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13Jun/120

Camaro vs Mustang – Shelby GT500 vs ZL1 Battle It Out

Camaro vs Mustang - A classic battle of American Muscle cars, and the competition is only heating up.

For the horsepower wars, the Camaro has usually always been the king of the hill. Producing better horsepower and torque from the factory, faster quarter mile, and usually a faster 0-60 time. For 2013, Ford isn't getting bullied any more. The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 5.8L produces an incredible 662 horsepower at 6,250 RPM and 631 torque at 4,000 rpm. Incredible! The 2012 Camaro ZL1 has a 6.2L that makes 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 torque at 4,200 rpm. Nothing to sneeze at, but the Mustang makes significantly more power. Both engines are supercharged, and can produce even more power with simple modifications.

Ford has also kicked up the marketing, hinting that the Shelby GT500 can hit 200 mph. Chevrolet hasn't made such claims with the Camaro ZL1, but considering the gearing and power, it should come close.

The Camaro vs Mustang debate continues, and die hard Camaro fans will always love the Camaro, and die hard Mustang fans will always love the Mustang. For those of us who love both, this Camaro vs Mustang battle is only getting more interesting and we can't wait to see how it continues to unfold.

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 hits 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and quarter mile at 12.4@116.1 mph. The Mustang Shelby GT500 hits 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and runs the quarter mile in 11.9@123.5 mph. What's good to note here is that the trap speeds are almost 10mph difference! The Mustang looks to have significant top end power over the ZL1. However it's hard to imagine a 580 hp Camaro running "only" 116 mph in the quarter mile.

In the Camaro vs Mustang battle, the Mustang wins hands down in power and acceleration. However, the Camaro did come out on top for handling. 1.03g lateral acceleration for the ZL1, and 0.98 for the Mustang Shelby and was faster through the slalom with 70.8mph vs 69.1 for the GT500.

Next up is braking where the Camaro vs Mustang battle is pretty close, with 109 feet vs 110 feet for the Camaro.

In terms of looks, both the Camaro and Mustang look awesome. Incredibly mean stances, but both could use a few modifications such as a good coilover system or lowering springs to give them less wheel gap and an even more aggressive stance.

Two awesome American muscle cars, two awesome contenders for world domination, and two reasons to love the Camaro vs Mustang battle.

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11Jun/120

VIDEO: 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can hit 200 mph – or can it?

200 miles per hour is a pretty big feat. Ford says their new 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can hit 200 mph, and they have proof. In the video above, Ford talks about their Mustang at Nardo, the huge rack track that really lets you test your car's limits. Here, they continuously reference the magical 200mph, talking about tests that they ran, which included braking tests.

So here's the problem - independent speed tests have shown that the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can hit a max of 196 mph, 4 mph shy of the 200 mph claim. So is Ford rounding up? With 662 horsepower and 600 torque, the numbers are impressive and even 196 mph is nothing to sneeze at. However, it's still shy of 200.

In the video above, you can see the independent test that shows the car can hit 196 mph. Looks like the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the fastest Ford Mustang to ever be made and also the most powerful Mustang ever made and the most powerful mass produced V8 in the world (with no gas guzzler tax!). This Mustang is impressive.

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8Jun/1214

Bentley Continental Supersports Replica Body Kit for a Chrysler Sebring Convertible

Now a Bentley Continental GTC Supersports is available for the masses. The recipe is simple: Take a Chrysler Sebring, add a Bentley Continental Replica Body Kit, and you have yourself an inexpensive head turner. Amazingly, the car looks pretty dead on to a real Bentley Continental Convertible, and just rolling around town, you will definitely get head turns and looks.

All is good until you look at the interior of this car.

The interior, pictured above, definitely leaves something to be desired. For this particular car, the replica conversion should have used a little bit more TLC on such areas as the carpeting and the seats. Since this car is a convertible, it would be even more important to ensure the interior is up to par since it's so easy to look inside.

