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Photos: Toyota FT-1 Vision GT

Toyota FT-1 goes gray at Pebble and full-race in Gran Turismo

Graphite paint for Monterey, race-spec bodywork for Gran Turismo.<p>This is a really smart play. The lurid red of the FT-1 concept we saw at the Detroit show in January was arresting, almost erotic. You couldn't stop looking at it. To paraphrase the famous line, "I can't define automotive pornography, …

Photos: Toyota FT-1 Concept at Pebble Beach

Chris Harris is the best drift instructor

From small, well-executed tasks come wonderful smoky drifts.<p>To properly drift, you need to make sure your tools are properly set up for the job. Those tools are your limbs. Interestingly, the way Chris Harris explains how he likes to position his seat and wheel in the car is probably the most …

Thai businessman crashes Lamborghini Gallardo, rips it in half, walks away

Driver lives. The car doesn't.<p>A 40-year-old Thai businessman crashed his Lamborghini Gallardo so badly that the car was ripped in half.<p>The driver said he was traveling at around 93 mph in heavy rain when the accident occurred. I believe this may qualify as "too fast for the conditions." The …

Jaguar F-Type Project 7

To coincide with the 60th anniversary of the D-Type, Jaguar reveals the production F-Type Project 7, a limited-edition roadster evolved from the eponymous show car that made its debut a year ago. Here's 29 photos to whet your appetite for it.<p>D-Type looks, with 575 hp.

Jaguar F-Type Project 7 roadster heads to production

D-Type-inspired roadster is a 575-hp howler.<p>When it was unveiled last July, the Jaguar Project 7 concept seemed production-ready. Sure, its single-seat config would never fly, but everything else about the car was attainable, from its partsbin supercharged V8 to the unique carbon-fiber aero bits, …

11 Shelby prototypes and concept cars are up for sale

This is the best moving sale ever.<p>Shelby is moving house, and that means that they're also selling 11 modern prototypes and concept cars that were apparently gathering dust in a warehouse somewhere near Las Vegas. According to Shelby, they want these cars to be used and appreciated rather than …

The Nissan Concept 2020 looks amazing in person

Nissan designers explain their new virtual supercar.<p>When Michael Reinth, a designer at Nissan's London styling center, says that the company's Concept 2020 is the sort of project that "every designer always dreams about … a project with no boundaries at all," There's no doubting his sincerity. Just …

It's official: The SRT Hellcat engine makes 707 hp

Now you know, and knowing's half the horsepower war.<p>Back in May when the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat broke cover, we were thinking it was going to win the horsepower wars in the pony car segment with something in the vicinity of 600 hp. I am delighted to break the news to you that we were …

2015 Saleen S302 Mustang looks appropriately mean

Steve Saleen leads the Mustang-tuner charge.<p>Steve Saleen knows Mustangs, and if past efforts are any indication, his company's take on the next-gen pony car should rock. And with the teaser shot you see above, now we know what the 2015 Saleen S302 will look like.<p>Mustangs Daily published the …

The ups and downs of McLaren MP4-12C ownership

An everyday supercar, with quirks.<p>I consider myself an early adopter. Although I'm a Ferrari guy, the new McLaren intrigued me. So, after a factory visit and demonstrator drive, I decided to take a chance on what is essentially an upstart road-car company. It's been an interesting ride—actually two …

First Drive: Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Hands-in with the most important Lamborghini ever<p>Miura, Countach, Murciélago. Bedroom-poster heroes, every one, and the foundations of the Lamborghini legend. The Lamborghini reality as we know it today, however, was built squarely on the Gallardo. Almost half of the 30,000 cars built by …

The LaFerrari XX mule has an incredible ducktail spoiler

And it sounds every bit as great as you're imagining.<p>Facts are thin on the ground about the LaFerrari XX, but what we know is this: The XX will have a basically unchanged powertrain, and most of the tweaks will be with the suspension, electronic systems, and tires.<p>They didn't tell us about the …

