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.

India ’s Mahindra&Mahindra is a largely unknown company outside of its home country. But the brand has been making waves recently, having acquired some assets recently (South Korea’s SsangYong ) to go with its possible expansion into the EV world with the Halo Coupe EV Concept. But none of those things could potentially draw the world’s attention like building the Komodo IED Concept.

Actually, the Komodo IED Concept is nothing more than a design study created by Indian designer and IED Torino graduate, Makrand Patil.

Presenting the Komodo IED Concept as a versatile vehicle that can cater to a wide range of markets, Patil’s vision for the vehicle is to turn it into a functional and luxurious 4x4 that can go just about anywhere it pleases.

Whether the designer’s study does make it past this stage is another question entirely. But if Mahindra wanted to, it shouldn’t have any problem agreeing to this, right?

After all, there’s no surer way to get attention than building a vehicle that attracts it the moment it comes into the picture.

Click past the jump to read more about Mahindra Komodo IED Concept

Source: Carscoops

Essentially a simplified version of the 2014 Nissan Rogue , the 2014 Rogue Select is the kind of what-you-see-is-what-you-get compact SUV that leaves everything it’s got at the front door. It doesn’t come with a lot of major surprises, offering itself as is and little in the way of added surprises.

It figures that for a compact SUV that doesn’t have a whole lot of optional equipment, the Rogue Select is being offered for budget-conscious owners. For its price (less than $20,000 for the base model) you can make a case that the Rogue Select is a good way to go just so you can say you have a compact SUV in your garage.

But the other prevailing thought is the extra money you can shell out for other models that have a lot more to offer than the Rogue Select. Nissan probably doesn’t mind that thinking since it still has the 2014 Rogue to satisfy those needs.

It’s just that in case you’re on a tight budget, Nissan has you covered with the Rogue Select.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Rogue Select.

The second and latest episode of Drive’s "Inside Koenigsegg" web series is now up online. In keeping up with the overall theme of the second season, this episode returns to showcase the 5.0-liter, V-8 engine of the powerful supercar it has ever built: the Koenigsegg One:1 .

Much has been said about the One:1 and all of them has been either tinted with breathless amazement or shameless gushing. We admit to having fallen to both states at one point or another. But for all the technological wonder of the One:1, the heart of the car remains its massive V-8 engine that spits out an ungodly 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque.

Koenigsegg founder Christian Von Koenigsegg returns to give us a rundown on the development of the One:1’s engine, including his disclosure that the One:1’s engine is actually an evolution of the one sitting inside the Agera R .

In order to generate that much more horsepower, Koenigsegg went and changed a number of the engine’s mechanical components, including the camshafts, the springs, the valves, the injectors, the fuel pumps, and the turbochargers. And that’s just the physical changes, as Koenigsegg put it. Software modifications were also done to raise the redline of the engine.

As always, it’s a fascinating look inside one of the most highly regarded supercar manufacturers in the world and how it goes about the business of continuing to raise the bar of exotic engineering.

Forza 5 has released an amazing new video that pays tribute to one of the finest supercars to come out in recent years: the Ferrari LaFerrari . The video is actually so good that a real-life likeness of it probably wouldn’t look as cinematic as this one. Add the incredible musical score and yes, goosebumps will happen.

The video, essentially, is all about the LaFerrari. But Turn 10 went on a creative route in celebrating the Ferrari supercar by using a number of the company’s past and present models form their own version of a royal entrance by having all these iconic Ferraris form two lines to welcome the LaFerrari.

We all know that the Ferrari LaFerrari has taken the place of the Ferrari Enzo as the company’s premier modern-day supercar. The engineering and technical development attributed to the LaFerrari is beyond incredible, and the car itself looks all sorts of otherworldly. The name, on the other hand, is a whole different conversation...

We already know all of these things, but watching this video created by Forza developer Turn 10 reminds us just how real it all is.

The BMW 3 Series is a global car that appeals to a global audience. Whether its in America, Europe, or in this particular case, South Africa, the 3 Series attracts attention wherever it goes. That’s why BMW South Africa has decided to expand its offering for the beloved 3 Series, giving potential customers a chance to score a special edition 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition.

The limited-edition model is essentially an aerodynamically enhanced 3 Series Sedan that comes with a load of new components to improve both the car’s styling and performance attributes. Maybe that’s the reason why BMW South Africa only has 500 of these bad-boys at its disposal.

Here’s the best part about the 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition. Compared to a standard 3 Series with the same options and separately fitted with the all the M Performance parts, BMW South Africa’s 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition will carry 43 percent of the content if you add all the components separately yourselves.

