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Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A full carbon-fiber, widebody BMW M Coupe race car for sale on eBay. Built from a 2007 Z4 M Coupe by Fall-Line Motorsports, the track-ready vehicle replicates the official motor racing kit offered by BMW back in the day when the first-generation Z4 was still in production.

The factory racing package was priced at $300,000 in 2006, aimed at customer teams, and was eligible for the events like the Nurburgring 24-Hour race or the German Endurance Championship. With minor tweaks, it could even been entered into the American Le Mans Series.

The vehicle in question might be a replica, but don’t let that intimidate you, because it was developed by a team that has plenty of experience with the U.S. racing scene. In fact, the race-spec M Coupe has seen a great deal of track action before being serviced and listed for sale.

Of course, it can’t be used in any contemporary racing series, but it can provide loads of weekend fun on any of the tracks across the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW M Coupe.

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Happy Thursday, everyone! It is time once again for your favorite automotive-centric internet radio show: the TopSpeed.com Podcast. This week Justin and Mark join me for another full show full of hijinks, burning petrol and the occasional silliness.

The Weekly Wheels segment features the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid , the Mitsubishi Outlander and a special appearance from a classic Porsche .

Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport

Our news stories cover the prospect of a new GTI Club Sport , the upcoming 2015 Dodge Charger and a potential successor to the Mitsubishi 3000GT . Mark covers the 5 best pickups under $30k , and then we celebrate the coming of spring with talk of the M4 Convertible .

Thanks to you guys, we had a big Q&A segment that included our picks for worst car names ever, what cars we wish would hit U.S. shores and we discuss what cars we would wipe from the history of existence. Other fun questions include what we would cram a Ferrari V-12 engine into, odd stories from press drives and we discuss what it would take to make us leave this great job. It was quite the eclectic collection of questions.

Thanks for being so awesome, guys. Keep the questions coming.

We wrap up our show with Own, Drive, Burn in which we celebrated the warm weather some more with our choices between a Porsche Boxster , Mercedes-Benz SLK and a BMW Z4 .

As an extra bonus to everyone listening, watching and actually reading this far down in the post, I am going to be giving a few of my own personal bits of cool auto stuff to some of you guys. I have a smaller version of the Aston Martin DB5 Aston Martin DB5 print that is hanging on my wall, and I have a calendar from the same photographer. To have a chance at winning just subscribe to the TopSpeed Podcast YouTube channel, and follow @TopSpeedPodcast on Twitter. That is it. In two weeks I will pick the two winners and send out your cool free stuff. If you want some extra chances to win, you can follow Justin (@TheCarJunky), Mark (@MarkMcNabb) and myself (@Moeferd) on Twitter as well. One entry for each follow.

Good luck.

As always, don’t forget to keep commenting, giving us suggestions and sending us your questions. You guys can reach us at the above Twitter locations, by commenting on this post or by email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Click "Play" below to hear the Topspeed.com Podcast 006. Make sure to catch all of the episodes on our new iTunes channel!

If you want to see our smiling faces, you can see the video version of the Podcast after the jump.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Porsche 944, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Koenigsegg has been churning out episodes of its Inside Koenigsegg web series at around the same pace as the speed of its subject, the One:1 megacar . Now on its third episode, Inside Koenigsegg now takes us on an in-depth look at the One:1 ’s active rear wing.

Christian Von Koenigsegg claims that the One:1’s rear wing is the world’s first top-mounted active rear wing, a distinction the company decided to go with because it creates the kind of downforce that can be of good use to the high-speed stability of the One:1.

Another unique characteristic of this top-mounted active rear wing is its weight. According to Koenigsegg, the whole carbon-fiber component only weighs 10 kg, one-third the weight of similar contraptions from Koenigsegg’s competitors.

That’s pretty impressive, more so knowing how much it helps the supercar achieve its ungodly performance capabilities. It makes us wonder, really, how far more advanced the One:1 really is when you line it up against its rivals.

