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It is not even a tiny bit of a secret that I love my Volkswagen Golf . I love its combination of good looks, practicality, and sporty driving characteristics, but how does it compare against something from BMW ? In this episode of Chris Harris on Cars for /DRIVE, Chris takes a look at the latest and greatest seventh-generation Golf R , and he compares it to the new darling from BMW, the M235i .

In usual Chris Harris fashion, there is a bit of wit, a bit of history, and just a dash of sideways. Strangely though, he doesn’t really come to a solid conclusion about which one is best. He just gives us what he sees as the pros and the cons, and leaves it at that.

Seeing as he never came to a full conclusion, I leave it up to you to make your choice. Hit up those comments and tell us which car you think is the better of the two. I’ll be back a bit later to congratulate everyone who I think is right, as well as chide all those who have yet to see the light and truth in this automotive universe.

Now hit play, watch the two cars do their magic, and get to commenting. I am waiting.

RM Auctions is one of the biggest auto auction houses in the world. It’s been home to some of the biggest auction buys in recent memory, including a 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC Scaglietti Spider that sold for $6.4 million back in 2012. For 2014, RM Auctions is set to open shop in London where a number of classic exotics will be up for bid to the highest bidder.

EVO managed to get a guided tour of RM Auctions’ storage facility where Harry Metcalfe joined the team to talk shop about some of the cars that are expected to get a lot of attention at the sale.

As expected, the facility contains some of the rarest and most beautiful metal, carbon fiber and aluminum in the world. EVO and Metcalfe zeroed in on a few of them, including a rare 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1990 Lamborghini Countach . These two cars are widely considered as the "poster exotics" of the 1980s, and seeing them in the same auction is a real blast back to the decade of teased hair and leather pants for myself.

The guided tour also included short discussions about the 1993 Jaguar XJ220 , the 1959 Facel Vega HK500 Coupe , and the 1973 Alpine-Renault A110 1300 V85 .

There are many more cars that EVO and Metcalfe discuss in this 32-minute episode. I won’t run the risk of spoiling all the models, as having an authority like Metcalfe give you a little history lesson about them trumps my ramblings about them here.

There’s been a lot of talk about Ferrari’s rumored plans to introduce a V-6-powered, entry-level sports car in the near future. It may sound awkward given the company’s tradition with V-8 and V-12 powerplants, but the Italians have done this before. It happened between 1968 and 1976, when Ferrari launched the Dino marque for models powered by engines with fewer than 12 cylinders. Once called the "lesser Ferraris," the Dinos carried 2.0- and 2.4-liter, V-6 units, as well as a 3.0-liter V-8 under their rear bonnets. The most iconic Dino was the 246 GTS , but the 308 GT4 received some attention as well.

Produced for eight years — four with a Dino badge and four as a Ferrari — the 308 GT4 featured a 2+2 coupe body and a wedge design penned by Bertone. The 3.0-liter eight-banger generated 250 horsepower at launch, but the engine lost 20 ponies when it crossed the pond to America due to slight modifications. Weighing in at about 2,500 pounds, the 308 GT4 wasn’t astoundingly fast, but it was quick enough for Elvis Presley to buy one. It’s actually one of the last car he purchased nearly a year before passing away in 1977.

40 years have passed since its official launch, and the 308 GT4 is finally getting the love it deserves from Ferrari aficionados as the company’s first production car to feature a mid-mounted, V-8 engine. Hit the play button above to watch a happy owner talk about his 1975 Dino-badged sports car in an enchanting Gear Patrol video .

It isn’t much of a secret that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a marvel of engineering and technology that continually sets the benchmark for the cars of the future to aim for. From the first turbocharged diesel engine, the first airbag, and the first car to be available with anti-lock brakes, all the way up to the new “Magic Body Control” system, the S-Class always has the latest and greatest gear available. With a new S-Class due in less than three years, the big question is what changes are coming to keep this incredible machine in the spotlight.

Recently Auto Express sat down with Jan Kaul, the head of interior design at Mercedes to discuss the upcoming S-Class. The amount of information they gathered is pretty staggering considering the general level of secrecy that surrounds a new model like the S-Class. From the possibility of using 3D printing for interior structures to the use of gestures to control interior functions there is a lot of cool technology coming to the next S-Class.

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes S-Class

Source: Auto Express

Land Rover has always stood for adventure and exploration of the most remote places on earth. Now Land Rover is raising the bar higher — much, much higher — with a chance to win an adventure into space. Together as a partner with Virgin Galactic, Land Rover is hosting a contest to find the most adventurous person and three of his or her friends.

The lucky contest winner and the three friends will have seats aboard the space ship Virgin Galactic, the crown jewel of the free-enterprise space program ran by Sir Richard Branson.

To enter, contestants must create a 30 second video showing how they embody the spirit of adventure and what it means to them. Rock climbing, camping, midnight drives, are all on the list of examples. Once completed, the video gets uploaded online and a short explanation of why you’re a good choice for a space adventure must be posted to your Facebook page.

All this is to help Land Rover celebrate its all-new 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport . The new SUV combines the sportiness and silky lines of the Range Rover Evoque with the ruggedness of a Land Rover Discovery.

If you’re looking to enter, you’ve got just over 50 days before the contest closes. So hop to it, adventure lovers!

Click past the jump to read more about the new Land Rover Discovery Sport.