The Bentley replica body kit is pretty extensive and ensures all lights such as the headlights, taillights, back up lights, and turn signals all work. It even has working exhaust tips to make sure that every angle of the car looks like a genuine Bentley Continental. The car has 22" Dub wheels to finish it off.

This car is based on a 2012 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible Replica built on a 2003 Chrysler Sebring LXi convertible with a 2.7 V6 and was recently for sale on eBay. Last time we checked, it was going for $25,300.

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18May/122

Hybrid Cars – Which is the fastest hybrid 0-60 and quarter mile?

We all know hybrid cars aren't made for speed, but rather fuel economy, right? Well, yes. While that is their main purpose, hybrid cars are getting more and more advanced, even to the point of manufactures starting to enter hybrid cars into races and doing pretty well! One of the first hybrid cars to come out with some fun potential is the Honda CRZ. It has everything from intake, exhaust and body kits available to even people planning superchargers and turbos.

So as we get more and more customers coming to us asking how they can make their hybrid more fun to drive, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of which are the slowest and which are the fastest hybrid cars, listed from fastest to slowest.

We'll add to this list as more hybrids come out, but we think this is a fun list.

Note: We did not include electric only cars.

2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 0-60 mph 4.6
2012 Infiniti M35h (hybrid) 0-60 mph 5.2 Quarter Mile 13.4
2010 BMW X6 ActiveHybrid 0-60 mph 5.4
2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 0-60 mph 5.4
2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid 0-60 mph 5.4 Quarter Mile 13.8
2011 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid 0-60 mph 5.6
2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid 4WD (Supercharged) 0-60 mph 5.8 Quarter Mile 14.3
2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid 0-60 mph 6.2 Quarter Mile 14.7
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Turbo 0-60 mph 6.4
2012 Honda CR-Z Mugen 0-60 mph 6.5
2006 Lexus RX 400h AWD (Hybrid) 0-60 mph 6.5 Quarter mile 15.0
2012 Audi Q5 2.0T Quattro Hybrid 0-60 mph 6.7
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (3.3L) 0-60 mph 6.9 Quarter Mile 15.2
2005 Honda Accord Hybrid 0-60 mph 6.9 Quarter Mile 15.3
2012 Audi A6 Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.0 Quarter Mile 15.4
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.2 Quarter Mile 15.5
2011 Mercedes S400 Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.2
2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.3 Quarter mile 15.6
2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid AWD 0-60 mph 7.4
2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.4
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.6 Quarter mile 16.1
2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.8 Quarter Mile 15.8
2010 Mercedes ML450 Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.7
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid 0-60 mph 7.9
2012 Buick Regal eAssist Hybrid 0-60 mph 8.0 Quarter Mile 16.2
2011 Honda CR-Z 0-60 mph 8.2 Quarter Mile 16.2
2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 0-60 mph 8.2
2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid 0-60 mph 8.3 Quarter Mile 16.3
2010 Lexus HS 250h 0-60 mph 8.3 Quarter Mile 16.3
2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid 0-60 mph 8.4 Quarter Mile 16.4
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid 4x4 0-60 mph 8.7 Quarter Mile 16.2
2011 Honda Fit Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.1
2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Gas/Electric Hybrid 4x4 0-60 mph 9.1
2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid Crew Cab 4WD 0-60 mph 9.1
2011 Kia Optima Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.2
2005 Ford Escape Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.4 Quarter Mile 17.2
2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.7
2011 Toyota Prius Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.7 Quarter Mile 17.1
2011 Lexus CT 200h 0-60 mph 9.7
2007 Toyota Prius Touring Edition Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.9
2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid 0-60 mph 9.9
2004 Toyota Prius Hybrid 0-60 mph 10.1
2012 Toyota Prius V 0-60 mph 10.2 Quarter Mile 17.8
2000 Honda Insight (Hybrid) 0-60 mph 10.4 Quarter mile 17.7
2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid 0-60 mph 10.9 Quarter Mile 18.5
2010 Honda Insight EX Navi (Hybrid) 0-60 mph 11.9 Quarter Mile 18.6
2003 Honda Civic Hybrid 0-60 mph 12.0 Quarter Mile 18.7
2001 Toyota Prius Hybrid 0-60 mph 12.9 Quarter Mile 19.0

So what is the fastest hybrid? The award goes to the 2011 BMW ActiveHybrid 7. Very impressive 0-60 time of only 4.6 seconds! The slowest award goes to the 2001 Toyota Prius, which walked to 60 mph in an incredibly slow 12.9 seconds.

