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Lexus considering V8 Supercars racing program

Just a few years ago, Holden and Ford were the only manufacturers competing in Australia's V8 Supercars series. But those days were left long ago in a cloud of smoke on the track, and are only disappearing even further in the rearview mirror as the latest intel suggests Lexus could be ready to …

Galpin-Fisker Rocket Wraps 725 HP in Carbon Fiber Scoops and Vents

Shelby Mustangs aren’t usually the most understated designs, so it’s clear to see that Beau Boeckmann wasn’t kidding when he says inspiration for the new Galpin-Fisker Rocket came partially from the fairly outrageous looking 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500. Well, the inspiration for the myriad scoops …

5 things I learned driving the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

The harder you push, the better it gets.<p>After what felt like six or so years of whispers, rumors, secret meetings, spy shots, and then minor internet implosion over the official pictures, I spent an afternoon driving Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, plus some of the curvier roads around the area, in the …

McLaren P1 squares off against Porsche 918 in Evo track battle

<i>Evo's</i> side-by-side comparison of the McLaren P1 against the Porsche 918 Spyder isn't the first time we've seen England and Germany's ultimate automotive weapons sized up together; last month, <i>Autocar</i> tested them over the standing mile, with a Ducati 1199 Superleggera playing the joker. <i>Evo</i> throws a …

The top 10 debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show

The 16 Most Important Cars You Need to Know for 2015

The Los Angeles Auto Show has a reputation for debuting green technologies and concepts. But this year, the show went old-school with powerful sports machines, luxury cars, and even a few convertibles. Hey, this is LA. Here are the sixteen debuts that rea<p>The Los Angeles Auto Show has a reputation …

Cadillac Has Unleashed the Brutal 600-hp ATS-V.R Race Car

After a decade of thrilling fans with its thundering V-8–powered CTS-V.R coupes in the Pirelli World Challenge series, Cadillac has revealed its replacement for 2015: the twin-turbocharged, V-6–powered Cadillac ATS-V.R coupe.<p>Pirelli World Challenge GT champions Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim …

Five Cool Facts About Kia Racing

After 20 years in the U.S., Kia‘s ambitions extend far beyond offering eyebrow-raising 420-hp luxury sedans. To mark five years in professional motorsports, Kia hosted an event at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch outside of Las Vegas to give us a taste of the automaker’s racing efforts, even …

Slowly but Surely: BMW-Toyota Sports Car Inching Closer to Reality

The partnership between BMW and Toyota to co-parent a new sports car is beginning to move ahead, with recent reports suggesting the two automakers have made it to the concept stage.<p>BMW confirmed that it has completed a technical feasibility study for the new sports cars. In a statement to <i>Bloomberg</i>, …

Tanner Foust Racing ENEOS RWB Beetle is more pumpkin than Porsche

"Many Porsche owners like the Beetle. The Beetle is a very good car and it looks like a Porsche a little bit," according to Akira Nakai, the man at the helm of Japanese tuning house RAUH-Welt Begriff. "It is similar, but a Beetle is not a Porsche, so we made a completely new design for this Beetle."<p>…

Kia at the 2014 SEMA Show: 5 Things to Know

Kia‘s 2014 SEMA show cars all share a common “A Day at the Races” theme to mark five years of racing in the U.S., and it mostly works. Can’t make the SEMA Show this year? Before you dive into the photo gallery, here are 5 things to know about Kia’s display this year at the Las-Vegas-based auto show …

Lexus Shows Off Colorful RC F, NX Concepts at SEMA

Lexus made an appearance at the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and it brought tuner versions of all of its latest products along, including the RC 350 F Sport, the hopped-up RC F, and the NX 200t crossover, all of which have undergone some pretty wild and colorful transformations.<p>RC 350 F Sport by …

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car Debuts, Is Totally Awesome

What’s technically “funny” but actually has zero sense of humor? This thing, the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car that was freshly unveiled by Mopar at the 2014 SEMA show. Okay, it’s a little funny looking, but don’t say that to its face.<p>The 2015 Charger R/T Funny Car is the first collaboration …

Ken Block’s 1965 Mustang packs AWD and 845hp

Ken Block is set to unveil one of the wildest classic Mustangs ever built at SEMA. The car is Block’s 1965 Ford Mustang and about the only thing it …

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Steeda's 2015 Ford Mustang Pumps Out 775 hp, Looks the Business

2014 may be the Year of the Horse in China, but apparently, it’s the Year of the Horse in Las Vegas, too, where you can’t throw a potsticker at the SEMA show without hitting a tuned Ford Mustang. One of the most compelling of the breed comes from the folks at Steeda Autosports, who have announced …