Jaguar goes all in on a new engine family called Ingenium

What will it mean for the aging V6 and V8?<p>Ingenium sounds like a rare mineral found in a sci-fi universe to me, but too-cute-by-half marketing names are as old as the hills. What's not old is the idea behind Jaguar's new engine family: modularity. It's the crux of the new engine's argument for …

On the new Callaway Corvette, even the badge is supercharged

It's all in the detail-sweating.<p>One of the things I love about Callaway Corvettes is that, for the most part, they're sleepers. Apart from some of the wild aero bodies that have been offered through the years, the visual "tells" hinting at the Callaways' monster power are largely subdued. All the …

Watch Ralph Gilles incinerate a set of Pirellis with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Green car serves up some red meat.<p>Ralph Gilles may never have a friendlier crowd to play to than the one he's entertaining in this video. The venue is the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, and Gilles brought the company's latest, greatest monument to excess, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT</b> …

The Zonda Revolucion makes an 800-hp case for all-natural V12s

No turbos? No problem.<p>If it seems like there's a slowly-seeping bias against the turbocharging storm surge that's enveloping the entire field of fast and wonderful automobilia, there is. Not against the increased capabilities, certainly. But there's a bit of resistance to the intangibles. The sound …

Aston Martin cuts roof off V12 Vantage S, creates super-roadster

A 201-mph convertible. From Britain.<p>Aston Martins look great, sound menacing, and manage to make you feel like you're sitting in a high-speed, mobilized version of the Yale Club. And a new one has just been announced: the V12 Vantage S Roadster. The inevitable ragtop 12-cylinder Vantage is hardly …

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 snagged sans heavy camo

SVT's next monster sheds the heavy camo.<p>Finally. This SVT's new magnum opus, the 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. In fact, the car pictured is the GT350R (an even more track-focused version of the GT350, much like the Laguna Seca was the ultimate iteration of the Boss 302). As you can see, the car …

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan hits the Nurburgring

Ignore the snaggletoothed Buick grille you see on this Cadillac ATS-V Sedan; that's classic misdirection. Everything else has popped out of its heavy camo and been laid bare for the world to see.<p>For us, this is the most exciting Cadillac in a hot minute. The ATS is the perfect platform to stuff a …

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be $59,995

There are only two numbers that matter: the one above, and 707.<p>There are new details on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and the more it gets fleshed out, the more of a dirty bomb it becomes in the segment. First, there's the room-clearing power output: 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, as …

Now there's more 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 'Ring video

Glory is as glory does.<p>Something told us Ford wasn't going to sit on its hands while General Motors paraded the Z/28 around, and the photos and footage of the Mustang GT350 and GT350R from yesterday confirmed those notions. Now we have even more footage of the sharpest Mustang on the meanest road …

Pagani Zonda Revolucion unveiled packing 800 hp

Pagani has released the next iteration of its Zonda: the Revolucion. This new machine boasts a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis, slimming the machine's curb weight to a feathery 2,358 pounds. Engineers managed to pull an astonishing 800 horsepower from the craft's 6.0-liter V12, and torque now …

The Continental: Dead Scorpion, 30 million Golfs, and Lexus Thinks Hybrids Beat Downsizing

<i>Each week, our German correspondent slices and dices the latest rumblings, news, and quick-hit driving impressions from the other side of the pond. His byline may say Jens Meiners, but we simply call him . . . the Continental.</i><p>A lot of enthusiasts had high hopes for the upcoming Audi Scorpion …

Le Mans

135 hp/liter and other interesting 2015 Ford Mustang numbers

Dearborn's new pony, down to the nitty-gritty.<p>"Getting power while meeting emission regulations; this is now a game of inches," a Ford engineer says, holding up a cylinder head from the 2015 Mustang GT's 435-hp V8. The intake valves on the latest version of the 5.0-liter engine, he explains, are …