Typically, cars that are 40 years old aren’t really worth anybody’s time. There are some exceptions, of course, and if you’re an avid Porsche fan that understands its racing history, this 1974 Porsche 911 race car could be well worth your time. This 911 Coupe was built to look and race just like the Famed 911 RSR, which Porsche built as a factory racer for European GT racing in the mid 70’s, and it is currently for sale on Ebay. Sure, it isn’t a real RSR and has 30 hours of racing time under its belt, but it is still well worth a look.

But other than, this 911 "RSR Build" should still perform like it’s new, at least when you take into account the amount of time and money that was put into this project to morph it into what it is today.

It’s a really neat project that doesn’t lack in modern-day performance capabilities. The only question is whether you’re prepared to shell out the necessary amount of greenbacks to pry it from the seller’s hands.

Click past the jump to read more about this 1974 Porsche 911 "RSR Build".

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The configurator for the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG is finally up and running for those of you who are either looking to buy one or just want to have some fun with the company’s brand new, beefed up luxury sedan .

Customizing the lightning-fast executive begins at $140,425 including shipping. For that, you get a high level of standard equipment and whole lot of performance. As you may recall, the new Mercedes S63 AMG packs a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo under its hood, which translates into 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, a 49-horsepower increase over the previous model.

The sticker also includes the company’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive, a set of 20-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels, a choice of 10 exterior colors, four interior hues and three cabin trims. On the performance and drive assist front, the limousine comes standard with AMG’s adaptive sport suspension, Parktronic with Active Parking Assist and Exit and ESP Curve Dynamic Assist.

We’re not done, the vehicle also packs a standard COMAND system, a Burmester surround audio system, heated front seats, In-car WiFi and basically anything else you can think of this side of the kitchen sink.

Need more? Then let’s have a look at the options list, but only after you grab a seat and check your bank account.

You can build your own S63 AMG HERE

Click past the jump to read more about the options available for the Mercedes S63 AMG 4MATIC.

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It’s been less than a month since the 2016 Audi R8 was caught testing at the Nurburgring, and the redesigned sports car returned to the "Green Hell" for more performance adjustments.

Fortunately, our skilled spy photographers were on duty when the vehicle hit the course and provided us with the most revealing spy shots of the upcoming R8 yet.

The Germans finally ditched most of the camouflage and, although the signature front grille isn’t out in the open, it’s clear as day that the next-generation model won’t stray too much from the current R8 in terms of styling.

Up front, both the headlamps and the grille appear to be smaller than before, while the hood features a smoother surface with less muscular lines toward the sides. Around back, the new, slimmer LED taillights are joined by redesigned vents. Below there’s a new diffuser flanked by wide, rectangular exhaust pipes. The latter are now mounted lower than the old, rounded ones.

Although the silhouette of the car remains basically the same, Audi managed to make the new R8 look flatter and a little bit wider. We won’t get confirmation until the sports car is properly revealed, but, if this proves to be true, the 2016 R8 will deliver vastly improved performances on the track.

Updated 04/09/2014: If you really like how the next R8 looks in black, we’ve just added a new set of images for you.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8.

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Have you noticed how most Toyotas are boring by design, while the company’s concept cars are usually groundbreaking and spectacular? Here, have a look at the 2014 Toyota FCV concept and then take a peek at the Camry sedan . See what I mean?

Well, this enormous concept-to-production gap might be narrowed in the near future, as the Japanese manufacturer is one step away from reviving the iconic Supra nameplate with the FT-1 concept as its base (have another look at our recent renderings for a refresh).

Of course, we’re not expecting Toyota to make the production car as mean looking and aggressive as the aforementioned design study, but the final result is bound to have a big impact on the industry. It might as well be the next Lexus LFA , but with a Toyota badge on its nose and with a greater "wow" factor attached to it. And the LFA is hard to beat!

