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Mercedes-AMG confirms that the next A45 will have over 400 hp

Back in 2013 was when the first hot hatch was released, that was the original A45 by Mercedes-AMG, carrying a hand-built 2.0 liter M133 turbo mill. It was then then most powerful series production four-cylinder in the world, producing 360 horsepower. And ever since then, a power war had begun.

Just a year later, Audi released its RS3 with its 2.5 liter five-cylinder turbo, yielding 367 horsepower, taking the A45’s spotlight. But soon enough, Mercedes-Benz took its crown back with its upgraded 2015 A45, with 381 horses.

Audi Sport and AMG has been competing with one another for the past years, trying to create the craziest hot hatch. Currently, it is the Audi RS3 Sedan with 400 horsepower that reigns.

Read the entire article Mercedes-AMG confirms that the next A45 will have over 400 hp

How much would you pay for a rare and almost brand new 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution?

Remember the E30 BMW M3? Yes, the one from 1990. If you remember it right, it was also the company’s most iconic car and probably one of the best BMW of all.

Today, a 1990 E30 M3 would range from $40,000 to $50,000 - it is quite expensive for its age, but if you were once considered the best car, then don’t be surprised. But before you say anything, lets talk about the 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution, with only 74 miles (119 kilometers) on its odometer. Sounds pretty new for a 27 year old huh? This car was originally purchased in Europe and has gone around and outside the continent, but how can someone resist driving this?

Enthusiast Auto Group, a used car dealer based in Ohio were the ones who got there hands on this beauty. And just a few days ago, they posted an ad for the E30 series with “call for price” written on the footnote, and earlier this week, it was marked as “sale pending”. Well, we don’t know if this is just a gimmick, or an advertisement, or if someone actually bought the product so quickly - though I would not be surprised if it was the latter.

Read the entire article How much would you pay for a rare and almost brand new 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution?

Ferrari 488 GTO will soon be revealed to us

Ferrari is cooking up something interesting for us. The last time they released the 488 GTB was two years ago, followed by a 488 Spider and several versions of it. And now, it seems like they are preparing for the release of the 458 Speciale’s successor, the 488 GTO.

So, whats there to be excited about? The Ferrari 488 GTO is meant to rival Porsche’s 911 GT2. Therefore, the race-inspired flagship model will have a 3.9 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, capable of producing 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts). That is a huge power difference from its predecessor, and the Spider’s 493-kilowatt (660 hp) engine. It is expected for the 760 Newton-metre torque to increase as well due to the increased boost from the turbochargers.

The track-focused 488 GTO will follow a “more power, less weight” principle - just like the 360 Challenge Stradale and the 430 Scuderia. The company aims to bring the weight just under 1400 kilograms. And to cut down some of its weight, the 488 GTO will be built with a stripped out cockpit, thinner glass, and perhaps a more aggressive aerodynamic kit.

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2018 BMW M550d xDrive (G30/G31) debuts with four turbochargers

After launching the latest version of the BMW M550i xDrive, the German carmaker is now introducing its diesel counterpart -- the new M550d xDrive (G30/G31). Available either as a sedan or as touring model, the new M550d xDrive offers less output than the M550i xDrive, but has significantly more torque than the gasoline model.

Operating behind the scenes is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that could be considered as the world’s most powerful of its kind in the automotive area. This six-cylinder diesel mill employs multi-stage turbocharging with four turbochargers, allowing it to provide up to 400 hp (294 kW) of output at 4,400 rpm and up to 560 lb.-ft. (760 Nm) of torque available from 2,000 rpm.

Interestingly around 332 lb.-ft. (450 Nm) of torque is readily available from just 1,000 rpm. In comparison, the M550i xDrive is powered an M Performance Turbo 8-cylinder TwinPower 4.4-liter engine with a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers and a High Precision Injection system. This gasoline engine could deliver 456 hp of max output at 5,550 rpm and 480 lb.-ft. of torque available at 1,800 rpm. When compared to the previous M550d xDrive, the latest iteration is more powerful by 19 hp (14 kW) and 15 lb.-ft. (20 Nm).

