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The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is an imaginary M2 race car

Time to update your Gran Turismo 6 install.<p>BMW was the first automaker to announce its Vision Gran Turismo concept, one of a series of virtual cars designed exclusively for <i>Gran Turismo 6</i>, but it wasn't first to market. Mercedes beat it onto consoles with its wild creation and even went so far as to …

Sports Cars

Photos: Phil Hill and the Ferrari GTO

Sports Cars

Phil Hill on the Iconic Ferrari 250 GTO

"Why are we driving this damn coupe?"<p><i>In honor of what would be his 90th birthday, we're republishing this story, from the January 2000 issue of Road & Track, by the legendary Phil Hill. Many of you probably know Hill as a brilliant racer, notably the only American-born F1 champ, but he also wrote a</i> …

Tour de France

Ford Fiesta: One litre to rule them?

The Fiesta is among the world’s top-selling nameplates, a reliable set of wheels with surprisingly upmarket features.<p>For the 2014 model year in the US, it received the option of a 1-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost gasoline engine. Three cylinders in any car might seem a recipe for sluggish …

Jaguar to Build Final E-Type Lightweight Models 50 Years Later

It’s important to finish what you start, even if it means going back years later to do it. That philosophy holds true for Jaguar, which has just announced that it will build the final six E-Type Lightweight models of the planned 18-car series — more than 50 years after the fact.<p>If you’re unfamiliar …

Jaguar Cars

Huet Brothers working on new Miata-based retro coupe

Does the name Huet ring a bell? The Dutch brothers started out doing classic car tours in Europe before they started designed and building their own retro sports cars. The first was called the Huet Brothers Special. It was based on an old Triumph TR6 and surfaced back in 2009. But a few years later …

GM Brings 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Battery In-House, Sheds 86 Pounds

The best non-Tesla electric car has likely just gotten even better. General Motors has brought battery production for the 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV in house, fitting a smaller battery that sheds 86 pounds compared to the old one, though without any changes to the Spark EV’s 82-mile range.<p>Bringing …

Widow of Driver in Paul Walker Crash Sues Porsche

Porsche is responsible for the deaths of Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas—or so alleges a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles by Rodas’ widow. The incident occurred late last year, when the Carrera GT Rodas was driving—and Walker was riding in—left the road and slammed into a lamppost and several …

The 838-HP Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo is not your Mom’s E-Class

Brabus-Tuned E-Class has Top Speed of More Than 217 MPH<p>Want to drive over 200 mph in an E-Class sedan? Then the folks at Brabus can make your wish come true. The tuner’s latest creation is called the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo, which puts out an insane 838 hp (850 metric hp) and 1069 lb-ft of torque. …

Carbon Fiber

Name That Shifter, No. 178 - Feature

On Monday, we presented this week’s shifter and asked you to identify the make and model of the vehicle whence it came. Weeding through the many guesses we discovered that a few of you had varying degrees of closeness and decided to award this week’s win to commenters Aaron A., 95Pathy, Trevor Hsu, …

Chevrolet

BMW: Carbon Fiber Won't Just be for i and M Cars Anymore

A couple of weeks ago, we traced the path of carbon fiber produced at BMW’s Moses Lake, Washington facility through final assembly at the Bavarians’ Leipzig outpost. Munich has now announced an additional $200 million investment in the plant, a joint venture with the SGL Group, with an eye toward …

2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 First Ride

“Flat” is a word that keeps coming up as the vehicle dynamics engineer at the helm of the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost describes the results of his work fettling on this pending pony’s new suspenders. It corners flatter, it brakes a lot flatter, and it’s just a much more buttoned-down car — at least …

Sports Cars

Top 10 Villain Cars of All Time – Feature

Every villain is defined by their appetite. They each crave something—world domination, sexual conquest, a pure lust for blood, or revenge on Batman. It’s almost always something personal with a villain, and they’ll pursue that thing relentlessly no matter how hellish the consequences to …

Tesla Model S and Mercedes-Benz S550 Face Off on Head 2 Head

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been known as a technological tour de force. It’s always been said that if you want to find out what features your car will have 10 years from now, look no further than the current-generation S-Class. The modern-day S-Class is no exception to this rule. Another …

Say Hello to the New Batmobile

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman!<p>Ladies and gentlemen of Gotham City, this is your first peek at the next Batmobile. <i>Batman Vs. Superman</i> director Zack Snyder recently tweeted two images of the next Batmobile, giving us our first look at the latest iteration …

Batmobile

TOTD: What’s the Best Porsche Of All Time?

