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2021 Ford Bronco: How the Wrangler Fighter Went From Foam Concept to Reality

When Jim Hackett took over as chief executive officer of Ford in 2017, he brought with him a design approach he calls minimum viable prototypes.In short, Hackett's mentality is that an automaker ought to avoid sinking too much money into expensive prototype vehicles, which oftentimes results in a company feeling financially compelled to see a potentially sub-par project to completion. Ford used this approach to create the 2021 Mustang Mach-E electric crossover , as well as the 2021 Bronco SUV... [read more]

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The 2021 Ford Broncos Off-Road Trail Map Navigation System Will Leave Jeepers Jealous

If you want to get way out into the woods, desert, or mud with a 2021 Ford Bronco , youll be happy to know that the company has an onboard solution to help get you back homeno external GPS device needed. The new Bronco has features baked into its SYNC 4 system that will allow users to create, share, and navigate off-road routes right from the integrated 8.0- or 12.0-inch central infotainment screenjust the thing to set this new off-road... [read more]

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Limited-Run 2020 Polaris Slingshot Grand Touring LE Is the Color of Money

The Polaris Slingshot is an emotional purchase. Why else would anyone spend north of $25,000 on this roofless tricycle without room for more than two people or really any of their stuff? Need practicality and, well, a real roof? Then go out and buy yourself a generic crossover SUV . The Slingshot, however, combines near-motorcycle-like dynamics without the hassle of obtaining a motorcycle license (well, in most states). It also offers the comfortable seating position of a car and wild... [read more]

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2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport Reservation and Buyers Guide

The 2021 Ford Bronco has been revealed, and Ford is already taking pre-orders as long as youre willing to put up a $100 deposit. So, youve made the decision to reserve your very own, but the question now is: what Bronco do you get and which is right for you? Well, weve compiled all the spec, trim, and color brochures for you to download and go over for yourself, and were embedding them below with a brief breakdown of whats... [read more]

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Mercedes GLE Sports Line Coupe by Wald International

The 2016-2019MY Mercedes GLE Coupe was a standout ride. Taking its roots from the GLE family that was born from the remnants of the departed ML-Class, the GLE Coupe looked the part of a proper coupe-SUV. Sadly, it didnt perform like one, though thats partly attributed to the presence of its AMG alter-egos: the GLE 63 Coupe and the GLE 63 S Coupe. Still, the GLE Coupe remains a darling among Mercedes fans, crossover and SUV enthusiasts, and, in this... [read more]

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The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is the Broncos Not-So-Rugged Little Brother

Ford just took the off-road SUV market by storm with the Bronco, reviving the iconic nameplate after almost 25 years. Although it captured all the hype, the Bronco isn't the only SUV that Ford introduced today. It also launched the Bronco Sport, a slightly smaller crossover aimed at vehicles that aren't as rugged as the Jeep Wrangler. The Bronco Sport also boasts vintage styling cues inspired by the original Bronco, but it looks decidedly more modern. The Bronco Sport is... [read more]

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2021 Ford Bronco Sasquatch Package Explained: Yes, You Can Get 35-Inch Tires on the Base Bronco

With its body-on-frame underpinnings, standard four-wheel drive, and torque-rich turbocharged engine, the base 2021 Ford Bronco is a formidable off-road machine right out of the box. But lets say you want even more off-road capability from the Blue Oval's new SUV while still staying withina budgetoutside, say, the higher-end 2021 Bronco Wildtrak. Enter the Sasquatch package. Available across the lineexcept on the Wildtrak, which comes standard with its goodiesthe Sasquatch package turns even the entry-level, $29,995 Bronco into an all-terrain... [read more]

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Ford Bronco vs. Bronco Sport: What's the Difference?

After several delays due to the health crisis, Ford has unveiled the new 2021 Ford Bronco and Ford Bronco Sport SUVs on the same day, which is bound to cause some confusion among car shoppers. Ford has created an off-road brand with the Bronco name, but these two vehicles are completely different, save for the horse badge and the tough-guy boxy design aesthetic. So lets compare and contrast the two Broncos so that you know what to look for when... [read more]

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Now Youve Seen it All - A Saturn Sky With a 2JZ Engine Swap

It was in the mid 2000s when GM put its Kappa platform to work underneath what would become the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice. Also known as the Opel GT in Europe, the Saturn Sky was rater short-lived, staying in production for just three years, during which it failed to make a splash. There is one Saturn Sky, however, that lives on lavishly courtesy of his owner, who shoehorned a 2JZ engine under the hood.

