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It’s the face-to-face battle we’ve all been waiting for. This one, though, is a little bit different. A lot different, actually. We’ve seen supercars line up side by side before. That’s old news. What we haven’t seen is a sports saloon take on a race track with a particular corner that the car gets its name from. Ladies and gentlemen, in the red corner we have the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. In the blue corner, we have the Spa-Francorchamps featuring the legendary Eau Rouge turn.

At some point, we all knew this would happen. The Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge won’t be able to earn its name without taking on the famous section of the race track. Fortunately, Infiniti , with some help from Red Bull, made it happen, turning the event into a short feature film called “Chasing The Edge”.

Infiniti’s Director of Performance and four-time Formula One World Drivers’ Champion Sebastian Vettel took the enviable task of running the Q50 Eau Rouge around the track as part of a social media-driven race against U.S. driver Parker Kligerman and Nine-Ball World Champion snooker player Pan Xiaoting of China.

Watch the video and find out what happened when the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge finally met its namesake.

This is certainly not the first time we’re seeing the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class wandering the streets, but it is the camo-covered GLK’s first time captured cruising with its production-ready headlights and taillights, not to mention the uncovered grille for all to see.

Before now, the GLK had been sporting makeshift projector-beam headlights, and had its grille covered in swirly camo and wire mesh. Even its taillights looked to be of the JC Whitney variety.

Now with the production units in place, the GLK’s looks are coming together. Its new headlights appear to be HID units with a strip of LED lighting running along the bottom edge. In the close-up shot, a cutout for what will likely be a fog light sits just below the headlight, visible just forward of the front tire.

Out back, the taillights appear to be similar to those found on the upcoming C-Class Wagon. Horizontal bars help add width to the rather upright crossover and the detailing will add a level of posh.

We can expect to see the new GLK hit showrooms for the 2015 model year with a variety of powerplants and trim levels. Its starting price should remain in the $38,000 ballpark.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes GLK.

Former Nissan senior executive Andy Palmer proposed buying a stake in Aston Martin when he was still with the Japanese automaker. A report from Reuters indicated that before Palmer takes the reigns as CEO of Aston Martin later this month, he was in the ear of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn about investing in the British company.

Nissan ultimately turned down Palmer’s proposal, sources told Reuters.

Palmer’s move to Aston Martin comes after he successfully brokered an alliance between the company’s luxury brand Infiniti and Daimler, which, incidentally has a five-percent stake in Aston Martin. This automotive merry-go-round is a tad bit confusing, but it’ll make sense if recent reports of Daimler buying out Aston Martin come to fruition.

Aston Martin’s one of the last luxury car brands to not have a parent auto group. That’s kept the company out of important funding that it otherwise could have used to stay competitive in a market that’s becoming more saturated as rival brands, like Fiat-owned Maserati , continue expanding their lineups.

In its current state, Aston Martin is continuously losing money and needs new investors. Having Palmer run the show could serve as a precursor to Daimler taking full control of the company and injecting funds needed to steer it back in the right direction.

It all fits if you think about it.

As far as Nissan is concerned, only time will tell if its decision to pass on buying shares in Aston Martin bites them in the rear.

Source: Reuters

Chris Harris has done it again. He has found the ultimate classic car to test drive that makes us drool. This time around, Harris gets some time behind the wheel of the Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France . No, this isn’t some pace car used to lead segments of the famed bicycle race. Rather, this classic racer was once a long-distance race car that tackled asphalt and dirt roads with authority in the Tour de France Automobile.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter, 12-cylinder engine that produced 240 horsepower in its racing days, but closer to 270 horses after modern modifications were made. That isn’t much power by today’s standards, but back in the 1950s, when this car did its racing, that was a ton of power.

Also unimpressive by today’s standards is this car’s 165-mph top speed. But picture hitting this top speed on a dirt road with 1950’s tires and four-wheel drum brakes, and you can see why only a brave few could actually pilot this rig.

The blue beauty in this video is set to head to auction soon, but the current owner was kind enough to allow Harris to pilot it. And as always, he delivers to us a great review with plenty of classic 12-pot noise to satisfy the ears. Is it simply spectacular to hear that small-displacement 12-cylinder hum along.

Chevrolet has launched its online configurator for the all-new 2015 Colorado. General Motor’s newest truck, along with its GMC twin, head up the long-awaited return of midsize trucks to the U.S. market. Fans and potential buyers can now spend time building their Colorado of choice just they way they like it, including two cab sizes, two bed lengths, two engine options, four trim packages, and either two- or four-wheel-drive.

While the GMC Canyon’s online configurator is noticeably absent as of 9/4/2014, the Colorado’s configurator makes easy work of building the right truck . For example, if frequent towing is part of the plan, then choosing the 3.6-liter V-6, locking rear differential, and Z82 trailering package would be a good choice. For those looking to save on gas, the extended cab Colorado can also be had with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder and six-speed manual transmission.

Pricing for the Colorado starts at $20,995 and can rise past $40,000 for a crew cab, long bed Z71 with four-wheel-drive and nearly every available option tacked on. Those options include everything from cargo bed accessories, side steps, and tonneau covers to navigation, leather seating, and even a first aid kit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado’s configurator.

Source: Chevrolet

At last, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is finally here to put an end to years of speculation over its new design. Sure, details surrounding its engine and the amenities it will come with are still under wraps, but that didn’t stop us from having an argument about what impact will the 2016 Miata have on the sports car market once it hits showrooms. While most of us agree the Miata is a rather unique vehicle, we do know the Japanese roadster faces stiff competition from larger and sometime more powerful convertibles .

