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What happens when you pit a Dodge Challenger SRT8 against a big and heavy luxury limousine? Any rational person would bet heavily on the lighter Challenger, but there is on small exception about the nearly 4,700-pound competitor... it happens to be the Alpine B7 with a snarling V-8 under its hood. Now, that seems like a fair challenge, but that weight difference is a tough one to overcome.

So, here we have two V-8-powered cars; one is a coupe that is built to go fast and the other is a comfortable saloon that also has a little muscle behind it. The Challenger ’s 6.4-liter V-8 puts out a very respectable 470 horsepower, but the 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 under the BMW Alpina B7 ’s hood makes 540 German-engineered horsepower. Now things are looking a little better matched...

So, who wins: raw American muscle or the nearly 550-horsepower luxury rig that is at a 500-pound disadvantage? Watch the above video to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Alpina B7

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Now this is a race you won’t see everyday: a Bugatti Veyron Vitesse versus a Lamborghini Aventador and BMW S1000RR . The idea was to see which of the three vehicles is the fastest in a straight line.

In terms of raw horsepower, this race would be 1,200 horsepower versus 700 horsepower versus 193 horsepower, so it appears that the Veyron has the biggest advantage. As we always say, horsepower doesn’t mean everything...

In terms of performance figures, the Veyron can hit a top speed of 255 mph and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds, the Aventador up to 217 mph and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, while the S1000RR can hit a top speed of over 125 mph, per BMW. So, which one will be better on the race? Check out the video to find out!

Click past the jump for one more video of the race.

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It began life as a humble Skoda Octavia , but destiny had different plans for it. The Romanian owner of this car had a wild, almost crazy idea of building what could be the fastest Octavia on the planet.

no need to mention that it is fast, as that is pretty obvious, but we do have to mention that it is fast enough to beat a Nissan GT-R . Mind you, the GT-R is one of the fastest-accelerating, all-wheel drive road cars on sale today. The Skoda in question also happens to have an interesting all-wheel-drive system under its skin.

Ghita Silviu is the Romanian man behind this creation, and he started off with an off-the-shelf Skoda Octavia with front-mounted, transverse engine. This 2.0-liter TFSI engine from a Golf GTI puts out a healthy 200 horsepower in the standard car, but in this example, it churns out a whopping 460 horsepower.

That’s not all, folks. Where the rear seats once lived, there is yet another engine powering the rear wheels. This is the same 2.0-liter TFSI, but with a slightly less intense 330 horsepower. This second engine has a standalone intake, cooling and exhaust systems. The combined output of the two engines is — wait for it — 790 horsepower!

The videos attached with this article prove the fact that this tricked-out Skoda is quicker off the line than a Nissan GT-R. How embarrassing would it feel to be beaten by a Skoda if you happen to be at the wheel of Godzilla, which hits 60 mph in just 2.9 ticks. This monster of an Octavia completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. That’s Bugatti Veyron -like performance. Additionally, the Skoda blitzes past 120 mph in nine seconds. Unfortunately, once off the line, we can’t make out who crosses the quarter-mile marker first, so that needs to be investigated as the videos fail to prove the GT-R fell to the mighty Skoda.

Click past the jump to read a little about the production Skoda Octavia and to see more videos of the twin-engine Skoda

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A few weeks ago, Chevrolet started shipping the seventh-generation Corvette to its local dealers, customers have already started enjoying their new sports car . Some of them decided to really push the car to the limits, and Hennessey reports this is the first customer-owned Stingray to run the quarter-mile, which it did in 12.23 seconds at 114.88 mph.

If you remember, a few days ago Rick Hendrick received the very first Corvette Stingray that he paid $1.1 million for at a Barrett-Jackson auction last January. But, he decided not to beat on his investment, leaving this as the first quarter-mile run by a customer-owned Stingray

The model that achieved this result was a 3LT trim level equipped with automatic transmission and a Z51 package. Along with the quarter-mile results, the VBox showed a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.15 seconds (Chevrolet reported a sprint time of 3.8 seconds when Z51 package added) and 0-to-100 mph in 9.5 seconds. The slower 0-to-60 time can be linked to track conditions, tire temperature or many other variables, so don’t start trashing Chevy just yet.

What can you really get for $6.99 these days? You may be able to snag up a burger and fries from your favorite fast food joint, or maybe you can pump a few drops of gas into your tank. Well, you may want to think about parking the car or cooking up some ramen noodles today because 2K Drive has officially hit the App store at the cool price of $6.99. No, that’s not per month or per year; that is for a lifetime of edge-or-your-seat racing on your iPhone or iPad .

2K Drive is not some crummy, rushed-to-production iOS game either, as 2K Games — best known for its 2K Sports franchise that includes MLB 2K13 and NBA 2K13 — went to great lengths to make it as realistic as possible. The game includes tons of real-life cars, over 100 unique events, more than 25 real tracks and RaceFace, which allows you to snap a pic of your smiling mug and upload it onto the game.

