News! First White 2012 BMW M5 spotted! Road Test TV

As the 2012  BMW M5 is now in its final evaluation phase (FEP), we expect to see more pre-production versions being tested that look similar to what will be in the showrooms at the end of 2011 in Europe.  Recently, Bimmerpost captured photos of a barely camouflaged white 2012 BMW M5.  This is the first new generation (F10)  M5 that we have seen that wasn’t painted black.  Its our understanding that the wheels on this vehicle are the final production units for the new M5.

The 2012 BMW M5 (F10) will be on display as a concept at the Geneva auto show in March 2011. A production ready 2012 M5 is expected at the Frankfurt auto show in September 2011. We have been advised that lucky European customers will take delivery beginning in November 2011; however, Americans will have to wait until spring of 2012.

To read more about this M5 sighting go to: http://www.bimmerpost.com/m5/

Wow! 2011 Challenger V10 Drag Pak – 512 cubic inches! Road Test TV

FIVE HUNDRED and TWELVE (512) Cubic inches of  V10!  Sound good.  We think so too.  That’s what will be under the hood of the 2011 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.  Mopar is really flexing some muscle these days and we hope it is a sign of things to come. The 2011 Challenger Drag Pak’s  MSRP is said to be $85,512.

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News: World’s Fastest Nissan GTR with Stock Turbos! 10.06 @ 135.67 – Road Test TV

Road Test TV – A 2010 Nissan GTR owned and driven by Sleepdoc of NAGTROC fame, became the fastest GT-R in the quarter mile with stock turbos.  This bad Nissan GT-R, catapulted off the line with a 1.45 60′ foot time and devoured the quarter mile in 10.06 @ 135.67 mph.

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2011 392 Challenger SRT8 on the dyno – 531 Horsepower (452 RWHP)! – Road Test TV

Road Test TV – Looks like the horsepower war continues and the Dodge boys have a trick up their sleeve.   According to dyno numbers gathered by Inside Line, the 2011 Challenger SRT8 with its 392 cubic inch (6.4 Liter) Hemi V8 is going to be a handful for the Camaro SS and Ford Mustang.

Even though the 392 Challenger is rated at 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque at the crank,  it put down an impressive 452 horses at 6200 RPM and 443 lb-ft at 4400 to the WHEELS! Taking into consideration a conservative 15% reduction for parasitic losses from the accessories and driveline, the 2011 392 Challenger is actually making  531 horsepower and 521 pound-feet of torque at the crank.  This is a big improvement over the outgoing 6.1 Liter Hemi.  Hopefully, all production models will be as strong.

To give prospective as to how strong these numbers are, the Inside Line dynoed a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS on the exact same dyno.  The result: 370 horses and 343 lb-ft of torque at the wheels (about 435 hp/403 lb-ft of tq at the crank).   The verdict: the new 2011 392 Hemi Challenger is making over 80 horsepower  and 120 lb-ft MORE than the 2010 Camaro SS to the WHEELS!  Hopefully, the upcoming Supercharged Camaro Z28 will more than even the score.

News! 2011 Challenger SRT8 Hemi grows to 6.4 Liters and 470 Horsepower – Road Test TV

For 2011, Dodge has revived the 392-cubic-inch (6.4 liter) Hemi.    It’s about time, as it has been more than 50 years since the 392 Hemi was in production.  The original 392-cubic-inch Hemi V8 first appeared in 1957 and was short-lived as it was dropped as a production engine after the 1958 model year.

The new 392 Hemi is impressive and will power the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 .  The new 6.4-liter Hemi produces a stout 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.  Compared to last year’s  6.1-liter Hemi  in the Challenger SRT8, that is an increase of 45 hp and 50 lb-ft (425 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque).  According to Dodge, the 2011  Challenger SRT8  should cover the quarter-mile in the high-12-second range. Read more of this post

Spotted! High Performance 2011 Camaro SS @ Muscle Car Nationals – Road Test TV

We just returned from the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago, and based upon what we saw, American Muscle is going to be strong in 2011.   Several  dealerships are adding lots of horsepower to the 2011 Camaro SS the way it was done back in the 60’s and 70’s.   In the good ole days, if a customer wanted a car that had more grunt than the factory offered, several dealerships would get it done by teaming up with a tuner or doing it in house.  Back in the day, those dealerships included Yenko Chevrolet, Nickey Chevrolet – Chicago, Berger Chevrolet, Mr. Norm of Grand Spaudling Dodge and Joel Rosen of Motion Performance who teamed up with Baldwin Chevrolet to create Baldwin Motion Camaros, Corvettes, Novas and Chevelles to name a few.

The good news is that high performance dealerships are alive and well today.   Most notable at the the 2010 MCACN were the offerings from Nickey Chicago and Berger Chevrolet.

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Muscle Cars: 1970 – 1974 Dodge Challenger Vin Decoder – Road Test TV

1970 Hemi Challenger

1970 – 1974 Dodge Challenger Vin Decoder Data

First digit = Car line

For a Challenger this is the letter “J

Second digit = The price class.

This is the price class. The 1970-71 Challenger R/T and 1972 Rallye have the letter “S” (for Special). All others (including the 1973-4 Rallye) have the letter “H” (for High). The Challenger Deputy (see below for explanation) is reported to have been “L” (for Low) but examples seen seem to have the “H” instead.

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