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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.

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It has been a decade since the Aston Martin DB9 arrived to replace the DB7 . Many tuners including the popular names have spent time with the British icon to squeeze more out of it and make it even more sophisticated and lucrative. The latest tuner to get its hands on the DB9 is Carlex and it made the car look astonishing on the inside — as if the base DB9’s cabin wasn’t astonishing enough. It has dubbed this project the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper.

The ethereal looking Aston Martin DB9 has been designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker with the distinctiveness coming from the trademark front grille and super-sleek aluminum body. The long hood with distinctive creases makes the car lustrous and elegant. The DB9 is powered by AM11 engine, which is a 5.9-liter V-12 with 510 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque. With this engine in tow and mated to a six-speed automatic, the DB9 crests the 60-mph mark in just 4.6 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper By Carlex Design.

Me and the other two buffoons from the TopSpeed Podcast had a bit of an argument the other day. We were discussing what we each think has been the greatest enthusiast car maker. What auto company seems to do whatever they can, regardless of common sense, decency or money to create cool cars that we want, especially in the last 20 years or so?

Why don’t you guys take a second to chime in? Drop us a comment about what you think the best enthusiast brand is, and tell us why. I am working on my answer, and I will share it with everyone very soon, but I want to know what you guys have to say about it. I also want to see how many of you guys get it so obviously wrong.

Is it going to be Porsche or maybe Ferrari ? What about Dacia ?

Also, before you go too far. No, I am not going to pick Lancia . Top Gear already did that, and I still kinda think they are wrong.

You have your assignment. Now hit those comments!

The relative success of the first-generation Supra left Toyota with a huge task on its hands. It wasn’t enough to just build on the popularity of the sports car ; the company had to exceed it with the new version. So in a lot of ways, the second-generation Supra was created to make sure that it wasn’t a flash-in-the-pan model.

The model ran from 1982 to 1986 and in that time, the Supra evolved and underwent a handful of changes, resulting in the model that cemented the Supra’s place in history as one of Toyota’s finest sports cars .

In the North American market, the second generation Supra, which was still known as the Celica XX in Japan, came in two different versions: Performance Type (P-Type) and Luxury Type (L-Type). Both versions were roughly identical to each other, except for some noticeable changes to the aesthetics and the available technology contained in the models.

The success of the second-generation Toyota Supra turned a lot of people into fans of the sports car, elevating its stature in the eyes of many as one of the best sports cars of its time. It even caught the attention of Motor Trend and Car and Driver, two magazines that awarded the Supra with their own honors, including MT’s "Import Car of the Year" and Car and Driver’s "Top Ten Best List" in 1983 and 1984.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1982 - 1986 Toyota Supra.

A mildly camouflaged, next-generation Audi R8 has hit the Nurburgring track again, revealing a few never-before-seen details. You’re probably anxious to ogle at its sexy, supercar -like body, but the fake body panels mounted on the front and the rear fascias blocked our paparazzi, yet again.

The good news is the folks over at Audi have brought with them a second prototype with a fully uncovered interior, a perfect target for our skilled photographers and their lenses. The most noticeable novelty is the introduction of a digital TFT instrument cluster.

The unit comes to replace the more conventional analogue gauges and represents a significant update for a sports car that has some tough competition to bark at. The dashboard is also new, and so are the steering wheels and the air vents, which feature chromed bezels.

Getting back to the outer shell, we’re expecting for the brand-new R8 to break cover with a set of smaller headlamps, a reshaped grille and a smoother front hood. Around back, we should see slimmer LED taillights, redesigned vents and rectangular exhaust pipes on each side of the diffuser. Overall, the next R8 will look flatter, wider and even meaner.

Audi will bolt the body on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan , which means the new model will shed up to 200 pounds compared to its predecessors. Both the 4.2-liter V-8 and the 5.2-liter V-10 powerplants will carry over with the regular horsepower updates. Naturally, these units will see improvements in the fuel efficiency department as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast . We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo , the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip . We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type .

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum .

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars .

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

If you’re a regular listener to our TopSpeed Podcasts, you’re likely familiar with our affinity with high-tech halo cars and the benefits they bring to less expensive, more everyday cars by technology trickle-down. Well, it appears Porsche is planning to share a few of the 918 hybrid hyper car’s parts with an upcoming version of the 911 Turbo S, and the Panamera Turbo S.

Why add a hybrid system to a car as seamless as the 911? The benefits are numerous and often obvious, but sometimes can be more obscure. The easiest positive to recognize is more horsepower. Adding the 918’s 156-horsepower electric motor to the 911 Turbo S’ 560-horsepower flat six results in a possible 716-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. That would help the 911 run the ‘ring with the latest Lamborghinis and Ferraris out there.

On the more obscure side, adding a plug-in hybrid system would allow the 911 to drive within Europe’s future Zero-Emissions Zones where conventional engines are banned in congested urban environments. Switch to full-electric mode, and the car becomes legal to drive downtown.

