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2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation

2018 The Focus RS Heritage Edition is Here to Bid Farewell to the Current Generation

Special edition hot hatch is a fitting goodbye

The current-generation Ford Focus RS has enjoyed an eventful life since it was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. But like all good things, the Focus RS’s time in the sun is about to end. Weep not, though, dear friends, because Ford is giving the hot hatch the proper swan song with the release of the Focus RS Heritage Edition. Limited to just 50 units, the Focus RS Heritage doesn’t dabble in the subtleties. It’s got enough goodies and equipment to make even hardened hot hatch fans tremble in excitement. And, if that little tease isn’t enough to persuade you, maybe the hatch’s bright orange exterior will do the trick.

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The Ford-Cena Lawsuit Heats up as Cena Claims There Were No Re-Sale Restrictions

The Ford-Cena Lawsuit Heats up as Cena Claims There Were No Re-Sale Restrictions

The former WWE champ is fighting back!

John Cena isn’t ready to cave to Ford’s lawsuit just yet. The 16-time WWE champion is fighting back against the Blue Oval with a lawsuit of his own, claiming that Ford’s suit had the legitimacy of a Vince McMahon championship reign because the final contract he signed said nothing about the automaker’s resale clause that forbid Ford GT owners from selling before 24 months of ownership had passed. What was thought to be an open-and-shut case in the beginning has evolved into a rivalry that has the makings of a main event match at Wrestlemania 33. Who do you have? Cena or Ford?

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2018 Subaru BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition

2018 Subaru BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition

Nope, this one doesn’t have a turbo either!

While not as old as other Japanese carmakers like Toyota and Nissan, Subaru was one of the first companies from the country to open shop in the United States. It happened in 1968 when Malcolm Bricklin established Subaru of America in Philadelphia. Exactly 50 years have passed since them as of 2018, and Subaru is celebrating the event with a range of 50th Anniversary Edition models. The package is available across the entire U.S. lineup, including the BRZ sports car.

Limited to only a couple of hundred units, the BRZ 50th Anniversary Edition shares most of its special features with other vehicles included in this run. So it’s not exactly as exclusive as Subaru wants us to think. However, it has a range of cool features, including a new exterior color and new interior appointments. It’s also based on a higher-trim model, so it gets an extended range of standard equipment. Find out what it’s all about and how much it costs in the review below.

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What It's Like to Daily Drive the Lexus LC500

What It’s Like to Daily Drive the Lexus LC500

A grand tourer that’s fine with commuting… mostly

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is a stunningly beautiful coupe that looks more like a concept car than a production model. That visual appeal, combined with its sultry interior and angry V-8, solidly confirm its place as an aspirational vehicle. It would be right at home on a bedroom poster next to high-end sports cars from Ferrari or Lamborghini. Yet this 2+2 coupe isn’t a true sports car, but a grand tourer with comfort and luxury as its main objective with a go-fast nature coming in second.

It’s this aim at luxury that makes the LC500 a pleasure to daily drive. Of course, the 471-horsepower V-8, 10-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive that turn the pleasure into outright giddy fun.

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There's a Special McLaren 570S Just for Valentines Day!

There’s a Special McLaren 570S Just for Valentines Day!

Someone’s getting lucky tonight!

While most Valentine’s Day gifts usually consist of flowers, chocolates, or gift cards to Bed, Bath, and Beyond (I don’t have time, ok!), somebody in this great, big world of ours decided to go big with his present. Instead of getting one of those oversized teddy bears, this “incurable romantic” decided to commission McLaren’s MSO personalization division by building him a custom, one-off McLaren 570S Spider that’s dripping in the colors of the day: red, red, and more red.

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Why The Lexus LC500 Isn't Perfect

Why The Lexus LC500 Isn’t Perfect

The misunderstood labeling that’s hurting the LC’s image

Read nearly any online review of the 2018 Lexus LC500 and you’ll be left thinking the car is too heavy, too underpowered, and too expensive. And in defense of my fellow automotive journalists out there, they mean well but miss the LC’s essence – its thesis statement. Compared to many 2+2 luxury coupes with V-8 power and rear-wheel drive, the LC simply falls short in the performance category. Unfortunately, this narrow-angle view entirely misses the point of the LC’s existence.

