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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.

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris had the chance to test one of the greatest supercars currently available: the new Ferrari F12berlinetta . To make the entire review even juicier, Ferrari provided Harris with four sets of tires to wear out, so he didn’t send the F12 home on cords like he did the 458 Italia.

Chris started off by explaining the interior, detailing all of the random knobs and button strewn through the F12berlinetta ’s cabin.

After that, he gets behind the wheel, and all we heard from him was "astonishing", "mind blowing," "accurate" and "the fastest road car" he had ever driven. He even said that the Aventador has no chance against the F12berlinetta.

Enjoy as Chris Harris ran through all four sets of tires on one of the most gorgeous tracks that Europe has to offer.

All we can say is that, as usual, Harris had a great time behind the wheel and gave us one of the most entertaining F12berlinetta drives to date.


It might be strange to see a livery made famous by one automaker get used by a completely different brand, but in the case of Green Filter USA’s program for the Ford Focus ST , the whole thing somehow works.

According to Green Filter, the decision to use the vintage — and unmistakable — Team Lotus livery on the Focus ST was done as a tribute to Ford ’s tradition in motorsports and its long-standing partnership with Team Lotus Racing.

As you can see, the car comes in that signature green and gold colors of Team Lotus, a nice reminder of the brands’ win at the Indianapolis 500. The meticulous attention-to-detail that Green Filter exhibited is highlighted by specific reminders to the original Team Lotus racecar , including the exhaust outlets on the custom exhaust kit. A new set of 18-inch wheels from American Racing Wheels were also added into the equation and wrapped in Falken tires.

Performance modifications were also part of Green Filter’s work on the Focus ST. In this particular case, the makers of high-performance and eco-friendly air filters decided on taking advantage of its expertise with the installation of the aforementioned air filters.

The most distinctive characteristic of the PM-Lifestyle still goes back to that Lotus-inspired livery, something that was accomplished by Green Filters, in collaboration with curators from the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., home of the original 1965 Lotus-Ford race car.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST

This Mercedes C63 AMG really is a nice piece of eye candy, isn’t it?

Thanks to car wrapping specialist FolienCenter-NRW, in collaboration with aftermarket company SR-Performance, we can safely say that you have a C63 AMG that has the looks to match its downright sick performance credentials.

The first order of business is to give props to FolienCenter for dressing up the sports wagon with a cool Matte Bond Gold Metallic finish that not only adds a cool touch to the C63 AMG , but also adds some added character to make the vehicle more pleasing to the eyes. A contrast glossy black color was then used on the roof, roof-mounted luggage rails and the door handles, providing a neat touch of balance on to give the car that subdued sparkle attributed to the entire wrapping package.

Moving on to SR-Performance’s contribution to the program. The tuning firm, known for its impressive power upgrades, added a host of new components to the entire engine makeup, including air filter inserts from BMC and Milltek racing catalytic converters with pre-catalytic converter replacement pipes. Combine both of those with a remapped ECU, and you’re looking at a car that now produces 540 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. That’s a healthy bump from its stock 457 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.

Who cares if this C63 AMG is carrying all that booty; anytime you can get that much power out of the car’s engine, that’s a good tradeoff to have.

Click past the jump to read more about FolienCenter and SR-Performance’s work on the Mercedes C63 AMG


The Ford Focus ST is usually turned into a road racer , so it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to see the Focus receive a rally -themed modification, but in such a way that the final product classifies it as a law enforcement vehicle.

Confusing as that may sound, all you need to do is take one look at what Drag Racing Against Gangs & Graffiti (DRAGG) did to the Focus ST to understand why the Focus ST looks as awesome as it does.

The sick custom paint job done on this SEMA -bound Focus ST resembles that of the white and black colors of an actual police cruiser . However, DRAGG takes it up a new level with the addition of LED emergency lights, a custom interior rifle rack and a custom push bar. Taken all together, those new elements effectively turned the Focus ST into a bonafide police rig.

The program fits right in with DRAGG’s mission of helping the youth focus on their future and avoid making decisions that could have a negative impact on their life.

But more than just the aesthetics and law enforcement additions, the DRAGG-tuned Focus ST also comes with a plethora of performance upgrades, highlighted by a Vortech turbocharger and complemented by a high-performance, bolt-on, cat-back exhaust with dual, 4.5-inch, polished stainless-steel tips from Borla, wheels from Motegi Racing, suspension from Eibach Springs and brakes from Wilwood Engineering.

While no performance figures were released, we have a feeling that we should see an addition of about 50 to 75 horsepower to the stock 252 horsepower and a jump from 270 pound-feet to around 365 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Focus ST


Not one to be outdone by the number of other Ford Fiesta STs coming to the SEMA Auto Show , perennial attendee 3D Carbon isn’t going to let the event pass without bringing its own program.

Hardly surprising, right?

This year, 3D Carbon’s work on the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST is all kinds of red, the kind that can’t escape your attention even if you wanted to.

