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You might be tempted to think that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is ready to hit the streets now that its configurator is online, but you’d be wrong. Refining a super-fast vehicle that’s based on a true-blue race car is a long and difficult task, and it seems Chevy is spending a lot of time doing that. With just a few months left until the first Z06s start rolling off the assembly line, GM’s halo sports car is being put through its paces on the Nurburgring track, the place where all high-performance vehicles go to hone their skills.

Thanks to YouTube’s BridgeToGantry, whose daily routine is to keep an eye on the "Green Hell" for any interesting car that may arrive to run a few hot laps, we’re able to watch the 2015 Corvette Z06 doing what it knows best. That’s taking fast turns and running fast straights on one of the world’s most challenging race courses. Naturally, the Z06 is by no means intimidated by the Nurburgring’s difficult configuration and has no trouble in tackling the track’s tight bends at high speed. The footage also provides us with yet another opportunity to hear the Vette’s enticing V-8 engine roar through its four-pipe exhaust.

There’s only one thing wrong with this video. It’s too damn short. Just hit the play button and you’ll understand why we need more than 53 seconds of Z06 footage.

There’s nothing wrong with an automaker showcasing two different concepts before rolling out a production car, which is why I’m not at all surprised Honda is bringing the Type R Concept II to the Paris Motor Show before unveiling its next high-performance Civic hatch. However, I suspect the Concept II is as production-ready as it gets, and the latest batch of spy shots that arrived in our inbox come to confirm just that. While we’re all busy gazing at the striking Concept II and its flashy paint job, Honda is testing the real deal close to the Nurburgring . And guess what? The production Type R appears to be identical to the Concept II that’s slated to debut on October 2nd, 2014.

In an almost hilarious attempt to hide what we already know, the test car is wrapped in black-and-white camouflage, and there’s no actual sheet metal for us to look at, but certain details reveal the Concept II will hit the production line with very few changes. That’s far from shocking, as Honda is known for displaying near-production cars while calling them concepts.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Honda Civic Type R.

Muscle cars don’t get much better than the Ford Mustang. That’s a popular sentiment these days with proper respects given to the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger, two muscle cars that have their own separate fan bases. But the Ford Mustang is the Ford Mustang for a reason. It’s arguably one of the most iconic models in America.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is the latest-generation model that takes the muscle car’s design and performance to new levels. Recently, Autoguide managed to get its hands on a 2015 Mustang and put it through a comprehensive testing session that covers everything and anything you need to know about the new Pony Car.

There have been a lot of these video reviews of the Mustang, so some of what you watch here has been explained ad nauseam. But there’s something to be said to learning things about the Mustang you probably wouldn’t have known without watching this video.
Besides, it’s only around eight minutes long.

The base 2015 Ford Mustang is powered by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This version can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 155 mph.

Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line Mustang comes with a more powerful 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that churns out an impressive 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the extra power, it can spring from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds to go with a top speed of close to 180 mph without the speed limiter.

I’m not old enough to really remember the Ferrari Modulo, but I do know some uncles of mine who attest to having knock-off posters of the concept stapled to their walls. The car was a revolutionary wonder back in its day, a space ship-looking oddity that Pininfarina actually designed and developed, and was based on the Ferrari 512S.

These days, the Modulo Concept can be found locked and hidden deep inside Pininfarina’s vault. Or at least it was until Jim Glickenhaus somehow convinced the Italian design house to sell it to him.

Road & Track is reporting as such and there’s no reason to raise an eyebrow on this report. Glickenhaus himself reached out to Road & Track to announce his latest automotive purchase. As if the man doesn’t have enough unique Ferraris to call his own; he’s adding another one to this stable that might win out as the strangest of them all.

Apparently, Glickenhaus isn’t just buying the Modulo; he also plans to rebuild it and unleash it to the world. R&T is reporting that the entire build process will take place in Europe before the car makes the voyage back to New York where it will be registered and, well, you know what’s going to happen after that.

Glickenhaus didn’t give an exact timetable on how long the restoration is going to take, but he did say that the Modulo could be prepared and finished in time for the 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 22, 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 512S Modulo Concept By Pininfarina.

Source: Roadandtrack

Supercars are always up for a riot on the roads with spinning tires, loud exhausts, and speeds in excess of insanity. Supercars are apparently also up for a good roasting, with tires melting off their rims, glass shattering, and Alcantara interior bits leaving the cockpit in a puff of smoke.

Porsche’s newest supercar, the $845,000 918 Spyder with its hybrid powertrain, hadn’t felt the burn until now. Cell phone video (from Dave and his lovely girlfriend) captures the inferno mid-event as the Porsche sits idly by at a gas station with flames engulfing its left-rear quarter.

While most supercars like to spontaneously combust on their own, this 918 is perhaps a victim of a refueling mishap. Maybe the owner forgot to extinguish his Cuban cigar before pressing that 93-octane button at the Ontario-based gas station. Or perhaps it was a jolt of static electricity built up from exiting the car. Either way, there is one less Porsche 918 in the world, and for that we grieve.

Pro Tip: Before filling up with gas, discharge yourself of any static electricity by touching a few bare metal items not near the fuel nozzle or gas pump, lest you become the topic of the next car-on-fire story. This is especially important as the weather turns cold.