We are interested to see if anyone has a modified hybrid and can share what their 0-60 or quarter mile time is, and what modifications they did.

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17May/120

Scion FR-S and Lexus LF-A to make runs at the Nurburgring

Every manufacture wants to dominate the Nurburgring, and Toyota is no different. This weekend, the Nurburgring 24 hours endurance race, it's 40th annual, is going to be the proving grounds for Toyota and their Scion FR-S along with a Lexus LF-A thrown in for good measure.

The cars will be fully race prepped and ready for battle against some of the best manufactures in the world. The great news is that Toyota says everything they learn during the 24 hours endurance race is going to translate directly into future Scion FR-S projects and tuning.

We look forward to seeing how the cars perform in the endurance race, and wish the team luck.

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12May/126

Catback Exhaust vs Axleback Exhaust – What’s the difference?

When looking for performance parts for your car or truck, it's often times difficult to understand what the difference is between certain parts if you are new to the performance and aftermarket scene or simply haven't heard of what the difference would be between two parts that might not have interested you in the past. A common question we get is "What is the difference between a catback exhaust and an axleback exhaust and which one is better?".

What is a catback exhaust?
A catback exhaust is an exhaust that begins at the end of your catalytic converter and goes all the way back to your rear bumper. For short, people call a catalytic converter a "cat", and this exhaust is a cat-back, so it goes from the cat to the back of your car or truck. A full catback exhaust includes the intermediate pipe, muffler and exhaust tip. For some cars or trucks that have extremely restrictive exhausts, it would make sense to replace to get a performance catback exhaust to free up your exhaust, so your engine can breathe better and make more power. Not all cars or trucks need a catback exhaust, and we'll explain more below.

What is an axleback exhaust
A catback exhaust starts from the catalytic converter back, but an axleback starts from the area of the rear axles back to your rear bumper. It doesn't include an intermediate pipe, this is why the axleback exhaust is typically more expensive. For front wheel drive cars that do not have a rear axle, it starts near the area where your axles would be, which is right in between your rear tires. For cars that are rear wheel drive, this would be the area where your rear axles are. Both a catback and an axleback include the muffler with tip.

So which do you recommend? A full catback or an axleback?
Usually a catback creates more power over an axleback. This is because you are replacing more restrictive exhaust with a catback than you are with an axleback. For some cars, there is only an option of an axleback. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. If the only option is an axleback, it will save you money over a catback, plus some cars have pretty decent size piping from the factory so there is no benefit to replacing more of your exhaust than is necessary. If your exhaust is already good flowing for your performance needs from the factory (minus adding a power adder such as nitrous, a turbo or a supercharger), then an axleback would be perfect. It would give you the sound you like plus remove the restrictive factory muffler. If your car has the option for both, we would recommend for you to plan if you will be adding more power adders such as a short ram intake or cold air intake, then we would go for the catback exhaust. If you are just looking to upgrade your ugly factory muffler with something sporty and that sounds good and save a few hundred bucks, you can't go wrong with an axleback. On the other hand, some aftermarket companies only produce an axleback for a car, because they believe the extra cost is worth the added power.

If you care about noise, an axleback is usually quieter as well, since you keep your factory resonator (which is located on the mid pipe or intermediate pipe) if your car has one stock.

What's the difference between mandrel bent exhaust and press bent exhaust?
A mandrel bent exhaust means the bends in the exhaust are smooth and do not neck down. A press bent exhaust has "dents" in the bends which causes a disruption in flow and isn't good for producing power. Many older cars have press bent exhausts, so a performance unit would give you a good boost in power.

