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It’s a secret that’s been talked about for quite some time now, but finally, the cat is now out of the bag. Land Rover has officially confirmed what a lot of people have believed was a foregone conclusion. The company will create a new Discovery sub-brand and the first model to come out of this new family of Land Rovers will be the Discovery Sport.

Land Rover has announced that the Discovery Sport will be built as a premium compact SUV . That’s only one part of the announcement, though. More important is the creation of an entire family of models that will finally separate the luxurious Range Rover line from the more lifestyle-oriented Discover line.

There are going to be some concerns on how this affects the company’s entire lineup, specifically on whether it would cannibalize models within the company now that you have two distinct families that still offer pretty much the same thing.

But Land Rover doesn’t seem to care about those concerns and is pressing forward with the arrival of the Discovery Sport that will be based on the Discovery Vision Concept , which Land Rover has brought to the New York Auto Show .

It’s still not known how much of the concept will be translated to the Discovery Sport, but initial returns point to an impressive package that could be teaming with new technology. The Discovery Sport should also play into the luxury image of Land Rover, but not to the extent where it completely impedes on the Range Rover line. So while we expect it to come with a dose of luxury, we still expect it to be a combination of utility and luxury that should play well to a market that wants a good combination of both.

Updated 09/02/2014: The first images of the new Discovery Sport surfaced online with just hours before the SUV’s official debut set for September 3rd. (Jalopnik)

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Audi has been testing quite a lot of cars at the Nürburgring track this year, including the TT coupe and its beefed-up iterations, the TTS and the TT-RS . Only the TT Roadster has been missing from the pack, but that ends now as the Germans have begun hooning the drop-top around the "Green Hell" as well. And we have solid proof thanks to our skilled paparazzi, who sent yet another batch of spy shots our way. The bad news is the TT Roadster is hidden underneath a thick layer of swirly camouflage, but at least now we know the vehicle’s development has reached the chassis and engine tuning stage.

Although the third-generation TT coupe was revealed earlier in 2014 and it’s already on sale in Europe, it will take a while longer until the Roadster breaks cover and reaches dealerships. It will likely debut in early 2015, but don’t expect to see it in North America before 2016, when the coupe version is set to cross the Pond. Be that as it may, we’re anxious to see that the fourth member of the TT family is already stretching its legs on the ’Ring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi TT Roadster.

Toyota is turning up the fun factor with the heavily refreshed 2015 Camry, making it more exciting to drive, quieter inside, and more appealing to look at. A new interior includes better materials and even a handy wireless phone charger in the center console. This update comes only two years after the Camry’s last refresh, but in its quest to excite customers with a more upmarket sedan, Toyota is staying poised on its toes, jabbing at the competition.

Though much of the car’s underpinnings are not new, the car will have a fresh feel and character. Revised suspension components make the Camry a better handler while upgraded insulation keeps NVH levels to a minimum. Outside, every body panel except for the roof has been replaced in a effort to liven up the Camry’s demeanor.

While the Camry gets a new look, the greasy bits under the hood will carry over. The 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and the 3.5-liter V-6 return, as does the six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid trim carries over as well, utilizing the same Atkinson Cycle 2.5-liter I-4 mated to an E-CVT. All three engines are good performers and get impressive fuel economy numbers, though none of them will be setting lap time records or leaving burnout marks up Interstate on-ramps.

The Camry might not be setting records around a racetrack, but it sure has set plenty of sales records, leading the pack as the best selling sedan for the last 12 years. Toyota has sold nearly a million Camrys in the last two years alone. So is messing with success worth it? Click past the jump for all the details on the new 2015 Camry and decide for yourself.

Updated 09/02/2014: Toyota announced prices for the 2015 Camry set to be put on sale in late September. Prices will range from $22,970 for the LE trim and up to $29,980 for the Hybrid XLE version. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump for the low down on the 2015 Toyota Camry

The Dodge Viper - or is it SRT Viper - hasn’t exploded the way Dodge had hoped for. The hype and attention being thrown in the direction of the Charger and Challenger Hellcat models hasn’t helped the Viper win any brownie points either. It’s a shame because the Viper’s a really intense sports car . Fortunately, Dodge has thrown the Viper a bone of sorts by introducing a special Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition that should give the sports car the shine it deserves.

The Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition is limited to just 40 units. It’s probably going to sell out quickly given its exclusive status. But merely being ‘exclusive’ isn’t what makes this model special.

The Ceramic Blue paint finish gives the Viper GTS a special kind of shine. Add the black stripes and the set of five-spoked “Rattler” wheels finished in Black Vapor Chrome and this Viper GTS suddenly looks like a crowd-pleasing, road-blazing terror on four wheels.

Hyperbole aside, the Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition fits a need for the Viper, which hasn’t met the kind of sales volume Dodge intended it to have.

Dodge needs to give the Viper a fresh look, especially after the attention the Hellcat twins have received the past month. Maybe the Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition is the answer. But at the very least, it’s a step in the right direction for a sports car that hasn’t received the credit it deserves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Viper GTS Ceramic Blue Edition Package.

Introduced in 2000, the first-generation Kia Optima was essentially a rebadged Hyundai Sonata. Only minor exterior styling details and equipment packages set it apart from its Hyundai sibling. The sedan arrived in U.S. dealerships for the 2001 model year with a V-6 engine under the hood. A redesigned, second-gen model was launched in 2005. The new Optima differed further from the Hyundai Hyundai Sonata it was based on. The vehicle was slightly larger and received a wide range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines. The Kia Optima Kia Optima was revamped yet again for the 2011 model year. Now sharing its underpinnings with the Hyundai i40 Hyundai i40 , the third-gen Optima saw the introduction of Kia’s new design language, which included the already familiar "tiger nose" front grille and "ice cube" LED headlamps. A huge success for Kia, the third-gen Optima will retire after the 2015 model year to make way for a redesigned sedan.

