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Despite its hefty, $75,000 price tag, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by muscle car aficionados, who purchase all 500 units scheduled to be built for the 2014 model year through April.

That’s the word coming from AutoGuide, who learned about the immense interest the track-focused coupe has spawned since its introduction straight from Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

With the 2014 models already commissioned, the main man behind GM’s iconic muscle car says Chevy will try and build on current success by expanding next year’s production to a projected 2,500 units, with more to be made if demand grows even further.

With that being said, Oppenheiser added that Chevrolet will open order books for the 2015 Camaro Z/28 in the next four to six weeks. And in case you haven’t found out yet, the first retail 2015 model has been already auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for a staggering $500,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

Source: Autoguide
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Well now, it seems the Volkswagen is doing its best to win hearts and minds the world over. Fresh of off news about the new Golf SportWagen , spy shots of a Golf R wagon and the announcement of the uber-awesome Golf R400 , Automotive News is reporting that the swanky New Midsize Coupe concept from the Beijing show will make it to production as a competitor the Mercedes-Benz CLA .

If you missed the news, the NMC concept is a swoopy, four-door, coupe-style car that is based on the Jetta. Think of how the CC is just a pretty Passat, and you get the basic idea.

The overall design is very reminiscent of the CC with its sloping rear profile and frameless doors. Currently the Jetta is a serviceable machine in the style department, but it is far from the prettiest thing on the road. I can see Volkswagen grabbing some conquest buyers with a more stylish vehicle. The real question is how much cannibalization of the Jetta will occur.

We have no confirmed details on this machine, but expect Jetta engine and transmission options to be carried over exactly, with a slightly higher price premium for the nicer sheet metal.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen NMC.

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Porsche has finally revealed the first details for the entry-level model that will fit below the Macan S in the company’s new SUV lineup. The news comes to confirm rumors saying that the brand new vehicle was set to receive a four-cylinder engine.

Getting right to the point, the base Macan will be motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot that delivers 234 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm through a PDK transmission. In this configuration, the Macan has a top speed of 138 miles per hour and needs 6.9 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph.

Moving over to fuel economy, the four-cylinder Macan will definitely be more efficient than the V-6 offerings. The Germans have yet to release final figures, but their estimates claim the base Macan will be able to return up to 28 mpg city, 36 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined.

For the record, the Macan S is estimated to provide 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. That’s a big improvement over the non-turbo V-6 model, but don’t get your hopes up because Porsche doesn’t plan on bringing the four-pot version to the United States as of now.

For now it appears the new model will become available in a number of Asian markets, with a European model being "special order only." Pricing for this model has yet to be announced.

Click past the jump to read more about the base Porsche Macan.

Source: Porsche

In the three years since the Pagani Huayra made its debut, Pagani has been a little gun shy on building special-edition models of the supercar. It was a far departure from the Huarya’s predecessor, the Zonda , which had its fair share of special edition models. But according to Autoblog, that’s about to change because Pagani is already planning to build a roadster version of the Huayra, and its coming in the next 24 months.

It’s still not a special-edition model like the ones the Zonda had, but it does give the Huayra that sort of variety it’s been missing since making its debut in 2011. Pagani spokesman Luca Venturi confirmed the company’s plans, and while he stopped short of spilling all the beans about the Huayra Roadster , all signs seem to point to the car receiving the same mechanical features as its coupe counterpart.

So if you’re wondering, there’s a good chance that the Huayra Roadster will come with the same AMG -sourced 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-12 engine that produces 730 horsepower. A seven-speed, sequential transmission is also expected to be part of the mechanical framework of the supercar , as is the likelihood of a folding hard-top like the one we saw on the Zonda Roadster that debuted back in 2005.

It’s a welcome development for fans of the Pagani Huayra and that includes us. We still held out hope that something like a Huayra Roadster was in the pipeline even if it became apparent that Pagani wasn’t in a rush to build one. But now that there’s confirmation of it, we’ll definitely keep an eye on its development.

We’re just hoping that the two-year timeframe is accurate, because like everybody else, we’ve already waited for the Pagani Huayra Roadster long enough.

Click past the jump to read more about Pagani Huayra.

Source: Autoblog
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As you may recall, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show we had our first look at the Mercedes-Benz C-Class L , the most recent and longest member of the brand-new C-Class family. The sedan will go on sale later this year, but, to our disappointment, it won’t make it to the U.S., being a China-exclusive model.

Today, a report coming from Autocar says the C-Class lineup is set to expand even more, with a performance-oriented sedan to join the ranks next year. This time we’re not talking about yet another AMG-prepped midsize, but a vehicle that will fill the large gap between the C400 model and the brawny C63 AMG that should break cover later in 2014.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but the aforementioned source states the new model will be launched with the C450 AMG Sport moniker and with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine under the hood. In order for the sportier C-Class to bridge the wide gap between the 329-horsepower C400 and the 450-horsepower (estimated) C63 AMG , the Germans will increase the V-6’s output to about 372 horses.

