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  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.


During a recent trip to a Miami-area Porsche dealership, TopSpeed founder Philippe Daix found himself face to face with five 911 GT3s as they patiently await an engine swap. Porsche is reportedly testing a revised version of the GT3’s 3.8-liter, flat-six engine, but until the engine is ready and shipped to dealers, these brand-new cars sit covered in a layer of dust, blocked by other vehicles within the bowels of the dealer’s service department.

Porsche made the unprecedented move in February of notifying owners to stop driving their GT3s and ordered dealers to stop selling them until repairs are made. The announcement came after two seemingly perfect GT3s burst into flames as they meandered down European roads earlier this year.

The German automaker’s investigation into the fires revealed two piston rod screws became loose, causing all sorts of mayhem and catastrophe within the engine block. Thankfully, no accidents or injuries resulted from the fires, but the incidents were enough for Porsche to recall all 785 of the 2014 911 GT3 s produces. Until the cars are fixed, current GT3 owners have replacement Porsche vehicles.

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

Cue the evil laugh. Commence the soul-piercing glare. Engage the 550-horsepower, 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8. To a select few, being bad is so seductively good – especially if the chariot of choice is the all-new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. To commemorate such dubious and markedly British characters, Jaguar has produced a series of short videos based on its recent Super Bowl ad, It’s Good to be Bad.

Jaguar’s longest video of the series is the one above, and features British actor Tom Hiddleston. Dressed to the hilt in a suit likely more expensive than the Jag’s first months payment, Hiddleston conveys just how a villain should carry oneself; especially whilst piloting an F-Type.

The series of videos cover everything from the active exhaust pipes and selectable dynamic mode to the F-Type’s interior accoutrements and outward appearance. They all feature a heavy dose of V-8 growl and close in shots of the notable features. Of course, the voiceover completes each video’s feel with Hiddleston’s suave British accent.

Holistically, I’m impressed to see Jaguar pour so much focus and money into advertising the F-Type. It’s surely worthy of the attention and it’s a nice change from the previous status quo. On sale this May, the F-Type Coupe starts at $65,000 and rises to over $100K for the F-Type R.

Now if I could only find a briefcase full of $100 bills to take to the Jaguar dealership…

Click past the jump to see all Jaguar’s villainous videos

Generally the S-Class finds itself more at home cursing along the Autobahn at high speeds or taking a leisurely drive along some posh suburban California road while the occupants enjoy the comforts afforded within. However, in this spy video above, Mercedes engineers have lit the afterburners in that upcoming S500 Coupe.

Still covered in camouflage, the S-Class Coupe squeals its way around hard turns along the Nürburgring in Germany. Power comes from a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 making 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the car accels quickly after exiting each turn. From the level of protest heard from the tires, it seems Mercedes still intends the S-Class Coupe to be a boulevard cruiser rather than a track star champ.

Conversely, The upcoming S63 AMG makes its short appearance midway through the video as well (1:34). With its suspension tuned, sticker tires in place, and a more powerful engine, the S63 AMG is the proper gentleman’s speed racer. Powering that car will be a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 making roughly 577 horsepower and a massive 664 pound-feet of torque. The car will likely be offered in both RWD and 4Matic AWD, with the latter making sprints to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

It is a little odd the S500 still wears its camo while the S63 AMG bears it all since the S500 has already been officially debuted at Geneva while the AMG isn’t due until the New York Auto Show, though the official images have already been released. We just count ourselves lucky while enjoying the spy video.

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Do you own an iOS or Android device and want a really fun way to kill a few hours of time? Check out the new 650S Design Studio app from McLaren . The app is an easy to use, portable version of an online car configuration tool, but McLaren have added some extra touches to make it special.

Start with picking your car, Spider or Coupe , and then choose your favorite color, wheels and options to create the perfect personalized supercar. Once you finish choosing your options, the fun really begins.

The app has the ability to insert your newly designed 650S into any picture on your device. Take a picture of your garage, and you instantly get to see what it would look like to park a new McLaren at your own house. Make your Facebook friends jealous by putting the new 650S casually into your vacation photos.

To make sure things look as real possible, McLaren claims the app will alter things like shading and reflections to make the photos look as real as possible.

If you would prefer to photobomb yourself with the 12C or the P1 , you are out of luck. The app only features the newly announced 650S, but I see no reason why an app update later couldn’t add other cars.

I wonder if I can put the 650S into my wedding photos to make it look like I am marrying a car...

You can pick up the app for Android ’HERE->https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mclaren.McLaren650S]. or you can grab the iPad/iPhone app HERE

Editor’s Note: I personally tried the app on Android (my results above), and it works very well!

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.

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With up to 560 horsepower pushing it from the back, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo is the kind of sports car you’re just dying to take for a spin around the Nurburgring. Opt for the Convertible , and you’re off to a great summer to say the least.

Although the latter is available in about 14 exterior colors, including the special GT Silver Metallic and Lime Gold Metallic hues that will relieve buyers of $3,140, we know for a fact that some customers are a bit more pretentious and need more than that. They need exclusivity, they’re after a 911 that’s like no other.

Our best advice to them is that they take it to Porsche Exclusive, Stuttgart’s in-house customizing team (similar to Rolls-Royce ’s Bespoke and BMW ’s Individual brands). Responsible for creating the stunning Lime Gold 911 Turbo a couple of months ago, Porsche Exclusive just rolled out another unique sports car , this time adding some bells and whistles to the Turbo Convertible.

