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Month: March 2017

March 29, 2017

2017’s Top Ten Tech Cars: Ford Focus RS

Courtesy of IEEE: Back in the 1980s, when Volkswagen birthed the hot hatchback with the GTI, owners like me thought 110 horsepower was a big deal. Things being what they are today, we now have the Ford Focus RS, which spins up a borderline-ridiculous 261 kilowatts (350 horsepower) and 475 newton meters (350 foot-pounds) of turbocharged torque from a dinky 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. That’s more force than you get from many V-8s. Ford’s little beastie is designed to handle the

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March 20, 2017

I drove the fastest Jaguar sports car in the world

Courtesy of Business Insider: The Jaguar F-Type is one of my favorite cars. I like the F-Type so much that I nearly swayed my colleague Matt DeBord into handing the Jag Business Insider’s Car of the Year award in 2014 instead of the game-changing Corvette Stingray. Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of spending hundreds of miles behind the wheel of roughly half a dozen versions of the British sports car — including V6-engine coupes with

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March 02, 2017

This is Why We Love ATVs

Courtesy of PopularMechanics: FOUR MEN (AND A BOY) FIND OUT IF IT’S POSSIBLE TO HAVE TOO MUCH HORSEPOWER. I grew up riding ATVs. My pre-driver’s-license formative years were spent traversing the Maine woods aboard a Kawasaki Mojave 250 and a Honda 250X. These 1990s sport machines had manual transmissions, kick-starters, and a top speed just beyond 50 mph, which seemed fast enough when you were cutting through the trees like you’re Luke Skywalker on his speeder

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