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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.

Although enthusiasts regard the E-Type as the most iconic and beautiful Jaguars ever built, I think there’s at least one other Jag that can match its distinction. I’m talking about the XKSS, a limited-edition, two-seat roadster based on the D-Type race car.

My reasoning is pretty much simple here. The XKSS has the gorgeous looks of the 1950s Jaguars, the racing heritage of the Le Mans-winning D-Type , and a track-prepped structure coming straight from the company’s motorsport division. Add the fact that Jag built only 16 of these sports cars , and you’ll understand why the XKSS is a coveted and expensive collectible.

The XKSS also benefits from an association with famed American actor Steve McQueen , who owned a British Racing Green-pained example and drove it around Los Angeles for years. Now resting its wheels in the Peterson Automotive Museum, McQueen’s Jag just took a trip to Jay Leno’s garage , the place where the world’s greatest vehicles are taken to be reviewed and showcased.

But unlike other cars that have passed through his garage, the XKSS seems to have mesmerized Leno, as the TV host can’t stop praising the roadster enough throughout the 20-minute episode. Just hit the play button and you’ll find out what we mean.

A high-performance driving school is more than a fun thing to do. It could also save your life. A great example of this is BMW’s Ice Power Training Driving Experience. For European BMW owners, you can spend a day or two flogging slightly modified M3 s around a frozen lake to learn about how to handle a car on less-than-ideal surfaces.

BMW does offer classes for lots of other things like teen drivers, high-performance track driving, and they have an M performance school too. While all those sound amazing, the video that BMW released of its ice school trips all my triggers, and pushes just about every button I have. If you have ever wondered what a BMW M3 rally car might look like, just watch the video after the jump.

I highly recommend that any owner of a high-performance vehicle like an M5 or a Porsche 911 take some sort of driving class.

After the jump you can also find out more information about the other BMW driving schools for those of you that live on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Click through for video evidence of fun and information on how to join in.

In general I like the cars that Mini makes, but I despise the iterative nature of its designs and its constant collection of “different” models and trim levels. Taking one basic car and turning it into one-hundred and eleventy different models is silly and annoying. That said, Mini’s latest concept creation, the Superleggera Vision Concept , is every bit as interesting as it is stunning to look at. It feels like the first true new Mini design since the brand returned in 2003. With a collection of retro cues and futuristic design touches, the car is a truly inspirational design.

I am not the only person who feels that this should be the new future direction of Mini design, and now rumor has it that Mini could actually build it.

The story comes from Automotive News, which cites information provided by Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer at the car’s unveiling. Schwarzenbauer said the car was created to see how well the Mini fans would respond to something that looked like a radical departure from the brand’s traditional design. His words were, “It has received overwhelming appreciation.” He also said he could see a production version of this roadster if the BMW board approves the project.

Here is to hoping.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept.

When it comes to cars that deliver pure driving pleasure, the Caterham Seven is tough to beat. Maybe this is why the roadster has used the same recipe for more than 50 years. Caterham has been working to improve it since 1973, but we mustn’t forget that Colin Chapman, who built the first Lotus 7 in 1957, penned the Seven. It’s true that the technology behind it has changed over the decades, but Chapman’s iconic "simplify, then add lightness" philosophy remained printed in the Seven’s DNA. Caterham sells a host of iterations nowadays, ranging from the bone-stock 165 model to the lightning-fast 620 R, but, from time to time, it also releases special-edition models that become prized collectibles.

For instance, the Brits created quite a stir with the Seven JPE, a Vauxhall -powered Seven developed with input from F1 driver Jonathan Palmer and launched in 1993. More than 20 years have passed since then, and Caterham turned to another Formula One driver to create a new limited edition track rocket. This time it was Kamui Kobayashi’s turn, a Caterham F1 Team ace that has five Grand Prix seasons to his name.

As with most Caterham special editions, the Kobayashi Seven is gifted with a unique appearance and the latest tricks in carbon-fiber embellishment. It packs the same no-nonsense attitude present in all Caterham Caterham -badged vehicles and it has everything it needs to make a petrol-head grovel at its wheels. There is a catch though; the possibility that we may never see one blow past us on the highway is very low. But you’ll have to join us in our in-depth trip to find out why.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Caterham Seven Kamui Kobayashi Special Edition.

Hennessey Performance is widely known for adding crazy amounts of horsepower to factory fresh vehicles already laded with respectable amounts of horsepower. This Corvette Stingray Z51 is no exception. Coming from Bowling Green with 460 horses and 465 pound feet of torque under the hood, this C7 gets a generous power increase thanks to Hennessey’s HPE650 Supercharger upgrade.

The specialized kit includes a high-flow supercharger with Hennessey’s HPE air induction system, a custom pulley for the blower, an upgraded 160-degree thermostat, and specific recalibration of the car’s engine management system. The extra air forced down the 6.2-liter V-8’s throat helps produce 650 horsepower at 6,300 rpm at the flywheel.

On the dyno, the car turns in 532 horsepower and 539 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. That’s an increase of 72 horses and 74 pound-feet compared to Chevrolet’s performance output numbers. Compare them to Hennessey’s baseline dyno results of the stock C7, and the difference is even greater. The stock car only put down 399 horses and 400 pound-feet to the rear wheels — though with its dealer license tag still tapped on, it’s possible the car wasn’t broken in.