What size piping is good for an exhaust?
This really depends on what you are going after, and what size your factory exhaust is. For example, for a turbo car, we recommend a 3" exhaust for max flow. For a non turbo, we would recommend a 2.3" to 2.5" exhaust depending on the size of your engine. For max flow, we would go with a 2.5" exhaust, but bigger if you are going to have a fully built engine, or some engine work such as porting or cams. Typically aftermarket companies take your stock engine size into account and create an exhaust size that will work best for you.

I put on an aftermarket exhaust and now my car feels slower, what's going on?
Depending on the car or truck, some people feel as though their car is slower or has lost power. Generally this is not the case. For an otherwise stock or slightly modified car, it might feel like some power has been lost because your power curve has been adjusted upwards. If you still have a stock catalytic converter, you won't notice it as much, but since your power curve has changed, you will need to get used to the new power delivery. After a few days, you will begin to appreciate the added power.

Do I need to get my car tuned after getting an exhaust installed?
Usually no, but if you have a turbo or supercharged car, then yes. On an otherwise stock or slightly modified car, the exhaust will not throw off the air/fuel mixture enough that the factory computer can't compensate. As you drive your car, the ECU will adjust for the added exhaust flow, and your car will run smooth and you will have full power benefits.

Why do people have angled exhausts? Is this just a style trend?
The angled exhaust trend started in Japan with drifters, but has caught on everywhere. The reason the exhaust is angled is to keep the exhaust piping as straight as possible. The less amount of bends, the more power you will make due to less restriction. The goal is to give your exhaust an easy way to escape.

My car has a dual exhaust. Do aftermarket exhausts also have dual mufflers?
If your car has a stock dual exhaust setup, most aftermarket exhausts will also be dual. However, some specifically say single muffler and the reason is to keep weight down. Since a dual setup requires two mufflers and an extra pipe, it's also less expensive to go with a single setup. This is a personal choice, and usually more hardcore people go for the single setup when their cars are dual stock to save as much weight as possible.

Do these come with silencers?
Depending on the design and size of the mufflers, not all exhausts come with silencers. A silencer hurts power by adding in a big restriction, and most aftermarket exhaust companies would rather you run it without a silencer.

Why are some exhausts so loud and some are so quiet?
Loud usually means power! If the exhaust is quiet, it's usually a muffler that is restrictive. A loud exhaust means it's very low restriction and the muffler doesn't do much to "muffle" the exhaust. This isn't always the case, some quiet exhausts produce as much power as loud exhausts, but every case is different. Generally speaking, a louder exhaust simply gives you more exhaust flow.

How can I keep my exhaust from being raspy or sound like a "bumble bee"
Usually an exhaust can get rid of it's "edge" or raspy sound with a resonator. A resonator is designed to ease the exhaust flow, adding a little bit of restriction, but many times removing the rasp or "bumble bee" sound many exhausts experience. Usually quieter exhausts do not have this problem since they have a resonator built in.

Which exhausts do you recommend?
Here are a few of the ones we recommend:

APEXi
COBB Tuning
DNA Motoring
GReddy
HKS
Invidia
Magnaflow
Megan Racing Axle Back
Megan Racing Drift Spec
Tanabe
Vibrant
Yonaka

We hope that you find our exhaust information useful. If you have any questions or anything to add, please do not hesitate to add your comments below. Enjoy!

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9May/123

Prius who? VW Passat TDI Sets MPG Fuel Economy Record

Step aside Prius, there is a new fuel economy leader in town... the VW Passat TDI Diesel! This 2012 VW Passat TDI traveled an incredible 1626.1 miles on a single tank of fuel!

John and Helen Taylor are the proud owners of this VW Passat TDI SE that is equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission. They drove across 9 US states and beat the previous Passat 1.6 BlueMotion diesel record of 1526 miles.

Volkswagen is set to prove that their TDI diesel technology is superior and less expensive to maintain and repair than hybrids such as the Toyota Prius or Honda Civic. With records like this, the hybrid folks will have their work cut out of them to prove their technology is superior to save fuel.

