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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR Satisfies the Need for Speed

Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution is far from practical, but it’s a riot to drive. The tested Evo GSR is a handsome, crisply-styled sports sedan that is pricey, almost too powerful for its own good and yet, I loved driving it. It’s based on Mitsubishi’s tame entry-level Lancer, which starts at $15,695 in DE trim. But Evo is miles from being an entry-level machine. The racecar-like turbo-equipped Evo starts at $34,495 and …

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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is more than muscle

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 clearly is a muscle car. This beast looks the part with sculpted metal – bulging fenders and hood with deep troughs, scooped out door panels and a spoiler on the trunk. But it’s the power the SRT8 packs under the hood that will stress your tendons. The Charger is powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 with 470 horsepower and similar torque rating. Dodge lists the …

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Chrysler Gains Four SRT8 Hot Rods

A group of Dodge and Chrysler engineers who mostly loved high-performance cars worked behind the scenes to try to bolster some sporty vehicles with sizzling performance. In 2002, that group gained respectability with the title of SRT, standing for the models modified up to Street and Racing Technology standards — following up in various degrees from the 2003 Dodge Viper sports car. With Fiat only a year into taking ownership …

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2012 Porsche Cayman

What do you say about a two-seat car that costs more than $73,000, does not have air conditioning, an adjustable driver’s seatback or even a proper inside door handle? If you’re any kind of a car nut, you say it’s wonderful. It’s the Porsche Cayman R, the all-out near-racing version of the German manufacturer’s mid-engine sports coupe. It’s a stripper, but not in the usual sense of a car that …

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2012 Boss 302 pays tribute to 1970 icon

There was a little deja vu when the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 first appeared for a one-lap test drive. We were gathered at the spring Midwest Auto Media Association (MAMA) Rally at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and among the gathered cars for media hot laps was a glistening white Mustang Boss 302. It was particularly glistening because a torrential downpour hammered the area all day. But it didn’t …

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2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

In the “Happy Days” 1950s, a mild debate broke out over the definition of a sports car. It happened as the original two-seat Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Thunderbird made their debuts. After all was said and done, the consensus was that the Thunderbird, lacking true sports car attributes, was a “personal” car, while the Corvette, which also was bereft of most of those distinctions, was a sports car. The two-seat …

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Pricey Mercedes-Benz coupe is both a beauty and a beast

Let’s face it, only a select few will ever be able to buy a Mercedes-Benz CL550 Coupe. The CL550 is a beautiful, sleek coupe that has no pillar between the two side windows. The test car was a “diamond white” ($795) that made the car nearly glow. Starting price for this beauty? $113,150. The test car added five options, including the paint job, to push the price to $127,870. It’s …

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Lancer Evolution would be at home on racetrack

Face it, some cars don’t make much sense, except as on-track racers. The 2011 Mitsubishi Evolution MR is one of those. The test car was a bright metallic blue and the MR is the top-shelf model with all the bells, whistles and techno toggles. That’s why it checked in at $41,995 after adding two $2,000 packages to its $37,195 base price. That’s a lot of money for a street racer, …

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