Mazda's new Miata begets the everyman racecar

Just two months after the official unveiling of the brand new, fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata comes news that in 2016, it'll go racing.<p>At this year's SEMA show, Mazda announced this little roadster will enter a new ‘Global Cup' racing series, held across North America, Europe and Asia, kicking …

Anyone can build Ford Racing's sub-11 second King Cobra Mustang

Throw the whole Ford Racing catalog at the GT and this is what you get.<p>Ford Racing figured that if you threw pretty much everything they offered at the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, you'd have something fairly sinister. The "KingCobra," as they're calling it, is sinister indeed. And formidable. On Hoosier …

Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series to debut in LA for $260k

Driving a Porsche should feel like a privileged experience. But if you need one with extra space in the back, and have been turned off by the success of the Panamera that has made it ubiquitous, you may be intrigued by Porsche's latest reveal.<p>Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new …

The BMW i8 is the ultimate driving experiment

Don't you dare compare this to the M1.<p>BMW's i8 is both a car and a preview of the marque's future. This is fitting, because everyone who sees the i8 assumes it is, in fact, from the future. But before we deconstruct how the car is built and its singular driving manners, it's only right that we …

Watch the ultimate Honda Civic Type R promo film

Choose your own adventure...just hold down R.<p><i>The Other Side</i> is the name of Honda's new Civic Type R promo film, and it is brilliant. Watch it in regular mode, and you get a tale of a mild-mannered dad driving a regular Civic. Hold the R key while you watch, however, and you get a mirror-image …

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Scion FR-S Targa SEMA show car taunts us with turbo

No top, and no change at production.<p>Scion, we need to talk. It's about this FR-S Targa you're bringing to SEMA. Have you been on the internet in the last year? You know, where the chorus demanding a production FR-S fitted with a turbocharger is so loud and continuous as to sound like a biblical …

Sexy Ferrari Based Pininfarina Sergio Will Be Built—and They're All Sold Out

Ferrari has confirmed to <i>Road & Track</i> that a version of the Pininfarina Sergio concept is going into production. The thing is, only six will be built. And you’re too late. Like the Ferrari F60 America before it, all the Sergios were pre-sold to hand-picked customers before the car was even publicly …

We Hear: Production Kia GT Greenlit for 2016

Smaller Rear-Drive Coupe to Follow<p>The Kia GT concept from 2011 is back in the headlines after a report from <i>Autocar</i> suggests the concept was greenlit for production and scheduled for some time in 2016. But that’s not all. A smaller sports car is also reportedly in the works, possibly based on the …

Kia Teases "High-Performance" K900 Concept for SEMA

After a quiet year of middling sales, Kia is hoping to inject some excitement into its K900 luxury yacht. First, Kia enlisted LeBron James as the K900’s “Luxury Ambassador. Now the company is building a hot-rod version for SEMA. Here’s a short sneak peek at what’s in store for the V-8 sedan under …

Ferrari is going it alone

Ferrari will be spun off and operated as a separate company, owner Fiat Chrysler has announced. Part of a restructuring plan that has already seen …

Introducing The Most Powerful Audi Ever: R8 V10 Competition

Audi R8 “competition” is the most powerful Audi production vehicle ever made, with a factory-certified 0-60 MPH time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 MPH. That alone should be enough to lure 60 US buyers to Audi dealers to place orders in the next ten days. This car is the final flourish, the …

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: The World's Quickest and Fastest Sedan

At Kelley Blue Book we’ve watched the Dodge division struggle with sales even as its corporate cousins Jeep and Ram flourish. But a new Charger and a series of Dodge commercials on YouTube, paying homage to the brand’s 100th birthday, are among the efforts to change that. The commercials portray …

McLaren P1 Spotted At Ferrari’s Fiorano Test Track: Video

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a competitor’s flagship supercar being tested on Ferrari’s Fiorano test track. Yes, somebody was testing …

2015 Bentley Continental GT3-R First Drive

The Nearest Thing You Can Buy Today to a Genuine Racing Bentley<p>The road wriggles left-right-left as you charge up the hill. Your left foot squeezes the metal-finished brake pedal as the fingertips of your left hand pull once, twice on the downshift paddle. The twin-turbo V-8 barks as your left foot …

Pair Of Modified 2015 Ford Mustangs Revealed Ahead Of 2014 SEMA Show

Following the pair of modified 2015 F-150 pickup trucks it unveiled ahead of the 2014 SEMA show, the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is previewing two …

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