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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.

Custom supercars have become quite the fad these days with a lot of companies taking the route of tailor-made personalization services to build bespoke creations.

Aston Martin has one of these bespoke divisions, and it’s built some pretty interesting vehicles since its inception. Remember the CC100 Speedster Concept from last year? Yeah, that was just one example.

This year, the British marque brought a pair of new custom vehicles courtesy of Q by Aston Martin, and one of them is this sparkling V12 Vantage S that looks especially saucy with that white body and orange garnishing.

With the increasing popularity of bespoke sports cars , companies like Aston Martin are using events like Geneva to give the people a taste of what it’s capable of. Judging by the works Q by Aston Martin has delivered since it was created a few years ago, there’s a good chance that more and more of these unique Astons will be show their faces in future auto shows.

Just like this Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.

Click past the jump to read more about the Q by Aston Martin V12 Vantage S.

After what feels like years of leaks, prototypes and teasers, the all-new Audi TT is finally official. Today as we rolled into the beginning of the Geneva Auto Show , Audi pulled the wraps of its latest small coupe , and things are pretty much as we expected. Even our renders where nearly identical to the real production car.

The new car may be an all-new, third-generation model, but from the outside it appears to be little more than a refresh. Audi does have a long history of making new cars that look a lot like the old cars though.

The big news is the interior and the drivetrains. The cabin of the new TT previews the cleaner design with its simplified layout that will make its way through the entire Audi family over the next few years.

The engines in the TT have been replaced by the full line of updated powertrains from the Volkswagen group, including a new 2.0-liter TDI and a pair of gasoline-drinking 2.0 turbos. Power output between these engines ranges from 184 horsepower all the way up to 310 ponies.

Updated 03/24/2014: It looks like Audi decided that the new generation TT will have to wait for another year before arriving to the North American market. So customers interested will have to wait for the 2016 model year to get it.

Hit the jump to read more about the third generation Audi TT.

Volkswagen loves records. It even makes the world’s fastest car in the Bugatti Veyron . Every other week the large auto group claims a Nurburgring record with Porsche , and it has publicly stated it wants to be the largest manufacturer in the world. VW certainly don’t lack for ambition...

Now we have new of yet another record from one of Volkswagen’s many subsidiary companies. The video we have here is proof that the Seat Leon Cupra 280 has blasted around the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes. This not only makes the Cupra 280 the fastest FWD car to ever traverse the Green Hell , it also lays claim to being the first ever FWD car to break the eight-minute mark on the ‘Ring.

Two records in one go, the Germans will be pleased.

The car in question essentially a version of the Golf that is built with the Seat badge. It is built on the new MQB architecture that underpins the Skoda Octavia , third-generation A3 and the Mk VII Golf. The Cupra 280 version is powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just under 280 horsepower. It is essentially the same engine that powers the Golf R , but without the added weight of AWD. Because who cares about torque steer. Needless to say, I want one.

Click past the jump to see the raw, unglamorized video of the run.

Source: TopGear

Buzzkill alert, folks...

It looks as if the report that Porsche would reveal the 911 Turbo Targa was not true. AutoBlog had a conversation with Nick Twork, Porsche North America Product Communication Manager, about the report, and he said that the report is "Totally False."

Turns out that all we’ll see at Geneva is Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR race cars. Sure those are both really cool, but nowhere near as awesome as a Targa variant of the 911 Turbo.

Despite the report that Porsche will not release this heap of turbocharged, roofless hotness, we still think that one will eventually make its way onto the market. With that said, we present to you the TopSpeed rendering of the 911 Turbo Targa, courtesy of our rendering extraordinaire, Pratyush Rout.

Creating the rendering wasn’t too hard, as we simply took the 911 Targa , and added in the typical Turbo design cues, including the wider hips, rear air intakes, and a few other tasty bits. This gives the 911 Targa the bad-ass look it deserves, so we can only hope that Porsche decides to release it in the near future.

Click past the jump to read why I think Porsche should/shouldn’t release the 911 Turbo Targa and a little about the existing 911 Targa.

Source: Auto Blog

Hit-and-runs are no joking matter. It’s one of those things that can be clearly avoided if a driver is responsible enough to watch what the road while he’s driving. That and not driving while intoxicated. Very important to remember.

Even if there are a plethora of ways to prevent hit-and-runs from happening, the sad truth is they still happen. Far too often than it should.

Take this video for example. An indistinguishable hatchback appears to run over a motorcycle and like the idiot that he is, he tries to run away like nothing happened. Fortunately, a Porsche 911 sees the entire thing happen and decides that justice had to be served.

So the driver of the 911 chases down the culprit. It made for an interesting chase that involved a number of other cars and in the end, the offending driver gets cornered into coming out and facing the wrath of those understandably peeved drivers who witnessed the dramatic crash .

Good for these guys who did the right thing. Hopefully, the offending driver gets his comeuppance in the form of justice being served.

