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A weekend with the Dodge Challenger Hellcat

A frantic mom told me to slow down. I was going 17 mph.<p>There are good weekends, and then there are <i>good weekends</i>. Rumbling out of the <i>R&T</i> office lot on Friday afternoon, I already knew mine would fall under the latter heading. In my left hand was a fat three-spoke steering wheel, in my right a …

Hennessey Aims for 290 mph with 2015 Venom F5

How fast is fast enough? When you’re boutique carmaker Hennessey Performance of Sealy, Texas, and you’re trying to retain the top-speed record for production cars, even 270.49 mph isn’t fast enough. Hence, Hennessey has just announced a successor to the record-holding 1244-hp Venom GT called the …

The Hennessey Venom F5 is pitting 1400 hp against 290 mph

Perhaps due to a nutso 290 mph targeted top speed.<p>What will it take to make a car hit 290 mph? The old Venom has already crested 270 mph in a run at Kennedy Space Center earlier this year. That car only had than 1200 hp and change from a twin-turbocharged 7-liter V8.<p><b>RELATED: We like everything</b> …

50 States of Speeding: Know the Law in Every State

What you need to know about speeding laws across America.<p>Everyone, with the exception of the Buick driver parked in the left lane, exceeds the speed limit once in a while. You generally know how much law-breaking you can get away with where you live—a few over on the highway is flow-of-traffic …

5 Cool Rolls-Royce Design Details, Starring the 2014 Wraith

What makes Rolls-Royces special, besides astronomical price tags, hedonistic luxury, minuscule production numbers, and outsized presence? Clever details, of course! We had a 2014 Wraith coupe in the office this week, and we thought it would be fun to show some of what Goodwood puts into its cars to …

The case for the manual transmission

Why we take matters into our own hands. (And feet.)<p>A few months ago, I followed a discussion on the Internet. Clarification: I followed a discussion on Facebook, which is like the Internet crossed with a gossipy prison camp. It was one of those back-and-forth sessions where someone makes a good …

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One-Off Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Mustang Convertible Revealed!

Last month, Ford announced that it will build 1964 copies of its sweet 2015 Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition coupe. But we have just learned that it will also build one—yes, <i>one—</i>convertible version. And sorry, no matter how much money you give Ford, you can’t buy it.<p>But you <i>can</i> win it. The …

Dodge Viper: The prodigal snake comes home

The end of the SRT experiment means a homecoming for Viper.<p>SRT Viper. I never got used to saying that. It sounded weird and it felt weird. Because it <i>was</i> weird.<p>Thankfully, that's over.<p>The standalone SRT brand is dead, effective immediately. The Viper comes back home to Dodge, where it began so long …

Hardcore McLaren P1 'Track' edition to gun for LaFerrari XX

Because race car.<p>Apparently, some McLaren customers are interested in a faster, nastier version of the P1. Yes, they want a version that's 'more hardcore' than what the current car's 903 hp and F1 push-to-pass DRS system deliver. Insane? Definitely, but it looks like Woking will oblige.<p>"We're …

You've got $8 million to burn: Which Ferrari to buy?

It's Pininfarina vs. Scaglietti in competition for a king's ransom.<p>In Monaco, you've got to be worth seven figures or more to raise any eyebrows. This weekend, these two Ferraris are going to cross the block, and it's expected they'll bring between $4 million and $9 million each.<p>In the blue corner, …

Ex-Andretti McLaren F1 sold for $10.5 million

What price do you put on a dream? Try 8 figures.<p>The value of the McLaren F1 has officially surpassed ludicrous and gone directly to plaid. England's DK Engineering recently helped a client unburden themselves of $10.5 million in exchange for chassis number 28, a bright red 1995 example that once …

Sam Smith

From L.A. to Vegas, tracing the legacy of Carroll Shelby

Fifty years of Shelby, American.<p>The road to Death Valley is good for a lot of things, but mostly, it reminds you that America does big better than anywhere else. You can do triple-digit speeds in an old car with nose lift and the rear axle leaping around and not even tweak your heart rate, because …

2015 Dodge Challenger stays retro AND goes modern

Updated appearance, all-new-interior, and a monster 485-hp 392 Shaker.<p>Retro's not dead. It's just...modernized. The 2015 Dodge Challenger unashamedly hangs onto its old-school looks, but evolves from 1970 to 1971 visually, adopting the '71-style split grille insert and separated taillamps. Mopar's …

2015 Dodge Challenger

A marriage of then and now.<p>Does this car look familiar? Of course it does, especially if you remember those thrilling days of yesteryear, 1970–’71, when the Challenger challenged the Mustang, the Camaro, the Firebird, and others in the pony-car sweepstakes with Hemi muscle and snappy styling.<p>Fast …