Studebaker Avanti

One great thing about Alameda is you never know what kind of cars you'll find parked on the street. We've seen everything from a 1937 Cadillac to a Unimog in this series, but this may just be my favorite find yet. Yes, it's a Studebaker Avanti. A primer Studebaker Avanti, no less. When I spotted that distinctive front … » 10/10/07 9:00am 10/10/07 9:00am

Texas Twister: 2008 Saleen S331 Sport Truck Debuts at Texas State Fair

In a world, where $50,000 pickup trucks are for po' folks, and pigskins are for both throwin' and eatin', there's a truck. It's the Saleen S331 for 2008, and it combines Ford's 5.4-liter three-valve V8 with a twin-screw supercharger for 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque. Underneath, the stock Ford running gear… » 9/27/07 11:48am 9/27/07 11:48am

Bonneville Oder Bankrott Machen! Blown Teutonic Belly Tanker

Somewhere between Nebraska and California these guys scored an auxiliary fuel tank previously attached to a 1944 American Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. The tank was shipped back to Germany, where it met up with an early hemi, a roots blower, some Merc running gear, and giant tiki head with a 13 on its forehead. The entire … » 8/06/07 1:00pm 8/06/07 1:00pm

It's Like A Cadillac Escalade ESV, Only Supercharged!

We knew it was coming and we're surprised it took this long to happen. The folks at Big 3 Performance have released a supercharger system for the 2007 Cadillac Escalade ESV to mark "yet another leap forward in the never ending quest for more power." For serious — that line's pulled directly from the press release.… » 7/10/07 11:58pm 7/10/07 11:58pm

Kia to Designate Performance Models "XR"

It may be cliché to stick a bunch of Xs and Rs on a tweaked econobox and call it a performance brand, but some clichés are just fine for getting the job done. For Kia, XR will mean performance — that is, turbocharging in Europe, supercharging for US-bound cars. Kia told Autocar it's calling that strategy "glocal" —… » 5/22/07 11:36am 5/22/07 11:36am

Hoons of Colorado: Super Supra Beats Up On Crazed Cobra

[Update: oops. That's a Cobra, not a GT500] Okay, boys, get that sound turned up. Way up. Why? So you can hear the age-old battle of forced induction. That's right, it's the whine of the supercharger vs. the wail of the turbocharger for hoon supremacy. You'll notice the supercharger gets its groove on first, which… » 4/23/07 3:00pm 4/23/07 3:00pm

Beware the Redy2: 615 Horses Attack a Mustang's Rear Wheels!!!

Boy racers of the San Fernando Valley — consider this your warning. No matter how modded your EVO, no matter how often your daddy lets you take out the M5, no matter how yellow your Gallardo, you will lose the stoplight drag to a stock looking 2005 Mustang GT. Notice I said looking, because besides the body panels,… » 12/24/06 3:45am 12/24/06 3:45am

Nissan Engineers Tease the Masses: 350Z GT-S Concept

One of our greatest regrets in life was the night when the busty, pro-S&M temptress with the 300ZX Twin Turbo invited us back to her hotel room saying, "I've got a 1.5L of Maker's Mark" and we said no. And while we totally blew it with the world's greatest woman, it's nice to know British Nissan engineers have built a car … » 12/07/06 10:00am 12/07/06 10:00am

Blown Hybrid System May Offer Additional Power, Air Cleanliness

Engineers at NexxtDrive say they're ready to roll out their SuperGen i-Hybrid unit, which combines a hybrid-drive kit with a manner of blower (sorry, "advanced pressure boosting technology"). They say the system will crank 170 hp out of a low-emissions 1.4-liter gas engine. The unit includes a compressor, two electric… » 7/17/06 9:09am 7/17/06 9:09am

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 certification… » 7/28/05 11:51am 7/28/05 11:51am