Source: Importbible
Alfa Romeo Spider

We’ve already reported that Alfa Romeo is building a Spider version of its hotly-anticipated 4C Coupe , but the current rumblings in the rumor mill is the car will be powered by the Chrysler /Fiat 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder currently used in the Dodge Dart and Fiat 500 Abarth .

That engine produces a decent 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the Dart, and 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet in the 500 Abarth. Speculating that the Alfa Spider will want more gusto, count on a modest bump on both output numbers. Thankfully, that 1.4-liter will be mounted longitudinally for rear-drive duty and has a high probability of being mated to a manual transmission.

The rumors come way of Car & Driver, who report Alfa Romeo has partnered with Mazda in constructing the new convertible. It will likely keep much of its 4C roots, but will share many parts with its Japanese counterpart. It’s also said nearly all suspension components will be aluminum. Other weight-saving materials and techniques will be used to make the most of the four-banger.

What’s more, Alfa is said to be bringing the new Spider to the Geneva Motor Show going on March 4th and 5th with its body featuring a few cosmetic changes compared to the 4C. New, less alien-like headlights and new wheel designs are two of the prominent changes. Check back with TopSpeed for all the details.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Alfa Romeo Spider.

Source: CarAndDriver
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The 911 Targa came, and we loved what we saw. With 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque in tow, however, there was lots of room to grow. According to sources in the know, the 911 Targa Turbo will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show .

This means that the removable-top sports car is primed to receive a 520-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, and may even hit 360 horsepower if Porsche gives the Targa treatment to the Turbo S model. Now this is what we have been waiting for!

There is no confirmation of the 911 Targa Turbo , but according to Jalopnik, the source reporting this news is quite reliable. We’ll keep an eye on the 911 Targa Turbo , and pass more information on once we get some more in-depth information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Turbo and about the current 911 Targa.

Source: Jalopnik
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz may be killing the SLS supercar , but it isn’t killing the SLS style. As you may be aware by our previous coverage, Mercedes and AMG are working on a smaller sports car to take on the Porsche 911 , and it will be styled in a similar vein to the SLS.

The car is internally known as the C190, but the production model will likely wear the SLC badge or potentially GT AMG. Whatever they plan on calling it, you can get and early look at it with these new spy shots.

Like most of the shots around this time of year, the coupe is undergoing rigorous cold-weather testing.

When the new car debuts later this year we expect it to be powered by a 400-horsepower engine, possibly the 4.6-liter V8 found in the E550 . Later down the line, a faster, more powerful version will be released and eventually a hard-core Black Series car will likely be produced.

Currently, the only official plan from Mercedes is to build a coupe version, but after the success of the SLS Roadster, expect the team at Benz to drop the top of this new model as well.

Hit the jump to see more of our new Spy Shots for the upcoming Mercedes Benz SLC and to read a little about the outgoing SLS AMG GT.

Extreme seems to be the most appropriate adjective for describing the new 2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME. Based on the euro-spec Astra OPC Cup , Opel has reworked this car with loads of carbon-fiber bits to cut nearly 200 pounds from its curb weight, upped the power output of the 2.0-liter I-4 to over 300 horses, and thrown in a full roll cage for good measure. And that’s only the start.

The OPC EXTREME is fully street-legal, but is geared more for the track with is ultra high-performance 245/35R19 tires, six-piston Brembo front brakes and aggressive aero package. And although it doesn’t help it go faster, the dark grey and silver paint scheme with yellow accents is one of this car’s most eye-catching upgrades.

Its all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters, and comes fitted with a turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission sends power through a limited-slip differential and out to the front wheels. Although Opel hasn’t released the official numbers yet, it says the engine is good for ‘over 300 horsepower.’ A carbon-fiber engine cover helps dress up the engine bay that itself is covered by a carbon-fiber hood.

Opel is set to officially debut the car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March and will be gauging public opinion on whether the hatchback should move into production. We figure the public outcry will be tremendous, so don’t be surprised if/when Open makes that move. Sadly, and like any Opels these days, the U.S. won’t be seeing any on this side of the pond.

Click past the jump for all in known info on the Astra OPC EXTREME

Jay Leno has all of the fun, sans his twice being ousted from the Tonight Show, as he sees and drives some of the most amazing cars in the world. This time around, he got a crack at a Brock Coupe .

It shouldn’t be a surprise if this wedge-nosed beast looks a little familiar toy you, as it is the only licensed continuation of the legendary Shelby Daytona Coupe . That’s right, kiddies, this ain’t no kit car right here... This is car has been given the stamp of approval by Carol Shelby himself.

Only about 130 of these continuation cars are known to exist today, so this is certainly one of the rarest models available in the U.S. And this one is even more special, as it was once bought by Shelby, slathered in racing decals from the Shelby Daytona car and put in the Shelby museum in Las Vegan with no engine.

Bruce Goldsmith snagged up the car, got it licensed, then started tearing into it to make it the monster that it is today.

Check out the above video to see what Jay has to say about it.


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