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.
October 28, 2011 |
A minor traffic accident involving a Jackass star turned surreal at times Thursday in Chester County when the driver at fault reportedly became giddy when he recognized the other motorist. State police said MTV star Brandon "Bam" Margera was "stopped at a properly posted stop sign" at 1:48 p.m. on southbound Locust Grove Road at Corrine Road in Pocopson Township, close to his home. An unidentified driver of a Ford pickup who was turning onto Locust Grove sideswiped Margera's 2011 Porsche Panamera, police said.
September 25, 2011 |
Rolls-Royce, which offers cars like the $447,000 Phantom convertible, enjoyed a record first half in 2011, with U.S. sales soaring 40 percent over the first six months of 2010. Bentley, purveyor of transit like the $193,270 Continental Flying Spur, was up 36 percent. High-ender Porsche's year-to-date sales here went up 30 percent. Luxury automaker Audi has set a U.S. sales record every month of this year, and probably could sell more here if it had enough cars. These national numbers are echoed in the experience of F.C. Kerbeck & Sons, an ultra-luxury and exotic-car dealer in Palmyra, Burlington County.
June 20, 2011 |
As a star of MTV's Jackass franchise, Ryan Dunn made a career out of cheating death, one cringe-inducing, skin-crawling stunt after another. Early Monday on a Chester County highway, that daredevil streak caught up with him. Dunn, 34, of West Chester, died just before 3 a.m. when his Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township. It careered through a guardrail, flipped over into a wooded ravine, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames.
March 5, 2011
BRADENTON, Fla. - WTSP.com in Tampa reported yesterday that the $190,000 Porsche Panamera belonging to Phillies reliever J.C. Romero was stolen Thursday night while being serviced at a local dealership. Romero drove the car to spring training from his home in Alabama. No further details were immediately available. Romero did not accompany the team to Bradenton yesterday. - Paul Hagen
November 7, 2010 |
A red Porsche 930 Turbo missed a curve at 5:41 a.m. A sports star at the top of his game slammed into a concrete wall in front of an elementary school in Camden County. The Flyers kept winning hockey games, but life was never exactly the same. It's been a quarter-century since Pelle Lindbergh was taken off life support in a South Jersey hospital on Nov. 11, 1985. His name still resonates, images still flicker, a tragic chapter in local sports folklore is still discussed. Virtually all sports fans living here at the time can remember getting the news of the car crash and the details that soon filtered out. The Flyers goalie had been drinking at an after-hours place with teammates.
August 10, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In the context of world events, DeSean Jackson's first real comments at Eagles training camp rank somewhere in between Lindsay Lohan's recent stay in the pokey and Brett Favre's umpteenth retirement. (Is he back yet?) But on the 15th day of camp - the 12th since the star wide receiver arrived at Lehigh - Jackson briefly broke his vow of silence to reveal how much longer he would remain, well, silent. "I'll talk with y'all closer to the regular season," Jackson said as he got into his black, four-door Porsche following Monday afternoon practice.
September 10, 2009 |
Porsche couldn't resist the smells. First trained as a seeing-eye dog, the black Labrador got so distracted by all the delectable odors that the world had to offer that she flunked her certification. But the vision-impaired community's loss was the Philadelphia Fire Department's gain. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives trained her in accelerant detection, and Porsche went to work as an arson dog with city firefighters about five years ago. "She just can't stop sniffing - that's the trait that breaks her [as a seeing-eye dog]
June 21, 2009 |
Raised in an affluent, loving family on the Main Line, Matt Miller was a straight-A student with a sculpted body that even a Greek god might envy. He had a devoted girlfriend and the brightest future - shooting for medical school. Matt was not without his vanities. He loved to wear sleeveless shirts to show off his shoulders and biceps, and his teammates on the University of Virginia swim team nicknamed him "Sleeves. " At college last fall, the 20-year-old pursued a new love - triathlons.