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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.

So this is Subaru’s plan to promote the incredible 2015 WRX STI . It’s what appears to be a fake a trailer for a fake movie called "The Ride of Her Life," and it spends as much time promoting the WRX STI as it does telling the about of a condemned love story between a renegade and the sheriff’s daughter.

Pinch us if you’ve seen this before.

We have to give some credit to Subaru for taking this route in trying to build up the WRX STI. As far as we’re concerned, this is the one Subaru vehicle that doesn’t need any advertising. But hey, it’s Subaru’s show...or movie trailer...or whatever it is that it’s actually trying to pull off here.

We’re guessing that it’s a prelude of bigger things to come; not necessarily better, but we expect maybe a few more cheesy trailers with C-list, trying-hard-to-be-funny voice-overs.

From there, well, we have no idea what Subaru is planning with this "movie."

The Mercedes A45 AMG may be considered as the baby brother of AMG’s full lineup, but there’s nothing small about this model once you add Brabus into the mix. Thanks to the German tuner’s comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this A45 AMG is ready to tussle with the big boys.

The program is typical of what you can expect from Brabus. Slap on some new aero components, dress up the interior, and drop a performance upgrade on the engine. It’s the three-step process to turning cars like the A45 AMG into veritable pocket rockets.

But the best part about this program — apart from having Brabus’ seal of approval — is the fact that on its own, the A45 AMG is already a pretty powerful Mercedes , capable of producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This insane power allows the A45 AMG to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

But even with those impressive numbers, Brabus was still able to add more ponies to the engine, which in a lot of ways proves that when it comes to Mercedes models, nobody does aftermarket programs better than this tuner.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG by Brabus.

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Jaguar may not have as huge a presence at this year’s Geneva Auto Show now that its big reveals of the F-type Roadster and Coupe have been accomplished, but that hasn’t stopped them from teasing us with their next big reveal.

All we have are a few teaser images, but Jaguar has confirmed that their compact 3 Series -fighter is real and it is going to wear the name XE.

This new car will be the first that is built using Jaguar’s all-new aluminum architecture that was first previewed with the C-X17 Concept SUV . Jaguar has been building aluminum intensive cars for over a decade now, but this move will further reduce the weight of Jaguar’s many offerings.

The new XE will likely create the backbone of Jaguar’s sales once it hits showrooms in 2015 (US availability is 2016). It will likely eclipse the sales of all the other Jaguars combined in its first year on sale.

For such a mainstream model, expect a range of engine options and power outputs from a base four-cylinder all the way to a potential M3 fighter with the supercharged V-6 from the F-Type.

Updated 04/02/2014: Jaguar released some information on the XE on its international webpage stating the 2016 XE will borrow the F-Type’s V-6 engine. No details were offered on the output level, but for sure will be something close to the output level offered in the F-Type: 340 horsepower in the base versions and 380 horsepower in the S version.

Click past the jump to read more about 2014 Jaguar XE

The Vauxhall VXR8 doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as the Audi RS6 Avant , or any of the equally powerful German estate models. But completely dismissing the VXR8 isn’t fair to the Vauxhall , something EVO found out first-hand during a recent comparison run between the two.

It goes without saying that high-performance estate models don’t get any better than the RS6 Avant. Audi is one of the pioneers of the segment and the latest RS6 Avant holds true to all of Ingolstadt’s capabilities in building a car that still runs incredibly despite carrying all that weight.

Ultimately, EVO found the RS6 Avant impressive given the standards Audi has set for it. But it didn’t possess the kind of "fun" EVO wanted out of its, which is saying something. The 1:26.5 lap time of the RS6 was impressive in a lot of ways, and certainly much faster than the 1:29.9 seconds the VXR8 pulled out of its hat.

But as far as entertainment value was concerned, Evo gave the nod to the Vauxhall not so much because its more fun to drive, but because you get a whole lot of raised heartbeats doing so. Audi has always been about efficiency, and it’s no different with the RS6 Avant.

You’re not seeing double – This is the second camo-covered 2015 Porsche 911 we’ve brought you today, though this one is the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, instead of the 2016 911 Turbo . What this 911 does have is a reworked, more aggressive front fascia with more angular air inlets under the headlights. The turn signals appear to have the same design as the upcoming 911 Turbo S we caught testing, yet still similar to the current 911. And though it’s hard to tell from these new pictures, the previous set of spy shots show three bars lying horizontally across the inlets. Also very apparent on this test mule is the radar-based cruise control mounted in the center grille.

Out back, things look very similar to the 2015 911 Cabriolet we caught testing in January. Quad exhaust pipes protrude from the lower fascia, while what appears to be camouflage covers up the rear air extractors just aft of the rear wheels. The taillights are covered in the same transparent covering with the oval shapes to throw off any signs of reworked shapes underneath. Lastly, the engine bay louvers are hidden behind the same black metal mesh, protecting their appearance for a latter date.

Unlike in January, this test mule has its top down. The ragtop material is hidden nicely within the rear deck lid. Giving away its Carrera S status are the grey, 10-spoke, aluminum-faced wheels and round exhaust tips — providing Porsche keeps the same combinations currently found on the 2014 911.

It’s doubtful Porsche will change too much with the 911 Carrera S’ 3.8-liter powertrain. Naturally aspirated and making 400 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, the current 911 Carrera S scoots to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The possibility always exists for Porsche to increase the 3.8-liter’s outputs, however.

Click past the jump to read more about the facelift Porsche 911.

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A little more than a year has passed since McLaren unveiled the P1 supercar , and the Woking-based manufacturer is already busy rolling out a brand new sports car. We’re obviously referring to the 2015 650S, a vehicle that gathered so many orders the past few weeks it prompted McLaren to halt production of the 12C.

