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The next-generation Chevrolet Camaro has made yet another public appearance, shortly after being spotted outside Germany’s Nurburgring track. This time around, GM’s upcoming pony ditched the public road and took on the Nordschleife course for a proper, high-speed testing session and some hot laps. Fortunately, our trusty spy photographers were right on the spot to capture some snapshots with the Camaro in action.

As you might have already guessed, we are looking at the same prototype we saw earlier this week. The camouflage remains unchanged, so there are no new details for us to take in, but the Camaro’s presence on the Nurburgring says a lot about the pony’s development. For one, with the engineers now down to tuning the vehicle’s steering and suspension, among others, it’s likely the exterior design is almost production ready. What you see is what you’ll get. Sure, there’s nothing much to see behind that swirly wrap, but a few styling cues, such as the narrow grille and headlamps, a more sculpted waistline, and the new rear spoiler are obvious.

Secondly, Chevy is elbows deep in making the sixth-generation Camaro the most track-capable version of the nameplate, which isn’t surprising considering the advancements Ford has made with the 2015 Mustang. The 2016 Camaro needs to be in outstanding shape if GM wants to deliver a proper competitor for the sixth-gen ’Stang, and the team behind the project is doing just that. Whether it will succeed or not, we’ll find out sometime in 2015.

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It took the Volkswagen Passat about 40 years to become the vehicle we all know today. It all started when the Germans introduced the Dasher in the U.S. in 1974. Although named differently and equipped with some additional safety and emission-reducing features, the Dasher was the same as the Euro-spec Passat. The name was changed to Quantum in 1982, eight years before the Passat nameplate finally arrive in North America. 2014 brought the eighth-generation Passat in Europe, a vehicle that rides on the company’s new MQB platform and boasts a redesigned exterior and interior. Set to find its way Stateside in 2016, the new Passat also marks the introduction of a hybrid model, the first for the popular moniker.

Dubbed Passat GTE, the plug-in hybrid borrows the same powertrain launched with the Golf GTE, although output has been increased to cope with the increased curb weight of a midsize sedan and wagon . The bad news is the U.S. isn’t getting the GTE anytime soon, but the launch that’s set to take place at the 2014 Paris Motor Show is a good preview of what we’ll be getting in a few years.

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You find yourself holding the keys to two of the most-anticipated sports cars of 2014, and you just happen to be at one end of a long, straight and abandoned piece of asphalt. What are you going to do? Hint: the correct answer is “have a drag race.” In this new video from the The Fast Lane Car, they have the new 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible and the BMW i8 down at the local track, and they are doing some straight-line speed runs.

We get to see a total of three runs, and the results are much closer than we expected. One thing to note, and the TFLCar team is quick to point it out, they film in Boulder Colorado. That means that elevation is a major factor in the performance of naturally aspirated, internal-combustion engines. Electric motors don’t suffer from any sort of power drop at higher altitudes.

The video is a little long at five minutes, but they make sure to give you some good details on the cars themselves, and you get to hear a good bit of exhaust noise. If you want skip all the pre-party stuff and just want to jump straight into the drag racing, skip over to the two-minute mark and enjoy.

You may have read the news last week that Lotus was killing its only remaining road-legal model here in the United States. There were a lot of sad faces around the U.S., but considering the car never sold well to start with, I didn’t quite feel the sorrow. Still, if you were one of the Lotus fans who spent the week crying into your ultra-lightweight driving gloves, I have good news for you. According to a report from Jalopnik, the Evora will be back as a 2016 model.

A statement was posted to Lotus Forums, and Jalopnik says that the CEO of Lotus North America, Arnie Johnson confirmed it to be true. "We would like to comment upon the rumours that are circulating on social media and online, Lotus is committed to the North American market and will indeed produce a 2016 Model Year Evora that will be fully U.S. compliant. We will not be producing a 2015 model year Evora, therefore, there will be limited availability of 2014 model year cars over the next few months."

So there you have it, the Evora will be returning, just not next year. Considering Lotus wasn’t going to revise the current car to use the “smart airbags” that would make it U.S. legal again, it is likely that the new Evora will be a highly revised model, if not a new-generation car.

As always, keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to pass on all the news as soon as we get it.

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Source: Jalopnik

Launched in 1992, the Impreza quickly became one of Subaru’s most iconic vehicle, mostly due to its successful early campaigns in the World Rally Championship. Kept in production for eight years until 2000, the first-generation Impreza was sold with a bevy of flat-four engines displacing from 1.5 to 2.5 liters and in three body styles, four-door coupe, sedan, and five-door hatchback. The second-gen model, also known as the "bugeye era" Impreza was built between 2000 and 2007, and it was the first to lack a coupe version. The third-generation model followed in 2007, with a refresh to occur for the 2012 model year. For the fourth-gen model, Subaru discontinued the 2.5-liter engine, leaving the Impreza with only a 2.0-liter four-banger mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT. For the 2015 model year, Subaru prepared a refreshed front fascia, updated convenience features and minor drivetrain tweaks for improved fuel economy.

Unlike its predecessor, the revised Impreza moves closer to the larger Legacy in terms of styling. Updates also add technology improvements across the lineup, which each trim gaining new standard equipment. Read on for the full details.

