Kirby Garlitos

Kirby’s fascination with cars began when he first laid eyes on his first Micro Machine. At that time, he thought they were the coolest toys in the world, narrowly edging out those Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures. Over time, his love for cars evolved to Matchbox cars and Burago models, then finally, it all became a reality when he bought his first ride — a 1998 Honda City — back in 2002.

His tastes and preferences on cars has changed over time, but his passion remains (as does his love for TMNT). Writing about his passions for Top Speed has been the closest thing to a dream job this side of being a Ferrari test driver.

With an affordable price and matching good looks, Mercedes CLA lineup has become a popular item among luxury car customers. That success has inspired Mercedes to expand the CLA lineup to include, among other things, a CLA Shooting Brake , a CLA45 AMG , and as this latest set of spy shots show, a CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

Yes, the CLA45 AMG is getting a wagon version, or Shooting Brake, as Mercedes likes to call it. Our spy photographers managed to take a host of spy photos of the barely-covered CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake, and as you can expect, it looks a lot like what we’d expect from a Mercedes with AMG’s influence. The aggressive body kit is evident at first glance, complete with what looks like new vents strategically placed in the front fascia. It’s hard to make out whether the "twin-blade" radiator grille is present, although we won’t be surprised if its there.

Some might argue that the arrival of the CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake will quickly over-saturate the CLA lineup, but we’re not complaining the least bit. The CLA-Class has proven to be a hot seller for Mercedes, so why not strike whole the iron is hot?

Updated 03/25/2014: Today we have created a rendering of the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake.

A host of spyshots of the Audi A6’s line has been sent our way over the past few weeks. This time, the new A6 Allroad takes its turn in the spotlight and our observing eyes. At first glance, there are a number of things we noticed about these latest batch of spy pics, particularly the modified front end that now features new headlights with new DRLs.

The shape remains relatively the same, although don’t expect the company’s laser lights technology to be part of it. That’s still years away from happening so temper the hype on that one. Moving away from the lights, the grille and the front bumper of the A6 Allroad also look different, although we expect the former to return to its normal configuration once the model draws closer to its Paris debut.

There’s more to these spy photos than just the subtle tweaks done on the front. The rear end also received some distinct styling modifications while the interior will also get a handful of new upgrades.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A6.


There’s a lot of news coming out of Stuttgart these days, as Porsche has revealed a multitude of new developments regarding its future engine lineup. One, in particular, that has gathered a lot of steam is the recent confirmation coming from CEO Matthias Mueller that both the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman are in line to receive a new 395-horsepower, four-cylinder engine.

Speaking with Auto Motor und Sport, Mueller the Porsche CEO specifically singled out the Boxster and the Cayman as two cars that will follow in this strategic downsizing of engines. Both models won’t receive the same four-cylinder as the 919 Hybrid because that one was specially modified for that particular vehicle.

Instead, the Boxster and the Cayman are expected to receive a new four-cylinder boxer engine that will reflect the company’s new engine direction, a strategy Mueller indicated was done to adhere to increasing industry practice of being more eco-friendly.

“We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2,” the Porsche CEO said.

Mueller did not point to an exact number as far as the output that could be produced from these new four-cylinders, although he did say that the turbocharged engine could have in excess of 395 horsepower under its hood. That’s a significant increase from the current 3.4-liter, normally aspirated six-cylinder that powers the Boxster and Cayman, good enough to hit "only" 335 horsepower.

This, combined with the new GTS versions of the Boxter and Cayman, point toward just how important these two models are in Porsche’s future. These once-looked-down-upon models are primed to lead Porsche into the next generation of compact sports cars .

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche Cayman GTS.


Cadillac’s aggressive promotion of its brand doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, and just for the spring of 2014, it’s got a special model for those interested in a unique 2015 ATS Coupe . The model is called the Crimson Sport Special Edition, and while it does come with a host of new upgrades, including Caddy’s Track Package, the indelible characteristic of this special edition ATS is its Crimson Red Metallic exterior paint.

Unique as the paint is, the color isn’t the only thing special about the exterior of the vehicle. A ground effects package was also installed, featuring a color-matched front splitter, rocker moldings and rear diffuser, and an aero deck-lid spoiler. Finally, a set of exclusive 18-inch Manoogian Dark Silver Premium Painted wheels were added to the mix, giving the ATS Crimson Sport a true special-edition look to it.

Moving inside, four different interior environments — Morello Red with Jet Black accents, Caramel with Jet Black accents, Jet Black with Jet Black accents or Light Platinum with Jet Black accents — are offered to go with new heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel and shift lever, both of which are made from microfiber suede.

The ATS Crimson Sport Special Edition is offered with either the 272-horsepower ATS 2.0T Performance Collection with the automatic transmission or the 321-horsepower 3.6L Premium Collection with rear- or all-wheel drive. The model are set to hit dealerships at the end of March with a retail price of $46,010 for the 2.0T and $51,010 for the 3.6L.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Cadillac ATS.

The Lamborghini Huracan is making some serious waves in the auto industry. As the successor to the iconic Gallardo , the Huracan has been as good as advertised, so much so that the new Lamborghini Huracan Driving Simulator is a must-try for anybody looking to see what all the fuss is with Lambo’s new baby.

