The Truth About Cars » Tuners http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 02 May 2016 13:22:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 2016 Shelby Super Snake Review – Charming the Right Serpent http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-shelby-super-snake/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-shelby-super-snake/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236193 I’m not a “tuner” kinda guy. There, I said it. It’s a load off my mind. It’s not that I don’t like extra power, or a different suspension tune, I just prefer parts made by the company that made my car and I like the car to look “stock.” A case in point was my […]

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I’m not a “tuner” kinda guy. There, I said it. It’s a load off my mind. It’s not that I don’t like extra power, or a different suspension tune, I just prefer parts made by the company that made my car and I like the car to look “stock.” A case in point was my […]

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Volkswagen Emissions Fix May Not Last Long Thanks to Aftermarket Tuners http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-emissions-fix-may-not-last-long/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/volkswagen-emissions-fix-may-not-last-long/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1177994 Many in the Volkswagen diesel community are fanatical about their fuel economy and are understandably angry that a fix for the current emissions scandal may see them lose fuel economy in order to lower NOx output. The aftermarket community has provided modifications for the DPF and Adblue systems in the past, meaning there’s good chance […]

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Many in the Volkswagen diesel community are fanatical about their fuel economy and are understandably angry that a fix for the current emissions scandal may see them lose fuel economy in order to lower NOx output. The aftermarket community has provided modifications for the DPF and Adblue systems in the past, meaning there’s good chance […]

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Los Angeles 2013: Hyundai’s Veloster Turbo R-Spec “Reverses” Halo For Automaker http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/los-angeles-2013-hyundais-veloster-turbo-r-spec-reverses-halo-for-automaker/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/los-angeles-2013-hyundais-veloster-turbo-r-spec-reverses-halo-for-automaker/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:13:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=658594 Bowing at the LA Auto Show is the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, aimed at pulling in tuner-oriented shoppers through a halo inversion designed to, someday, have them drive away in a Genesis sedan. The R-Spec is driven by a 1.6-liter turbo-4 pumping out 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels, and weighs […]

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Bowing at the LA Auto Show is the Veloster Turbo R-Spec, aimed at pulling in tuner-oriented shoppers through a halo inversion designed to, someday, have them drive away in a Genesis sedan. The R-Spec is driven by a 1.6-liter turbo-4 pumping out 201 horses and 195 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels, and weighs […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: GM Hearts Cycling After All Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-gm-hearts-cycling-after-all-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-gm-hearts-cycling-after-all-edition/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 17:40:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416427 Having royally pissed off all of cyclist-dom with a tone-deaf, multi-brand ad in college newspapers, GM just so happens to have a concept car for the SEMA tuner show featuring a mountain bike. Not that the two are in any way related though, as NASCAR racer Ricky Carmichael is the creative force behind the concept. […]

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Having royally pissed off all of cyclist-dom with a tone-deaf, multi-brand ad in college newspapers, GM just so happens to have a concept car for the SEMA tuner show featuring a mountain bike. Not that the two are in any way related though, as NASCAR racer Ricky Carmichael is the creative force behind the concept. […]

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Nissan Leaf Owners Take The Lead In Improving Efficiency http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/nissan-leaf-owners-take-the-lead-in-improving-efficiency/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/nissan-leaf-owners-take-the-lead-in-improving-efficiency/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2011 19:10:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414873 One of most common complaints that traditional “car guys” have about the modern auto industry is that cars have become so complex and computerized that repairs and modifications have become too complex for their mechanical skillset. But, on the other end of the car guy spectrum, EV enthusiasts are taking over the mantle of the […]

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One of most common complaints that traditional “car guys” have about the modern auto industry is that cars have become so complex and computerized that repairs and modifications have become too complex for their mechanical skillset. But, on the other end of the car guy spectrum, EV enthusiasts are taking over the mantle of the […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: An Archetype’s Progress Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-an-archetypes-progress-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-an-archetypes-progress-edition/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:39:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412835 I’m no fan of tuned cars, particularly the garish, over-the-top bodykit jobs that seem to curse the high end of the European sportscar market. And yet, when I saw these pictures of the new Porsche 991, as tuned by the Russian house TopCar, something strange occurred to me: this was the first picture of the new 991 […]

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I’m no fan of tuned cars, particularly the garish, over-the-top bodykit jobs that seem to curse the high end of the European sportscar market. And yet, when I saw these pictures of the new Porsche 991, as tuned by the Russian house TopCar, something strange occurred to me: this was the first picture of the new 991 […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The Most Interesting Tuned Cayenne In World Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-most-interesting-tuned-cayenne-in-world-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-most-interesting-tuned-cayenne-in-world-edition/#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2011 14:43:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=410844 What does it take for a tuned Porsche Cayenne to be featured at TTAC? It must be nothing less than the most interesting tuned Cayenne in the world. And your eyes don’t deceive you… that’s exactly what you’re looking at. The Eterniti Hemera may or may not have advantages relative to the competition from Mansory, […]

