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Dodge has recently announced the new GT and TA 2.0 Special Edition trim levels, a modest five-horsepower increase, a one-mpg jump on the EPA’s highway rating, and a significant price drop across the board for the V-10-powerwed 2015 Viper. However, something was still missing: a roadster. It seems like this may not be an issue much longer, as rumors of the drop-top Dodge are swirling with increasing frequency.

When the fifth-generation Viper came out for 2013, it defied Viper tradition by not offering a roadster version. Heck, the first-generation Viper was only offered as an open-top roadster. Dodge has said in the past the fifth-gen Viper was designed with a roadster version in mind, having been made with extra structural supports integrated into the design from the start, but we have yet to see it.

It’s likely slow initial sales that made Dodge and (SRT ) hold off on investing the extra cash on roadster production, allowing sales of the current cars to increase. Unfortunately, that never happened. Unlike hotcakes, the Viper continued to sell more like stale bread at a gas station. Perhaps Dodge will just bite the bullet and build the roadster version in hopes that increased sales will happen. Combine the drop-top with the $15,000 drop in price – along with the other improvements – and the Viper just might make a rebound. And in anticipation of the possible Dodge Viper Roaster, we created a rendering to help give you an idea of what to expect.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Dodge Viper Roadster.

Well this is some surprising news indeed. The man that has helmed Ferrari for more than two decades, Luca di Montezemolo is stepping down, effective October 13th. Sadly, and despite his age of 67, this doesn’t seem to be a simple retirement; there has been some serious tension in the land of the Italian automobile lately.

Not only is Ferrari struggling in Formula One , but Montezemelo has been butting heads lately with Fiat head Sergio Marchionne. Not only is Marchionne upset with the Formula One disappointment, but he and Montezemelo are at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to the future of Ferrari.

Currently Montezemelo has capped Ferrari’s sales at 7,000 cars per year to bolster and maintain the company’s elite status. Marchionne, on the other hand, wants Ferrari to expand, become even more profitable, and to donate technology and engineering to other brands in the Fiat family with the goal of creating more luxurious models across the range. Marchionne wants the new Fiat/Chrysler to become a true competitor to Volkswagen .

According to a report from Bloomberg, Montezemelo has been quoted as saying that “Ferrari is now American,” going so far as to call it “the end of an era.” I hope he is wrong.

This is most disappointing, as Montezemelo has an astonishing record at Ferrari. Since he took over, company revenue has climbed by 1,000 percent, yearly auto sales have tripled, and after years and years of F1 failure, the Ferrari team secured eight World Constructors’ Championships.

Marchionne is anything but an idiot, but I do feel worried for the Ferrari brand as a whole. Montezemelo has obviously had some incredible success in running this prestigious brand, and it is upsetting to see him so unceremoniously forced out of the company that he helped thrust into such incredible success.

Click past the jump to read more about Luca di Montezemolo’s collaboration with Ferrari.

Cadillac recently dropped a press release in our inbox that contained plans to offer advanced “intelligent and connected” vehicle technologies on some 2017 model year vehicles. Naturally, our curiosity kicked in because words like “intelligent” and “connected” have become even more important in today’s auto industry. So we read through the release and found some nuggets of information that indicated what Caddy’s got up its sleeve.

The first technological advancement will be an advanced driver assist technology called Super Cruise. A yet-to-be-named 2017 Cadillac will feature this new system, which will offer customers improved driving experience through hands-off lane following, braking and speed control in certain highway driving conditions. Super Cruise is being developed to become a boon for drivers, specifically those driving on highways under a variety of road conditions. The description’s pretty interesting, although it’s hard to judge how effective it’s going to be until we see it in action.

Moving on, Cadillac also announced that the 2017 CTS Sedan will feature vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology. According to the automaker, this new system is supposed to improve traffic congestion by sending and receiving safety information between vehicles that are approaching each other. It’s going to be like these cars will be able to talk to each other and warn drivers of incoming road conditions that they can avoid beforehand.

We’re not sure how that’s going to work on surface streets, but on the highway, drivers can use these kinds of information to divert their routes before they get stuck in traffic.

That’s pretty cool.

Click past the jump to read more about Cadillac’s future intelligent technology.

Well it seems that even ultra-rare, incredibly expensive supercars can be caught up in the woes of government-mandated recalls, as the NHTSA has issued a recall notice for the Porsche 918 Spyder . Yes, the 887-horsepower, nearly $1-million hybrid. Specifically, there are potentially 45 cars worldwide that can suffer from an issue that will cause the rear control arm to break.

Can you imagine the havoc as you close in on the 918’s 200-plus-mph top speed and that arm snaps? Yikes.

If you are one of the lucky few in the U.S. who own one of these incredible cars, feel lucky, as only five of the U.S. 918s are suspected to have the issue. There is also no word on any crashes or injuries resulting from the problem.

According to Autoblog, Porsche first discovered the issue during some “heavy-duty durability testing” that involved bombing around the Nardo test track in Italy. It seems that so long as you aren’t inflicting track-style abuse on your 918, it should be perfectly safe for driving until the issue can be repaired. As with all recalls of this nature, a quick trip to Porsche dealer will get your 918 inspected, and if necessary, repaired.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 Spyder.

Source: Autoblog

Supercar companies spend a lot of time testing their vehicles, and with so much time and effort being put into testing, accidents are bound to happen. Some involve minor mishaps that are taken care of immediately, while other take a little more time to fix. However, there are accidents that nobody wants to happen and usually these are the types that end with somebody getting hurt.

Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Koenigsegg during a recent test run at the Nurburgring. The Swedish supercar manufacturer spent a few days on the ‘Ring with the One:1 and an Agera R -based prototype. Our spy photographers reported that the testing was going smoothly until the Agera R prototype got involved in a major accident, violently crashing into the barriers at the track.

Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the mule suffering some damage to the front and rear sections but more importantly, both the driver and the passenger were also hurt with the former sadly receiving the brunt of the crash. The speed photos we got were apparently taken a little over a minute before the unfortunate accident.

Hopefully, the driver and the passenger of the Agera R recover from their injuries sooner than later. Nobody wants to see something like this happen, especially on what is supposed to a controlled test session.

Click past the jump to read more about the crash

We just recently got a full look at the all-new, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata in all of its glory and though I was initially in shock from its new look, it has since grown on me. In fact, it has now gotten to the point where I actually think it may be an upgrade over the NC generation, but I will reserve my final judgement for when the drivetrain information rolls out. In order to truly understand how the Miata got to this point, we need to step back and really dive deep into the history of the MX-5 . Enter in two experts in the field of Mazda roadsters, Bob Hall and Dean Case, and you stand to learn all the information on the Miata’s history that you care to know.

Bob Hall was a part of the team that was tasked with designing the NA Miata roadster , and despite his team’s version not being warmly received on paper, it was a huge success once it made it to the clay-model phase.

Bob and Dean went on to talk about the Mazda Miata’s first true rival, the doomed-from-the-beginning Mercury Capri, and the why British Racing Green and yellow were initially axed from the color options. The video goes on for nearly 22 minutes, so there is a ton more insider information passed on. This is definitely a must-watch for any Miata fan.

The newly launched Jaguar XE , Britain’s lightweight competitors for the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class , will spawn a new family of models, including coupe and station wagon versions. That’s the word from Car Advice, who got the information straight from Nick Miller, chief program engineer for the XE, at the sedan’s official launch in London.

Miller refrained from unveiling any actual details, but he suggested the XE will get more body styles in the future. A coupe and an estate are the obvious choices for this lineup. Naturally, the two-door will compete against the 4 Series, with a high-performance version to take on the beefed-up M4. "I’ll never say never for the future – we’re looking at all different styles for the future," he said.

On a side note, Miller also hinted that the C-X17 crossover will make it to production on the same platform.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar XE.

Source: CarAdvice

BMW introduced the 6 Series (E24) in 1976 as a successor to the E9 (New Six) coupes. Powered by as many as 215 ponies in its range-topping trim, the 6 Series was far from being slow, but a true-blue high-performance model would arrive for the 1984 model year. Motivated by the same 3.5-liter, inline-six fitted in the M1, the first-gen M6 cranked out 282 horsepower and came with a top speed of 158 mph. When BMW discontinued the 6 Series in 1989, the M6 disappeared too. The M6 performance coupe would return for the 2006 model year, two years after BMW resurrected the 6 Series. A redesigned, third-generation model was launched for 2013, this time hiding a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine under its long hood. Rated at 560 horsepower, the N63 mill made the new M6 one of the most desirable coupes on the market. As we’re moving closer to 2015, the Germans are readying a mid-cycle refresh for the M6, which will hit dealer lots for the 2016 model year.

The M6 facelift is pretty much in line with each and every update BMW has launched in 2014. Revised front and rear fascias, a slightly updated interior, and maybe a tweaked engine are to be expected from the Bavarian GT for 2016. Just enough to keep it fresh before a brand-new model arrives in 2018.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M6.

The Jaguar F-Type Roadster has been one of the most popular sports cars since it made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show . It’s rarely had any bad press and hasn’t received any negative reviews. Simply put, the F-Type Roadster has been a sparkling ray of light for Jaguar . But all good things come to an end, or burned to the ground in this case.

That’s exactly what happened to this F-Type Roadster in Germany. Multiple media reports out of Germany suggest that this charred piece of metal was once an F-Type Roadster . The accident happened earlier this week when the F-Type’s 26-year-old driver heard an explosion under its hood. The driver managed to stall the car on the side of the road before jumping out. Fortunately, he managed to escape unhurt before flames engulfed the F-Type and turned it into this wrecked heap.

The damage to the roadster is incredible. You can’t make even make it out anymore because the entire front section’s completely gone. It’s a wreck beyond recognition, which is even more difficult to stomach considering that reports indicated that it only had around 5,000 kilometers (around 3,100 miles) on its odometer.

We can only hope that this isn’t the start of an epidemic.

Ok, grab your biggest salt shaker before you venture further into this news; you’re going to need it. The Website 4WheelNews.com is quoting an article published recently in a Japanese car magazine that is apparently called Best Car, and it seems Toyota is working on a version of the GT86 that is turbocharged and has all-wheel drive. Yes, this rumor is sprouting legs yet again.

According to the story, the turbo engine will be a 2.5-liter boxer from Subaru with 300 horsepower. Right now the only engine Subaru makes that is a turbo 2.5 is the old EJ in the WRX STI. This is where I start to take some issue. First, Subaru has stated in the past that the engine in the STI is too tall to fit under the hood of the BRZ and GT86. Secondly, Subaru has been insanely strict about weight and center of balance on this car. Using the heavier EJ25 block instead of the new 2.0-liter FA20 engine that is in the current WRX , seems like an obvious wrong choice. I also question the idea of adding AWD to the mix. Getting rid of the RWD setup will alter this car’s driving dynamic to a point that it will be unrecognizable.

Another odd piece of information in this piece is in regards to the transmission. Apparently, Toyota will offer an eight-speed auto with paddle shifters. Nothing in the Toyota or Subaru family has an eight-speed transmission, so I am suspect about this as well.

Only time will tell what is really going to happen. Rest assured, if there is a turbocharged and AWD BRZ/FR-S/GT86 coming, we will let you know as soon as we have proof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota GT 86.

Source: 4wheelsnews

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