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Does the 2021 Ford Bronco Have a Manual Transmission?

After a 24-year hiatus, the Bronco moniker has returned to the auto scene and has everyones attention. The off-roader comes with retro styling and cues, much to the please of the purists. However, one other thing that made the Bronco exciting was the prospect of a manual gearbox mated to the drivetrain. The initial leaks had suggested the presence of a seven-speed manual transmission, and now that the Bronco has made its debut, the same is confirmed - as long... [read more]

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Spec Comparison: 2021 Ford Bronco Sport vs. Jeep, Subaru, and Others

Weve examined how Fords truncated, tallened, and toughened-up Escape compares against Jeeps Renegade , Compass , and Cherokee ; now lets size the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport up against the wider compact SUV competitive set. Bear in mind that the Escape is primarily tasked with broad-market appeal, so its offerings span a wider price, performance, and capability spectrum. The Bronco Sport is more focused on enabling adventure travel, but its not the only one on this list with such a... [read more]

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Here Are all the 2021 Ford Bronco Wallpapers You Could Ever Want

The day has finally come and gone the new 2021 Ford Bronco has been revealed. Powered by either a 2.7-liter V-6 or a 2.3-liter inline-four, the bronco can be had with either 310 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque or 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Clearly designed with off-roading in mind, Ford is finally looking to put Jeep, and the Wrangler to be more specific, in its place. Over the course of the next two weeks, were going... [read more]

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Midwest Drag Racing in Color circa 1965

Here's some very tidy footage of a Nebraska local drag race around 1964 or 65, if I had to guess by the newest cars I could spot. Nothing... continue reading

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Which Jeep Is the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport Gunning For?

Fords coming after Jeep, aiming the big Bronco directly at the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited . But which of Jeeps three front-drive-based models is the closest rival for Fords Escape -based Bronco Sport? Lets examine what we currently know or surmise about the Bronco Sports size, price, performance, and capability and find the closest Jeep match. --> Size-WiseExterior In terms of exterior wheelbase and length dimensions, Jeeps Compass is the closest match to the Bronco Sport, at 103.8 and 173.0... [read more]

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What Are Head-Up Displays? And Are They Worth It?

As cars get packed with more technology, the way information is delivered changes, too. Analog gauges are disappearing, and screens are taking over, showing everything from your speed to a full map right in front of you. Adding to the sea of change is the head-up display; once a tech feature exclusive to luxury brands, mainstream vehicles now have them, as well. The Two Types of Head-Up Displays The most common type of head-up display projects info onto the vehicles... [read more]

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How Would You Feel About a 400-Horsepower, AWD Honda Civic Type R?

The redesigned 2020 Honda Type R is still a fresh addition to the Japanese brands lineup but rumors about the next-gen Type R have been swirling on the interwebs for quite some time now. Those familiar with whats been written and predicted about the new generation Honda Type R know that the hot hatch has been touted with every possible powertrain: a hybrid one, an all-electric setup, and a pure-ICE configuration. Basically, we know nothing about whats going to motivate... [read more]

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2021 Ford Bronco Sport: Here's How Much It Costs

The 2021 Ford Bronco Sport may play little brother to the Bronco , but the former model's starting price of $28,155 comes in at just under $2,000 lower than its bigger, body-on-frame kinand $2,175 more than the similarly sized and somewhat related Escape. No, the Bronco Sport is not the best off-road model in the Blue Ovals line of vehicles, nor is it the best value. What Ford seems to position it as, though, is a jack-of-all-trades option that combines... [read more]

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2021 Ford Bronco First Look: More Than Nostalgia

Thunderclouds threaten as our group stands in the middle of Johnson Valley OHV Area, looking at two pre-production versions of the all-new 2021 Ford Bronco . One is a Cactus Gray four-door Badlands hardtop, but we cant take our eyes off the Cyber Orange two-door Black Diamond Bronco with the removable roof fully removed. It looks utterly fabulous. A concept car come to life, driven straight off the auto show stand to an off-road paradise known for King of the... [read more]

