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First Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R

For die-hard enthusiasts only.<p>I once had dinner with a German car executive who shall remain anonymous. How, I asked, does his company view enthusiasts? You know, the rabid but relatively narrow chunk of the market that likes five-speed wagons and homologation specials and such?<p>"Simple," he said, …

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Straight-piped Passat W8 sounds like pure glory

Magical things happen when you uncork a Volkswagen W8.<p>Everyone knows there are few things better than the racket of eight furious cylinders kicking at the world.<p>Big block Chevrolets. Blown Hemis, furious direct-injection small blocks. And...Volkswagen W8s?<p>Turns out, yes.<p>This guy straight-piped his …

Volkswagen Golf

Watch an epic hillclimb on "Japan's Nurburgring"

Japan's Motorhead Magazine hosted one hell of a hillclimb on the Mazda Turnpike.<p>Videos like this make you want to drop everything, pack a rucksack, and bum around Japan for a few years. Motorhead Magazine just wrapped up one hell of a hillclimb, shutting down the legendary Mazda Turnpike and …

Japan

Let these videos teach you about smallblock valvetrains

Make proper GM valvetrain set up less mysterious.<p>Like it or not, all modification roads eventually lead to the General Motors LS engine family. Compact, light-weight, and power-dense, the engines offer big power gains for the lowest dollar per pony of almost any other solution out there. COMP Cams …

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Volkswagen Plug and Play sound system illustrated

Think of the numerous auto-related modifications, and the ubiquitous addition of a sound system is definitely one that pops up almost immediately. …

LG, Mercedes-Benz team up for smart cameras for smart cars

LG is really invested in getting inside cars and it will be doing so in more ways than one. Aside from signing up as a member of the Open Automotive …

Tesla's Roadster is getting an upgrade to nearly double its range

San Francisco to Los Angeles on a single charge<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that the company’s Roadster model is getting a battery upgrade to extend its range from 244 miles to almost 400 miles. It's a significant boost, and one that means the Roadster will be able to outdo even the company’s …