With the 650S in production and its Spider sibling revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the British are already looking toward adding a new model to their new family of V-8-powered supercars . What are they preparing now, you may ask? Well, a recent report claims the Brits are readying a track-tuned version of the 650S.

That’s the word from McLaren chief development driver Chris Goodwin, who says the newly-launched 650S "is not as far as we’re going to go." "There’s plenty more we can do," he added, hinting that the yet unnamed track-prepped 650S will be aimed at the 12 percent of McLaren customers that hoon their cars on race courses.

There are no actual details for us to chew on right now, but Auto Express suggests that the upcoming sports car is likely to cost £25,000 more than the regular 650S, which translates into a premium of nearly $42,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S.

Source: AutoExpress

This isn’t an April fools joke, but Porsche already seems focused on the next iteration of the 911 Cabriolet, despite the refreshed version just hitting the market for 2014. What you see here is a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet dressed in very light camo as it rolls down a sleepy European road. And because the new car smell has yet dispersed from the 2014 911, we’d expect Porsche to hold off until 2016 for another refresh, at the earliest.

The noticeable changes include reshaped turn signals up front, new rear heat extractor just aft of the rear tires, reworked taillights, and possibly revised styling on the louvered rear deck lid as evidenced by the metal grates covering them.

Those front turn signals look quite similar to the one found on the 911 we spotted cold-weather testing earlier this year . The shape is just different enough from the current model to be new, yet it still holds that iconic 911 look. Around back seems to be the most heavily modified. It’s hard to tell from these shots, but it appears the heat extractor just behind the rear wheels have been reworked. Instead of the large grille of the current model, these seem to just be slats in the bumper. However, the slats could just be a clever camouflage of the vents underneath.

The taillights look revised as well. Just like the front turn signals, they are covered in a transparent film with oval shapes to break up any discernible pattern underneath. The way the taillights meet the bumper may also be revised since it’s covered in tape. Lastly, metal grates camouflage the louvers over the engine bay. It appears the louvers have been turned to face outward rather than rearward as before.

Click past the jump for more info on the spied 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

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If you happen to be a fan of our fancy new TopSpeed.com Podcast, you may have noticed that all three of us fancy the Porsche Cayman S and the Alfa Romeo 4C quite a lot. They are both mid-engined cars that are trying to put the enjoyment of driving back into a world that is full of hybrids and a push for self-driving technology.

But which of these two cars is the better choice? Unfortunately nobody on our team has yet had the chance to sample both cars back-to-back, so we will have to settle on the advice from another outlet; enter Chris Harris.

Chris Harris was absolutely in love with the Alfa 4C when he drove it last year in Italy, and he also firmly believes that the Cayman S is possibly the best sports car in the world. In this video we get to ride along as he tries to figure out which one he would rather take home.

Does the perfection of execution in the Porsche win out in the end, or does the Alfa charm its way into the winners circle with an a experience that is more raw and pure? Click play to find out.


Note: Future Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG pictured here.

The old adage, “no replacement for displacement” continues to hobble along on its last leg these days. And with no thanks to Mercedes , it seems the adage will be getting weaker in 2016. The next version of the C63 AMG will drop the beastly 6.3-liter V-8 for a smaller, more powerful, and likely more efficient twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making almost 30 more horsepower, bringing the total count to around 480.

Power will still be sent to the rear wheels, though through a traditional automatic transmission and not the 7-speed dual-clutch techno-box in the current C63 AMG . The automaker cites lower costs and a lack of consumer demand for the switch, a Mercedes source told Leftlane News.

The new turbocharged powertrain helps poise the C63 directly against the BMW M3 and M4 pair. Upping the ante even further, Mercedes continued spilling the beans to Leftlane about a range-topping S version that will come with more power, upgraded brakes, and unique visual attributes.

The report continues, indicating the C63 will be offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible, and even a wagon. Of course, the AMG version of each will include performance add-ons, bespoke wheels, stickier rubber, and a sport suspension with a lowered stance. A performance-oriented cabin with heavily bolstered seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and an AMG-specific instrument cluster will likely be present as well.

We’re expecting the C63 AMG to make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show this October with sales beginning the last quarter of 2015 as a 2016 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S.

Source: LeftLaneNews
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Having taken delivery of his brand new McLaren P1 supercar — the first US-spec version to cross the Pond — Jay Leno is probably busy driving Britain’s most anticipated vehicle for the 2014 model year as we speak. And we bet he’s grinning from ear to ear while with all 903 horsepower at his disposal.

Coincidentally, the most recent episode of Jay Leno’s Garage also focuses on a British car. One that comes from a different era and in a package that’s more about lightness and precision handling than extreme horsepower. We’re talking about the Lotus Elan 26R.

Launched in 1963, the Elan was a small sports car that measured only 145 inches in length and tipped the scales at just 1,516 pounds. To draw a better picture of what the Elan was about, the third-gen Mazda MX-5 is about 158 inches long and weighs around 2,500 pounds.

Developed using Colin Chapman’s "simplify, then add lightness" design, the featherweight Elan didn’t need more than a 1.6-liter, inline-four engine and 105 horsepower to take on public roads or race tracks at high speeds. Of course, the tiny vehicle quickly became a popular race car .

Getting back to Jay Leno, he already owned a 1969 Lotus Elan, but his garage lacked a track-prepped 26R. That hole was obviously filled recently, when Jim Hall completed the roadster you’re about to see in the video above. The project started from a regular 1966 Elan, which means we’re not dealing with an authentic 26R, but judging by the amount of work it was put into the roadster, it’s safe to assume that Leno’s right by saying this is "the ultimate Elan".


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