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Can't Buck Ford's New Bronco? The MotorTrend App Is Teeming With Bronco Builds and Mayhem

Have you heard theres a new Ford Bronco coming to showrooms ? The upcoming SUV is what those in the biz refer to as a BFD, and MotorTrend has you covered with content that details how the new one measures up to its predecessors, as well as how the Blue Oval's off-roader ought to fare against its cross-town rival, the Jeep Wrangler . Theres a lot of Bronco history, too. And almost all five Bronco generations have been featured in... [read more]

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The Ford Bronco Has Arrived and We can Smell Fear from Jeep Dealers Everywhere

It has been a long time coming, but Ford has finally unveiled the 2021 Bronco. The new Bronco will be available as a two-door, four-door, and Sport avatars and will be available with your choice between two engines, a lot of off-road equipment, and over 200 aftermarket accessories to choose from. The off-roader, as seen earlier, draws a lot of retro cues and comes with a host of tech features that will make the off-roading experience much better.

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Sneak Peek: Barn Find 1959 Studebaker Pickup

This 1959 Studebaker Scotsman pickup was a genuine barn find, transformed from an out-to-pasture farm truck into an amazing custom truck that we will be featuring soon. Stude pickups are cool, but the classic truck world is a two-party system dominated by Blue Ovals and Bowties. Studebakers are like a third party, with no chance of toppling the big two, but filled with dedicated followers. Robert Solgat has been one of those followers, even before he owned this truck. Robert... [read more]

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10 Classic Ferrari Cars That You Probably Forgot About

Ferrari has been building supercars and sports cars for more than 70 years now and, needless to say, many of them are downright legendary. But not every vehicle with a Ferrari badge is iconic. Enzo's company had its fair share of flops, while some were built in very limited numbers and were simply forgotten over time. Others are nowhere to be found and some simply don't get the love they deserve. Here's a a list of 10 classic Ferraris that... [read more]

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A BMW M3-Powered Toyota Supra GRMN Is in the Works, But Theres a Catch

With the 2020 Toyota Supra being based so heavily on the BMW Z4, you can imagine that it had a very strong offering of aftermarket options by the time it launched. After all, just about anything that will mechanically improve the Z4 will improve the Supra too, right? Well, imagine for a moment, if you will, an A90 Toyota Supra with the S58 engine thats found in the X3 and X4 M and the upcoming next-gen M3 and M4. That... [read more]

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The Subaru Impreza 22B is THE Legend Among Legends

Launched in 1992, the Impreza quickly became Subaru's most iconic nameplate. Although it's an affordable compact at the core, the Impreza became famous for WRX versions and the rally-inspired WRX STi. But even though the STi is known as the most radical variant of the Impreza, being built with technology from rally racing, Subaru once offered an even more menacing variant. It's called the 22B STi and it was produced for only five months in 1998 to celebrate the company's... [read more]

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The New Porsche 911 GT2 RS Could Have 720 HP Or More Thanks to 3D Printed Pistons

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is a beast of a car that, as of today, delivers a cool 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, flat-six. Its fast enough to get to 60 mph in a spleen splitting 2.7 seconds and tops out a respectable 211 mph. Those numbers represent an improvement of 0.8 seconds and six mph over the model it replaced. One could argue, then, that the next-gen 911 GT2 RS doesnt need more... [read more]

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Heres How a 2013 Audi RS5 Stacks Up Against a 2020 Audi RS5 Sportback

Audi RS5Bridging the generation gap between two performance-focused models, one thats older and one thats newer, is never an easy task for carmakers. The newcomer is expected to be better in every aspect, but what happens when the old one is still capable of exciting the senses? Throttle Houses new versus old Audi RS5 head-to-head makes for a neat case study.

