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736-hp Volkswagen Mk1 Golf smoking its tires - video screencap

There’s torque steer and then there’s what we’ll from now on dub “The Boba,” as in Boba Kettler. The German tuner has a way with the SRT Viper, all trying to get to ground through those two front wheels.

The 2.0-liter, 16-valve engine has an 8,800 rpm redline and is aided by a Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger shoving 50 psi through the internals. Other upgrades include a new ECU (natch) and a six-speed ‘box among other treats. The rubber is Toyo R888s – street-legal competition tires. The result is enough smoke for three Chinese New Years when the lights go green. Indeed, the standing start isn’t its forte, but it can apparently get from 62 miles per hour to 124 mph in five seconds.

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Convertibles make you do funny things. Ask someone if they’d drive a hardtop in near freezing temperatures with all the windows down and they might not even answer, thinking the question so ridiculous. Give that same person a convertible they love and you might just have to ask them to please put the top up even when snow is on the ground.

That guy has to take precautions to enjoy his proclivities, and as this new ad for the Comments

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Sometimes you meet folks who, when they tell you “Hey, I have an idea,” your reflex response is to stop what you’re doing and tell yourself, “Get ready….” We imagine Mike Niemans is one of those folks, and the idea in question is putting a tank engine on a Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle. Not just any old tank engine – as if there were such a thing when we’re talking about putting them in cars – but a 668-cubic-inch, 220-horsepower radial engine built by Continental in 1941 and procured from an M2 tank.

In the image above Nieman is using the tank clutch hub to get the motor set up, but in one of the images below you can see what really belongs back there is: a two-inch, reverse-pitch prop taken from a wind generator. He says there’s enough mojo with the propeller action to get the car rolling down the runway like a jet when he gives it gas – and speaking of gas, the engine’s been refitted to run on propane.

After a few safety tweaks Nieman’s going to take the matte-black Beetle to Bonneville, “put the prop on, let her go and see what happens!” We can’t wait to see the video of that. There are two shakedown videos Comments

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A couple weeks ago, we watched a TDI.

Now, on paper, putting the Duramax V8’s 365 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque up against the V10’s 310 hp and 553 lb-ft looks like an easy win for the Bowtie, but unfortunately, this battle has a similar result as the Dodge versus Chevy video with the Silverado smoking its tires trying to move forward as it gets pulled backward. Put another way: YouTube 2, Chevy Silverado 0.

It just goes to show, though, that big tires, tacky fender flares and goofy smoke stacks don’t improve your towing abilities. Besides, what did the Silverado driver expect since the Touareg V10 TDI has towed a Boeing 747 in the past.

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Dave Gahan

When the first Golf MkVII, and the two have teamed up for one of the hatchback’s new TV spots.

Showing the diversity of the Golf, the commercial features several different cover versions of Depeche Mode’s 1984 hit, “People Are People.” The spot ends with the original version of the song in the background and Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan behind the wheel. You can Comments

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The Mk VII about 150 pounds lighter than the Mk VI, but a graphic that looks like an indication of where high-strength steels are used is captioned with “More comfort. More safety. -100 kg,” meaning an even more impressive 220-pound drop is apparently in store.

As one would expect, dimensions have grown all around. Overall length is up by 2.2 inches, wheelbase grows by 2.3 inches, the stretch meaning a mite more room for passengers in front and back with a cabin length increased by 0.56 inches. Even with the added girth, fuel economy is said to rise by as much as 23 percent.

The available feature set has also grown, with cylinder deactivation, the front transverse differential lock Comments

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VW Hover Car

Last year, Beetle wrapped in LEDs that change colors to match the driver’s choice of music; the Smart Key that can track the status of your car; and a a zero-emissions, two-seat Hover Car – it was the latter that earned a four-minute video showcasing its imagined technology.

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