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Remember that odd Subaru teaser image that we showed you just before the 2014 New York Auto Show? Well, as predicted, this teaser was of the RedBull Global Rallycross car that is set to run in the 2014 season. Too bad though, we were really hoping for a special-edition 2015 Subaru WRX STI , but this is still pretty darn cool.

This rally machine is a unique-looking car that comes with all the bells and whistles of a tried-and-true dirt and gravel tosser. From the custom wide-body to the carbon-fiber, modified STI spoiler to the rally-car-standard roof scoop, Subaru Rally Team USA and Vermont SportsCar spared no expense to make the car as competition-ready as possible.

The interior of the WRX STI has been reconfigured for exclusive rallying purposes, so whatever luxury amenities the car had when it first came to life have been taken out and replaced with a host of racing equipment.So don’t go looking around for an audio system, navigation or a soft-touch dash; this thing is all racer.

Rounding out the rally makeover of the WRX STI is a new set of Method Race Wheels that have been wrapped in the series’ official Yokohama race-spec tires.

The 2014 RedBull Global Rally Championships holds its season-opening race on May 18th. Subaru Rally Team USA is expected to field a strong team with drivers Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen, as well as Travis Pastrana and David Haggins, behind the wheel of the WRX STI GRC this fall.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Subaru WRX STI.

The Pagani Huayra continues to be one of the most mental supercars in the world, and even if its in prototype form as this lime green piece of awesomeness is, the Huayra still commands an audience like very few supercars can.

This particular model, which was captured by Marchettino, is actually labeled as Prototype 3, the same vehicle the Italian company used in the development of its electrical components. But whereas it used to don a more subdued matte-black finish with gold wheels, Pagani decided to make it look a lot more, shall we say, "electric."

So the company sought Car Wrapping Milano to give the Huayra Prototype 3 a bright lime green wrap to go with the original matte black accents around the rear bumper and diffuser area. Matching lime green brake calipers were also installed, finishing off a dramatic and colorful change for the Huayra test car.

The rest is nothing short of incredible and probably justifies the twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter AMG -sourced V10 engine under its hood even more. Nothing speaks to a car’s bombastic 720-horsepower output more than an equally bombastic lime green wrap that instantly makes it the envy of all other Huayras.

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When you’re driving a McLaren 650S there’s no such thing as too much track action. Be it the Nurburgring, Silverstone or Laguna Seca, McLaren ’s new sports car is in its natural environment.

Being brand-new, the 650S didn’t get too much track action up until now, save for the enduring testing session it was subjected to during development. But that will soon change as customers will start receiving their cars and, hopefully, they won’t be keeping them in air-conditioned garages.

Deliveries are still a few months off, but we’re happy to report that the folks over at Sport Auto got their hands on a McLaren 650S Spider and took it straight to the Hockenheim track, the other famous German racing course.

Their track test obviously included a full lap on the Formula One circuit, but they also did a top-speed trial. And this is where thing got more than interesting, as the 650S Spider managed to overcome its official top speed, which is rated at 204 mph.

Pushed to the very limit in its seventh gear and at about 7,500 rpm, the sports car reached 331 km/h, which is about 205.6 miles per hour. Sure, the gap is rather tiny, but it’s still something worth knowing and, more importantly, watching.

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Most of you are probably already familiar with the Honda Fit , the five-door subcompact that’s available nationwide with a puny, 1.5-liter four-pot under the hood. What you might not be aware of is that the automaker also builds a crossover on the same underpinnings. It’s dubbed the Vezel and has been offered in Japan since last December.

No biggie, because you’ll get to see it in person in the fourth quarter of 2014, when Honda brings it to America under the HR-V name. The new vehicle will fit right below the popular CR-V and will be manufactured in Mexico before being shipped to U.S. showrooms.

Details are limited at the time of this writing, but the first official photos released at the New York Auto Show reveal that the HR-V has very little in common with the Fit as far as design goes, bearing a styling of its own that includes a few trademark cues seen on the larger CR-V.

