A History of the Porsche 911

In 1963, the Porsche 911 was developed. It was patterned after the Porsche 356, with a bigger body and more seating. The model made its debut at the Frankfurt Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung Motor Show. Initially named 901, the moniker had to be changed to escape a conflict with another automobile brand. The original 911 could reach a speed of 131 miles per hour. Vroom, vroom. Read on to learn more about the intriguing history of this epic vehicle.

A Star Is Born

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A few more models of the Porsche 911 were manufactured before the megastar of them all was born. The Carrera RS 2.7 came about in 1973. It is considered one of the most popular 911s among car lovers today. Its famous ducktail rear spoiler is the first of its kind worldwide. A 1973 lightweight model recently sold for over $1 million dollars at an RM Sotheby’s auction. Now, (more…)

Go for Refined Fun in the 2017 Camaro 2.0T

Fast cars don’t need to come with a sky-high price. That’s the philosophy behind the Chevy Camaro, and it’s why the sports car (completely redesigned in 2016) offers a range of trims that ends in the luxury car price range but starts with models that cost the same as a mid-level Cruze. And while the top-tier Camaro has a lot more power and plenty of features, the Camaro 2.0T trims won’t disappoint you with what they have to offer.

More Power From Less Weight

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The 2.0-liter engine only gives you four cylinders compared to the ZL1’s eight, but the 2017 Camaro makes the most of those cylinders. Thanks to features like a turbocharger and variable valve timing, the 2.0T engine punches way above its weight by delivering 275 (more…)

Porsche’s New Carbon Fiber Wheels

Carbon fiber has been around for years, but it keeps getting more popular every year thanks to new composites with the strength of steel and prices that become approachable for more and more consumers. The latest news from the world of carbon-fiber composites is that Porsche is adding a carbon-fiber wheel option to its 911 Turbo S Exclusive.

How They Did It

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While carbon-fiber composites can be stronger than steel, the material has a few disadvantages compared to metal. When you hit metal hard enough, it’ll bend or dent but otherwise stay intact. When you hit carbon fiber just as hard, it tears and loses a lot of its strength. (more…)

Go Bugnuts in the Honda Civic Type R

You don’t often see high-performance factory upgrades in the compact class. Compacts are a favorite for Dallas drivers who love to customize a car for the track or the drag strip, but usually they have to start from square one with a vehicle that doesn’t have much power or more than basic parts. However, the new Honda Civic Type R breaks from that trend by giving buyers something a little more potent than usual, a compact sedan that has a lot to offer straight out of the gate.

Performance for Days

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The four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Type R only takes up two liters, but thanks to a turbocharger, direct injection, and amazing engineering, this little (more…)

The Fastest Production Cars to Try the Nürburgring

The Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany is the Holy Grail for speed freaks and motoring enthusiasts. The track is 12.9 miles long, narrow with few run-off areas, 170 corners, and steep inclines and gradients. Because it is so demanding, car manufacturers use it to put their performance cars to the test. These four cars all aced their Nurburgring laps in under seven minutes, making them the fastest production cars in 2017.

NIO EP9

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Screeching into first place, the NIO EP9 blows everyone out of the water. It set a new record at Nurburgring in May 2017 with an astounding lap time of 6:45 minutes, nearly 20 seconds faster than its previous attempt in October 2016. What makes it so unexpected and surprising, is that this is an electric car. So, not only does it claim the title of the fastest production car at Nurburgring but also the fastest electric car in the world. This Chinese supercar puts out 1360 brake horsepower (bhp) and has a top speed of 194 miles per hour (mph). (more…)

3 Rare Muscle Cars to Show You’re a Real American

Muscle cars are an American tradition that dates back to the Post War period when millions of Americans were demanding speed and power without the high price of a European sports car. The number of muscle cars boomed during the 1950s and 60s, and while they took a major blow from the Oil Crisis of the 70s, American automakers and car enthusiasts show a love of muscle to this day. Some muscle cars are icons of the golden age of muscle, but others only had limited runs and are incredibly hard to get. A dozen names or more could fit on this list, but here are three to get you started.

1970 Plymouth Superbird

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From 1968 to 1980, Plymouth created the Road Runner, an inexpensive performance coupe and convertible that licensed its name from the famously fast Looney Tunes character. (more…)

The Five Best Naturally Aspirated Performance Cars You Can Own

Big turbocharged powerhouses are today’s standard for sports car manufacturers, but who needs forced induction when you’ve got naturally aspirated performance cars?  These free-breathing machines produce impressive amounts of power. Need proof? Here are five of the most powerful naturally aspirated performance cars you can own.

Ferrari LaFerrari

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The LaFerrari, with its hybrid gas and electric engine, produces a combined 950 horsepower. Strip away the electronics and you’re still left with an engine is one of the greatest in history, (more…)

Make Dallas Drool Over Your Lambo Aventador S

Legend has it that when Ferrucchio Lamborghini complained to Enzo Ferrari about repeated problems with the clutch on his 250 GT, Enzo replied that the problem was not with the car but with the driver. He suggested Furrucchio stick to tractors. So Furrucchio took the fortune he built in the tractor business and started his own car company. Since then Lamborghini has always stood for edgy styling and huge symphonic engines that refused to be ignored. They drive like they have something to prove. Launched in 2011, the Aventador boldly waves that flag. With scissor doors, shark-like styling, and a howling V12, it isn’t subtle. Yet critics found the 690 horsepower to be fun on the straightaways but spooky and unpredictable around the corners.

