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It’s been only a couple of days since Cadillac unloaded a pair of CTS-Vs in Germany for some extensive testing on the Nurburgring track, and we just got word that the high-performance sedans have again unleashed their force-fed ponies on the "Green Hell." In fact, we have some new spy shots to share with you guys and gals, as well as a few juicy bits about the CTS-V’s brand-new engine.

It seems the 2016 CTS-V feels quite cozy on the Nordschleife and that’s good news for both Cadillac and muscle sedan enthusiasts. The current-gen CTS-V already benefits from tons of horsepower and torque to go along with good dynamics and precise handling. The spy shots show the added power won’t make the next CTS-V less agile. On the contrary, the new chassis updates have improved on the car’s skills in that department. Cadillac is looking to tighten the gap between the high-performance sedan and its popular competitors — the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG — and the next-gen CTS-V might be able to do just that.

But until it hits dealerships and starts barking up the German high-performance tree, let’s see what’s new on the CTS-V prototypes caught lapping the Nurburgring track.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

When it comes to driving, there are two things I can’t live without. A nice pair of lightweight shoes and my sunglasses. The shoes are there to assist with speed and feeling when driving a car quickly, and the sunglasses are there for basically everything else.

Your eyes are easily your most important sense for driving, and with large collections of LCD screens everywhere in the cabin, ultra-gloss metallic paints reflecting glare at every chance, your eyes are constantly being attacked. Rather than simply use a standard tint to help protect your eyes, a new premium lens has been released called Unity. Unity lenses promise the best of polarization technology, along with new performance features like outdoor, blue-light protection.

Unity says that their lenses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, provide enhanced clarity and contrast, plus they will reduce eye fatigue. Thanks to that fancy blue-light filter, they will apparently also help prevent macular degeneration over time.

I have spent the last several years wearing a set of polarized Oakleys and felt like nothing in the world could beat them. Unity took up that gauntlet and set me up with a few glasses in different styles with slightly different tints so I could test their claims against my go-to Oakley sunglasses.

Are all these fancy buzz words and medical claims legitimate, or is Unity just one more name cast into the world of sunglasses trying to grab your attention?

Read on to see if the Unity lenses stand up to their marketing claims.

Cadillac was quite the busy bee this year, especially with developing its brand-new lineup of high-performance, V-badged sedans and coupes. A new CTS-V was long overdue, while the compact ATS was anxiously waiting for some extra power to be injected in both its sedan and coupe versions. The wait is nearly over, ladies and gentlemen, as the ATS-V Sedan showed up on the Nurburgring track for suspension testing and chassis tuning.

The ATS-V Sedan joined both the ATS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sedan on the "Green Hell", as Cadillac stormed the iconic track looking to calibrate its most important weapons against the German big boys from BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Audi . The Nurburgring Nordschleife is the perfect environment to do just that, especially with the powerful and popular BMW M3 used as a benchmark. This isn’t the first time the ATS-V Sedan has shown its face in public, but this time we’re looking at a prototype that has ditched its heavy camouflage.

Unraveling some of the mysteries around the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan is now possible thanks to our trustworthy spy photographers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan.

You’re probably not going to believe this, but in the auto industry, there is such a thing as having too much power. It shouldn’t be a problem if it’s power you can control, but if it’s a little out of your reach, it’s probably a good idea not to tempt fate. Drag racer Dennis Bailey failed to get that memo, and he and his 3,000-horsepower Ford Mustang paid a steep price for it.

Bailey was at a drag race at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Adel, Georgia when he participated in a quarter-mile race with another equally chunky, muscle-bound Mustang. Both cars get off the line well but immediately after that, Bailey’s Mustang slowly shoots up from all the power driving those rear wheels. It continues on its upward ascent before being completely perpendicular to the ground.

The car hits a barrier soon after that before toppling over, flipping numerous times before resting in a heap of smoke, debris, and flying tires. Fortunately, Bailey reportedly escaped the harrowing crash without any significant injuries. The same can’t be said for the Mustang though, which appeared to look completely flattened and irreparable.

These are the real-life dangers of driving a car with that much power in a setting that encourages you to go pedal to the metal. Bailey’s lucky to only escape with minor dings, but it still doesn’t take into account the all-too-real possibility that it could have ended much worse for him.

Side-by-side comparisons are always a blast to watch, especially when it’s pitting two fantastic cars against each other like the BMW M4 and the Corvette Stingray . Though the guys at Automobile Magazine have to deal with a wet track, the evaluation is no less theatrical.

Both cars are essentially all new. The M4 not only enjoys a new name separating it from its four-door brother, but also enjoys a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder engine cranking out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The `Vette, of course, is completely new from the ground up. Its classification as a truly world-class sports car comes thanks in part to its Magnetic Ride Control, seven-speed manual transmission, and 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque in its highest form.

Both Christopher Nelson and Jake Holmes argue their points for each of their cars. Nelson, piloting the M4, argues that BMW didn’t have much work to do in order to make the new M4 a better car; that the previous car set the benchmark and the new one simply carries the baton but with a better engine. Holmes however, talks about how far the Corvette has come since its last generation and that it’s “fully fleshed out, well executed, and well rounded.”

Both drivers make strong cases for each of their cars, but in the end, Nelson’s admiration for the M4 and its well-balanced chassis caves to his lust for a more visceral machine. Check out all the action in the video above.

German manufacturer Volkswagen wasn’t the official car sponsor of the 2014 World Cup. That distinction belongs to Hyundai and Kia . But with Germany’s World Cup triumph over Argentina cementing Die Mannschaft’s fourth World Cup title in history, Volkswagen couldn’t resist getting in on all the celebration.

