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  Sports Cars are engineered to go around corners and straight lines as fast as possible. They are usually expensive, dangerous and so much fun that everybody wants one. Owning a sports car is a gratifying experience but it will cost you money and back pain as they are usually expensive to maintain and not very comfortable. But who cares as they look like supermodels at the beach.


A month after it was announced that the Spanish supercar was also making an appearance at the new Need for Speed movie, the Spano is making it 2 out of 2 for the Need for Speed franchise. It’s a great way for the Spano to get some much-needed publicity after being largely in the shadows of more popular competitors. But one thing we do know is that the Spano is all sorts of ridiculous and it deserves its turn in the spotlight.

Being in the new Need for Speed game accomplishes that. It’s not so much the fact that the franchise is one of the most popular and successful video games in history, having sold 150 million copies in its long and storied existence, but it’s also how NFS has managed to successfully cross over into other media platforms, like the NFS movie that’s scheduled to hit theaters this week. And guess what; the Spano is one of the main supercars featured in the film.

The Spanish sports car will be joined by other cars in the “Need for Speed Rivals, Movie Cars Pack,” and will be available in a digital format for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Video and more on the GTA Spano after the jump

McLaren 650S Spider

Good news for those of you who can waste spend enormous blocks of time crafting the perfect machine within the interactive confines of online car configurators — McLaren’s 650S Spider configurator just went live.

But before you go building your own mid-engine supercar , check past the jump for all the nitty-gritty details regarding the configurator and the various ways to construct a 650S Spider . The configurator is pretty intuitive and simple to navigate with six main categories — paint, wheels and tires, exterior, interior, equipment, and summary — stacked vertically on the left. Each category has sub categories that list the various choices available for the car. Make sure you select your location, though, as a right-hand-drive 650S with an Italian-language infotainment system and owners manual won’t do you much good Stateside.

Once complete, you can download the build sheet for your specific car, complete with color choice, options and detailed specs. Even if you’re only dreaming, McLaren’s configurator is a hoot to play with.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Spider.

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

The Eau Rouge knocked our socks off at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . I mean, with Godzilla guts in a four-door luxury sedan , how can you go wrong? With rumblings about the GT-R-powered luxo-rig heading into the "project" phase, according to Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen, we need to talk about why production must happen and must happen soon.

First of all, Infiniti is finally gaining momentum in the luxury realm that it has never had before. For many years, many luxury buyers turned their noses up at the Infiniti brand as re-badged Nissans , and not on par with BMW , Mercedes and Audi. Now with all of the new goodies rolling out, like the RC F — the entire RC lineup for that matter — the more streamlined naming system, and a distinct line of separation drawn between loaded-out Nissan Nissan s and base-level Infinitis, the brand is primed to make a move against upper-level Bimmers and Mercedes. And the Q50 Eau Rouge is the perfect model to take on the M5 and E63 AMG .

Secondly, you finally have a man in charge in Johan de Nysschen who know what the hell he’s doing with a luxury brand. He’s spoken before about de-Americanizing the Infiniti Infiniti brand, which is precisely what most top-level luxury car buyers want. That’s not a knock on American cars, it’s just that top-level luxury car buyers aren’t shopping at Cadillac Cadillac ... It was this type of out-of-the-box thinking that allowed de Nysschen to turn the Audi brand into a winner, and the Eau Rouge is a model that vastly de-Americanizes the brand and gives Infiniti the halo car it needs to draw fence-riding buyers into dealers.

Third, it also helps the GT-R. Sure, halo cars are often loss-leaders that are only there to generate interest in the brand. But the development of a production-version Q50 Eau Rouge will spread the cost of building the GT-R’s drivetrain over two models, which will lower overall production cost per car. That will drive up profits — or lower loss — for both the Eau Rouge and the GT-R .

Finally, it opens up GT-R performance those of us who have families or don’t want our guts rattled loose by the GT-R’s harsh suspension. Plus, the added luxury will satisfy buyers that need a better-equipped cabin than the GT-R can offer, but still want incredible performance.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Source: AutoCar

BMW just announced that delivery of its all-new i8 hybrid sports car will begin this June after the car goes into full-scale production starting in April 2014. Sadly for us in the United States, our European friends will be getting their i8s first.

BMW seems to have struck a chord with consumers as orders for the i8 have been poring in since BMW opened the books in the fall of 2013. It says the car has already exceeded the planned volume. To help satisfy the interested, BMW i BMW i s holding demonstration in strategic regions of Europe with pre-production i8s and what the automaker calls "BMW i agents." These informants and their demonstrator vehicles will help inform and educate folks about the i8’s uniqueness.

There’s no word if BMW plans on holding these demonstrations Stateside, though our suspicion is it will and on a smaller scale. The U.S. is only slotted a couple hundred i8s for 2014 with numbers only growing in to the low thousands for 2015. Pricing for the UK begins at €126,000 while Germany will pay £ 99,125. Pricing for the U.S. will start at $135,700.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

Who knew that a 40-second video could say so much about McLaren’s history. But that’s exactly what this video accomplishes, showing us each and every car — production and racing — that McLaren has ever built. Despite being only founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, McLaren has become one of the most accomplished racing teams, a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence the company had from its very first day in operation.