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Heres How to Watch the Reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco

To be quite honest, Ford is probably rewriting the book of digital vehicle reveals with the new Ford Bronco Family being shown off in more ways than any other car that has come before it. If you have social media, you can see it. If you visit YouTube, you can see it. If you dont do either, then theres a chance youll either see it on the TV or at a local dealer. Seriously, for is going that hard with... [read more]

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Jeep Teases 392ci V-8-Powered Wrangler Rubicon JL Concept

The competition may be heating up in the form of the reborn Bronco , but Jeep isnt ceding anything to those guys across town. Today, Jeep revealed the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, which brings to physical life the idea of a factory V-8powered Wrangler. Believe it or not, Jeep has never offered a Wrangler with a V-8 from the factory. Ever since the Wrangler was launched with the YJ generation as a 1987 modelthe current generation is the JLpower-hungry enthusiasts... [read more]

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Audi A6 Allroad By ABT Sportsline

The Audi RS4 Avant and the RS6 Avant have stolen the limelight from their Allroad counterparts in recent times, but that doesnt mean the latter is any less worthy. Although the A4 Allroad has been on our shores for quite some time now, Audi recently introduced the A6 Allroad as well. After working on the Avant series, Kempten-based aftermarket tuner, ABT Sportsline, has now decided to get its hands dirty with the A6 Allroad. ABT has given the A6 Allroad... [read more]

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What Bronco? Jeep Wrangler Previews Factory V-8 Engine on Eve of Ford Launch

The hardcore factory 44 competition may be heating up, but Jeep isnt ceding anything to those other guys across town. Today, Jeep revealed the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept, serving up its idea of what a factory V-8-powered Jeep Wrangler could look like. This bombshell landed just hours before Ford is set to pull the sheets off its new Bronco . A Factory V-8 Wrangler? That's a First Believe it or not, Jeep has never offered a Wrangler with a V-8... [read more]

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Jeep Unveils Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept Just So It Can Ruin Fords Party Tonight

Were less than 10 hours away from the much-anticipated 2021 Ford Broncos unveiling, and its primary rival, the Jeep Wrangler, has decided to gatecrash the party. The company teased a 6.4-liter, V-8 HEMI engine just a couple of days ago in a Facebook post and now it has confirmed its arrival in the form of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 Concept. Ford has been messing around with the Jeep ever since the Bronco was announced, so the news of the Wrangler... [read more]

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Mecum Collector Car Auction - Road Art Monday - Indy 2020 Day 4

The 10 Weirdest and Most Bizarre Cars Ever Made

Cars come in all shapes and sizes. Some cars look like they were designed to be award-winners. Other cars look like they were created by people who dont know what theyre doing. Then some cars lie somewhere in between. They are neither apples to our eyes nor are they sights for sore eyes. Theyre unique in the weirdest and most bizarre ways imaginable. Whether they have six headlamps or six wheels, these cars are remembered for the way they look... [read more]

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Watching One BMW M1 ProCar Do Gurngel Hillclimb is a Treat, Three is Heaven On Earth

BMW may be famous nowadays for its premium sedans, sports coupes, and grand tourers, but at some point, it built a really awesome mid-engined sports car. Yes, I'm talking about the short-lived M1, which was built from 1978 to 1981 in only 453 units. Developed and built by BMW's racing division, the M1 was a homologation special for sports car racing. The initial intent was to field it against Porsche in Group 5 racing, but delays in production and changes... [read more]

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How Reliable Is the Volvo S60? Here's Our Report After More Than 20,000 Miles

Over the course of a year, weve driven our 2019 Volvo S60 over 20,000 miles. The S60 has touched 10 states, been on a couple cross-country trips , and gone on multiple weekend trips . Although it hasnt seen much activity these past few months, our beloved Volvo has traveled a long way. And it hasnt disappointed us. Its looks and comfort continue to please us, and were satisfied with its technology and the way it handles. The S60 is... [read more]

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Mount Rainier Kenworth Tour Bus by Legacy Classic Trucks

Idaho-based Legacy Classic Trucks had taken up a unique restoration project recently. The company laid its hands on a 1937 tour bus that served at the Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state. Vintage tour buses are a popular sight at tourist spots, so retaining the essence of this bus was the most important thing about this restoration. Legacy Classic Trucks has managed to do it and it looks stunning. However, it is priced exorbitantly high. The company is selling... [read more]

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The Jim Hinds Roadster: Part 2

A few months back, Jive-Bomber featured the Jim Hinds Roadster as featured in the March, 1957 issue of Hot Rod Magazine and wondered how such a sweet little... continue reading

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The Lamborghini Sin Goes Topless For The First Time Since Its Debut