Now I know all of you sports car enthusiasts are just dying to see this new product alive and kicking, but you’ll have to keep your shirts on for a little while longer, as Toyota has yet to reveal its plans with the next Supra.

Meanwhile, the stunning FT-1 concept took a trip across town from the Calty Design Research workshop to Jay Leno’s Garage, where California’s biggest car collector sat down and had a chat with two of the main men behind the project.

Leno is obviously impressed with the FT-1’s design, claiming the new concept car could spawn something truly impressive. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get to drive it, as he does with most of the vehicles that drop by his garage, for obvious reasons, but the video reveals some interesting facts about the car.

Now go ahead and enjoy the video and make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for more info on the upcoming Toyota Supra.

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For a long time it was believed that the McLaren P13 would be the next sports car to come out of Woking. Details on the "baby" McLaren have been rather confusing, but now that the 650S is already in production, things are finally starting to take shape.

Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the P13 will go into production next year with a de-tuned, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The unit will deliver around 450 horsepower, which is nearly 200 horses less than the 650S . Pricing will be reduced as well, with the 911 fighter to retail for about $200,000, making it cheaper than the outgoing MP4-12C .

A smaller price tag also signals that the P13 will feature less carbon-fiber body parts compared to the 650S. According to Top Gear, the body will be mostly aluminum, although McLaren has yet to decide what processes will be used to make the vehicle’s panels.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P13.

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Tesla’s legal team has yet another case added to their already cluttered desks as the self-described "King of Lemon Laws" attorney Vince Megna files a suit against the California automaker with allegations of a defective product. Already contending with the New Jersey car sales ban fiasco, Tesla must now confront the auto industry’s most notorious lawyer and his Franklin, Wisconsin-based client.

The issues apparently started when Megna’s client purchased a Tesla Model S in March of 2013 for a cool $98,000. Shortly after delivery, the car had troubles starting and holding a charge. With no dealers around, the car had to be towed an hour and a half south to Chicago, IL. Over the first five months of ownership, the Model S spent a total of 66 days in the shop.

After attempting to have Tesla buy back the car on three separate occasions — as possible under the Federal government’s Lemon Law — the owners contacted Megna for help.

With a reputation for never going easy on automakers, Megna has been known to make short videos full of ironic humor, wit, and duct tape-wearing paralegals detailing his clients’ cases, just as you can see in the video above.

Be sure to stay tuned to TopSpeed for any developing information on Tesla’s first Lemon Law case.

Click past the jump for the video and to read more about the Tesla Model S.

Buying a new vehicle for cheap these days can be a daunting task, especially a pickup truck. As customer demands have grown, so have the trucks’ capabilities and price tags. If you’ve got $50,000 to blow, the options are nearly limitless. But what about $30,000? Or even under that? What kind of truck can be had for less than that magical money ceiling?

The truck market is a highly competitive one with each automaker gunning to outdo and one-up the competition. This is great for those looking for feature-laden trucks with more technology than the best luxury cars could boast five years ago or tow ratings that seem to compete with Peterbilt and Kenworth trucks.

Consequently, prices for these “work vehicles” have become luxury-like in the process. Sure, some buyers need a truck to pull double duty as the family sedan throughout the week while still towing the boat or RV on the weekends. For that purpose, modern full-size trucks in mid- to upper-grade trim reign supreme.

Because prices have jumped so high, folks wanting to spend $30,000 or less on a truck only have a few options, consisting mostly of single- or extended-cab full-size trucks or smaller midsize trucks. It all depends on how the truck is optioned out.

Those looking to tow will have to sacrifice interior amenities for a larger engine and a towing package. Those looking for interior room will ironically have to stick with a midsized truck that offers a four-door crew cab model. For buyers, it all boils down to how the truck will be used. Evaluating personal use is perhaps the most critical aspect of buying a truck on a budget.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s 5 best trucks under $30K


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