Video: Chris Harris pits Fiesta ST against Mercedes G63 AMG in 0-60 battle… sort of

Filed under: Performance, Videos, Ford, Mercedes-Benz

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Vehicle performance tests are serious business, with reputations made or broken by things like braking distance, top speed, and lateral g-forces. King of the metrics, though, is the 0-60 run, which for unknown reasons has become the benchmark for what truly makes a car a performance machine.

Now, Chris Harris from Drive has turned the whole idea behind the sprint to 60 on its ear. Taking a new Ford Fiesta ST, Harris asks a simple question: would the ST be quicker to 60 on its own, or on a trailer being towed by a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG?

It’s a fair question, really. The Fiesta Harris tested hit 60 in 7.2 seconds on a slightly uphill section of runway. It should be noted that Harris quotes his ST at 182 horsepower, which is about 15 ponies less than what we’re getting in the US, so these numbers might not hold up all that well against an American model. The G63 AMG, meanwhile, is a 536-horsepower monster, powered by a twin-turbo V8 that, able to propel the big SUV to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds without towing a Fiesta.

So, is the Fiesta ST quicker with or without some AMG aid? Have a look below to find out.

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Video: Seinfeld and Chris Rock laugh it up in a Lamborghini Miura

Filed under: Classics, Coupe, Performance, Videos, Lamborghini, Celebrities, Humor

Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock get pulled over by police officer in Lamborghini Miura - video screencap

Jerry Seinfeld has featured many beautiful cars and hilarious comedians in his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series, but this latest episode might top them all. (To his credit, it feels like we’ve been saying that a lot lately). In this video, Seinfeld snags the keys to a 1969 Lamborghini Miura and picks up funnyman Chris Rock.

Not surprisingly, Seinfeld says the Miura is “the most beautiful car ever designed,” and he shows how fast it can be, too. After stopping for lunch and a conversation with Rock, Seinfeld gets an unexpected chat with one of New Jersey’s Finest. There are plenty of laughs, but the Lamborghini and its long eyelashes steal the light in this episode. Check it out below.

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Video: Watch Chris Harris pilot a vintage Jaguar C-Type at the Mille Miglia

Filed under: Motorsports, Classics, Convertible, Europe, Videos, Jaguar, Celebrities, Specialty, Racing

Jaguar is a regular runner in the Mille Miglia – in 2010 it entered 27 cars in the historic rally to celebrate its 75th anniversary. This year, in celebration of the F-Type, it registered just four cars with the factory team, but it loaded them up with some bigwig UK celebs like Daniel Day Lewis and Jasmin Le Bon. Chris Harris, our own autoverse celeb, was given a seat in a Jaguar C-Type with professional racing driver Alex Buncombe.

While Harris takes us on a tour of the route, he takes us on an even better tour of what the Mille Miglia is and what it takes to run it. It’s a mess of memories, minutes, mementos and sleepless nights. The C-Type was first owned by Juan Manuel Fangio. Stages are timed and require one to drive at a set speed – once, when Buncombe and Harris arrive 90 minutes early they’re forced to sit in the car for an hour. Then they sleep for four hours before getting back into a C-Type with an unsilenced exhaust. “There’s no better way to get tinnitus.”

You can watch the highlights of Harris’ run from Brescia to Rome and back in the video below.

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Video: VW Golf GTI wrung out by Chris Harris

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Videos, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Celebrities

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Enthusiasts like nothing more than to crucify modern interpretations of their favorite performance models for failing to live up to some imagined ethos. Even the Volkswagen GTI has suffered its fair share of slings and arrows for growing in size and curb weight. Chris Harris recently spent some time with the all-new MK VII GTI to find out if growing up means giving up on what makes the machine so special.

Judging by his comments, Harris certainly doesn’t think so. Yes, the new GTI is considerably more comfortable than its predecessors, but that’s hardly a bad thing. The multitude of driving modes actually seem to add depth to the car rather than simply try to force one tool to do many jobs, and Harris even finds the machine’s electronic power steering tolerable. As a result, Harris goes so far as to call the Volkswagen GTI “one of the best cars to actually own.” How’s that for high praise? You can watch the video for yourself by scrolling below.

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Video: Jaguar F-Type squares off against Porsche 911, Aston V8 Vantage with Chris Harris

Filed under: Convertible, Videos, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Porsche

Chris Harris is back on the job, taking on really really difficult car questions like: Which enormously sexy and good-to-drive, high-performance convertible is the top of the heap? As one of the hottest cars in the luxury space right now, the Jaguar F-Type S is, of course, in on the action. Competition comes in the form of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster and the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Sun-loving CEOs who despise test-driving need look no further.

