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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.

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The Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors for the public in two weeks time. As we know, Nissan will make an exciting announcement at the show. Yes, it is the Nissan GT-R Nismo that debuts on November 19th, 2013. The company will also disclose the Nurburgring lap time set by the Nismo GT-R. But that’s not all, as Nissan will also showcase the Bladeglider concept.

Along with the concept car, Nissan will also reveal a concept prototype based on the Bladeglider, but toned down for actual production. The production version will have its sights set on attacking rival cars, like the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ. Andy Palmer- VP at Nissan told Motortrend that the Bladeglider will be the car for the young generation.

The origins of the Bladeglider concept can be traced back to the Nissan ZEOD RC racer , and that’s where the unconventionality begins. The designers of the Bladeglider concept describe it as "an extreme interpretation" of what a car can be. The thought behind the concept is to offer an affordable and appealing sports car to young people, according to Andy Palmer of Nissan.

Click past the jump for more on the Nissan Bladeglider Concept

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Porsche already unveiled the new-generation Porsche Turbo , but German tuner McChip DKR decided to focus on the 997 generation. Today, the tuner announced a new tuning kit that will considerably improve the look and output level of the 997 Turbo S .

McChip DKR did its most important work under the hood of the Porsche. as it installed a Stage-3-Kit that includes modified engine management with software adaptation, and an exhaust system with sports cats and new headers. As a result, the car’s standard 530 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque jump to 600 horsepower and 601 pound-feet. The price for this upgrade is &euro8,499 — about $11,300 at the current exchange rates.

Other performance upgrades include a new set of GT2 RS rims with Michelin Cup tires and PASM coilovers from the Bilstein company.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 997 Turbo S by McChip DKR.

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The Fiat 500 Abarth is back for 2014 with new colors, new wheels and a more comfortable passenger seat design. The 500C cabrio was new with Abarth trim in Spring of 2013, and is expected to be the volume leader for 2014 with almost no performance or interior room downsides versus the coupe.

These cute Fiat 500 twins are looking just as fresh and intimidating as always versus the hum-drum base-engine 500 models, and the rest of the econo-car hatchback market in the U.S. These are two cars for people who have chosen the ultra-nimble hot hatchback route, plus they offer up both driving thrills and the feeling of driving a classic Italian racing brand.

While the regular 500 undercuts the Mini Cooper significantly on price, the $6,000 Abarth premium makes life more challenging versus the hottest Mini performance cars. Even so, the Mini ’s dated styling means the trendiest shoppers have long since moved on to something more current.

The 500 Abarth also undercuts the equivalent Mini Cooper S engine on price, but moves this tiny machine past $26,000 for the Abarth 500C - which is uncomfortably close to the Subaru BRZ and other performance cars.

The arrival of the American-spec Ford Fiesta ST certainly complicates the theoretical comparison test for these performance supermini’s.

Logic is typically not the most critical factor in this realm of the new car segment, and the 500 Abarth nails the less-concrete buying criteria like passion, brand image and performance zest.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Fiat 500 Abarth and the new 500C Abarth, with all the updates on the new features and changes for 2014.

Updated 11/7/2013: TopSpeed’s Phillipe Daix got his hands on a 500 Abarth this week and put together a short drive video of the peppy city car. Check out the video after the jump.

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It looks like for this year’s SEMA Show, Mopar worked hard on paying tribute to some of the coolest models from yesteryear, like the Dodge Challenger R/T Shaker " that drew inspiration from the 1970s Challenger with the Shaker hood and 426 HEMI and the Scat Package that pays tribute to the old Scat Pack Club and the Scat Package Mopar parts from the 1960s and 70s.

The Scat Package is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, and the best way to celebrate was to re-introduce it to the Dodge lineup, and attach it to the 2014 Dodge Challenger , Charger and Dart . As in the past, the new Scat package is all about engine calibration, but Mopar also added a series of updates to the exterior and the interior to round it all out.

Just like on the Challenger , the new Scat Package offered for the Charger includes three different stages of upgrades, each delivering a different level of power. Unfortunately, Dodge is remaining mum on the final numbers.

Updated 04/03/2014: Dodge announced today full specifications figures and prices for the optional Scat Packages. Check them out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about Dodge Charger with Scat Package.

In the latest episode of The Downshift, MotorTrend follows the guys at GSR Autosport and Formula Drift champion Mike Essa as they tune a BMW 335i with loads of go-fast parts for a big reveal and give-away at the 2013 SEMA show next week.

Concentrating mostly on the suspension and brakes, GSR Autosport added Bilstein’s new IRC suspension, which uses the latest technology and can be controlled via a smartphone. The suspension continually adapts to changing conditions, using a g-load sensor in an onboard computer, along with the g-load sensor within the smartphone. Other suspension parts were swapped out with upgraded BMW M components for greater handling.

The BMW’s engine was treated to a few additional horsepower, thanks to a cold-air intake and larger intercooler, while the stock 335i brakes were tossed in favor of huge Brembo calibers and cross-drilled rotors.