“Porsche Wednesday” might not have quite a ring to it, but it didn’t stop us from publishing three Porsche road tests this morning: a 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS and 2015 Porsche Cayman GTS First Drive, a 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S First Drive, and a t2014 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition First …

Porsche

Continental readying tire tread-depth monitor

Too many people ignore their tires. Most enthusiasts know that they are more than just pieces of rubber and are actually one of the most important factors in the ability to control a vehicle. Still, how many cars are driving around with clearly bald tires? Continental Tires thinks it has a …

The story of Maybach, Lorde, her hit song Royals and unintended consequences

<i>Update: ChoiceStream e-mailed to clarify some errors in our post, so we've updated the text below. ChoiceStream also let us know that "Maybach is not a client of ChoiceStream. ChoiceStream measures advertising audience trends via its Audience Cost Calendar Index, which tracks more than 300 specific</i> …

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe priced from $37,995*

Cadillac has released pricing details on its new-for-2014 ATS Coupe. The new model, which will be available with buyer's choice of a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 (the ATS Sedan's base 2.5 won't be making the trip) can be had with optional all-wheel-drive in place of the …

Drive Flashback: 1983 Shelby Charger

Ol' Shel's first at bat for Chrysler ends in a walk.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the April 1983 issue of</i> Road & Track.<p>Back in the late Sixties, Carroll Shelby did a lot to promote the sporting and performance image of the Ford Mustang when he turned that high-volume sports coupe into the …

Sports Cars

BMW's Electric Brand Will Lower CO2, Cost A Lot, And Pay Off Big Long-Term

Germany’s BMW is turning a costly necessity to reduce fuel consumption into a profit generating virtue.<p>The world’s biggest premium car maker is currently cranking up the publicity machine for the August launch of its i8 plug-in hybrid two-seater supercar. BMW recently parachuted some investment …

Free Senna Pack coming to Gran Turismo 6 on May 27

Including Senna's old kart.<p>Polyphony Digital is honoring Ayrton Senna later this month with a free DLC pack that includes two vehicles—his 1985 Lotus 97T and the No. 17 DAP Racing Kart—as well as a couple of challenges. Each challenge requires the player to beat one of his legendary lap times at …

Karting

Watch this rally cameraman get run down by a flying wheel

Calamity strikes.<p>Steffan Tronstad got a surprise while filming a rally recently. The front left wheel on a three-door Ford Fiesta decided to take its leave from the car mid-corner. Tronstad kept his camera trained on the car while the wheel came straight for him. Sure enough, the wayward wheel ran …

Filmmaking

2015 Scion FR-S Gets Re-Tuned Suspension, Appearance Updates, Price Drop

The Scion FR-S is half of our favorite set of affordable new sports car twins, and for the 2015 model year, it’s getting just a bit better.<p>Already a …

New Transformers 4 Trailer Released, Features A Lamborghini: Video

Moviegoers may currently be caught up in the new Godzilla movie that premieres this week, but a new trailer released for the fourth installment of …

The Audi A3 Clubsport is a 525-hp super-S3

At Worthersee, Audi's projecting some power.<p>Ahead of the Wörthersee show, the largest VW and Audi car show in Europe, Audi is dropping a bomb of sorts on its corporate sibling, Volkswagen. Let's explain: This is the Audi A3 Clubsport, based on the S3 sedan but seriously massaged. It uses the …

Audi