John and Helen decided to try and break the record on May 3rd, and drove from Houston, TX to Sterling, VA in 3 days, driving 14 hours a day.

Their 2012 Passat TDI Diesel is powered by a 2.0L diesel engine that makes 140 horsepower and 236 ft lbs of torque. The EPA estimates this car to have a MPG fuel economy rating of 43 mpg. The Taylors proved they were able to have 84.1 miles per gallon. This would give the car a 19.3 gallon tank. I wonder if they drove it until it stopped.

We look forward to the fuel economy records to be broken with existing technology that just keeps getting better.

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6May/120

Nissan Juke-R release with 545 horsepower!

Not too long ago, Nissan released a concept, called the Nissan Juke R. This was based on a standard Nissan Juke, but had the engine and all wheel drive driveline of the Nissan GT-R. While we thought the concept was absolutely awesome, we never expected this to actually come to fruition - until today! Nissan announced on 5/3 that they will make a very limited run available of this car on a build-to-order basis.

If you thought the concept was awesome, the production Juke-R will blow your mind. How does 545 horsepower, and the improved driveline and chassis of the new 2012 Nissan GT-R sound? We think it sounds pretty sweet! The original concept drew so much attention, that people in Dubai were offering Nissan money on the spot to buy the Juke R... and that one only had 485 horsepower. Nissan already has 3 offers from high profile Dubai citizens and decided it's time to release these to more people.

545 horsepower from a "bone stock" Nissan Juke is pretty awesome. Image the possibilities when you add some performance modifications... even something as simple as a Hallman Boost Controller can add 50 horsepower. Add to that an intake and exhaust, and you'll have a 650 hp Nissan Juke, easily!

The Nissan Juke-R is living proof that when people speak up, good things happen. Enthusiasts need to let the manufactures know when there is a concept or a model that they want to see. The manufactures listen!

Interested in buying one? You can email juke-r@nissan.co.uk We don't have a price, but expect it to be over $100K.

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5May/121

Supercharged Nissan 350Z with 405 horsepower

The Nissan 350Z is a great platform. Out of the box it's a good road car with excellent characteristics and prime for the aftermarket. But this Nissan 350Z is a bit different. Under the hood lies a performance punch by way of a supercharger. Output of the 3.5L V6 rises to 405 horsepower to give the 350Z a solid performance upgrade. This car includes a full tuning package by German tuner, Senner Tuning and fits both the coupe and convertible 350Z.

This 350Z has plenty of aftermarket goodies such as an Invidia Gemini 350Z exhaust and custom ecu programming to safely push this car to 405hp. A fully adjustable coilover kit and 20" wheels give it a strong stance. The car has 20 inch wheels and sits low.

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5May/120

2012 Camaro ZL1 Drag Time is 11.93 stock in the 1/4 Mile

The all new 2012 Camaro ZL1 runs an 11.93 in the 1/4 mile bone stock. While this is pretty impressive, I believe that with a 116mph trap, for a car with 580 hp and 556 ft lbs from a supercharged 6.2 is a bit low. This was achieved with a stock 6 speed automatic and factory Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar G:2 tires. The 6 speed was pretty close, with a 11.96, but a slightly higher 117mph.

The weight of this car holds it back. Compare these numbers with the 505 horsepower Z06, and you will see the Z06 has run quicker and faster times. Check out the video here:

Don't get me wrong. I love this car, and would love to have one. But GM can produce even better numbers with a lower weight chassis. Then again, this car isn't designed for just drag racing. The suspension and chassis on this car is very capable and supports the power nicely. In fact, the chassis is so good, it resists twist from the incredible torque even when pushing power past 750whp. The car is designed to be an all around winner, with awesome brakes as well. Bone stock the car is very capable around a track and would do even better with a good set of race tires.

It's hard to think of a Camaro and not think of a straight line Mustang killer, but now the Camaro is more. Forget the Mustang Boss... is the Camaro ZL1 now America's M3?

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