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M550d xDrive (G30/G31) debuts with four turbochargers

Ford Motor Company revealed that the Mustang is the world’s best-selling sports car for 2016. This is in addition to being the best-selling sports car in the U.S. for five decades. The claim is not without basis with the brand using facts obtained from the new vehicle registration data of HIS Markit for the sports car class. Data showed that for 2016, 150,000 units of the Mustang were sold. Compared to 2015, global sales for 2016 had gone up 6%. The increase was due to a 101% market growth having sold around 45,000 units outside the U.S.

Indeed, the biggest factor for increased sales in 2016 was the global rollout with excellent sales experienced in China and Germany. While it was just officially launched in China back in 2015, the Mustang has become that country’s best-selling sports car as well. Sales in 2016 for instance increased by 74% compared to 2015 figures.

While the Mustang is showing excellent sales in big markets, it is also popular in small markets like Bonaire, Gibraltar, and New Caledonia.

Read the entire article Ford Mustang is world’s best-selling sports car for 2016

McLaren rejects the idea of creating anything other than a sports car. That means that vehicles that would be ideal for families such as an SUV or a crossover are definitely off the table. But then, the British marque recently hinted that they may be open to producing a sports car that came with 4 seats. Yes, 2 extra seats for 2 lucky companions. In the past, the British marque has previously offered a 3-seat sports car- the iconic McLaren F1 that had a central driver's seat, bordered by 2 rear seats. Another car that will be boasting a 3 seater is the hyped BP23 Hyper GT.

McLaren representatives reiterated to the public that the legendary British auto manufacturer will keep the production of supercars a top priority, and that they’re not even considering SUVs and crossovers even as their rivals have embraced these bigger, more practical vehicles. In June 2016, Motoring.com.au communicated with McLaren's former global corporate communications manager Duncan Forrester in Goodwood Festival of Speed, and Forrester allegedly confirmed a 4-seat Macca was in the works. However, McLaren soon clarified Forrester's remarks and denied that the said 4 seat sports car is being produced.

McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt told Auto Express during the Auto Shanghai show that it would consider the market’s preferences. He also said that a 4-seater will lose some of its agility because the wheelbase will be slightly longer. However, if McLaren will be able to build a more attractive car than anyone else in the segment, then it may just be a go. This 4 seat GT model would be squaring up against the releases of Aston Martins and the Ferrari FF. Flewitt also mentioned that such a model could join the entry Sports Series lineage or be at the top of the Ultimate Series as a super GT car. Sweet.

Read the entire article McLaren CEO admits 4-seater GT is possible, but says no to 4 doors

Well, this is clearly not good news for everyone. Ever since the new BMW M4 CS rolled out in Shanghai last week, several reports about its limited production have quickly surfaced. CarBuzz earlier reported that the BMW M4 CS will be limited to only 3,000 units worldwide. In line with this, the production period for the said model will be running for only two years.

According to Peter Quintus (BMW M’s Head for Marketing), they weren't actually expecting such kind of overwhelming response for the M4 GTS. For those who can recall, all 700 examples have been sold out fast in just four weeks. Quintus added they can no longer build much more than the amount that was stated. But since customers are also looking for more M model varieties to come by, this is how the M4 CS came into the picture. Also, they are looking to add a new CS to the current M Performance lineup. Judging from his statement, we strongly believe it is going to be an M2 CS no less. Of course, the marketing chief did not confirm if it is indeed a BMW M2, but it is very likely to be coming up next.

Going back to the subject, the M4 CS will be available in the showrooms by the middle of next year. Pricing for the UK market will be starting at 89,130 pounds while it will go around at 116,900 euros in Germany.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M4 CS limited to only 3,000 examples, more CS variants will follow

Ferrari surprised everyone at the 2016 Paris Motor Show last month by unveiling five special liveries. There was plenty of excitement when they heard that these liveries will be up for grabs to celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary in 2017. This excitement surged further when they learned that not only five, but 65 more liveries will be made available for a total of 70 special liveries.

Now, Ferrari has finally unveiled the remaining 65 special liveries – each one of them paying a tribute to all of the Italian carmaker’s most important models. In addition to these special liveries, Ferrari has created an anniversary logo that will be used on a limited number of its new models like the LaFerrari Aperta (209 examples only).