Give yourself some time to take a few laps in this simulator, and you’ll immediately understand why people are going gaga over the Huracan. if anything, you’ll probably have a better go at it around the race track than the guy who posted this video. It does take a little getting used to because the controls are a little jumpy, but it is cool nonetheless.

Clearly, taming the Huracan around the race track isn’t your forte. To be fair, very few people in the world can keep the reigns on this raging bull and its 610-horsepower engine.

Go check out the simulator as soon as you can. Something tells us those with deep enough pockets will probably run to the nearest Lamborghini dealership to put in an order for the Huracan.

Go here to test for yourself the Lamborghini Huracan Driving Simulator.


Engine problems stemming from two incidents of Porsche GT3 models burning in Switzerland and Italy has Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller possibly pulling back on the planned deliveries of the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS . Apparently, Porsche wants to cover all its bases to ensure that the engine is working perfectly before committing to any launch dates.

Mueller made hints that the company is looking to delay the launch of the 911 GT3 RS in a conversation with Auto Motor und Sport. He didn’t give out a specific date as to when the launch is going to happen, although he did make it clear that it won’t happen until the company is sure that the engine has no more problems.

Mueller placed the blame on two screws coming loose in the engine as the reason for the fire, causing Porsche to recall 785 911 GT3 models that are already in dealerships.

"The problem was, in the broadest sense, an engine problem," Mueller told Auto Motor und Sport.

"We now know why this happened, and now [we’re] working out measures to prevent this in the future."

It’s a smart move by Porsche, and one that it has every reason of doing. It’d be a shame if the 911 GT3 RS — a car that’s high in the wishlist of a lot of Porsche fans — falls flat on its face when it hits the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche GT3 RS.

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The 2014 GMC Terrain is the perfect example of how a company can put a model in the best position to succeed by not deviating away from its true identity, even if it means not appeasing those who clamor for a new and futuristic design. The Terrain may be classified as a midsize SUV , but it still has the soul of a truck, which is why the muscular nature of its looks fits into its identity. The 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque also helps in that department.

It probably would’ve been a good idea to change the way the Terrain looks if it was struggling in sales, but the Terrain has been one of GMC’s more successful models, and there doesn’t appear to be much calling for any drastic changes to its appearance.

Why change a good thing, right? In the case of the Terrain, it definitely applies.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 GMC Terrain

Dutch model and Sports Illustrated alum Valerie Van Der Graaf is fast becoming one of the most sought-after models in the world. Her skyrocketing popularity has even led to her being nicknamed the "Dutch Kate Upton," an appropriate tag given what her face and body look like.

But what not a lot of people know is that Van Der Graaf is equally adept posing on the beach as she is in front of a classic , top-down MG B . Not everybody has the ability to pull this off, but the "Dutch Kate Upton" looks like she can flaunt and flirt effortlessly with the British sports car .

This is the kind of photo spread that gets the attention of a lot of folks. A hot and beautiful woman posing with one of the original classic Roadsters . That’s the perfect recipe to cause a lot of men to make googly eyes at these photos.

German tuner G-Power isn’t the type to waste its time on developing programs for vehicles it doesn’t seem fit to wear the its unmistakable badge. The BMW X6 , though, is one of those that has its stamp of approval. That’s precisely why G-Power went to great lengths to build the SUV a new "Typhoon" program, complete with a comprehensive list of new aerodynamic parts and a performance upgrade that increases the output of the X6 to an impressive 725 horsepower and 656 pound-feet of torque, a staggering rise from the standard 440-horsepower output of the standard X6.

Oh, and that metal-twisting torque numbers can be bumped up to 737 pound-feet with an added performance boost. Either way, you probably aren’t too disappointed about an X6 that can hit 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph, right? That’s a full 1.2 seconds faster to 62 mph and a top speed that is 37 mph faster than the stock X6 xDrive50i.

With that much work done on the X6 by G-Power, it’s a little surprising that people aren’t giving it the due attention it deserves. We’re not doing it, though, because we know what this company is capable of when it goes through the rigors of building tuning programs that have as intimidating a name as "Typhoon."

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X6 M Typhoon by G-Power.

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo made a good showing for himself in his home race over the weekend, even if his second place finish was eventually thrown out by a irregularities with the fuel flow into his Renault engine. But all isn’t lost for Ricciardo because Renault’s appealing the decision, and on a completely different take that isn’t remotely related to his Formula One career, Ricciardo also got the treat of a lifetime when he participated in a true one-of-a-kind "race" against, of all things, an F-18 Hornet.

Ok, it wasn’t so much as an actual race, as it was a demonstration of the sheer uniqueness of the RB10 and the F-18 in their respective environments. Ricciardo and F/A-18 Hornet pilot, Michael Keightley, each take turns describing the roads they took to get to where they are now and the similarities between both guys are pretty striking.

Although different in description as far as their day jobs are concerned, both Ricciardo and Keightley seem to appreciate the fact that they’re in control of two of the fastest vehicles in the world.

But here’s the most impressive part: both are pretty darn good at what they do.


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