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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 Ignition, Carlos Lago from Motor Trend gets behind the wheel of a Jaguar XFR-S and pushed it to the limits. The XFR-S is the most powerful, fastest version of the XF-R , and comes as a direct competitor for models like BMW M5.

The XFR-S is powered by a 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 unit that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the XFR-S can easily sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited).

Despite being a V-8 powered car, the Jaguar XFR-S has one big issue; it is a little bit too quiet and Motor Trend — and any car lover — doesn’t like that. Don’t worry too much though, they otherwise loved the XFR-S

Check out the video (above) to see Motor Trend break the XFR-S down.

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A few weeks ago, Chevrolet started shipping the seventh-generation Corvette to its local dealers, customers have already started enjoying their new sports car . Some of them decided to really push the car to the limits, and Hennessey reports this is the first customer-owned Stingray to run the quarter-mile, which it did in 12.23 seconds at 114.88 mph.

If you remember, a few days ago Rick Hendrick received the very first Corvette Stingray that he paid $1.1 million for at a Barrett-Jackson auction last January. But, he decided not to beat on his investment, leaving this as the first quarter-mile run by a customer-owned Stingray

The model that achieved this result was a 3LT trim level equipped with automatic transmission and a Z51 package. Along with the quarter-mile results, the VBox showed a 0 to 60 mph sprint time of 4.15 seconds (Chevrolet reported a sprint time of 3.8 seconds when Z51 package added) and 0-to-100 mph in 9.5 seconds. The slower 0-to-60 time can be linked to track conditions, tire temperature or many other variables, so don’t start trashing Chevy just yet.

It’s hard enough for people to belt out a fantastically rendered "Happy Birthday" song as a group, but to have cars do it is next to impossible.

Thanks to creative sound engineering, Porsche accomplished by way of all seven generations of the iconic 911 wishing itself a happy 50th. Yep. Add "singing proficiency" to the long list of endearing qualities of the Porsche 911 .

Continuing its 50th anniversary celebration for the company’s most esteemed model, the entire generational lineup of the 911, beginning with the 1963 911 all the way to the 2013 911 , all put their respective engine chords together to sing a pretty cool rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song.

You probably won’t realize it until around the end of the video, but once you do, you’re going to rewind back to the start, watch it all over again, and then see and hear the video for all of its awesomeness.

Happy birthday, Porsche 911!

Click past the jump to read about one of Porsche’s more famous 50th anniversary models, the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Aerowagon Concept by Callaway

Back when Callaway first introduced the Aerowagon Corvette Stingray Concept earlier this year, some rumors actually suggested that the car was part of an elaborate April Fool’s joke.

But no one’s laughing now, huh?

According to Carbuzz, Callaway is not only serious about building the Aerowagon, but it has actually given the green light for production for the wagon concept of the Corvette Stingray .

The base program comes in at $15,000 — same as the projected pricing of the concept — plus $1,500 to match the hatch equipment’s color to the body. Callaway’s going to give you a treat of a program that includes plenty of carbon-fiber components that Callaway built from scratch using a Resign Transfer Moulding process. That makes the materials ridiculously lightweight, helping the wagonized Corvette Stingray to achieve its performance specs.

Speaking of the power bump, Callaway is also prepared to give the muscle car’s 6.2-liter V-8 engine a noticeable power upgrade that the tuning company is promising will allow the AeroWagon to hit a top speed of more than 200 mph. With that much speed on tap, we’re thinking of an output increase go somewhere around 650 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. This power bump costs an additional $22,995 over the base AeroWagon kit.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Source: Carbuzz
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About two weeks ago, the first truckload of 2014 Corvette Stingrays started their journey to Chevrolet dealers around the country. While customers get to enjoy driving the new American sports car , many likely won’t understand that thousands hours of work and hundreds of people involved in building the Corvette Stingray.

The new Stingray is assembled at the Chevy ’s plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky that required a a $131-million upgrade, including a $52-million investment for a new body shop to manufacture the car’s all-new, aluminum frame in-house for the first time.

Up to this point, the assembly line has produced about 1,000 units for customer deliveries and most of them are expected to be delivered to dealers over the next few weeks. Soon enough, we will start seeing this all-new Corvette roaming the roads of America.

Now, Chevrolet has released a video (above) showing the Stingray’s assembly process.

