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We're about to make our first high-speed run in the still-black 2008 Dodge Viper ACR when the old guy pulls up to our makeshift pit. He looks exactly like the guy you'd expect to meet in the middle of the Bonneville Salt Flats, like a worn-out Hank Williams, Jr.
Over the deafening cackle of his Cummins-powered diesel pickup, he yells, "What's you boys doin'?"
"We're going to make a few runs in this Viper here."
"Yeah, how fast will she run?"
"We don't really know. Maybe 190 or so."
By the expression on his face, it's obvious ol' Hank has figured out that we have no idea what we're doin'. He knows we're just a bunch of yahoos with a fast car. He takes a good long look at the big winged Viper, then he shuts off the truck's engine so we can hear him better.
"When you're going fast, the slightest gust of wind can flip you," he says. "That's why we only ran early in the morning when the air was calm."
We look up at the mid-afternoon sun and wonder what we've gotten ourselves into.
"And make sure you don't run out of room," he continues. "You think you have all the space in the world, then Floating Mountain is suddenly right in your face. I remember when I went for 300 mph back in 1978; my chutes didn't open and I almost didn't get her stopped." He runs his fingers through a white beard. "Didn't make 300 either," he adds. "Only 280."
Great. We thought this Bonneville thing was as easy as holding our foot down until the speedometer stopped moving. Now Mr. Monday Night has us imagining our $100,000 Viper sliding across the Utah desert on its roof.
2009 Audi TT-RS Hits the Nürburgring - Spy Video
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE AUDI TT-RS:
Since its introduction in 1999, the Audi TT has been known for its unique
look — and its lackluster performance. The TT hasn't exactly been slow,
but its lack of serious horsepower made it more of
an image car than a true driver's coupe. This might change with the
introduction of the 2009 Audi TT-RS, an all-out performance version of the
Caught testing on the Nürburgring test track, the top-of-the-line TT wears
several telltale design elements that identify it as a high-performance RS
model. Up front, the TT-RS has the same metallic trim across the grille as
the TTS, but closer inspection reveals large air intakes at each corner in
place of foglights. Other styling differences include seven-spoke wheels
and a pair of oval tailpipes, a signature RS design cue.
It's hard to peg which engine will provide the power for the TT-RS at this
point. Early rumors suggested a turbocharged five-cylinder, but the recent
introduction of Audi's new 3.0-liter TFSI V6 suggests otherwise. The new
supercharged motor is expected to develop roughly 300 horsepower in U.S. trim, a
number that would put the TT-RS a solid notch above the TTS with its turbocharged 265-hp inline-4. Expect one of
Audi's S tronic dual-clutch gearboxes with either six gears or possibly
Like all RS models, the TT version will also get a retuned suspension,
larger wheels and tires and upgraded brakes. Minor interior upgrades will
be part of the package as well. Given the lack of camouflage on this test
mule, expect a public introduction in the next few months, with U.S sales
starting by early next year.
Burnout Super Test Part 2: Viper SRT-10 vs. Corvette Z06 Carbon
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Nissan GT-R @ El Mirage: 2009 Nissan GT-R Road Trip - Part 2
No one in their right mind would take their brand new, $70,000 sports car
onto a silt-covered dry lake just to do donuts in the dirt. So, of course,
that's the first place we headed. There was plenty of room on El Mirage dry
lake to stretch the GT-R's legs a little. We got it up to 130 mph before
deciding that the limited visibility and random mounds of dirt made
anything faster a potentially life
-- and GT-R -- threatening exercise. Then we turned off the traction
control and got it sideways to see what the GT-R is like when it's not
stuck to the pavement. Shocker of the day -- it's fun. Click through to see
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR
FIND OUT WHO WINDS, ZO6 OR GT500KR:
Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 @ the Track:
Camaro Fights Mustang and Challenger:
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2LT V6 Full Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziISB6n_5do
Ford Shelby GT500 v Hennessey Camaro:
Hennessey HPE550 Supercharged Chevy Camaro SS:
We're looking at the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR and 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
Z06, but we're imagining a '68 Shelby GT500KR staging next to a Corvette
with one of the 427-cubic-inch V8s on the Connecting Highway in Queens, New
York, probably sometime during the Nixon administration. We don't know how
the cars are tuned or which driver has the better hole-shot technique, but
we're calling our street race in favor of the Vette.
