Nurburgring Nordschleife Racetrack Lap Times – ‘Ring Masters

Nurburgring Nordschleife Racetrack Lap Times – ‘Ring Masters
Nurburgring Nordschleife Racetrack Lap Times - Performance Cars - Automobile Magazine
Factory Stopwatches Hit The Green Hell.

As the phrase “tuned at the legendary Nürburgring” has found its way into ad copy for more and more performance cars, lap times at the Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack have become the newest measure of performance, taking their place alongside top speed, quarter-mile, and 0-to-60-mph times. Most recently Chrysler, which had not done any development work at the track, took a 2009 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR to the ‘Ring, seeking to beat the time set only a couple months before by the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. “One of the big driving factors for us going,” said SRT engineer Mike Shinedling, “was that we got so many letters and e-mails from Viper owners.” The result? The Viper ACR’s time beat the ZR1’s, and Viper owners everywhere have a new bar boast. There’s no official sanctioning body for Nürburgring lap times, but figures for some recent production cars are listed to the right, as reported by their manufacturers.

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Chrysler celebrates 25 years of Minivan success

25 years and more than 12 million minivans later, Chrysler is celebrating the silver anniversary of their famous family-hauler.
“Chrysler and Dodge minivans have been making automotive history for the past quarter-century” said Mark Bosanac, VP of Marketing at Chrysler Canada. “To commemorate this significant minivan milestone, Chrysler Canada is proud to offer the 25th Anniversary Dodge Grand Caravan as the best-equipped minivan for the best price in Canada.”

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2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR

2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR - Ford Sport Coupe Review - Automobile Magazine
This is a car capable of holding its own against anything a Dodge Challenger or Chevy Camaro brings to the street in factory trim.

This was amusing. I worked late last night, and when I left the office, downtown Ann Arbor was largely deserted, and a light rain was falling. The few pedestrians present were dashing through crosswalks, heads bowed, in a hurry to reach warm and dry bars and cars. But the angry sound of this Mustang’s 540-hp, supercharged V-8 and its throaty, H-pipe exhaust was not to be ignored. People looked up, startled, wondering what in the world was creating such a racket on this quiet October weeknight. I’m not surprised. Heck, I was startled, too, especially when I tried to goose the throttle. The reaction from the live rear axle was immediate and violent. The 18-inch Goodyear Eagle F1 rear tires shuddered and skidded and protested at the very notion that they were being asked to provide grip and propulsion on this cold, wet pavement, sending the rear end of the car toward the curb. These tires might as well have been carved of solid oak rather than rubber, so little did they adhere. Okay, I exaggerate, but you know what I mean.

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2008 Dodge Caliber SRT4 Review (video)

The Dodge SRT4’s job has always been simple: to crush the imported competition by offering the most power for the least amount of money in its class. Originally derived from the Neon, the SRT4 badge has now corrupted the sensible Caliber with chrome ‘nineteens’, a large hatch spoiler, triple-vented hood, fantastic SRT sport seats and a revised front end with fog lamps and brake ducts.

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Hertaste.com: Womens’ Opinions on Cars, Product Advice, and Fashion Tips for Men – Dyer Consequences

Hertaste.com: Womens’ Opinions on Cars, Product Advice, and Fashion Tips for Men – Dyer Consequences
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Hertaste.com, a new web site lets you find out what women really think of your ride.

In the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy, What Women Want, a man suddenly gains the power to hear what women are thinking. Not having seen the movie (I was single in 2000 and thus excused from seeing chick flicks), I can’t tell you what women wanted eight years ago. But, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I can tell you what they want today, from cologne to clothes to cars. Spoiler alert: owners of the 1987 Dodge Ram D150 might want to stop reading right now.

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Review

A number of compact relatively inexpensive rockets have come to market lately, such as the Dodge SRT4 and the Mazdaspeed3. Chevrolet has launched the latest salvo in this thin-wallet performance war with the 2008 Cobalt SS. It’s a front-wheel-drive coupe that for 2008 is fitted with a turbocharger rather than last year’s supercharger.

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2008 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Review

A number of compact relatively inexpensive rockets have come to market lately, such as the Dodge SRT4 and the Mazdaspeed3. Chevrolet has launched the latest salvo in this thin-wallet performance war with the 2008 Cobalt SS. It’s a front-wheel-drive coupe that for 2008 is fitted with a turbocharger rather than last year’s supercharger.

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Chrysler and Dodge minivans now more fuel efficient

The Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan have hit dealer showrooms. Fans of the minivan will find, for the first time in Canada, a 4-litre engine under the hood producing 251 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque. Another first, this engine is now coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Standard on the Town & Country and optional on the Grand Caravan, this engine/transmission duo is capable of a 12.2 L/100 km consumption rate in town and 7.9 L/100 km on the highway, an 8% decrease compared to the old drive train.

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Chicago Auto Show 2008

Hot on the heels of the NAIAS in Detroit is the Chicago Auto Show, renowned for unveiling new trucks so critical in the North American market. Other cars will also be unveiled, and as the Chicago Show gains momentum, the product launches are specifically targeting North America. This year's edition was no exception: Dodge showed off its hugely-anticipated Challenger in production form, Hummer presented its all-new entrant into the fiercely competitive pickup truck segment, GMC exhibited its concept car/truck designed by its Holden division in Australia, and Volkswagen unveiled a new MPV designed and destined for sale exclusively in North America.

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