The Smoking Tire takes the Jaguar XKR 175 to a closed road in the middle of the desert to test its performance capabilities when pushed to the limit. Is this the best value in supercars ever? That's what we're going to find out.
What happened when this Evo chased a Porsche?
The Smoking Tire heads out to Willow Springs International Raceway to test
a friend's Mitsubishi Evo X, tuned by Road Race Engineering. Is the Evo
quick enough to keep up with a Porsche 996 Cup Car? We'll see.....
Volkswagen Touareg TDI - Top Speed Dry Lake Test
The Smoking Tire takes the 2010 Volkswagen Touareg TDI to El Mirage Dry
Lakebed to see how it behaves on the road and off it. We also see how fast
it will go in the one place we could think of with no speed limit.
Art Morrison 1955 Chevy Bel Air - Faster Than a Ferrari?
The Smoking Tire hits Supercar Sunday and the canyons with the Art Morrison
1955 Bel Air, one of the best handling hot rods around. We toss this 55
year-old car through some of the tightest curves in California to find out
if there really is such a thing as a Hot Rod for drivers.
STILLEN Nissan GTR and Inside STILLEN Tour
The Smoking Tire visits the headquarters of Steve Millen Sportparts, better
known as STILLEN, and take an inside look at how STILLEN produces their
high-quality aftermarket parts. We then get a ride in the STILLEN Nissan
GTR with the man, Steve Millen himself.
2011 Jaguar XKR Supercharged Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Jaguar XKR
Supercharged. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and
exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and
noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine
and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under
acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a
greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
2013 Jaguar XKR Driven
Ryan video blogs about the new 2013 Jaguar XKR. This car features a 510-horsepower
supercharged V8, rear-wheel drive, face-bending physics and lots of leather
for just over $100,000.
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DSC button for 10 seconds.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport - Jay Leno's Garage
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super
Sport. Hold onto your hat, 'cause your mind might blow out of it when you
ask yourself - is this a car or a spaceship or a work of kinetic art?! Can
you say 4.8 seconds to 100 mph? Top speed of 268 mph? 8-liter W16 engine
with four turbochargers? Ah, Bugatti!
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Jaguar XKR vs Porsche 911 - by Autocar.co.uk
New supercharged V8 XKR takes on the Porsche 911. For more Jaguar news and
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2014 BMW i8 Review
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What's New for 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model.
Based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car shown a few years
ago, the 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a
high-performance plug-in hybrid. If this is what the future looks like,
sign us up. Zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds? A full charge in three hours
from a regular garage outlet? Approximately 95 mpg? Yes, please.
For the i8, BMW chops its classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
formula in half. The i8 uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder
paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The
three-cylinder drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through a
The engine and electric motor combine for 362 horsepower, 420 pound-feet
of torque and all-wheel-drive performance, all integrated into a chassis
that is 10 pounds lighter and 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. The i8
also delivers stellar handling thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and a
low, centrally mounted battery pack, although standard 20-inch wheels seem
like a suspect choice for maximizing corner-to-corner performance.
BMW says the i8 can also travel 22 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph on
electrons alone. Uncorked with the gasoline engine in the lead, it will
reach a top speed of 155 mph. Sounds like a pretty good future to us.
Lightweight construction helps bring lofty performance within reach,
notably an aluminum chassis, chemically hardened glass (similar to that
used in smartphones) and extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced panels
within the 2+2 passenger cabin. Those plus-2 rear seats are small, however,
smaller than even a Porsche 911's, and are best considered auxiliary
luggage space. Even settling into the front seats requires some practice
given its unique scissor-lift-style doors.
We drove a recent i8 prototype and found the i8's easy thrust in
all-electric mode a close match for the Tesla Model S. In its Sport mode
(there are also Comfort and Eco Pro settings), the i8 further awakens,
feeling light, agile and averse to body roll. The hybrid never quite
overwhelms with acceleration, but it also never feels winded, the electric
motor's torque nicely covering for the small turbo as the latter winds up to deliver its power
Whatever the i8 lacks in competitive performance, it won't lack for style.
Its low-slung profile is punctuated by standard U-shaped LED headlights.
You can even order the i8 with laser headlights where regulations allow
(sorry, U.S. shoppers). Inside, a multitiered and layered cockpit design
uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather for upholstery and
panel surfaces Like the smaller i3 electric car, the i8 will offer three
trim levels -- Mega, Giga and Tera -- all with varying degrees of sport and
The 2014 BMW i8 arrives in the spring and starts around $136,000. That's
well above its most obvious target, the Tesla Model S, and that kind of
money also buys a lot of Porsche 911. Performance aficionados won't likely
be swayed and may even look across the BMW lineup to the "M" cars. But for
the hybrid buyer seeking power, performance and efficiency through a lower
profile, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Check back for more information on the 2014 BMW i8, including specs,
driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
What won't fit in an Aston Martin Rapide?
The Smoking Tire takes to the links in the most beautiful 4-seater on the
market: The Aston Martin Rapide. Fortunately, we've chosen a golf course
only accessible by tight, windy, canyon roads.
The 180 MPH 1969 Dodge Daytona: "Project Angrier"
The Smoking Tire heads to East Hampton to terrorize yuppies in the baddest
muscle car around: Mr. Angry's 1969 Dodge Daytona. Blasphemous to some,
envied by others, this is one tire-shredding muscle machine we'll take in
our garage any day.
How good is a Supercharged Lamborghini Gallardo?
The Smoking Tire finds the best driving road in California and the best car
we've ever driven to tackle it: VF Engineering's all new Supercharged
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. With 760HP and 600 lb/ft of torque going
through all 4 wheels, this car redefines fast.