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.

It goes without saying that the Lexus CT 200h is about as unique a car you can find for a hybrid hatch . Lexus has done a lot of work to bring out the best of this model in the past few years, even adding the unique spindle grille styling for the 2014 model. But even that wasn’t enough for the company because lo and behold, we now have the CT 200h F Sport.

The graduation from the standard model to the one with an F Sport stamp of approval is mostly limited to aesthetic and aerodynamic changes, but the difference between the two is pretty drastic, particularly on how sportier and more aggressive the front section of the CT 200h F Sport looks. Those inserts really do a lot to bring out the hybrid’s menacing look, right?

We certainly think so, and that’s one of the reasons why we think highly of the model, other than its obvious performance and efficiency numbers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus CT 200h F Sport.

Volkswagen has unveiled all of the juicy bits for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI . Suffice to say, the MK VII Golf GTI has the refined power we all look for in a sports hatchback . The 2015 model not only has that in spades, thanks to a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, I-4 engine that packs 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but it also has a lot of standard and optional features to choose from.

Even better, Volkswagen is set to offer a Performance Package for the Golf GTI later in the year. This package is expected to include larger brakes, a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, and a 10 horsepower boost over the regular GTI, all for just $1,495. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damping system will also be available later in the 2015 model year on the SE and Autobahn models with the Performance Package.

Needless to say, there’s a lot to be giddy about with the 2015 Golf GTI and we won’t blame you for feeling the same way.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI


The unfortunate and untimely death of Paul Walker put the future of the Fast & Furious franchise in tenuous position, a position that it was only able to move on from just recently. One of the biggest challenges Fast 7 experienced in the wake of Walker’s death was how it would be able to finish a movie when he still had some action scenes to shoot? It took months of discussions, but ultimately, the people behind the Fast franchise came to a decision to use not one of Walker’s brothers, but two of them.

In an announcement it made on its Facebook page, Fast 7 producers have made it known that both Cody and Caleb Walker, are set to be included in the movie to finish Paul’s action scenes. Rumors of a Walker brother stepping in to film Paul’s final scenes have been going swirling since late last year , shortly after his shocking death. At that time, it was Cody that was being talked about as being Paul’s replacement, but now it’s been announced that Cody and Caleb are going to be in the movie.

As far as what producers have in store for Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, it appears that the character won’t be killed off as previously thought of. Instead, it would be "retired" in the seventh movie.

The death of Paul Walker still leaves a bad taste in our mouth, but knowing that both his brothers will be involved in the movie franchise that defined his career is as good a sign as any to pay respects to the fallen actor.

Click past the jump to see a collection of videos on Paul Walker and to read the official statement regarding the Walker brothers’ inclusion in Fast 7

Source: Yahoo!

The success of the Volkswagen Jetta is unquestioned. After all, it doesn’t earn the distinction of being VW’s best-selling vehicle for nothing. That being said, it’s a little disappointing that the 2015 Jetta , which is set to make its debut at the New York Auto Show , didn’t receive as many upgrades as we had anticipated. But hey, Volkswagen seems to think that the modifications it did put in are enough to continue the Jetta’s path as its breadwinner. It’s hard to argue on that front considering that the variety of Jetta models that are likely to be offered in the market will run the gamut of customer preferences.

Be it an entry-level Jetta, or the diesel-sipping Jetta TDI, this Volkswagen sedan is as versatile as they come in the business. Oh, and it’s got a workhorse GLI model, too, just in case you’re looking for one that has 200 horsepower under its hood.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta.

Pioneering technology is a phrase that’s being thrown around rather loosely in the auto industry these days. But every so often, it applies to something that could potentially be really groundbreaking. For its part, Land Rover seems to think that it has something groundbreaking with the world’s first Transparent Bonnet concept.

Really, the name of this new technology is pretty self-explanatory. The bonnet, or hood, as we like to call it here, allows what Land Rover explains as a "new level of driver awareness". What that means is the hood provides a "see-through" augmented-reality view of the terrain ahead, making it easier for drivers to navigate around less-than-ideal conditions.

Land Rover accomplished this by putting cameras in the Discover Concept’s grille to capture data that will then be fed to a Head-Up Display inside the cabin of the vehicle. With it, the driver can see an unobstructed "see-through" view of the terrain. It’s never before done in the industry, making it that much more intriguing for everybody, us included.

The Transparent Bonnet concept is expected to be shown at the 2014 New York Auto Show with the Discovery Vision Concept . Rest assured, we’re going to keep a close eye on this new technology and see where Land Rover takes it from here.


Nissan is gearing up to be a major player at the 13th Beijing International Auto Show and it’s bringing the New Sedan Concept to showcase its commitment in the world’s biggest and most dynamic auto market. It’s not easy to impress a market as large and diverse as China . That’s why its of importance for a lot of automakers to put their best foot forward in presenting prospective vehicles that will enter the market. First impressions last, and that is no more important than among the Chinese.

