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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.

Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

Spy shots of the facelifted Porsche 911 were sent to us by our trusty spy photographer, although this time something about the prototype caught our attention that could point to a different, and potentially more powerful 911. Take a closer look at these photos and you might notice that instead of the quad exhausts of the 2015 911, this particular model is sporting a pair of center-mounted exhaust pipes, similar to the setup used on the 2014 911 GT3 .

So what could this interesting little nugget mean? Our best guess is a revival of the GTS , something we haven’t seen from the 911 since the 2011 Carrera GTS arrived in the scene back in 2010.

Another potential model is the 911 Speedster , and the bulging rear end — a little more so than the standard 911 Convertible at least — could be a clue that points in that direction. The canvas roof and the windshield looks unchanged though, and if this is the Speedster, it’s probably an early prototype that will undergo some changes before a production model rolls out.

Either way, what we’re looking at here is a new trim of the 911 that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Our hunch is that this is the 911 GTS, and if it is, it’s definitely a welcome addition to the already growing 911 family.

Let us know in the comments what you think this model is.

Jaguar XK

The popularity of the Jaguar F-Type , coupled with plans to offer new models has resulted in the demise of the Jaguar XK.

The British company has announced that production of company’s entry level model will end later this year, marking the end of the model that has been in the Jaguar lineup since 1996. The popularity of the F-Type has been a boon to Jaguar, but not so much for the XK, which saw its sales figures drop to less than 4,000 units per year. With so few customers having interest in the XK, it seemed that Jaguar found the right time to put the model to pasture after eight years on the market in America.

According to Jag’s American National Product Communications Manager, "There are no immediate plans to replace the XK. We have a multiple product launches coming up, including the F-Type Coupe and the new XE Sports Sedan ." By the sounds of this, the XK simply became redundant once the F-Type Coupe and XE take hold in the U.S. This also points toward the fact that Jaguar is open to a replacement for the XK too.

Also according to the American Product Communications Manager, there will be a 2015 model year XK here in the states, but that will be the final run for the sedan.

This may break some hearts, as this also means that the XKR and XKR-S will hit the scrap heap, but keep in mind that this also opens the door for an F-Type R-S, and an XER and XER-S, with the latter aimed squarely at the BMW M3 .

For now, though, it looks like the Jaguar XK as we know it is coming to an end.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XK.

We’ve already caught the 2015 C63 AMG sedan testing, but we haven’t yet seen the C63 AMG Estate — what we know as a station wagon here in the U.S. Well here it is for your enjoyment, folks, the 2014 C63 AMG Estate. Just a few days ago, we got a good look at the front end of the C63 AMG sedan, as well as its backside, but these shots are a lot less revealing.

Sure, you can still make out the basic placement of the air inlets on the front bumper, but the shape is not there yet. Around back, we can clearly see the revised quad-exit exhaust system, but the wagon still lacks the defined rear diffuser that we clearly made out on the sedan.

Under the hood, however, we already know that despite the model retaining the C63 designation — typically reserved for the outgoing 6.2-liter V-8 — the C63 AMG Estate will share the upcoming tarmac-killing 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that the AMG GT/SLC will feature.

We expect to see the C63 AMG Sedan at the Paris Auto Show in October, and we suspect the wagon will follow it by a few months.

The big question is will we finally get this hot wagon here in the U.S.?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 C63 AMG Estate.

For all the financial troubles Gumpert went through for the past a few years, one thing that hasn’t changed is the company’s ability to create, develop and build sports cars . We already know what Gumpert is capable of, thanks to its lineup of mind-bending Apollo models, but during the Geneva Motor Show, the company went with a new twist, introducing the new Gumpert Explosion that’s not quite at the Apollo’s performance level, but is a little more attainable for those who can’t spend $1 million on a car.

The Gumpert Explosion is named specifically to distinguish it from the big boys in the lineup. By sheer looks, it’s already different from the devastatingly fast Apollo and while its specs are also significantly lower than the Apollo, the Explosion does carry the appeal of being an "affordable" Gumpert.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Gumpert Explosion.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Get those checkbooks ready because the first production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is headed to Barrett Jackson. For everyone who was pining for the return of the Corvette Z06, your wish was granted when Chevrolet officially unveiled the sports car it hailed as the "most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features".

But if you’re interested in new Corvette Z06, you’re going to need to pony up a significant amour of money because the first production Corvette Z06 — yep, the one with VIN 001 — is headed to the Barrett Jackson auction in Palm Beach, Florida from April 11th through the 13th.