Furthermore, Ferrari will be holding a world tour that will cover more than 60 countries in 2017. The carmaker will also organize a number of events throughout the year in Italy, showing off both classic and modern cars. Finally, Ferrari will wrap up its 70th anniversary celebrations with an “exclusive event” at its home town in Maranello, Italy.

Read the entire article Ferrari unveils all 70 special liveries for 70th anniversary celebrations in 2017

The BMW M model, as of today, offers their buyers two transmission options: either a six-speed manual or a seven speed dual-clutch automatic. But rumours have been circulating that these models will be the last few of its kind. Don’t worry though, the BMW M model will not be abandoned, but just the transmission options they are currently offering.

In fact, Peter Quintus, vice-president of sales and marketing of the said model supported the rumours regarding the manuals and DCTs when asked about transmissions as he stated “It’s more of a question of how long has the DCT got to go, how long will it last?” in an interview with Australian magazine The Drive. From what we know, this only applies to the M models, since he did not specify.

According to Quintus, what concerns them the most is the durability of the three-pedal and DCT options in the M portfolio. Specifically, the manual can only hold up to 450 horsepower (335 kilowatts) and 443 pound feet (600 Newton-metres) of torque. If power goes past that, then durability and longevity cannot be promised.

Read the entire article BMW: Time to say goodbye to manual and dual-clutch gearboxes

Some people may think Audi Sport is a new company but it is in fact the motorsport division of Audi combined with the best of what Quattro GmbH can offer. The first three models that this partnership is expected to release will be the RS3, the RS5 Coupe, and the TT RS. These made their official debut during the 2017 New York Auto Show, scheduled from April 14 to April 24.

Both Audi of America Vice President for Product Management Filip Brabec and Quattro GM Stephan Reil confirmed that additional models will be released in the near future. According to the two, the RS range will continue to have new models and both customers and enthusiasts alike should expect the newest version of the RS7 to be unveiled along with the new A7.

Reil in particular has been in-charge of all the RS models for at least 18 years now. He explains that in developing this model, the brand introduced an entirely new strategy. In particular, Audi Sport develops new models starting with the base car. Reil says that the practice in the past was to have the actual model at the end of the lifecycle. However, he continues, they are developed in conjunction with the others much like the RS3.

Read the entire article Audi Sport to release 8 new models in the next two years

Now, it is official. The BMW M4 CS (Club Sport) is the real thing. Since BMW has already ended the production of the track-focused M4 GTS, the M4 CS – for now – is the new top-of-the-range model of the BMW 4 Series. While BMW unveiled a BMW M4 CS in Spain a year ago, this was only a project of BMW Spain, and not created by BMW M GmbH.

This Spanish version was basically a BMW M4 with the Competition Package (M4 CP) with a massive carbon fiber wing on the rear. Then in January this year, a slightly camouflaged M4 test mule was spotted. We were sure it isn’t the M4 GTS, since its production has already ended. However, this test mule is laden with features from the M4 GTS like its bonnet. It also comes with some cosmetic tweaks from the recent Life Cycle Impulse of the BMW 4 Series.

Then, an M4 CS looking similar to the test mule in Sweden was seen doing a commercial shoot in California with BMW’s factory DTM driver Augusto Farfus Jr.  Apparently, this is the real M4 CS that BMW is now introducing officially to the global market.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M4 CS debuts with 460 hp and 3.9-second 0-62 mph sprint time

Audi of America officially launched at the 2017 New York International Auto Show its newest brand, the Audi Sport. Formerly known as quattro GmbH, this new brand is founded on a long and highly successful motorsport tradition. It actually goes all the way back to the 1930s and started with Auto Union’s now iconic “Silver Arrow.” This model then was considered as the world standard when it comes to the racing tracks.

By the 1980s, the company introduced the Audi Quattro and with its permanent all-wheel drive, it managed to perform well in a number of rally competitions. When 2000 came into the picture, Audi fitted its models with new combustion engines and put in new lighting technologies. This resulted in the company winning at Le Mans with a total of 13 victories.

This new brand is expected to display that best of track-tested performance from Audi. Customers should expect quality, innovation, and excellent balance when it comes to driving dynamics. With the launching, the brand revealed as well that a total of 8 new models are slated to be released in the U.S. market over the next 2 years.

