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Porsche has made headlines in the industry with its Panamera 4-door sedan since it hit the market in 2009 as a 2010 model. Contrary to many of the company’s other models, the Panamera had many critics. Not only did the idea of a 4-door Porsche rustle purist’s feathers, but the design and styling left many scratching their heads. From some angles the car is impressive and echoes the sports car heritage that made the company famous, but when viewing the rear it’s hard to imagine exactly what the designers were thinking.

Design aside, the Panamera puts up startling performance figures in Turbo trim and made the automotive press take a step back to examine it further. Three models were offered for 2010, each with a V8 engine under the hood pushing 400hp and the Turbo at 500hp. New for 2011 will be the addition of two V6 models with the engine being designed by Porsche specifically for duty in its flagship sedan. The increased fuel economy and lower sticker price are the main reasons driving Porsche to offer this model.

With the strong performance of the 500hp Turbo model being much of the reason why enthusiasts gave the car a second look, can a V6 Porsche sedan keep up with the pack?

UPDATE 07/15/2011: Porsche recently set out to the Shanghai International Circuit with the Panamera Turbo to break the lap speed record for a four-door production car. They succeeded with a lap time of 2:29.640 minutes, but we can’t find any mention anywhere of the original record. Was the Panamera a Turbo the maiden four door vehicle? That’s what it looks like, leaving Porsche to look a little silly for the announced "achievement." THat being said, a record is a record, so check out the video to watch it in action!

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Porsche Panamera.

Source: Porsche

Muscle cars seem to be prime targets for some serious tuning upgrades. Whether it’s because of loyalty to speed or to the vehicles’ history, these cars have received all kinds of modifications to boost their performance or their muscular stance. Western Motorsports knows a thing or two about these types of developments, focusing on performance parts for Ford vehicles. They even released a Ford Mustang ’Vanquishd’ in 2006 at the SEMA Show which took advantage of Ford’s most exotic engine built for Aston Martin: the 6.0 liter V12 found in the Aston Martin V12 Vanguish . That specific vehicle is now on sale for a price of $79,900.

The price tag may scare a few people off, but before anyone goes running in the opposite direction, be aware that this particular Mustang now boasts of a full 600 HP as found in the 6.0 liter V12 engine from the Vanquish. This engine is mated to a 6 speed manual Tremec T-56 transmission, custom 6-2-1 headers with Magnaflow 3" exhaust, and a special set of Baer Extreme 14" 6 piston brakes. The car also gets new KW Suspension coilovers for the front and rear.

Next to the new technical additions, Western Motorsports also hooked the Mustang up with a BASF R-M Carrizma Candy Blue paint job and a classic design glassback roof, as well as a new set of iForged wheels size 19", equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Tires, 275/35ZR19 front and 345/30ZR19 rear. The interior gets Cobra Missano leather and Alcantra seats, an AiM Strada Dash and Datalogger, colecraft billet custom fender, and hood vents.

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The Porsche 911 can be considered as classic as a Rembrandt, becoming an artistic addition to the often style-less sports car category. The shape has remained constant because well, why toy with perfection? The fact that it is well know for its iconic look might explain why the 911 has only been changed three times in its 48 year history. The 2012 911, known by its codename “991”, is the latest interpretation of Porsche’s classic 911.

This new 911 is going to undergo a bit of makeover with a 4 inch longer wheel base and wider axle tracks. However, the biggest change happens under the hood. Porsche appears to have decided to downsize the flat six engine from 3.6 liters to 3.4 liters. Motor Authority also points out that the base engine will be based on the one found on the Boxster S and Top Gear says Porsche has ”fitted it with new cylinder heads to allow it to rev higher.” Don’t react to this with angst though because the base power plant pushes out a meaty 350 horses. The Carrera RS version (replacing the Carrera S) will have a nice 400 horsepower which is 15 more than the previous model. As the power goes up, torque goes down in the base model by 8 lbs/ft, while in the RS it goes down by 15 lbs/ft. According to Top Gear, Porsche has also been shaving away the weight (30-40kg) by using aluminum for the floor and most of the external panels. This was done by Porsche to improve fuel economy and lower emissions. Then supporting these new power plants will be a new seven speed manual or the optional double clutch automatic.

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: Top Gear

Lexus wants a piece of the younger market pie just as much as the next full size sedan automaker. However, it seems as if the Japanese luxury automaker doesn’t have much in the way of successful options, so they’re left with attaching the words "Touring Edition" to their bland LS 460. The special, limited edition LS 460 Touring Edition will be available on the US market and will be offered in both Rear Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive versions. Sales will begin in late June/early July with prices starting at $73,000.

Not much changes for the LS 460 Touring Edition, which falls in nicely with the fact that the standard LS hasn’t changed much with time anyway. What the special edition does get is a Smoky Granite Mica exterior, a sport kit and grille, and 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. The interior gets a touch more luxurious with black and tan leather-trimmed sports seats, a wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, matte brown wood trim, and premium floor mats. For a new sport trim, these changes aren’t all that exciting.

Mark Templin, Lexus Division group vice president and general manager said: "The Touring Edition adds excitement to our flagship sedan. The package on this car enhances styling and comfort, allowing us to attract younger buyers to the LS line-up. The LS 460 Touring Edition is a unique package of sporty exterior styling and comfort. With limited units available nationwide they’ll sell out fast to customers who want an all-inclusive luxury package."

