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For millions of my generation, Mario Kart was our first introduction to driving. Things have come quite a long way since the original incarnation of this wild racing franchise bowed on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992.

I was 6 years old, and I was mesmerized by the drifting, weapons and bright animation. It was a far cry from modern games, like Need for Speed, but Mario Kart was one my first steps on the road to becoming a gear head.

Nintendo is continuing the magic of my childhood with the all-new Mario Kart 8. This latest version of the crazy cart racer hits store shelves on the May 30th, 2014 and brings with it all the excitement, mayhem and characters players have come to expect.

As you can see in the video above, Nintendo has added tons of new tracks weapons and gadgets to wreak havoc on your friends with. This latest video also gives us the best look we have had yet at the return of the Rainbow Road course.

Some of the other confirmed additions for the new title include the return of motorbikes and a new buggy class of vehicle. Anti-gravity racing is a new big feature for the game as well.

The game will be available for the Nintendo Wii U system exclusively.

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The newly launched Porsche Macan , which will wage war against the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 , has yet to reach U.S. showrooms, but that didn’t stop the folks over at Porsche Exclusive from meddling with the compact SUV .

Having already seen its take on the 2014 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo Cabriolet , we know What Porsche Exclusive is capable of when it comes to adding unique features inside and out. Flashy body colors, blacked-out headlamps and deep chocolate brown seats are just a few of the options that can be acquired form Porsche ’s individualization program.

The same amenities are available for the brand new Macan as well, and the customized entry-level model you’re about to see below is proof enough. As with most Porsche Exclusive builds, this specific Macan S looks more aggressive without having that "in your face" statement attached to it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Macan S by Porsche Exclusive

The Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah is the perfect setting for Jeep to introduce a slew of its new concepts . This year, a handful of new Jeep models are scheduled to be unveiled, one of which is the Wrangler Level Red, so named because it refers to the highest level of difficulty an off-road trail can be designated.

One look at the 2014 Wrangler Red Level and you immediately understand why its been named as such. It’s got a sleek Pitch Black exterior that’s heavily accented with a TorRed graphic stripe that runs from the top of the hood and down the body sides. An under-bumper skid plate was also added to provide more protection to the Wrangler. sensitive bits under the hood

Speaking of under-hood bits, this Wrangler is not bone-stock under there either. It received a cold-air intake kit, a low-restriction exhaust, 4.10-to-1 ratio Jeep Performance Parts Dana 44 crate axles on the front and rear, a Jeep Performance Parts Rock-Trac transfer case with a 4-to-1 low range for slow and steady off-road driving and a 73-to-1 crawl ration for really aggressive off-road craziness.

The Wrangler Red Level also comes with a cameo appearance from Mopar, courtesy of a half-door kit that adds to all the other exterior goodies, including a prototype Jeep Performance Parts tire carrier, a locking gas cap, a hood prop kit and Jeep Performance Parts rock rails.

The Wrangler Red Level has more details to it that are worth your attention, but you’re going to have to click past the jump to read more about this unique Wrangler

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Breaking news, ladies and gentlemen! Chevrolet has just unveiled that one of its three premieres for the New York Auto Show is the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. If that’s not good news, I don’t know what is!

The big deal about it is that this is the first factory-built Corvette Z06 Convertible since 1963, when Chevy introduced the said package as a performance update for endurance racing. It was actually called "RPO Z06" and included a larger-diameter front anti-roll bar, a vacuum brake booster, a dual master cylinder, larger shocks and stiffer springs.

Because it also came with a gas tank that was nearly double the size of standard 20-gallon tank, the package was only available on coupe models at first. However, the manufacturer says that one convertible was fitted with the Z06 bundle that year.

Getting back to the newly-revealed model, Chevrolet claims the Z06 Convertible represents "the culmination of more than four years developing an all-new, all-aluminum structure." You see, because the new structure is much more stiffer than the previous Z06, the drop-top sports car needed no structural reinforcements, which means its curb weight won’t be affected by missing a fixed roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Convertible.

The 2014 Nissan Xterra checks a lot of boxes on the "Needs" lists of buyers, but even with its relative versatility, customers are likely to veer towards other models. This is not for lack of quality, but rather because it looks So. Dang, Boring.

But even if aesthetics aren’t a particular strong suit for the Nissan , you should be happy to know that the Xterra is one of those SUV s that doesn’t really care about its looks. It’s all about its function and versatility and to be fair, it has both of those attributes in abundance.

