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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.

There appears to be hope that Audi is strongly considering a manual transmission option for an upcoming S3. The news comes by way of Fouritude, an Audi-enthusiast website, that attended a celebratory dinner held in honor the Audi Club of North America’s recent 30th anniversary. Speaking at the event were several personalities that included Allan McNish, John Hindhaugh, and Audi of America President Scott Keogh.

During the event, Hindhaugh, the famous Le Mans radio announcer, interviewed Keogh on stage. Hindhaugh asked specifically about manual transmissions in Audi’s future. Keogh began by laying out the costs associated with adding model complexity and how that affects vehicle cost and dealership availability. Nevertheless, Keogh says Audi is looking very closely at adding a manual transmission to the S3.

At this point, it’s not set in stone, but the possibility is still present.

Adding more to the mix of possibilities is the RS3 sedan. Keogh continued the same speak about Audi North America looking strongly at it. However, this isn’t the first time Keogh has mentioned the RS3 sedan. He said similar words back at the 2014 New York Auto Show, leading us to believe the RS3 might already be in development. Perhaps it will come with a manual transmission.

While both of these scenarios are still just rumors, the fact the president of Audi North America is talking about the subject with more than some “we don’t talk about future products” garble is promising.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S3.

Source: Fourtitude

Infiniti’s got something special in store for its fans at the 2014 F1 U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on November 2nd. Unfortunately, it doesn’t involve riding a Red Bull RB10. But it does have something to do with reigning F1 World Champion Sebasitan Vettel and the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge. Interested now?

Infiniti’s launching a competition and it wants its fans to submit their #InfinitiRaceFace. What does that mean, exactly? I’m not quite sure myself, although I do think it involves contorting your face to show what it would look like if it’s being hit by winds in excess of 180 mph. I suppose the most original race face will get the nod, or at least something that resembles the attached photo Infiniti included with its press release.

In any case, we’re all welcome to submit our entries by following @InfinitiUSA on either Twitter or Instagram. Once that’s done, we then take a photo of our best race face, post it on either site and use #InfinitiRaceFace.

If you win, you get a chance to ride shotgun with Vettel as he takes the Q50 Eau Rouge out for a hot-lap around downtown Austin. Pretty sweet, right?

All entries will be accepted from September 23rd through October 8th. You can also check out the official rules and guidelines for the competition at Infiniti’s US website.

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

EVO’s no stranger to car-versus-car duels, having undertaken its fair share of battles over the years. Instead of recycling these comparisons, it went against the grain for a change by introducing a new comparison test. The only difference is it’s of the four-wheel vs. two-wheel variety.

If you’ve ever driven a high-powered bike like the Triumph Street Triple R without understanding its capabilities, you’re going to be in for a sweat-inducing experience. The Street Triple R is a beast on two wheels. But is it “beastlier” than the Jaguar F-Type V6 S?

First, here’s a little tale of the tape. The Jaguar F-Type V6 S is powered by a supercharged, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. It’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds to go with a top speed of 171 mph.

Meanwhile, the Triumph Street Triple R is powered by a liquid-cooled 12-valve engine that develops 105 horsepower at an astounding 11,850 rpm and 63 pound-feet of torque. The numbers may skew towards the Jag’s side but consider that the Triple R is only powering 180 kg (396 pounds) compared to the 1,600 kg (3,520 pounds) on the F-Type.

EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon tried to find out the faster of the two by pitting the F-Type V6 S against the Street Triple R. Granted, he didn’t exactly dress up like a “Power Ranger” to drive the Street Triple R, but he did take command of the F-Type V6 S, posting an impressive lap time of 1:06.5 around Blyton Park in the UK.

Meanwhile, bike tester and journalist Bruce Dunn took control of the Street Triple R and proceeded to set his own blistering lap time. But was it enough to power the Triumph to a triumphant win over the Jag?

Check out the video and find out.

The Audi TT hit the market initially as a coupe in 2000, but a convertible model followed the next year. The original TT featured a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that laid down 180 horsepower. In 2001, a 225-horsepower TT quattro debuted, and a 250-horsepower version with a 3.2-liter V-6 arrived in 2004. The model hit its second generation in 2008, and it featured a more aggressive body language and a weight loss of up to 200 pounds. With the second generation coming to a close, we are now starting to see the third generation make a slow debut around the globe. The European market will see the third-generation TT in time for the 2014 model year, but the U.S. may not see it until the 2016 model year. And the convertible version rolled out even later.

