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sports cars

  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.

Porsche 911 Targa

So, Porsche finally revealed what we all knew was coming — the 2014 911 Targa — at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In years past, we have seen the targa top undergo some changes on the 911 , including the original manual top to the polarizing sliding top in the 1990s and 2000s, so some folks, myself included, had additional questions about

Sure, we can watch all the videos in the world, but they do not show all the nerdy details about the top that I, a self-proclaimed auto nerd, want to know. Well, being the inquisitive person that I am, I reached out to Porsche for a little extra clarity on this topic. And they were happy to oblige with a long list of previously unreleased details on the new targa roof.

Click past the jump to read what we learned about the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa’s removable top.

For a lot of car enthusiasts there tends to be a certain brand or make that “is their life.” We know many fans of Mopar, Ferrari fanatics and plenty of Porschephiles, but in most cases those cars actually have very little to do with a person’s life or well being, beyond fascination.

That doesn’t hold true to Mike Furman. When he says Corvettes are his life, he means it. From the age of 17 when he started working at Malcom Konner Auto Group in New Jersey, Mike has made his living putting Corvettes in other people’s garages. If you ever wanted to get into Corvette sales, Konner was the place. From the early ‘60s until the family sold the dealership in 1991, Konner was the world’s largest Corvette dealer.

To date Mike has sold more than 3,000 Corvettes and in the process has become one of the biggest names in the new Corvette market. He also holds the GM records for most Corvettes delivered in a single month at 57. We caught up with Mike to ask him about his storied sales career and find out where he wants to go next.

Read on to find out what we learned about this super salesman.

Unlike Aston Martin’s long-standing connection to James Bond, Jaguar’s reputation in Hollywood as a car that attracts bad guys has lasted for years.

So now that Jaguar has finally risen (back) to prominence and has declared its intentions to challenge its German rivals, the company doesn’t appear to have any problems wearing the proverbial black hat again.

Leading up to the Super Bowl this coming February 2nd, the Big Cat wants to make an impression, and what better way to do that than getting some of Britain’s bad boys to star in what’s shaping up to be an epic series of ads.

The ad campaign, which carries the hashtag #goodtobebad, features Sir Ben Kinglsey, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong, all English actors who have performed their share of bad guy roles, teasing us on why being such a baddie may not be such an appalling thing.

Bad is sexy, their message says, and at the Super Bowl, we’re all going to be treated as to how bad these three Hollywood A-listers are in their respective Jaguars.

Click past the jump to watch personal messages from Sir Ben Kingsley, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Strong

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Toyota FT-1 Concept

Back in 2013, BMW and Toyota signed an agreement that was supposed to bring only good things for both parties: a new supercar, improved hybrid-technologies and better cars. Well, the bad news is that this agreement will not affect the next-generation Supra , as it will remain an in-house-developed sports car .

What Toyota will do however will be to help BMW develop the next-generation Z4 . The consensus believes that BMW will design and build the body of the next Z4. using lots of carbon-fiber and aluminum, while Toyota will offer its next-generation plug-in hybrid technology to the sports car.

Of course, this will not be the same as the current hybrid technology used in Toyota models, as that won’t fit in the tiny Z4. Instead, both the future Z4 and its Toyota cousin will likely share a sub-2.0-liter engine with a new, more compact hybrid system from Toyota.

Despite heavy changes, it is believed that the next BMW Z4 will be priced similar to the current generation.

Click past the jump to read more about the recently launched Toyota FT-1 Concept.

Source: Motoring
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The Shelby Cobra went into production in 1961 and only three years later, Shelby unveiled an FIA version of the car which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series. Now, 50 years later, Shelby American is celebrating this great model with the unveiling of a special 50th anniversary model called the CSX7000.

This special Cobra is offered exclusively in Viking Blue with Arctic White FIA stripes and roundels. The interior is trimmed in black combined with special billet anniversary badges and a variety of additional options are offered exclusively at customer’s request.

The new Shelby 289 CSX7000 is limited to only 50 units with prices starting from $94,995 for fiberglass-bodied models and $159,995 for aluminum-bodied models. For both versions prices do not include a drivetrain. Shelby American will show off the CSX7000 this weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby 289 FIA Cobra CSX7000 50th Anniversary.

