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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.

You can now rest easy, Subaru BRZ fans. The Japanese sports car will live to see a second generation version after all. It wasn’t looking too good, especially after a recent conversation between Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and Drive indicated that the second-generation 86 could be a BMW -Toyota collaboration, leaving Subaru out in the cold .

But thank your lucky stars for Fuji Heavy Industries president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. The head honcho of Subaru’s parent company has told Automotive News that the BRZ will live on, effectively debunking the previous report of the BRZ’s possible demise.

Yoshinaga told Automotive News that Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries will be working on a successor to the current-generation BRZ . The Fuji chief was responding to the aforementioned Drive report that quoted Toyota chief engineer Tetsuya Tada.

"If I were to be told that, I’d pass out," Yoshinaga told Automotive News. "It’s not going to be just one generation."

Cue the collective sighs of relief from fans of the BRZ.

So it looks like Subaru will still be involved in the next generation model of the BRZ.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru BRZ

It appears Audi is developing a wireless charging system for its next-generation R8 and possible future models. The news comes as Tobias Meyer of Audi’s product marketing department mentioned the experimentation with inductive wireless charging to CarAdvice at the debut of the gasoline-electric A3 e-tron .

Apparently the German automaker is in the very early stages of product development with such a system. “It’s brand new, and wireless charging is an expensive technology,” Meyer says. “We are discussing the topic right now….it’s under investigation.”

The wireless charging system would work by parking a compatible car atop a charging plate. That plate would then communicate and then charge the car via a matching charging plate installed on the car’s underbelly, eliminating the need of a plug.

At this point, the possibility of wireless charging is still a distant goal, but one that potentially may come on the next-generation Audi R8 e-tron set to enter its second generation in 2015. If Audi brings wireless car charging to market, it would be an industry first. However, Audi may have some competition, as BMW and Daimler have announced plans to jointly develop a wireless charging system.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi R8.

Source: CarAdvice

The Ferrari 458 Speciale was first introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , bringing some much needed life back into the 458. It’s hard to be the 458 when you have the LaFerrari and the F12berlinetta keeping you in the shadows. But the 458 Speciale is special in a lot of ways, not the least of which was the added performance boost Ferrari gave it.

German tuning firm Novitec Rosso saw what Ferrari did and quickly reacted. Sure, the tuner might have been impressed at first, but as a company known for incredible Ferrari programs, Novitec Rosso always has an eye on improving upon near perfection.

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The Ferrari 458 Speciale by Novitec Rosso.

It’s an incredible piece of work, although it’s the kind that can be expected of Novitec Rosso. The program is comprehensive, too. From aerodynamic improvements to numerous performance kits, Novitec Rosso’s program for the 458 Speciale is the kind that turns a taken-for-granted supercar into a sparkling piece of Italian awesomeness.

Novitec Rosso’s program for the Ferrari 458 Speciale is another feather in its cap, although if you look at what the tuner’s wearing, there’s already one too many feathers in it to begin with.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 458 Speciale By Novitec Rosso.

To say simply that Jaguar has been making some cool cars over the last few years would be a monumental disservice to the brand and the work it’s doing. From the complete line of R-S models, the introduction of the F-Type roadster and coupe, and the heritage classics like the Lightweight E-Type project. Of all the interesting and cool things that Jaguar has made, the special Project 7 concept car was easily my favorite. Now Jaguar has decided to make a production version, and it has 567 horsepower. If you aren’t caught up on your Jaguar history, that makes this the most powerful production car to ever come from the team in Coventry.

XCAR was lucky enough to catch some time with Ian Callum, the head of design at Jaguar and the man who penned Project 7, as well as John Edwards, the Managing Director of the Special Operations division at Goodwood . They get a thorough look at the car and get some great insight into how and why the car was created along with some info on why this car is so special. Some of the highlights include a weight cut of nearly 200 pounds, a limited production run of only 250 units, and deliveries are set to start next spring.

If you are one of the lucky few who gets to claim the keys to a Project 7, please drive it. I really want to see one of these in motion on the road one day.

Until 2013, when the Seven 620 R was introduced, the Superlight R500 was Caterham’s most powerful and track-focused sports car ever produced. As of 07/08/2014, the R500 became a thing of the past as the British automaker built the last example of this extreme sports car . Chassis number 174 puts an end to a six-year production run in which the Superlight R500 helped cement Caterham’s reputation as a world-renowned sports car manufacturer.

Powered by a Ford -sourced, 2.0-liter Duratec engine rated at 263 horsepower and tipping the scale at a little over 1,100 pounds, the Superlight R500 hits 60 mph from a standing start in only 2.88 seconds. That’s quicker than many supercars out there and a benchmark very few vehicles can improve upon. Built with track performance in mind, the R500 managed to lap the Top Gear test track in 1:17.9 minutes, nearly half a second faster than the Bugatti Veyron . With so many credentials to its name, the Superlight R500 will definitely be missed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Superlight R500.

There are a lot of special-edition BMW models in Japan. Don’t ask us why that’s the case but something about that market really speaks to the Bavarian automaker. We’re admittedly jealous about this fact, more so now that another special-edition Bimmer — a Z4 , no less! — is headed to the Asian.

