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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.

When Audi pulled the covers off its new TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show a few weeks ago, we were all instantly in love with its newly shaped body, combination of angles and curves, and its impressive array of powertrain options. It was a relief after waiting on it for what seemed like years., but now we’ve got one more TT to be anxious for: the TT Roadster.

Our rendering artist sent us this masterful sketch of what the new drop-top TT might look like, though it doesn’t take much to imagine what Audi is likely to design. The TT has traditionally used a fabric soft top and we don’t imagine that will change. The two hoops behind the seats will likely return as well. The flat rear deck and strong belt line are two classic TT traits likely to return as well.

The TT Roadster’s powertrain won’t differ from the TT Coupe that debuted at Geneva. The TT currently has three engines in its lineup: a 2.0-liter TDI diesel making 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque; a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo making 230 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque; and a more powerful 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline turbo kicking out 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

It’s unlikely the U.S. will see the diesel engine, but the other two will make their way over. We do expect a more powerful TT RS to make its debut sometime soon as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi TT Roadster.

EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon took the Jaguar XKR-S Convertible and the Mercedes SL63 AMG out for a track battle and made some pretty interesting observations regarding both sports cars. On one hand, Bovingdon took the SL63 AMG to task for having a heavy steering, making it really difficult to handle out on corners. While he did admit to the car possessing some mad horsepower under its hood — 537 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, to be exact — Bovingdon didn’t seem too comfortable behind the wheel of the Mercedes, often lamenting how tricky the car was to handle out on the track. But still, it was able to complete a lap of 1:23.9 so it’s still pretty fast given all the circumstances Bovingdon appeared to deal with.

On the other hand, the XKR-S really got the EVO host’s attention, because in his eyes, the Jaguar was an even trickier car to handle compared to the SL63 AMG. Power was also not a problem seeing as the XKR-S is capable of lighting up the rev meters to the tune of 543 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque, but as far as Bovingdon was concerned, getting it and around the track without breaking any sweat was a task that proved to be far easier said than done. And the 1:25.7 lap time proved as much.

Maybe Jaguar was on to something when it decided to kill off the entire XK line, huh?

The Nissan GT-R Nismo that’s been armed with N-Attack Package is all sorts of incredible and validation was shown after Nissan released a video of the track supercar running around the Fuji Speedway in Japan. When Nissan revealed the GT-R Nismo last November, it came with the label of being the fastest volume production car around the Nürburgring. But skeptics argued that the GT-R Nismo that clocked in a time of 7:08.679 came with a bevy of "track options", including the N-Attack Package.

Nissan , though, isn’t apologizing for any of it, and recently, the Japanese automaker took to the Fuji Speedway to do some fine-tuning of the components on the track-focused exotic before putting it on sale.

As far as what these changes are, there are a bunch of them, starting with carbon front fenders, a carbon hood gurney, a front spoiler and a 12-stage, height-adjustable rear wing. It also received four-way Öhlins adjustable dampers, a front limited-slip differential, a carbon plate rear limited-slip differential, dedicated intercooler piping made from carbon and aluminum, and different engine control management and traction control management.

All told, this isn’t just your normal GT-R, folks. This is a GT-R equipped with some of the best components to come out of Nismo, turning the GT-R Nismo into a tried-and-true supercar in every sense of the word.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo.

You know McLaren stumbled into a really good thing when it decides to halt production of the 12C because demand for the new 650S called for it. A spokesman for the Woking-based automaker told Pistonheads at the Geneva Motor Show that the company is focusing its attention on the 650S because a bulk of the sales coming into the company is for the brand’s newest supercar .

It’s not a surprising development, especially because the company is still taking orders for the 12C. But McLaren is striking the iron while its hot and right now, the 650S is blazing, partly because its new and partly because it’s ridiculously awesome.

Even more impressive is the demand for the 650S comes at a time when the vehicle is actually £20,000 more expensive than the 12C at £195,000. The company understood the risk in adding more to the supercar’s price, but it did so with the hope that the 650S will be a sales hit among young and rich customers. Judging by its decision to stall production for the 12C to have all hands on deck for the 650S, it was a gamble that’s paying off handsomely.

The arrival of the 650S also gives a clear delineation among the company’s current and future models. With the price of the 650S closer to £200,000, nobody will mistake it for resembling the soon-to-be-unveiled P13 , which is the future entry-level McLaren model.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S

Source: PistonHeads

Things aren’t looking so hot for Porsche 911 GT3 owners as they wait to hear news from Stuttgart regarding the fire hazard plaguing their car’s engine bays. As you may remember, five GT3s inexplicably burst into flames as they meandered down the road. With those reports coming into Porsche HQ, the company ordered a stop-sale and requested all GT3s be parked until engineers could fix the problem.

Well, that was in early February. Now a month later, Porsche is still looking for a cause. Hungry buyers in Australia were left disappointed after the 911 GT3 missed its own official Down Under debut this week, set to be along side the 911 Turbo and Turbo S models.

Porsche spokesman Paul Ellis says there’s “no update from the factory,” in an interview with Drive. "Given the high performance nature of the engine and sophisticated componentry and engineering, it’s a situation where you have to evaluate every situation to the minute level to make sure you don’t miss anything,"

Ellis continued saying the engineers have strong suspicions about what’s causing the fires, but need further evidence. Unfortunately, that process will likely take more time. Also a factor is correctly fixing the issue once it’s identified. “(It) depends on what the remedy is; if it is an electronic software issue then it is much easier to implement than a mechanical component of the engine.”

