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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.

We haven’t seen or heard a lot from Romeo Ferraris in quite a while, but even though the tuning company has kept quiet since it introduced its program for the Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale last year, it’s hard to completely forget about these guys, especially with its reputation as one of Italy ’s finest aftermarket companies.

But now, Romeo Ferraris is back and it marked its return with an impressive program for one of the most popular sports cars in recent history: the Toyota GT 86 .

In some ways, it’s the perfect car for Romeo Ferraris can get its hands on. In its standard guise, the GT 86 looks every bit of a sports car, yet it somehow lacks the powerful performance credentials that its distinct and sporty style deserves.

That noticeable shortage of power is why aftermarket companies like Romeo Ferraris love the GT 86; they can put their imprint on it without comprising the overall characteristics of the Japanese sports car and do so in a way that gives the 86 that much needed boost in engine output.

That’s where Romeo Ferraris comes into the picture. Using a new supercharger, an intercooler and a subsequent ECU remapping, the Italian automaker was able to churn up 258 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque worth of output form the car’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a significant uptick in power from the stock 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

Romeo Ferraris didn’t release the performance numbers, but with these upgrades, it’s not far out of the imagination to think that this GT 86 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 140 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about Romeo Ferrari’s program for the Toyota GT 86

Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Mega Mega ne itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.

Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.

It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos , a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata , despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.

So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriole

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The Nardo Ring is a high-speed test track located located at about 12 miles away from the Italian city of Nardo. The track measures 7.8 miles long and is divided in four different lanes, with neutral speed ranging from 62 mph in lane 1 to 149 mph in lane 4. The term "neutral speed" means that the driver can drive the car without turning the wheel.

This is a reason why this ring is the perfect place where you can go and travel with no problems at speeds above 300 km/h (186 mph). The folks over at Auto Bild recently invited a group of cars capable of hitting this speed in a test drive it named "Beyond 300 km/h." One of the cars invited was a BMW M6 Gran Coupe tuned by AC Schnitzer .

The M6 proved it was worthy of the invite, as it managed to hit a top speed of 328,9 km/h (204 mph). With this speed, the M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer becomes the fastest road legal BMW to lap Nardo.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M6 Gran Coupe by AC Schnitzer.

The tremendous amount of publicity being showered on the Vision Gran Turismo concepts are well deserved. After all, it’s not everyday that you see automakers from all over the world sign up for such an unprecedented project of designing video game exclusive concept vehicles.

Excluding what has already been unveiled — the BMW and Mercedes concepts — some of the other brands participating in the project have provided teasers of their own through Sony, preparing us for what will eventually be an onslaught of concept awesomeness.

Yesterday, Toyota added its name to that hat, releasing a shadowy teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept , featuring a pretty sick silhouette that comes with a huge rear spoiler, a sweeping hood, a long-flung roof, and what we imagine to be a car riding pretty close to the ground.

Toyota has given no indication on when it plans to reveal its Vision Gran Turismo Concept. But since we like speculating on these things, we’re hoping to see Toyota follow Mercedes’ route when it revealed its own concept at the LA Auto Show .

And wouldn’t you know it, the North American International Auto Show is a little over a month away from opening its doors. What better way to steal the show than the to bring this concept and the reborn Supra , right?

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Toyota Supra

The BMW M3 and the M4 Coupe are understandably getting all the attention today, but BMW is quick to point out that those aren’t the only two models that it’s proudly showcasing.

A special-edition BMW Z4 is also getting some love ahead of its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show . The model is called the Pure Fusion Edition and while it lacks in any kind of noticeable exterior changes, it does showcase the company’s new Pure Fusion Design equipment package, which is all sorts of incredible if you’re the type to enjoy your luxury with plenty servings of sportiness to go with it.

That, essentially, is what BMW is trying to sell with the Z4 Pure Fusion Design. You get your sports car in full blast and add a special interior that has more leather than you’d expect.

Kudos to Bimmer for killing two birds with one stone. It’s cars like this that can really draw interest back to an aging model, like the Z4.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design

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The current Porsche 911 was unveiled in September 2011 and since then it impressed nearly everyone who has had the pleasure of driving it. German tuner KTW, on the other hand, sees a little untapped potential in the 991 Carrera S .

KTW updated the exterior and the interior look of the sports coupe, but it chose to leave the under-hood bits as they were from the factory. It’s not like the Carrera S really needs any more power, as it comes with a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that puts down a nasty 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

The model revealed by KTW is draped in an elegant white hue combined with a number of black elements and an aggressive body kit developed in cooperation with TechArt. KTW also performed a series of updates on the inside and of course the car rides on a new set of wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Carrera S by KTW Tuning.

