On Wednesday, we had a snippet of Jeremy Clarkson (of BBC's "Top Gear") blazing through the Swiss Alps in a Maserati GT. This clip is a part of his "Thriller" DVD, in which Jeremy tries to find the ultimate thriller automobile. Clarkson seemed underwhelmed by the Maserati but what else did he find during his search for the true king of thrill rides? Well, Jeremy stumbled upon this Porsche 944 Turbo, a pretty cool car in its own right. But this particular Porsche has a little something extra that makes it even more righteous: this … Read more
So as we saw in Monday's video blog, there are some car owners who not only love their Volkswagen Rabbits, but also want to update and upgrade their European bunnies. Well here's another adventurous Rabbit owner who sought to give his cottontail a power boost under the hood and did so with a little help from some independent throttle bodies.
For those of you not familiar, a throttle body controls the air intake into the engine in correlation to the pressure put on the accelerator. And this VW Rabbit gets blessed with a few Suzuki GSXR 650 throttle … Read more
NEW YORK--The Porsche Cayenne may be one of the fastest SUVs around, but Porsche aims to make it one of the cleanest around, too, with its new hybrid system. Porsche unveiled the Cayenne S Hybrid at the 2010 New York auto show, a full hybrid capable of driving under electric power up to 35 mph.
Porsche gave the Cayenne a general update for the 2011 model year and added the hybrid version to the model line alongside the base model, S, and Turbo. Although the new Cayenne is almost 2 inches longer than the previous version, a de-emphasized grille and … Read more
An electric powered sports car named "Greenster," got a test drive today in Manchester, England. Juergen Maier, head of industry at Siemens Manchester and Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council chief executive, took to the streets in a effort to promote Smart Grid.
According to a press release, Siemens is looking into all aspects of "electromobility" including Smart Grid infrastructure. Smart Grid will enable drivers to use more renewable energy as part of an every day source of electricity. With the development of electric cars, Smart Grid technology will also enable drivers to turn our cars … Read more
As the major auto show in Europe, the exhibition in Geneva had its share of common-sense practical transporters, cars on display for the average show-goer to kick the tires and start considering a purchase. But the real reason people go to auto shows is to see the exotics, the cars that they can only dream of owning.
We looked at our coverage of the show, and came up with the five cars we would most like to see in our garage. Because these are dream cars, we didn't limit the list to vehicles that will actually go into production. … Read more
Ferrari and Porsche do a couple of hot hybrids; we have to love VW's Polo GTI; and a pickup truck? Also, Abarth hots up some cool Fiats and we give a listen to the Lotus Evora hybrid--yes, a listen.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 158 SHOW NOTES
GENEVA--Reading the specs on the Porsche 918 Spyder concept shown at the 2010 Geneva auto show, we thought there must be some mistake, as 78 mpg and 3.2 seconds to 60 mph just doesn't sound possible. But the 918 Spyder achieves its numbers through massive horsepower, a lightweight body, and the effect of 16 miles of pure electric range on the New European Driving Cycle, Europe's equivalent to EPA fuel economy testing.
The 918 Spyder looks very cool, with a shape that evokes historic race cars. Borrowing modern race car build technology, it keeps its weight down … Read more
We may have found the ugliest car ever, wanna' see? A Porsche hybrid goes to Nurburgring; Volvo offers a factory-installed Windows PC; lots of Porsche Cayenne feedback from y'all; and a drive in an American icon (you should really wait before you buy).Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) Episode 155 Show notes
It'll be fast, and it'll be green.
High-performance automaker Porsche plans to unveil a hybrid version of its 911 GT3 R raceat the Geneva Motor Show in March--and then enter it in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race this May.
Curious about how Porsche plans to get Porsche-like performance out of a green machine? To pique your interest, the company on Thursday issued a press release explaining roughly how the gas-electric hybrid system will work, and showing off some artist's renderings of the .
In addition to a 480-bhp 4-liter engine powering the rear axle, … Read more
A roundup of Toyota's ghastly week--yet that doesn't stop Tesla from tapping a Toyota exec to build its cars. Jag has a crafty new idea for hybrid power trains. And we take a ride in the love-it-or-key-it Porsche truck!Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 154 SHOW NOTES