What’s more, it shouldn’t be difficult for Porsche to tailor the e-Hybrid system for not just the 911 and Panamera, but for other vehicles in the future. It’s possible for the trickle-down to continue further into even more affordable vehicles like the Cayman and Boxster, but only after the development and hardware costs come down. This not only helps Porsche’s overall CAFE ratings, but helps boost horsepower ratings and performance standards as well.

It sounds like a win-win to us.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Source: MotorTrend

In all the years that Porsche has been around, it has created a handful of iconic models that, to this day, enthusiasts still revere suiting their legendary status. On the flip side, there are also some Porsche models that don’t get the same amount of love and admiration that they deserve. One model that belongs in the latter category is the 1970 Porsche 914-6 , a mid-engine, two-seat roadster that Volkswagen and Porsche collaboratively designed and built from 1969 to 1976 .

In its latest episode, Petrolicious ran a profile on the "forgotten" Porsche and Jack Griffin, one of the few men who own the 914-6.

It’s easy to overlook the 914-6 given the other models Porsche has developed that have gained more esteem. But there still lies an appeal for a sports car that not only performs like a Porsche, but looks unique enough for Porsche faithful to consider it an outcast model to all other Porsches built before and after its arrival.

For his part, Griffin has developed a certain affinity and attachment to his 914-6, largely because of the way others have ignored the model throughout the years. It’s still a Porsche, after all, and as far as this particular 914-6 is concerned, a powerful one at that.

The 914-6 was one of the fastest Porsches of its time, having later evolved into a race car when the 914-6 GT arrived in 1969.

Most people will name the 911 as the most iconic Porsche model of all time, and there’s no use arguing against that notion. But don’t forget models like the 914-6, which carved out a following of its own that, as Griffin proves, persists to this day.

The hot hatch segment has become increasingly competitive these days with so many automakers fielding competitive models. Mazda has seen all the action taking place and has yet to release a performance version of the Mazda3 since unveiling its new design. Now it’s looking like a new Mazda3 MPS — closely related to the Mazdasoeed3 here in the U.S. — is near and it’s going to be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that may have 325 horsepower.

The news comes from CarsGuide, which reported the Japanese automaker is pushing ahead with plans for a Mazda3 MPS to join the growing hot hatch battle featuring the Ford Focus ST , the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Honda Civic Type-R , among other models.

A separate report from Japanese magazine Holiday Auto also suggested that despite repeated denials from Mazda, the automaker will turbocharge the new Mazda3 MPS, meaning that it stands to get an extra dose of power to be able to compete with its rivals.

The challenge for this new model is how Mazda can pair its SkyActiv engine range with a turbocharger, something it has had problems doing in the past. But a source in Japan told Holiday Auto the problem has "already been solved," clearing a hurdle in developing a turbocharged, new-generation Mazda3 MPS.

With that issue reportedly out of the way, Mazda has an easier developmental road in equipping its newly redesigned hatch with a drivetrain to compete with other hot hatchbacks currently on the market. The timetable for the car’s release is still anyone’s guess at this point, but there are those who believe the car should be ready to arrive in 2016. This gives Mazda two years to cover the entire development and production phase of the Mazda 3 MPS.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda3 MPS.

*Image Note: 2012 Mazda3 MPS shown here.

Source: CarsGuide

Well that didn’t take long, did it? It’s already universally recognized that the Mazda MX-5 Miata is one of the most popular models in the history of the industry. So it didn’t come as a surprise that when Mazda released the MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition , all 100 models of the car were accounted for in just 10 minutes.

Reservations for the sports roadster were set for 10:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time yesterday and as soon as the time read "10:35, all 100 models were reserved via 250 individual registrations, rendering Mazda’s allocated time for pre-orders that was set until May 31, 2014 essentially useless. Who didn’t see that one coming?

Those who successfully registered their reservations will now get contacted by Mazda North America and given the chance to pre-order the model. The first 100 who verify their intent to purchase and provide transmission selection will get first dibs, meaning that not all 250 will end up with the special-edition model.

And as an added bonus, the 100 who secure the special model will each be given a Swiss-made, custom-crafted Tourneau watch with an Italian-made genuine leather black strap, contrasting Soul Red stitching, and a deployant buckle.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition will sell for $32,205 with a six-speed manual transmission and $32,655 for those equipped with an automatic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition.

Back in the the 1970’s, the Celica was fighting the good sports car fight for Toyota as rival models, particularly the Nissan 240Z , burst into the scene. But it wasn’t until the latter part of that decade when Toyota decided to ramp up its efforts in the sports car market. That’s when the Toyota Supra was born. Based on the Celica until its third incarnation, the Supra became the sports car Toyota put up against some of the best its rivals had to offer. It’s popularity grew to such great lengths that the Japanese automaker even created a new logo just for the Supra.

The Toyota Supra may no longer exist and even with reports of its revival bubbling in the surface for years now, we can always look fondly at the first-generation Supra and say "that’s where it all began."

Click past the jump to read more about the 1979 - 1981 Toyota Supra.


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