Source: Land Rover

It seems like video games are fast becoming the premier way for automakers to launch new and exclusive models in today’s tech-addled era. We have seen the McLaren P1 headline Forza Motorsports 5 , the new Lamborghini Huracán is the king of the upcoming Forza Horizon 2, and now it looks like Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Sony to jump into the game.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is the upcoming replacement for the bonkers SLS supercar , and it is set to be formally announced next week on September 9th. Now Mercedes has come out and announced that after the car launches it will be available first in the new game DRIVECLUB from Sony Entertainment Europe.

The game is set to launch on October 8th, and for the first week of availability the new AMG GT will be a free download. There is no word on how much the cost for the new GT will be after the first week promotion is over.

If you want even more AMG fun in your video game life, DRIVECLUB comes with five other cars from the Mercedes stable; A45 AMG , CLA 45 AMG, C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, SL65 AMG and the father of the new GT, the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series .

If you want to play in this automotive party, you have just over a month to get your shiny new Playstation 4 to play it on.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-AMG GT.

The BMW i8 is the first sports car to come from Munich in a very long time. But is the hybrid a true sports car ? According to its output and performance figures, as well as its 3,200-pound curb weight, it is. It’s actually lighter than the Porsche 911 , the benchmark of all sports cars, but how does this German machine stack against its Stuttgart-built rival in a straight line? Well, that’s what the folks over at Evo wanted to find out by pitting the i8 and the 911 Carrera S against each other on an airfield.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the i8 weighs in at around 3,200 pounds and benefits from 357 hybrid horses and 420 pound-feet of torque, which travel to all four wheels. The Porsche, on the other hand, sits better on the horsepower front with 430 ponies, but it has deficiency of 100 pound-feet of torque when compared to the Bimmer. It’s also slightly heavier and has a rear-wheel-drive configuration. Sounds like a close call, and indeed it is. The winner is only 0.3 seconds faster in the quarter-mile and 0.8 seconds quicker in the standing-kilometer run.

We won’t spoil the outcome, so you just head above and hit the play button for a full-throttle, straight-line comparison.

So apparently, the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise has already begun filming its fifth installment. I didn’t even know there was a fifth movie, not after that bomb of a fourth film whose only redeeming quality was seeing the BMW VisionEfficient Dynamics get some well-deserved camera time. But amateur video has popped up of "M:I 5" and once again, BMW is front and center.

This time around, it’s the new M3 Sedan that’s getting treated to a whole lot of stunt driving smack in the middle of the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. If you love the M3 Sedan, this is a painful video to watch, as it looks like the car’s getting hammered down a steep flight of steps.

On the flip side, appearing in a movie like "Mission: Impossible 5" is a great way for the M3 Sedan to get some mainstream publicity. The VisionEfficient Dynamics benefited from its time in front of the camera and now proudly calls itself the BMW i8 .

Hopefully, the M3 Sedan doesn’t suffer the same fate as so many other “movie” cars have in the past. I still have weird nightmares about what Michael Bay did to all those exotics in the "Transformers" franchise.

The second-generation Volvo XC90 came with a bang in August 2014. Redesigned from the ground up, the SUV ditched the first-gen’s dated image for a stunning, new exterior looks and an ultra-luxurious interior that are about to spread across the company’s entire lineup. And it seems a few Volvo products will shift to brand-new nameplates in the process, if we are to believe a report coming from Dutch paper De Telegraaf.

Specifically, Volvo is has decided that the next-generation S80 sedan , V70 wagon and XC70 crossover need not just makeovers, but new names too. And all three will be launched within the 90-Series family. The range-topping sedan will switch to S90, the station wagon will become the V90, while the XC70 will be renamed V90 Cross Country. The motivation behind this decision is that all three vehicles will grow bigger and include even more luxury amenities, De Telegraaf adds.

Also in the mix, per reports, is an entry-level 40-Series lineup and a mid-range 60-Series line. Within these series will be S sedans, V wagons and XC SUVs. There is also the chance for slightly heavier-duty Cross Country versions of the V40 and V60 wagons.

There’s no official information when these new vehicles will arrive, but rumor has it the S90 is scheduled to debut in late 2015. The sedan will reportedly be followed by a coupe version and long-wheelbase S90 L for the Chinese market. Volvo will launch new-generation models of its entire lineup by 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo XC90

Source: Telegraaf

It seems Lexus is preparing a new GS F sedan for production in the 2016 model year. Reports confirm the performance sedan will be powered by an upgraded, 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the upcoming RC F coupe . The GS F will also get an eight-speed automatic from ZF, along with a Torsen rear differential as standard equipment.

We can expect the GS F’s V-8 to pump out roughly 506 horsepower and just under 400 pound-feet of torque. That should put the four-door sedan in the mid four-second range to 60 mph and at a top speed exceeding 170 mph.

Holding everything together will be a lengthened version of the RC’s chassis. A multi-link, electronic suspension with separate drive modes is also expected. The new GS F will borrow some of the RC F’s styling cues, including that massive Lexus Spindle Grille. Expect the GS F to cost around $130,000 when it hits the market.

What’s more, Lexus is apparently working on a four-door version of the RC F. If that’s the case, it will surely ride on the same lengthened platform as the GS F and share much of its underpinnings. It may be a case of slight size and styling differences being the only separators. AutoCar is reporting the four-door RC F is likely to bow "sometime in 2016" as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F and RC F.

Source: AutoCar

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