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Peugeot 308 R Concept

On the heels of making its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Peugeot’s fantastic 308 R Concept appears to be set to lose its designation as just a concept, an exciting development that could lead to a production version for the sports hatchback.

Talking to Top Gear UK, Peugeot’s managing director, Maxime Picat, laid out part of the French automaker’s production plans in the future and apparently, that includes what he described as "specific high-line versions" of its vehicle lineup.

Then Picat dropped the tidbit that should ring music to the ears of Peugeot lovers everywhere.

"There is room for a 308 R that uses the same engine as the concept car at Frankfurt."

And "boom!" goes the dynamite.

It’s still a little short of an emphatic confirmation, but it does give a lot of people clamoring for the 308 R Concept’s production future hope that such a scenario would bear fruit sooner than later.

"The potential 308 R will be developed by Peugeot Sport to use sport technologies," Picat added.

Needless to say, we, just like a whole lot of other people, are getting excited about the prospect of seeing a production model for the 308 R Concept. Here’s to hoping that Picat’s endorsement of the car is more than just lip service.

Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 308 R Concept

Source: Top Gear UK

In what could amount to be disappointing news for BMW fans, the German automaker has confirmed that there will be no cross-breeding between its M performance division and the newly launched i-brand.

All the rumors were effectively put to bed at the recent unveiling of the i8 hybrid supercar after BMW Group’s head of technology communications Cypselus von Frakenberg told CarAdvice at the Frankfurt Auto Show that the i8 and i3 will not have an M version now or in the future.

“It is separate – M and i,” von Frakenberg said. “It’s two different sub-brands, but there will be no ‘M’ i-car in the future. One of the biggest stumbling blocks on building an M version of an i-car is the completely different engines both cars use on respective models. The M models come with combustion engines while the i-cars run on electric drive. It would be a difficult proposition to pull off and one that BMW believes isn’t necessary given how the company appears set on promoting the "i" line as a separate brand that will complement the M division and the core BMW line.

von Frakenberg’s sentiments was echoed by another BMW exec — Carsten Pries, head of product management for the M Division — who said that both sub-brands have different strategic focuses and that combining them into one model could compromise what both are trying to establish individually.

“BMW ‘i’ obviously has a different strategic focus, very much targeting into the area of sustainability,” Pries said, before adding, “It’s two different operations, there’s no fluctuation from BMW M to BMW i or any big transfers going the other way."

So, it looks like our speculation on a possible i3 M will remain just speculation, for now. This could still change in the future, as we have become rather accustomed to automakers changing their minds and the drop of a hat.

Click past the jump to read about the newly-launched BMW i8

Source: CarAdvice
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Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Up to this point, Audi has unveiled two Quattro concepts: one at the 2010 Paris Auto Show and one the other day at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . Both were great vehicles, but now Audi needs to decided which of the two will make it to production.

In an interview with AutoExpress, Wolfgang Egger, head of Audi design, said: "With every design concept we do we are thinking about everything becoming reality. We have done one (designed for MQB platform) and now we have done the other (on larger MLB platform) so now we need to make a decision."

But, no matter what concept makes it to production, the new Sport Quattro Concept will influence future Audi models. It reveals how the C-pillar, the blisters and the front will look in the future.

We don’t know about you, but we will not complain regardless of which version makes it to production.

Click past the jump to read more about the two Quattro Concepts.

Source: AutoExpress

What can you really get for $6.99 these days? You may be able to snag up a burger and fries from your favorite fast food joint, or maybe you can pump a few drops of gas into your tank. Well, you may want to think about parking the car or cooking up some ramen noodles today because 2K Drive has officially hit the App store at the cool price of $6.99. No, that’s not per month or per year; that is for a lifetime of edge-or-your-seat racing on your iPhone or iPad .

2K Drive is not some crummy, rushed-to-production iOS game either, as 2K Games — best known for its 2K Sports franchise that includes MLB 2K13 and NBA 2K13 — went to great lengths to make it as realistic as possible. The game includes tons of real-life cars, over 100 unique events, more than 25 real tracks and RaceFace, which allows you to snap a pic of your smiling mug and upload it onto the game.