When Audi pulled the covers off its new TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , we were all instantly in love with its newly shaped body, combination of angles and curves, and its impressive array of powertrain options. It was a relief after waiting on it for what seemed like years. At that time, we had one more TT to be anxious for: the Roadster.

On September 24, 2014, Audi finally unveiled the TT Roadster in time for its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The TT has traditionally used a fabric soft top, so it wasn’t a surprise to see the new TT Roadster feature a fully automatic fabric lid. Our rendering artist actually got the design of the TT Roadster nearly perfect, which speaks well of his design skills and incredible creative foresight.

As expected, the TT Roadster will also come with a choice of engine options, including a 2.0 TFSI engine that produces 239 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque and a more powerful version for the TTS that develops 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

The TT Roadster is set to go on sale in Germany shortly after its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October 2014. The basic price for the TT has been set at €37,900, which is close to $49,000 based on current exchange rates.

Updated 09/26/2014: Audi unveiled two new video for its latest TT Roadster. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi TT Roadster

Model year note: The TT Roadster is a 2015 model year in Germany, but for the U.S. it will be a 2016 model year.

It’s been a little more than a year since BMW unveiled the production version of the i8 sports car at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the hybrid vehicle is finally ready to meet its U.S. customers. But before you sign that check and hand it over to BMW, make sure you check out the brand-new i8 configurator the Germans fired up. It comes with everything you need to know about trim levels, standard and optional equipment, as well as precise information about how much each extra feature costs. You can have it built just the way you like it before placing that order.

If the i8 is a tad too expensive for you or you just don’t find it useful, it’s a good way to spend some time with Munich’s brand-new, state-of-the-art vehicle. If time is not on your side these days, stick around for the full details on the car’s trims and exterior and interior choices.

Before we proceed any further, we’ll remind you that the i8 comes with only one powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor. That might not seem like much for a sports car, but rest assured, the combo delivers 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The gasoline mill sends 231 ponies and 236 pound-feet to the rear wheels, while the electric power unit delivers 131 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque to the front axle.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW i8.

Source: BMW USA

ABT Sportsline has made a career developing programs for Audi vehicles. To this day, the German manufacturer continues to do that, none more recent than its work on the Audi A5 Sportback . The whole program is called the AS5 Sportback Dark and as you’d expect, the name alone implies that ABT Sportsline did something a little sinister to the A5 .

While it would have been cool, if not downright bizarre, to say that the German tuner invoked some form of the Dark Arts to create this program, the truth is a lot simpler than that. The AS5 Sportback Dark is called such because it’s exterior is wrapped in black.

This A5 is nothing too elaborate and definitely nothing out of the ordinary, but judging the program simply because of its simplicity doesn’t do justice to the meticulous work the German tuner put into it.

There is one thing I don’t like about the program. ABT Sportsline developed it without adding power to the A5’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine. Under its current configuration, the turbocharged four-banger develops 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, good enough to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 130 mph.

If you can let that small yet significant detail pass, you’re going to enjoy the Audi AS5 Sportback Dark. But if you can’t live with only 220 ponies, you’ll probably wish that ABT Sportsline has some kind of a Stage 2 kit in the works.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A5 Sportback Dark By Abt Sportsline.

You know the saying “you can’t have enough of a good thing;" that certainly applies to the BMW M4 , which has become an aftermarket favorite the same way I have become a fan of Krispy Kreme’s delectable treats. Run through the number of programs we’ve covered featuring the M4 and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The latest aftermarket company to jump on the M4’s bandwagon is Lightweight and it’s no less impressive than any other M4 program we’ve come across in the past. The German tuner specializes in personalized development and production of titanium exhaust systems and yet, that didn’t stop Lightweight from giving the M4 a comprehensive tuning kit that includes a bevy of aerodynamic and performance upgrades.

The result of the program deserves nothing short of a slow clap, the kind you give to a somebody after a stunning performance.

That’s what Lightweight did to the BMW M4 and the German sports coupe looks and performs much better for it. I’ll even venture a guess that it’s got a much clearer throat for its 3.0-liter V-6 engine’s increased output. Just a hunch, although the proof does lie in the details, right?