That says a lot about this special edition 3er that BMW South Africa is offering, and its content is offered all for a price of just R87,000 if it’s fitted at the dealership. That’s $8,175 based on current exchange rates, which is of course, added to the cost of the 3 Series

Click past the jump to read more about BMW 3 Series Sedan M Performance Edition.

The top-of-the-line Opel Adam S made its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , and from the looks of things, Opel turned in quite an impressive vehicle to serve as the Adam’s flagship model. As a series production model, the Adam S adds some muscle and sprit to the line’s already outstanding attributes as one of the best-connected small cars on the market.

That’s the important part here because the "market" has plenty of notable competitors to give the Adam a run for its money so it goes without saying that Opel needed a model that could compete with the high-powered hatchbacks knowing that the standard Adam just couldn’t cut it.

This is where the Opel Adam S comes into the picture. Sportier and far more powerful than its brethren, the Adam S the culmination of Opel turning its fashionable city car into one that comes with matching performance credentials.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Opel Adam S.

A Pagani test driver recently gave his young son an experience he probably will never forget. Ok, that’s a stretch because we don’t know a lot of adults who remember what they were doing when they were three years old. Still, sitting on your dad’s lap while he drives a Pagani Huayra around a short custom circuit will likely give you chills to last a lifetime.

That was the little treat this little tyke was given when he not only got a chance to smell the Huayra’s interior, but he also got a pretty good seat to experience the unbridled power of this insane supercar .

When he should probably be at home playing with his diecast Huayra, this little one is actually sitting on an actual Huayra getting a first-hand experience on what 700 horsepower and 730 pound-feet of tire smoking torque feels like.

You’re a lucky one, young man. Cherish this moment because you’re likely not going to experience it again anytime soon.

For those that are concerned for the safety of the young child; there is no need to worry because this is a professional driver on a closed course.

A lot of today’s younger generation might not know this, but there was a time when Alfa Romeo was as esteemed as any automaker in the world. It’s got a treasure trove of history to its name, not the least of which is the Quadrifoglio Verde, the green clover leaf emblem that has been around since 1923.

Recently, Alfa Romeo brought back the Quadrifoglio Verde to distinguish what the top-of-the-line models of the MiTo and Giulietta will be henceforth be called. Similar to the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the Ford Focus ST , the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio was presented at the Geneva Motor Show .

You don’t need to be adept at knowing Alfa’s history to know that the new iteration of the Giulietta QV is about as enticing a model the company has produced in recent memory not called the 4C . So with all these gushing words, the question on whether the Giulietta QV is coming stateside becomes all the more important.

Here’s a message to Alfa Romeo: bring it here!

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’

Since the new Acura RDX made its market debut in the the 2013 model year, the SUV has become a popular one for customers, posting 22 straight monthly sales record as of February 2014. For the 2015 model year, the RDX packs most of what made it such a desirable model, including with the same V-6 engine that nets 270 horsepower and Acura’s innovative Technology Package.

While other models look better than the RDX, there is a certain amount of appeal to the SUV’s rather no-frills character. The all-business look lends to its strong and fuel efficient V-6, and when you add all the standard equipment put into the RDX, it usually translates to strong customer appeal and, in turn, high volume of sales.

Acura’s hitching its wagon to the belief that the popularity of the RDX will remain for the 2015 model. It’s a precarious position to be in, but for the most part, the company is adhering to the "if it ain’t broke, why fix it?" adage.

The RDX has been successful far so there’s little reason to believe that it can’t do it again, at least for another year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura RDX.


If you’ve been a fan of the retractable hardtop on the Mercedes SL and, prepare yourself for some bad news. Apparently, the next-generation SL will be available only as soft-top models. The SLK, which will share its underpinnings with the SL in the next generation, will carry on with its hard top.

The changes are still significant enough that it could alter the look of the SL. But that’s the gamble Mercedes in trying to reduce the car’s weight. In some ways, that could be a boon for fans of the luxury roadster, as less weight means it will use its power more effectively.

Speaking of power, the next-gen SL and SLK models are also expected to be offered with new engines, including four- and six-cylinders for the SLK, and a new 3.0-liter, inline-six for the SL. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet, but the four-cylinder in the SLK is likely able to produce around 240 horsepower, with the six-cylinder ticked significantly higher at around 335 horsepower to 435 horsepower. As for the SL’s new inline-six, that baby could have 365 ponies on tap.

With all these changes in tow, don’t expect these changes to happen soon, as a next-gen SL isn’t expected until 2021.

Note: Current Mercedes SLK pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLK.

Source: Autobild

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