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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.

The Toyota FT-1 Concept brought the house down at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Toyota executives heard the overwhelmingly positive reception the concept received and is now doing something about it. In a recent issue of MotorTrend, the magazine has indicated that Toyota is planning on bringing the FT-1 Concept to life as a production sports car .

That’s big news, but not overly surprising news. We have suspected for some time that it would be the basis of the soon-to-be-revived Supra .

The attention the FT-1 Concept has received recently is justified and Toyota is already doing something about it. According to MotorTrend, the Japanese automaker has already begun work on a new, full-scale model of the concept, as well as a wide-body, racing version.

Toyota hasn’t specifically announced that a production model of the FT-1 Concept is arriving, but those decisions to build more prototypes is as good an indication as any that the automaker is seriously considering production .

This isn’t even the first time Toyota has taken this route. Remember the Lexus LF-LC Concept ? That model came with two different iterations (the LF-CC was the other one) and while the concept itself wasn’t mass produced, we all did see a lot of its design cues on the Lexus RC and RC F models.

So is it possible that the Toyota FT-1 Concept will evolve into the returning Toyota Supra ? That’s a question that should get a lot of people talking.

We know that there’s already been buzz of that possibility, and finding out that Toyota has some serious intentions about the FT-1 Concept only adds fuel to that fire.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept.

Source: FT1 Club

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a rare supercar that can speak a number of languages very few of its contemporaries can even comprehend let alone understand. It’s a daunting task just trying to decipher the car’s fullest capabilities, but for what Porsche managed to build, it also turned out to be a watershed moment for the future of the industry.

Recently, the Drive channel was able to get its hands on the Porsche hybrid hypercar, and like everybody who has felt its pulsating power, Drive’s Mike Spinelli was taken for a thrill ride for the ages.

Everything that makes the 918 Spyder so unique is displayed front and center, unleashing one wave after another of breathtaking displays of power and speed wrapped in a cocoon of the finest technology known in the industry today.

It’s hard to throw so many superlatives at just one car because there is usually disappointment along the way, however the 918 Spyder bucks that way of thinking for all the reasons that put the 918 into its current slot-on-top to begin with.

It really is the supercar of the future, in more ways than one.

When it comes to bragging rights attached to production cars, most automakers quote the electrifying Nurburgring lap times achieved by their hatchbacks or supercars. Subaru , however, is taking pride in a benchmark set on course that’s more familiar to motorcycle riders than sharp-witted, fast drivers - the Isle of Man TT road course.

Three years have passed since a 2010 Subaru WRX STI driven by three-time British rally champion Mark Higgins set the car lap record at 19 minutes and 56.7 seconds, and the same team returned to the Isle of Man to improve the benchmark. And Higgins did so by hooning a 2015 WRX STI around the track and past the finish line in only 19 minutes and 26 seconds, smashing his previous record by no less than 30 seconds.

Durring his attempt, the British driver managed to reach an average speed of 116.47 mph and a top speed of 162.9 mph, two figures that are also superior to the ones he touched back in 2011. According to Subaru, the WRX STI used for the record-breaking course is a stock, U.S.-spec model that received some updates, including a FIA-approved roll-cage, racing seats, improved springs and dampers, and a fire suppression system. Additionally, the sedan was fitted with Dunlop Derezza at all four corners and had its speed limiter - normally set at 155 mph - removed.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru’s Isle of Man record.

While there’s nothing wrong with the Italian police having a Lamborghini Gallardo or a Huracan sports car at its disposal to apprehend those lightning-fast crooks, a British constabulary’s choice for a patrol vehicle might raise a few eyebrows. No, we’re not talking about a McLaren P1 , although that would be awkward considering the supercar ’s limited availability and purpose, but the Ariel Atom , a vehicle that’s light enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph quicker than any hypercar.

Unveiled less than a month ago, the ultra-quick Atom 3.5R will serve as a police vehicle following an agreement between the British manufacturer and the local Constabulary of Avon and Somerset. Now don’t go thinking the local police force responsible for protecting the county of Somerset is about to embark on a series of high-speed pursuits, because this specific Atom has a different purpose. According to Auto Express, the featherweight vehicle will help local police raise awareness among motorcycle riders about road safety through the Safer Rider campaign.

There’s no explanation as to why the Somerset Constabulary picked an Ariel Atom for the campaign, but we’re guessing it’s because the vehicle lacks a proper shell, bearing a closer resemblance to motorbikes. It might also have something to do with the fact that Ariel will launch a motorcycle later this year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ariel Atom Police Car.

Source: AutoExpress

Volkswagen’s new commercial for the Golf GTI might as well be called "notice your environment." The whole concept is pretty unique: get a new Golf GTI, stick around 30 GoPro cameras on it, and then have Tanner Foust do whatever he wants with the sports hatch .

It seemed simple enough, at least until it appeared that we also had a chance to "interact" with the commercial to see multiple views of specific moments in the ad.

So when you’re watching Volkswagen’s "Turbocharge The Everyday" commercial for the Golf GTI, pay attention to the left side of the screen. At certain moments, you’ll be given a choice of different views you can switch to. That’s when the video jumps to another part of the ad, showing the exact same scene from the view of a different GoPro camera.

It admittedly took us a while to get it, but once we did, the commercial became a lot more enjoyable to watch. Watching Tanner Foust do all those burnouts on the Golf GTI didn’t hurt our viewing experience either.

Porsche’s transition to four-cylinder boxer engines is now in full effect. News of this downsizing has been circulating the airwaves for quite some time now, but new details from CAR have shed light on the specifics of Porsche’s four-cylinder engine plans. Apparently, Porsche is as serious as a monk in meditation about using four-cylinders for its future models. even tinkering with the possibility of using motors as small as 1.6 liters for its new crop of models.

