Simona

Simona graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science in 2005, and landed a position with Top Speed in 2006. Since joining the team, she has come to realize that few things evoke as much joy as cruising down a twisty mountainside in the newest sports car.
With cars being a relatively new addition to Simona’s list of favorite things, she learns something new with each model as she passes the information on to you.

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Suzuki unveiled the IV-4 — a concept car that previews a new crossover that will replace the Grand Vitara — at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. And now our spy photographers caught a prototype of the production version is out testing.

As you can see, the prototype is heavily camouflaged, so it’s pretty difficult to know what is hiding beneath. Still, considering an SX4 was testing next to it, and that it was wearing the typical Suzuki camo, it pretty evident that this is s Suzuki crossover of some sort, likely the next-gen Grand Vitara.

This new Grand Vitara will use Suzuki’s latest ALLGRIP four-wheel-drive system, but it will also come in your basic front-wheel-drive setup.

Suzuki promised that this new crossover will lightest model in its class, with lowest fuel consumption and the lowest CO2 emissions.

Though we are not 100-percent certain that this new crossover will carry the Grand Vitara name, we are pretty sure that we’ll see it in 2015. Sorry U.S. buyers, Suzuki does not plan to sell it, or any other model, in the U.S. any time soon...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Suzuki Grand Vitara.

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Youtube user Marchettino appears to have lots of friends with some really bad-ass toys, and this is how he manages to shoot some of the greatest car videos we’ve ever seen. \

His latest video includes a brand-new Ferrari 458 Speciale clearing its throat, then a fantastic ride-along that also includes a close encounter with the police.

All we can say about the 458 Speciale is "can we have on, please?" What a fantastic-sounding car...

As a reminder, the 458 Speciale gets an updated 4.5-liter, V-8 powerplant that delivers a total of 596 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. With the extra power, the 458 Speciale goes from 0 to 60 mph in only three seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in just 9.1 seconds. Top speed is an amazing 202 mph.

Check out the video to see how great the V-8 engine sounds in the 458 Speciale.

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If last week Drive’s Inside quattro GmbH series too a look at the development process of the R8 V10 Plus. This time around, Drive took trip behind the scenes at Audi ’s home and spent some time at the Audi Sport Customer Racing program at Quattro GmbH — the home of the R8 LMS Ultra race car.

This video will teach you about how the R8 LMS Ultra race car is built, plus you get to watch various testing sessions and you will hear different opinions on how good or bad it is.

As a reminder, the R8 LMS Ultra is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a a sequential, pneumatically activated, six-speed gearbox. The car is priced at €350,000 — about $475,000 at the current exchange rates.

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It’s no surprise that a movie named "Need For Speed" will star plenty of potent and expensive supercars . When you’re dealing with cars as expensive as the ones in the movie, the last thing you want to do is damage one.

In order to avoid this possibility, the crew put together the entire replica-supercar lineup in less than six months that includes the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport , Koenigsegg Agera , Lamborghini Sesto Elemento , McLaren P1 , Saleen S7 , GTA Spano and many more.

Along with these supercars, we also know that the 2015 Ford Mustang will also star in the upcoming movie and will be driven by Aaron Paul.

The above video has a look at the supercars, and shows how the team of builders put the supercars together.

The Need For Speed movie will arrive in theaters on March 14, 2014.

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As with years past, BMW is celebrating Chinese New Year with the launch of a special-edition model, built specially for China . We’re pretty sure that most of you remember the very successful M3 Tiger Edition announced back in 2010. Now, as China officially enters the year of the horse, BMW is releasing the special-edition M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

Do not expect this special-edition M6 to offer numerous updates over a base M6 Gran Coupe. In fact, it is based on a model equipped with the Competition Package and it includes embroidered horse logos on the headrests.

The new BMW M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition is limited to six units ,and each will carry phenomenal price of 2.77 million yuan — about $458,000 at the current exchange rates. To put that into perspective, the U.S.-spec BMW M6 Gran Coupe is priced at $115,000, so that is quite a hike.

