decision, and many years of profitable upgrades await. The Decision, or course, is whether to spend money on an entry-level new luxury car or spend the same amount on a late-model, higher-end used car.

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Whoa! 2014 Jeep Cherokee Goes Rebel!

2014 Jeep Cherokee

To be clear, what you’re looking at is not the 2014 Jeep *Grand* Cherokee. What you behold above is the replacement for the Jeep Liberty, which will carry on the Cherokee legacy.

Most of us remember the old Jeep Cherokee as a utilitarian box of off-road prowess that shuttled plenty of hunters and backpackers safely into the back country. The Cherokee was as utilitarian as an SUV could be, and almost as ugly. Well, some called it ugly, while others appreciated the basic simplicity of what the Cherokee represented.

So when rumors flew that the Cherokee name would return as the Liberty retired, it was natural to wonder if the boxy retro goodness would come back, too.

Nope.

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Will the 270-MPG Car Become Reality?

Volkswagen XL1

Remember back in 2008, when General Motors said the coming Chevy Volt would be certified as a 100-mpg vehicle? It was big news back in the day. Now, though, we can all look back and laugh at the ridiculousness of such a claim. The EPA says the Volt gets a combined 37-mpg rating, though on all-electric power it’s rated at 94-mpge (miles per gallon equivalent).

So when an automaker makes grandiose claims that a new car can get unheard of gas mileage numbers, you’ll forgive the skepticism.

Volkswagen, though, has been working on such a vehicle for more than a decade. If the latest news is true, expect a 270-mpg V-Dub to debut very soon.

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Cars Coming Soon: A Fuel-Efficient Range Rover

2013 Land Rover Range Rover

Some words just don’t seem to go together.

Jumbo shrimp. Long shorts. Airline food. You get the idea.

To that list, I’d certainly add “fuel-efficient Range Rover,” but it seems the king of off-road capability will get into the fuel-saving game with the addition of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine.

Even with the V6, though, “fuel economy” in the Rover remains a relative term.

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The Next Generation of Supercars Is About to Land

2014 Porsche Cayman

Boy oh boy, the rich are about to have an ample playground of new supercars to enjoy.

Pure performance, ultimate luxury, scarce prestige and sheer sexiness all lie ahead for the garages of the wealthy. Ferrari, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Spyker and Porsche all are readying new offerings designed to capture the hearts of enthusiasts and the dollars of the one percent.

This newest class of automobile extravagance will likely debut to the world in Geneva next month, but information is slowly leaking across the interwebs at this very moment. Here’s what we know so far.

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Five Things I Learned at My Local Auto Show

2013 Porsche Boxster

While it’s nowhere near as exciting as the big U.S. auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, the show in my quaint little part of the Pacific Northwest is enough to whet the automotive appetite of plenty of local aficionados.

I’d have to travel to the big shows to see some of the latest offerings from Ferrari, Lamborghini or Rolls-Royce. Heck, even cars like the all-new C7 Corvette don’t bother to make the trip out here. I guess that’s what happens, though, when the show is put on by the local dealers’ association rather than supported by the automakers.

Still, I enjoy attending, and this year I learned 5 very important things.

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2014 Chevy SS: Everything But the Looks

2014 Chevrolet SS Daytona

2014 Chevrolet SS

Some might call it a 4-door Camaro. Or the return of the Pontiac G8 GXP. Or the American version of the Australian Holden VF Commodore.

It might be heralded as the return of the American RWD supersedan, while others will write it off as a slip backward to the GM we used to know.

Whatever you think of it, it’s coming: the 2014 Chevrolet SS. It’s fast. It’s powerful. And it looks like a Malibu.

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Donated Cars Make for Affordable Classics!

1966 Rolls-Royce

Even donated cars can have class. Here's a 1966 Rolls-Royce!

We’ve touched on the topic of car donation here in the past. Donating a car to a reputable nonprofit agency can benefit the donor by providing a tax deduction while generating money for the charity. The bottom line: Donating cars can help make sure people get the help they need.

It really is a win-win situation.

But what happens to the cars that are donated, and how might a car shopper benefit from someone else’s donation?

Read on and be surprised, as I was, at some of the cool, classic and fun cars that go up for sale after getting donated.

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