From old-school racing classics like the Group 7 M1 and the M2B to its current lineup of supercars , including the P1 and the recently-introduced 650 S , McLaren has set a bar for automotive excellence that very few automakers in the world today can even come close to approaching.

Watching this video and seeing the history of McLaren flash before our very eyes made us remember a McLaren commercial with Johnnie Walker back in the late 90’s. We’re hazy on what the ad was showing, but we do remember the overall message of the team’s pursuit of being the best.

"The race for perfection has no finish line".

In so many ways, that line reflects on what McLaren was, is, and will continue to be moving forward.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

Spy shots of the facelifted Porsche 911 were sent to us by our trusty spy photographer, although this time something about the prototype caught our attention that could point to a different, and potentially more powerful 911. Take a closer look at these photos and you might notice that instead of the quad exhausts of the 2015 911, this particular model is sporting a pair of center-mounted exhaust pipes, similar to the setup used on the 2014 911 GT3 .

So what could this interesting little nugget mean? Our best guess is a revival of the GTS , something we haven’t seen from the 911 since the 2011 Carrera GTS arrived in the scene back in 2010.

Another potential model is the 911 Speedster , and the bulging rear end — a little more so than the standard 911 Convertible at least — could be a clue that points in that direction. The canvas roof and the windshield looks unchanged though, and if this is the Speedster, it’s probably an early prototype that will undergo some changes before a production model rolls out.

Either way, what we’re looking at here is a new trim of the 911 that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Our hunch is that this is the 911 GTS, and if it is, it’s definitely a welcome addition to the already growing 911 family.

Let us know in the comments what you think this model is.

Jaguar XK

The popularity of the Jaguar F-Type , coupled with plans to offer new models has resulted in the demise of the Jaguar XK.

The British company has announced that production of company’s entry level model will end later this year, marking the end of the model that has been in the Jaguar lineup since 1996. The popularity of the F-Type has been a boon to Jaguar, but not so much for the XK, which saw its sales figures drop to less than 4,000 units per year. With so few customers having interest in the XK, it seemed that Jaguar found the right time to put the model to pasture after eight years on the market in America.

According to Jag’s American National Product Communications Manager, "There are no immediate plans to replace the XK. We have a multiple product launches coming up, including the F-Type Coupe and the new XE Sports Sedan ." By the sounds of this, the XK simply became redundant once the F-Type Coupe and XE take hold in the U.S. This also points toward the fact that Jaguar is open to a replacement for the XK too.

Also according to the American Product Communications Manager, there will be a 2015 model year XK here in the states, but that will be the final run for the sedan.

This may break some hearts, as this also means that the XKR and XKR-S will hit the scrap heap, but keep in mind that this also opens the door for an F-Type R-S, and an XER and XER-S, with the latter aimed squarely at the BMW M3 .

For now, though, it looks like the Jaguar XK as we know it is coming to an end.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XK.

We’ve already caught the 2015 C63 AMG sedan testing, but we haven’t yet seen the C63 AMG Estate — what we know as a station wagon here in the U.S. Well here it is for your enjoyment, folks, the 2014 C63 AMG Estate. Just a few days ago, we got a good look at the front end of the C63 AMG sedan, as well as its backside, but these shots are a lot less revealing.

Sure, you can still make out the basic placement of the air inlets on the front bumper, but the shape is not there yet. Around back, we can clearly see the revised quad-exit exhaust system, but the wagon still lacks the defined rear diffuser that we clearly made out on the sedan.

Under the hood, however, we already know that despite the model retaining the C63 designation — typically reserved for the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8 — the C63 AMG Estate will share the upcoming tarmac-killing 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that the AMG GT/SLC will feature.

We expect to see the C63 AMG Sedan at the Paris Auto Show in October, and we suspect the wagon will follow it by a few months.

The big question is will we finally get this hot wagon here in the U.S.?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 C63 AMG Estate.

For all the financial troubles Gumpert went through for the past a few years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the company’s ability to create, develop and build sports cars . We already know what Gumpert is capable of, thanks to its lineup of mind-bending Apollo models, but during the Geneva Motor Show, the company went with a new twist, introducing the new Gumpert Explosion that’s not quite at the Apollo’s performance level, but is a little more attainable for those who can’t spend $1 million on a car.

The Gumpert Explosion is named specifically to distinguish it from the big boys in the lineup. By sheer looks, it’s already different from the devastatingly fast Apollo and while its specs are also significantly lower than the Apollo, the Explosion does carry the appeal of being an "affordable" Gumpert.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Gumpert Explosion.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Get those checkbooks ready because the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is headed to Barrett Jackson. For everyone who was pining for the return of the Corvette Z06, your wish was granted when Chevrolet officially unveiled the sports car it hailed as the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features".

But if you’re interested in new Corvette Z06, you’re going to need to pony up a significant amour of money because the first production Corvette Z06 — yep, the one with VIN 001 — is headed to the Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida from April 11th through the 13th.

This isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has sent first production models to the auction block, including the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray , which NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick scooped up for $1 million.

Not to discourage anybody who doesn’t have that kind of budget, but that’s just the market these days for these first production Corvettes. And with this one being the long-awaited Z06, there’s a good chance that $1 million turns out to be a conservative estimate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.


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