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Ever since the LaFerrari was unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show , Ferrari aficionados have been dreaming about a track-exclusive version of the ultra-fast hybrid. Something in the vein of the FXX , an Enzo -based race car built in 30 units between 2005 and 2007 or even the F40 LM .

It took the Italians more than a year to admit they will be building one, but they finally did it a couple of days ago , when Antonello Coletta, chief of Ferrari’s Sporting Activity Department, said LaFerrari race car with the "XX" moniker attached to its name is underway.

Those of you that were still reluctant to the news will be quite happy to find out that a prototype version of the LaFerrari XX is already being tested. And to remove any trace of doubt, we have a batch of spy shots to prove it.

The mule showed up at the Nurburgring track (where else?), wearing nothing but its carbon-fiber suit. Interestingly enough, there are no aerodynamic-enhancing parts attached to the body (yet), but the supercar is obviously fitted with lightweight polycarbonate windows, mandatory for any lightweight, race-spec vehicle.

Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari XX.

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Did you catch yesterday’s spy shots of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS ? We spotted the prototype on its way to the Nurburgring course, the place were all track-prepped Porsches feel at home, and we had a look at some of the car’s new details. Now we’re back to bring you a host of new photos with the GT3 RS taking on the famed Nordschleife. And if that makes you drool all over your keyboard, please take it to our paparazzi, because they’re the ones prowling around Nurburgring for the hottest four-wheeled machines that may show up.

Unfortunately, there are no fresh details for us to munch on, but the new pictures provide us with a better look at the prototype. We’re especially glad we can now ogle at the RS’ sexy rear end without any lens flare to bother our eyes and take notice of the bumper’s actual shape.

What’s more, the fact that the new 911 GT3 RS will have even wider tires at all four corners is much more obvious. Also, it appears that the large rear wing will undergo some minor modifications until it reaches its final production form.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche GT3 RS.

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Hey there boys and girls. It’s Thursday, and you know what that means; the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast is here! Bonus piece of news, the TopSpeed.com Podcast is now also available on iTunes. If you like the show, be sure to give us a rating or a review over there. It makes us look good, and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

New York has been a crazy-busy show this year, so we are changing things up for this week’s episode to get you guys as much news as we can.

For starters, we are skipping the Weekly Wheels segment this week and jumping straight into news. Don’t worry, it is coming back next week and we have some cool cars to discuss then, including the mighty Nissan GT-R .

Also, there is no video cast this week, but it will be back next week. I had some difficulties with the video recording equipment, and we lost about 65-percent of the video feed.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible

While we didn’t get a chance to hit all of the big news, and lots of it was breaking as we were recording, we did do our best to hit some of our favorite announcements so far like the new Golf SportWagon Concept, the Corvette Z06 Convertible and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT . We also touch on the new Camry, a Land Rover concept and much more. We even find some time to talk about the Saleen-tuned Tesla Model S .

We still found time to answer all your great questions, and the Q & A can be found just after the news. Keep those great questions coming, guys. Click "play" below or above to hear this week’s Podcast.

We hope everyone enjoyed this weeks show, and we will be returning next week with a more traditional format show, and we will also cover more NY Auto Show news. If you have a favorite new car announcement that you want to hear us talk about, hit the comments, drop us a line on Twitter or hit up our email Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

We will see you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Here it is folks, the "all-new" 2015 Dodge Charger . At first glance, I was a tad disgusted by the revisions, as they seemed rather light. But upon further examination, they began to grow on me and I noticed they were more extensive than I initially thought. Dodge changed up a ton of exterior metal, including the hood, fenders, fascias, front doors, R/T spoiler, taillights, headlights, center-mounted stop light, wheel selection, and added a few heritage colors. On the inside, I see a new seven-inch TFT gauge cluster, a new radio and touchscreens (available in 5- or 8.4-inch), a brand-new steering wheel, a bad-ass shifter, a new Dodge Performance Pages app and some new interior trimming.

