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?
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We live in an unprecedented time for cars, a time when the things we drive are faster and cleaner and safer and more advanced than they’ve ever been in history—a time with the fewest compromises. And the power gains we’ve seen in just the last few years have been just amazing.
I know this headline isn’t going to win me any friends, and I’m even a little surprised I’m writing this, but I’ve recently come to a realization: I haven’t had much fun in the recent 400+ horsepower cars I’ve driven.
It started with a Craigslist ad. Not the furniture-for-sale section or a melancholy Missed Connection. I’m talking “Gigs” section Craigslist. It was 2009, and I had just graduated from college. I had no job or skills, and I’d moved back in with my parents. After getting a “we’ll keep your resume on file, hon” from…
I know this is sort of a weird metric, but if you take a given carmaker and look at the horsepower of every production vehicle they’ve made, you can see their spread of horsepower. Most long-running car companies have a pretty large spread, but nobody beats Bugatti.
We love to talk about torque around here, but what is torque, really? Isn’t horsepower the important thing? Are they the same? Here’s a handy guide for you to sound smart around your gearhead friends.
The expected answer to the question “What’s the right amount of horsepower?” is usually to bellow “AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE” shortly before lighting yourself on fire and leaping through a plate-glass window. But the question is actually a lot more complex than you think, and with HP ratings generally increasing every year,…
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.
Honda calls this a "prototype," but it really is their RC213V MotoGP racer with a license plate and a headlight. That's insane, and it's ready for production.
We're excited for the new, compact 2015 Jeep Renegade. But, will it go off-road? We called up Jeep's chief engineer and asked. He gave us exclusive, never-before-seen specs and details.
It might be powered by one horse, but that doesn't mean it has one horsepower. Truth is, I don't really know how much hp this one h has.
The 2013 Ducati Hypermotard is all new; smaller, lighter and more powerful than the air-cooled model it replaces. This SP version adds fancy Ohlins shock and Marzocchi forks for even better handling.
When Spiro Pappas plants his foot in this, the sickest Camaro ever, the car doesn't run a 6-second quarter mile, but rather pulls a Chuck Norris and may actually spin the Earth backwards.
The term "horsepower" was coined by James Watt almost purely as a marketing scheme for his steam engine. Horsepower is actually based on another standard, but foot-pounds-per-minute doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's now the benchmark for power, though it isn't always indicative of a car's performance. Weight,…
When we announced that you could get the 2009 Corvette ZR1 for just $103,300, Ben started to look for a way to scrounge together the $103,200 he'd need to buy one. Still, we're talking about $161 per horsepower. That's not shabby, but Godzilla is only $148 per horsepower. And what about the Tata Nano? Just $75 per…
OK, we'll admit that the metric system is the way to go when you're, say, plotting orbital trajectories for the Mars Climate Orbiter and other science-heavy stuff. But when you're talking about the power output of an internal combustion engine, we want to hear galloping hooves, dammit! None of this kilowatt…