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Okay folks, we are finally to the eve of the 2013 New York International Auto Show — one of the biggest shows of the year. The red carpets are rolled out and the red velvet veils have been draped over their respective models. It’s time to get a brief preview of what debuts you can expect to see at the show.

Unfortunately, this year is not going to yield quite as many debuts as we’re used to. Rather, it will feature a select number of all-new models mixed in with a slew of previously released models. Also lacking from this year’s NYIAS are sports and muscle cars, as by our count, there are only a few being debuted over the next week.

Despite the lack of models and the severe lack of high-performance models, this still looks to be an eventful show with the headliners likely being the all-new Range Rover Sport, the Jaguar XJR, the 2014 Camaro SS and the SRT Viper TA.

Also worth a look are the 2013 Shelby 1000 S/C and the all-new 2014 Scion tC.

Click past the jump to read our preview of the models that are making their debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show

The Texas Mile has once again come and gone and if there was a takeaway from the weekend festivities, it’s Hennessey Performance’s show-stopping run that clearly became the news of the weekend.

According to The Texas Mile’s Facebook page, the fancily dressed Ford GT1000 managed to hit a blistering top speed of 267.6 mph at the biannual event in Corpus Christi, Texas.

267.6 mph, everybody!

If that speed is fully corroborated - and we no reason to believe it won’t be - then Hennessey’s GT has just set a new record, handily beating the 263.3 mph it set last October and the 257.7 mph top speed it did this time last year.

We expect to see an official update at any time with some more photos and videos of the Hennessey GT’s blistering top speed run.

For what it’s worth, though, big props to the fellas over at Hennessey for once again setting a new bar in man’s insatiable quest of driving faster than it ever has before.

Note: Photo courtesy of The Texas Mile’s Facebook page

UPDATE 3/16/2013: Hennessey has released the video of the record-setting run be the GT. You can see it above.

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Bullrun 2013 is getting closer and today it’s time to see a first trailer that will offer us a glimpse of the great things set to start on June 1st, 2013. Of course, the video does not reveal too much, but the organizers have promised that "this year’s 10th Anniversary rally will be one for the history books."

The 2013 Bullrun will run down America’s East Coast from Canada’s historic city of Montreal all the way to New Orleans. The event will begin on May 31st with a spectacular launch party and will followed the next morning (exact start time TBA) with another memorable start line location - a location that is very secretive. Though we know that it will start in Montreal and end in New Orleans, the destinations in-between remain a tightly guarded secret.

The rally takes place from June 1st through June 7th and has been promised to be the most glamorous rally of 2013!

Earlier this year, Chrysler and Detroit-born fashion designer John Varvatos collaborated to build a unique, one-off 300S that was eventually auctioned off at the John Varvatos 9th Annual Stuart House Benefit with the proceeds going to benefit The Rape Foundation in support of Stuart House.

We’re saying this because as it turns out, Chrysler and Varvatos’ collaborative endeavors weren’t just limited to a one-off model. That’s because the two have also built a pair of bespoke luxury sedans together based on the 300C . The two models, called the John Varvatos Limited Edition and the John Varvatos Luxury Edition, show what happens when you get two of Detroit’s finest to build a car together.

Given the credibility and respect John Varvatos commands in the fashion industry, these pair of special edition 300C models bearing his name prove that when it comes to perfectly blending his hometown’s blue-collar appeal with the luxury of a car like the 300C, the man has the pulse of the action.

UPDATE 3/25/2013: We are eagerly anticipating the release of the John Varvatos Edition of the 2013 300C and Chrysler has just released an ad teasing its release. The press release also unveiled a rough release date. Find out the release time frame after the jump and you can see the video above.

Find out more about the Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Edition after the jump.

Remember when Ferrari decided to auction off the first F12berlinetta in the U.S. as part of its contribution to relief efforts stemming from Hurricane Sandy?

Long Island resident Larry Roth won that auction, paying $1.125 million for the Italian supercar. It might have been way more than the $315,888 retail price of the F12berlinetta, but since it was for a good cause, we don’t think Roth had any problem opening up his checkbook.

After months of waiting, Roth’s generosity and patience has finally paid off after he took delivery of the first production F12berlinetta in the U.S. Good things come to those who wait and we assume that Roth is pretty thrilled to finally have the supercar in his hands.

He deserves it too after the tremendous bid he put up to win the auction. We just hope he takes real good care of it seeing as he paid quite a premium to own it.

The Fiat 500 isn’t exactly what you’d call a sexy car; far from it, actually. Cute, yes, but not sexy…

But even with its rather simplistic design, the 500 is still an attractive car. In fact, it’s attractive enough for Italian design house, Castaga Milano, to build a unique, beach-ready design called the Tender2.

First introduced back in 2008, the 500 Tender2 is now headed to the U.S. and it has a number of new updates to go with the unique set of features it already had.

As the first car Castagna Milano is shipping to the US in almost 60 years, the one-off designed 500 Tender2 is quite a doozy of a compact hatchback. It’s been chopped up and rebuilt to look like a beach comber, complete with a yacht-like wood veneer, champagne cooler, narrow wood decks in place of doors, a pair of touchscreen units and, apparently, a shower.