You see, there's no historical basis for a close Corvette-Mustang rivalry. A Corvette of any
year is a little too fast and smart to be street racing ratty muscle cars.
It's a real sports car, the kind of car that's still fun when you start
going around corners.
But maybe it's a different story with this 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR and
2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Each of these rear-wheel-drive coupes has a V8
rated for more than 500 horsepower at the flywheel.
And with the release of the limited-edition 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, Ford
has moved in on Chevrolet's price territory. The GT500KR leaves the Ford
factory as a $46,730 GT500 coupe and is shipped as a rolling chassis to
Carroll Shelby's facility near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Nevada. By
the time the KR cruises out of Shelby's shop, it's an $82,395 Mustang.
As such, the King-of-the-Road Mustang must now contend with this
$76,920 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. And though the Z06 is a few horsepower shy of the
upcoming ZR1, it's not an easy mark. The GT500KR will have to play like a
sports car just to keep up.
'08 Viper SRT10 vs. '07 Corvette Z06: Behind the Scenes - CAR and DRIVER
The Rematch: The Dodge Viper is stronger, faster, and looking to take the Corvette Z06
down a peg.
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 vs. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 - First Drive Review
Chevrolet Corvette Z06 vs. Dodge Viper - Comparison Test - CAR and DRIVER
The Rematch: In a previous comparo, The Corvette beat the Viper. See if the
latest and greatest Dodge Viper can settle the score.
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 vs. 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - Comparison Test
Ride in a Lamborghini Countach S!
I go for a ride in this rare 1981 Lamborghini Countach S. Only 82 cars were
made this year! Special thanks to the kind owner for giving me the ride!
This car handled amazingly well and was still very fast, even compared to
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8000cc Millyard Viper V10 hits 207mph!
The astonishing V10, 500bhp Millyard Viper has recorded over 200mph in its
first speed test - and its creator has set his sights on achieveing 250mph.
Watch the video to see the 8-litre V10 in action.
Amazing New Dodge Viper ACR-X V-10 Dyno Test
Viper Powertrain Development Engineer Dick Winkles takes us through a Dyno test of the V-10
powerplant under the hood of the Dodge Viper ACR-X race car. The engine
generates more than 600 horsepower. The test was
conducted at the Chrysler Technical Center, Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Paul Walker Visits Famous Nissan Skyline GT-R Tuner Mine's in Japan
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1450HP Hennessey Venom Viper Attempts Record pt1
John Hennessey holds dozens of records for his world famous SRT engines-
especially on the Dodge Viper. This year Team Hennessey brought their most
powerful Viper creation to date- the 1450HP Venom1000 Comp Coupe- for
another record try at the Maxton Mile
Ralph Gilles and the 2010 Dodge Viper ACR-X
Dodge CEO Ralph Gilles gives us a first hand look at the 2010 Dodge Viper
ACR-X from the passenger seat of this track only snake.
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2013 SRT Viper vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series! - Head 2 Head Ep. 36
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman pits two
members of the "more than 600 horsepower club" against
each other - the 2013 SRT Viper & the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black
Series. It's a three-bout heavyweight match that begins with real world
canyon carving, moves on to an all-out quarter mile drag race, and then
finishes with blistering hot laps around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with hot
shoe Randy Pobst.
Despite a huge gap in price, both of these long-nosed, front-engine, RWD,
two-seat brawlers represent significant revisions of their wild
predecessors. Will good old fashion American muscle beat out German
Engineering? Join us as we find out.
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