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The Toyota FT-1 "Vision GT" is headed to the virtual world of Gran Turismo 6. It’s only appropriate considering that the concept was created specifically for the purpose of celebrating Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary. Still, it’s pretty cool that we now have a chance to drive the FT-1 Vision GT, albeit as a video game car.

The high-powered concept is already available for download so you can expect Gran Turismo 6 fans to stumble amongst themselves to get the vehicle into their garages as quick as possible. Yes, I speak from experience, although my slow Internet connection turned the whole download experience into an exercise in patience.

Still, seeing the FT-1 Vision GT Concept and controlling it was a real treat, even for a discerning and admittedly high-brow GT6 player like me. It’s also a nice followup to the earlier FT-1 Concept that became downloadable in the game back in January 2014.

Now that there are two of these concepts available on Gran Turismo 6, I can’t imagine fans of Toyota playing with any other car than this one. Again, I say all of this through experience and calloused fingers.

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“The king of today’s muscle cars .” That’s what Carlos Lago says about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in MotorTrend’s latest episode of Ignition. The crowning comes after much flogging, something the Hellcat is surely used to by now.

A trip to the dyno revealed the Challenger’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 HEMI puts down 671 horsepower at the rear wheels — well within the expected range for parasitic driveline loss. Torque was equally impressive, putting down 606 pound-feet at the wheels.

Of course raw numbers don’t tell the whole story. For that, a trip down a desert road is needed. The Hellcat makes a surprising boulevard cruiser, just like its less-powerful Challenger stablemates. Lago notes the redesigned interior and Uconnect infotainment system make long drives a pleasant experience.

What’s more, the Hellcat’s hellacious 707 horses are well integrated into the car. It doesn’t overwhelm the car at slow speed when just cruising around town, implies Lago. “The car is inching towards being a GT car,” he says.

Handling the abuse the track and drag strip dish out is a big aspect of the Hellcat’s personality. That’s why it’s got some serious intercoolers knocking engine temperatures down. Massive Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers out back help bring things to a stop.

No matter what you think about the Challenger Hellcat, you’ve got to admit it exudes more presence and intimidation than just about anything on the roads today.

The highly anticipated 2015 ATS Coupe is finally ready to hit the streets, as Cadillac has fired up the online configurator for its BMW 4 Series fighter. So if you were anxious to build your own ATS Coupe or just have a look at the options Caddy is offering, now you can have at it before taking your check to the closest dealership.

As soon as you choose between the 2.0-liter four-banger and the 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, you’re off to select one of the three trims the ATS Coupe comes in. Be it Luxury , Performance or Premium, Cadillac’s smallest vehicle can be had with either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The former is standard, while the latter is obviously the pricy option.

Speaking of options, there’s plenty of stuff you can choose from. If you fancy a power sunroof, Cadillac will be happy to provide you with one for $1,050. As for interior extras, there are check boxes for anything from a black, microfiber suede shifter handle and premium floor mats to a cargo net and cargo area organizer. If you have $3,035 to throw around, you can also fit the ATS Coupe with a Driver Assist Package that include Adaptive Cruise Control and numerous other safety and convenience features.

Did I hear someone ask about exterior colors and interior themes? Well, you’re just going to have to read on to find out more about that.

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Mercedes-Benz increased production capacity for the CLA four-door coupe back in May 2014 in an attempt to increase the dwindling supply that has affected U.S. sales recently. The increased production proved a huge hit, as sales peaked in July and August. Today, Daimler is taking is a step with CEO Dieter Zetsche confirming the U.S. will get additional CLA sedans , but he refrained from giving specific numbers, Automotive News reports.

Zetsche hopes the additional units will help increase CLA sales in the U.S., a market that has been affected by a tight supply since spring 2014, after the initial allocation sold out. "We could have sold twice as many vehicles, easily, compared to our planning," he said at a press event.

CLA sales in the States peaked at 4,895 units in October 2013 and dropped below 2,000 examples starting February 2014. Deliveries picked up to more than 2,000 units a year in July and August after recording a 1,214-unit low in May, but the Germans are far from meeting U.S. demand.

The baby CLS is made at the Kecskemet factory in Hungary, which added a third shift in May 2014.

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As if the 2014 Paris Motor Show wasn’t interesting enough with the planned debuts of the Mercedes-AMG GT , the Jaguar XE and the Infiniti QX70S Design , the folks over at Lamborghini have announced plans to introduce a new vehicle of their own at the French event. But unlike other manufacturers, the Italian company didn’t release more than just a teaser photo and a vague description of its upcoming supercar .

Although the photo is far from revealing, it does say a lot about Lambo’s new creation. Firstly, it’s obvious the body shape doesn’t stray far from what we’ve seen from the Italians lately. There’s a bit of Huracan and Aventador in there, with muscular rear fenders that incorporate large air intakes. Secondly, the engine is right where it’s supposed to be; behind the seats. So far so good, but then there’s the message that comes with the teaser. It reads "once perfection is achieved, you can just double it," and, needless to say, it leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Granted, it doesn’t mean we’ll be getting a special-edition Huracan with double the horsepower, but what’s Lamborghini up to? Should we expect a Lambo with two additional doors, as in a four-door super sedan ? Are the Italians adding two more seats to come up with a 2+2 GT? Join us in our search to find out what this teaser is all about past the jump.