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What does it take for a tuned Porsche Cayenne to be featured at TTAC? It must be nothing less than the most interesting tuned Cayenne in the world. And your eyes don’t deceive you… that’s exactly what you’re looking at. The Eterniti Hemera may or may not have advantages relative to the competition from Mansory, […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: I’m Looking For Something That Says “Dad Likes Leather” Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-im-looking-for-something-that-says-dad-likes-leather-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-im-looking-for-something-that-says-dad-likes-leather-edition/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:08:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407747 What’s next for the whale penis leather upholsterers at Russia’s gauchest tuning house, Dartz? How about a wrapping a Ferrari F430 in leather-grain vinyl? Sophisticated! [via GTspirit]

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What’s next for the whale penis leather upholsterers at Russia’s gauchest tuning house, Dartz? How about a wrapping a Ferrari F430 in leather-grain vinyl? Sophisticated! [via GTspirit]

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Quote Of The Day: The Ultimate Data Machine Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-the-ultimate-data-machine-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/quote-of-the-day-the-ultimate-data-machine-edition/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 23:47:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406480 The source of today’s Quote Of The Day, a BMW M Division engineer, is clearly not a native English speaker, but he reveals just where performance cars like the new M5 are going when he says: More and more demand is from our test engineers from the referring(?) departments and they come over and 80%, […]

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The source of today’s Quote Of The Day, a BMW M Division engineer, is clearly not a native English speaker, but he reveals just where performance cars like the new M5 are going when he says: More and more demand is from our test engineers from the referring(?) departments and they come over and 80%, […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: MINI’s Untouched Niche Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-minis-untouched-niche-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-minis-untouched-niche-edition/#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2011 14:50:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400481 Since cementing its premium-retro-cutesy positioning in the marketplace, MINI’s been leveraging its two platforms into a niche-munching binge. Soon the MINI lineup will range from cozy Coupe to two-door “Sport Activity Vehicle,” and will include two convertibles, multiple versions of the two-door hatche, two-and-a-half-door hatch, and four door SUV. So what’s missing? A Moke? A […]

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Since cementing its premium-retro-cutesy positioning in the marketplace, MINI’s been leveraging its two platforms into a niche-munching binge. Soon the MINI lineup will range from cozy Coupe to two-door “Sport Activity Vehicle,” and will include two convertibles, multiple versions of the two-door hatche, two-and-a-half-door hatch, and four door SUV. So what’s missing? A Moke? A […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Brand Management Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-brand-management-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-brand-management-edition/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 14:26:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391113 Typically, when a focused, well-branded company like BMW buys storied brands and then tries to combine them, the results are less than ideal for all involved. Thus far, BMW had actually been doing a fantastic job with its MINI and Rolls-Royce franchises, expanding into new niches while revitalizing potent brands with high-quality products. But putting […]

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Typically, when a focused, well-branded company like BMW buys storied brands and then tries to combine them, the results are less than ideal for all involved. Thus far, BMW had actually been doing a fantastic job with its MINI and Rolls-Royce franchises, expanding into new niches while revitalizing potent brands with high-quality products. But putting […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: If You Love Something, Let It Go Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-if-you-love-something-let-it-go-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-if-you-love-something-let-it-go-edition/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:10:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387392 “Fine. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” -Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight What is it about human nature that forces us to destroy the things we love the most? Jaguar’s E-Type died long ago, shuffling off this imperfect mortal coil to take its place in […]

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“Fine. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” -Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight What is it about human nature that forces us to destroy the things we love the most? Jaguar’s E-Type died long ago, shuffling off this imperfect mortal coil to take its place in […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Put That Top Back On Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-put-that-top-back-on-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-put-that-top-back-on-edition/#comments Sun, 06 Mar 2011 16:31:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=386344 I just returned from the press launch of a certain, shall we say unexpected convertible. The kind of vehicle that makes you stop and wonder what’s being put in the water at a certain product planning department. Look for a review tomorrow, but in the meantime, as a kind of innoculation, consider this Subaru STI […]

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I just returned from the press launch of a certain, shall we say unexpected convertible. The kind of vehicle that makes you stop and wonder what’s being put in the water at a certain product planning department. Look for a review tomorrow, but in the meantime, as a kind of innoculation, consider this Subaru STI […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Taste Invaders Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-taste-invaders-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-taste-invaders-edition/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:25:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384234 In his recent review of the Lexus LX570, Michale Karesh noted that he struggled to make this 5,995-pound, technology-packed, luxurious SUV make sense. Apparently he’s not the only one. From the looks of things, the Japanese tuning house Invader Technologies is having a hard time making the LX570 make sense… at least to anyone who’s […]

