Dodge Demon Danger: Can’t Buy It Without a Waiver

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

There aren’t many cars that require the buyer to sign a waiver before driving it off the lot. In fact, there might be only one.

The Dodge Demon, which is actually a Challenger in SRT Demon dress, might look close enough to a standard-issue Challenger to fool the non-initiated, but make no mistake, the Demon is a devil just waiting to prove how delightfully dastardly it can be.

While the Challenger, especially in Hellcat guise, is a perfectly capable performance car, the Demon is a deceptively dangerous track car that’s been approved to freely roam the streets. This isn’t a car for just anyone, though. There’s enough potential danger lurking under the hood (and in the tires), that buyers must sign a waiver before actually buying one. Continue reading >>>

What Would Make Your Car Perfect?

For almost a year I’ve driven an electric Nissan Leaf and there’s just one thing keeping it from being perfect.

Well, no. There are a lot of things keeping the Leaf from being perfect. Considering that it’s a $30,000 car, you’d think it would have power seats, door and steering wheel mounted controls that light up at night, and mirrors in the visors that light up. It doesn’t have any of those features and the interior is slathered in cheap plastic and ultra thin fabric wrapped around the door handles.

The Leaf does have plenty going for it, though. The heated seats and heated steering wheel are invaluable. The car has plenty of storage space and the 30-kwh battery pack offers an electric range that’s more than capable of managing commutes and daily errands.

My one wish for the Leaf is all-wheel drive, but one customizer is about to prove that the Leaf may not need it. Continue reading >>>

Porsche Learns a Valuable Lesson from the 911 R

2018 Porsche 911 GT3

At one point in 2007, Porsche owned 4 of the 10 fastest lap times around Germany’s Nurburgring. The other owners? Well, a couple belonged to specialty-car makers Donkervoort and Radical. Pagani had the 7th spot with the Zonda F Clubsport, and the remaining position was held by the McLaren F1. Things have become a bit more diverse in the past 10 years, but with 20 of the top 100 lap times belonging to Porsche, it’s safe to say the engineers in Stuttgart are still the world’s best when it comes to building a ‘Ring king. Continue reading >>>

The Most Mouth-Watering Cars of the 2017 New York International Auto Show

58% of the New York International Auto Show’s attendees plan to shop for a car within 12 months. From practical options like the new Buick Regal Sportback and TourX to fan favorites like Subaru’s redesigned Outback and Crosstrek, auto shows provide an unparalleled opportunity to comparison shop. Even if you’re in the market for something a bit more exciting, such as the new Honda Civic Si or an Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the show in New York will provide an early look for interested shoppers. Continue reading >>>

A Corvette SUV: Could It Happen?

How would it look as an SUV?

Let’s play a game of what-if for a minute.

I’ll set the stage for you. Think of the cars in the stables of Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin, or any other luxury/performance automaker. What do they all have in common? A full range of automobiles that meet the needs of specific target markets, of course.

Some of the bigger automakers now even have family haulers and SUVs. That was nearly unheard of when Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV, but today it’s standard fare, even for the likes of Bentley and Lamborghini.

Now think about General Motors. The U.S. automaker owns Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac, but doesn’t currently have a luxury performance brand to compete at the top of the auto market.

But it could have one waiting in the wings. Continue reading >>>

Re-Thinking the Oscars: 5 Films That Deserved to Win “Best Automobile”

Jurassic Park Jeep Wrangler - iStock

This Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will honor the actors, actresses, directors, and other critical contributors to the films of the past year. The Oscars are all about rewarding the many artists responsible for the year’s best movies—whether their craft be acting, direction, costume design, music, or any other facet of filmmaking. But, unfortunately, the Academy consistently forgets one important detail:

The cars. Continue reading >>>

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: The Car of Your Nightmares

This has been a week of muscle car madness.

From the newly released specs of the Ford GT to the merits of the AWD Challenger to the midengine Corvette, we’ve had plenty of car fodder to comment on and get all worked up over in the last couple of days.

Why not extend it out one more day?

We don’t have much of a choice. Even though we’ve already covered one version of the Challenger this week, a new one is on the horizon and it simply can’t be ignored. Enter the Challenger SRT Demon, a car unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. Continue reading >>>

Will a New Corvette Appeal to Younger Buyers?

Chevrolet has a problem with the Corvette. Despite efforts to appeal to a younger audience with the sleek C7 Stingray, the Corvette remains an old man’s car.

The average ‘Vette buyer is a 59-year-old male, but Chevrolet would love to start sending Corvettes home with guys and gals a decade or two younger. Certainly the C7 appeals to a younger crowd, but the Corvette brand has become associated with being a mid-life crisis purchase. When was the last time you saw someone driving a Corvette who didn’t have white hair?

Younger folks tend to buy the Camaro or Mustang.

Part of the reason is because older buyers are usually better-equipped to buy such an expensive car than their younger counterparts. In fact, more than 40 percent of Corvettes are purchased with cash.

There’s a new Corvette on the horizon, though, that might be enough to persuade younger folks with extra cash to jump on the Corvette train. Continue reading >>>

Specs Revealed: 2017 Ford GT

2017 Ford GT

Back at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford surprised the automotive world with the debut of a brand new Ford GT supercar. Ford promised a return to Le Mans with the car to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary of its 1966 overall win.

That was two years ago and, in all the time since, we never knew just how fast the new production GT would be.

The original GT out-performed Ferrari and immediately made Ford a respectable player in the racing world. Since then, Ford’s performance division has cranked out high-performance Mustangs and briefly returned the GT for the 2005-2006 model years, but then seemingly dropped its supercar aspirations until the 2015 surprise debut.

Last week, just more than two years after the debut, Ford has announced the specs on its newest GT. How does it stack up to Ferrari this time? Continue reading >>>

The Boston Auto Show: Where You Can See Cars You Can Actually Buy (from a Dealer)

Last night kicked off the 2017 New England International Auto Show, held right here in Boston, Massachusetts. While the big event in Detroit earns the majority of attention around this time of year, New England’s exhibition this year is all about cars you can actually find for sale on dealer lots—cars you and I could actually go out and purchase, rather than a slew of concepts and debuting vehicles unavailable for months to come. Continue reading >>>