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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.

Now here’s something you really don’t want to try at home, folks! Whatever you do, don’t use a brand new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to dive into the pool. In fact, don’t use any kind of vehicle if you want to go for a swim.

The soaked 2014 Camaro ZL1 you’re about to see in the video below wasn’t actually used for a pool diving stunt. According to news reports, the driver lost control of the muscle car and ran through a fence before plunging into the water. There’s no info as to what happened before the vehicle left the road, but my guess is that the owner wasn’t exactly gentle with the throttle. The incident occurred in Northwest Harris Country, Texas.

Fortunately enough, the driver escaped without a scratch, but we can’t say the same about the $60,000 Camaro, which is basically ruined after being submerged under water. Local police said the driver may be ticketed for speeding. Hopefully his next car won’t have the same awful fate...

Click past the jump for the video of the car being recovered and to read more on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

ATS Autosport’s purchase of the DeTomaso name last November has given rise to speculation that the company is planning to bring back the DeTomaso brand. Well, according to Autocar, ATS has bigger plans that apparently also include the development of two other sports cars .

The 1960s Italian automaker has set its sights on returning to sports-car manufacturing and a pair of sports cars are already being discussed. One is the ATS Sport — the two-seat, track-focused road car we first saw back in October 2012. With the building blocks already in place to revive this project, the £45,000 Sport is likely the easier one to build.

Meanwhile, the other model is billed as the ATS Leggera, a more retro-looking sports car that evokes memories of classic Italian supercars . The Leggera is expected to weigh just 650 kg (1,433 pounds) to go with a GM-sourced, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that could develop anywhere between 210 and 300 horsepower.

In addition to the two planned models, ATS is also looking at a potential relaunch of the DeTomaso brand with an eye towards possibly building a new Pantera sports car that would be based on the company’s existing ATS 2500 GT .

The DeTomaso relaunch probably won’t happen anytime soon, given the amount of work the company is planning to invest on developing its existing line. But never say never with that DeTomaso relaunch; after all, ATS didn’t buy those rights just for the heck of it, right?

Click past the jump to read more about the De Tomaso Pantera.

Source: AutoCar

BMW has been rolling out some intense products this year, especially the new 3- and 4-Series lineups, complete in their sedan and coupe variations. Beyond that, the M version of each have stirred even more commotion in the industry, but one car was missing – The M4 Convertible. Today BMW corrects that as the German automaker divulges all the details and images of the new 2015 M4 drop top.

If you’ve read anything on the new M4 Coupe, the convertible will be highly familiar. Power still comes from the 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged inline-six that’s mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed M-DCT transmission. The other go-fast bits like the uncompromising suspension, massive brakes, and free-flowing exhaust are all carried over.

The big news with the car is its three-piece retractable hardtop. With the push of a button, the top folds itself like a piece of origami in just 20 seconds and at speeds up to 11 miles per hour. Cargo room has improved of the last generation M3 Convertible, gaining an extra 0.7 cubic feet of room with the top up and an impressive 7.8 cubic feet of extra room when the top is folded down. Unfortunately, the extra space and all the drop-top hardware comes at a heavy cost — an extra 525 pound cost over a comparable M4 Coupe.

The news of the M4 Convertible comes before its official debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show happening April 16. Though BMW is only jumping the gun by a few weeks, the information gives us a chance to really dig into the M4 Convertible once we see it roll across the all-important New York stage.

More details will roll out soon, so stay tuned.

Updated 04/07/2014: BMW announced that the all-new M4 Convertible will be priced at $73,425 — an increase of also $8k over the hardtop version.

Click past the jump to see the spy shots up close and to read more about the M4 Convertible

The demise of the Mitsubishi EVO as we currently know it could have been the death knell that pushed Mitsubishi over the edge. But the company is determined not to let the circumstance of the EVO’s fate dictate its own. That’s probably why a lot of people are getting excited with recent reports that a resurrected — and hybrid — 3000GT could replace the current EVO.

According to Auto Express, a hybrid 2+2 coupe that will take its cues from the 3000GT could be in the cards for Mitsubishi. This future model, should it get green lit by Mitsubishi execs, could potential use a modified version of the all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid technology that’s currently being used by the Outlander PHEV .