As the name suggests, the C450 is not an official AMG model, but it’s being developed in collaboration with the company’s performance arm. It appears that the C450 AMG Sport will also be offered in an optional 4MATIC configuration, which is very likely to cross the Pond into North American dealerships.

Note: Mercedes C63 AMG rendering shown here.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport.

Source: AutoCar

It’s pretty safe to say that there are probably only a handful of cars in this world that can line up next to the Lykan Hypersport and not get intimidated by its presence. There’s nothing quite like a $3.4 million supercar that has that predator look about it, all while carrying 750 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque under its hood.

Speaking of its RUF-sourced twin-turbocharged boxer six crate motor, it’s one of those engines that you have to be able to hear up close in order to appreciate it. The sheer roar when you start it up does its ’Lykan’ name very proud, as this video from Marchinetto shows.

This is probably the best two minutes you’re going to spend today, and that’s not an exaggeration. Not only do you get to see the supercar in ways and angles you haven’t seen before, but you also get to appreciate all the work W Motors put into piecing this machine together.

From there, cap it off by closing your eyes, dialing up the volume, and just listen to it scream. And boy, it’s got that kind of piercing roar that just gives you goosebumps.

Honestly, we never thought the Lykan Hypersport would see production and we were prepared for a huge let down. But, here it is in all of its greatness and damn does it sound good.

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With 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the brand-new 2015 Cadillac Escalade leads the full-size luxury SUV segment in terms of power. But if that’s not enough for you, then you’ll be happy to learn that the folks over at Hennessey Performance have taken the V-8’s output even further.

Using its new HPE550 package, the Texas-based specialist upgraded the 6.2-liter mill to deliver 557 horsepower and 542 pound-feet of torque, which translates into 32 percent and 18 percent increases respectively. As with most Hennessey tweaks, the package also includes an air-to-water intercooler system and engine management recalibration.

In a conversation with John Hennessey, the company expects one-second faster 0-to-60 and quarter-mile times, but they won’t have the official numbers until testing is completed in late-May 2014. By our estimates, this would put it at around five seconds flat. We will bring you the official numbers as soon as they become available. Top speed, however, will likely not be affected by the HPE550 kit, due to the electronic limiter on the Escalade.

The SUV’s exterior, however, remains unchanged, save for a set of lightweight Hennessey H10 forged, monoblock wheels that can be ordered separately for a hefty $6,950. The 20-inch rollers are supposed to allow more power to reach the pavement, thanks to their reduced rotating mass, which could mean a slight acceleration improvement.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade HPE550.

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While unhappy Porsche 911 GT3 buyers are still waiting for their sports cars to be delivered following the much-discussed fire debacle , the said vehicle has been named the 2014 World Performance Car during a ceremony at the New York Auto Show .

The 911 GT3 grabbed the coveted award after defeating two equally prestigious sports cars , the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , which was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year, and the more expensive Ferrari 458 Speciale . The winner was determined by a panel of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries.

This is the third consecutive year that a Porsche -badged vehicle wins the World Performance Car title. The 911 GT3 follows the legacy of the Boxster /Cayman and the 911 Carrera , which were declared winners in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Needless to say, we can’t argue with the results of this year’s World Performance Car awards, but we can’t help but notice the irony of it all. As the fifth-generation 911 GT3 gains even more recognition for its fantastic abilities, current owners had to return their cars for an engine swap, while those that have already ordered one could wait up to six months to enjoy it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 fire fiasco.


Okay, folks, the 2014 New York International Auto Show is in the books, and we saw more debuts than we could even keep up with. We saw all of the big boys come with at least one key addition to their lineups, but we also had a few misses. For example. we were hoping to see the Hellcat option for the Challenger and Charger , and some extra information on the next-gen Miata — not just a glimpse at its chassis — neither of which happened.

As with every year, we are set to bring you the best and worst of the NYIAS, but we’re changing things up a bit. This year, each of our esteemed staffers has chosen their favorite and least favorite of the show and let you know why they loved or hated each one — some of us even had complete opposite opinions. Included in the list below is the Dart-ized Charger, the even-more-retro Challenger, a concept from Land Rover and even a "dirt cheap" Aston Martin .

There were a lot of vehicles to choose from, and we may have missed one that you loved or hated. Let us know in the comments below what car you loved or hated the most from the 2014 NYIAS.

Click past the jump to read about our favorite and least favorite debuts in New York.

In New York, Mini has just finished introducing us to the 2015 Countryman . Not one to limit its attendance to just one major auto show, Mini decided to spread its new models out evenly by opting to introduce the equally refreshed 2015 Paceman in Beijing .

Ok, maybe ’refreshed’ isn’t the right word to describe the 2015 Paceman because, well, there aren’t too many changes to begin with. It does adopt some of the changes made to the Countryman, but that’s not saying a lot.

So, in essence, the 2015 Paceman’s biggest change is its a new model year.

But it’s not the Paceman’s fault, nor is it Minis, for that matter. The Paceman, after all, was only introduced a few years ago, so a major refresh probably still isn’t in the cards until next year. More importantly, with the company’s expansion plans in full effect, Mini’s new-found lineup versatility has given rise to more choices for its customers.


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