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The thought of having a brand-new Ford Focus RS has kept us exciting for nearly a year now. Although the Blue Oval brand has yet to make an official statement, details about the hot hatch and spy shots with several test mules kept pouring in. Excitement has reached a new level, as a prototype vehicle was just spotted taking laps around the Nurburgring track, hinting that the Focus RS is inching closer to production.

While it reveals very little details as to what design enhancements the RS will sport, the video brings important data surrounding the beefed-up hatch back. The vehicle’s way of dealing with the track’s turns is a clear indication that Ford is sticking to front-wheel-drive. Despite numerous reports that the RS could go AWD, it seems Ford is not yet willing to take the big step, most likely due to financial concerns.

The second thing we learn from the footage is that the upcoming Focus RS will sound downright gorgeous. If you’re a rally fan, than this hatch will keep your ears satisfied. The powertrain Ford has prepared for the RS is still a mystery, but most clues lead to a 2.3-liter EcoBoost. The unit is the same four-banger offered in the 2015 Mustang , but with more power set to reach the wheels. We expect the Focus RS to boast around 330 ponies, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see Ford push things up to 350 horses. Whatever the output, the Focus RS boasts the soundtrack of a race car .

Expected to arrive for the 2016 model year, the Focus RS will stand out from the pack with its reshaped bumpers, a roof spoiler, new wheels and a host of chassis updates, including bigger brakes. Although Ford is not known to post Nurburgring times, keep an eye out for a new Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars.

ICON has done some pretty amazing things with old barn-find vehicles, forgotten for decades until the California team breathes new life into them. ICON’s M.O. is unlike other restoration companies, as its Derelicts line combines all the underpinnings of modern street machines, while keeping nearly every visible piece just as it was the day the company found it. ICON’s latest example is this beautiful 1948 Buick Super Convertible.

The process started when the Buick was found in a Pennsylvania garage. The car’s body was then carefully separated from its original chassis and laser-scanned. The team then spent hundreds of hours designing a new chassis to perfectly match the body’s underside, but would also hold performance gains not otherwise possible with the old 1948 frame.

The new Art Morrison chassis is complete with independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension. Coil over JRI shocks hold up each corner while a 20-to-1 rack and pinion power steering system makes the Buick drive more like a Corvette. Speaking of Corvette , ICON dropped in a ZR1-sourced, supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8. The small block Chevy churns out 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. A Supermatic 4L85E automatic transmission does the shifting, while a set of Z-rated, BF Goodrich G-Force tires lay the power down.

Though the interior looks completely original, ICON worked hard to hide all the modern electronic conveniences, including a web-enabled audio system with navigation, Bluetooth, a backup camera, and an Audison sound system. The touchscreen head unit is hidden behind the Buick’s original AM radio that articulates down when touched.

It’s amazing to see how well the project turned out. It took over a year to complete, and it’s easy to see why. The Buick Buick combines its original exterior and all its character, along with a kickin’ LS9 small block and a suspension that will handle the track. If that’s not a perfect combination, I don’t know what is.

Photo credit: Boldride

Click past the jump to read more about the ICON Derelict Buick Super Convertible

Source: Boldride

Chris Harris spends time in some pretty flashy cars in the name of his profession, yet he still finds time to take his own cars out for a drive. The difference between normal journalists’ rides and Harris’ is that he actually owns a flashy car. His pick is the beautiful Ferrari FF .

The FF is powered by a 6.2-liter, direct-injected V-12 making a massive 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque that’s mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and delivers power to all four wheels. The combination of power, quick shifting, and all-wheel drive means the FF hits 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

While those stats are impressive, none of that seems to matter to Harris as he’s blasting down winding European roads. For him, it’s all about the culmination of all the FF’s parts; the feel, the sound, and the experience. The FF turns what would normally be a boring drive home into an event. “Everything about it makes you feel special,” he says. “It makes you feel not just one cut above the AMGs and the Ms, but three cuts above. And I love that.”

As the passing countryside melts behind the FF, Harris continues by saying, “The FF really makes the driver feel special at all speeds — and that’s the thing that’s surprised me in my five months and six thousand miles so far in this car."

