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The current-generation Honda Civic is enjoying great success in the United States, where it is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles, which are powered by gasoline, natural gas, or even a hybrid powertrain. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the hatchback version of the Civic, which Honda has yet to bring Stateside, just had its cool factor enhanced by means of a menacing special-edition model.

Dubbed Black Edition and wrapped in a triple black exterior that would make a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner burst with anger, the new addition to Honda’s U.K. lineup is restricted to Great Britain, where it joins similar special-edition versions of the CR-V crossover and the Jazz hatchback (sold as Fit in the United States). Suddenly, it seems like the United Kingdom is a great place to be if you’re a Honda enthusiast.

But before we start feeling sorry for not getting it in the United States, let’s have a closer look and find out what the Civic Black Edition is all about.

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The BMW X6 already gets rave reviews from me. But like every other car in the world, there’s always room for improvement. Fortunately, noted BMW tuner Lumma Design is more than willing to step in and provide it. The company’s new X6 program is called the CLR X 6 R . By the looks of it, Lumma Design just hit another home run.

It’s a comprehensive program that really shapes the X6 into an even more imposing road presence. Lumma accomplished that by installing a ridiculous new body kit that further highlights the muscular qualities of the sporty SUV. This is the kind of vehicle conversion that has made Lumma Design into one of the most well-respected BMW tuners in the world.

Far be it for the tuning firm to limit its work on aerodynamic upgrades, Lumma Design also has an incredible engine upgrade for the X6. I’m not just talking about some middling boost either. I’m talking about a significant increase in output that puts the X6 in the neighborghood of supercars. Yep. Supercars .

Before I start trembling in excitement and lose all my words, I’d also like to point out that Lumma Design has some big plans for its CLR X 6 R program. It’s currently scheduled to appear at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and we know that only the very best programs show up there.

That’s really all you need to know about Lumma Design’s latest masterpiece.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X6 CLR X 6 R By Lumma Design.

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Toyota , a known force to be reckoned with in the alternative-fuel automotive world, is releasing its zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, aptly named the FCV, in the summer of 2015. Limited to California initially, Toyota asserts an impressive 310-mile range. Also, the company has announced a partnership with FirstElement Fuels, to make refilling more convenient, with 19 new hydrogen refueling stations coming to the California area. Expect 100 stations in a decade’s time. Also, Toyota claims that re-filling will only take five minutes; significantly quicker than a recharge in a Tesla or Nissan leaf , also zero-emission vehicles.

Out here in California, the newest fad is always in the spotlight, and this new FCV should certainly turn a few heads and make people take notice. Also, being a zero-emission vehicle, it will be eligible for Carpool Lane access. And, hey, anything to shave a few minutes off an LA commute is invaluable. Take it from this Los Angeleno.

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Launched for 2005, the Tucson compact crossover was Hyundai’s answer to the Toyota RAV4 , Honda CR-V , and the Ford Escape . The Tucson did surprisingly well its first year, selling over 60,000 units in the U.S. alone. The small crossover slotted under Hyundai’s larger Santa Fe and Veracruz crossovers. Sharing its platform with the Elantra sedan and Kia Sportage crossover, the Tucson proved to be a decent vehicle for moving people and their stuff. Hyundai launched the Tucson’s second generation for 2010 that included a more stylized look and more efficient engines. The 2015 Tucson is part of Hyundai’s latest experiment with hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new hydrogen system totally replaces the Tucson’s gasoline engine with a power system that runs only on hydrogen, and only emits water vapor and heat as an exhaust.

While the 2015 Tucson isn’t Hyundai’s first attempt at hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it’s Hyundai’s first successful attempt. The Korean automaker is currently leasing Tucson FCV in select areas of California, including Los Angeles. For $2,999 down and $499 a month, owners can drive their Tucson FCV without the cost of refueling, as Hyundai is including free hydrogen fill-ups at its ‘At Your Service’ maintenance centers.

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The Mazda RX-7 was introduced in 1978 as replacement for the Savanna RX-7. The sports car joined the company’s lineup as the second vehicle to feature a Wankel rotary engine, being sold alongside the Cosmo luxury coupe. Initially powered by a 1.1-liter unit, the first-generation RX-7 received a larger, 1.3-liter engine rated at 133 horsepower later in its life. In 1983, two years before the second-gen model was introduced, a turbo version of the 1.1-liter delivered as much as 163 ponies. A redesigned model followed in 1986. The 1.1-liter engine was dropped, while the 1.3-liter version received a turbocharger of its own. Power ranged between 146 and 202 horsepower, although the latter was only offered between 1989 and 1991. 1992 marked the introduction of the third-generation model and a hefty update to the already proven 13B rotary engine. Output now began from 252 horsepower and went up to 276 in the third-generation’s final years. The RX-7 was axed in 2002, as Mazda was working on the RX-8. As we move into 2015 and toward a completely redesigned Miata MX-5 , more and more rumors about Mazda’s plans to revive the RX-7 nameplate as a successor to the RX-8 and develop a new, high-performance rotary engine are starting to surface.

