2016 Ferrari 488 GTB or 2016 Dodge Viper ACR?

2016 Ferrari 488 GTB

I’ve been dreading the day I’d hear about the demise of the Ferrari 458 Italia. The Italian supercar has been sitting on the top of my list of favorites since its introduction.

Like all good things, though, I knew the 458 would eventually die. All Ferraris do. On the positive side, the death of one model usually results in the birth of something even better.

The 458 Italia will give way to the 488 GTB. Will it be an improvement? Will it compete with the best supercars on the market?

My 13-year-old son is a Ferrari aficionado and suffered equal heartbreak when he heard the news of the 458. Here is the question he asked:

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Do We Really Need a New Ford GT?


The last couple of days have been intense for fans of the Ford GT. Rumors are strong that the much-loved supercar could come racing back, with a debut coming as early as next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Why would Ford want to get back into the  supercar business? There are plenty of reasons but the biggest two, in my opinion, are the Corvette and the Viper.

Arch rivals Chevrolet and Dodge both have supercars, and the closest Ford currently gets is with the Shelby Mustang, which admittedly is almost as good. Almost.

In the game of car competition, though, “almost” doesn’t win many sales. The timing is right for the GT to come back, but does it make sense?

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Koenigsegg One:1 Could Be the Perfect Balance


Typically we like to keep the conversation here focused on cars and advice that apply to the vast majority of car owners. Shopping for used cars, updates on popular new models and inquisitive pondering on the state of the auto industry are common fodder among these pages.

Every once in a while, though, we have to let our inner teenager out and marvel at the latest happenings in the supercar industry.

The odds of any of us acquiring one of the world’s most powerful supercars aren’t particularly good, but when a brand new car shows up on the scene to challenge everything we’ve known about powerful cars, we definitely take notice.

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Dubai Police Show Extreme Force… of Extravagance


My 11-year-old son is years ahead of the times regarding police vehicles.

Since he was about 9, he’s been bewildered by the fact that most police cars are old Fords. He can’t quite grasp that those old Crown Victorias have an ample amount of scoot when needed and are pretty darn capable of getting their work done.

Almost every time he sees a police car, he says the same thing:

“Dad, why don’t police drive faster cars? If they all got Veyrons, no one would ever outrun them.”

Budgets seem to be another concept he has yet to grasp.

If he lived in Dubai, though, things would be quite different.

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McLaren P1: Pictures of the New Supercar

McLaren P1, front

Prepare for all kinds of superlatives.

McLaren, maker of the epic MP4-12C, has started to unveil pictures of its newest supercar, the P1. Specs will come next.

Words like fastest, best, quickest and most rewarding already fill descriptions of the car, and no official specifications have been released. What we do have, though, are pictures of what the P1 will look like. While there are certain hints of the MP4-12C, I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything quite like this much-anticipated follow-up to the legendary F1.

While not necessarily gunning for the title of fastest production car ever, McLaren seems to want this car to be the overall best supercar… ever.

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BMW i8 Spyder Puts the Twist on Horsepower

BMW i8 Spyder concept

BMW i8 Concept Spyder

The true measure of a performance vehicle has long been based on three things: displacement, number of cylinders and horsepower. The higher each of those numbers, the more impressive the car. The 16-cylinder Veyron, the famous 12-cylinder Ferraris, the affordable power of American V8 engines… all offer varying degrees of sports-car greatness, not to mention an aural symphony of pleasure.

So a car with a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder, 223-hp engine seems more appropriate for a developing market, not a world-leading supercar meant to challenge the existing notion of what a performance car should be.

The BMW i8 Concept Spyder uses every futuristic trick and exotic material currently known to man, along with some horsepower-shredding torque, to preview the Bavarians’ vision of the future of supercars.

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More Supercar Insanity: Venom, Quimera and Tuatara

2011 Hennessey Venom

There is no end to the madness of supercars, those sometimes gorgeous, sometimes grotesque, hyperpowered exotics that exist only to trigger the fantasies of car fanatics. Buyers are the very, very few with piles of money. Those without drool and exercise their daydreams while driving Focus SVTs (if they’re lucky) to work.

It’s the latter group that I’m concerned about. These are the guys who think Ken Block is really something else, who think it’s cool to drop a Corvette engine in a redesigned Lotus (the Venom, above) and charge close to a million dollars for it, who burble about the Veyron’s speed record.

Car flacks encourage this sort of response with their unending applause. Regurgitating John Hennessey’s comments (founder and president of the company producing the Venom), one self-effacing writer said, “With 1,200HP on tap from the twin-turbocharged, Corvette-sourced V8 and a Veyron-humbling 0-200 km/h (0-125 mph) time of 7.0 seconds flat, we wouldn’t dare ask for more.”

There is a lot of negative comment out on the Web regarding Hennessey and the Venom cars.

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