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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.

Every now and then, a car brand comes out with a model that surpasses the standards we set for it. That’s the case with the Audi S1 , and looking at this video of this high-powered version of the hatchback , you would think that the vehicle was built specifically to tackle the snow.

See, the 2014 S1 quattro makes it look really effortless. When other cars would be slipping and sliding their way into potential doom and gloom, the S1 Quattro never flinches, blasting along the winter roads like it was the summertime.

The quattro AWD system is working in full effect there, allowing the S1 to remain in control, while its 231-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine does the rest.

We gotta say, the S1 looks like it’s just playing around the snow there; imagine what its capable of on a clear piece of road, right?

Our spy photographers have been at it again, capturing even more shots of the 2016 Audi R8 running laps at the Nürburgring. This time, we’ve got some fresh angles and different lighting revealing some details not previously seen in the last batch of photos .

A few of those details are noticeable in the rear three-quarter view and center around the rear window area. For starters, the vents flanking the rear window have a new shape. Gone are the open-top louvered vents, replaced by ones with long slats facing the window. A completely new vent is seen too. Just below the rear window lies a horizontal vent that likely expels heat from the mid-mounted engine. The addition makes sense when considering the supposed cooling issues Audi had with the 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8. There’s still no word on whether that engine will be included in the R8 lineup though.

Another newly spotted detail is the vertical slats in the large heat extractors just below the taillights. In previous R8s, the vents were horizontal, adding to the visual width of the car.

Up front, we see the swirly-wrap camo hiding what appears to be bulkier camouflage around the license plate disguising the R8’s production nose while the three main grilles are covered in thick mesh, keeping their looks a mystery.

Click past the jump to read more speculation on the 2016 Audi R8

Earlier, our spy photographer spotted the elusive M4 Convertible wandering public roads wearing the usual swirly-wrap camouflage, but now, the M4 has been captured burning up the Nürburgring during high-performance testing. Wearing only minimal camo, the M4 shows off its details.

Though BMW hasn’t officially pulled the covers off the drop-top and details are pretty scarce, it’s easy to imagine the majority of components will be shared with its other M4 counterpart .

The drop-top will likely be powered by BMW’s all-new, 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder that kicks out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual and optional seven-speed double clutch gearbox will surely be included as well. We suspect the underpinnings and suspension bits will remain the same, though it’s still unknown how much weight the mechanical hard top will add and if BMW has to reinforce the car’s structure. Even if carbon fiber is extensively used, the convertible’s weight will surely be more than the coupe.

As the pictures tell, the M4 Convertible’s bodywork closely resembles the coupe’s . The twin lower air intakes with their numerous angles, swoops, and cuts transition over. The hood appears to have the same bow wake spreading past the BMW Roundel with the power dome rising in the center. Sharply angled rocker panels give a more aggressive appearance to the car’s side profile. Out back, the rear fascia sports all the same features from the coupe, including the quad exhausts.

Click past the jump for the complete run down on the M4 Convertible

When Toyota launched its FT-1 concept , the entire industry stood up and took notice of this new sports car . After further investigation, nearly all of us media folk drew a direct line between the new concept and the eventual return of the legendary Supra . We took the initiative to create a rendering of an FT-1-based Supra back in February, and what good is a new supra without the removable targa top that the model was known for having? So we are now adding a rendering of the convertible Supra to our repertoire today.

Once we created the coupe version of the our Supra rendering, the convertible version was pretty simple. All we needed to do was eliminate the center section of the roof, flatten out the rear section of the roof and add a frame just above the windshield. We also had to take some time to add in some seats to give it a more realistic look.

Just like with the coupe version of the Supra, converting the convertible model required revising the nose to lose that wild, F1 -like nose, add more traditional headlights, smoothen out some of the air intakes and add on a more Supra-like rear spoiler.

I suspect that the convertible version will arrive about a year after the Supra coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Supra Convertible.

Like its drop-top brother the Boxster , the Cayman has become a well-respected performer for Porsche since its introduction in 2006. Porsche has continued to update the car to keep it exciting, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. For 2015, both the Cayman and Boxster are getting a new range-topping trim level that adds power, better handling, and decades of heritage — the GTS package.

The GTS package adds all the right ingredients to Porsche ’s perfect recipe: more horsepower and torque from the 3.4-liter flat-six, better handling thanks to revised suspension components and the now-standard Sports Chrono package, and a unique look to set it apart from lesser Cayman trim levels.

Getting into the nitty-gritty reveals an added 15 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque bringing the total number to 340 horses and 280 pound-feet. Both the six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmissions are available. The normally optional Sports Chrono package and Active Suspension Management (PASM) on the Cayman S become standard equipment for the GTS. Still an option, but well worth it, is Porsche’s torque vectoring differential that uses a combination of braking and locking of the differential to actively put power to the ground. Click everything into sport mode and activate launch control, and the PDK-equipped Cayman will hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The Cayman’s top speed is listed at 177 mph for those equipped with the manual, however Porsche hasn’t released the PDK’s top speed figures yet.

Giving distinction between itself and the lesser Cayman and Cayman S models, the GTS features a number of dark-grey exterior accents, an interior that’s covered in Alcantara, and several GTS badges finished in the same dark grey.

Click past the jump for all the details on the 2015 Cayman GTS

The SRT Viper’s well-chronicled sales struggles have been well documented in the media these days. While company boss Ralph Giles continues to put on a brave — and maybe even defiant — face, today’s news involving Chrysler’s decision to shut down production of the Viper because of lagging sales is something even Giles doesn’t have any excuse for.

