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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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Edo Competition is a tuner specialized in updating Ferrari and Lamborghini models, but it looks like this time it made an exception as it came up with a pretty wild body kit for the BMW M3 Coupe . Should we be surprised that the kit comes shortly after BMW announced the M3 Coupe will go out of production ?

Called GTRS5, the new kit is focused on updating the look of the M3 and transforming it into a sporty, aggressive beast. The kit is entirely made in carbon fiber and includes a new front spoiler, new front splitter and front wings, new side skirts and a new rear wing. As an option customers can also get a carbon bonnet and boot lid.

If you really like the M3 GTRS5 and you want to order it, you better hurry up as only 40 units will be made.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 by Edo Competition.

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Earlier this year ,Nissan announced the 370Z Nismo Euro-Spec , and today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the company announced the U.S. version of the same model. The 2014 model continues with the same V-6 engine, but it adds distinctive new exterior and interior accents, plus refined suspension.

When compared to a standard 370Z, the Nismo version is 6.2 inches longer and adds a more aggressive look. Exterior features include an extended front nose design and a fully integrated chin spoiler, while the interior gains sports seats, steering wheel with Alcantara wrap and much more.

For the 2014 model year, most changes are limited to the addition of a new dark gray on numerous parts of the body, plus a new Solid Red replacing the previous Magma Red.

The 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo will go on sale this summer.

UPDATE 4/30/2013: Nissan has released 17 new images of the upcoming 2014 370Z Nismo, including a few of the previously unseen interior. You can see the images in the gallery.

UPDATE 7/26/2013: Nissan has revealed the base pricing for the 2014 370Z Nismo. It will come in at the same price it did in 2013: $43,020.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

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While most of us we have only seen pictures of the new BMW 4 Series , Chris Harris was a little bit more lucky. He was invited to Portugal where he had the chance to test the new 435i. Yes, a 306-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive Bimmer — sadly, it’s not the one that included the M Performance Parts .

A little refresher course on the 435i for those of you who do not remember; the 435i is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line-six engine with 306 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The 435i hits 60 mph in about 5 seconds with the standard eight-speed automatic and 5.3 seconds with the six-speed manual. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

After testing it, Harris reviewed the 435i as a "very good performance car, but a little bit ordinary." Do you agree with him?

When BMW handed Harris the keys to the 435i the representatives said "No drifting, please." So, do you think did Harris resist the temptation? Check the video to find out!

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If you want to buy a high-performance station wagon, there are not too many models to choose from, but the Audi S6 Avant is definitely a very good option. In its standard setup, the S6 Avant boasts a 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a total output of 420 horsepower and 550 Nm (406 pound-feet).

Sure, those are rather astounding numbers for a wagon, but this beast can get even more powerful, the only question is where to turn to get a nice boost. ABT Sportsline is happy to answer your S6 -tuning query with its performance kit that adds another 180 horsepower and 200 Nm (147 pound-feet) to the V-8’s final output.

As a result, the AS6-R now pumps out a total of 600 horsepower and a peak torque of 553 pound-feet, which is 40 horsepower and 37 pound-feet more torque than the base RS6 Avant. The ABT AS6-R can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 3.9 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph).

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A6 by ABT Sportsline.

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All the 2,700 BMW 1 Series M Coupe units were sold in short order; so, if you want to buy a 1M now, you’ll need to dig up a used one. Despite its relatively limited numbers, there are plenty of tuners that have completely transformed the look and performance credentials of the 1M Coupe .

The latest package hails from the masterminds at Leib Engineering. While not the perfect color combination, the 1M Coupe prepared by Leib comes with one huge advantage: it is considerable more powerful than the standard version.

The tuner remapped the ECU and installed a new flap exhaust system with the sound it emits ranging from a subtle hum to an outrageous roar. As a result, the engine’s output jumped to a total of 400 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque — up from 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet. Leib then removed the speed limiter, allowing the 1M Coupe to hit a top speed of 190 mph. Customers can also opt for an even more powerful version that pumps out 500 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This extra increase uses larger turbochargers, a suction system with a larger cross-section and completely revised cooling and exhaust packages.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 1M Coupe by Leib Engineering.

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McLaren P13

Two days ago, we brought you a series of spy shots that we believe it were images for an upcoming facelift for the MP4-12C . However, there is now rumbling that those were actually of a mule for the upcoming McLarenP13 , which is rumored to arrive in 2014 as a competitor for the Porsche 911 , the new Mercedes GT sports car and the Audi R8 .

According to a McLaren spokesman, via a report from Auto Express , the mule is testing some mechanical parts from the new entry-level model, the P13. Our spy photographers were lucky enough to catch what looks to be the same car near Nurburgring , but unfortunately the weather did not permit much testing. Now the real question is whether this is the P13 mule or a revision to the 12C Spyder, what do you think?

Rumors suggest that the P13 sports car will be powered by a de-tuned version of the twin-turbo V-8 engine used in the 12C with an output kept close to 500 horsepower.

The model will be priced at about $200k and McLaren hopes to sell around 2,000 to 2,500 units per year globally.

