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.

Oh, the things we see on eBay . The commerce site has and will always have some interesting items up for sale or auction. That was no more evident to us than when we happened upon a restored 1988 BMW M5 that actually looks pretty good given its age. According to the seller, this particular M5 has been restored to serve as a nice "daily driver," the kind that can take you from point A to point B in style and without any mechanical problems. Given that its essentially a 26-year old car, such ringing promises are good to hear.

More impressive in this case is the car’s reported forays in the drag strip back in its day. It can supposedly run a quarter-mile in 13 seconds, no small feat for any sports car by today’s standards.

But you’re not getting just any M5 either, as it was also given a series of upgrades. These upgrades include the installation of a new throwout bearing and new transmission output shaft and shifter seals. The best of the updates is a hot new engine that not only adds some extra firepower, but also had just 17,000 miles on it when the owner dropped it into the car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1988 BMW M5.

Source: eBay

The Nissan 370Z Nismo is a cool, nippy sports car at 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque. Drop the hammer and it will reward you with fast-enough acceleration and precise handling. Do that on the track and you’ll be able to sweep the asphalt with a lot of famous and more expensive cars.

But despite its abilities, I always thought the 370Z lacked the looks most enthusiasts are expecting to find on a sports car of this caliber. Its face is just too clean and polished, without any of the sharp cues that make you scream in agony as you’re being chased by one.

Fortunately, that has come to an end today when Nissan took the wraps off the facelifted 370Z Nismo. The Japanese-built sports car has finally received its much-need rhinoplasty, one that throws the boring look to the dumpster and puts a new, "eat my dust" face on the hot coupe .

Of course, the 2015 370Z Nismo is not only about a new, evil grin. The folks over at Nismo have been working hands deep to upgrade the chassis and the suspension system, while developing brand new sports seats with Recaro, the industry’s main provider of high-performance shells.

I was a bit surprised to discover Nissan chose to keep output figures unchanged, but aside from that, it had done a great job to bring the 370Z back in the spotlight.

Updated 05/19/2014: Nissan unveiled a new set of images and a video taken during the car’s official debut at the annual ZDayZ gathering in North Carolina. Check the picture gallery to see all the new pictures.

Updated 08/08/2014: Nissan announced prices for the 370Z Nismo which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. Prices will start from $41,990 for the base 370Z Coupe Nismo 6MT and will go up to $46,790 for the 370Z Coupe Nismo Tech 7AT version. Details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

The age of customized and personalized vehicles is alive and strong. In fact, many manufacturers have taken this route to ensure a level of uniqueness for their customers. One such automaker is Porsche , and judging by how it spruced up this Boxster S in a sparkling in blue, you can tell that the German automaker’s Porsche Exclusive program is doing quite well on its own.

There aren’t a lot of wholesale changes made to this Boxster S to make it look completely new. On the contrary, it’s full of subtle modifications that all add up to an incredible visual treat, the kind that customers will definitely want to get their hands on.

The Porsche Exclusive options fitted into this sports roadster includes a the new Riviera Blue paint job that is nicely complemented by doses of black on the exterior mirrors, the headlight cleaning system covers, the rear side air intake grilles, the "Boxster S" graphics on the doors. All these new trimmings were specifically modified to give a smooth blue-and-black look to the Boxster S, and yes, they do bring out a new level of sporty aggression to the baby Porsche, don’t they?

There is a handful of other upgrades to this particular Boxster S, details of which you can check out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Boxster S in Riviera Blue by Porsche Exclusive.

While the three Type 64 cars ultimately were little more than an engineering exercise, it provided Porsche with the knowledge it needed to create the Type 356 . The body shape was an extension of what Porsche began with the Type 64, and the teardrop shape still looks attractive to this day.

The birth of the Type 356 was not an easy one. With World War II raging, and Allied forces carpet bombing large portions of Germany, Porsche packed up and escaped to Austria. Porsche set up shop in an old sawmill in Gmund, Austria which is why the car carries its odd title.

Despite having packed up and moved to a sawmill, the 356 was still built using some of the most advanced materials and engineering possible. The bodies were all hand-hammered from sheet aluminum, and the chassis was a very stiff pressed-steel unit that was formed into a single unit with the floor. You could almost think of it as an early monocoque.

Beyond the futuristic production, the 356 featured full-independent suspension in all four corners. With that suspension setup and its lightweight, the Gmund Coupes were natural-born racers.

The car you see here is 356/2-017. It is number 17 to be produced and one of the oldest known living examples. While in Gmund, Porsche only managed to create a total of 50 to 52 Gmund Coupes (numbers are unreliable as to exact production). After those first 50, or so, cars were produced, Porsche returned to Stuttgart, ending the production of “Gmund” 356 models. Porsche still continued to make the 356 after it returned to Stuttgart and eventually produced around 76,000 of the cars in total.