Note: Mazda RX-8 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Mazda RX-7.

Source: Motoring

DMC has this way of building up its supercar programs. It teases you with renderings, drops a few hints along the way, and when you least expect it, leaks even more details about it. The company’s first program for the Lamborghini Huracan , called the "Affari," fits into the company’s proverbial slow play.

We first saw renderings of the Affari program back in December 2013. Since then, it’s been kept largely in the shadows and it wasn’t until July 10, 2014 that DMC finally gave us more details of its first aftermarket foray of the new Lamborghini.

DMC’s reputation as a premier Lamborghini tuner was once again in full effect with its Affari program for the Huracan. The German tuner wasted little time bringing a new level of customization to the supercar , giving it a significant aerodynamic upgrade that’s perfectly suited for the Huracan’s new-world aggressiveness.

For now, details only revolve around the handful of aerodynamic components that were slapped on the Huracan. DMC still has plans to develop a performance upgrade for the Affari program, but those are being kept on ice for the time being.

Since this is DMC we’re talking about, we have a certain level of expectation on what this engine tune will deliver. The tuner has given us every reason to hope for the best, so we’re not sweating on the possibilities of the Affari program being all its hyped up to be.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Huracan "Affari" By DMC.

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The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well. Just refreshed for the 2015 model year, the model enjoys subtle styling upgrades to mimic the freshest BMW designs. Also, a new four-cylinder diesel joins the lineup. However, expect a full redesign for the 2017 model year. This redesign will entail upgraded power, a new modular design which should improve interior space and comfort, and the latest BMW technology. A plug-in hybrid is even in the works.The most exciting news, however, is the announcement that the X5 M and X6 M have a little brother on the way.

While the current 2015 X3 easily meets most peoples’ needs, expect the 2017 version to go above and beyond. According to the German publication Autobild, BMW wants to make sure that they cover all possible ground with the redesign, so in addition to the current, versatile model lineup now, look for an M-Performance model likely dubbed the X3M40i, with a 3.0-liter inline six producing upwards of 340 horsepower.

Do not confuse this with an official M car—but don’t worry; sources hint at an all-out X3 M likely due sometime after that, sharing the new screamer-of-a-mill S55 engine, good for at least the 425 horsepower it currently provides in the new M3 and M4. We speculate upwards of 450ponies for the 2017 X3. Expect a 15-horsepower increase in both of the the non-M gasoline models.

Note: Current BMW X3 pictured here.

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Source: Autobild

Callaway has been making production cars faster since the 1970s with a special focus on Corvettes . The company’s latest beast is this 2014 C7 Stingray SC627 modified with a supercharger and an innovative intercooler setup for maximum thermal efficiency. Jumping right to the good stuff, the supercharger pushes the 6.2-liter, small block V-8 to 627 horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. What’s more, those numbers are SAE certified. In comparison with the stock LT1 V-8, the SC627 Vette makes 167 more horsepower and 145 more pound-feet of torque.

Callaway does this by not only throwing a supercharger in the LT1’s vee, but also by keeping temperatures in check. The system uses three liquid-to-air intercoolers and a totally revised air intake system help keep things cool under heavy throttle. Callaway’s supercharger also extends past the hood, allowing for generous airflow over its top. Not to mention its size wouldn’t fit under the stock C7 hood.

The 2.3-liter supercharger has a high helix angle in a four-lobe rotor pack for compressing incoming air. A new long-runner manifold helps increase the LT1’s mid-range torque. This helps the engine make an impressive 500 pound-feet of toque at only 2,200 rpm. Its full torque peak of 610 pound-feet happens at 4,400 rpm, well within the engine’s usable rev range. For the full 627 ponies, the LT1 needs to rev to 6,400 rpm. If you’re keeping score, that’s only 23 horsepower and 40 pound-feet less than the upcoming Corvette Z06 .

Performance comes at a price, though, and the Callaway’s supercharger package starts at $22,995 – not including the cost of the stock C7 Stingray .

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette SC627 By Callaway Cars.

Sometime in the future, there will be a place in the world for a hydrogen-powered race car. You can even argue that such a time is upon us. But even that is probably getting a little ahead of ourselves. Then, there’s Radical Sportscars , which is known more for its raunchy band of sports racers. But hydrogen race cars ? Not so much. Or at least, not until now.

This is a Radical RXC , except that it isn’t just that. It’s actually a hydrogen-powered RXC. It still sounds a little too foreign for some people, but the truth is that hydrogen does have a future in the auto industry as an alternative energy source.

But Radical isn’t settling for that. It has a much bigger goal; one of which is to create a one-make racing series that will exclusively feature hydrogen-powered race cars.

Together with Cranfield University’s Advanced Motorsport Engineering postgraduate program, Radical set out to determine the viability of a low-cost, hydrogen-fueled racing prototype while using the RXC as its own guinea pig.

Click past the jump to read more about the Radical RXC Hydrogen Powered.

Source: Jalopnik

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