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Valentine's Day Special – A Love Letter To The Subaru WRX

Valentine’s Day Special – A Love Letter To The Subaru WRX

Let me count the ways...

Welp, it’s Valentine’s Day, and as most of the country reaches for the champagne and chocolates, us car enthusiasts are a little too busy with the engine oil and spark plugs. And that makes it the perfect time to reflect on that one special model, the car that lit the fires of passion in your auto-loving bosom. For me, that car was the Subaru WRX.

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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Perfect Ride for a Valentine's Day Date

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Perfect Ride for a Valentine’s Day Date

A hot ride for a hot date

It’s Valentine’s Day, and so long as you’re not celebrating Single’s Awareness Day, you’ve probably got a romantic date planned for tonight. While most people will ride to the restaurant in their Toyota Camry or Chevrolet Tahoe, they’re dreaming of arriving at the valet booth with something a bit more… upscale.

It seems the 2018 Lexus LC500 fits the bill rather perfectly. Let me explain.

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The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is the Definitive Grand Tourer

Luxury combines with power to make driving an enriched experience

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is impossible to miss. Drive it anywhere and people will point, take pictures, and ask questions – both about the car and your best investment advice. The LC500 imparts an air of luxury and sophistication that not many vehicles can match. That’s especially true when, like my tester, the 2+2 coupe is draped in Liquid Platinum paint, fitted with the upgraded 21-inch wheels, and shows hints of its red interior through the windows. The LC simply looks like money.

And given its price tag, looking the part is the least it should do.

Lexus charges a whopping $92,000 for a “base” model LC500. Adding options makes the price rise quicker than Diet Coke out of a Mentos-filled bottle. My tester stickered for $100,920. That’s some serious coin for a vehicle some bill as a “personal luxury coupe.” But is it worth it? And more importantly, what is the LC500?

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Car for Sale: Elton John's 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550-Manual

Car for Sale: Elton John’s 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550-Manual

It’s rare to see a car like this hit the market, so you better make it count

If you’re in the market for a unique sports car that was once owned by one of the most iconic musicians in history, there’s a 1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550 that’s waiting for you. You’re going to have to spend around $300,000 for it, but if you do decide to make the plunge, you can take comfort knowing that this specific Vantage V550 is owned by none other than Elton John.

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What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500's Hood

What Lurks Under The Lexus LC500’s Hood

Hint: It makes the best noises of every Lexus short of the LFA

The 2018 Lexus LC500 has the pedigree of a proper sports car, though it’s far better at being a fantastic grand touring coupe. Still, it packs a wallop behind that Spindle Grille and it hides plenty of high-tech gadgetry under its carbon fiber reinforced plastic body panels.

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Video of the Day: Watch the Audi RS4 Handle Snow Like Second Nature

Video of the Day: Watch the Audi RS4 Handle Snow Like Second Nature

High-performance wagon looks to be having a lot of fun

You’re kidding yourself if you don’t think that the Audi RS4 Avant is capable of being an off-road marauder. It may look like a sensible people-mover on the surface, but there’s something sinister lurking under that hood, namely a 2.9-liter, biturbo, V-6 engine that produces a whopping 444 horsepower. Combine that with Audi’s fabled all-wheel-drive Quattro system, and as you can see, the RS4 Avant is more than capable of having a lot of fun in heavy snow.

The video you’re watching is presented by Auditography, and as you might surmise from its name, the channel features Audis that are out in the wild. In that spirit, there’s no better setting to showcase an Audi RS4 Avant than in the snowy Tatra Mountains in Poland. There’s no dialogue in the video, but that’s fine. The sight of seeing the RS4 Avant toy around in inches of snow makes for a good and entertaining watch of its abilities as a high-performance wagon.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how many times we watch the video. Audi’s not bringing the RS4 Avant in the U.S. anytime soon. That said, there are plans to offer a similar model in the form of the RS5 Sportback sometime in the near future. That’s on top of a mysterious RS model that the German automaker remains tight-lipped on. So even if the RS4 Avant remains a pipe dream for RS-starved fans in the country, there’s hope that we’re going to get a full lineup of these high-performance Audis in the near future. Maybe then we’ll finally get to experience what RS-badged Audis are really like in the snow.