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

The co-developed, A110-50 Concept -inspired sports cars between Caterham and Renault -owned Alpine is quickly shaping up after the final designs for both models have been signed off by company execs.

The two respective models, one carrying a Caterham badge and the other an Alpine badge, are expected to give the two brands their respective stand-alone models. According to Autocar, the launch for both models have been penciled in for 2016 with Caterham even referring to its model as the "C120".

Unlike the Toyota GT86/SubaruBRZ/Scion FR-S trinity that all carried the same styling language, the Caterham Caterham and Alpine sports cars will not be rebadged models; both will actually have different bodies and interiors, something Renault design chief, Laurens van den Acker, alluded to when he said that both models will have "completely different impressions that will showcase the best of the two companies."

Performance numbers for both models will likely hit around 250 horsepower, although Caterham has indicated that it could bump its model up to 300 horsepower, all while using the same Renault engine that the Alpine version will carry.

It should get very interesting to see how both brands move forward with their respective iterations of this shared platform. What we do know is that the launch is going to take longer than it was initially planned, which only means that both companies have more time to blow out socks off.

Click past the jump to read about the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Source: Autocar UK
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Dream cars are such a regular and normal part of every car guy and gal’s life growing up. Waiting for that license, dreaming about the wild places you will go and friends you might meet. For generations of enthusiasts until the 1950s, however, such dreams were so unattainable they were foolish.

The only non-mass-market car around was the coach-built Phaeton from Rolls-Royce , Mercedes-Benz or Duesenberg .

Such was the gulf between the rich and poor at the time that it makes today’s 99-percent protests seem as ridiculous as they are. In those days, the ratio was more like 99.99999 percent versus the 0.00001 percent.

You can probably guess which group we and most young car shoppers would fall into. And it is not the one with the nines.

For a generation of hot-shot former military officers, pilots and engineers: coming home from the battle fronts of Europe and the Pacific had whet their appetites for speed. The enormous volume of men and women enchanted by steel machinery during wartime was unprecedented.

But coming home, the cars these speed demons found were lumbering, great heavy beasts with no power and little cornering ability whatsoever. These men were chasing the rush they felt in fighter bombers - but in a stylish and affordable package.

The Corvette from 1953 was the answer to these wishes and much, much more. Initially just a throw-away concept for the Motorama events, such was the demand that Chevy had no choice but to produce the car for sale.

But those shapes could never be made in steel! And never made in time to get the car to eager buyers. So a stop-gap solution was born to make the panels out of fiberglass over a ladder frame chassis. Little did the fabricators know, this template would underpin America’s sports car for the next 75 years or more.

The Chevrolet Corvette C1 is a very special automobile. Collected here are three incredible examples of this ground-breaking achievement for affordable dream cars ever since.

Click past the jump for this debrief of the 1953-1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1.

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In the automotive world, we see all kinds of tests and wacky comparisons, putting the most craziest things against one another. We have to admit that this newest competition lauched by Nissan ranks pretty highly in creativity. Nissan pitted its resident sports car against a man in a wingsuit.

Peter Pyzera — the 2012 Nissan GT Academy champion — took the wheel of the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo and legendary wingsuit athlete, Dave Barlia, took the leap of faith in the Swiss Alps.

Barlia had to make a 4,510-foot drop, and he hit a top speed of 130 mph, while clearing the rocky surface by just 19.6 feet. Along with him on this scary descent is Jukeride, which is a unique analysis tool that allowed the engineers to monitor biometric and telematic data as he glided to earth.

Check out the video (above) to see whether the Nismo or the wingsuit triumphed.

Click past the jump to see some behind-the-scenes footage.

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What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan ? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo ’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW , Mercedes, Lexus , Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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What do you like to do when it’s time to relax? Jogging, swimming, playing a cool game, hanging out with your friends — these likely top most of your lists. But, we are pretty sure that for some of you here, the greatest joy is to get behind the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and just cruise the streets.

David Gandy is one of the guys with an ultimate passion for driving sports cars . Oh, who is he? He is a successful British model that also happens to be a huge Jaguar fan.

In this latest short movie revealed by the British automaker, called "Escapism," Gandy gets behind the wheel of some of the most amazing Jaguar models, ranging from the new F-Type roadster and going back in history to models like the C-Type, E-Type and XKSS.

All we can say is enjoy the video, we are pretty sure you will like what you will see!


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