It also features an electrically operated ladder in the rear and a bespoke luggage set, ensuring that this one-off creation remains as such: a dynamic one-of-a-kind.

A big congratulations to the man, Bert Dewik, who decided to have this 500 built. He reportedly paid quite a pretty penny for it to the tune of $104,000. But for the chance of owning a car nobody will ever have, we’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

The Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ are getting quite the love from aftermarket companies. Maybe it’s time we show the same for the Scion FR-S .

Illinois-based tuning firm, TF-Works, is preparing a special program for the FR-S, one that gives it the kind of aftermarket punch that the GT 86 and the BRZ are normally accustomed to.

The program comes with a bevy of new features, not the least of which includes a "Version Select" carbon-fiber body kit with new components added on like an extended front apron, a new trunk spoiler, and a hot set of 19-inch matte-silver, concave Vossen wheels. The program is still in the middle of being worked on so we expect more goodies to be added on to the mix.

For now, TF-Works has released the price for the known components included in the "Version Select" kit. So if you’re ready to splurge on your FR-S, be sure you have at least $2,500 at your disposal. We’ll bring you more, as it rolls out.

Of all the one-make racing series in the world, one that has really caught our attention is the Maserati Trofeo MC World Series. We like this series because it’s pretty competitive and because it features a race version of one of the supercars we love the most: the GranTurismo.

Maserati recently lifted the covers off of the GranTurismo MC Trofeo and just as it was last year, the 2013 version is all sorts of awesome.

Some modifications have been made to the 2013 GranTurismo MC Trofeo, including the widening of the track and the reduction of the weight, dropping it down to just 1,380 kg (3,042 pounds). But for the most part, the 2013 model is still pretty similar to its predecessor, including the it carrying the same 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces roughly 490 horsepower.

The Maserati Trofeo MC World Series season is set to kick off in France this coming April 28th. Fifteen teams have already signed up for the series and with the aim of getting twenty teams on board, organizers are poised to have a pretty stout field that could rival the 84 drivers from 24 countries who competed during the 2012 season.

If you ever find yourself on the other side of the law with the SWAT hot on your tail, you best hope that this monster of a truck isn’t hot on your tail.

Built by Galpin Auto Sports, this massive F-450 is appropriately called the B.E.A.S.T., or the 5.11 Tactical B.E.A.S.T.

It’s an enormous ride and for our money, one that would make us a little nervous is it were in our rearview mirrors. The truck was built in coordination with the Los Angeles Police Department together with military gear manufacturer 5.11 and Sweden Entry Tools (S.E.T.) for the use of law enforcement, fire departments and Special Forces.

To accommodate the uniqueness of this truck, Galpin set out to completely build it from the ground up. The aftermarket company reinforced the chassis to accommodate the increased weight brought about by an easily deployable steel security door, which weighs more than 600 pounds, from the bed of the truck that demonstrates how the tools function.

On top of that, Galpin also added a bevy of new features and components on the exterior, including a matching satin black painted front and rear with Road Armor bumpers. The truck also has integrated high intensity discharge (H.I.D.) front PIAA fog lamps and a 10,000-pound front mounted Warn winch to go with custom water-jet-cut diamond-plate covers and exterior trim accents, front and rear strobe lighting, and a custom fabricated, backlit, side steps with 5.11 and “B.E.A.S.T.” branding.

Inside, the modifications continue with: new dash panels; headliner and console areas wrapped in 5.11’s Flextac and 1050D clothing materials; custom seat inserts reupholstered in 5.11 clothing material; custom painted satin color matched interior trim pieces; integrated DVD headrests in both drivers and passengers seats; custom diamond plate floor mats hand-formed to fit in the foot wells; and a custom flashlight, knife, and accessory pockets all throughout the seating area

The B.E.A.S.T. is then finished with a set of 22-inch custom powder-coated satin-black American Force Classic wheels wrapped in Nitto TerraGrappler tires.

Over the past years, NASCAR race cars have barely resembled their production counterparts with teams opting to use branding stickers and logos as a way to put some distinguishable flavor to the cars themselves.

This year, however, Ford Racing is taking a different approach. Or should we say an approach that harkens back to the days when the phrase "stock car" actually meant something.

With the season-opening race at Daytona scheduled for this weekend, Ford Racing is giving its Fusion Sprint Cup Race Car a major overhaul and facelift, opting to go back to the method of designing the car to resemble the actual Fusion production model that it represented.

The video will show you how Ford managed to design the Fusion Sprint Cup Race Car and the comparisons of the car from its production brother. Of course, it probably helped that the design of the race car was done by the Ford Design Center, something the division hasn’t done since the 60’s.

We’ve gotta say, this return to the stock car approach is a refreshing wrinkle to the 2013 NASCAR season. About the only thing different now is that the Fusion Sprint Cup Race Car is powered by a Ford Racing-sourced 5.8-liter V-8 that develops in excess of 850 horsepower, as opposed to the production model which only has 237 ponies on tap.


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