This isn’t the first time that Chevrolet has sent first production models to the auction block, including the first production 2014 Corvette Stingray , which NASCAR team owner and Corvette collector Richard Hendrick scooped up for $1 million.

Not to discourage anybody who doesn’t have that kind of budget, but that’s just the market these days for these first production Corvettes. And with this one being the long-awaited Z06, there’s a good chance that $1 million turns out to be a conservative estimate.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Corvette Z06.

There are some vehicles that are so outrageous that a test of your sanity is often required before you decide to jump into one. Well, the Lazareth Wazuma GT qualifies as one of these cars. At first glance, you’d think it was a low-volume sports car , but then you look at the back and you notice that the rear wheel is made up of two wheels that essentially share the same axle. Oh, ok.

So is it a three-wheeler ? It’s definitely not a car or a motorcycle, as Lazareth has said. Yet amidst all the confusion, the Wazuma GT is completely drivable and actually has a powerful V-8 engine under its hood. It’s also pretty light, with just a 2,170-pound curb weight, so its 375 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque output is plenty to put this near supercar quickness.

The Lazareth Wazuma GT is quite an interesting vehicle, but the details are very thin on it. We are still trying to contact the manufacturer to get some info, but our attempts have been unsuccessful so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lazareth Wazuma GT.

Source: Autoblog

As special edition-models go, Mercedes-Benz has proven that it’s more than capable of thinking outside of the bow with the arrival of a pair of special edition Merc models at the Geneva Motor Show .

One of these two models is called the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition, a surprisingly confusing name for an otherwise incredible car.

Notwithstanding that little peculiarity about this dark reaper of the night, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition features a wide range of upgrades to the body, interior and performance, although that last part doesn’t come with any boost in engine output.

Be that as it may, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition lives up to its name as a real-looker, if only for the fact that all that black on a sports roadster makes it looks so spine-tingly...evil.

The SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is available for a variety of models, including the SLK 200, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 250 CDI at an extra cost of anywhere between €6,426 and €6,902 euros (incl. VAT), depending on the variant. Based on current conversions, that equates to around $8,820 to $9,500.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz SLK CarbonLOOK Edition.

The wait is finally over as Ferrari releases these official images and information on the new California T – the front-engine, hardtop convertible, grand tourer that’s the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable. The news drop comes weeks before the California T’s official live debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

The new California has undergone some drastic changes with this redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news, however, is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the new California T will hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

It replaces a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009 , the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

With these new updates and its more aggressive styling, the new California T will likely appear to more Ferrari enthusiasts and remain a sales leader for the brand. Naysayers will assuredly find themselves in a cloud of turbocharged dust.

Updated 4/24/14: The California T was just named the “2014 The Most Beautiful Automobile Award China” at an event organized by Car and Driver in Beijing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari California T

The Fiat 500 has tons of history, as does the Abarth line. One of the most famous of the Abarths debut at the Geneva Auto Show all the way back in 1964. This 695 had a 699.5 cc engine with a "whopping" 30 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 130 km/h (36 mph). Well, now 50 years later, Fiat is revealing a new Abarth 695, which it dubbed the biposto, with just a tad more power and a much higher top speed.

The 695 biposto checks in with a healthy 30-horsepower bump over the standard Fiat 500 Abarth and uses the same 1.4-liter engine. It also features an insane dog box transmission that is rarely seen in anything other than race cars, and even those are hard to come by.

On top of the racing transmission, the Abarth 695 drops loads of weight, gets a stripped-down interior and a half roll cage.

On the surface, the 695 biposto look like a massive heap of awesomeness on the surface, but is it still as awesome when I drill down into all of the details?

Click past the jump to read more and find out.

Mercedes C63 AMG

The 2015 C63 AMG is getting closer and closer to its reveal, so as expected, it is now starting it’s starting to lose a little camo. Up front we can now make out the some of the air intakes, though the swirly camouflage is still covering up most of them Around back, however, we can see even more, as the quad tailpipes and diffuser between them are easy to see.

Other than these updates, we can also see that the C63 AMG is going to be a littler wider and lower, giving it a meaner look than last year’s model.

Oddly enough, Mercedes will drop the 6.2-liter, V-8 powerplant in favor of a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo engine, but it’ll maintain the C63 name instead of changing it to C40. The reasoning for this is because Mercedes sees the C63 name as "too valuable" to change.

That’s all fine and good with us, as is the 450 horsepower that the 4.0-liter engine — the same as we’ll see in the AMG GT/SLC — will put down in its standard guise and 500-plus horsepower with the Performance Package.

The 2015 C63 AMG should bow in at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October, so stay tuned for more updates.


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