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The Nissan Versa Note is the smallest and cheapest hatch you can get from Nissan . It was built to provide the highest level of space and equipment for the lowest possible price. The car has been a solid seller for Nissan in the past, but for 2014 it is all-new. A new exterior shape comes to the car , along with a fresh interior design and new gadgets that have been pulled from some of the much more expensive cars in the Nissan family.

With a new design, revised equipment levels, improved interior space and the promise even better fuel economy, the Versa Note is offering a lot. Has Nissan had to cut corners on build quality and refinement to hit a price target? Will the increased fuel economy come at the cost of driving fun?

I was handed the keys to a top-level model with every bell and whistle Nissan could throw at it. Would the cheap five-door win me over, or did Nissan drop the ball with its reinvented people mover?

Read on to see what we thought about the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

The race-spec SRT Viper is already a successful track machine, having won many prestigious trophies since its introduction in 1996. The latest iteration of the race car, the GT3-R, has yet to reach the heights of its forerunners, but its recent success during the Detroit leg of the Pirelli World Challenge Series in May 2014 is proof enough that the Viper is headed in the right direction. More recently, the "Snake" developed by Riley Technologies made yet another step toward track glory by setting the fastest lap in the Ultimate Track Car Challenge.

The event took place on July 18th at Virginia International Raceway, where the SRT Viper GT3-R rendered its competitors obsolete. The race car, built by Riley Technologies and driven by American Le Mans Series ace Ben Keating, wasn’t shy about tackling the track at full throttle and set the fastest lap at 1:44.71. The Viper was quicker than a 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo and its benchmark would have been enough to earn it the pole position at last year’s American Le Mans Series on the same track.

The Ultimate Track Car Challenge is an annual event held by Grassroots Motorsports at Virginia International Raceway. The competition is open to any type of car, including classic vehicles , and it’s sole purpose is to find America’s fastest track cars. Hit play to watch the SRT Viper GT3-R in action as it reaches speeds of up to 171 mph.

The M4 has become is more than just the next hot thing from Bavaria. It’s also become the evolutionary bridge between the M3 and the M5 , combining elements of both models to become what some believe to be the best of both worlds. The M4’s stature has thus given BMW another reason to present the sports coupe with a new M Performance Aerodynamic package, making the model even more desirable than it already is.

This particular M4 with M Performance Aeodynamic Parts actually comes by way of BMW Abu Dhabi. That partly explains why BMW choose to spice up the M4, as people in that country are serious about their sports cars .

More often than not, stock models don’t cut the mustard there, hence the need to give the M4 unique upgrades to make it interesting to Middle Eastern buyers.

We don’t know how anyone could find the M4 not exciting enough, but I guess that’s of the biggest reasons why this M Performance Aerodynamic Parts package was unveiled in that part of the world. It’s safe to say that BMW knows its clientele very well in all parts of the world.

So, what doe the M4 with M Performance Aerodynamic Parts bring to the table?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 With M Performance Aerodynamic Parts.

Source: BMW Facebook

British property magnate Jon Hunt is nuts about his Ferraris , which makes him one of the few people in the world who has the capability to love the cars and then buy them afterwards. He also just recently accepted the delivery of his latest purchase, the Ferrari LaFerrari .

But simply taking the keys from a dealership wasn’t memorable enough for Hunt. So he decided to do something different. With the help of his two children and some friends, Hunt led his own version of a Ferrari parade, that is if you consider the distance from London to Ferrari headquarters in Maranello as a parade.

It seems like one, seeing as the cars Hunt picked to go pick up the LaFerrari were some of the most exclusive and sought-after Ferraris in the world. Really, it doesn’t get any better than a 288 GTO , an F40 , an F50 , and an Enzo, does it?

After spending his first five minutes inside the LaFerrari, Hunt quickly lines them all up together and tells Ferrari.com (via the above video) that he’s the type who actually drives his Ferraris, even admitting that he’s done 16,000 kilometers on the Enzo alone.

For somebody who has just about every exclusive Ferrari in the past 20-something years, Jon Hunt has shown us what it really means to be a proud and dedicated tifosi.

The Porsche Cayenne crossed the Pond to the United States for the 2003 model year, right after the first-generation model was introduced in Europe. The S and the Turbo were the first versions to arrive in North American dealerships. The base V-6 model and the range-topping Turbo S followed up by 2006, when the entire Cayenne lineup became available to U.S. buyers. The second-generation SUV came to replace the first Cayenne in 2010, and brought to brand new models along with it. The lineup expanded to receive a hybrid model in 2011 and a diesel version in 2013, further increasing the SUVs popularity worldwide.

Going into 2015, the second-gen Cayenne is getting an extensive mid-cycle facelift that includes a lengthy list of visual changes, interior upgrades, and updated powertrains. Slightly more aggressive by design, the facelifted Cayenne is not only about added power. The German SUV also claims to return more fuel economy, a feat we will verify as soon as we get our hands on it for a test drive. Until that happens, make sure you check out our full review.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne.