That’s what you stand to receive with the 2014 Xterra. It may not have the prettiest face at the party, but it’s all sorts of smart and has the endurance and capacity to be by your side wherever you go. Whether its taking your kids to soccer games or heading out to the woods during a long weekend, Nissan’s resident off-road SUV can handle both tasks handily.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Xterra.

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The 2014 New York International Auto Show is nearly upon us, with the media preview days set to kick off on April 16 before the grand event opens its doors to the public on April 18. More than 50 vehicles will be on display at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, just about anything from city cars to heavy-duty trucks and track-prepped race cars. About 14 global debuts are expected to happen at NYIAS, with six more vehicles to show their metal to North American enthusiasts for the very first time.

Dodge , Ford , Acura , BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Porsche are all set to shows us their latest creations, be it new-generation cars or facelifted versions of existing automobiles. As usual, we’ll be providing you with tons of information from New York, so be on the lookout for more details and in-depth reviews on the most recent apparitions on the automotive horizon.

Meanwhile, we compiled a list with the most important cars and SUV set to be unveiled next week. While some are still under wraps, others have been revealed and detailed ahead of their world debut.

Click past the jump for the 2014 New York Auto Show Preview.

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With the 2014 Moab Easter Jeep Safari set to commence this weekend, Jeep-based models. Another two vehicles were conceived using the brand new Cherokee as a starting point. that left us with only one 2014 Grand Cherokee showing up in Utah: the EcoDiesel Trail Warrior.

As the name suggests, this specific Grand Cherokee concept is set to hit the trails with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel mill under the hood. Shared with the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel , the powerplant delivers 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of trail-blazing torque.

However, the Trail Warrior isn’t a regular diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee. The SUV benefits from a Quadra-Lift air suspension, prototype wheels wrapped in all-terrain, BF Goodrich tires and it has a 44:1 crawl ratio. Additionally an array of unique Mopar and Jeep Performance Parts accessories will make it stand out from the crowd.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel Trail Warrior Concept.

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The Bugatti Veyron , the world’s fastest production car in its Super Sport guise, is nearly ten years old. Although in today’s automotive industry ten years on the market make a car obsolete, the Veyron is here to stay until the manufacturer sells its remaining stock. About a year ago, Bugatti’s stock included 50 units of the Grand Sport Vitesse roadster.

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve never been a fan of the Veyron. Mainly because it was developed as a speed record car. It’s the result of Bugatti’s obsession with the McLaren F1, the production supercar that held the world record from 1993 until 2005. Unlike the Veyron, which can reach an intoxicating 267.85 mph on an oval track, the F1 was also a successful race car , proving itself at Le Mans.

Of course, with a luxurious interior and badge that speaks for itself, the Veyron is more than just a gas-guzzling, tire-wearing machine. Now that the supercar has reached its final months on the market, Bugatti has decided to sweeten up the deal with half a dozen of very exclusive models launched under the "Les Legendes de Bugatti " flag.

With the first four version already launched and sold out, the French automaker has just introduced the fifth special-edition model — the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess. Based on the record-setting roadster, the Black Bess pays tribute to a Type 18 model that was built in 1913 and delivered to aviation pioneer Roland Garros.

Named after an English race horse, the Type 18 Black Bess was built around one of the fastest pre-war Bugattis, a two-seater that was powered by more than 100 horsepower that propelled it to a top speed of 100 miles per hour. It doesn’t seem much nowadays, but it was lightning-fast in the 1910s.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse Black Bess.

After Toyota North America filled trademarks for two new models — the NX 200t and NX 300h — it was not hard to figure out that these were upcoming Lexus models. The fact that they were SUVs was made simply by the "X" in their names. It was also not very difficult to understand that one trademark — the NX 200t — will be the turbocharged gasoline version, while the other one — the NX 300h — will be a hybrid model. The NX 200t will be powered by the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged AR engine set to launch in 2014, while the 300h will likely get the same hybrid powertrain as in the Lexus ES 300h : a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine.

The new Lexus NX will be placed under the company’s current RX and will most likely debut on the market sometime in 2015.

Updated 4/11/2014: Lexus has officially confirmed that the NX line will debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20th. The lineup will include the base NX 200, the turbocharged NX 200t and the hybrid NX 300h. Details are still limited, but we detailed as much as we could, plugs a look at the concepts that previewed the NX, after the jump.


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