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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.

So apparently, the "Mission: Impossible" movie franchise has already begun filming its fifth installment. I didn’t even know there was a fifth movie, not after that bomb of a fourth film whose only redeeming quality was seeing the BMW VisionEfficient Dynamics get some well-deserved camera time. But amateur video has popped up of "M:I 5" and once again, BMW is front and center.

This time around, it’s the new M3 Sedan that’s getting treated to a whole lot of stunt driving smack in the middle of the streets of Casablanca in Morocco. If you love the M3 Sedan, this is a painful video to watch, as it looks like the car’s getting hammered down a steep flight of steps.

On the flip side, appearing in a movie like "Mission: Impossible 5" is a great way for the M3 Sedan to get some mainstream publicity. The VisionEfficient Dynamics benefited from its time in front of the camera and now proudly calls itself the BMW i8 .

Hopefully, the M3 Sedan doesn’t suffer the same fate as so many other “movie” cars have in the past. I still have weird nightmares about what Michael Bay did to all those exotics in the "Transformers" franchise.

Panoz , an American sports car manufacturer founded in 1989, rolled out the Esperante back in 2000. Developed as a mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, luxury sport convertible , the first Esperante featured an aluminum body and a modular, extruded-aluminum chassis with steel subframes. The first iteration was powered by a Ford -sourced, 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that cranked out 305 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque with modifications made by Elan Motorsport Technologies. First-gen models were capable of 0-to-60-mph sprints of 4.9 to 5.1 seconds and top speeds of up to 155 mph. The Esperante also spawned a GTLM race car with notable results in the American Le Mans series . As we approach the 2015 model year, Panoz has launched an updated version of the Esperante, this time with larger, more powerful engines, a revised exterior and a completely new interior.

As with most Esperantes, the 2015 model is available in both standard and GT versions, with the latter being highlighted by a wider body kit. The revised Esperante Spyder GT comes just as Panoz is celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of America’s most exclusive sports car manufacturer. Let’s see what Don Panoz has in store this time.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Panoz Esperante Spyder GT.

It seems Lexus is preparing a new GS F sedan for production in the 2016 model year. Reports confirm the performance sedan will be powered by an upgraded, 5.0-liter V-8 that powers the upcoming RC F coupe . The GS F will also get an eight-speed automatic from ZF, along with a Torsen rear differential as standard equipment.

We can expect the GS F’s V-8 to pump out roughly 506 horsepower and just under 400 pound-feet of torque. That should put the four-door sedan in the mid four-second range to 60 mph and at a top speed exceeding 170 mph.

Holding everything together will be a lengthened version of the RC’s chassis. A multi-link, electronic suspension with separate drive modes is also expected. The new GS F will borrow some of the RC F’s styling cues, including that massive Lexus Spindle Grille. Expect the GS F to cost around $130,000 when it hits the market.

What’s more, Lexus is apparently working on a four-door version of the RC F. If that’s the case, it will surely ride on the same lengthened platform as the GS F and share much of its underpinnings. It may be a case of slight size and styling differences being the only separators. AutoCar is reporting the four-door RC F is likely to bow "sometime in 2016" as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus GS F and RC F.

Source: AutoCar

The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.

When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change, a five-pony power bump, and various, but minor interior and exterior upgrades.

Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional five horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)

Updated 09/08/2014: Dodge announced that the 2015 Viper will go on sale at a price of $84,995 - which represents a reduction of $15k over the previous year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT.

Launched in 1996 as a rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined roadster, the Lotus Elise replaced the aging Elan in the company’s lineup. Initially powered by a 118-horsepower, 1.8-liter Rover engine, the little roadster weighed only 1,598 pounds and was able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.8 seconds. More powerful iterations, including one that came with 190 horsepower on tap, were released until the first-generation model was replaced in 2001. The second-gen sports car came with revised exterior styling and a refreshed interior, while the Rover engine was dropped in favor of a Toyota -sourced, 1.8-liter four-banger. The second-gen Elise received a mild facelift in 2011, when an entry-level, 1.6-liter unit was introduced for the European market. As we’re moving closer to 2015, Lotus began testing a new version of the Elise on the Nurburgring track and, as it turns out, the Brits have launched yet another iteration of its iconic sports car. Dubbed Elise S Cup, the lightweight coupe is nothing more than a road-legal version of the Cup R race car that was launched in 2013.

In other words, it’s the most powerful road-going Elise ever built and it comes with everything you need for a fun-filled weekend at the races. Check out the full details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about the Lotus Elise S Cup

Chris Harris has done it again. He has found the ultimate classic car to test drive that makes us drool. This time around, Harris gets some time behind the wheel of the Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France . No, this isn’t some pace car used to lead segments of the famed bicycle race. Rather, this classic racer was once a long-distance race car that tackled asphalt and dirt roads with authority in the Tour de France Automobile.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter, 12-cylinder engine that produced 240 horsepower in its racing days, but closer to 270 horses after modern modifications were made. That isn’t much power by today’s standards, but back in the 1950s, when this car did its racing, that was a ton of power.