Scroll on below for a fully featured (with a running time of more than 20 minutes) comparison video. Harris does his best to entertain – in a typically nitpicky and made-up-British-words fashion – and the moving pictures are lovely to look at. Kick back, pour a pint and get your weekend started off right.

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Video: A wheelie how-to with Chris Pfeiffer

Filed under: Motorsports, Etc., Videos, Motorcycle

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Heads up, moto mavens; king of the BMW hoons Chris Pfeiffer has worked up a quick video to teach the world how to execute a proper wheelie. If anyone should know about taking the front tire off of the ground, it’s Pfeiffer, who currently spends his days inflicting world-class abuse on BMW’s best hardware in front of enthralled crowds.

Once you make it through all of the “do not try this at home” warnings in the how-to video, you just might learn how to send your bike’s nose skyward without bouncing yourself off the pavement. Pfeiffer covers all of the intricacies of throttle and rear brake application to impart some of the knowledge he’s accumulated as BMW’s ultimate two-wheeled hooligan. Hit the jump to educate yourself.

[Source: Hell For Leather]

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Flame-Surfaced Computers? Chris Bangle reportedly signs deal with Samsung

Filed under: Europe, Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Technology, BMW, Design/Style

Chris BangleChris Bangle, the controversial former head of BMW design, has joined forces with Samsung to oversee the design of notebooks and phones. Bangle, you may recall, left BMW in 2009 after 17 years to focus on his own design projects.

According to Samsung, Bangle is operating as an outside influence on the design of their phones and laptops and will still work on his own projects outside of the company. The American designer set up Chris Bangle and Associates shortly after leaving BMW, and has been working on designing yachts and electronics ever since.

Samsung says the move is an effort to emphasize its new focus on the design of their electronics and move the brand upmarket. Samsung says it will set up a European design center specifically for Bangle and send 10 or so researchers from the company to work with him on new design ideas.

[Source: JoongAng Daily]

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Video: Chris Bangle hassles Saab designer Jason Castriota over PhoeniX concept

Filed under: Coupe, Geneva Motor Show, Etc., Videos, Saab, Design/Style

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Chris Bangle and Jason Castriota discuss Saab PhoeniX – Click above to watch video after the jump

In the left corner, from Wausau, Wisconsin, we have Christopher “Flames are Surfacing” Bangle. In the right, from the mean streets of Greenwich, Connecticut, stands Jason “Let Me Out of My Birdcage” Castriota. Alright, gentleman… we know you are both highly accomplished automotive designers, but we want to keep this thing clean. Gloves up, and come out swinging!

The controversial former BMW head and new Saab stylist were caught chatting about the Swedish automaker’s new PhoeniX Concept on the Geneva Motor Show floor by CarDesignNews. Known for being an instigator, Bangle questions Castriota about what makes the swoopy coupe a Saab. The ensuing “conversation” is filled with awkward fake-smiles and restraint. Click past the jump to see the footage along with a separate video walkaround of the concept by Castriota himself.

Gallery: Saab PhoeniX Concept: Geneva 2011

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[Sources: CarDesignNews via Jalopnik, Saabs United]

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Video: EVO‘s Chris Harris takes on the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Bugatti, Luxury

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport with EVO's Chris Harris

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport reviewed by EVO’s Chris Harris – Click above to watch video after the jump

We know what resident lucky bastard Autoblog contributor Rex Roy thinks about the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Now we get another perspective on the hypercar courtesy of EVO magazine’s Chris Harris. His thoughts? Occasionally frustrating, yet worth every penny. Harris laments that he gets an amazing sensation of speed yet he has to be off the gas almost as quickly as he gets on it. The 267-mph Veyron Super Sport just moves too quickly for everyday situations.

Since it is Chris Harris behind the wheel, we’re treated to a nice patch-laying takeoff before he launches into a discussion of the car. The clip, which you can find after the jump, also treats us to a little over a minute of no talking… just footage of the car. Wonderful.

Gallery: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport land speed record

[Source: EVO via YouTube]

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Video: Documentary provides a peek into the mind of controversial designer Chris Bangle

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Inframe interviews Chris Bangle – Click above to watch video after the jump

If you’ve ever wondered how former BMW design guru Chris Bangle’s mind works, you’re in luck. Inframe has rolled out a special documentary on the man behind some of the more controversial design elements in the BMW stable, and the site has even been so kind as to roll out a teaser video to give us an idea of what to expect from its documentary on Bangle.

Over the course of the quick five-minute clip, the designer touches on everything from his time with General Motors to the inner workings of the separate companies under the BMW banner when he arrived at the German manufacturer at age 35. Bangle also shares what he has tucked away in his own personal garage at the moment, including one very special classic. We won’t spoil it for you. Hit the jump to see the video for yourself. Thanks for the tip, Chris A!

[Source: BMW Blog]

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