sports cars

sports cars

  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.

Our hangover from the Goodwood Festival of Speed isn’t over just yet. How can it be when we continue to receive more videos of the thing that went on there days after its conclusion?

This time, our daily Goodwood update comes from Ford , which is presenting a totally new kind of head-to-head racing that uses both the real and virtual world to showcase its new 2015 Ford Focus ST .

The set-up is pretty: a real Ford Focus ST will be driven by former Stig Ben Collins for a lap up the Goodwood hill. His opponent is Krisztian Somodi, who is in charge of driving the same Focus ST inside Gran Turismo 6.

A splendid commentary added some life to the race and while it wasn’t to the level of Ian Darke, it was certainly entertaining enough to keep us riveted to the action. In the end, the real Focus ST managed to beat GT6 version up the hill with Collins posting a lap time of 1.05:13, one-tenth of a second faster than Somodi’s 1.05:23 lap time.

But the 2015 Ford Focus is the real winner here. Who knew it was capable of lapping Goodwood that fast?

The Chrysler Group has resumed production of the SRT Viper following a two-month shutdown period due to slow sales. Production at the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant was idled on April 14th, with 91 UAW-represented employees being laid off. As of March 1, Chrysler had delivered only 100 Vipers for the year in the United States and Canada and had 756 unsold Vipers in its inventory.

Since then, SRT sold 324 examples of its halo sports car in North America, AutoGuide reports. April was the Viper’s most successful month this year, with 97 units delivered in the United States and 15 sold in Canada. Surprisingly enough, Canadian sales have climbed from 4 vehicles in January to 21 in June, while U.S. sales took a nose dive from 97 units in April to just 36 in June.

There’s no word as to how many SRT Viper will be built per day for the remainder of the year. Last year, production peaked at nine vehicles per day before SRT decided to slow things down and assemble only six units per day.

The 2014 SRT Viper is priced from $102,485 and can fetch more than $124,985 when selected in the range-topping GTS trim. The Viper costs twice as much as the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and will likely be more expensive than the brutal 2015 Corvette Z06 .

Click past the jump to read more about the SRT Viper.

Source: Autoguide

To help continue theFourth of July celebrations here at TopSpeed, I have decided to take at look at how the American car has impacted the world. Europe is typically quoted with having the best cars, but here are some American machines that have stepped up and shown the world that we know what we are doing.

We may not have created the car, but we are responsible for the way they drive, the way they are made and we even made some major contributions to the world of performance and horsepower. Put down that hot dog for a few seconds and take a quick look back through history at America’s greatest contributions to the world of internal combustion. That cooler full of cold beverages and that box of explosives will both still be there when you get done.

Continue reading to find out America’s greatest contributions to the world of the automobile.

British automaker MG is planning to release a successor to the TF two-seat sports car. It won’t happen right away, possibly not even until the end of the decade, but company execs have already discussed the possibility of its return.

Auto Express is reporting that MG executives have not made any concrete plans on the TF’s successor, but did say that steps will be taken as soon as the company successfully transitions under its new owners, China’s SAIC.

Fans of the TF will be happy about this development. We haven’t seen the TF since MG ended production of the sports roadster in 2011. If the estimated timeline is accurate, 2018 or 2019 are likely the safest bets that we see the TF’s successor make its arrival.

That’s admittedly a long way from now, which is a little disappointing. For now, the company is focused on building a pair of new vehicle architectures that will be used on other models, including a CS Concept -based SUV and an MG5 that the company plans to put against the Ford Focus . At least one of those models is slated for a 2015 release.

There’s clearly a lot of moving pieces going on within MG these days. Being under SAIC ownership has helped in that regard, allowing the British automaker to begin its return to relevancy.

This talked-about two-seater sports car may still be years away from being launched. But the mere mention of serious discussions taking place has us hopeful of an automotive future that has MG in it.

Click past the jump to read more about MG TF.

Source: AutoExpress

There’s a reason why ABT Sportsline is one of our favorite auto tuners in the world. The German company knows how to make programs that improve the cars they work on without going overboard with the modifications. It takes a specific set of skills to do that and ABT has it down path. Its new program for the Volkswagen Scirocco is living proof of that.

The two-fold modification is made up of an extensive aero kit and an impressive performance bump that breathes new life to the Scirocco. That’s not an easy thing to pull off and yet ABT Sportsline does with the ease of a tuner that knows what it’s doing.

Other tuners may promise the same things and yet fail to live up to all the expectations they set. That’s never been the case with ABT Sportsline. Over the years, it’s produced one impressive program after another. And as long as it can build kits like this for the Volkswagen Scirocco, there’s no reason for us to start doubting their tuning capabilities.

Not that we ever did because if we haven’t said it enough, we’ll say it again.

We’re big fans of ABT Sportsline and our fandom has never wavered.

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen Scirocco By ABT Sportsline.

Mazda has just revealed that the 2016 Miata will be unveiled on September 3rd. That’s awesome news for sports car nuts like you and me, but the big news lies in the teaser the Japanese released along with the brief announcement. And it’s not the customary photo that shows either a headlamps or a wheel. It’s way better, as we’re getting a taste of the Miata’s brand-new, turbocharged engine.

That’s right folks, the Miata is embracing forced induction and all the coolness that comes with it. Details are still under wraps as of 07/04/2014, but the MX-5 screaming up a canyon road in the adjacent video suggests a lot of goodness is coming our way. The slight whistle you’re hearing on those upshifts is a clear indication of a turbocharger unit residing under the hood, most likely mated to the aluminum, four-banger engine everyone’s been talking about lately.

