The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is a perfect car in my dreams. In this perfect dream world, Alfa claims the Quadrifoglio boasts 505 horsepower from its twin-turbo V6 and max torque of 443 lb-ft out of the box. But how does it hold up in the real world?
Why buy a Chevy Spark when you could buy this used Dodge Viper for less? Usually, it’s because “cheap supercar” really means “immediate and immense repair bills.” But if you get lucky, know what you’re doing and where to scrounge up parts, you might be able to squeeze some decent power out of a fifteen-year-old V10…
A car’s horsepower rating is generally measured at the wheels or engine crank. Automakers advertise the latter number because it’s higher, but some cars actually end up putting down more power than the manufacturers claim. And that’s a corporate lie we might not complain about.
We’re all thankful that the Ford Focus RS, an overpowered all-wheel drive hot hatchback with “drift mode,” even exists. But I know I’m not the only one who’s wondering how close its actual wheel horsepower is to the factory claim. And while we’re on the subject—how much power can you make with modifications? These…
Josh Clymer has been driving his 2005 Acura TSX a lot. In fact, he says he’s up to 505,248 miles now on the original drivetrain. To celebrate a half-million, he took the car to get compression and dyno tested. That gives us a good idea of how healthy the engine really is.
The BMW M3 is a (virtually) universally appreciated car. Pretty, practical, fun to drive—there’s not much to dislike. If you want one today, the E36 body style of the 1990s tends to be the cheapest. But, the question becomes, how much “M3” is still left in a decent example after all that time?
More power equals more better, but sometimes trying to eke out those last couple horsepower from your tuner can result in enormous fiery explosions. Case in point: this ill-fated dyno pull video.
The in-house competition at Chevrolet between the Camaro SS and the Corvette C7 just heated up with a recent dyno test of the SS putting more horsepower down at the rear wheels over its not-so-superior sibling.
Yesterday, I received an update on the new GTI I ordered back in October - "Will be built week 10." So I won't be having hot-hatch fun until sometime in March. This morning, I caught some news that make the wait a little easier. It turns out VW may be seriously sandbagging the output claims on the MK7 GTI.
The Tesla Model S has kicked out some wacky power readings, but it looks like somebody was able return 864 ft-lbs of torque with a P85D a few times in a row. Pretty impressive considering the factory claims about, oh, 177 lb-ft less. The shrieking jet wail the car makes in an enclosed garage is something else…
There's an elegance to the simplicity of a street truck. There's really nothing to 'em besides seats, wheels, in the case of this 1983 Chevy C/K... a big honking 650 horsepower turbocharged engine.
The Tesla Model S is a legit sports sedan. Smooth, fast, good looking, and fun to drive. It has the whole combination. But thanks to the lack of a transmission and how it puts power down, it can fool a dyno into thinking it has 2,000 pound feet of torque. Damn.
Perhaps the best thing about the Hennessey VR1200 pack on the Cadillac CTS-V is that it can be had on the wagon, and it looks pretty unassuming. Sure isn't subtle when it's screaming and putting more than 1,000 rear wheel hp.
There's no finer fight than a good, old-fashioned sibling rivalry. That's exactly what Subaru has brewed up between the 2015 WRX and STI. With it's all-new direct-injection turbo 2.0-liter four, the WRX boasts a far more sophisticated heart compared to the STI's old 2.5-liter lump.
But which is the brawnier brother? We…
After we filmed the somewhat controversial Ford Fiesta ST vs. BMW E46 M3 video a month or so back, we as a group were so smitten with the Fiesta ST's ludicrous value for money proposition that our cameraman and resident mad scientist Thaddeus Brown went straight to the dealership and traded in his 2006 Mini Cooper S…
We were all rightfully impressed by the 2014 Corvette Stingray's quoted power claim of 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. But how much power is the new Corvette really puttin' down? Turns out quite a bit, Edmunds found out.
Watch as the shop takes a Barbie Power Wheels Mustang and dynoes it.
Everything looked to be going just peachy at the Expo Performance 24 in Sherbrooke, Québec, when this Shelby GT500 got it's turn on the dynamometer. The big Mustang got all revved up when BOOM, this great spectacle of destruction happened.
We've already shown you that a Tesla Model S will smoke the new BMW M5 in a drag race, and that's no small feat. It should also come as no surprise. Say what you want about Tesla or their long-term viability as a company, there's no question that their cars are fast.