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The Chevrolet Corvette – GM’s little performance savior. This car has meant everything to Chevrolet for one simple reason; because it used to be the only car with some style. It was the only model that made anyone feel emotional about driving a Chevrolet and its history is second to none. The American sports car market has been utterly dominated by the Corvette from the Airbox models to the legendary Stingray.

The Z06 was originally introduced to push the envelope in terms of performance for the Corvette lineup. Recently Chevrolet decided that the Corvette needed to incorporate the largest and most powerful engine thus creating the ZR1 . The ZR1 model has become the poster child of American supercar fame taking on the challengers from across the pond and, with the hiatus of the Dodge Viper , it is likely to keep its crown for some time.

Even with the invention of the ZR1, the Z06 model has not been neglected. Several different levels of Z06 trim exist, each coming with different types of option packages delivering varied results depending on what type of driving the car will most likely encounter.

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Source: Chevrolet

With electric vehicles becoming the rage these days, it could very well signal a turning of the guard in the auto industry with EVs taking the forefront in an industry that’s putting a premium on fuel efficient vehicles.

We’ve already seen models like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf out on the market with some more automakers set to follow suit. But while those designs have placed importance on new school technology and cutting edge design, a little automaker from Japan wants to prove that we can still have the new benefits of electricity while also paying homage to the design elements of yesteryear.

By all accounts, the Takayanai Miluira – yeah, we’ve never heard of ‘em before either – is a nice open-top that plays itself to the role as a little hobby car. You’re not silly enough to bring this car out on the highway, but as far as the local blocks are concerned, the Miluira is an ideal choice for those town joyrides a lot of people, including us, seem to enjoy.

Details after the jump.

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BMW had just opened its phone lines for the new Frozen Gray M3 and, like a salesperson’s dream, the U.S only car sold out. All 30 examples were gone in the blink of an eye.

Larry Koch, M brand manager for BMW of North America said, “The Frozen Gray M3 is a striking work of sculpture, speed, and style, and perfectly marks the 25th birthday of the M3 model. I’m personally thrilled to see that our customers are as excited about it as we are. We filled the thirty reservation slots within twelve minutes and took the names of at least fifty alternates in the first hour.”

The U.S only Frozen Gray M3 carried a $10,000 premium for the paint job, other mandatory upgrades, and other options that aren’t found on the base M3. The Frozen Gray M3 had a price tag of $77,600 and was covered in a Space Gray base coat and then in a BMW ColorSystem silk matte clear coat. This paint job is what sets the car apart from all other M3s.

Inside, the limited-run M3 will get a Fox Red and black bi-colored Novillo leather interior.

BMW says that the Frozen Gray M3 will get the same motor as the base M3, a 414 horsepower 4.0-liter V8 and the M double clutch transmission. Thankfully, a manual is an option.

Along with the fancy paint, the new M3 gets 19-inch wheels, Dynamic Stability Control with performance-modified mapping, Electronic Damping Control, and a 10mm lowered suspension.

So owners of this limited-run M3, BMW says that you will get a one-day enrollment at the BMW Performance Driving School in South Carolina.

Source: LeftLaneNews
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When Honda announced that they would stop making the S2000 the world was made a little bit worse. That was always one of the best sports cars on the market, if not the best.

The digital instrument panel looked like something out of a starship and the interior was so wacky that it was hard not to love it. The noise was amazing and the handling was sensational. It was fast, cheap, and looked good, not to mention the insanely high red line.

With the S2000 gone, what are we going to do? There is nothing quite like it on the market today. Today’s cars are getting softer not harder. Toyota pushed the date back on their FT-86 and Mazda will be getting rid of the RX-8 soon. The American car companies make muscle cars that are too heavy and terrible at handling, apart from the Ford Mustang . Really, if you want a fast, crazy, two-seat sports car there is little to choose from in today’s market.

Thank goodness we haveLotus . The Elise is a wonderful car if you live on a track, but it’s very hard on the road. The new Evora on the other hand, is a perfect mixture of track handling and a road precision.

Hit the jump for the full review.

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Porsche has just announced that it’s going to launch the new2011 Panamera with a V6 engine in the United States. Currently, the Panamera only comes with a V8 engine.

The new direct-injection V6 is a 3.6-liter with around 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Helping keep the car on the road will be an all-wheel drive system available on the Panamera 4, or rear-wheel drive on the base model. The base sedan will hit 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, while the all-wheel drive version will do it in 5.8 seconds. Speed freaks can shave that time by 0.2 seconds by adding the Sport Chrono Package Plus option, which will be a lot of money.

The V6 Panamera will be able to get 18 miles per gallon city and 27 on the highway. Not bad for a big fast German sedan.

Prices will start at $74,400 for the base model and the Panamera 4 will be $78,900.

The super sedan that upset a lot of Porsche purists has sold over 4,000 units since its launch last October and we suspect that the V6 option will only help those sales numbers.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera goes on sale this month in the U.S.

In 2008, Lexus unveiled the third-generation LX, which was a luxury-based version of the Toyota Land Cruiser SUV. The 2008 LX came with a new body, a new frame and a new engine. Two years later, Lexus is bumping up the 2010 LX 570 with new technological enhancements.

The Lexus LX 570 is powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that delivers a total of 383 hp at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 403 lb.-ft at 3,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a clocked 0 to 60 mph time of 7.4 seconds and a top speed that is electronically-limited to 137 mph.

The LX 570 is equipped with 10 standard airbags, including driver- and front-passenger knee airbags, front and second-row seat-mounted side airbags, Active Front Headrests, dual-swivel Adaptive Front lighting System and Pre-Collision System with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Press release after the jump.

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