Adding further credence to this rumor are talks that the next hybrid will be offered as a hybrid, something Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, alluded to when he told Auto Express that while no specific plans have been laid about the next EVO, there’s "interest and willingness within [Mitsubishi] to produce one", albeit one that will carry a hybrid powertrain.

"There is demand for a car which performs well and makes problem feel good for themselves in terms of its efficiency," Bradley added. "If we can do an SUV which emits just 44g/km of CO2 then we can do the same with a performance car.”

That’s likely where talks of bringing back the 3000GT, which we haven’t seen since 1999, comes into the picture. Back in its heyday, the 3000GT was Mitsbushi’s resident 2+2 sports car that matched wits with the likes of the Mazda RX-7 and the Nissan 300ZX .

Times are changing with more and more companies turning their attention to hybrid technology for their sports cars. The way things are shaping up over at Mitsubishi, it does look like the company is the next to follow in that direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI.

Source: AutoExpress

Introduced in 1981, the DeLorean DMC-12 was a rear-engined sports car built in Northern Ireland for the American market. The vehicle acquired iconic status after staring in the Back to the Future film trilogy, in which Dr. Emmett Brown used it as a time machine.

These details, and the fact that the DMC-12 had gull-wing doors and unpainted stainless-steel body panels, are part of common knowledge nowadays, as most of the car’s history. However, the full DeLorean story is still intriguing after more than 30 years.

Why? Because DeLorean went into bankruptcy due to an unstable U.S. car market that finally slumped in the early 1980s. There’s also the fact that the DMC-12 looked faster than it really was with only 130 horsepower at its disposal and a sluggish 0 to 60 mph time of 10.5 seconds. This car could’ve been more than that.

DMC-12 aside, John DeLorean’s life is also worthy of a Hollywood movie. He worked for Chrysler , Packard , Pontiac (developed the GTO muscle car ) and Chevrolet before starting his own company, and got out of the automotive business after being framed, arrested and tried for trafficking cocaine.

With John DeLorean having passed away nearly ten years ago, only a handful of people can talk about and relate to his dream. One of them is Stephen Wynne, the man behind the new DeLorean company based in Texas, and the other one is James Espey, vice president of the small business venture that acquired the trademark in 1995.

They are now building DMC-12s from new-old-stock parts and, most importantly, carry the DeLorean legacy further into the future. Just like "Doc" Brown did in his heavily modified example of the car.

What’s green and starts with a "C?" No, it’s not creme de menthe, nor is it a cucumber. It’s the craziest factory-build Mercedes-Benz that hit the streets this year. And before you say anything, it’s not eco-friendly either. It’s actually from the gas-guzzler kin, because its name ends with "AMG" and "GT."

Yes, you guessed it, we have a new set of spy shots featuring a prototype model of the upcoming Mercedes AMG GT , the sports car that’s set to replace the SLS AMG . We’ve saw the car earlier this year, while it was stretching its legs in cold Scandinavia, but at that time it was wearing a more common camouflage.

We have no idea as to what prompted the Germans to wrap their mule in a wacky, toxic-green suit that reminds us of the poisonous dart frogs living in the South-American rainforest, but we might as well do a recap on the AMG GT.

What we know so far is that the new sports car will be primarily aimed at the Porsche 911 , and that it will be powered by a brand new 4.0-liter, V-8 plant. Don’t let the displacement fool you, this unit is expected to send up to 500 horsepower through the seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.

Naturally, the AMG GT will resemble the SLS AMG in terms of styling, as it will share some of the technologies found in the latter, including a modified aluminum space frame. However, further updates should make the former lighter, faster and more maneuverable on the track.

What we don’t know is when Mercedes-Benz plans to unveil its new creation. Some reports are suggesting it could happen at the New York Auto Show later this month, while other point toward the Paris Motor Show , scheduled this fall.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes AMG GT.

About two weeks ago. we reported about McLaren ’s decision to pause 12C production to focus on the brand new 650S. Well, it appears that the temporary halt has just become permanent, with the British company revealing that the three-year-old 12C will no longer be built.

The move comes at no surprise, as the newly-launched 650S has proven to be quite popular with customers. Although it’s more expensive than the 12C, the new supercar will keep McLaren busy with an order bank that spans over at least six months.

