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2014 Golf R gets an extra 30 hp, does 60 mph in under five seconds

The meanest Golf of them all.<p>Volkswagen has managed to wring another 30 hp from the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2014 Golf R. The hatch now shuttles a full 296 hp to all four wheels, and the company says that the extra grunt can push the car to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds when …

The BMW M4 is getting a manual. End of story.

BMW's new coupe will not be auto-only.<p>Let's cut right to the chase: In the United States, there will definitely be a manual M4. According to our source, who is best positioned in BMW to know about these sorts of things, "we will not have the GT3's problem" with the M4.<p>There will be a manual.<p>In case …

North America

Engine cleaning on a Ferrari, Corvette, and GT40

Understanding the differences and protecting against damage.<p>I'm new to the Rust Belt. Having grown up in the salt-free Western states, I didn't realize that there's a whole 'nother level to preventative maintenance that comes with Midwest weather. Even so, moisture and dirt can pair up to do some …

Chevrolet Corvette

Death at 285 mph: Motorcyclist Loses Control While Trying to Break 300 mph

Top speed runs test the mettle of man and machine through extreme straight line velocities, and few exhibitions of speed get more extreme than racer Bill Warner's record-smashing motorcycle run on July 17, 2011, when the Floridian hit a record smashing 311.945 mph aboard a methanol-burning, 1,000 …

When a rabbit meets an M3, the BMW always wins

A rabbit in the wrong place and the immutable laws of physics leave an M3 needing a new windshield.<p>Animals and fast-moving cars don't mix. This incredibly athletic but unlucky rabbit ran out on a Polish race track and met a bright-orange BMW M3 GTS. The driver was unharmed, though the passenger may …

Carrots

Watch this three-minute Porsche flat-six teardown

A hypnotic look at one of our favorite engines.<p>Here's a fascinating look at the disassembly of a Porsche Carrera 3.2-liter flat six, as documented via stop-motion video.<p>The meticulous disassembly depicted brings you up close to the process, and it only gets more interesting as more parts come off …

Truck Thursday – The Tasty Trucks of Hot Rods & Dogs

As I mentioned in a previous post, I attended the Hot Rods & Dogs car show on June 15, and as I also mentioned, it was very well attended, with a …

BMW Active Tourer Outdoor Concept: A Car for Cyclists That's Not for Cyclists

BMW's latest concept car can store up two bicycles within its trunk-mounted rack. But don't be fooled: It's not for people who ride bikes regularly.<p>At first glance, BMW's Active Tourer Outdoor concept makes a fair amount of sense for bicyclists. Take a compact car, add relatively cavernous cargo …

BMW's last M3 coupe

With next-gen two-door Bimmers now called the 4-series, we bid farewell to the last two-door M3.<p>A moment of silence, please. BMW has just built its very last M3. Again. This is becoming a bit of a habit for the Bavarians.<p>The infamous stoppages keep happening. There was 1992, when the last of the …