August 10, 2014 |
The road testing of the various versions of the redesigned 2015 Dodge Challenger was complete, and now it was time for the 707-horsepower star of the show to do an encore. The headliner would be the Challenger SRT with the freshly minted Hellcat engine. The latter is a supercharged, highly reworked, 6.2-liter rendition of the Chrysler Group's legendary Hemi V-8, an engine so powerful the company had to get higher capacity dynamometers to measure its output. In addition to all those horses, it develops a whopping 650 pound feet of torque, which is enough to pull down City Hall.
May 15, 2014 |
THE WIDOW of the man who was driving the Porsche that crashed and killed actor Paul Walker sued Porsche on Monday, claiming design flaws caused both men to die in the fiery crash in November. The wrongful death lawsuit by Kristine Rodas says her husband, Roger Rodas , was driving at 55 mph - not the nearly 95 mph claimed by investigators - before the crash. And even though Roger was driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT capable of more than 200 mph, Kristine's lawsuit says the vehicle lacked a proper crash cage and safety features in the gas tank that would have saved both men's lives.
February 9, 2014 |
This year's rendition of the Philadelphia Auto Show turns out to be a car cotillion of exceptional magnitude. Nearly a dozen 2015 cars and trucks will make their regional debuts at the show, which opens its nine-day run Saturday at the Convention Center. The debutantes range from the radically redesigned Ford F-150 full-size pickup and the brand new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups to the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan, the Cadillac Escalade large SUV, and the latest coming of the iconic Ford Mustang.
May 31, 2013 |
Paul A. Richardson, 67, a Center City radiologist and philanthropist who loved music, photography, and racing sports cars, died Monday, May 27, of cardiac arrest at his second home in Wrightstown, Bucks County. Born in Manchester, England, Dr. Richardson went to medical school in England and then came to the United States, where he completed specialty studies at Cornell and New York Universities. In 1977, he was at New York Presbyterian Hospital when he met Linda DiNubile, a Philadelphian working in New York as a bank officer.
May 7, 2013 |
Thanks to a cat that's apparently part homing pigeon, one potentially sad superstorm Sandy story has a happy ending. In early November, 8-year-old Porsche was evacuated by rubber boat from Chadwick Island, Toms River, along with his owners, Uranie Roberts and her daughter Carol Baumann. They'd stayed through the storm, but after losing power, gas and water, went to stay with in-laws in Point Pleasant, about eight miles away. After just a few days, Porsche escaped. The animal authorities were alerted, and the family followed up every so-called sighting for nearly six months.
April 8, 2013 |
Curtis E. Yeske packed a lot into 79 years, making and remaking himself as a reporter, jazz columnist, college public-relations man, musician, scuba operator, furniture refinisher. His stories would have filled an ample memoir - had he not been so busy writing about everything and everyone else. Over the last 20 years, the byline "Curt Yeske" was a fixture in the Times of Trenton and, later, the Bucks County Herald. He was as likely to discourse on trumpet great Maynard Ferguson as to chronicle a town's war on barking dogs or find an improbably new angle on Washington crossing the Delaware.
August 10, 2012
The parents of a man killed while riding in a Porsche driven by Jackass star Ryan Dunn last year are suing Dunn's estate and a local bar that served him alcohol. Dunn, 34, and Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, died in the crash just before 3 a.m. June 20, 2011, when the Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township, Chester County. Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, was a recently married Iraq War veteran. His parents, George and Arma Hartwell of Melbourne, Fla., are suing Dunn's estate and the tavern owner, Barnaby's West Chester Inc. The wrongful-death suit, first reported by Courthouse News, was filed in Common Pleas Court.
April 6, 2012
Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, 76, who designed Porsche's classic 911 sports car and cemented his grandfather's name into the modern psyche, died Thursday in Salzburg, Austria. Mr. Porsche, known as F.A. to his colleagues, was head of the Porsche design studio in the early 1960s when the company developed the 911 model that remains its brand-defining product. The car, now in its seventh version, remains recognizably the same vehicle, with its sloping roofline; long, low hood; and prominent headlights.
March 26, 2012 |
It comes in an eye-popping shade of orange and zooms from 0 to 60 m.p.h. in less than four seconds with a feature called "launch control" on its way to a top speed of 200 m.p.h. - if you dare. And most buyers come to Chester County's sleek new McLaren Philadelphia dealership insisting on the fully loaded model at more than $300,000, or roughly 50 percent more than the current median price of a house in the region. Who buys such a pricey set of wheels when so many are standing in unemployment lines, drowning in underwater mortgages, and feeding their families with food stamps?
December 4, 2011 |
The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is a hot-rod variation on Jeep's superb new premium SUV. You could think of the SRT8 as the domestic answer to the Porsche Cayenne S or the alphanumeric-happy BMW X5 xDrive 35i. You could also regard this good-looking beastie boy, with its 460-horsepower Hemi V-8 and Brembo racing brakes the diameter of the earth's orbit, as the sport ute counterpart to the 556-horsepower Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon. Just as the CTS-V was the most fun I ever had in a wagon, the SRT8 gave me the best rush I ever experienced in an SUV. The SRT8 gets its considerable 2.5-ton self from zero to 60 in about 4.5 seconds.