2008 Dodge Viper ACR: From L.A. to Bonneville | Edmunds.com

CHECK OUT THE VIPER AC-R ARTICLE: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=129907?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..2.* 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.

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2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe | Road Test | Edmunds.com
For full article: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/FullTests/articleId=122304 "Brute strength and awkwardness" is a phrase that we heard a lot while growing up at Dad's race shop. He used it to describe a powerful yet ill-handling machine; or, more often, the driving technique of a hero driver attempting to cope with one. Both definitions rattled around in our brain as we traveled to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) to drive the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10.





Dodge Challenger SRT8 and 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T | Vanishing Point Revisited | Edmunds.com
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Features/articleId=126092 "Our sole Challenger has just broken the ring of evil the deep blue meanies have so righteously wrought - get through 'em baby, get through 'em." - Super Soul, Vanishing Point 1971 It happens deep in the Nevada desert, just past Austin. On a long, straight section of road with nothing to lose, our friends in the white 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T finally put the hammer down. At once, the rawness and purity of Kowalski's ride pulverizes the well-insulated interior of our 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, shredding the peace inside the modern car's cockpit with the same brute force Kowalski used to pierce a hole in the cool desert air 38 years ago. Even with my right foot buried, I see nothing but taillights until they disappear into the desert. In these few brief seconds, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is clearly defined by its soft edges and quiet Exhaust. Manufacturers don't let us feel cars raw and unfiltered anymore. Hammering down a desert road with a thin-rimmed steering wheel and pistol-grip shifter - that's raw. Four hundred and forty cubic inches and a four-speed - that's raw. Powerslides unhampered by electronic intervention - that's raw. In 1970, when Kowalski drove this very road - U.S. Highway 50 through Nevada - he felt it. And it was raw.





2009 Audi TT-RS | Spy Video | Edmunds.com
Caught testing on the Nürburgring test track, the top-of-the-line 2009 Audi TT-RS 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. EDMUNDS VIDEO http://www.Edmunds.com is a car-shopping web site driven to make car buying easy. We post at least two videos every week covering the latest cars and trucks with comprehensive reviews, comparisons, and tips & advice from our expert team of automotive editors. Subscribe for the latest Edmunds.com videos: http://tinyurl.com/8dklalg Related Links: Edmunds Price Promise: http://www.edmunds.com/price-promise.html Edmunds Mobile: http://www.edmunds.com/mobile/ Follow Us Twitter: https://twitter.com/Edmunds Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edmunds Google+: https://plus.google.com/+edmunds/





2010 Chevrolet Equinox: A New Look
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2010 CHEVY EQUINOX: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=125985 As sales of full-size SUVs continue to tank, vehicles like the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox will become more important than ever to Chevy's bottom line. Between its overall size and smaller engine, the Equinox crossover delivers far better fuel mileage than the truck-based Tahoe while still offering a sizable cabin. An often-overlooked model in the Chevrolet lineup, the Equinox should benefit from slightly more recognizable styling this time around. Even with its considerable camouflage, it's clear that the front of the new Equinox will resemble the larger Traverse crossover and Malibu sedan. A shield-style grille is the most obvious change from the current model, although slimmer, more upright headlights will help reshape the front fascia as well. The profile of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox appears almost unchanged. It has the same overall shape for the most part except for new split-pane rear windows in place of the current model's single-pane design. It also looks as though the area behind the C-pillars has been extended slightly to accommodate a third row of seats. When the Equinox first debuted as a 2005 model, third-row seats were far less common in compact SUVs, but now this feature is required just to stay competitive in this class of utility vehicles. Expect to see seven-passenger seating as an option. Another new option for the Equinox will be a four-cylinder engine. Stiffer fuel economy regulations make this a must, as the current V6-only model is far from the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. A six-speed automatic should be offered across the board as well, and all-wheel drive will be optional. Look for the official debut of the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox either late this year or in early 2009, with sales beginning next spring.




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