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The BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and as you can expect, the German automaker is pulling out all the stops to make the car’s anniversary a memorable one. As arguably the most popular model to come out of BMW’s M division , the M5 has been lauded over the years for expertly combining all the luxury traits of BMW with the kind of spitfire performance that can go toe-to-toe with a lot of other high-powered performance sedans in the business.

The fact that the M5 has been around this long clearly shows just how popular the model has become since it first made its debut in 1984 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The company actually has a special edition 30th Anniversary Edition M5 lined up just to show how much the model has meant to a whole lot of people over the years.

On top of that, BMW also produced this cool video as another birthday present to the M5 . The tag line "30 years of sheer driving pleasure" pretty much says it all, although if you ask fans of the M5, a lot of them will probably tell you that 30 years isn’t enough to justifiably celebrate what the M5 has meant to them.

And in case you’ve forgotten, the current generation M5 is still a hellacious screamer, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph thanks to its 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of twist.

Happy 30 years, BMW M5, and here’s to more years of awesomeness down the road!

Hit the jump for a quick rundown on the M5’s history

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Earlier this year, the first production 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was auctioned off for an impressive $650,000, which were donated to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. Today, the first example of the 2015 model year Z/28 will cross the block in Palm Beach, during a Barrett-Jackson sale.

This time, all proceeds will benefit the AARP Foundation and its Drive to End Hunger campaign that raise awareness and funds to address the problem of hunger among Americans age 50 and over.

The winning bidder will take delivery of the very first 2015 Camaro Z/28 and will get to choose from the five exterior colors the muscle car is offered in: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. We anticipate seeing it go for around $165,000 when the final gavel finally falls sometime after 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Camaro Z/28 remains unchanged for 2015, which means it will be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

We are live at the auction, so stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you the selling price and photos from the Palm Beach auction as quickly as our mobile WiFi allows us — hey, it’s better that carrier pigeons...

Updated 4/14/214: The gavel has fallen on the first 2015 Camaro Z/28, and the final price was far higher than we expected: $500,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.


Everybody knows that the Nurburgring attracts automakers from all over the world with almost all of them using the track as a testing ground for their newest models. But there’s one company that rarely makes that that trip for that specific purpose, so it was pretty surprising to see Bugatti doing some test runs at the ’Ring with what can only be described as a mysterious looking Veyron .

This video of the strange Veyron was captured taking in some test laps at the famous German circuit, and from the looks of things, there’s something going on with the supercar ’s engine because the entire cover has been taken out. Clearly, Bugatti was doing some performance testing on the car, presumably making some tweaks and revisions to the engine in between these hot laps.

Could this be a new, special-edition Veyron that Bugatti has in store, or could this be a mule testing out the drivetrain of the promised second-generation Veyron?

Only time will tell, but if you ask me, this could be a special-edition Veyron that Bugatti is preparing ahead of the supercar’s exit. Besides, there’s still no timetable on when the successor is going to be launched, so in the meantime, Bugatti is probably preparing one special model to give the it the kind of exit it so richly deserves.

Click past the jump to see the spy video.


Meister Watches and Formula Drift have announced a partnership that makes the former the official timekeeper of the professional drifting competition. Considering how similar both companies are in their market base, the tie-up between the two sides can be described as a match made in urban drift heaven.

Apart from MSTR serving as the official timekeeper for Formula Drift, the partnership between the two companies also includes the production of a limited-edition watch to commemorate Formula Drift’s 10th anniversary. Turns out, when you’ve established a reputation as the premier drift competition in the world, the opportunity to partner with a watchmaker known for its urban street-wear image was too good to pass up.

The said limited-edition watch is based on MSTR’s popular Mark-2 Ambassador line. It’s specially created specifically for the occasion of Formula Drift’s 10th year anniversary so unique details like a full 316L stainless-steel case and a textured rubber band are part of its details. To add more separation to the standard Ambassador, the limited edition watch will also carry Formula Drift’s signature red and black colors to go with touches of high-performance, carbon-fiber and a signature red ring circling its race-inspired dial face.

Only 300 pieces of this timepiece will be created, each individually numbered and carrying a price of $275.00 on the MSTR website.

Here’s where it gets interesting though. You can actually win one of these 300 watches! All you have to do is follow @MSTRwatches & @FormulaD on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. From there, you’re gonna have to take a photo at any of the of the events on the Formula Drift calendar use #MSTRdrift. Tag @MSTRwatches & @FormulaD and you can be chosen as the recipient of this incredibly unique watch from MSTR.

Click past the jump to read more about the Formula Drift.

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For millions of my generation, Mario Kart was our first introduction to driving. Things have come quite a long way since the original incarnation of this wild racing franchise bowed on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992.

I was 6 years old, and I was mesmerized by the drifting, weapons and bright animation. It was a far cry from modern games, like Need for Speed, but Mario Kart was one my first steps on the road to becoming a gear head.

Nintendo is continuing the magic of my childhood with the all-new Mario Kart 8. This latest version of the crazy cart racer hits store shelves on the May 30th, 2014 and brings with it all the excitement, mayhem and characters players have come to expect.

As you can see in the video above, Nintendo has added tons of new tracks weapons and gadgets to wreak havoc on your friends with. This latest video also gives us the best look we have had yet at the return of the Rainbow Road course.