Honda says the HR-V will be quite the spacious and practical vehicle, thanks to "a unique center tank layout" and the Magic Seat system it will be fitted with. If you’re not familiar with the latter, it allows for multiple seating configurations and a second row that can be folded completely for extra cargo space.

There’s no word on powertrains, but expect the HR-V to be motivated by the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit found in the Fit. The engine delivers 130 horsepower and 114 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT, enabling the hatchback to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 8.5 seconds.

Pricing is also a mystery, but our guess is the brand-new crossover’s sticker will sit anywhere between $18,000 and $19,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda HR-V.

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With the refreshed 2015 Challenger and 2015 Charger still hot on Dodge ’s stand at the New York Auto Show , Mopar has just announced that more than 100 performance parts and accessories will become available for the said models by the end of the year.

As usual, Chrysler ’s parts, service and customer car brand will help future Challenger and Charger buyers improve their vehicles with several engine and chassis components, ranging from cold air intakes to cat back exhausts and suspension lowering kits. Lightweight rims, big brake and anti-sway bar kits are also on the docket, as is the popular Scat Pack .

Customers that are looking to give their Challenger or Charger a unique appearance, will be able to choose from a long list of exterior accessories that include new hood kits and pins, Mopar wheel center caps, rear spoilers and an array of decals and stripes.

Click past the jump to read more about what Mopar has to offer for the Dodge Challenger and Charger.

It’s undeniable the impact the Ford Mustang has had on the American automotive market, and this week celebrates the iconic Pony Car’s 50th birthday. Helping commemorate the occasion is this one-off Mustang built by RK Motors based on the 1967 Shelby GT500. We say ‘based on’ because under its factory-fresh appearance lies a host of performance add-ons and go-fast bits that could make a grown man cry. At the ‘Stang’s heart is a hand-built 527-cubic-inch Boss Nine, all-aluminum V-8 cranking out roughly 800 horsepower. It’s backed by a custom-built Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the pavement through vintage style 18-inch wheels mounted with BF Goodrich G-force sport comp rubber.

A heaping helping of other parts helps this Ford handle like a go-kart. That’s a good thing because this car is no trailer queen. In fact, RK Motors owner and chairman Rob Kauffman will drive the RK527 during the upcoming HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour — a 1,500-mile excursion between Charlotte and Wisconsin. Taking place June 7th through 14th, the challenging even tests man and machine in an endurance-style road trip with only hot rod and muscle car contenders.

There’s much more lurking underneath the RK527’s candy apple red paint, so click past the jump for the complete rundown.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby GT500 Tribute "RK527".

Lincoln Motor Company has just announced its launch a full product lineup in China, including five new vehicles. One of those – a midsize luxury SUV – accompanies the news in this teaser video above. Though Lincoln hasn’t given away much info on the new vehicle, the video does reveal some interesting aspects.

From the few glimpses visible, the SUV appears to be a highly sculpted crossover with plenty of LED trickery and accent lighting. Most eye-catching are the massive turn signals that surround the headlight fixtures and continue to the side mirrors. A strong belt line runs just under the windows with a large rear haunch laying above the rear tire. If things stay true to the artist’s drawings seen here, the front will feature some fairly stunning sculpted lines with plenty of drama.

This SUV will join a lineup of four other cars including the MKZ, the MKC, a new full-size luxury sedan , and the refreshed Navigator – all of which will be built inside the United States. What’s more, Lincoln is taking an entirely new approach to selling cars, one based relationships and an inviting dealer environment.

Lincoln’s goal is a network of 60 dealers in 50 cities across China by 2016, with the first eight opening this fall. The dealers will run under the ideology of “The Lincoln Way,” a much more personal, relationship-biased approach to selling cars. “It completely shifts luxury automotive ownership from a sales and service transaction model to an experience model,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of global marketing.

