The 2015 VW GTI Might Be Making Significantly More Power Than Advertised

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. » 2/04/15 12:07pm 2/04/15 12:07pm

​2015 Honda RC213V-S: It Really Is A MotoGP Bike With A License Plate

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.
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​Will The 2015 Jeep Renegade Be Any Good Off-Road?

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. » 5/23/14 1:45pm 5/23/14 1:45pm

How Much Horsepower Does This One Horse-Powered Wood Splitter Have?

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. » 2/26/14 4:45pm 2/26/14 4:45pm

RideApart Review: 2013 Ducati Hypermotard SP

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. » 6/05/13 3:57pm 6/05/13 3:57pm

Koenigsegg CCR is an Orange Dream

The unique color of this Koenigsegg CCR reminds us of the Orange Dream ice cream bars of our youth. Chances are this 806 horsepower beast would hold our attention longer than any novelty ice cream ever could. (Photo Credit: RUD66) » 1/22/11 10:00am 1/22/11 10:00am

Earth's Rotation Threatened By Too Much Boost

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. » 12/19/08 5:15pm 12/19/08 5:15pm

What's The True Cost Of Power?

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,… » 6/18/08 12:40pm 6/18/08 12:40pm

What's The Most Horsepower For The Buck?

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… » 6/17/08 11:40am 6/17/08 11:40am

Killer Wasps In Your Toyota: Why The Metric System Sucks


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… » 1/10/08 11:30am 1/10/08 11:30am

Sir-Mix-A-Lot Was Right: Fonda Didn't Have a Motor In the Back of Her…


The results are in for automakers using Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards for rating their cars' horsepower. And this is no good news for those of you who bought that Toyota Camry with the expectation of a hotter-than-hot-sake 210 hp. In reality, you may be feeling a bit like you just swallowed some raw… » 3/13/06 4:55pm 3/13/06 4:55pm

Universal Horsepower Testing Busts Japanese Carmakers

Whoops. If you bought a 2006 Acura RSX, expect to get five fewer horsepower than the 2005 model. Buy an '06 Corvette LS7, however, and you'll gain an equal number over 2005. What happened? It seems Japanese automakers' overselling of their cars' horsepower was outed by their moving to the new, third-party horsepower… » 8/17/05 10:56am 8/17/05 10:56am

Next Stop, Burnoutville: Cadillac STS-V Gets Official Horsepower Rating

It's not often when the closing of loopholes reveals good news for a company. In Cadillac's case, it resulted in a horsepower bump for its 4.4-liter supercharged Northstar V8. GM announced back in April it was the first automaker to follow the SAE's new voluntary, third-party power and torque testing and… » 7/28/05 11:51am 7/28/05 11:51am

NYT Rails Against "Powerful" Hybrids

At the risk of sounding like Brock Yates (Hi Brock!), this New York Times article steamed us somewhat. When the Honda Accord Hybrid hit the streets, we were elated finally somebody had come up with a real-world application for hybrids that married performance and economy. Think of the hybrid Accord this way it has… » 7/20/05 2:34pm 7/20/05 2:34pm