After ending his rave of the FF’s interior accoutrements, he finishes by saying, “It just brightens my day. And what price do you put on that? … about $2400* a month, actually.”

We find his humor rather entertaining.

*Harris actually quotes 1500 pounds a month.

Automakers these days are hitting the big 100-year mark left and right, and Mazda is no exception. With its big date coming in 2020, plans are already underway to create a supercar worthy of celebrating the company’s centenary. Rumblings from within the company point to a halo vehicle that brings notoriety and prestige to the brand. Likely called the RX-9 , the car hasn’t been confirmed yet, but Yasuhiro Aoyama, Mazda’s General Manager of Global Sales and Marketing, smiled knowingly when asked about it by Motoring.com.au

Adding to the hype is the 2020 Olympics set to take place in Tokyo, helping shine the world spotlight on all things Japanese, Aoyama mentioned.

While 2020 is more than five years away, Mazda may be planning a revival of the rotary engine in the mean time. Combine the fact the automaker has already renewed the trademark on the RX-7 nameplate and the 50-year anniversary of the Cosmo rotary-engined sports car is happening in 2017, and things begin to look promising for Mazda’s sporting future.

"This is a very fantastic idea, 2017, [for] a new rotary," said Aoyama. “Fascinating,” as he grinned with the Motoring.com.au reporter. Though he refused to confirm anything, the possibility of the RX-7 and RX-9 seem more real.

All this is possible, thanks to Mazda’s record profits for the last Japanese fiscal year, topping $1.41 billion. With some extra cash in its pockets, Mazda has the resources to invest in new, high-stakes projects.

Click past the jump to read more about Mazda RX-9

We already know everything there is to know about the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. We’ve also seen this utterly powerful muscle car perform in plenty of video footage, including a spectacular 10.8-second quarter-mile run, a lap around the Portland International Raceway, and an comprehensive review by automotive connoisseur Jay Leno . What we haven’t seen yet is the Hellcat put its 707 horsepower to good use on the dyno.

Well, that ends now, as the folks over at K&N Air Filters hosted Motor Trend and the Challenger Hellcat SRT they were testing for a dyno run. Making things more interesting aside from the that awesome supercharged, HEMI V-8 sound, the California-based manufacturer also released the output numbers the Hellcat cranked out on the dyno. So if you were wondering how much of the 707 ponies and 650 pound-feet reach the rear wheels, the answer is 635 horsepower and 591 pound-feet. Not bad at all. At the crank, the Hellcat churned 722 horses and 672 pound-feet, an impressive figure as well.

But that’s not all. The video becomes a bit more captivating toward the end, when the camera focuses on the car’s instrument cluster. The footage shows the Hellcat accelerating through all the gears before redlining into its eighth cog at no less than 202 mph. That’s two mph less than what the Charger SRT Hellcat can deliver, but enticing nonetheless. Hit the play button above for yet another awesome Hellcat video.

The Alfa Romeo 6C name, one that’s related to many race cars, sports cars and grand tourers built between 1929 and 1954, is about to make a spectacular return to the company’s lineup. At least that’s the word from Auto Express, who claims the Italians are working on a 6C sports car that will compete against the Jaguar F-Type . The report goes on to say that the 6C will be based on the Maserati Alfieri , which rides on the same platform that underpins the Ghibli sedan .

Alfa Romeo will borrow more than just the platform, Auto Express adds. The sports car will slot above the 4C and will borrow its twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 from the Ghibli. The six-banger will reportedly deliver between 480 and 520 horsepower, a figure that will push the 6C into F-Type V-8 and Porsche 911 Turbo territory. Exciting news, yes, but make sure you keep that salt shaker within reach until further notice.

If such a vehicle makes it into production, it will likely arrive in 2017, a year after the Maserati Alfieri hits dealerships. Assembly will be limited to a few thousand units.

Click past the jump to read more about the Maserati Alfieri

Source: Auto Express

Hyundai is taking a big-screen blockbuster approach in its next advertisement for the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan. The short, nine-minute film takes an unusual approach to vehicle advertising in making the story more about the people within the storyline, while the Genesis plays a less major role.