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Buckle Up Folks: The New Toyota Supra Is Coming to Geneva, And It's Hot!

Buckle Up Folks: The New Toyota Supra Is Coming to Geneva, And It’s Hot!

Here’s teaser for ya!

It’s been just a few days since a forum leak gave us new information about the upcoming Toyota Supra, and the Japanese firm released the first official teaser picture of the car. And although it doesn’t unveil too many details, the photo suggests that the next-gen Supra will be a hot coupe. Also, it turns out that the recent spy shots are pretty accurate, as the vehicle features a double bubble roof, a sloping rear window, a swept-up trunk lid, and a massive wing an top. And just look at those rear haunches. Now that’s one sexy coupe!

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2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS

Could break cover at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show!

When it unveiled the 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 in February 2015, Porsche finally did what gearheads had been asking for a very long time: it allowed the mid-engined Cayman to live up to its true potential, which had been kept leashed to prevent it from being faster than the base 911. Now that the first Cayman GT4 has come and gone and the mid-engined sports car it was based on received its mid-cycle update, it’s time for a new track ready coupe.

Ever since the first GT4 was announced, enthusiasts have been asking themselves whether Porsche will take things up a notch and develop a GT4 RS. But, despite favorable rumors and the fact that an RS version would make sense, a more powerful GT4 has yet to happen. This could change with the upcoming model. And even though there’s no confirmation whether it will be called the GT4 or GT4 RS, the new coupe will definitely pack a significantly beefed-up engine. So I’m tempted to go with an "RS" badge.

Updated 02/13/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche Cayman GT4 out for a new testing session during cold winter conditions. New details suggest that the GT4 will be unveiled on March 6, at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

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Leaked Toyota Supra Specs Give us Hope That it'll Debut Soon

Leaked Toyota Supra Specs Give us Hope That it’ll Debut Soon

We’ve waited long enough, Toyota!

Would you believe that it’s been over five years since BMW and Toyota announced that they were working on a joint sports car development? We haven’t seen the fruits of that collaboration from either side, but a recent post on the VW Vortex forum points to what could be the actual specs for the Toyota Supra. Could these be the details that we’ve been waiting for all this time? More importantly, do these details open the door for the Supra to finally make its debut? We certainly hope so.

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The Lexus LC500's Interior is Breathtaking

The Lexus LC500’s Interior is Breathtaking

Function takes a back seat to form’s overtly striking appeal

The 2018 Lexus LC500 is a beautiful car to behold. Just look at it – everything from those exterior lines and Coke bottle haunches to the interior’s deep bucket seats and intricate dashboard. The dash pulls cues and inspiration from the famed Lexus LFA while combining new elements and Lexus’ most modern take on the Enform infotainment system.

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Sound the Alarm! The "New" Stratos is Coming!

Sound the Alarm! The "New" Stratos is Coming!

This is not a drill, people!

40 years after its production ended, the Lancia Stratos still warms the hearts of millions of people all over the world. It took a while, but finally — finally! — The Stratos is coming back. It’s not going to come from Lancia, but it’s still going to be the modern-day Stratos that we’ve all been waiting decades for. Even better, there are three versions that are being developed, including a road-going supercar, a GT racer, and Lord have mercy, a Safari rally-spec racer. This is the new Stratos, ladies, and gentlemen. You can start fainting now.

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Sorry Folks, No Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Coming for 2019

Sorry Folks, No Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Coming for 2019

Might as well start making other plans now

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon may be called as such, but you might as well throw “unicorn” in its name because contrary to prevalent rumors surfacing these days, Dodge has no plans to follow up the 2018 Demon with a 2019 version. Don’t even bother wishing upon any stars or hoping for leprechauns at the end of the rainbow; it’s not happening. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a one-year model. No more, no less.

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Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Gets an Update For The 2018MY

Mazda MX-5 Miata RF Gets an Update For The 2018MY

New packages and standard equipment highlight the changes on the latest Miata RF

Two years after unveiling the Mazda MX-5 RF at the 2016 New York Auto Show, Mazda is giving the raunchy sports car a new update ahead of its 2018MY release. The updates are subtle, but with a car like the MX-5 RF, even the smallest of changes can go a long way in giving the sports car a fresh perspective in the eyes of prospective customers.

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