A fourth-generation Optima is already being tested in Germany, according to our spy photographers, who have supplied us with a preliminary set of photos. Naturally, the mid-size sedan is camouflaged to the teeth, leaving very few details for us to ogle at. Read on to find out what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Kia Optima.

We all know how awesome the Challenger Hellcat is. We also know that thanks to its 707 horsepower supercharged V-8 it has some issues with traction. So what happens if you find yourself out and about with a Hellcat, and the heavens have poured gallons of the wet stuff onto the roadways? Well if this new video from /Drive is anything to go by, you will be very sideways and you will giggle a lot.

At the recent launch for Dodge’s new performance darling, they brought all the journalists to Portland, Oregon, where it rains — a lot. What ends up happening is a lot of track time on a soaked surface. Matt Farah is our wheelman for this episode and he spends lots of time in a drift, and lots of time with a smile on his face.

If you are like me and you love to see to top-notch hooligan antics, just go ahead and hit that play button. Don’t forget to turn that volume up; the engine audio in this video is particularly good, and you get lots of that deep grumble and lovely supercharger whine.

Enjoy.

A special edition BMW M4 has arrived and lo and behold, it comes bearing the “Lime Rock Edition” name. If you’re not familiar with the name Lime Rock, remember that BMW previously used the name on a BMW M3 back in 2012. Now the Lime Rock name returns with the M4 and boy, is it glorious!

Like the M3 before, the M4 Lime Rock Edition comes with a Fire Orange exterior paint that just explodes in a fiery ball of flame that’s impossible to not notice.

It also received a handful of aesthetic and aerodynamic components, including a new carbon tint, a carbon rear spoiler, and carbon mirror caps.

We like how these added features gives a nice compliment to the sporty and aggressive nature of the M4. But it’s that orange exterior paint that really sets this M4 apart from others of its kind. It just drips with swag and attitude the likes of which turns it into a real eye candy.

It also doesn’t hurt that the BMW M4 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-six engine that produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers allow the sports coupe to cover 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Lime Rock.

Source: Imgur

Concept cars don’t come any cooler than the Pininfarina Sergio Concept. The radical sports car was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the incredible reception it received immediately gave rise to reports that Pininfarina was contemplating on building a limited number of models.

Those reports laid dormant for a while but now it looks like the Sergio Concept will indeed make it to production. TheSupercarkids reported that a production model is currently in the works. There’s even an alleged rendering of the final production version of the Sergio Concept, completed with windows and an actual windscreen.

The Sergio Concept originally created a stir because it lacked both side windows and the front windscreen - rather important equipment for even the most basic vehicular transportation.

The rendering shows a more complete design that actually looks like it was based on the 458 Italia. There are no indications that Ferrari and Pininfarina are planning to work together, but the resemblance is pretty striking.

Engine specifications are still being kept under wraps, but the concept version did come with a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that produces 562 horsepower. That’s similar to what the 458 IItalia has under its hood. Put those numbers to use and the Sergio Concept can hit 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.

Should a limited-run production version come to fruition, expect the price tag to reach somewhere close to $2 million.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pininfarina Sergio.

Anybody who has ever played Gran Turismo owes a lot of debt of gratitude to creator Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind the game’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. Now you have a chance to do so by watching the full-length video of the Gran Turismo documentary “Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide”.

Last year, Gran Turismo announced the documentary as an inside look at the evolution of Gran Turismo from the eyes of the man who made it all possible. It traces Yamauchi’s incredible desire to create a car racing game that will put all others before it to shame. 15 years later, we’re still saying the same thing about Gran Turismo and its incredible advancements in video game technology .

Thanks to the support of Sony, Yamauchi was able to realize his objective and in so doing, the man was able to change the landscape of the gaming and automotive industries now and in the future.

The documentary is almost 90 minutes long so prepare to spend a lot of time to watch it. So prepare the popcorn and find yourself a comfortable couch to sit on. Rest assured, it’s worth every minute if you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise.

It’s true that very few supercars can match the awesomeness of the McLaren P1 , but when it comes to track hooning, there’s more to a car than just brute power and torque. Take the Bugatti Veyron for instance. It comes with more than 1,000 horsepower on tap, which makes it one of the most powerful supercars in production. Is it a proper track car? Not quite. In fact, we don’t see it taking laps very often, which says a lot about its racing capabilities. Race it against the Caterham 620R and you’re bound to lose.

Which brings us to the video below, in which an utterly powerful McLaren P1 is chased by an ultra-light BAC Mono on the Silverstone track. Comparing the P1’s 903 horsepower with the BAC Mono’s 285 ponies, it’s easy to say the latter is no match for the McLaren. However, bring the curb weight into the equation and the 600-horsepower gap reduces dramatically. That’s because the BAC Mono weighs in at only 1,190 pounds, which means 479 horses per tonne. On the other hand, the McLaren tips the scales at 3,280 pounds, resulting into a horsepower per tonne rating of 551 ponies. Not that big of a difference, huh?

This pretty much explains why the BAC Mono in the video above manages to catch up and overtake the McLaren P1 McLaren P1 , although the supercar is obviously faster in a straight line. The lightweight sports car is superior at entering and exiting corners, which proves once again you don’t need nearly 1,000 horsepower to be fast on the track. Hit the play button to watch the action.


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