In addition to the splashy red body color of the Fiesta ST, 3D Carbon also spent some time adding a new aerodynamic kit on the sports hatch , installing a whole set of new components that include a front splitter, modified side skirts, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a rear diffuser. A set of 19-inch Pinzette-M Forgiato wheels are also part of the package and they are wrapped in Pirelli race tires.

Inside, there are plenty more modifications, but the only thing that was mentioned is the two-tone leather upholstery. Ford didn’t mention any performance upgrades, but we expect to see at least a few extra ponies squeezed from the 1.6-liter, EcoBoost engine.

Expect more details about 3D Carbon’s program for the 2014 Ford Fiesta to be revealed in the days leading up to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta

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While we are all waiting for the 2014 Golf R to hit the market, the German tuner ALPHA-N Performance decided to offer a few tricks for the current model.

The base Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 270 horsepower. That’s a pretty hefty number for a four-banger, but that’s not the best it can can do.

ALPHA-N Performance updated the Golf R with a new EVOMS sports air filter system and a new, stainless-steel exhaust system that considerably improves the sound of the turbocharged engine. All these changes, combined with a new EVOX systems chip tuning box, jump the total output to 330 horsepower - an increase of 60 horsepower over the base version.

All this power is transferred to the asphalt through all four wheels via the standard DSG gearbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf R by ALPHA-N Performance.


The partnership between Ford Racing, Tanner Foust, and COBB Tuning has been churning along for years now and as part of their collaboration, special-edition models are always an expected treat.

Earlier this year, Foust, Ford Racing and COBB Tuning worked on a special-edition Focus , one that we lauded for its unique exterior detail, new carbon-fiber add ons, a new custom grille, fancy race graphics, a wheel and tire program, an a noticeable performance upgrade.

At the 2013 SEMA Auto Show , all three are back to working again, only this time, the choice vehicle is the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST.

Just like the special-edition Focus from earlier this year, the SEMA-bound Fiesta ST that Foust, COBB Tuning, and Ford Racing worked on is a definite treat to the eyes. The digital camouflage wrap already on this military-inspired Fiesta ST jumps out of the picture.

There’s also a new carbon-fiber hood that matches the overall body makeup of the sports hatch. Racing decals are also prevalent, including the vehicle’s apparent tie-up with the Pat Tillman Foundation.

The model also has an upgraded interior and performance modifications that include, among other things, a cold air intake and a sports exhaust system.

More details, like the performance specs, are expected to be unveiled regarding this COBB Tuning/Tanner Foust-tuned Ford Fiesta ST.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST

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Known as the Caterham Seven 165 on the European market, the new Seven 160 is now officially available for order in the UK, and will be put into production in January 2014. The model occupies the entry-level slot in the Caterham Seven lineup, and is priced from £14,995 — about $24,200 at the current exchange rates.

As standard features, the new Seven 160 comes with a set of 14 inches steel wheels combined with a live axle rear suspension. On the inside, the model offers cloth adjustable seats and inertial reel seat belts. For buyers that need a little extra comfort, there are lots of other optional features to choose from.

The new Seven 160 is no powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, but the 80 ponies that it packs are plenty to get this super-lightweight car to highway speeds in under seven seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Seven 160

For fans of "The Spy Who Loved Me," you are likely very familiar with the Lotus Esprit turned submarine — yes the irony of a Lotus model being underwater is hilarious — in the old James Bond flick. Well, like most other movie cars, that one recently crossed the auction block, and the news just come out that the buyer who paid the £616,000 ($996,560) just so happened to be Tesla ’s Elon Musk.

That’s big news in itself, but what’s more important are Elon’s plans with this submersible sports car . He plans to bring the car back to its road-going roots, but with the powertrain of a Model S in tow. That’s right, he is taking a car that cost nearly $1 million and stripping it of the majority of why it was so expensive.

Sure, the creativity is out of this world, and an electric-powered Esprit with somewhere between 302 and 416 horsepower in tow in fantastic, but to drop that kind of dough, then change the whole car seems rather wasteful. He could have just snagged up any old Esprit for a fraction of the price he paid for this iconic sports car.

Then again, Elon Musk likely found that scratch between the seat cushions of his couch...

Click past the jump to read more about this awesome Lotus

Source: GT Spirit
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Audi TT

Just yesterday, the first 2015 Audi TT prototypes were caught just outside the Nurburgring, and today Audi engineers decided to take the car on the track and see how it behaves. Lucky for us, our spy photographers were nearby and managed to take some new shots of the next TT .

The next-generation Audi TT will be built on Volkswagen Group ’s new MQB platform that is also used on the new-generation Audi TT. Thanks to this platform, the new TT will be lighter and will deliver increased performance. Rumors also suggested that the new TT’s design language will take inspiration from the latest E-tron concepts, and will mark a return to the original TT.

As for the engine lineup, the 2015 TT will receive a new engine lineup that will include a new 1.8-liter engine and two different 2.0-liter, four-cylider engines.

The Coupe version of the new Audi TT will be unveiled sometime in 2014, while the roadster version to follow a few months later.


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