That seems to be the approach Nissan is taking with the presentation of the New Sedan Concept. Following in the footsteps of the Friend-ME Concept that debuted last year at Auto Shanghai, the Japanese company wants to make an even bigger impression with the New Sedan Concept, largely because the prototype could very well translate into a production version if reception for the concept is as good as Nissan hopes.

Fortunately, Nissan Design China (NDC), the company’s newest global design center located in Beijing, did the work on the New Sedan Concept so at least it should have the market’s pulse in on it.

Updated 04/14/2014: Nissan unveiled a new teaser video of the future sedan concept that will be unveiled later this month at the Beijing Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Friend-ME Concept.


Not to toot our own horn, but we did call this , didn’t we? Mini has officially announced the winner of the "MINI Originals” design contest and like we predicted, that Tron-looking Cooper, dubbed "DeLux" by creator Alex Coyle, was announced as the winner of the competition.

The blacklight-influenced Mini Cooper beat out some worthy challengers, but in the end, none were as popular to the Mini community as Coyle’s design, whose name he explained came from the word "lux," the "root meaning of the word ’light’".

As the winner of the contest, the young sophomore student studying creative advertising and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA will now have the distinction of seeing his creation come to life in the form of a limited run of Coopers carrying the ’DeLux" package.

Anybody interested in it can now place orders on MINIUSA.com and through MINI dealerships across the country. Be warned, though, Mini has indicated that there will only be up to 56 models of Coyle’s DeLux package so if you’re pining for one, better place an order before the units run out.

In the meantime, the DeLux Cooper will be in attendance at the New York Auto Show next week so that’s also a good a time as any to have an up-close look at this very unique Cooper.

Click past the jump to read more about Mini Cooper.

The BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and as you can expect, the German automaker is pulling out all the stops to make the car’s anniversary a memorable one. As arguably the most popular model to come out of BMW’s M division , the M5 has been lauded over the years for expertly combining all the luxury traits of BMW with the kind of spitfire performance that can go toe-to-toe with a lot of other high-powered performance sedans in the business.

The fact that the M5 has been around this long clearly shows just how popular the model has become since it first made its debut in 1984 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The company actually has a special edition 30th Anniversary Edition M5 lined up just to show how much the model has meant to a whole lot of people over the years.

On top of that, BMW also produced this cool video as another birthday present to the M5 . The tag line "30 years of sheer driving pleasure" pretty much says it all, although if you ask fans of the M5, a lot of them will probably tell you that 30 years isn’t enough to justifiably celebrate what the M5 has meant to them.

And in case you’ve forgotten, the current generation M5 is still a hellacious screamer, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph thanks to its 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of twist.

Happy 30 years, BMW M5, and here’s to more years of awesomeness down the road!

Hit the jump for a quick rundown on the M5’s history


Supercar manufacturers understand what the Chinese market can do for their bottom line so its becoming incredibly important to specifically cater to this market. Lamborghini knows this full well and at the Beijing Auto Show , the Italian automaker is presenting a special edition Aventador called the Nazionale.

The unique Aventador was created by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalization program, and like every other model that was born from customer customization, the Nazionale is tipped to be as unique an Aventador as Lamborghini has ever built.

One can expect it to be as distinct as the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario that Lamborghini proudly showed off at the Shanghai Auto Show last year. Remember, that model was limited to just 100 units so the Aventador Nazionale could follow in the same path.

Lamborghini hasn’t released any details on what the Aventador Nazionale will look like or what kind of power upgrades it could have, but anytime the company makes an announcement like this, you know its preparing something that’ll really get a lot of peoples’ attention.

More so now in the Chinese market, where these cars fly off the shelves faster than most people can write a check.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lamborghini Aventador (pictured here).

*Note: The above image is of a stock Aventador, not the Nazionale model.


Everybody knows that the Nurburgring attracts automakers from all over the world with almost all of them using the track as a testing ground for their newest models. But there’s one company that rarely makes that that trip for that specific purpose, so it was pretty surprising to see Bugatti doing some test runs at the ’Ring with what can only be described as a mysterious looking Veyron .

This video of the strange Veyron was captured taking in some test laps at the famous German circuit, and from the looks of things, there’s something going on with the supercar ’s engine because the entire cover has been taken out. Clearly, Bugatti was doing some performance testing on the car, presumably making some tweaks and revisions to the engine in between these hot laps.

Could this be a new, special-edition Veyron that Bugatti has in store, or could this be a mule testing out the drivetrain of the promised second-generation Veyron?

Only time will tell, but if you ask me, this could be a special-edition Veyron that Bugatti is preparing ahead of the supercar’s exit. Besides, there’s still no timetable on when the successor is going to be launched, so in the meantime, Bugatti is probably preparing one special model to give the it the kind of exit it so richly deserves.

Click past the jump to see the spy video.


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