Read the entire article Audi Sport brand is officially launched at 2017 New York Auto Show

With the Dodge Viper set to be officially discontinued by this year, tributes are being made left and right. One of those in the top of such tributes would have to be that of Penzoil.

Titled as “The Last Viper,” the whole video is just a little under 3 minutes. It starts with the Viper inside a warehouse and an unnamed figure on the roof trying to recover the vehicle. Once he gets out of the warehouse, what follows next is a treat for any Viper enthusiast. Viewers are shown the limits of what this model can do. Making this possible is Penzoil getting stunt driver Rhys Millen to get behind the wheel of the yellow Viper ACR. The entire video was shot on location in Miami giving it some hints of Miami Vice and maybe a bit of Fast and the Furious vibe.

For some fans though, while the short film is indeed exciting, there are some moments that look awkward. At a certain period in the video for example, it is revealed that the license plate of this viper is V8 EATR. While it is possible that this V10 Viper could give some of the V8 versions a run for their money, the tribute was aired in conjunction with the reveal of the V8 Challenger Demon. The problem is that this latest model is considered to be the most powerful production version of the V8. In fact, it can likely beat the V8 “eater.”

Read the entire article Penzoil releases short film as Dodge Viper tribute

The soft top will soon be back for the Mercedes-Benz grand touring roadster, the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. Not only that, the new Mercedes-Benz SL Class could now accommodate up to four people and is more dynamic than its hard-top predecessor.

Perhaps, one of the best news about the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class – with codename R232 -- could be that it is said to be now being developed by the carmaker’s performance arm. A source privy to the matter told Autocar that this decision for the new two-seat luxury roadster was taken up last year by Ola Kallenius – Mercedes’ new research and development boss. According to the source, Kallenius decided to have AMG develop and engineer the new SL Class to give it “a more sporting character” than the current model – something that would be a piece of cake for Mercedes’ performance division. As a result, the new Mercedes SL Class would be a different proposition from the current model.

With AMG heading the engineering and development of the new SL Class, it isn’t a wonder why the new roadster is given such new elements. Its final production version is expected to be underpinned by a new platform -- known internally as the MSA (modularen sportwagen architektur) – that would also underpin the SLC’s successor. This new MSA platform permits scalable tracks and wheelbase, thereby allowing Mercedes to design a 2+2 cabin for more practicality. AMG chief executive Tobias Moers told Autocar at the New York Motor Show that a 2+2 configuration would allow the carmaker to offer a model with a “bit more space."

Read the entire article 2019 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class to feature a soft top and 2+2 seating

After the unveiling of the Mercedes-AMG GT R in the midyear of 2016, the German automaker is at last revealing this exclusive green beast priced at $157,995. They will roll out this summer, and Mercedes-AMG announced that it will only produce 2,000 units worldwide. Those who are willing to dish out this amount of money must move quickly before these mean machines will be sold out.

The 3rd of kin and the most impressive member of the AMG GT clan boasts of pure power and decreased weight for dynamic performances. It is worth the wait after all, since the expert engineers from Affalterbach have managed to take off some load from the sports car and at the same time squeezed more power from the biturbo 4.0 L V8 engine to make the Coupe a worthy adversary in its league. The biturbo V8 can produce a whopping 577 hP (430 kW) and 516 lb-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque, delivering 74 hp abd 37 lb-ft more compared to the S model.

A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox delivers the torque directly to the rear axle. Its first gear currently has a longer ratio, and the 7th gear has a shortened one to empower a far more better acceleration. The German automaker remarked that the GT R Coupe can accelerate up to 60 miles/hour (97 km/hour) in only 3.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of up to 198 mph(319 kph), which is 0.2 second more quicker that its S version predecessor . Weight-wise, the new AMG GT R weighs at around 3,428 lbs (1,554 kg)- which makes it lighter than the S version (90 kg less).

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R rolls out this summer in US, see final pricing details here

After months and months of teasers, and its official debut at last month’s auto show held in Geneva, McLaren is proud to announce that the 720S has finally reached its most awaited production stage. In fact, the first ever car has already been built at the supercar maker’s production center in Woking, England.

