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Germans vs. Yanks

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Among the biggest splashes at last week's New York International Auto Show was a lightweight, hugely fast German two-seater called the YES (for Young Engineers Sportscar). And April 1 marked the debut of George Steinbrenner's cable outlet, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports network. A great week for YES men -- not least because of the two ventures' unusual similarities.

The Car
IT'S EXCLUSIVE . . .
About 50 cars are hand-built each year in a factory near Dresden.
AND RIDICULOUSLY OVERPOWERED.
A 286-horsepower engine in a 1,260-pound car -- roughly half the weight of a Honda Civic. Top speed: 164 miles per hour.
IT HAS ENEMIES . . .
No air bags, minimal crash protection -- the YES isn't street-legal in the U.S.
AND IT'S EXPENSIVE.
$86,000 -- plus whatever you spend on customization.
ISN'T THIS NUTS?
Tough. Buy a Chevy.

The Cable
IT'S EXCLUSIVE . . .
Three million Cablevision subscribers spent Opening Day listening to the radio.
AND RIDICULOUSLY OVERPOWERED.
Jason Giambi.
IT HAS ENEMIES . . .
Speaking of air bags: George Steinbrenner is in charge.
AND IT'S EXPENSIVE.
Steinbrenner hopes to make $160 million a year from cable companies.
ISN'T THIS NUTS?
Tough. Watch the Mets.


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