The complete modification comes with a steep €89,000 price (that’s about $114,000 as of 9/23/2014), but it should be well worth the purchase considering what the M4 will be capable of after getting fitted with Lightweight’s aftermarket program.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 By Lightweight.

The situation is looking pretty dim for Lotus as the automaker will stop selling the Evora , its only road-legal model in the U.S. This comes after Lotus recently announced plans to “restructure it worldwide workforce,” and that 325 jobs were on the line. What departments those job cuts will come from is still a mystery, but in a workforce that only numbers 1,200, that’s a serious cut.

The Evora’s demise comes thanks to its lack of smart airbags, a requirement for all road-going, U.S.-spec vehicles. While that federal requirement took effect in 2014, Lotus was granted a 12-month exemption from the clause, allowing the company to continue producing its two-seat coupe. With that exemption now expired, Lotus is forced to either re-engineer the Evora with the smart airbag system or discontinue production.

A “highly placed source in a U.S. dealer group” confirmed to Car and Driver that Lotus will not be reworking the car. Therefore, once the remaining stock of 2014 Evoras run dry, Lotus will be left selling its track-only variants of the Exige and Elise inside the U.S.

Click past the jump to read more about Lots Evora.

Source: CarAndDriver

Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti has revealed plans to expand its lineup by launching a competitor for the BMW 4 Series . Speaking to Top Gear at the opening of the company’s new automotive design facility in London, Infiniti chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura confirmed the manufacturer will introduce a brand-new two-door coupe by 2015. The new vehicle will be slightly larger than a BMW 4 Series, but smaller than the 6 Series , Nakamura added, hinting that the coupe could be a two-door version of the Infiniti Q50 .

"I want to make a two-door coupe. It’s coming, you’ll see it within one year. It’ll be a production version," the representative told Top Gear. Asked whether this 4 Series competitor will spawn a rival for the high-performance M4 , Nakamura admitted such a vehicle is also being considered, but it all depends on whether or not the Q50 Eau Rouge is approved for production. That’s right folks, the GT-R powered Eau Rouge could hit the street in coupe guise as well, but that might not happen very soon.

"We are still working on the Q50 Eau Rouge, and we don’t want to give up on that, but the business case is not that easy," Nakamura continued. Well, that’s not exactly confirmation, but as long as the Eau Rouge is still on the cards, we have reasons to hope the BMW M4 is getting yet another friend to play with.

Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti’s future BMW 4 Series competitor.

Source: TopGear

2014 was a sad year for Lancia. It’s when we found out Sergio Marchionne was planning to reduce the automakers lineup to a single model by discontinuing the Delta , and both the Chrysler -based Thema and Voyager. As if that wasn’t enough, the remaining Lancia Ypsilon will be sold only in Italy, which essentially means this Italian automaker is on a quick road to extinction. For me, a big Lancia enthusiast, that’s downright terrible. Sure, present-day Lancia is just a shadow of what it used to be, but that’s no reason to pull the plug on it and let it die. On the contrary, Marchionne should devise a plan to bring it back in the spotlight, much like he’s doing with Alfa Romeo .

It remains to be seen whether Fiat will come to its senses or not, but in the meantime I’m here to present you with one of Lancia’s glorious past moments. Thanks to Petrolicious, which has made a habit of showcasing some of the most important cars the industry has created, we can have a closer look at the Lancia 037, the racer that won the World Rally Championship and paved the way for the stunning first-generation Delta.

The 037 saga began in 1980, when Lancia started working on a rally car to comply with the then-new FIA Group B regulations. The Italians opted for a mid-engine layout and turned to Abarth for a few tips. Fitted with a supercharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder powerplant that developed 265 ponies at first and 325 in its final Evolution 2 configuration, the 037 became a successful rally car, winning the series in 1983 with German ace Walter Rohrl behind the wheel.

With FIA regulations requiring at least 200 road-going version to be built for homologation, Lancia also rolled out a Stradale version, with its engine detuned to 205 horses. Although less aggressive than its rally-course sibling, the 037 Stradale is now a collectible in its own right. If only Lancia would look back on its legendary cars and move toward reviving its heritage...


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