Although it has stopped producing and taking orders for the MP4-12C , McLaren will continue to work on improvements for the said model. Starting June, 12C drivers will benefit from a free Technology Upgrade that includes a software update and an improved IRIS system.

First up is a new Active Aero software which will enable the car’s Airbrake to detect different driving scenarios and thus improve stability. The second upgrade included in the package is a Drag Reduction System (DRS) mode. Created to enhance high-speed aerodynamics, the DRS mode lowers the rear wing when the 12C is driven at full throttle in a straight line.

Lastly, an improved Android-based IRIS infotainment system will also come with the Technology Upgrade.

In addition, McLaren promises that the reversing camera and the DAB radio introduced on the 650S will be offered to 12C owners at "a special price."

Click past the jump to read more about McLaren MP4-12C.

Owning a sports car can be a lot of fun if you live near a race track or if you have the time and means to travel long distances for some fast laps. Things can get even better if this is done on a regular basis, as the next day can provide even more fun by going over the telemetry data.

Track addicts are always looking to improve their runs, so it’s safe to assume that they always connect their car to a telemetry recording device. Corvette Stingray owners, for instance, will be able to order their sports car with a Performance Data Recorder beginning with the 2015 model year.

Naturally, there are all sorts of similar devices to be had as we speak, with most of them being suitable for just any vehicle. However, Toyota will be launching one of their own — it’s called Sports Drive Logger and was created for the affordable GT 86 sports car.

How does it work? Well, Toyota says the device, which was co-developed with Sony, is programmed to collect data passing through the GT 86’s controller area network, which means it will log information such as GPS positioning, accelerator and brake pedal use, gear shifting, engine behavior and vehicle speed.The collected data is optimized so it can be transferred to an USB device for future analysis and use.

Now there’s more good news for those are also into Gran Turismo 6 . The data can be loaded into the video game, where it recreates the said track run. Furthermore, it will allow the user to race against their own or against data uploaded by their friends.

The bad news is that the Sports Drive Logger won’t be available in the U.S. for now, with the device to go on sale only in Japan this June (priced at around $833 at current exchange rates). This is probably why the system only offers support for three local tracks - Fuji, Suzuka and Tsubuka. There’s no word on if and when the Sports Drive Logger will be launched Stateside, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the tech makes it into the Scion FR-S .

Video about the Sports Drive Logger after the jump.

The fact that Porsche is busy working on a turbocharged, four-cylinder powerplant that will find its way in the Boxter and Cayman is no longer a rumor. The Stuttgart crew confirmed it last month, stating that the company is doing so in order to join the eco-friendly trend the automotive industry has embarked on in the 21st century.

Little is known about the new four-pot at the time of this writing, but word from Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says that the new unit will pump about 395 horsepower into the aforementioned sports cars . At the same time, the official suggested that the said four-cylinder engine won’t be sourced from the 919 Hybrid race car .

More details are likely to surface later this year, but until then there’s an interesting spy video that we’d like to share with you. At first glance it’s "only" about a facelifted version of the Porsche 911 lapping the Nurburgring , but the trick is to pump up the volume and put your ears to good use.

What you hear might very well be the new four-cylinder engine everyone’s been talking about lately. It appears that Porsche is already testing it, albeit in a 911 . Don’t worry though, the Germans aren’t foolish enough to ruin their flagship sports car and take that brilliant flat-six away from it.

The Alpina -BMW love affair goes back all the way to 1965, when the small Bavarian company began tuning carburetors and cylinder heads in a typewriter factory. Yes, that’s right, Alpina Alpina started as an office machinery company. The small venture began making a name for itself in the early 1970s by building a few BMWs that went on to win prestigious racing events and series such as the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship and the Spa 24 Hours race.

More than forty years have passed since its 2800CS wowed the crowds, and Alpina established itself as a semi-official tuner whose creations can be found in between the stock BMW and the more potent vehicles delivered by the M Performance division. Well, sort of, but we’ll get back on that later in this review.

Moving on, Alpina’s latest creation, which is set to make it first public appearance on American soil at the 2014 New York Auto Show , is the 2015 B6 xDrive Gran Coupe — a more powerful and exclusive version of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe .

The all-wheel-drive performance sedan will become the second Alpina model to go on sale in the United States, where it will be joining the larger, 7 Series-based B7.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe.


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