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2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: We Get a 755-HP Thrill Ride around Willow Springs

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“We broke a lot of dynamometers testing this engine,” explained Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s chief engineer for small-block engines, before handlers strapped us into the passenger seat of a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 for a few laps of Willow Springs International Raceway. It’s understandable, because the engine to which Lee referred is the ultra-Vette’s supercharged LT5 V-8; its 755 horsepower cracked exhaust piping with its heat and decimated flex plates at General Motors’ engine-testing facility. It’s a common problem among blown V-8s making this much power, it seems—Dodge faced similar challenges developing the 840-hp supercharged Hemi V-8 for its Challenger Demon. READ MORE ››


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2015 BMW 435i Gran Coupe Test: If Looks Could Thrill

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-Those who know they want a mid-size BMW still have many decisions to make. BMW’s 3- and 4-series family now contains 25 permutations spawned from six body styles, five engine choices, and two driveline configurations. Among such sprawling variety, this BMW 435i Gran Coupe stands out as one of our favorites. READ MORE ››


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