As with most Porsche Exclusive models, no power-enhancing updates were operated under the hood, where the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six is just as it left the factory. No need to be disappointed though, this convertible has what it needs to stand out in a 911 crowd.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet by Porsche Exclusive.

The world has been anxiously looking forward to BMW’s eventual launch of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe sisters, and now we’re one step closer. Both cars’ online configurators are now live. We dive deep into the option lists, paint colors, leather tones, and wheel and brake packages in a holistic overview.

But before choosing one of the eight paint options or nine interior color schemes, lets remember what comes standard under the hood: the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Its two mono-scroll turbos, direct-injection fuel system, and fully variable valve timing with variable camshaft control help the mill kick out 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm along with 406 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,850 all the way up to 5,500 rpm.

The 3.0-liter is mated to a honest-to-goodness six-speed manual transmission or the optional seven-speed double-clutch transmission can be had, at a slight additional cost, of course. Both transmissions lay down respectable times, thought the seven-speed techno-box squeezes ahead by a few tenths. The manual comes in a 4.1 seconds to 60 mph while the double clutch does it in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is governed at 155 mph. Interestingly, BMW reports these same performance numbers for both cars.

Keeping things under control is an upgraded suspension system. With comfort not even a consideration, BMW engineers designed the setups for maximum performance and track-worthiness. Play-free ball joints, elastomeric bearing, and rubber-free bushings keep things tight, while double-jointed spring struts, control arms, wheel carriers, and axle subframes are all constructed of lightweight aluminum, decreasing unsprung mass.

Be sure to check out our full coverage of the M3 Sedan here and the M4 Coupe here.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 and M4.}


If you’ve been a fan of the retractable hardtop on the Mercedes SL and, prepare yourself for some bad news. Apparently, the next-generation SL will be available only as soft-top models. The SLK, which will share its underpinnings with the SL in the next generation, will carry on with its hard top.

The changes are still significant enough that it could alter the look of the SL. But that’s the gamble Mercedes in trying to reduce the car’s weight. In some ways, that could be a boon for fans of the luxury roadster, as less weight means it will use its power more effectively.

Speaking of power, the next-gen SL and SLK models are also expected to be offered with new engines, including four- and six-cylinders for the SLK, and a new 3.0-liter, inline-six for the SL. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet, but the four-cylinder in the SLK is likely able to produce around 240 horsepower, with the six-cylinder ticked significantly higher at around 335 horsepower to 435 horsepower. As for the SL’s new inline-six, that baby could have 365 ponies on tap.

With all these changes in tow, don’t expect these changes to happen soon, as a next-gen SL isn’t expected until 2021.

Note: Current Mercedes SLK pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLK.

Source: Autobild

So this is Subaru’s plan to promote the incredible 2015 WRX STI . It’s what appears to be a fake a trailer for a fake movie called "The Ride of Her Life," and it spends as much time promoting the WRX STI as it does telling the about of a condemned love story between a renegade and the sheriff’s daughter.

Pinch us if you’ve seen this before.

We have to give some credit to Subaru for taking this route in trying to build up the WRX STI. As far as we’re concerned, this is the one Subaru vehicle that doesn’t need any advertising. But hey, it’s Subaru’s show...or movie trailer...or whatever it is that it’s actually trying to pull off here.

We’re guessing that it’s a prelude of bigger things to come; not necessarily better, but we expect maybe a few more cheesy trailers with C-list, trying-hard-to-be-funny voice-overs.

From there, well, we have no idea what Subaru is planning with this "movie."

The Mercedes A45 AMG may be considered as the baby brother of AMG’s full lineup, but there’s nothing small about this model once you add Brabus into the mix. Thanks to the German tuner’s comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this A45 AMG is ready to tussle with the big boys.

The program is typical of what you can expect from Brabus. Slap on some new aero components, dress up the interior, and drop a performance upgrade on the engine. It’s the three-step process to turning cars like the A45 AMG into veritable pocket rockets.

But the best part about this program — apart from having Brabus’ seal of approval — is the fact that on its own, the A45 AMG is already a pretty powerful Mercedes , capable of producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This insane power allows the A45 AMG to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

But even with those impressive numbers, Brabus was still able to add more ponies to the engine, which in a lot of ways proves that when it comes to Mercedes models, nobody does aftermarket programs better than this tuner.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG by Brabus.

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Jaguar may not have as huge a presence at this year’s Geneva Auto Show now that its big reveals of the F-type Roadster and Coupe have been accomplished, but that hasn’t stopped them from teasing us with their next big reveal.

All we have are a few teaser images, but Jaguar has confirmed that their compact 3 Series -fighter is real and it is going to wear the name XE.

This new car will be the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was first previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV . Jaguar has been building aluminum intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move will further reduce the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.

The new XE will likely create the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 (US availability is 2016). It will likely eclipse the sales of all the other Jaguars combined in its first year on sale.

For such a mainstream model, expect a range of engine options and power outputs from a base four-cylinder all the way to a potential M3 fighter with the supercharged V-6 from the F-Type.

Updated 04/02/2014: Jaguar released some information on the XE on its international webpage stating the 2016 XE will borrow the F-Type’s V-6 engine. No details were offered on the output level, but for sure will be something close to the output level offered in the F-Type: 340 horsepower in the base versions and 380 horsepower in the S version.

Click past the jump to read more about 2014 Jaguar XE


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