Also unimpressive by today’s standards is this car’s 165-mph top speed. But picture hitting this top speed on a dirt road with 1950’s tires and four-wheel drum brakes, and you can see why only a brave few could actually pilot this rig.

The blue beauty in this video is set to head to auction soon, but the current owner was kind enough to allow Harris to pilot it. And as always, he delivers to us a great review with plenty of classic 12-pot noise to satisfy the ears. Is it simply spectacular to hear that small-displacement 12-cylinder hum along.

If there’s one automaker that’s more exclusive than Ferrari , that would have to be Morgan Motor Company . Of course, the comparison is somewhat silly given the products that come from these companies, but Morgan is one of those manufacturers that builds less than 1,000 vehicles a year. What’s more, certain cars have a waiting list of up to six months. That’s because each car is assembled by hand, starting with the wooden frame and ending with the hand-formed, aluminum body. Sure, nothing’s cooler than a Ferrari Ferrari badge nowadays, but Morgan’s old-fashioned ways are darn impressive in my book.One less-known fact about this British company is that it has a Special Projects Division.

This means Morgan can build bespoke, one-off vehicles just like the big boys from Ferrari, Lambo and Jaguar Land Rover . They don’t do it very often, but you’d better be prepared to stand in awe when such an automobile comes out of Malvern, England. If you fancy the classy yet modern looks of the Aero Coupe, then Morgan’s latest custom vehicle will leave you impressed. Meet the Morgan SP1, essentially the production version of the 2009 LifeCar concept !

Click past the jump to read more about the Morgan SP1.

At last, the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata is finally here to put an end to years of speculation over its new design. Sure, details surrounding its engine and the amenities it will come with are still under wraps, but that didn’t stop us from having an argument about what impact will the 2016 Miata have on the sports car market once it hits showrooms. While most of us agree the Miata is a rather unique vehicle, we do know the Japanese roadster faces stiff competition from larger and sometime more powerful convertibles .

Of course, if you’re a Miata enthusiast, then it’s likely you’re not even considering what other manufacturers have to offer. But it’s not that of a bad idea to know how the fourth-generation MX-5 stacks up against its main competitors, which mostly come from either Japan or Germany. So what nameplates should fear the new Miata’s arrival in late 2015? Read on to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata and its competitors

There’s no rest for the weary over at Porsche Exclusive. Stuttgart’s very own personalization arm has been busy churning out exclusive models over the past few weeks. Judging by the frequency of these models, there doesn’t appear to be any end in sight for these guys. Porsche Exclusive’s latest creation involves the Porsche Cayman S and it is a thing of beauty.

This is how you dress up a Porsche Cayman . The shiny grey exterior paint and the smoked taillights give it a classy look that belies its sporty and aggressive capabilities. Porsche Exclusive also gave it a new sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 20 mm (0.78 inch) and a new sports exhaust system that should help clear the throat of that 3.4-liter, flat-six engine.

Speaking of the engine, this new Porsche Exclusive creation doesn’t have any performance upgrades. Still, the Cayman S is capable of 325 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. These numbers allow the Cayman S accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 175 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman S In Agate Grey Metallic By Porsche Exclusive.

Remember the pair of Nissan IDx concepts we saw at the Tokyo Motor Show back in November 2013? It’s hard to forget those two considering how funky their designs were. Heck, the IDx Nismo concept even had a lower bumper that looked like a tongue sticking out.

It seemed that Nissan decided to develop those concepts because it just wanted to, but it looks as if the company actually had good reason to build those two wonky coupes . Believe it or not, Nissan actually has plans to produce a sports car based on the concepts.

Motoring Australia reports that Nissan is planning to unveil a production version of the IDx with plans of pitting it against the Toyota GT 86 . Sources also told Motoring that the production IDx will look nothing like the two prototypes, which may or may not be a good idea, depending on how you feel about the IDx Nismo and Freeflow concepts.

Details are still vague at this point, but Nissan designers are reportedly tinkering with a sportier and more aggressive design that can stare down the GT 86 and by extension, the Subaru BRZ .

Word also has it that Nissan is leaning toward dropping a 2.0-liter engine in the production version of the IDx, which will feature output levels of up to 181 horsepower. Sure, that’s not going to be enough to beat out the GT 86’s 200-horsepower output, but if Nissan nails the design of this cars, that might not even matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Nissan iDX Concepts


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