Not only do you get real licensed cars, but you also get a crack at loading them up with as many aftermarket parts and accessories as you can. You want a 300-plus-horsepower Ford Focus ? You can have it, as long as you earn enough credit to buy the latest and greatest performance parts. You also have to repair physical and mechanical damage, just like in real life, or suffer the consequences of decreased performance.

2K Games also knows that you want to stay up to date with all of the latest automotive news while racing your virtual rig, so it includes live news about all of the latest happenings in the automotive world. Just don’t forget about us here at TopSpeed...

So, head on over to the App store and shell out your $6.99 and get to racing. Until then, you can check out the official launch trailer and more videos on the game after the jump.

Drag racing has become so ingrained in the fabric of auto racing that you often see one taking place in pretty much all corners of the world.

But while the traditional setup often involves just a pair of cars duking it out for quarter-mile supremacy, Motor Trend has taken the concept of drag racing to a whole new level with its now famous annual installment of “The World’s Greatest Drag Race."

Now on its third installment, "The World’s Greatest Drag Race" pits not just two cars but a dozen of them. 12 of the fastest and most powerful cars you’ll ever come across, starting side by side together and racing to see who can cover the quarter-mile the fastest.

MT’s first installment of this race was won by the Nissan GT-R and it would’ve been 2 for 2 if not for the Lamborghini Aventador beating out to punch in the second staging.

But now, the list is fresh with new exotics, ready, able and willing to take the mighty GT-R’s top perch in the order. There’s an Aston Martin Vanquish , an Audi R8 V10 Plus , a Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series , a Porsche Carrera 4S , and an SRT Viper among the worthy contenders.

Oh, and yes, the Nissan GT-R is back for a third go-round to reclaim its title.

We’re not going to spoil you to action because it’s going to make for a compelling six-and-so minutes of your life.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see The World’s Greatest Drag Race 1 and 2, you can click past the jump to go check them out!

Like we said a little over a month ago, don’t look at "Rush" as this season’s
only epic racing movie.

The upcoming movie, "Snake and Mongoose" , which tells the story of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, is set to give "Rush" a run for its box office money.

Whether it’s on the strip or in the board room, Snake and Mongoose gave drag racing the kind of mainstream cache that nobody had ever done before. So the next time you watch a funny car race on SPEED TV, you can tip your hat to Prudhomme and McEwen for making all of it possible.

The movie is scheduled to make its theatrical debut on September 6th. In the meantime, you can enjoy the new two-and-a-half minute that producers have just released.

You can also click past the jump to watch the 60-second trailer that was shown a little more than a month ago.

The Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic entry-level sports car. It’s been around so long that you have to treat it with the proper amount of respect.

All things considered, however, it doesn’t have the pace of a Lamborghini Gallardo or even a Lotus Elise .

But if you cleverly manipulate the race; well, that opens up some possibilities, something the MX-5’s power retractable folding hardtop was quick to take advantage of.

The car’s roof setup can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds, giving the car a decisive advantage over the rest of the competition. The simulated rain from Mazda definitely helped, giving the MX-5 five full seconds to get its gears up over the Porsche 911 , the next fastest car to get its roof in closed position and down the 1/4-mile track.

It’s a pretty fun video to watch, unless you’re Lotus, who probably didn’t find the whole thing funny. WE definitely giggled like little kids at a fart joke over the poor Lotus…

Click past the jump to read about the Mazda MX-5

For all the attention the movie "Rush" has garnered in these pages the past few months, it’s important to know that there’s another movie coming out on September 6th, 2013 that auto nuts should keep a close eye on.

The movie is called "Snake & Mongoose" and if you’re a drag racing fan, you might recognize the title by the nicknames given to two of the best drag racers in the world, Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen.

Suffice to say, Prudhomme and McEwen were the top of the class in terms of drag racing back then. But they also had a heated rivalry that, while not in the level of James Hunt and Niki Lauda, was still responsible for putting drag racing into mainstream consciousness.

The two Southern Californian drag racers joined forces with big corporations, which eventually led to the change that included Hot Wheels entering the drag racing scene with the release of its first hot rod cars in 1970.

It won’t get the same pub and hype as Rush, but rest assured, Snake and Mongoose is a movie everybody with a remote love for cars and drag racing should look out for.

Click past the jump to watch the trailer for Snake and Mongoose

Any time you have two supercars that pack outputs of well over 1,000 horsepower, the idea is to get these two exotics in one location to see who could outpace the other in an extreme high-powered race.

Recently, such a thing happened when a 1,600-horsepower, Underground Racing-tuned Lamborghini Gallardo matched wits with a 1,500-horsepower Nissan GT-R .

It was, as the video calls it, an "epic battle".

We’re not going to spoil the fun because this drag race deserves your full attention. The Gallardo and the GT-R have not only become tuning favorites in their own right, but the two models have been pitted against each other in a lot of similar races.

Of course, we can’t remember the last time both cars carried in excess of 1,500 horsepower when they duked it out for racing supremacy, so consider this a lucky treat for all of us.

It’s the Gallardo versus the GT-R all over again. Only this time, both come with enough power to put other exotics to shame.


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