BMW also announced that the same treatment will also be applied to 30 M5 sports sedans too. This version will be priced at 1.98 million yuan - or about $327,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M6 Gran Coupe and to see more of the M6 Gran Coupe Horse Edition.

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The new Mercedes CLA is having unimaginable success, and the company was forced to double production to meet the demand around the globe. We are talking about the standard version here, of course, but we’re pretty sure that the AMG version will enjoy the same success.

With a price of under $50k, the new CLA 45 AMG will be pretty much the only Mercedes that will allow the "average" customer to enter the world of high-performance sedans.

In the latest review made by Drive’s Mike Musto, he wants to see if the CLA 45 AMG is indeed the sports sedan Mercedes brags about. The test was performed at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in California.

As a reminder, the CLA 45 AMG is powered by an AMG-built, 2.0-liter, turbo engine that delivers a total of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

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When Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet at the 2010 Los Angeles Show, it entered a zone of the market that had never really been explored before, as it was the world’s first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible. Since then, the Murano CrossCabriolet continued nearly no updates to speak of, and much of the same carries into 2014.

So, how did the Murano become a convertible crossover? With a lot of work, of course, and a tiny bit of insanity on from Nissan’s R&D department. In order to obtain this crazy transformation, the front doors were stretched by 7.9 inches, and the B-Pillars and rear doors were eliminated. Nissan’s mad scientists then hacked off the roof and replaced it with a cloth convertible top with a rear skylight.

For the 2014 model year, Murano Crosscabriolet will be offered in one fully equipped model with prices starting at $41,995.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

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Shortly after Chevrolet launched the SS sports sedan onto the market Hennessey Performance came up with a pretty amazing tuning kit that raised the standard output up to 600 horsepower — up from 415 horsepower.

A few weeks ago, we got a look at the Hennessey SS hitting a top speed of 163 mph on a Texas Toll Road, and today the tuner released a video of the sports sedan running the quarter mile in 11.84 seconds at 117 mph. To put that into perspective, a Ferrari 458 Italia runs the quarter in about 11.5 ticks at 125 mph — not too bad for a sedan.

The only update the model received besides that bad-ass HPE600 kit was a set of drag radials for extra grip.

As a reminder the HPE600 package includes a TVS2300 supercharger, HPE air induction system, fuel system upgrades and ECU modifications. A series of aesthetic updates were also made, including a carbon aero body kit and a carbon-fiber kit for the interior.

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How do you think a 100-plus-year-old car behaves on the road? Its pretty hard to imagine something like this is even possible, right? Well, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Jay took a look at a 1910 Buick Bug. The car was delivered by Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum and the test drive is pretty interesting.

The 1910 Buick Bug was built as a race car and drew its power from an overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine that delivered a total of 57 horsepower. Though that power is low by today’s standards, it was actually pretty good back in its day, and it helped get the 2,600-pound racer to a top speed of about 105 mph.

During the video, make sure that you pay close attention to the its four exhaust pipes, as the spit fire like today’s supercars when the Bug is idling.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the 1910 Buick Bug.

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Hyundai decided to expand its Elantra lineup back in 2012 with a new coupe version. It featured a more aggressive design language than the sedan , a sportier interior, but just like the sedan it came with just one engine option.

The 2014 Elantra Coupe continues pretty much unchanged on the outside, but Hyundai made significant changes under the hood, where the model offers a new 2.0-liter Gasoline Direct Injection engine with 25 more horsepower and 23 pound-feet of torque more than the 1.8-liter engine it replaces.

Other revisions include updated, sport-tuned steering and suspension systems, a new wheels and a rear spoiler for a sportier look. For the interior, Hyundai adds in a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, plus a new Technology Package hits the option sheet to add in some extra features.

For the 2014 model year, the Elantra Coupe is priced from $19,600.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe.


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