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We are all waiting for the new-generation Porsche 911 GT2 to arrive, but until the day comes, German tuner OK-Chiptuning took another look at the "old" GT2. A base 911 GT2 delivered 530 horsepower — 90 horsepower less than the more powerful GT2 RS, which unfortunately was limited to only 500 units.

This is where OK-Chiptuning comes in to help you out, as it takes a standard GT2 and increase its power to beyond the level of a 911 GT2 RS . This tuning kit includes a new Akrapovic racing exhaust system with manifolds and sport catalysts, a high-quality racing clutch from Sachs and modified GT2 RS intercoolers.

With these updates in place, the GT2 equipped with the Clubsport package delivers a total of 680 horsepower — 60 horsepower more than a GT2 RS — and 649 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the 911 GT2 from OK-Chiptuning goes from 100 km/h to 200 km/h (62 mph to 124 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 8.4 seconds and to 186 mph in about 21.3 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the GT2 RS does the latter two sprints in 9.4 and 24.7 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 997 GT2 by OK-Chiptuning.

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We know it’s winter in many areas around the world, but the folks over XCar found this weather perfect to test one of the more elusive convertible models: the Lotus Exige S Roadster . If we remember correctly this is one of the few reviews we’ve seen on this model, and this makes it even more interesting.

XCar finds the new Exige S Roadster to be an awesome car with or without the roof. So, apparently this model will have no problems putting other roadsters to shame, despite its 145 mph limited top speed. Then again, who is really doing over 145 mph on public roadways?

It’s no wonder why the guys over XCar were so impressed by this car. It’s got a supercharged 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers a total of 345 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the Exige S Roadster goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and to 100 mph in 8.5 seconds. Not too shabby at all.

If only the offered it in the U.S...

Cadillac ATS Coupe

Cadillac’s been making waves this week for all the right reasons. Days after it debuted the all-new ATS Coupe , the U.S. manufacturer confirmed that the car’s performance-oriented trim, the aptly named ATS-V , will have performance numbers that would put it right smack in the middle of the BMW M3’s crosshairs.

According to Motor Trend, the ATS-V will carry a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine that will produce 425 horsepower — the exact same output as its German competitor. More importantly, or at least until we hear more about it, Caddy also has plans to build an even more powerful ATS-V, which will reportedly be called the ATS-V+. That one is expected to use a bigger V-8 engine that could potentially have as much as 500 horsepower on tap.

These announcements carry a lot of significance for Cadillac in its attempt to be a player in the sports coupe segment. With plenty of European brands staking their respective claims in the U.S. market, America had to be represented. Cadillac is trying to answer that call and judging by the way the ATS was received at the North American International Auto Show , there will be a lot of interested folks out there waiting to for the company to develop the ATS-V.

Note: Photo is of the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Source: Motor Trend
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In the upcoming months we will learn lots of new details on the recently launched Lexus RC F , like the official specifications, prices and other optional features. The first of the news started today when Lexus finally released the first images of the optional Carbon Fiber package.

The biggest change that comes with this package is the clear-coated carbon-fiber roof, hood and active rear spoiler, which raises and lowers depending on the coupe ’s speed in order to improve the car’s driving dynamics and stability at high speeds. These new parts not only look cool, but they also help lower the curb weight and lower the center of gravity. This will easily translate into improved performance figures.

No other details were released just yet, but we expect this optional carbon fiber package to add some carbon-fiber goodness on the interior too.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lexus RC F.

Porsche Cayman GTS

Patience is great, but perseverance and a keen eye sometimes nets better results, and that is exactly how our spy photographers managed to snatch up our first spy shots of the upcoming Cayman GTS. The prototype that our guys caught out in the light snow was nearly undisguised, but that’s no surprise, considering drumming up images of a Cayman GTS doesn’t take much brain power.

As expected, this hot Cayman sports a revised front bumper and new LED lights, The new bumper and its splitter help add a more aggressive look to the Cayman and likely add some downforce to the front axle. Around back, we can see that the GTS package will add a new diffuser.

What you can’t see in these images is what Porsche did under the hood. Under here, we expect to see a 15-horsepower bump over the Cayman S’s numbers, netting the Cayman GTS 340 horsepower from its flat-six engine. Not too shabby for the Boxster ’s hard-topped sibling.


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