Source: Jalopnik

The next-generation Chevrolet Camaro has made yet another public appearance, shortly after being spotted outside Germany’s Nurburgring track. This time around, GM’s upcoming pony ditched the public road and took on the Nordschleife course for a proper, high-speed testing session and some hot laps. Fortunately, our trusty spy photographers were right on the spot to capture some snapshots with the Camaro in action.

As you might have already guessed, we are looking at the same prototype we saw earlier this week. The camouflage remains unchanged, so there are no new details for us to take in, but the Camaro’s presence on the Nurburgring says a lot about the pony’s development. For one, with the engineers now down to tuning the vehicle’s steering and suspension, among others, it’s likely the exterior design is almost production ready. What you see is what you’ll get. Sure, there’s nothing much to see behind that swirly wrap, but a few styling cues, such as the narrow grille and headlamps, a more sculpted waistline, and the new rear spoiler are obvious.

Secondly, Chevy is elbows deep in making the sixth-generation Camaro the most track-capable version of the nameplate, which isn’t surprising considering the advancements Ford has made with the 2015 Mustang. The 2016 Camaro needs to be in outstanding shape if GM wants to deliver a proper competitor for the sixth-gen ’Stang, and the team behind the project is doing just that. Whether it will succeed or not, we’ll find out sometime in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Chevrolet Camaro.

You find yourself holding the keys to two of the most-anticipated sports cars of 2014, and you just happen to be at one end of a long, straight and abandoned piece of asphalt. What are you going to do? Hint: the correct answer is “have a drag race.” In this new video from the The Fast Lane Car, they have the new 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible and the BMW i8 down at the local track, and they are doing some straight-line speed runs.

We get to see a total of three runs, and the results are much closer than we expected. One thing to note, and the TFLCar team is quick to point it out, they film in Boulder Colorado. That means that elevation is a major factor in the performance of naturally aspirated, internal-combustion engines. Electric motors don’t suffer from any sort of power drop at higher altitudes.

The video is a little long at five minutes, but they make sure to give you some good details on the cars themselves, and you get to hear a good bit of exhaust noise. If you want skip all the pre-party stuff and just want to jump straight into the drag racing, skip over to the two-minute mark and enjoy.

You may have read the news last week that Lotus was killing its only remaining road-legal model here in the United States. There were a lot of sad faces around the U.S., but considering the car never sold well to start with, I didn’t quite feel the sorrow. Still, if you were one of the Lotus fans who spent the week crying into your ultra-lightweight driving gloves, I have good news for you. According to a report from Jalopnik, the Evora will be back as a 2016 model.

A statement was posted to Lotus Forums, and Jalopnik says that the CEO of Lotus North America, Arnie Johnson confirmed it to be true. "We would like to comment upon the rumours that are circulating on social media and online, Lotus is committed to the North American market and will indeed produce a 2016 Model Year Evora that will be fully U.S. compliant. We will not be producing a 2015 model year Evora, therefore, there will be limited availability of 2014 model year cars over the next few months."

So there you have it, the Evora will be returning, just not next year. Considering Lotus wasn’t going to revise the current car to use the “smart airbags” that would make it U.S. legal again, it is likely that the new Evora will be a highly revised model, if not a new-generation car.

As always, keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to pass on all the news as soon as we get it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Evora.

Source: Jalopnik

I absolutely love my GoPro cameras. I have a Hero 3 and a Hero 3+, and they have made all the cool videos you have seen me make for the site possible. That Pike’s Peak run in the Miata race car, every single in-car review and even that Lego time-lapse were all created using this incredible and versatile camera. Today, GoPro just announced that there is an all-new model coming, and it is better than ever before.

Meet the GoPro Hero 4.

It takes the powerful GoPro Hero3+ and doubles its imaging power. It will now do 4K video at a full 30 FPS, it can take 1080p video at up to 120 frames per second for silky smooth slow-motion video and it has all-new photo modes to it as well. The GoPro 3+ was already the most capable camera I had ever used. Now it has only gotten better. Some new features include Bluetooth control for remotes and cell phones, a new dedicated settings button, and the Hero 4 now has an LCD screen built in (Silver models)!

Like every new camera, GoPro sent out a collection of these new imaging toys around the world to get some incredible footage. You can see the results for yourself above. The whole movie was also shot in 4K, so if you have a 4K monitor, this is a great chance to give it a solid workout.

If you want a more in-depth look of what has changed for the new Hero 4, you can check out a tutorial video from GoPro highlighting some of the more technical changes and additions to the camera.

Although Lexus has yet to confirm plans to offer a high-performance version of the GS sedan , it appears the Japanese luxury automaker is indeed working on a competitor for the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG . And this time we’re not quoting another rumor that surfaced the Interwebz, but relying on a batch of photos we just received from our trusty paparazzi. Yes, folks, the Lexus GS F is alive and rolling on tarmac, although for the time being only in the form of a prototype.

The vehicle you see above was just spotted roaming the streets, and the body panels hidden behind the camouflage suggest we’re looking at a beefed-up version of the GS. The sports sedan is set to arrive for the 2016 model year, when it will join the brand-new RC F in Lexus’ quest to take on BMW’s popular high-performance sedans .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lexus GS F.


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