Not only do you get real licensed cars, but you also get a crack at loading them up with as many aftermarket parts and accessories as you can. You want a 300-plus-horsepower Ford Focus ? You can have it, as long as you earn enough credit to buy the latest and greatest performance parts. You also have to repair physical and mechanical damage, just like in real life, or suffer the consequences of decreased performance.

2K Games also knows that you want to stay up to date with all of the latest automotive news while racing your virtual rig, so it includes live news about all of the latest happenings in the automotive world. Just don’t forget about us here at TopSpeed...

So, head on over to the App store and shell out your $6.99 and get to racing. Until then, you can check out the official launch trailer and more videos on the game after the jump.

Bugatti 16 C Galibier

The "on-again, off-again" state of the Bugatti Galibier has changed more times in recent years than Taylor Swift’s relationship status on Facebook.

It’s a pity because the Galibier was actually a pretty tantalizing super sedan that complemented the more performance-oriented Veyron supercar nicely.

But after years of waffling on its future, Bugatti’s current CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer may have finally put the final nail on the Galibier’s coffin.

Speaking to Motor Trend, Dürheimer bared his thoughts on the future of the Galibier and apparently, the super sedan doesn’t have much of a future anymore, at least as far as a production model is concerned. The new Bugatti CEO, who was actually the engineering brains behind the Veyron, expressed concern regarding the company’s capability in supporting two expensive models. The business case to handle two expensive models doesn’t add up given Bugatti’s current setup, and with the Veyron expected to receive a long-overdue replacement, something had to be sacrificed.

And that something appears to be the Galibier.

We don’t like it any more than a lot of people do, but you know what they say, "business is business".

Click past the jump to read about the Bugatti Galibier

Source: Motor Trend

It’s hard to believe that McLaren has already built 3,000 examples of its MP4-12C supercar, especially when you consider that the exotic has only been around in the past few years.

But the 12C’s popularity is unmistakable and undeniable, and in time for its 50th anniversary celebration, the British automaker built the 3,000th 12C supercar .

The 3,000th car is actually a Volcano Yellow 12C Spider , which was paraded around the company headquarters by McLaren Mercedes F1 driver Sergio Perez. It’s a tremendous achievement for such a young model, but it also proves that in the 50 years since Bruce McLaren first incorporated Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited on September 2, 1963, the company has risen to heights that very few of its contemporaries can brag about.

It’s been a pillar of Formula One since 1966, having won 182 races together with 43 wins in the North American CanAm series, three Indy 500 championships, and a 24 Hours of Le Mans win on its first attempt in 1995.

Since 1993, McLaren has also been credited with building some of the fastest and most powerful road cars in the world. Beginning with the F1, all the way to the MP4-12C, and the P1, the British company has become one of the standard bearers in the supercar market.

Not too shabby for a brand that’s younger than most of its competitors.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C

Nissan GT-R

As universally respected as the Nissan GT-R is, it’s hard to believe that Godzilla is already six years old. That may not be old in monster talk, but in the auto industry, that’s the equivalent of mid-life-crisis time.

So yeah, the current-generation Nissan GT-R is ready for a new generation and for so long, people have been clamoring for the next-generation model. Well, according to a Nissan representative who spoke to Motor Trend, the next-generation GT-R is coming, and its coming in 2016.

This is the first time that somebody from Nissan has provided details on the future of its supercar model, or specifically, the future model that will usher in a new era of GT-R supremacy.

Details about the next-generation model have yet to be disclosed but activity in the Nissan camp over the past couple of days could potentially point to a GT-R that will come with a hybrid package. It’s a rumor that gained some steam in the past week after it was reported that Nissan had trademarked an "R-Hybrid" badge .

That could be the first step in a long list of developments and new technology that the next-generation GT-R could come in. With competitors all around developing new and exciting supercars of their own — Acura and Honda are in the final preparations for the production model of their respective NSX supercars — it was high time for a new generation for the aging GT-R

And so, 2016 it apparently is.

