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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.

With a new Mini comes a new John Cooper Works. Mini showed off a concept version of the new JCW at Detroit , but now we have the first photos of the new machine out doing some winter testing in Sweden.

The car seen here is missing some of the Works body kit, namely the rear bumper, side skirts and wheels, but the massive brakes with their bright red calipers give this car away. If you needed more proof, the large center mounted exhaust has been a hallmark of the JCW line for years now.

When the car finally goes on sale, we expect it to look nearly identical to the concept version that was shown in Detroit .

Based on the all-new third-generation Cooper Hardtop , the latest John Cooper Works model is expected to be powered by an uprated version of the current four-cylinder turbo with around 230 horsepower. That will make the latest JCW the most powerful mini ever to hit mass production.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

Mercedes C63 AMG

In today’s news we have a report that says one of our favorite fire-breathing sports cars is getting a convertible version. We are talking about the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. In the past, the AMG-tuned C-Class models have been offered in basic coupe , wagon and sedan models, but Autocar claims that a convertible version is in the works as well.

Power will be provided by a new 4.0-liter V8, strapped with a pair of turbocharges to boost output to about 500 horsepower. Expect the torque rating to be similarly lofty.

As for the rest of the drivetrain, the AMG team at Mercedes has been making a habit of sticking an AWD system in its cars lately, but Autocar says that won’t be the case with the C63. They even got a quote from AMG boss Tobias Moers at the Detroit Auto Show , “There will be no four-wheel drive on the C63.”

Can you imagine how much you could have in a tire-destroying, 500 horsepower four-seat convertible? I can already smell the rubber and hear the passengers screaming.

No official word on when the new convertible will be coming, but since the standard sedan isn’t expected until early next year, summer 2015 would make for a safe guess.

Source: Autocar UK

BMW has quite the history of melding art with speed via their Art Cars projects. Since 1975, world renowned artists have taken their brushes to the sheet metal of Bavaria’s finest, all in the name of visual expression. To date there are a total of seventeen cars; each a unique look at an artist and an era.

One of the more iconic cars from the collection is the 850CSi painted by David Hockney. It was created nearly two decades ago in 1995, and now it’s finally returning home to Los Angeles.

As part of the Paris Photo second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles, BMW will be displaying David Hockney’s 8 Series . Along with bringing the classic 8 Series home to LA, BMW is bringing the spiritual successor to the classic coupe; the all-new i8 .

From the past and into the future, BMW is representing the history, technology and art of the automotive world.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s previous Art Cars.

This morning at the Detroit International Auto Show , Subaru has officially unveiled the car that every enthusiast has been waiting for, the next-generation WRX STI .

Unfortunately, it appears that Subaru has not fulfilled all the dreams of the Internet masses. The new car makes no major strides in terms of engine output or design, and a wagon variant is still nowhere to be found.

What the latest STI forgoes in engine changes, it more than makes up for in chassis redesign. With a stiffer chassis and a new Active Torque Vectoring system, this latest STI should set a new a benchmark for how a bargain hoonmobile should handle. As an added bonus, the new STI looks to change perceptions on interior build quality and refinement.

Does this new AWD rocket really have what it takes to make the faithful fans of this rally -bred machine happy?

Updated 01/16/2014: Subaru unveiled a new video (above) that gives you an in-depth look at the 2015 WRX STI. Enjoy!

Updated 02/14/2014: Subaru announced today prices for the new WRX STI that will be put on sale this spring at a starting price of $34,495.

Updated 04/11/2014: Subaru unveiled a new set of images for the 2015 WRX STI. Check the picture gallery to find them.

Updated 04/30/2014: Subaru unveiled a new video showing four-time WRC Champ Tommi Mäkinen behind the wheel of the new WRX STI.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru WRX STI.

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Ever since 2011, rumors have been swirling that once the new-generation Impreza hits the market, Subaru will separate the Impreza and WRX models. Of course, both will share the same platform, but the WRX and the WRX STI versions will be radically modified and each part on it will be unique.

As no surprise, shortly after the WRX Concept was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show, our spy photographers caught the production version testing around the Nürburgring race track. Now, after many testing sessions, teasers and speculations, the 2015 WRX made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The model offers a new design language, a powerful four-cylinder engine — not as powerful as hoped though, as it was rumored it will deliver more than 300 horsepower — and, for the first time, the choice of two gearboxes: a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT.

Updated 02/14/2014: Subaru announced today prices for the 2014 WRX set to be put on sale this spring. Prices for the base WRX will start from $26,295 for the base version, but it can go up to $31,195 for the WRX Limited Edition.