Some of the other confirmed additions for the new title include the return of motorbikes and a new buggy class of vehicle. Anti-gravity racing is a new big feature for the game as well.

The game will be available for the Nintendo Wii U system exclusively.

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge , Ford , Acura , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

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Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to unveil the brand new C63 AMG sedan and its more useful Estate (wagon) brother, it appears that the Germans are planning on expanding their high-performance C-Class lineup by adding a coupe and a convertible version.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but a new report coming from Autocar suggests that the new two-door variants are scheduled to arrive within the next two years, most likely in 2016.

Naturally, the next C63 AMG Coupe will storm the market looking for the new BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 , while the drop-top will compete against the convertible versions of the same cars.

Just like the sedan and the wagon , the new pair of C63 AMGs will be motivated by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that will deliver about 450 twin-turbocharged horses.

Design-wise, expect a more aggressive front end, a quad exhaust setup around the back, an integrated rear spoiler, flared fenders, bigger wheels and larger brakes for improved stopping power.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C63 AMG.

Source: AutoCar
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The Porsche 911 is like wine. It gets better with age. And I’m saying this because the 911 basically looks the same after half a century. It’s a successful recipe that only the Stuttgart-based company managed to master, and it’s one of the reasons why the 911 is favored by so many tuning shops.

We’re all familiar with the likes of RUF and TechArt. The former has presented its first Porsche model in 1977, while the latter has been around since the 1980s. The number of Porsche-tuning companies increased recently, with 9ff and TOPCAR among the young guns that joined the party.

9ff filed for bankruptcy last year, leaving us to miss their extreme models. Moscow’s TOPCAR, on the other hand, is still alive and kicking through their Stinger program for the 911. Although seeing one of these Russian-modified sports car on U.S. roads isn’t very likely, a Cabriolet Stinger just popped up in Florida with a "For sale" sticker on its windshield. Let’s check it out and see what we’re dealing with.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche 911 Cabriolet Stinger.

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Now here’s something you don’t see every day. A full carbon-fiber, widebody BMW M Coupe race car for sale on eBay. Built from a 2007 Z4 M Coupe by Fall-Line Motorsports, the track-ready vehicle replicates the official motor racing kit offered by BMW back in the day when the first-generation Z4 was still in production.

The factory racing package was priced at $300,000 in 2006, aimed at customer teams, and was eligible for the events like the Nurburgring 24-Hour race or the German Endurance Championship. With minor tweaks, it could even been entered into the American Le Mans Series.

The vehicle in question might be a replica, but don’t let that intimidate you, because it was developed by a team that has plenty of experience with the U.S. racing scene. In fact, the race-spec M Coupe has seen a great deal of track action before being serviced and listed for sale.

Of course, it can’t be used in any contemporary racing series, but it can provide loads of weekend fun on any of the tracks across the United States.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW M Coupe.

Source: eBay
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Happy Thursday, everyone! It is time once again for your favorite automotive-centric internet radio show: the TopSpeed.com Podcast. This week Justin and Mark join me for another full show full of hijinks, burning petrol and the occasional silliness.

The Weekly Wheels segment features the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid , the Mitsubishi Outlander and a special appearance from a classic Porsche .

Volkswagen Golf GTI Club Sport

Our news stories cover the prospect of a new GTI Club Sport , the upcoming 2015 Dodge Charger and a potential successor to the Mitsubishi 3000GT . Mark covers the 5 best pickups under $30k , and then we celebrate the coming of spring with talk of the M4 Convertible .

Thanks to you guys, we had a big Q&A segment that included our picks for worst car names ever, what cars we wish would hit U.S. shores and we discuss what cars we would wipe from the history of existence. Other fun questions include what we would cram a Ferrari V-12 engine into, odd stories from press drives and we discuss what it would take to make us leave this great job. It was quite the eclectic collection of questions.

Thanks for being so awesome, guys. Keep the questions coming.

We wrap up our show with Own, Drive, Burn in which we celebrated the warm weather some more with our choices between a Porsche Boxster , Mercedes-Benz SLK and a BMW Z4 .

As an extra bonus to everyone listening, watching and actually reading this far down in the post, I am going to be giving a few of my own personal bits of cool auto stuff to some of you guys. I have a smaller version of the Aston Martin DB5 Aston Martin DB5 print that is hanging on my wall, and I have a calendar from the same photographer. To have a chance at winning just subscribe to the TopSpeed Podcast YouTube channel, and follow @TopSpeedPodcast on Twitter. That is it. In two weeks I will pick the two winners and send out your cool free stuff. If you want some extra chances to win, you can follow Justin (@TheCarJunky), Mark (@MarkMcNabb) and myself (@Moeferd) on Twitter as well. One entry for each follow.

Good luck.

As always, don’t forget to keep commenting, giving us suggestions and sending us your questions. You guys can reach us at the above Twitter locations, by commenting on this post or by email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Click "Play" below to hear the Topspeed.com Podcast 006. Make sure to catch all of the episodes on our new iTunes channel!

If you want to see our smiling faces, you can see the video version of the Podcast after the jump.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Porsche 944, Mitsubishi Outlander, Hyundai Sonata Hybrid


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