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I absolutely love my GoPro cameras. I have a Hero 3 and a Hero 3+, and they have made all the cool videos you have seen me make for the site possible. That Pike’s Peak run in the Miata race car, every single in-car review and even that Lego time-lapse were all created using this incredible and versatile camera. Today, GoPro just announced that there is an all-new model coming, and it is better than ever before.

Meet the GoPro Hero 4.

It takes the powerful GoPro Hero3+ and doubles its imaging power. It will now do 4K video at a full 30 FPS, it can take 1080p video at up to 120 frames per second for silky smooth slow-motion video and it has all-new photo modes to it as well. The GoPro 3+ was already the most capable camera I had ever used. Now it has only gotten better. Some new features include Bluetooth control for remotes and cell phones, a new dedicated settings button, and the Hero 4 now has an LCD screen built in (Silver models)!

Like every new camera, GoPro sent out a collection of these new imaging toys around the world to get some incredible footage. You can see the results for yourself above. The whole movie was also shot in 4K, so if you have a 4K monitor, this is a great chance to give it a solid workout.

If you want a more in-depth look of what has changed for the new Hero 4, you can check out a tutorial video from GoPro highlighting some of the more technical changes and additions to the camera.

Although Lexus has yet to confirm plans to offer a high-performance version of the GS sedan , it appears the Japanese luxury automaker is indeed working on a competitor for the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG . And this time we’re not quoting another rumor that surfaced the Interwebz, but relying on a batch of photos we just received from our trusty paparazzi. Yes, folks, the Lexus GS F is alive and rolling on tarmac, although for the time being only in the form of a prototype.

The vehicle you see above was just spotted roaming the streets, and the body panels hidden behind the camouflage suggest we’re looking at a beefed-up version of the GS. The sports sedan is set to arrive for the 2016 model year, when it will join the brand-new RC F in Lexus’ quest to take on BMW’s popular high-performance sedans .

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Chevrolet is getting bolder in testing its upcoming sixth-generation Camaro in public. The camo-covered car was just spotted outside the Nürburgring sporting five-spoke wheels, quad exhaust pipes, a rear wing, and what looks like heat extractors on its hood. While official details are still scarce, these spy shots afford us the best look so far.

The car as a whole looks smaller than the current Camaro. Its doors and rear deck lid appear to be shorter than before. Its roof looks lower as well — a fact that weekend track warriors might cringe at when thinking about dawning a helmet. Thankfully the pictures seem to depict a lowered driving position, likely alleviating any ergonomics issues. The car also looks more rounded. Check out the more curvy secondary side window and rear end.

There is some debate as to what performance level this Camaro falls into. Its quad exhaust and extra vents might suggest a ZL1, but its skinny tires and smaller brake discs suggest this will be the standard SS. Chevy will likely use a detuned version of the Corvette’s 6.2-liter, LT1 V-8. That engine is known for its breathing abilities, so the larger exhaust makes sense. The hood vents are likely a direct application of techniques learned from Corvette, with heat extraction and downforce being the two key advantages.

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Honda gave us a taste of the Civic Type R Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Not content on dropping just one concept, the Japanese automaker is following that up with the unveiling of the Civic Type R Concept II at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on October 2.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of changes to the exterior of the second concept other than the colors changing and the addition of body graphics. Otherwise, the two concepts look relatively similar.

But there are plenty of changes to talk about. New technology in the Civic Type R Concept II is the real highlight of this new concept, none more than the newly developed "+R" system that instantaneously turns the Civic Type R Concept II into a veritable pocket rocket at the push of the "+R" button.

Honda is scheduled to unveil the Civic Type R Concept II on October 2, 2014 at the Paris Motor Show.

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They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and it doesn’t get much bigger than the Chevy Suburban. For 2015, Chevrolet is rolling out its newest Texas Edition-branded truck meant to pay homage to the state that buys the most Suburbans of all.

The special Texas Edition package is available on LT and LTZ trim levels and comes with a host of upgrades. The upgrades are often popular options in the Lone State, so the Texas Edition helps group them all together. So-equipped Suburbans come with the Max Trailering Package, which includes a 3.42 axle ratio and trailer-brake controller. That’s in addition to the standard two-inch receiver hitch and built-in wiring harness.

Polished 20-inch, aluminum wheels come with the LT package while the LTZ gets massive 22-inch rolling stock. Of course, Texas-sized badging is included to show off the ‘burban’s special package. LT trim levels get an additional nine-month extension of SiriusXM radio subscription as well as navigation while the LTZ trim levels come with those without the Texas Edition package.

Things under the hood are left stock, as the 5.3-liter, EcoTec3 V-8 still pumps out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Active fuel management, variable valve timing, and direct fuel injection help the Chevy small-block achieve 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. A six-speed automatic transmission keeps the V-8 spinning in its powerband.

Checking the Texas Edition option box does cost a Texas-sized penny. For LT trims, the Texas Edition costs an additional $2,195 and on the top-trim level LTZ models, the price runs $1,095. Of course, that’s on top of the Suburban’s regular price tag.

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