It’s called the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit and it looks downright gorgeous. The model is exclusively earmarked for the Japanese market as BMW’s way of celebrating the BMW Sports Trophy team’s one-two finish in the Super GT series. Care to guess what car the team was racing in? Yep, a BMW Z4 GT3 .

That’s the reason why BMW has allocated all 60 units of the Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit for Japan at a price of 6.090 million yen — close to $60,000 as of 7/8/2014. No other country will get these cars, which again is making us really jealous. Care to spare a few here in America, BMW?

The list of modifications for this special-edition Z4 are limited to cosmetic upgrades, some of which actually pay homage to the Z4 GT3 race car. The Alpine White body is the same as the race car with the tri-color M graphics also making an appearance in the front section of the Z4.

Those are just the start of the exclusive touches given to this particular Z4. There’s plenty more in there that really brings out the best in this special-edition model.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Z4 sDrive 20i GT Spirit.

It seems General Motors is not the only automaker busy recalling cars these days. German manufacturer Volkswagen has ordered U.S. and Canadian dealers to halt sales for about 800 units of its 2015 Golf and Golf GTI hatches, quoting front suspension issues. Sure, 800 cars is nothing compared to the millions of vehicles GM has to fix, but we’re talking about a brand-new and highly acclaimed model.

Although Volkswagen has sent notifications to stop 813 Golfs from leaving U.S. and Canadian dealer lots, 1,634 hatches affected by this problem have been already sold to North American customers. The stop-sale order sent to dealerships says the "front stabilizer links in the affected vehicles were installed with too little torque," which could cause them to come loose detach entirely, affecting the car’s steering, Automotive News reports.

According to Jalopnik, the German automaker plans to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the defect, meaning owners will soon receive a recall notice. The affected hatches will have their faulty front stabilizer links replaced at no cost to the customers. Volkswagen is not aware of any crashes and injuries as of 07/08/2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The BMW M3 CRT and the M3 GTS share a unique bond. They’re both powered by BMW’s S65 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Unfortunately, that engine has been discontinued, leaving a gaping hole among those who like their BMW engines to be high-revving monsters. Fortunately, G-Power is here to save the day, or at least introduce one last engine upgrade for the legendary S65, using both the M3 CRT and the M3 GTS.

G-Power claims to be the only BMW tuner to have an engine upgrade for this engine. If true, that’s a huge deal for the limited number of owners who actually have the M3 GTS and the M3 CRT. Remember, these models are two of the most exclusive M3 s the company has ever released. The M3 GTS was released in 2010 and was limited to just 150 units. In 2011, BMW followed it up with the release of the M3 CRT , which was even rarer with just 67 units built.

Both the M3 CRT and the M3 GTS came with an output of 450 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. But with G-Power’s SK II “Sporty Drive“ TU supercharger system, the output for both models improves to 650 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s a dramatic rise in power that also results in the sports cars’ 0-to-60-mph times dropping from 4.4 seconds to 4.1 seconds. Likewise, the top speed also improves significantly from 180 mph to an impressive 200 mph.

G-Power’s “Sporty Drive“ TU supercharger system is available at a price of €23,500, excluding tax plus installation. That’s about $32,000 based on exchange rates on 7/8/2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW M3 CRT & GTS By G-Power.

Like all of you gearheads, we love track battles. We love it even more when they feature two sports cars that have a lot to prove to us and in some ways, against each other. That’s what we think of the Porsche Cayman and the BMW M235i when you line them up side by side. EVO recently had the opportunity to test both on the track and see which of these two pocket rockets had the upper hand over the other.

It’s important to find an answer, especially when you have two cars that were built to compete against each other. It’s the kind of direct competition that makes a huge deal in the sales figures of both vehicles.

EVO’s Jethro Bovington took both cars out for test runs and came away impressed with both of them. He also had some issues with both cars, but that’s understandable when you place a premium on objectivity.

Bovington ended up determining a clear-cut winner between the Cayman and the M235i, but the time difference was slight. The Cayman has a huge horsepower and torque deficiency when compared to the M235i — 47 horsepower and 119 pound-feet to be exact — but it is lighter, and nimbler than its BMW counterpart. So, which one do you think performs better in Evo’s test? You’ll have to check out this awesome video to find out.

Get out your salt shakers friends, we have a big bowl of rumor soup that needs some seasoning. Autocar is reporting that Porsche is readying a mid-engined coupe, codenamed 988, with a flat-eight engine as a direct competitor to the Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Huracan . Autocar is claiming that with the power output of the current flat-six reaching its theoretical maximum, Porsche needs to look to more cylinders to keep pushing performance. With Porsche already using eight cylinders to power its new range topping 918, there is some credence to this claim.

The move makes a certain level of sense. With the 918 being a limited production model that is more a science experiment than a viable long-term model, Porsche will be looking to fill the gap with something that is cheaper to produce. This new model is expected to birth an entirely new era at Porsche with an all-new platform and a new engine architecture that will expand to every mid- and rear-engine car the company makes.

If the claims about this new super Porsche hold true, the world of sports cars is about to get a lot better.

Updated 07/08/2014: We have created a very cool rendering for the future Porsche 988. We hope you like it!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Porsche 988.

Source: Autocar

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