What’s New and Improved?

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Engineers added a redesigned intake and optimized variable valve timing, so stupid power got stupider. The 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 now produces 730 horses. The zero-to-sixty time of 2.9 seconds and top speed of 217 mph remain the same, but more is more, right? The exhaust is now built from titanium for decreased weight. The new front splitter and rear diffuser not only deliver a leaner, sharper look. The front downforce is now 130 percent better, and the car cuts through the wind cleaner than ever. The pushrod suspension now features magnetorheological shocks and actively adjust to changing road conditions every 5 miliseconds. The new Ego mode allows you to mix and match various drivetrain and chassis settings to produce a driving experience unique to your taste and style.

But Will It Corner?

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The improved aerodynamics and suspension improve the Aventador’s unruly behavior, but the biggest upgrade is the new 4-wheel steering. It’s a very intelligent system. At lower speeds, the rear wheels turn the opposite direction of the fronts, delivering the nimble steering radius of a much shorter car. At higher speeds, the rear wheels turn the same direction as the fronts, helping the Aventador burn through chicanes and hairpins. Test drivers familiar with the older versions of the Aventador find the 2017 S model to be a major improvement. They discovered they could throw the car into wicked corners with dramatically better control. Gone was the tendency for the front wheels to spin rather than turn. The back end was no longer so happy to swing wide. The all-wheel drive system now can send up to 90 percent of the power to the rear to help the car power through corners rather than skid through them. Priced at “only” $425,000, you now need to spend over a million bucks to find another hypercar that will run with the 2017 Aventador. In Dallas, a big city in a big state, you need a big cannonball to make a splash. The redesigned Aventador with more power, four-wheel steering, and a more adaptable suspension makes a massive impact. No longer does this car only look and sound like an amazing performance car — it has the handling to dominate any twisty road you can find.

The 5 Most Powerful Sedans (Right Now)

Describing a car as a sedan might lead your imagination to a basic five-seater cruiser. Thankfully, several car makers have acknowledged a need for the four-door body but combined it with formidable power. Charging horsepower, blazing speed, and assertive torque will make driving these five powerhouse vehicles feel more “NASCAR” and less “family car.”

Cadillac CTS-V

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With its relatively unassuming exterior, the splitter on the front bumper might be your first hint at the power potential of the CTS-V. Under the hood lies an eyebrow-raising 630 lb-ft of torque that can propel you from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds. Cadillac proudly claims the 640 horsepower V-8 engine is their most powerful vehicle in the 114-year history of the brand. Bridging classic luxury styling with pure performance, drivers will be on cloud nine and comfortable behind the wheel as they take this dynamo to its top track speed of (more…)

Destroy Speed Limits in the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

When you want a vehicle with plenty of grunt under the hood, look no further than the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE. This powerful beauty has what it takes to help you destroy speed limits.

Two Powerful Engine Options

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  The 1LE is a performance option package available on both V8 and, for the first time this year, V6 Camaros. While the extra choice is welcome, revheads will always choose the V8. It’s the same 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 as its classic eight-cylinder Camaro sibling, with an identical 455 lb-ft of torque. It’s the chassis tweaks that differentiate it, helping it zoom from standing to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. This acceleration improves slightly on the V8 1LE’s predecessor’s performance off the mark. But, don’t dismiss the V6 which is similarly tuned for comparable on-road performance. The chassis upgrade sees its 335-horsepower, 3.6-liter motor with 284 lb-foot of torque driving the car from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. The V8 will always outrun it, but the V6 1LE is still no slouch. The V6 1LE is also a real improvement on the standard V6, performing with greater confidence, especially on the highway, than the base model.

Cutting-Edge Technology Aids Performance

It’s the technology that really makes the 1LE Camaros sing. Its engineers know adding more power isn’t always the key to improving performance, so they’ve added clever technological touches to both models. The V6 has Brembo four-piston front calipers, limited-slip rear differential with 3.27:1 gearing, a track cooling pack, a short throw shifter, dual-mode exhaust, and an upgraded FE3 suspension system working behind the scenes. Meanwhile, the V8 boasts an impressive Magnetic Ride Control with up-rated swaybars and springs. There are also beefy six-piston front calipers and four-piston rears, a short shifter, dual-mode exhaust, and electronic control over its 3.73:1 rear differential.

Impressive Fuel Economy

Both V6 and V8 options get 16 miles per gallon in stop-start city traffic. Get them out on the highway and you’ll start to notice a difference. On the open road, the V6 outshines its heftier sibling, getting 28 miles per gallon to the V8’s 25 miles per gallon.

Sporty Styling

No matter what’s under the hood, all the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LEs essentially have the same sporty good looks. The blacked-out hood demands attention and the front splitter and curved rear spoiler are welcome sporty flourishes. Inside there’s real luxury with the leather Recaro seats and suede-wrapped steering wheel. The only discernible difference is the tires, which are as much about performance as good looks. Chevrolet has trusted 20-inch Goodyear F1 tires to connect the cars to the road. But the V6’s tires have forged aluminum rims, while the V8 gets the sure-footed Supercar tires. While the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE makes a great car for motoring around the city, make sure you take the opportunity to open it up on the open road. That’s where you can really test its engine and enjoy all the extras hiding underneath the hood.