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In his recent review of the Lexus LX570, Michale Karesh noted that he struggled to make this 5,995-pound, technology-packed, luxurious SUV make sense. Apparently he’s not the only one. From the looks of things, the Japanese tuning house Invader Technologies is having a hard time making the LX570 make sense… at least to anyone who’s […]

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Cadillac Knows What The Kids Want http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/cadillac-knows-what-the-kids-want/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/cadillac-knows-what-the-kids-want/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:53:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=382691 Yeah, yeah, we know… wood and beige leather are out, edgy and blacked-out are in. But did anyone expect that these hot, youthful trends would give rise to a murdered-out factory special Cadillac CTS-V Coupe? Now, more than ever, this thing is “Darth Vader meets Don Draper.”

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Yeah, yeah, we know… wood and beige leather are out, edgy and blacked-out are in. But did anyone expect that these hot, youthful trends would give rise to a murdered-out factory special Cadillac CTS-V Coupe? Now, more than ever, this thing is “Darth Vader meets Don Draper.”

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: That’s Not A Gullwing, This Is A Gullwing Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-thats-not-a-gullwing-this-is-a-gullwing-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-thats-not-a-gullwing-this-is-a-gullwing-edition/#comments Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:52:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379567 The tuning house Gull Wing America have a huge thing for vintage Mercedes models, resulting in such bizarre creations as a re-interpreted W-121 and a retro-fied SLS. But for its latest project, GWA has taken on the most ambitious gullwing Mercedes ever, the “forgotten gullwing” known as the C111. Based on a tubular steel chassis, […]

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The tuning house Gull Wing America have a huge thing for vintage Mercedes models, resulting in such bizarre creations as a re-interpreted W-121 and a retro-fied SLS. But for its latest project, GWA has taken on the most ambitious gullwing Mercedes ever, the “forgotten gullwing” known as the C111. Based on a tubular steel chassis, […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Leaf It To The Tuners Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-leaf-it-to-the-tuners-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-leaf-it-to-the-tuners-edition/#comments Mon, 27 Dec 2010 18:29:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378712 While Brabus digs deep for ideas to keep its tuning business relevant in the EV era, Nissan has a less sophisticated approach to electric car tuning: the bodykit. According to Nissan, the Nissan Leaf Aero Style Concept includes new wheels, skirts, mirrors, front bumper and LED daytime driving lights. Because, in the words of the […]

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While Brabus digs deep for ideas to keep its tuning business relevant in the EV era, Nissan has a less sophisticated approach to electric car tuning: the bodykit. According to Nissan, the Nissan Leaf Aero Style Concept includes new wheels, skirts, mirrors, front bumper and LED daytime driving lights. Because, in the words of the […]

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The Mercedes Hot Hatch: Fantasy Meets Reality http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-something-old-something-new/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-something-old-something-new/#comments Sat, 18 Dec 2010 16:05:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377680 This is the B55, a silly one-off project by workers at Mercedes’ Rastatt plant that involved shoving an old “55” AMG engine into a new B-Class, running a driveshaft through the “sandwich floor” and hooking it up to an old E-Class wagon rear axle. The result: 383 HP, a 0-60 time in the 5 second […]

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This is the B55, a silly one-off project by workers at Mercedes’ Rastatt plant that involved shoving an old “55” AMG engine into a new B-Class, running a driveshaft through the “sandwich floor” and hooking it up to an old E-Class wagon rear axle. The result: 383 HP, a 0-60 time in the 5 second […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Raptor Hunting Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-raptor-hunting-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-raptor-hunting-edition/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:38:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377583 Where did GMC get the idea to take a short-bed pickup, widen the track, fit some Fox shocks and generally beef it up to create a factory off-road “halo” truck? Oh right, from Ford. If you’re not convinced that Detroit still has at least one foot firmly stuck in the past, this halo niche-chasing behemoth […]

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Where did GMC get the idea to take a short-bed pickup, widen the track, fit some Fox shocks and generally beef it up to create a factory off-road “halo” truck? Oh right, from Ford. If you’re not convinced that Detroit still has at least one foot firmly stuck in the past, this halo niche-chasing behemoth […]

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Brabus Breaks New Ground In EV “Tuning” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/brabus-breaks-new-ground-in-ev-tuning/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/brabus-breaks-new-ground-in-ev-tuning/#comments Wed, 08 Dec 2010 00:33:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376144 With electric cars becoming the new big thing among car lovers with more money than sense, it’s clear that the world’s many tuning houses will try to get in on the action sooner or later… but how? Brabus has offered tuning packages for the Tesla Roadster since shortly after the EV sportscar launched, but the […]