Of course, if you’re a Miata enthusiast, then it’s likely you’re not even considering what other manufacturers have to offer. But it’s not that of a bad idea to know how the fourth-generation MX-5 stacks up against its main competitors, which mostly come from either Japan or Germany. So what nameplates should fear the new Miata’s arrival in late 2015? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and its competitors

Remember the pair of Nissan IDx concepts we saw at the Tokyo Motor Show back in November 2013? It’s hard to forget those two considering how funky their designs were. Heck, the IDx Nismo concept even had a lower bumper that looked like a tongue sticking out.

It seemed that Nissan decided to develop those concepts because it just wanted to, but it looks as if the company actually had good reason to build those two wonky coupes . Believe it or not, Nissan actually has plans to produce a sports car based on the concepts.

Motoring Australia reports that Nissan is planning to unveil a production version of the IDx with plans of pitting it against the Toyota GT 86 . Sources also told Motoring that the production IDx will look nothing like the two prototypes, which may or may not be a good idea, depending on how you feel about the IDx Nismo and Freeflow concepts.

Details are still vague at this point, but Nissan designers are reportedly tinkering with a sportier and more aggressive design that can stare down the GT 86 and by extension, the Subaru BRZ .

Word also has it that Nissan is leaning toward dropping a 2.0-liter engine in the production version of the IDx, which will feature output levels of up to 181 horsepower. Sure, that’s not going to be enough to beat out the GT 86’s 200-horsepower output, but if Nissan nails the design of this cars, that might not even matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan iDX Concepts

It’s amazing the lengths automakers go to protect the secrecy of upcoming vehicles, especially high-profile ones. Camouflage coverings, remote testing facilities, and code names all contribute to the mystery. All that goes out the window if something slips, and in the case of the upcoming Shelby Mustang GT350 , something rather big slipped.

We now have strong evidence the GT350 will come powered by a naturally aspirated, 5.2-liter V-8. The news comes surprisingly from Ford itself, as a parts list containing replacement brake equipment and their coordinating engine displacements found its way onto a Mustang forum.

Rumors say the upcoming Shelby engine (regardless of its displacement) is codenamed ‘Voodoo. ’ It’s also said it will utilize a flat-plane crankshaft rather than a cross-plane unit. In a nutshell, that means engine has a specific firing order that helps make it more free revving.

Unfortunately for us, the leak lacks other juicy information like horsepower and torque numbers, so we’ll have to wait on that. Pure speculation on our part puts the GT350 making somewhere around 525 horsepower, a respectable jump from the base Mustang GT’s 435 horsepower.

We can expect the Shelby Mustang GT350 to make its official debut in the latter part of 2015 in preparation for the 2016 model year. Expect pricing to start around the $50,000 mark.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350.

Source: Autoguide

Well that was a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed it. It was filled with lots of Miata talk so if you are a big fan of fun to drive roadsters, this may be your favorite. If you aren’t a fan of the new 4-th generation Miata, no worries. We have lots of cool stuff for you too.

We start the show with a look in our driveways for the Weekly Wheels. Mark talks about the very large Lexus GX460 and I spend some time talking about towing a horse trailer with the 2014 Toyota Tundra . Oh, you also get the chance to see a cool new Lego Mini Cooper .

For main news stories we talk about the recent sighting of the new Audi TT around the Nurburgring , a pretty blue Dodge Viper, the all-new Land Rover Discovery Sport announcement and we finish things with the upcoming Kia Optima we just spied in camo.

If you did come for the Miata, well then we have lots for you. We cover all the information we know about the machine from overall size to wheel and tire dimensions. We discuss the design, potential drivetrains, what the weight savings really means and more. We also talk about some of the fun stuff that Keith Tanner from Flyin’ Miata was able to glean from a talk with one of the chassis engineers.

After the Miata madness and the news, we move as always to the Q/A portion of the show. We spend some time discussing winter tires, why you need them, and what you should look for when buying. We also take a few minutes to answer a question about the most recognizable cars in the world.

We wrap things with an Own, Drive, Burn that sees us trying to pick the lesser of three evils; it’s a trio of family-hauling crossovers.

As always, a huge thanks goes out to everyone who listens and watches, with an extra special little thanks to our live viewers. We hope you all have a great weekend and we will see everyone next week.

Don’t forget to leave us questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for later eipsodes!

Being a Formula One world champion comes with many privileges. Take Sebastian Vettel for instance, who has won four F1 drivers’ championship with Red Bull Racing . Not only does he get to drive and help develop the newest Infiniti vehicles as the company’s Director of Performance, he also has access to some of the most exclusive motorsport events. Most recently, the German became the first driver to lap the brand-new Formula One track in Sochi, Russia.

The Sochi Autodrom course has just been completed ahead of its maiden F1 race on October 12th, 2014, and Vettel has been assigned with running the first full lap. But don’t expect to see him take on the 3.6-mile track in his Renault -powered Red Bull race car , as the German was handed an Infiniti Q50 Hybrid for that mission. A little disappointing given the track’s race-oriented purpose, but at least we get to see a 369-horsepower hybrid being put through its paces in an unusual scenario.

Sochi Autodrom will host round 16 of the 2014 Formula One season on October 12th. The Russian race will be followed by the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, hit the play button above to watch Vettel hoon the Q50 at full throttle and share his thoughts on this new race track.

Click past the jump to see the remaining 2014 Formula One schedule.


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