Totally Gnarly Superbike Crash

Here’s some more proof that racing motorbikes isn’t for the timid. After one rider loses it just before a turn, Italian racer Vittorio Iannuzzo winds up running straight into him and goes over the handlebars head first. It’s unclear who came out worse, but it’s safe to say both of these guys were pretty sore when they woke up the next morning. Ouch.

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2010 Mustang vs. 2010 BMW Z4

Two redesigned sports cars are generating a ton of hype lately; one has been an American icon for over 40 years, the other is a relatively new innovation from our friends in Germany.

The 2010 Ford Mustang and 2010 BMW Z4 are very different, yet they’re generating equal amounts of passion from their loyal followers. Both deliver horsepower and speed. Both make a statement about their drivers. Let’s take a quick look at both, and then it’s your turn to tell us which you’d rather have!

The Mustang

2010 Mustang

The biggest news from the Mustang camp is the possibility of Ford’s new EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 being offered. This is an engine capable of a devastating 415 hp that would be offered alongside the V8 options. (No guarantee that this turbo will make it into production, though.) 

Remember when GT Mustangs came with a 5.0-liter V8 rather than the 4.6? Oh yes, the 5.0 is coming back, baby! Expect around 325-350 horses out of that power plant. There will also be a Bullit edition and the same entry-level V6 as before. Looks like we’ll again be treated to a Ford-built Shelby GT 500 version of the new pony, with at least 500 hp, though I’d bet on more. Can you say BOOYAH!?

The Mustang’s interior also gets revamped to accommodate a bigger navigation screen and audio gear. 

The Z4


The new Z4 will be offered in sDrive30i and sDrive35i trims. Completely redesigned inside and out, the exterior redesign is what I’m most excited about, as the current Z4 is a bit too chiseled for my taste. The new design is sleeker, more elegant, and more sophisticated, in stark contrast to the arrogant, muscled look of the Mustang. 

The other big news is the addition of a retractable two-piece aluminum hard top for this Bimmer in place of the current soft top.

Oh, but you want to know about performance? The sDrive30i is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 capable of 255 hp. The sDrive 35i has a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 rated at 300 hp and a 0-60 sprint time of 5 seconds.

Opting for the Z4 will also give buyers the option of adding a Sport Package with Adaptive M Suspension and Electronic Damping Control. This gets complicated, but the system allows for more driving control and the ability to change damper forces on the Adaptive M Suspension and adjust the response thresholds of Dynamic Stability Control.

This new Z4 will be built in Germany, as opposed to the current Z4, which is built in America.

So there you have it. Which would you rather have - the pure muscle and style of the Mustang or the sophisticated driving experience of the BMW Z4?


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2008 Nissan Rogue Will Start Under $20,000...It's Cheaper Than the RAV4 and CR-V

Nissan plans on going head to head with Toyota's RAV4 and Honda's CR-V this fall with the Rogue SUV. In the first seven months of this year, the Honda CR-V has moved up to steal the top spot as the top selling SUV in the U.S. Nissan hopes to get in on the action with its new Sentra based SUV.

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Four stars means Chevy Camaro falls short of Ford Mustang, Dodge Challenger crash tests

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS – Click above for high-res image gallery

Modern muscle car buyers looking for reasons to purchase one machine over another may not be as easily swayed by safety…

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From the My Hemmings Reader Videos – GTX, day of arrival


Good news, everybody! You’ve known for a while now that you can upload a video along with your online classified with Hemmings to help sell your car, but now you can also upload your videos of your cars just to show off in the Reader Videos section of My Hemmings. And we’ve already seen a few videos roll in, including the above video from member abrke, who apparently couldn’t wait to start burning rubber with his GTX and christened it and his driveway before he could even bother to put plates on it!

Got a video you’d like to share? First, make sure you’re registered for My Hemmings, then on your Account page, look for the Your Videos box on the right of the page. If you’ve uploaded a particularly cool video, let us know!

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Ford Verve Concept Provides a Hint of the Styling of the 2009 Ford Fiesta

Ford has announced that the automaker is finally going to bring a new small car to the US that will be smaller than the Ford Focus. The next Ford Fiesta is going to share its platform with the recently introduced Mazda2.

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$10,000: An Over-Under Flashback

Not long ago, I presented several automotive deals under $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Looking back on those posts, it occurred to me that a number of the featured vehicles were station wagons. Realizing that not everyone has a hankerin’ for a wagon, I recently stumbled upon a non-wagon vehicle for sale that I captured back in January of this year that – for whatever reason – barely registered in the old gray matter between my ears:


It’s a 1962 Chrysler Imperial – for those not familiar with the telltale headlamp pods and Buck Rogers-like taillamp pods on top of the rear fenders. It was spotted for sale in the car corral at the well-attended Devereaux-Kaiser car show in Sarasota, Florida, with a then asking price of $8,499. Needing only a fresh set of tires, the seller stated that it was, “All original, new paint, rust free.” (Remember future purveyors of vintage iron, “new paint” conflicts with “all original”). Also included was the standard issue, four-barrel carbureted engine that made 340 horses – this in a four-door weighing in at roughly 4,600 pounds – and a pushbutton automatic. At the time, the asking price was well under what such an example in average condition ($12,500) would normally fetch, especially a clean, running driver most would not be ashamed to be seen in. Half a year later, and the average value is still holding true.

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Not far away was this 1969 Ford F-100 Ranger. According to the seller, it had all of 43,000 original miles on the odometer, a two barrel engine, column-mounted three-speed manual, power steering, the original bill of sale and never-used spare tire, as well as the original radio (an AM/FM/Cassette was in place). So, too, were twin Flowmaster exhaust pipes. Not to linger on the particulars, but the bed featured an unnamed roll-on liner for ensured protection. The asking price here was $13,900, however the words “Trades of all kinds welcomed” and “Make an offer” were present, which to us indicated that perhaps $10K was not out of the question.

Deals are out there folks!

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