Click past the jump to read about what we can at least expect for the 2015 GT-R, specifically plans to develop a NISMO-tuned GT-R

Source: Motor Trend
Gumpert Apollo Enraged

When Gumpert was financially healthy, it produced some of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. At one point, the Apollo even staked its claim as the fastest production car on the planet.

But all that seems like a distant memory now that the German automaker is in serious trouble again. It’s gotten so bad that, according to German news source T-online, Gumpert has once again gone under.

The sad part is that this isn’t Gumpert’s first dance with insolvency in the past year. In fact, a year ago, the company’s financial turmoil forced it to declare for insolvency. It seemed that the company was slowly getting its act together after the company announced that a new investor had come into the picture and that the company was set to launch an expanded product range in the future.

Those proclamations ended up being lip service now that the company has filed for insolvency again. We gotta say, it’s not looking really good for Gumpert these days and unless it can find more money to finance its operations, we might be looking at the end of one of the most potent builders of supercars we’ve seen in recent history.

It’s a shame, but that’s the state of the industry these days. You build cars worth millions with a limited supply and when the demand isn’t there, then you’re in trouble. It worked for Gumpert for a while, but it looks like its doomed formula finally caught up to it.

Click past the jump to read about Gumpert Apollo Enraged, a souped up version of the once revered "Bugatti Killer"

Source: T-Online
F1 license plate bought for $880.000

In addition to owning one of the most recognized aftermarket companies in the world in Kahn Design, businessman Afzal Kahn also has a pretty fabulous collection of exotics to call his own.

Recently, though, Kahn made headlines, not because of any new supercar purchase or a new program for the multitude of vehicles that go through Kahn Design. Instead, he’s in the news because he apparently turned down a $9.4 million offer to buy his “F1”numbered license plate, which was first registered to a Panhard Levassor — a 15-horsepower, four-door car — in 1904.

Remove yourselves from the ridiculousness of buying a license plate for almost $10 million and you’ll probably realize that the “F1” plates aren’t your typical plates to begin with. For one, the Daily Mail reports that it’s been in circulation for 109 years, far longer than most automakers in existence today!

Second, it really does cost a figurative trip to the moon. Back in 2008, Kahn purchased the plates for a staggering$880,000 , a figure that a lot of people scoffed at when he made the purchase five years ago at a charity auction.

Well, look who’s scoffing now.

Kahn, of course, turned down the staggering offer, opting to keep the license plates to himself because he believed it’s worth a lot more than the offered amount, plus he’s known as quite the Formula One racing fane. How much more? Who knows, really, but the fact that he wouldn’t even entertain the idea of splitting with the plate number goes to show how valuable he thinks they are. And for good reason, too, because according to a spokesman for Kahn Design, “the interest on this plate is enormous, yet Kahn’s willing to wait for an even bigger offer that will undoubtedly come moving forward.

Click past the jump to read about one of Kahn Design’s most recent programs

Source: Daily Mail
Bugatti SuperVeyron

It was fun while it lasted, but now all the gossip and whispers are about to come to a stop.

The long-rumored, and we can imagine, often-fantasized Bugatti SuperVeyron will not happen. Not now. Not tomorrow. Not in the distant future.

(*Cue the sighs of disappointment)

The official word finally came out of the mouth of Bugatti president Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, who spoke with Autoblog at Pebble Beach last weekend and unloaded the bombshell on the industry.

The news was disappointing, although something that wasn’t all that surprising considering the nature of the industry and the economy these days. Besides, the Veyron is still alive and kicking, as evidenced by the recent unveiling of the Jean-Pierre Wimille Edition at the same event over the weekend.

it would’ve been nice, though, to see a 1,600-horsepower Veyron out on the road, one that would have little problem establishing itself as the fastest and most powerful production car on the planet. But alas, it won’t happen so all’s left is to wonder what might have been.

Then again, Dr. Schreiber did say that a replacement for the Veyron is already in the works once the beloved Bugatti rides off into the sunset. We’re not sure if that one’s going to pack close to the 1,600 horsepower the SuperVeyron was rumored to have, but it did give us reason to hope.

Click past the jump to read about the since shot-down Bugatti SuperVeyron

Source: Autoblog

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