The McLaren 720S is the second generation of the company’s “Super Series” cars. Being the successor of the former 650S, we expect a lot from this car. And it definitely lived up to that expectation. The 720S makes use of the all-new P14 chassis. Meaning that this is the beginning of a new chapter for McLaren, and the end of the first generation P11 series that was unveiled way back in 2009 in the 12C model, and produced in 2011. In fact, the 2014 650S model was part of the first generation, and according to the company, over 7,000 P11 cars have been sold since it was released.

McLaren celebrates this milestone, and it even posted a photo of the first two cars at the factory with hundreds of employees on social media with the caption “A landmark moment - The first production McLaren 720S is ready, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the McLaren Automotive story”.

Read the entire article McLaren 720S finally in production stage, first car has rolled out

Ever since the Prancing Horse’s 812 Superfast configurator took off last week, folks who are enamored by Ferrari’s latest grand tourer have been tinkering endlessly online.

Running on a 6.5-liter V12 engine, the monster that hides underneath the new Ferrari 812 Superfast yields as much as 789hp (588kW) and 530lb-ft (718Nm) of powerful torque. All it takes is merely 2.9 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour (100 km) before reaching a top speed of 211 mph (340 kilometers per hour).

Of course, Ferrari has since come out with numerous videos highlighting the Superfast’s extraordinary road prowess. The online configurator is just the latest treat you can splurge all your time with. Or, let’s just say it’s the easiest way to configure your dream car without burning a hole in your wallet.

Read the entire article Ferrari 812 Superfast configurator is now available online

It’s finally confirmed to be coming! The newest addition to the miniature range is none other than McLaren’s hottest new supercar --- the 720S. Lego earlier introduced the McLaren P1 package along with Ford’s GT40 and GT models. For some time, we’ve always wondered what else would come out from Lego’s Speed Champions series.

Lego’s latest Speed Champions set will be available starting June. The Lego McLaren 720S building kit consists of a drawing board with the original design sketch and a 3D-printed model. Furthermore, the McLaren design studio desk comes with its own coffee cup and mini figure.

This new Lego model’s design and color scheme is taken from the real McLaren 720S seen at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In real life, the supercar’s V8 engine brings a 720hp (536kW) with a top speed of 212mph (341kph) on the table.

Read the entire article Lego McLaren 720S will be available in June

Mercedes-Benz loyal fans, something awesome is coming your way. With all the hype it has generated, Mercedes-AMG has decided to unveil the GLC 63 lineage, and these cars are piquing our interest the right way.

Mercedes-AMG's full line-up of dynamic crossovers has been added with 3 more variants for the incoming New York Auto Show next week, with the recent public reveal of the GLC63, GLC63 Coupe version, and the GLC63 S Coupe.

Even though the super 3 will be unveiled in the Big Apple, these fast roadsters will not be on sale to the public in the United Stated until the early part of next year.

Read the entire article All-new 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe are finally here to tickle your fancy

Looks like the Maserati Alfieri will be left in the dust, as another performance car will be unveiled by the Italian luxury vehicle automaker. The all-electric Maserati Alfieri concept was unveiled in 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production version will have 3 V6 engine variants - the 410 hp (306 kW), a 450 bhp (336 kW) and 520 bhp (388kW). The 450 hp and 520 options will only be offered as an all-wheel drive system. A 2016 release was scheduled, but to the public's dismay, the release has been delayed to give way to the launch of the Maserati Levante. Sigh.

Previously, Aston Martin decided to venture to producing a 4 wheel-drive city car to hit the streets and it came up with a rebadged option of a Toyota/Scion IQ marketed as the Cygnet. Bearing the price tag of around £30,000, about as three times as much as the iQ, it had a 1.3L inline-four engine that produced 97 bhp (72kW; 98 PS) and emitted 110 g of CO2/km and fuel consumption of around 3.99L/100 Km.

But in September 2013, just after 2 years of production, Aston Martin representatives proclaimed that the Cygnet would be officially discontinued from the Aston Martin line-up due to its disastrously low sales with the automobile only reaching 150 unit sales in the UK (estimated to be 300 in total rather than its yearly target of 4,000). Ouch, that has got to hurt.

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