Compare Hennessey’s before and after numbers, and the Vette gains an extra 133 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. Impressive stuff.

Also added to the car are several Hennessey badges, premium floormats, carbon fiber doorsills, and Hennessey’s 3-year, 36,000-mile limited warranty. The Texas-based company also offers plenty of other interior and exterior accessories with the package, at a slight extra cost.

If you find yourself wanting a Corvette Stingray HPE650, you’d better act fast. The company is only building 100 examples for the 2014 model year, though more will likely be available for 2015 and beyond.

Note: Porsche 550 rendered here.

The rumors about Porsche’s baby-Boxster roadster are swirling up again with new reports coming out of Germany. This time, the news suggests the new car will surface for the 2016 model year and sport two versions of a flat-four engine. Dubbed the 718, this rumored roadster will slot under the Boxster in terms of price, horsepower, and weight, while still offering plenty of go-fast performance for buyers looking to spend less than the Boxster’s $63,000 asking price.

The report from Focus pins the 718’s two four-cylinders as displacing 2.0- and 2.5-liters with horsepower outputs of 282 and 355, respectively. Porsche will combine these engines with a DSG gearbox and manual transmissions that will drive the rear wheels. The combination of a lighter, mid-mounted, four-cylinder engine and a lighter chassis means the 718 will surely be a hot performer.

Rumors also claim that Porsche engineers are using a modified Boxster platform with a reduction in mass coming from extensive uses of aluminum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the new Roadster also use lots of carbon fiber, as the cost of CF production keeps falling and becomes more pervasive in the industry.

Though the official word isn’t out yet, experts say the car will cost roughly $53,000 — a solid $10K less than the base Boxster. That said, the 718’s upper trim level, which includes the 355-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, will probably only undercut the Boxster by a few thousand. Either way, we appear to be getting a more pure drop-top from Stuttgart by 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 718.

Source: Focus

Take a small peak at Audi’s entire lineup and it’s easy to get entranced by all the options that are before you. But even with all of its high-grade models, Audi’s S3 sedan is one of those rare models that offer a nice blend of luxury, sportiness, and performance. That’s probably the biggest reason why ABT Sportsline chose the S3 for its latest aftermarket program.

Combining healthy doses of aerodynamic and performance upgrades, ABT Sportsline took the task of turning up the volume on the S3 sedan’s capabilities, and in the process unleashing the sports saloon’s full potential.

Countless other aftermarket tuners have built their own aftermarket interpretations for the S3. It’s just that this new project from ABT Sportsline leaves you wondering why people consider those other options when turning to this particular tuner will net you every modification you could ever want for the S3.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi S3 Sedan By ABT Sportsline.

It’s not everyday that you see a car like the 1989 Ferrari 412 get transformed into something that goes against everything the Prancing Horse stands for. But somehow, London Supercar Workshop owner and founder Elo (yes, that’s his name) managed to do it and more.

History Channel’s Ultimate Wheels follows the exploits of Elo as he sets out and puts his brush stroke on great cars, transforming them into, well, the title of the show.

In this particular instance, Elo set his sights on the aforementioned Ferrari 412, giving it a Jekyll and Hyde transformation that essentially turned the Italian supercar into a...pick-up truck .

Yes...a pick-up truck.

It does seem a little blasphemous to even consider butchering a Ferrari and turn it into something that isn’t a supercar, but for what it’s worth, there’s a method to Elo’s madness, something that can’t be explained by simply looking at the finished product.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 412 Pick-Up By London Supercar Workshop.

Give BMW Individual a black auto canvas and the group will do wonders with it. We’ve recently been inundated with a lot of its works and now, we’re being treated to the latest sample of BMW Individual at its finest. This time around the BMW M6 Coupe is that canvas the German automaker’s personalization group is working on, specifically designing it for DTM driver Marco Wittmann.

The Fire Orange paint finish of the M6 Coupe is absolutely stunning, bringing out that fiery sportiness of the M6 Coupe. Remember, this vehicle is about as powerful as any BMW in the market today, capable of producing 560 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque from its 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Mixing that much power with a color that in itself emits a fireball-like rage is like drawing a moth to a flame. You just can’t take your eyes off of it!

With respect to the BMW M6 Gran Coupe that BMW Individual introduced last month, we actually like this one a lot better. Maybe it’s because we’re biased to the color orange and as far as we’re concerned, BMW Individual really brought out the goods on this personalized M6 Coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual M6 Coupe "Fire Orange".

Source: BMW Facebook

Previewed by a concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the next-generation Mini John Cooper Works has been spotted testing Northern Europe since February. More recently, though, the Brits have moved their trials at the Nurburgring track, the perfect environment for a beefed-up hatchback .

Although the spy shots we’ve just received from our paparazzi show a vehicle that has lost most of its camouflage, we’re actually looking at a mule that wears a Cooper S body with a John Cooper Works front bumper attached to it. Still wearing the yellow wrap, the bumper has a more aggressive design and it appears to be identical to the one seen on the concept car.

The lighter, 18-inch aluminum wheels also carry a new design, but the upcoming hot hatch will receive more distinct features, such as a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, roof spoiler and side skirts. These features are likely to find their way on the prototype as development continues this summer.

Motivation will be provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s expected to crank 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s 13 ponies more than the outgoing model and just enough for the vehicle to reach 60 mph from a standing start in less than six seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.


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