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Audi Sport Quattro Concept

We’ve known for quite some time now that a new-generation Audi Quattro was a possibility, and we have also heard all kinds of rumors about it. Today, however, Auto Motor Und Sport gave us a little more on just how close the Quattro is to a return, during an interview with Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler.

In an interview with the German magazine, Stadler said that the Quattro concept we saw this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show was just testing people’s reaction and, as expected, it was very positive.

As a result of the positive feedback, a new Audi Quattro is now in a soft development phase with the possibility of a 2015 release.Stadler stopped short of confirming that the Quattro was indeed under development, as he stated "Nothing has been decided."

Despite the lack of confirmation, Ulrich Hackenberg, new head of development at Audi, has decided that the new Quattro, if produced, will not be offered as a limited-run vehicle, as Audi plans to produce it in large numbers.

Hackenberg also decided that the Quattro will be built a shortened A6 platform and, unlike previous reports, it will not be a hybrid . Audi will instead offer various engines, starting with the base 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 310 horsepower, with the possibility of power jumping to between 340 and 360 horsepower.

With this many details in place, it is easy to read between the lines an see that Audi is indeed planning on releasing a new Quattro, but it simply cannot confirm its return yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro.

Source: AMS
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It is no surprise that Hennessey Performance was among the first tuners to upgrade the new Corvette Stingray . For the 2014 Stingray, the tuner offers four different levels of upgrades, with power ranging from 600 to 1,000 horsepower, and with prices going up to $67,950.

Today, we get to have a good look and listen to the smallest of the Hennessey upgrades, the HPE600. The model was driven by John Heinricy at the Lonestar Motorsports Park drag strip facility, which is adjacent to Hennessey Performance operations in Sealy, Texas.

And we gotta tell you that this video was fun enough just watching; we could only imagine getting behind the wheel of this nighty C7 Corvette. What a dream come true that would be!

The HPE600 upgrade includes a TVS2300 supercharger system and Hennessey’s in-house HPE Air Induction System. With these upgrades, the 6.2-liter, V-8 engine delivers a total of 600 horsepower — up from the standard 455 horsepower. The HPE600 Corvette Stingray hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and sprints the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds at a speed of 127 mph.

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We are less than 24 hours away from the official launch of the 2014 BMW M3 and M4 Coupe. The much awaited sports coupe and sedan have been around the world showcasing their fancy new bodies and along the sidelines, BMW has been steady releasing details about the powertrain and other technical bits to the media. There’s excitement in the air as the zero hour approaches.

Meanwhile, insiders close to the journalism fraternity are hard work trying to get as much information out to the public as possible. A few hours ago, we brought you the first official high-resolution images of both the cars, which had apparently leaked onto the internet earlier in the day. Now, AutoBild has blown the lid off of the embargo by posting a video showing both the M3 and M4 being thrashed around the Ascari circuit in southern Spain.

Unfortunately, the video is in German. We’re sure those who understand the language will enjoy the introductory video shot by AutoBild magazine, and those of you who do not understand can still understand the language the in-line, six-pot engine speaks. The short video also includes the original E30 M3 , giving us an idea as to how much the M3 has evolved in the past three decades.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 F80 BMW M3 and 1985 E30 M3

Source: Youtube
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Hyundai i20 WRC

Hyundai Motor Co. has launched a new sub-brand called "N." The new brand will consist of high-performance road cars, as well as the ambitious rally car project. As we know, Hyundai will be a part of the 2014 World Rally Championship and its resident rally car, the i20 WRC , will be the first product built under this new N brand.

By now, you must be wondering why the letter "N;" well, Hyundai is based in Namyang, Korea, and that is where the "N" comes from — easy enough. In an odd twist, the Hyundai N performance division isn’t actually based in Korea; it is actually stationed in Alzenau, Germany, which just outside Frankfurt.

This German plant is home to the 2014 rally car, and it is where the company has plans to build its road cars under the new N sub-brand. Having said that, we can’t say for sure whether these N performance rigs will be bespoke sports car or just tuned versions of existing Hyundai models.

Speaking at the press briefing, Hyundai motorsport president, Gyoo-Heon Choi, said: "This is the start of a new chapter in Hyundai’s history, one that we expect to have a positive impact on our brand around the globe."

Click past the jump to read more about the Hyundai i20 WRC

Source: Autocar

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