We’ve barely reached the halfway point of the year and it seems BMW’s newest addition to its M family has been in the headlines so much we’ve seen one incarnation of the sports car after another in various racing series all over the world. And just to drive home that point, BMW Abu Dhabi has released a new batch of photos of the M4 Coupe in the middle of a tire-smoking drifting session, all while sporting BMW’s official racing colors.

Those unmistakable BMW racing graphics look pretty sexy on the M4, don’t they?

Not a lot of BMW models can proudly wear those colors and make it look like they were born to be dressed in them. The M3 was usually the car getting the racing garb and for good reason. But with the arrival of the M4 Coupe and BMW’s decision to keep the M3 a sedan from here on out, it does look like the baton is finally getting passed to the newest member of the M family.

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

Source: BMW Facebook

We’ve already discussed all of the details around the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 earlier, when GM introduced the sexy, yet track-capable drop-top at the New York Auto Show . And we were pretty impressed with the fact that Chevy managed to keep weight to a minimum after chopping its roof off.

The staggering power, the projected performance and the aerodynamic body kit are the other reasons that will make grovel at its wheels, but have you heard the way this beast of a car sounds like when the ignition fires up that supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 mill? You might be the biggest Corvette hater in the world, but if your heart doesn’t start pumping faster after hearing a Z06 idle, then you’re NOT a petrolhead and you should go hang around a bunch of Toyota Prius.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, then you should know that the 2015 Corvette Z06 received a brand-new LT4 engine that’s set to generate at least 625 horsepower and 635 pound-feet of torque. Those figures should be enough to propel the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in about 3.4 seconds, with the convertible to be a tad slower at 3.5 seconds.

The sports car won’t hit the streets until the first quarter of 2015, so make sure you watch the video above if you’re looking for some early exhaust note action.

Mercedes-Benz has yet to offer a cabriolet version of the C-Class until now, leaving only BMW and Audi to fight it out on the German front, But that’s about to change next year, when the very first iteration of the C-Class Convertible will arrive in showrooms.

Developed independently from the coupe, the drop-top will also borrow most of its styling cues from the 2015 C-Class Sedan , and will come with a retractable soft-top and probably with the cool AirCap anti-draft system found in the E-Class Cabrio .

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but we have a batch of spy shots suggesting the vehicle is nearing its final development phase, with an official launch to occur in the first half of 2015.

The U.S.-spec convertible is likely to cross the Pond the North America with 2.0-liter, four-cylinder and 3.0-liter, V-6 engines under the hood, but a C63 AMG version is also expected to go on sale with a more powerful 4.0-liter, turbo, V-8 mill motivating the wheels.

Updated 05/16/2014: We have created a rendering for the upcoming C-Class Convertible. Check it out after the jump.

If you ever wanted to own a Ferrari 275 , your chance is coming up. RM Auctions has been entrusted with the sale of this special Fezza, and it will hit the block in Monterey this August. Just make sure to bring your big boy wallet; this one wont go cheap.

Not only, is this a pristine example of a 275 GTB/4 , it was also owned and customized by Steve McQueen. The car was ordered by McQueen in 1967 and was delivered to him in the middle of filming "Bullit."

While the car originally arrived wearing gold paint, McQueen quickly had it painted red. The wire wheels are also not standard. They came off a different 275 that McQueen had wrecked.

After a few years of ownership, the car was sold to Guy Williams. Over the years it passed through many hands, but the latest owner had the car fully restored . Don’t be worried about the quality of that restoration, as the car has been on display at the Ferrari Museum in Italy ever since the refurb.

This could be the perfect addition to any Ferrari collection, but you will need to pay for the privilege. Sales estimates are as high as $9 million.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 275 GTB/4.

Source: RM Aucions

In our most recent TopSpeed Podcast , Christian, Justin, and myself were asked the age-old question: If you had a reasonable amount of dough to blow on a sports car, what would you get? Well, we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a constant fantasy in our subconscious. The idea of a sporty car with generous power and an accessible sticker price would make any gear head salivate.

To that end, we’ve gathered a list of eight respectably sporty cars that can be picked up for under $20,000. The list includes a mix of foreign and domestic brands with coupes, convertibles, and even a four-door sedan. Of course, this is hardly an exhaustive list that includes every good sports car under $20K, but it’s a good start and will likely generate ideas for other cars if you’re in the market.

And like we said on the podcast, it’s always a smart idea to have a trusted mechanic give the car a once-over before fronting the cash. Even if problems don’t exist on your car in question, it’s always a good idea to know the typical problem areas of that particular model.

So without further rambling, click past the jump for our list of cheap kicks. Oh, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. It might just get covered in the next podcast.

Click past the jump for our list of cheap kicks

After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.

Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept ? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.

Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.

At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe , albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.

Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.


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