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Ever since the Nissan revealed the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo in June 2014, we’ve been wondering whether its aggressive design will serve as inspiration for the next-generation GT-R or not. We have hunch it will, but we don’t know to what extent, especially considering the Vision Vision ’s extreme body styling. Well, it seems the Japanese are taking the extreme route with the upcoming GT-R, which will be a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision concept.

That’s the word from Motoring, which claims a Nissan designer let slip a few juicy bits on the company’s plans for the next GT-R. "You can expect to see the next-gen GT-R get a toned-down version of the 2020 Vision GT car," the unnamed insider told the Australian outlet. Nissan’s decision to pull out all stops on the GT-R’s design comes straight from company CEO Carlos Ghosn, the report adds. Ghosn is apparently unhappy with current GT-R sales and thinks a more extreme design could draw more customers to showrooms.

Motoring also reiterates Nissan’s plans to turn the GT-R into an ultra powerful and fast hybrid supercar . The new Godzilla will reportedly get around 640 horses from its uprated turbocharged V-6 powerplant, with an extra 134 ponies coming from an electric motor. With a total output of nearly 800 horsepower and more than 730 pound-feet of torque, the next-gen GT-R sounds like a rig ready to compete against much more expensive hypercars.

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Source: Motoring

Looks like Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that’s set to introduce a special-edition model that places emphasis on the U.S. market. German automaker Porsche has a plan to build an exclusive version of the Panamera later this year. Automobile is reporting that Porsche’s design arm, Porsche Exclusive, will be unveiling 100 units of a limited-edition Panamera , 30 of which are headed to the U.S.

Details are still sketchy on the extent of exclusivity this particular Panamera will have, but Automobile’s source indicates that the luxury saloon will feature a unique metallic-paint scheme, a multi-colored leather upholstery, and will feature just about every option imaginable.

It’s highly unlikely that the model will reach the $3.2 million price tag of the U.S.-bound, super-exclusive Ferrari, but you can at least expect the Panamera to come dressed to impress, maybe even have a little sparkle here and there.

The same report also suggests that Porsche Executive will use the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S Executive to develop this limited-edition model. In the event that happens, you can expect it to retail for a good bit more than the $201,495 (with destination) price tag of the standard Panamera Turbo S Executive.

Maybe somewhere in the vicinity of $250,000 to $300,000.

Porsche is expected to divulge more details about this mysterious Panamera in the coming weeks, at which point I expect to hear news that all 30 models have already sold out.

Click past the jump to read more about this future super-sedan from Porsche.

Imagine if you could combine some Top Gear-style challenges with an epic supercar road trip like the Gumball 3000 , and then you sprinkled it all with a little bit of Forza magic and a dash of Tanner Foust. This event is the Forza Fuel Challenge, and it is here to celebrate the coming launch of the new Forza Horizon 2 video game on September 30th.

The teams consist of a pair of journalists and famous YouTube content creators. There is one of each piled into eight supercars that include the likes of the Audi R8, and the Lamborghini Aventador , and the new Lamborghini Huracán leads the whole convoy. As you may know the Huracán is the new halo car for the Forza Horizon 2 game, and it represents the first time you can drive this new supercar in any video game .

The teams are currently bombing around southern Europe, and when they reach designated points on the route, they get to compete in several challenges. Whoever wins the most challenges in the end will win. The first round happened two days ago at Bologna, Spain and the challenge was called “Get To The Choppa.” The teams raced against a helicopter through a slalom course on an airfield.

You can watch the video after the break to see what this whole mess is about and watch the first challenge unfold. The second challenge happened yesterday, so we should have more videos of this exciting road trip soon.

Hit that jump, watch that video, and don’t forget to keep it locked here on TopSpeed.com to see the other videos in the series, as well as more Forza Horizon 2 news including a full review that is coming soon.

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Source: ForzaFuel

The BMW Qualcomm i8 Safety Car had its moment in the spotlight during the inaugural Formula E Championship race in Beijing over the weekend. But outside of what we all saw, do we honestly know a whole lot about the i8 Qualcomm Safety Car that makes it different from other i8s ?

The obvious answer would be to point to all of its safety equipment, which is critical to its function as the series’ official safety car. But what we didn’t know was whether the i8 was up-to-task in a serious racing environment, even if it comes in the form of electric-powered race cars .

All our questions were answered in the lead-up to the race when Qualcomm’s Edward Van Boheemen and Pat Kusbel were invited to drive around the racetrack on-board the i8 Safety car driven by Nelson Piquet Jr.

During the entire ride, the two Qualcomm engineers were asked to explain how they brought Qualcomm’s inventions into cars. It seemed like a fairly easy question for Van Boheemen and Kusbel given their backgrounds. But what both didn’t expect was Picquet Jr. treating the i8 Qualcomm Safety Car like a real racer, blasting it around the track while the two aimlessly tried to answer the questions posed to them.

It’s hilarious to watch these engineers attempt to get their points across while the i8 flings them all around.


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