Following the success of its first-ever hybrid supercar in 2019, the Lamborghini Sin , goes topless for the first time since its debut. The all-new limited edition model delivers the marques famed performance with unique hybrid technologies in a roofless design. The Lamborghini Sin Goes Topless For The First Time Since Its Debut Heavily influenced by the first countach from 1974, the Sin roadster is conceptualized to be a futuristic interpretation of the coupe, with six retro-inspired hexagonal taillights, airstreamers... [read more]

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer First Drive: Some Small Misses, But Big Wins

One of my oldest friends had bid farewell to her husband just weeks prior as he deployed overseas. Theyd packed up the apartment in Miami and shipped most of it back to our hometown on Californias Central Coast with the help of the Air Force, but her, the kids, and her car needed to get across the country in the middle of the pandemic. Theyd considered flying, but between the health risks and the cost of both plane tickets and... [read more]

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Can the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

Trailblazer doesnt have to be a literal term. We talk about figurative trailblazers all the time, people or products that do things differently or break a glass ceiling. Although the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer may be an new product for the brand, it competes in an established segment, and both the marketing around our Activ trim level tester and the history behind the Trailblazer name suggest Chevrolet meant the literal definition. Lets put it to the test, then. The original Trailblazer... [read more]

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We Got A Hoodie Mystery To Solve

Two stolen vehicles in Oregon crash into each other, a two for one for the authorities. Dumb Criminals A huge amount of Performance Cars stolen from a California dealership AC System Repair Head Gasket Cooling System Leaks A Land Rover with a Crankshaft Sensor issue. Low Power and Transmission Shifting Issues Flashing Overdrive Light Check Engine Lights Auto Repair Press "Play" below to listen to this episode

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Pit Stop w/ NASCAR Veteran Ray Evernham // On The Move // Episode 10

What in the World is this Strange Bugatti Chiron Test Mule Doing on the Road?

Introduced in 2016, the Bugatti Chiron has already spawned eight variations ranging from simple special-edition models to unique cars like the La Voiture Noire. But the supercar firm isn't planning to stop just yet, and a new test mule spotted by our paparazzi proves just that. We don't know what it is yet, but we're looking at three different scenarios.

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Mecum Collector Car Auction- Indy 2020 Day 3

The 10 Coolest Cars In Forza Horizon 4

Picking the ten coolest cars in Forza Horizon 4 is more difficult than youd expect. There are almost 600 cars to choose from, and a lot of them bring something unique to the table. From the quirky old-timers like the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale to modern powerhouses like the 2019 Bugatti Divo, you can run through the entire gamut of available cars in Forza Horizon 4 and have difficulty picking 50 of the coolest cars, let alone... [read more]

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1954 Kaiser Special - One of the Most Beautiful Failures in Automotive History

Founded in 1945 by automobile executive Joseph W. Frazer and industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, Kaiser-Frazer was one of carmakers that attempted to stop the supremacy of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Like other companies before and after it, Kaiser-Frazer failed, but it built a few cool automobiles in the process. The Manhattan, the Henry J, and the Darrin are somewhat famous, but it's the relatively unknown Special that deserves more attention. It was far from groundbreaking and its performance was... [read more]

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Jeep Teases Wrangler or Gladiator Sporting 392 Badge, Hinting at 6.4-Liter Hemi V-8 Power

The news lately has been wall-to-wall 2021 Ford Bronco , and thats quite understandable. Its going to be one of the most noteworthy new SUVs in recent memory. But while the Broncos been away , the Jeep Wrangler has been holding down the fort for open-air off-road-oriented SUVs. It helps that the Jeep already has a stacked powertrain options list, which includes a turbo-diesel V-6, a torque-rich turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine , and a traditional gas V-6 that makes 285... [read more]

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Full Steam Ahead to Dana Mecums 33rd Original Spring Classic // On The Move // Episode 14

Breaking the Laws of Physics in a Hayabusa-Powered Radical SR3

Spa-Francorchamps is one of the world's most famous tracks and the Radical SR3 is one of the world's most successful open-top sport-prototypes. Pair the two together and what you get is some seriously intense action especially since what's at stake here is taking the Eau Rouge-Raidillon sequence of uphill bends flat out. It's even scarier than it sounds.

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