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With electric cars becoming the new big thing among car lovers with more money than sense, it’s clear that the world’s many tuning houses will try to get in on the action sooner or later… but how? Brabus has offered tuning packages for the Tesla Roadster since shortly after the EV sportscar launched, but the […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Infiniti AMG? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/ask-the-best-and-brightest-infiniti-amg/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/ask-the-best-and-brightest-infiniti-amg/#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 19:44:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375925 Infiniti recently got into the in-house tuning game, by rolling out the Infiniti Performance Line as an answer to Lexus’s F line, Audi’s S line, BMW’s M line and Mercedes’ AMG-tuned hot rods. Nissan’s luxury brand may have been a bit late to the profit-puffing game of performance sub-branding, but better late than never, right? […]

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Infiniti recently got into the in-house tuning game, by rolling out the Infiniti Performance Line as an answer to Lexus’s F line, Audi’s S line, BMW’s M line and Mercedes’ AMG-tuned hot rods. Nissan’s luxury brand may have been a bit late to the profit-puffing game of performance sub-branding, but better late than never, right? […]

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Quote Of The Day: Shelby Cobra And The Pursuit Of Distinctiveness Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/quote-of-the-day-shelby-cobra-and-the-pursuit-of-distinctiveness-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/quote-of-the-day-shelby-cobra-and-the-pursuit-of-distinctiveness-edition/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:19:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371574 It is one thing to recognize the legendary status of Mr. Shelby and the original Cobras, including the 427 S/C, and quite another to assert that purchasers and potential purchasers view Cobra continuations or replicas, sold primarily as kits, which employ the Cobra 427 S/C Design as coming from a single source.  The fact that […]

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It is one thing to recognize the legendary status of Mr. Shelby and the original Cobras, including the 427 S/C, and quite another to assert that purchasers and potential purchasers view Cobra continuations or replicas, sold primarily as kits, which employ the Cobra 427 S/C Design as coming from a single source.  The fact that […]

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Buick Regal GS: No AWD, One Second Slower Than Projected http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/buick-regal-gs-no-awd-one-second-slower-than-projected/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/buick-regal-gs-no-awd-one-second-slower-than-projected/#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 22:10:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371528 Pity the Buick Regal GS. Since the idea of a hotted-up Opel Insignia was floated for the US market, fans imagined that Opel’s epic Insignia OPC would be headed stateside, complete with 325 horsepower, 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 and all wheel drive. Buick reps quickly ruled out the turbo-six engine, as GM’s corporate order demanded […]

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Pity the Buick Regal GS. Since the idea of a hotted-up Opel Insignia was floated for the US market, fans imagined that Opel’s epic Insignia OPC would be headed stateside, complete with 325 horsepower, 2.8 liter turbocharged V6 and all wheel drive. Buick reps quickly ruled out the turbo-six engine, as GM’s corporate order demanded […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Stealth Fuzz Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-stealth-fuzz-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-stealth-fuzz-edition/#comments Mon, 01 Nov 2010 19:55:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371100 You’re driving down the road at a spirited tempo when you see a big, black, tuned Taurus. No biggie, right? Wrong… at least, as long as Ford’s SEMA-bound Interceptor Stealth Concept helps police departments get past the car’s wrong-wheel-drive problem. And between its insanely stealthy looks, and its lack of previous cop-duty baggage, Interceptor Stealths […]

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You’re driving down the road at a spirited tempo when you see a big, black, tuned Taurus. No biggie, right? Wrong… at least, as long as Ford’s SEMA-bound Interceptor Stealth Concept helps police departments get past the car’s wrong-wheel-drive problem. And between its insanely stealthy looks, and its lack of previous cop-duty baggage, Interceptor Stealths […]

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TTAC Project: The Zombie Sierra http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ttac-project-the-zombie-sierra/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/ttac-project-the-zombie-sierra/#comments Sat, 30 Oct 2010 16:29:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=370876 I’m going drifting. I’m going drifting dressed in the finest English brown velour ever to roll out of Dagenham, England. I’m going drifting in what this week’s Curbside Classic should have been, a 1983 Ford Sierra. And with that, I rejoin TTAC after a long hiatus due to our wonderful country sending me to various […]

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I’m going drifting. I’m going drifting dressed in the finest English brown velour ever to roll out of Dagenham, England. I’m going drifting in what this week’s Curbside Classic should have been, a 1983 Ford Sierra. And with that, I rejoin TTAC after a long hiatus due to our wonderful country sending me to various […]

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