The company made the announcement in a statement, essentially confirming rumors that it was shutting down its Conner Avenue Assembly Plant from April 14th to to June 23rd. That’s two months of the Viper’s production remaining idle, but given how much supply it still has in its inventory — 756 unsold on March 1 — there was no need for the company to keep building more Vipers .

The Viper’s struggles in sales are a little surprising, considering the hype and fanfare the sports car received when it made its return a few years ago. Some people might point to the season as a reason for lagging sales, but even that doesn’t fully explain how the Viper hasn’t been universally lauded the same way as the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray .

Even with its limited production, wouldn’t consumers be tripping over themselves to get a Viper if it were in such a high demand? The truth its, demand for the sports car isn’t as high as SRT would’ve hoped.

We are starting to wonder if this lack of interest may result in a very short lifespan for the new SRT Viper... Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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

The revised 2014 BMW M5 comes with just small updates on the exterior and the interior, but it offers one of the greatest addition of the past few years: a new Competition Package that adds an extra 15 horsepower under the hood.

Next to the extra power the M5 equipped with the Competition Package is offering an extensively tuned chassis set-up. It gets new coil springs and damper calibrations and stiffened anti-sway bars that have lowered the car’s ride by 10 mm (0.39 inches). Thank to these updates the car’s cornering dynamics and tractability have been improved, and the 0 to 60 mph sprint time was reduced by 0.1 seconds.

The package is also offering unique 20-inch M light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system featuring M quad tailpipes finished in Black Chrome and re-mapped M Dynamic Mode (MDM) of DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

The new BMW M5 Competition Package will go on sale on the U.S. market in August 2013. The package will add another $7,300 to the M5’s starting price of $90,900.

Updated 03/18/2014: BMW finally unchained the new M5 Competition Package in a video that shows the car’s breathtaking power and precision. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M5 and to see a video of the M5 Competition Package in action on the Nürburgring

Feast your eyes upon the reworked 2016 Audi R8 as it enjoys a spirited drive around its natural habitat — the Nurburgring . While the R8’s overall shape doesn’t change, the car is riding on an all new platform shared between its corporate cousin, the new Lamborghini Huracan .

Our sources are saying the new platform architecture helps trim 100 to 200 pounds off the R8’s once-hefty proportions. The generous use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials will help the R8 gain rigidity, as well as quicker lap times around the ‘ring.

The other hot speculative news is the R8 will keep its monstrous 4.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8 despite rumblings Audi would swap it for the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 found in the RS6 , RS7 , and S8 . According to Car & Driver, the force-induction engine is having issues staying cool in the R8’s mid-mounted engine bay. All rumors seem to be consistent regarding the massive 5.2-liter V-10, however. Looks like it will be returning for 2016. Also returning will be the six-speed manual and the seven-speed DSG gearbox, available with either engine.

Appearance wise, the new R8 doesn’t change that much. It does feature a more squared-off front grille similar to what Audi’s new TT looks like. Out back, the square cutouts in the camouflage reveal curvaceous LED taillights. Beneath that are reshaped vents that lack the horizontal bars of the current model. Down below is a reshaped and more aggressive air diffuser with reworked exhaust pipes.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.

When BMW announced the new 3 Series, it also announced that the coupe and convertible versions of the luxury car will be offered as the new 4 Series . This meant that the M3 Coupe would slide over too and become the M4 Coupe.

We have already seen the 4 Series Coupe and the M4 Concept , and now it is time to finally see the production version of the M4 Coupe, which looks nearly identical to the concept.

As rumored before, the new M4 will not use the V-8 engine that the M3 Coupe used; rather, it will come with a new in-line six-cylinder engine that will not only be more efficient than the V-8 it replaces, but also more powerful.

The BMW M4 Coupe will be shown at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show and it will hit the market in 2014 as a 2015 model.

Until its release, you can enjoy the new M4 Coupe in Gran Turismo 6 between today and December 26th.

Updated 03/18/2014: BMW unveiled a new video showing the new M4 Coupe doing some hot laps at Brands Hatch. Behind the wheel was race car driver Andy Priaulx — a European and World Touring Car champion — so the video is a must see. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more on the 2015 M4.

We’ve been keeping a close eye on the roasting Porsche GT3 debacle unfolding over the last month or so with little information to go on. However, Porsche has unofficially announced the findings from its investigation and the company’s apparent remedy to the conundrum. Porsche will be replacing every 2014 GT3’s 3.8-liter engine.

A GT3 owner posted a letter from Porsche on an owner forum explaining the issue and Porsche’s plan to rectify it. According to the letter, damage is caused by “loosened piston rod screw connection which damaged the crankcase,” in the case of at least two GT3s. The letter continues saying a new screw connection is currently being tested.

In our estimation from the statement above, the 3.8-liter flax six threw a rod that damaged the crankcase and resulted in a fire. Perhaps shrapnel from the exploding block ripped through a fuel line, resulting in the blaze seen in the picture above.

When Porsche concludes the updated hardware will work, “we will be installing new engines with optimized piston rod screw connections in all 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles.” The letter goes on to say the Porsche will begin scheduling services and owners will be getting more information within the next three weeks.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on this story.

Click past the jump to read Porsche’s letter and more about the Porsche 911 GT3 and to read the letter from Porsche.

Source: Rennlist

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