The biggest change on the inside — other than more stylish aesthetics — is that Dodge Performance Pages, which is only available on the R/T model. This program, which is accessible through the 8.4-inch touchscreen, has active launch control with various RPM settings for perfect off-the-line acceleration, and performance timers and gauges, including G-force meters, engine oil, transmission oil and coolant temperatures, oil pressure, and engine performance. From the images, I can see there are two pages of gauges, and Dodge did not talk about what’s on page two. I assume this will be things like tire pressure, tire temperature and maybe brake temperature.

With the changes to the 2015 Ford Mustang and the anticipated changes in the next-gen Camaro , it looks like the muscle car realm is reaching for new heights.

Have a look after the jump to see other key changes for the 2015 Dodge Charger

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With the new, lightning-fast Porsche 911 GT3 already on the streets - actually most of them are in the workshop for an engine replacement due to fire risk — it’s only natural for us petrol heads to be anxious for a new GT3 RS version to come out of Stuttgart.

Word has it the recent 911 GT3 fire debacle may have prompted the Germans to approach a slower, but safer development process, a decision that would make sense, but it appears that didn’t stop Porsche from taking the RS out for a new test session at the Nurburgring track.

Wearing very little camouflage, the prototype reveals the RS’ new aerodynamic body tweaks, which begin from the front bumper and go all the way back to the massive wing. A closer look at the revised front fascia shows the car sports a larger lip spoiler, with two canards mounted on the sides. These are actually new on the RS, having been offered only on the RS 4.0 version in the past.

The hood and the roof have also been reshaped, as were the fenders, which have been widened to house fatter wheels and tires. Around the back, the modified bumper is barely noticeable with the huge wing in sight. The unit is only slightly taller, but its new shape suggests it will provide even more grip.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche GT3 RS.

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The first-generation Dodge Challenger was one of the quickest muscle cars you could have back in the early 1970s. The R/T model, for instance, needed just 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph and 13.7 seconds to complete the quarter mile. That was pretty quick 40 years ago.

The current Challenger can still hold its own against the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro — the only modern muscle cars around — but its 0-to-60 and quarter mile figures have improved only slightly.

However, these numbers tend to become spectacular under NHRA regulations, where superchargers, aerodynamic tweaks and drag race -spec tires can make things astoundingly fast. Racing driver Rob Goss, for exacmple, managed to take his 2009 Challenger into seven-second territory last year, setting a new quarter-mile record for the model.

More recently though, Goss improved his benchmark once again by completing the 1320 in only 7.32 seconds at 187 mph, making his DragPak-fitted Mopar the fastest modern-day Dodge Challenger out there.

The record pass was achieved during the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Muscle Car Series in the Street Outlaw Class at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida. Word has it that Goss is set to reach new heights by the end of the year.

In case you’re wondering, this specific Challenger is powered by a 404-cubic-inch, aluminum V-8 engine built by BES Racing paired with a Pro Charger F1X supercharger.

Speaking of superchargers and Challengers, did you know the 2015 Challenger is getting a "Hellcat" V-8 engine that’s expected to deliver at least 640 horsepower? More info about this spectacular mill, as well as on the facelifted Challenger, are about to become official at the New York Auto Show this week, so make sure you stick around and don’t miss any of the details.


The unfortunate and untimely death of Paul Walker put the future of the Fast & Furious franchise in tenuous position, a position that it was only able to move on from just recently. One of the biggest challenges Fast 7 experienced in the wake of Walker’s death was how it would be able to finish a movie when he still had some action scenes to shoot? It took months of discussions, but ultimately, the people behind the Fast franchise came to a decision to use not one of Walker’s brothers, but two of them.

In an announcement it made on its Facebook page, Fast 7 producers have made it known that both Cody and Caleb Walker, are set to be included in the movie to finish Paul’s action scenes. Rumors of a Walker brother stepping in to film Paul’s final scenes have been going swirling since late last year , shortly after his shocking death. At that time, it was Cody that was being talked about as being Paul’s replacement, but now it’s been announced that Cody and Caleb are going to be in the movie.