CAR also reported that flat-four engines will be used by Porsche moving forward, including a 1.6-liter flat four that develops 210 horsepower, a 2.0-liter version with 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.5-liter with 360 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Porsche will likely make use of turbochargers on these engines to keep the performance numbers up to where it doesn’t insult the company’s badge.

Cutting emissions while also improving the car’s fuel economy and maintaining the iconic performance bite that has come to define Porsche has always been the objective of the advent of four-cylinder Porsche. These flat-four engines will go a long way in accomplishing that goal while also keeping true to the DNA of the flat-six engines that the company has used for years.

There are still questions on which Porsche will use which four-cylinder engine, but its safe to assume that a majority of its models, including the Boxster and the Macan , will be prepared with either a 2.0 or a 2.5 engine to go with a six-speed manual or seven-speed twin-clutch PDK transmission.

The base 1.6, though, is still being discussed with a possibility that this engine will be used on the sports car’s of sister companies Volkswagen and Audi.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche’s future four-cylinder engine.

Source: CAR

Only two years after the release of the C7 Corvette Stingray, Mark Reuss, GM’s global product chief, says the automaker is already working on the next generation of Corvette, though deeper details are nearly non-existent.

The news comes at the tail end of a Detroit Free Press report regarding the growing positive corporate morale within the company’s ranks. Despite all the bad press surrounding General Motors’ ignition switch recall fiasco, CEO change-up, and continually growing list of non-related vehicle recalls, Reuss says morale is higher than it was in 2012, when GM employees were last surveyed. He attributes the growth to a greater emphasis on transparency within the company as a result of the recent recalls.

Besides the news of happy employees, fans of GM’s high-performance halo car can widen their smiles as well. The next generation of Corvette is already on the drawing board. This means The General may shorten the lifespan of the C7 Vette, keeping the iconic Corvette nameplate fresh and competitive in the world’s arena. Unlike the C6 Corvette, which grew stale after an eight-year production run, the C7 may find itself replaced sooner. With competitors like Ferrari generally on a tighter and shorter shelf life, GM would be wise to adopt such a strategy.

Vehicle development these days is a long and exhausting process with years of design work done before the first prototypes are constructed. Considering that, the C7 will definitely enjoy several more years as the latest Vette, but we’d suspect GM will introduce its replacement by 2020, six years after the C7’s 2014 introduction.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

When Mercedes-Benz released its “four-door coupe” CLS , it was an instant sales success, and every luxury manufacturer was left trying to play catch up. Audi created the A7 , a swoopy four-door with a unique liftback rear end to maximize luggage space. After the A7, Audi created a faster version dubbed the S7 for buyers who were looking for more performance. After the success of both of these models, Audi decided to go all-out in the performance market and created the RS7 for 2013. With a twin-turbo V-8 and quattro, Audi had created a gasoline-burning monster. It was amazing.

With a force-fed V-8 under the hood, and quattro AWD, the new and updated 2015 RS7 Sportback will handily trump most of your favorite sports cars around any canyon road, even with three of your favorite friends screaming and white knuckled in the other three leather-wrapped thrones.

M cars are brilliant, and AMGs are fast, but the 2015 Audi RS7 Sportback is a hoon-approved rocket for the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi RS 7 Sportback.

If you’ve been a fan of the Grand Theft Auto video game franchise, you might recognize this sports car . Why yes, it’s the Bravado Banshee, the getaway car that made its debut in the opening moments of Grand Theft Auto III. The Banshee was always treated simply as a video game car that ultimately became one of the mainstays of GTA.

All that’s about to change now that a real world version of the Banshee has been built, thanks to Rockstar Games’ collaboration with West Coast Customs. It’s only a one-off machine, yet it makes good use of state-of-the-art fabrication technologies to turn it into a true sports car befitting its stature as a bad-ass in the GTA franchise.

One look at the Banshee and you can surmise that it was based on a past version of the Dodge Viper — a 2006 model, to be precise. WCC used molds for the exterior, and cut and machined piece-by-piece to recreate the high-performance look of the video game sports car . And as an added treat, the Banshee’s iconic metallic-blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe, ensuring that the sports car’s video game looks translated perfectly into the real-world car.

Additionally, the interior is also a sight to behold with the seats upholstered and embroidered with the "Banshee" name and insignia. Likewise, carbon inlays were used on the dashboard, door panels and center console while a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed.

But the best part about this Banshee isn’t so much it’s appeal; it’s the fact that GameStop raffled it off as part of its Epic Rewards Giveaway back in 2013.

Updated 06/02/2014: If you want to drive the Bravado Banshee for real, you will be happy to know that one unit is currently on sale on eBay. The only problem is that it is listed at $170,000

Click past the jump to read more about the 2006 Banshee.

Source: eBay

There’s a storm brewing over at Cosworth , the kind that can redefine the way we look at the Subaru BRZ , Scion FR-S , and Toyota GT86 . The aftermarket company known for its engine forays in the world of Formula One prepared a new power package treatment for the FA-20 engine that powers all three.

After some teasing in early 2014, Cosworth has finally bared the details on this new power package and it has come at a perfect time for the trio of sports cars . It’s a performance upgrade that has turned the normally tame 200-horsepower sports cars into a fire-breathing bullets that are poised to dominate the automotive scene.

Finally, we can alleviate some of our issues with the BRZ/FR-S/GT86 trio with a healthy injection of power, courtesy of Cosworth. Now, if only we can get the automakers to finally add some of this power straight from the factory, instead of slapping on silly body kits and flashy wheels.

Cosworth’s program comes in three stages, with the details on Stage 1 being the only ones that are available as of June 2, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, and Toyota GT86 by Cosworth.

Source: Cosworth

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