German tuner Vath knows how to handle its business when dealing with Mercedes vehicles.

Put whatever Silver Arrow in its path and Vath will give it the kind of tuning program that Mercedes would no doubt be proud of.

For its latest work, Vath took the task of doing its business on the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake , a car that, despite its wagon configuration, packs a helluva mean punch.

But "mean" isn’t good enough for Vath; so, it did what it does best: give the car an awesome performance upgrade. In this case, the modifications involve adding bigger turbochargers to go with a new downpipe system, reducing exhaust gas counter pressure, a new rear silencer system, an ECU remap and a Vath air charge cooling system. With these upgrades installed, the German tuner was able to give the CLS 63 AMG a staggering 846 horsepower and 874 pound-feet of torque — that accounts for an increase of up to 321 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque. This is good enough to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4 seconds with a top speed of 218 mph, whereas the stock model takes 4.4 seconds to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) and turns in a 155 mph top speed.

If you’re interested in that awesome program, you can avail of the complete package for just €46,172, which is about $61,000 based on current exchange rates.

There are also a multitude of aero components, including a new front spoiler (€1,416 / $1,868), a rear diffuser (€2,011 / $2,653) and new fins, all of which are made from carbon fiber. Moving inside, classic black carbon components have replaced the original parts (€3,927 / $5,181). The sport steering wheel also received a leather redesign (€1,297 / $1,711) that customers can opt to exchange for carbon or fine wood applications.

Moving to other aftermarket add-ons to the Mercedes, Vath upgraded the suspension (€1,166 / $1,538), added a big brake system that includes 405 mm (15.9-inch) brake disks with six-piston calipers on the front (€6,010 / $7,930), and installed a fuel cooler (€1,773 / $1,530), as well as an engine oil and and transmission oil cooler (€1,166 / $1,538).

Click past the jump to read about the Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

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Mitsubishi Concept-RA

We have heard all kinds of crazy rumors about the next-gen Lancer Evo here recently and now we have one more to add to the pile. A report from AutoCar points to a near certainty that the new Evo XI will bear a 500-horsepower hybrid powerplant and aim directly against models like Nissan GT-R.

Mitsubishi is set to unveil the next generation for the standard Mitsubishi Lancer sometime next year and, for the first time ever, it will feature a hybrid variant. According to AutoCar’s report, the same treatment will also be applied to the Evo version. The model is said to borrow racing technology from the MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak , which will guarantee stunning performance.

This technology making its way onto the next Evo depends on how customers accept Mitsubishi ’s new plug-in hybrid PHEV technology. However, at the recent Pikes Peak event it proved amazing capabilities, so the company has big hopes for it.

The new hybrid system will combine a 2.0-liter gas engine with two 80-horsepower electric motors for a total output of 500 horsepower. The Evo XI will be inspired by the Concept-RA , which was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and will be unveiled a few months after the standard Lancer.

Click past the jump to read more about Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI.

Source: Autocar
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A few days ago, a series of six Porsche 918 Spyder units were caught on the streets of Monaco and today we get to see the supercar taking laps at Nurburgring . The prototype caught testing today wears a matte-black paint job and, as usual, the exhaust note of the hybrid V-8 is amazing.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 875 horsepower. The supercar can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

The model is limited to 918 units and will carry a price tag ranging from €781,155 (about $1million) to €853,155 ($1.1 million) when you also opt for the Weissach package. The model will be making its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

A few weeks ago, word came out of the Goodwood Festival of Speed that Toyota was considering setting up a one-make race car series for the GT 86 .

What it probably didn’t know was that the car already has one, or at least, is set to have one.

Over in New Zealand, the Toyota TR 86, a racecar built using the online-only 86 RC model as its basis, was first introduced to the public at last weekend’s CRC Speedshow in Auckland.

More than just being a show car, the TR 86 is actually a turn-key competition race car that was designed and developed for use in a variety of racing competitions, including its on one-make racing series in New Zealand as granted by MotorSport New Zealand, the country’s FIA-appointed national sanctioning body.

As for the TR 86 itself, the car was built with the idea of using it as a tried-and-true race car. That entailed stripping it of all its amenities and fitting the full breadth of racing equipment, including: Sparco competition seats and race harnesses; an FIA-approved roll cage installed by Neil Allport Motorsports; racing brake rotors and calipers; and a set of 18-inch Speedline alloy wheels.

It’ll also use Motec’s new C125 color data screen and logger, a data system that provides access to a wide range of information about the car’s performance in any given practice, qualifying or race session.

Similarly, work was also done on the car’s engine using the standard Toyota management system with its proprietary software package. The racecar’s sump was also strengthened to ensure that no oil spills occur and it doesn’t surge under high cornering forces. No specific performance numbers were given but using the 86 Griffon Concept as a peg, we expect the TR 86 to have close to 300 horsepower under its hood, a number that is more than enough, considering that the TR 86, even with a full fuel load, only weighs 1,195 kg (2,634 pounds).

Click past the jump to read about the TR 86’s one-make racing series in New Zealand


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