The dealers will feature a more home-like atmosphere with a tea room and other amenities like the Personalization Studio where customers can customize and order their particular vehicle. The new dealership style will concentrate its focus on providing good relationships and quality treatment than having a large, uninviting room packed with products. It’ll be interesting to see how this business model works for China and if it could work within the U.S.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lincoln MKX Concept Crossover.

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Launched with three different powertrain choices, available as the V6, the V6 S and the V8 S (R for the Coupe ) in U.S. showrooms, the brand-new Jaguar F-Type is already scheduled to receive a fourth version. Reportedly dubbed R-S , the new trim will be introduced on both the Coupe and the Roadster and will take the output of the supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 up to around 550 horsepower. That’s about 50 horses more than the current range-topping model.

Word has it a lighter, Club Sport iteration is also be underway, meaning the lineup would expand to include nine models (five Coupes and four Roadsters). It may sound like a lot for a sports car of this nature, but it appears we have yet to see the end of it.

As a new video that surfaced the Internet recently suggests, the Brits are developing yet another F-Type. But this time they aren’t working on a more powerful V-8 version, but one that sports a turbocharged four-cylinder mill under the hood. Yes, that’s right, Jaguar is downsizing and switching forced induction units.

Watching the video you’ll notice that the Roadster in question wears an S badge, but don’t let that fool you, the car’s engine note is nowhere near a supercharged V-6.

Little is known about the unit powering the model spotted at Nurburgring, but we do know that Jaguar is getting ready to introduce a new range of four-cylinder engines that will find their way into the upcoming C-X17 crossover and future Land Rover SUVs.This could even be a modified version of the Range Rover Evoque’s 2.0-liter engine, which produces 240 horsepower in the SUV, but likely can hit over 300 ponies with a little extra work.

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You may find it hard to believe, but vehicles such as the Rolls-Royce Phantom , a pinnacle of automotive luxury and opulence, sometimes aren’t enough to satisfy the world’s most wealthiest businessmen. And this is where Rolls-Royce ’s Bespoke division comes in with its customized and often unique means of transportation.

Since these sumptuous limousines are highly popular in the Middle East and China , it was only natural for the British manufacturer to introduce their latest Bespoke creation at the Beijing Auto Show , which is about to open its doors to the public.

Dubbed Pinnacle Travel and based on the latest Phantom Series II, the said model was created to celebrate "the Chinese love of travel." You see, a recent survey revealed that China spent about $125 billion on travel in 2013, prompting Rolls-Royce, in their love for opulent vehicle themes, to take that piece of information and build a car around it. Nothing’s too fancy for the Goodwood crew.

Moving along to the automobile itself, the Pinnacle Travel Phantom was finished in an exquisite two-tone exterior color scheme. The upper part of the body, including the hood and the trunk, were painted Madeira Red, while the lower side panels we wrapped in a Silver Sand hue for a tasteful contrast.

Under the hood, there are no modifications, meaning this luxurious rig carries the same 453-horsepower, 6.75-liter V-12 under its hood that also twists out 531 pound-feet of torque as the base RR Phantom.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls Royce Pinnacle Travel Phantom.

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The 2015 Challenger and 2015 Charger were the main attraction at Dodge ’s New York Auto Show booth, with both vehicles being showcased in brand-new clothes. Unlike the Charger, which received a much more extensive facelift, the updated Challenger arrived with milder body enhancements, but it somehow managed to look more attractive than the former.

I’m tempted to believe this is because the Charger borrowed too many details from the Dart , but I’m also willing to admit that I’m a sucker for the 1971 Challenger, the exact model Dodge looked upon for the 2015 facelift.

Anyway, besides the 1971-inspired fascias and a more modern interior, the revised Challenger also gained a brand-new model, the 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker. As the name suggests, the new trim blends features from both the Scat Pack and the Shaker bundles, while making use of the large 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 mill and the Super Track Pak.

In short, it’s a muscle car that will sit at the top of the non-SRT Challenger lineup next year, being aimed at the Mopar gearheads that are in the hunt for classic looks in a 21st century coupe .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker.


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