The luxury sedan still gets its moments in the spotlight in several scenes, including the use of its proximity key and automatic truck release, along with some intense driving scenes.

The short film is directed and produced by a new generation of filmmakers, the 20-something millennials who embrace new technologies and ways of doing the impossible through computer animation. Though the graphics get a little cheesy at times, the overall film showcases the Genesis pretty well. It’s reminiscent of what BMW did more than a decade ago with its short series of films showcasing several of its vehicles.

Hyundai’s theatrical plot circles around a man and his sick wife and a mysterious doctor who is running some unorthodox testing. As it turns out, the husband must use his 2015 Hyundai Genesis to save the girl and defeat the evildoers without being taken out first.

Turns out the Genesis makes a pretty good get-away car.

Click past the jump to watch the short film and a behind-the-scenes look at "The Genesis" short film

The SLS AMG has three of its wheels in the grave, but don’t feel sad, as its replacement is set to hit the show circuit in September 2014. That’s right, the AMG GT will hit the worldwide circuit of drooling enthusiasts, affluent buyers and spec-gobbling journalists in just about a month. But no debut is ever complete with a whole slew of teaser images and videos leading up to it, right? Well, Mercedes-Benz and AMG are happy to satisfy that requirement with yet another new teaser video.

This video is a little rougher than some of the others we’ve seen on the AMG GT, but for good reason. The video features key members of Mercedes and AMG, so we have to forgive them for not speaking English and Mercedes for using rather movie-trailer-like voiceovers to translate their feelings into English.

The movie trailer feeling doesn’t draw away from the awesomeness of the AMG GT in this video, as we get a few snippets of that new, 4.0-liter V-8 pumping away. Plus, we get to learn some of the cooler little facts about the upcoming sports car .

Keep your browser at TopSpeed.com to keep up to speed with all the latest updates on the AMG GT.

There is a new Batman game coming, and with it we get a brand-new Batmobile. Our favorite caped crusader has a strong history of cool cars , but aside from a few quick appearances, the Batmobile has not really been a part of the recent Arkham game series from Rocksteady games.

That all changes with the new Arkham Knight game, and Rocksteady is going all in on Batmobile goodness. Not only can you drive it around the streets of Gotham as you please, but it also has the ability to transform into a tank.

Yes, it is a Batmobile that changes into a freaking tank. I can’t scream "take my money" fast enough.

Other cool features of the new Batmobile include the ability to instantly call it to your side from anywhere in the city. They included a cool ejector-seat function that will launch you into the air from the driver’s seat if you prefer to take to the skies and glide around.

You can get a quick look at how it all works in game thanks to a video we have after the break. If you are interested in the Arkham Knight game itself, we also have a nice trailer after break as well. Enjoy.

The game has no firm release date at this time, but expect it to hit modern consoles and PCs early 2015.

Click past the jump to watch the new Batmobile in action.

Source: GameInformer
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Caterham is just one of many car manufactures that have built replicas or continuation cars based on the iconic Lotus Seven. That said, Caterham is the only one that has become notorious for its Seven continuation cars and its numerous iterations. Ranging from the lightest and cheapest Caterham Seven Caterham Seven 160 to the powerful and expensive Seven 620 R, the Caterham line of Sevens is nothing short of impressive. Caterham cars remain rather scarce in the States, but for 2015, the automaker is growing its lineup in America with the addition of the Seven 480.

We live in the golden age for performance cars. Most old-school enthusiasts will say that the 70’s were the golden years because big, bad muscle cars and a "No replacement for displacement" attitude. I respectfully disagree, because while old school muscle cars are cool, they never really got any power out of those huge engines. Nowadays, car makers can get huge performance numbers out of engines with the same displacement as a container of milk. A perfect example of this is Caterham . A small British car company, who hangs its hat on making small, ultra lightweight performance cars. People might snicker at a purpose built track car that only has 237 horsepower, but when it flies past you on the track, that snicker will quickly fade. While Caterhams are wonderful cars, they’ve been absent in America. Now, however, Caterham here, in the good ole U.S. of A.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Caterham Seven 480.


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