When the first NSX debuted, Honda was using it as a weapon to challenge the power of Ferrari on the track. For all intents and purposes, the new NSX will serve the same purpose, but I think Honda has taken it a bit too far. You may have noticed that there have been more than a few stories about Ferrari’s randomly bursting into flames around the world, and Honda was not going to be outshone. We now have news that the NSX prototype we just saw testing on the Nurburgring has also burst into flames.

Obviously, it is sad news that the NSX production mule has been destroyed, but it’s mildly comical when put into the context of the decades long battle against its Italian rival.

Thankfully it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt in the fire, but the NSX does look to be a complete loss. Most of the rear body work has been burnt to nothing and what is left doesn’t exactly look salvageable.

I sure hope Honda has a backup if it plans on getting enough testing done to have this car on sale by next summer.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Honda NSX.

Show’s over folks. I hope everyone who tuned in live enjoyed it. We again want to say a special thanks to all of our watchers and listeners. We do this thing for you, and we appreciate you giving us a bit of your time.

This week was a fun show. We celebrated hitting 21 episodes by cracking open some bottles of root beer soda, and then we discussed what we had each bought to drink. Once that is out of the way, we actually get into some car stuff and we cover the Weekly Wheels. Mark was driving the Lexus IS350 Convertible , Justin had a shiny new silver Miata , and I was bombing around all week in a blue Nissan Versa Note .

For the news stories we covered the testing and subsequent burning of the new Honda NSX at the Nurburgring , we talk about Elon Musk’s newest Tesla , and Justin talks a bit about an “affordable” Bentley coupe . We also spend a quick second talking about video games, and then Mark gets to go a little crazy with some truck talk involving a potential rival for the Ford Raptor and the new engine for the 2015 F150 .

Once we finish ranting about car news, we hit up the viewer questions. We talk about which is better, diesel or gas and why, and we go over some essential road-trip checks and packing supplies. Once we make it through that, we move to our signature Own, Drive, Burn in which we have to pick between three different historical Porsche models.

We hope you guys liked it, and we can’t wait to see you next week. As a side note, next week’s show will be on Wednesday. I hope to see you all there.

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During my more than 2,000-mile excursion with the 2014 Mazda Miata , I learned a lot of things. I learned why Mazda gave me a hat and sunscreen when they dropped off the car, I learned that I actually love convertibles , and I learned that 25 years of changes have yet to alter the true feel and purpose of the tiny roadster .

More than this, I learned that the Miata is a very special car, and that you need to be a very special person to buy one. More than any other car I have ever encountered, the Mazda Miata attracts a very specific buyer that no other car seems to. Unlike models from brands like BMW , or Toyota who attract a large collection of buyers in different age groups and interests, the only people who ever seem to own a Miata are the people who love cars and driving more than anything else.

But why is that?

Read on to find out what makes Miata owners special

By 1968, the Ford Mustang had already become one of the most popular cars in the United States. Affordable, available in three different body styles and with a bevy of inline-six and V-8 engines, Ford ’s pony was enjoying tremendous success. The arrival of the beefed-up Shelby Mustang and its many versions only made things better, but Ford and Carroll Shelby Shelby felt the pony could become even more impressive. Their dream came true in April 1968, when a brand-new version of the 428 Police Interceptor engine was fitted with improved-breathing heads and larger exhaust manifolds, giving birth to the 428 Cobra Jet. The mill quickly found its way into the Shelby GT500 , which became the GT500 KR or "King of the Road". Officially rated at 335 horsepower, but actually powered by no less than 400 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque, the King gained iconic status almost immediately.

The moniker was discontinued for the 1969 model year, only a few months before Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford. The GT500 KR nameplate returned exactly 40 years later on the fifth-generation Mustang, this time adorning a 540-horsepower muscle car that was motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8. After all of these years, the first-generation GT500 KR is as formidable as it’s always been, but its statute and value have grown considerably in the eyes of muscle-car aficionados and collectors alike.

Updated 07/23/2014: A very rare Mustang GT 500 KR is being offered by RK Motors Charlotte for a price of $189,900. Click past the jump for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1968 Shelby GT500 KR

It Starts!! With the impending release of a new racing game comes the slow release of the car and track lists, and Forza Horizon 2 is no different. While previously we had a look at some of the cars through the announcement trailer , now we are getting an official list. This announcement lists the first 100 cars of the more than 200 that are promised, and it actually features five cars that have never been in any Forza game.

The five new cars are the 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S, 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, 1945 Jeep Willys MB, 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe, and the 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE. Yeah a classic military Jeep a few legendary sports cars and the VW bus. This game is going to have quite the eclectic collection. If you want to know every car that has been announced so far, you can find the full list of 100 cars after the jump.

It also seems as though the team at Turn 10 and Playground Games have actually given us a 101st car announcement as well, but you need to know what to look for. In the large image we have here of all the cars, you will notice that there are some silhouettes below the new machines. While it is a simple repeating pattern of three cars, you may notice that only two of those cars are actually on the official car list; the Pagani Huayra and the McLaren P1 . The third car looks like an R35 Nissan GT-R to me. Considering the R35 is in Forza 5 it doesn’t come as a surprise to see it here, but it hasn’t been officially announced for the game yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Forza Horizon 2 and get the full car list

Source: Forza

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