“This isn’t just a track day car,” says Michael Essa. “This is a car you can go to the track with and drive everyday.” With the adjustable suspension, the driver can put it into sport, track, street, or comfort modes depending on the situation.

The lucky winner of the raffle, David Smit, will be driving home the GSR Autosport/Bilstein BMW 335i after the companies show it off at this year’s SEMA auto show.

The Chevrolet SS may not get the same love as the Corvette and Camaro in the Bowtie’s lineup, but sleeping on this raunchy sedan is a big mistake.

NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon will likely reprimand you for doing so.

The SS is all business and at the 2013 SEMA Show , Chevrolet is preparing a concept SS and its tying up with, you guessed, Jeff Gordon himself.

The vehicle, appropriately billed as the Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept, is a refreshing program on the muscular sedan that plays to the creativity of the multi-titled NASCAR driver. Gordon’s all-business personality was clearly translated onto the concept, as shown by the classy satin exterior finish that effuses a no-nonsense approach the SS wants to be known for.

A handful of No. 24 graphics can be found throughout the exterior, splashing a nice touch of flavor to the sedan and giving it that aesthetic balance that you’d want to see in a car coming to SEMA. The SS also receives a new custom front grille, a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and a set of custom-finished, 20-inch wheels, all of which play equal parts in providing a strength of character to the SS.

Inside, the changes were kept to a minimum, but still distinct enough to spruce up the cabin. Perforated suede seat inserts and embroidered headrests are the most distinctive upgrades, with a racing-style flat-bottom steering wheel and Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit added in for good measure.

Other modifications added into the package include a lowered suspension, high-performance brakes and a Borla exhaust system. No other performance mods were given, which is a little disappointing, but hey, if you have a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that packs 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque in tow, chances are, you won’t be too disappointed about it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet SS Performance

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April 17th 1964: The day the first generation of the Ford Mustang was introduced to the public. Today, almost half a century later, when the words ’American Icon’ are spoken together, this car is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

With the 50-year anniversary of the Mustang approaching, the anticipation over the next generation of the pony car has been greater than ever. With the news of Ford filing a trademark application for the “Mach 1” moniker, speculations are rife about the return of the badge in the 2015 Mustang.

The model, when launched in 1969, sat between the GT and Boss 302 models, and it replaced the GT in 1971.

Based on the unique design elements of the original 1969 Mach 1, we at TopSpeed decided to create a rendering for you what the Mach 1 Mustang (if released) could look like.

Click past the jump to learn more about the design process.

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The Japanese tuner Liberty Walk Performance will display an awesome tuning kit based on the Ferrari 458 Italia at the 2013 SEMA Show . The kit includes some very aggressive exterior updates, plus new Armytrix titanium exhaust pipes that will completely transform the sound of the prancing horse’s V-8 engine.

The kit includes large front and rear bumpers, a new diffuse and a large rear wing for some extra downforce. All the new elements are made from carbon fiber, so they don’t add too much weight to the supercar .

There are no details just yet if the tuner will do any work under the hood, but the 570 horsepower delivered from factory are just enough for us, though we wouldn’t be against a few extra ponies.

Liberty Walk Performance will display the 458’s body kit will be displayed at the Toyo Tires booth next to a bad-ass Nissan GT-R prepared by the same tuner.

Click past the jump to see the Ferrari 458 by Liberty Walk Performance up close with pricing.

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We are pretty sure you already know this, but Chris Harris is by far one of the luckiest guys on Earth, and his latest video shows exactly why. The 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT is limited to only 30 units, with the possibility of a production increase to 50 units, if the demand is high enough. So you can imagine that having the chance to see one is pretty rare, and driving one... Ha, forget about it!

However, in the latest episode of Drive Jag invited Harris to test the $174,000 XKR-S GT. Despite the rainy weather, Harris had a lot of fun driving this special Jaguar around the Nurburgring, as he usual does. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Harris was quite impressed by this sports car , even though he found the six-speed automatic gearbox a little outdated.

For those that want to see more of Chris Harris, you can see him whipping the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Alfa Romeo 4C.

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Never one to miss a chance to peddle its wares at the SEMA Show , Mopar will roll into Las Vegas with more than 20 highly modified vehicles , ranging from the small Fiat 500 to the recently launched SRT Viper .

With the show inching closer, Mopar has revealed the first details on the models it will present in Las Vegas. It started off these announcements with a SEMA-prepped 2014 Chrysler 300S .

The 2014 300S is draped in a Phantom Black tri-coat paint combined with a set of 20-inch rollers borrowed from the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Limited Edition painted Mopar bronze.

The 300S is further distinguished by a 13-bar, black "Gotham" grille surround, a black SRT rear spoiler and a lowering kit that drops the full-size sedan closer to the ground, giving it a more aggressive look and helping it handle a little better.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chrysler 300S by Mopar.


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