Chuck Hunsicker

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Lightning Lap 2014: We Attack VIR with 25 of the Year's Hottest Performance Cars

We hold it as gospel that a lap time on a fast and technical circuit is the purest distillation of a performance car's ability.<p>The Contenders<p>Base Price*/<br>Price As Tested<p>Power,<br>HP<p>Weight,<br>Pounds<p>LB/<br>HP<p>   LL1        (up to</b> …

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid

Plug-in-hybrid technology for the country club.<p>Just 22 years ago, the Mercedes-Benz S-class exceeded 400 horses for the first time, with the 402-hp 6.0-liter V-12 in the 1992 600SEL besting the BMW 750i by more than 100 horsepower. The car was a gauntlet fired into the turf, and it instantly became …

2015 Subaru WRX vs. 2015 Volkswagen GTI | Comparison Test

You have heard plenty over the years about Subaru’s rally-inspired WRX. And, owing to its longer life span, you have probably heard even more about Volkswagen’s genre-defining hot hatch, the GTI. It’s now in its seventh generation.<p>Goodness knows, you’ve also heard plenty from us about the southern …

Volkswagen Beetle GRC: 544 hp, 0–60 in 2.1 Seconds!

The hottest Volkswagen Beetle on sale today is the GSR, which gets 210 horsepower from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four. Cute, right? But when prepped for Global Rallycross duty, the Beetle ditches its love bug image for one that’s a bit more . . . blood-spitting fire ant. Or is it vein-collapsing …