As far as what producers have in store for Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, it appears that the character won’t be killed off as previously thought of. Instead, it would be "retired" in the seventh movie.

The death of Paul Walker still leaves a bad taste in our mouth, but knowing that both his brothers will be involved in the movie franchise that defined his career is as good a sign as any to pay respects to the fallen actor.

Click past the jump to see a collection of videos on Paul Walker and to read the official statement regarding the Walker brothers’ inclusion in Fast 7

Source: Yahoo!

Things are getting pretty racy over at Ferrari , as the company has just confirmed plans to build a racetrack-only version of the LaFerrrari hypercar titled the LaFerrari XX and will see big changes with the suspension and aerodynamics setups in the production car.

The breaking news comes way of Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s head of Sporting Activity Department, at the ongoing Ferrari Racing Days in Sydney, Australia. “Now we are working on the new hypercar for the circuit, the LaFerrari XX,” Coletta admitted to Drive.com. "I hope that the new car will arrive on the circuit in January or February of next year.”

Coletta says Ferrari realizes improving the car’s power will be a difficult challenge as the car already makes an impressive 963 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque with its 6.3-liter V-12 engine and two electric motors. Though the power will increase, the biggest changes are said to be within the suspension tuning, tire choice, and aerodynamics.

“It will be completely different the handling, because it’s normal that the handling is different for the circuit and the road, says Coletta. The difference will be the slick tires, the aerodynamics, the electronics, the suspension, the shock absorbers.”

Though the rumors still fly about Ferrari reentering Le Mans , Coletta and the Italian automaker still deny any definite plans. “Now, we stay in F1 … For now Ferrari will not be in Le Mans but we will see, but it is absolutely not sure,” Drive reports Coletta saying. Catching an odd, Le Mans-style, LaFerrari racer testing is only adding fuel to these rumors.

The track-only LaFerrari XX follows in the footsteps already laid by the Enzo -based FXX and 599 XX. The car is expected to launch in 2015 for a price even larger than the production LaFerrari’s $1.8 million asking price.

Click past the jump to read about the LaFerrari EVOXX that we envisioned

Source: Drive

A few weeks ago we reported that Ford was planning a daring reenactment of the 1964 Ford Mustang convertible launch atop the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. With only a few hours left before the big 50th anniversary celebration begins, Ford lets loose the details on how it’s pulling off the stunt.

Just like in 1964, the 2015 Mustang convertible has gone under the knife, getting sliced up into pieces in order to fit within the building’s elevators. Though the first Mustang was only sectioned into three pieces, the 2015 pony car had to be sliced into six. Each section is welded to a steel tube subframe that bolts together with the other sections, holding together the entire car. Even the suspension components are held in place by the steel tubing.

Despite the car’s divided ascension of the skyscraper, the car will look showroom fresh as it sits on the observation deck for 54 hours, while the New York Auto Show happens 1,454 feet below.

This isn’t the 2015 Mustang Convertible’s first public appearance, but it certainly is grander than the lackadaisical attention it was given when it was first seen along side the Mustang coupe when it debuted December 5th.

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Last time we heard anything about the next-generation Audi Q7, the Germans were pushing the SUV back into development to rethink its design and make it less aggressive than initially planned.

Now, about two months after Audi pulled the plug on testing, a new Q7 prototype made its way onto the streets, basically confirming that the large SUV could be ready to step in and replace its dated predecessor .

There isn’t much to see with the vehicle under heavy camouflage, but the front fascia will be dominated by a large grille flanked by LED headlamps above and air intakes of considerable size below. Around the back, the whirly wrap hides Audi’s signature taillights, a revised tailgate and a new bumper.

As it has been confirmed earlier, the new Audi Q7 will ride on Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform (also slated to underpin Bentley’s upcoming SUV ), which will help the vehicle lose more than 650 pounds compared to the model it replaces, due to the use of aluminum.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi Q7.


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