Drive is reporting Porsche says it’s seen no loss of customer loyalty or support for the brand during this time. What’s more, all the potential GT3 customers still have their names on the waiting list.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.

Source: Drive

The 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe may be long in the tooth, but it still has some surprisingly springy legs, which a testament to how far Cadillac has come in turning this high-powered CTS Coupe into a real luxury sports coupe.

Unfortunately, the CTS-V Coupe didn’t get the same love from Cadillac as far as looks are concerned. That honor was bestowed to the all-new CTS Sedan , and judging by how well-received the CTS Sedan was when it made its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, the CTS-V should have reason for optimism when it gets its due turn in the new-generation design.

For now, though, the 2014 CTS-V Coupe trudges on with relatively minor updates since it made its debut in 2008. It’s a risky move for Cadillac, especially when a lot of customers can just opt to sit back and wait for the new-look CTS-V Coupe to arrive.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe.

We’ve heard our fair share of rumors surrounding the upcoming 2016 Nissan GT-R , but this one takes the cake. This leaked photo from a Japanese car magazine (above) not only reveals what the car probably looks like, but also important details about its new hybrid powertrain. The most impressive being its projected 800-plus-horsepower output.

Nissan had already confirmed a hybrid powertrain for the next-generation GT-R late last year, though the company was tight-lipped about its specs. Now with this handy piece of evidence, we’ve learned the car will likely retain the current 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 engine — though heavily updated to produce some 580 horsepower — while employing a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) to provide an extra 250-horsepower kick.

580 + 250 = 830 horsepower AWESOME

The extra horsepower should help the GT-R scoot to 62 mph in just 2.7 seconds on its way to a 211-mph top speed. What’s more, it’s said Nissan won’t price the GT-R astronomically higher than the current car’s $101,000 sticker. Expect prices to range between $120,000 and $150,000.

Be sure to check back with TopSpeed for any other developing information regarding the new GT-R’s road to production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Nissan GT-R.

Source: 7Tune

Honda fans in North America want the Honda Civic Type R to come to the US, and they’ve taken to Change.org to make it happen. Listen up, Honda . You gotta give the people what they want!

It’s one of the boldest proclamations of support the Honda Civic Type R has received, and to the credit of those who signed the petition at Change.org, the bold move could work. If it does, we have to give credit to Nikos Stoufis from Northfield, Minnesota, who initiated the petition asking Honda to bring the production model stateside and end what he said was "discrimination against our market."

The man has some cojones, especially when he follows it up by saying Honda has "no excuse anymore" and "if other countries can enjoy the best Honda has to offer, we should be able to enjoy the same rights."

You hear that, Honda?

Well, apparently, it did. Once the signature drive picked up steam, Chris Martin, a member of Honda North America’s Public Relations team, shot Stoufis a reply, saying that while he can’t promise anything, "we’ll take your support of
Type-R into account".

Here’s the best part though, Stoufis petition has already reached the maximum 10,000 signatures.

Your move, Honda.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda Civic Type R.

Source: Change.org
Audi R8 E-Tron

The Audi R8 E-tron is officially a ’go’ after Audi successfully made revisions to make the electric sports car run longer distances than its initial range.

So, it looks like the on-again, off-again status of the R8 E-tron has now been resolved, and not a moment too soon because Audi has spent a pretty long time coming to this decision. To be fair, the German automaker understood that to green light the production of the R8 E-tron, significant improvements had to be made to increase the model’s range of 134 miles.

It turns out that the solution, according to Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development, was found after significant progress had been made in battery technology, including the way it was packaged, which made them more space efficient.

Ultimately, Audi successfully bumped up the E-Tron’s range, thanks to a re-engineering program, and to be fair, it wasn’t just a marginal increase in range. From the initial 134 miles, Hackenberg’s team of engineers managed to more than double the electric sports car’s range to an impressive 279 miles.

So with that headache resolved, the road to production for the R8 E-Tron just got a lot smoother, even though a specific time frame for its arrival has yet to be announced.

But hey, one problem at a time, right? The important thing is the R8 E-tron is going to be produced after all, even if the decision that led to it took a lot longer than a lot of people anticipated.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 E-tron.

Source: AutoCar

When is a BMW M car, not really an M car at all? Well in this week’s episode of XCAR, Alex Goy takes a look at the BMW M235i . Is it worthy of the M badge, or should you just wait for the inevitable M2? If Alex is to be believed, they don’t even need to make an M2 .

Alex really enjoys the tuned version of the 3.0-liter twin turbo engine that has been placed in the M235i. It is essentially the same engine that can be found in every model BMW sells, but power has been increased from 300 horsepower to 321 ponies. Torque sees a similar climb from 300 pound feet to 322.

Like you often hear in a BMW review, the steering, suspension and brakes also gain high marks. The BMW M235i may not be a true M car, but I feel like XCAR may have gotten it right about not needing a proper M2.

In traditional XCAR fashion there is plenty of beautiful camera work and back-road bombing. So sit back, click play and enjoy the next six minutes of automotive awesome.

After you get done, let us know if you think Alex and the XCAR crew got it right. Do we need an M2, or is the M235i more than enough?


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