We already know Mazda is using a SkyActive chassis for the upcoming Miata, which means we’re also getting a lighter, and more fuel efficient sports car to go with the force-fed powerplant. All we need is to find out more about the number of horses directed to the pavement and have a glimpse at the Miata’s brand-new design. We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait for September 3rd to arrive. Stay tuned to TopSpeed until then, we have a feeling there are more teasers coming our way.

It’s been less than a month since Porsche introduced the Cayman GTS at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in China, and word has it the Germans are working on yet another version of the sports car. Created to narrow the gap between the Cayman and the 911 even further, the GTS will lose its range-topping status in a couple of years if we’re to believe a recent report from Motor Trend.

Specifically, Porsche is supposedly working on a more powerful Cayman that’s likely to be launched under the GT4 moniker. The source claims the sports car is in for a hybrid powertrain, but whether the conventional engine will pump power using four or six cylinder depends on Porsche’s success with the 919 race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.

If the 919 gets on its feet by June (the new vehicle struggled in the first two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championships) then the Cayman GT4 will receive a turbo four-cylinder plug-in hybrid drivetrain similar to that fitted into the race car. If the 919 continues to struggle and fails to make a positive impression at Le Mans, Porsche is likely to opt for a flat-six unit, but without giving up on hybrid assist.

Obviously, there’s no word on how many horses might come out of each powerplant, but it’s safe to assume the Cayman GT4 will have around 400 horsepower at its disposal. Power will be transferred to the wheels via a transmission based on the PDK unit offered in the 911 GT3 , Motor Trend adds, without providing further details.

How much will this baby cost? Well, it appears pricing could stand around $125,000, nearly $50,000 more than the 2015 Cayman GTS and only $5,000 less when compared to the 911 GT3. Quite expensive if you ask us, but make sure you take all the details with a grain of salt until further info surfaces.

Updated 07/03/2014: British magazine CARreports that the future Cayman GT4 will deliver as much as 450 horsepower from its heavily tuned 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, boxer-six engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman GT4.

Source: MotorTrend

Porsche has spent years working on the 911 , but while that might be its ultimate sports car, the Boxster is one of its best sellers. When the Boxster debuted in 1997, enthusiasts first saw it as a disgrace to the Porsche name, as it was smaller and not as powerful as the iconic 911. The second-gen Boxster hit the market for the 2015 model year with a light nip-and-tuck job on the exterior and a huge overhaul on the inside. In 2013, the third-gen Boxster arrived with another evolutionary change to the body and a revised cabin. This look carries into the 2015 model year with only minor changes.

The Boxster and its hardtop sibling, the Cayman, are now an accepted part of the Porsche family. In fact, some enthusiasts consider them better driving than the 911, thanks to their mid-mounted engine, as opposed to the 911’s rear-mounted unit.

This belief that the Boxster may be a better driver was only compounded with the release of the GTS model for 2014. This model gained 20-inch wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management and the Sport Chrono package. Oh, and I almost forgot that the GTS gained an extra 35 horses and 7 pound-feet of twist to go with its better handling.

Updated 07/03/2014: Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 2015 Boxster which is now on sale. Changes include new exterior colors, new two-tone leather and a series of new options.

Hit the jump to read more on the Porsche Boxster.

Just because there’s demand for it, it doesn’t mean that you build it. Not when practicality says otherwise. That’s the rationale BMW is adopting when it was recently disclosed by a high-ranking executive that the company has no plans to build an M4 Gran Coupe .

Tough luck for those hoping to have a smaller version of the M6 Gran Coupe . Apparently, BMW thinks that building one poses more headaches than it’s really worth.

BMW’s M GmbH performance arm sales boss Jörg Bartels disclosed the news to CarsGuide, confirming that while the M4 Gran Coupe was "definitely considered," it ended up amounting to nothing more than dropped plans.

According to Bartels, production volume was a big reason for the decision to drop plans of building the four-door coupe. Bartels pointed out that high production volume for the 3 Series sedan and the M3 sedan means that the company’s Regensburg plant is already too busy to add the M4 Gran Coupe. The same can be said for BMW’s Munich factory, which already builds the 4 Series and the M4.

If BMW did build the M4 Gran Coupe,it would have to open up space for a third factory, which the Bavarian brand isn’t too keen on doing these days.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Gran Coupe.

Source: CarsGuide

When it comes to getting close to awesome slabs of carbon fiber, aluminum and steel, few are better at it than Shmee 150. Sure, his videos may be a little raw and unrefined, but damn does he get up close and personal with the best cars in the world. This time around, at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , Shmee found himself in a paddock filled with a number of supercars and sports cars that would make any normal man scream like a little girl that just got the pony she always wanted. But instead, Shmee calmly makes his way through the paddock rattling off all the cars he sees along the way.

This list of supercar awesomeness includes the 918 Spyder , McLaren P1 , Ferrari LaFerrari , Pagani Huayra , 911 Turbo S, Merc SLS AMG GT Black , Nissan GT-R Nismo , Alfa Romeo 4C , Rolls-Royce Wraith, Arash AF8 , Lexus LF-A, Audi R8 V10, MSO 650S , 458 Speciale, and California T. If that list of fantastic petrol burners isn’t enough for you, there were also two ultra-super special models in the one-off Ferrari F12 TRS and the amazing Koenigsegg One:1.

How Shmee manages to rattle off all of this amazing rigs without becoming a little giddy is beyond me. Maybe he has become a little desensitized over the years, but he certainly did a great job showing off each car he saw.


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