Hit the jump for more details on the new Subaru WRX.

Toyota FT-1 Concept

Well it looks like we have some solid confirmation that the bonkers Toyota FT-1 Concept is actually going to be the next Supra . Yes, every person in the entire world has said that the FT-1 is the next Supra already, but that was all speculation, conjecture and plain old rumor mongering. What we have now is much more solid proof that the folks at Toyota are turning their drop-dead sexy coupe concept into the next Japanese supercar .

The confirmation comes from a man named Peter Lyon. If you are unfamiliar with his name, I am sure you have probably read his work at some point. He is a journalist living in Tokyo who specializes in the Japanese Auto Industry. He has had his work published in MotorTrend, Autocar, Evo and many more. If anyone has connections at Toyota , it is this guy.

According to a source “close to Toyota” the next Supra is a go, and it is well into production. The current target is a 2016 release.

Beyond confirming that the Supra is really coming, Lyon gives drivetrain details.

Read on to hear what he has to say, and hear our take on it as well.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota FT-1 Concept

Source: 7Tune

Chris Harris and the Drive crew are at is again, and this time, they are pitting the Porsche GT3 , Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and Mercedes C63 AMG Black Series against each other. I’d gladly take either of the three, but Chris got to push each one on a racetrack to see which one he preferred — poor guy...

The clip starts off with the Drive boys deciding which car each one gets to drive to the racetrack. Chris, of course, pulled his "power" card and decided to drive the Aston Martin . Judging by the windy mountain road that they had to travel, it is no surprise he picked the most luxurious car of the bunch — not that the Aston Martin isn’t quite the sports car too.

Once the boys got to the track and started their tests, the rain came and Harris got the chance to get some serious tail wagging going on. Again, poor dude...

Check out the above video to see what Chris and the Drive folks had to say about each car.

Subaru BRZ

Subaru is playing with our hearts with its BRZ , as it continuously tells us that there is no turbocharged model in the works, while aftermarket companies continue to push the only RWD Suby to new heights. Well, now we have news of a new special edition BRZ that, once again, got our hopes up only to drop them like a hot potato.

According to Car and Driver there are reports from Subaru that the Japanese company is indeed working on a special BRZ, but that again it is not the turbo model we are all craving. Rather, it will likely only have an aesthetic kit similar to what we saw on the J-spec BRZ tS . Unfortunately, the report also makes it clear that we will not get the handling and braking mods found on the tS model.

There are rumblings that this model will be a product of Subaru Technica International, which means it may carry the a set of "STI" badges without the STI oomph behind it. Well, I guess the badges are one of many stepping stones to an STI-tuned BRZ in the U.S.

Stay tuned for more.

Click past the jump for information on the BRZ tS.

Source: CarAndDriver

Lexus has announced today the addition of an F SPORT model to its upcoming RC 350 coupe . The automaker released the teaser image above in an effort to drum up excitement for the car’s official debut on March 4th at the Geneva Motor Show .

The car is expected to get the standard battery of F SPORT-type upgrades that primarily concentrate on improved handling and braking. The 3.5-liter V-6 will likely remain unchanged, still making 314 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. A sportier appearance will also come with the package, including the F-style of Lexus’ spindle grille design and other interior upgrades.

The RC 350 F SPORT will slot above the standard RC 350 but below the awesome-looking RC F — the latter of which gets a meaty 5.0-liter V-8 kicking out 450 horsepower.

Also happening at the Geneva show is Lexus’ RC 350 F GT3 racing concept. The racer makes its appearance to mark Lexus’ intentions to enter the GT3 racing series.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC.

The folks at Motor Trend’s Ignition tend to get their hands on new cars first, and for good reason, as they deliver stellar reviews. This time around, Jonny Lieberman got his hands on the 2015 Subaru WRX . Not only does Lieberman now how to handle powerful cars, but he also happens to be a lover of WRX s.

He was brutally honest about the new WRX, and actually pointed out plenty of flaws in it, including its rather bland looks and the fact that it is not nearly as quick as last year’s model. The latter of those two issues is rather striking, as Ignition tested last year’s WRX and noted a 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph, while the 2015 model took a whopping 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph. This is mostly because the new six-speed gearbox requires a 2-to-3 shift to hit 60 mph, but it is also courtesy of a little extra weight.

Overall, however, it seems as if Lieberman had a ball beating the crap out of the WRX, and left it with a pretty good review. He actually called it the best driving WRX ever built, which is a pretty big statement coming from a lover of the model.

Take a look at the video to see exactly what Jonny had to say, and keep an eye out for the awesome air time the Suby gets at around the 5:45 mark.


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