The company just couldn’t resist needling Argentina, could it? In a new ad promoting the new Volkswagen Golf , the company simulated the finals between Germany and Argentina using a bunch of Golf models to take the place of the players. Top Gear’s done something like this before so just go along if you recognize the setup.

Naturally, the Golf models with German flag liveries were the ones to come up on top and in the ensuing celebration, the commentator loudly exclaims "Goooooolll....f", a unique twist to the iconic play-by-play commentary of Univision. The commercial marries sports and the auto industry in a pretty cool manner.

Volkswagen beat its rivals to the punch with this one. Now we wait to see if Mercedes , BMW , Audi , or Porsche have something up their sleeves, too.

The news about Toyota and BMW building cars together isn’t new, as the two companies finalized the partnership in January of 2013, but thanks to the Nikkei Asian Review, we’ve got some rumors as to what the two companies have been working on. Those plans revolve around the next-generation BMW Z4 and a revival of the famed Toyota Supra .

The Nikkei reports the two cars will share the same platform, manufacturing processes, and parts procurements. The two sports cars , however, won’t be sharing the same body style and will be sold under their respective brands. What’s more, these two cars could debut as early as 2017.

The report speculates whether Toyota would be able to adopt the same carbon-fiber-extensive construction style BMW has recently adopted, citing cost as the limiting factor. However, with the falling cost of carbon fiber and its exploding popularity, the material might be within Toyota’s reach. This is especially true for such a specialized sports car as the Supra.

The Nikkei report lacks further juicy details about the partnership or its planed products, but news seems rather certain. The 2017 date is still tentative, but the possibility still remains.

As far as powertrains, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will be found under hood. Perhaps BMW will provide a TwinPower, inline six-cylinder or maybe each automaker will supply its own powerplants. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, with BMW and Toyota partnered together, the future looks bright with the addition of two exciting sports cars.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Supra and the current Z4

The supercar world is pretty much on fire lately. Literally! From Porsche 911 GT3s roasting on the streets to a Ferrari LaFerrari smoking while attending a hillclimb event. We’ve also seen a Ferrari FF burst into flames in Hong Kong and a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster catching fire during a media demonstration in Australia earlier this year.

Speaking of the Aventador, another example of Lamborghini ’s fast and expensive supercar went through its baptism of fire. This time it happened on the German Autobahn and under peculiar circumstances. Specifically, the unfortunate Aventador just had its engine replaced and it was out on its first test drive with the brand-new, 6.5-liter V-12 under its hood. For some reason, the powerplant overheated in a matter of minutes and caught fire, which quickly spread toward the cabin.

By the time the firefighters arrived at the scene, the entire rear end and cabin of the vehicle had burned to a crisp. The front end of the orange Aventador was all that was left of the $400,000 supercar, now just a pile of melted metal with a "total loss" label on top. Fortunately, both the driver and passenger managed to get away from the burning car unscathed.

Details as to what caused the blaze are scarce, but it appears the replacement engine fitted in the Aventador had a faulty cooling system. Needless to say, that’s an issue you don’t want in any vehicle, but especially in an expensive supercar with a bull logo on its nose.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador.

It turns out a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder makes a pretty good bulldozer, as this closed-circuit video shows. A valet for the five-star Le Meridien hotel in Delhi, India allegedly lost control of the supercar as he waited for traffic to clear. It’s reported that damages exceed $335,000, including the Gallardo, the hotel, and the second car involved in the incident.

The video shows in good detail how the V-10-powered car gained momentum as it pushed a sedan out of its way before being stopped by a thick concrete wall. Thankfully, no one was injured other than the valet, who had reportedly worked for the hotel for 10 years. In fact, it’s likely the valet had driven the Lambo before, as its owner says the hotel staff had parked his car many times before without issue.

Unfortunately for the owner, the hotel is refusing to pay for the damages. Taking things into his own hands, the owner, who is said to be a businessman from Mumbai, filed a police report against the hotel and valet. What’s worse, high import taxes spike the Gallardo Spyder’s retail price far beyond what others around the world pay for the same car, hence the extravagant estimated cost of damages.

There is still no official word on what caused the valet to lose control of the Lamborghini , but perhaps he inadvertently dumped the clutch, got thrown back in the seat, and hit the gas. Either way, it’s a good possibility he’ll be looking for another job.

Click past the jump to watch the crash video.

Source: Autos Yahoo

Jaguar Land Rover is touting its new self-learning technology system integrated into and between the driver’s smartphone and a so-equipped Jaguar or Land Rover vehicle. The system works by learning intimate information about the driver, like schedule patterns, radio and climate control preferences, and even phone call patterns in order to accurately predict what task the driver might want to do next.

For example, the driver’s phone communicates with the driver’s shiny, new Range Rover that it’s Tuesday morning and little Johnny will need to attend soccer practice at the country club at 9 a.m. The Range Rover then figures out the best route for the journey, checks for any traffic obstructions, and then messages the driver the optimal time to leave for practice.

On the way to little Johnny’s soccer practice, the radio knows to play Johnny’s favorite radio station. Once he’s left the vehicle, the radio automatically changes to the driver’s preferred radio selection. But lets say practice runs long and dad will be 10 minutes late to work. No worries, as his Range Rover will message his boss alerting him of the delay.

Of course, this sort of technology seems rather interesting. It’s currently perhaps the ultimate way to be connected to the grid. Integration of smartphones and calendar events to personal preferences in the car is automatic. It might be the future, but boy, is it invasive.

Currently there’s no word on when this technology will become available in Jaguar Land Rover products, but from the look of things, it’s not far off.

Click past the jump for the full press release


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