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BY: Bix

BMW M8 Could Still Become A Reality

Possibly. In theory. At some point down the line.

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Pictured: BMW i8

BMW has championed their new "i" lineup as the future of the automobile industry—electric- and hybrid-powered future cars imported straight from tomorrow. The i8 sports car's role in all that is to show that there'll still be room in the future for performance cars, even after the price of gas goes up to a bajillion dollars a gallon; to prove that point, BMW has outfitted it with a turbo three-cylinder engine to power the rear wheels and an electric motor for the fronts. Which is fine...but it's kind of a shame that such a ridiculous carbon-fiber body would be denied serious sports car power.

Well, it may not be denied forever. According to Autobild, BMW is still considering turning the i8 over to the mad scientists at the M division and letting them turn it into an M8. The M8 would be powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 (likely the same one used in the M5 and M6) making around 600 horsepower, and presumably connected to a seven-speed DSG transmission. Thanks to the i8's lightweight carbon-fiber construction, the M8 could weigh as little as 3,300 pounds; stack that weight against that much power, and it seems clear the M8 would be a damn fast car. Try 0-60 in around 3.0 seconds and a top speed of around 200 mph.

That is, of course, if BMW decides to go with that plan. Autobild seems confident, but we've been burned by hopes of a son-of-M1 super sports car from BMW too many times already to be optimistic. So consider us hopefully pessimistic that the M8 will debut in 2016, as reported. [via WorldCarFans, Autobild]

December 03, 2013 at 07:00 PM
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BY: Bix

Ferrari Tests 2014 Turbo V6 F1 Engine In LaFerrari Chassis; Everyone Wins

Well, except naturally aspirated F1 engine fans.

Come next year, Formula One will be ditching its naturally-aspirated V8 engines and moving to turbocharged V6s. As you well know. As a result, F1's engine manufacturers are already hard at work developing these new engines. As you'd expect. But how do you road test a prototype F1 engine if you don't have a handy test bed car? Well, if you're Ferrari, you stick it in an old LaFerrari mule and give car nerds everywhere a joygasm.

Seen here testing at Fiorano, this turbo V6-powered LaFerrari mule sounds like a sweet little bit of race car heaven. Granted, it looks kind of weird with that big air scoop behind the cockpit, but hey, them's the breaks when you're testing an F1 engine in a street car. Five bucks says you'll see this car on the autcion block in 20 years for a multimillion dollar price.

[via YouTube]

December 02, 2013 at 03:30 PM
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BY: Bix

Test Drive - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

America's best sports car? How about the world's?

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Story: Will Sabel Courtney

Photography: Andrew Link

It’s not every day Chevrolet rolls out a new Corvette. On January 17, 1953, the very first Corvette was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show; almost 60 years later to the day (January 13, 2013), Chevy pulled the wraps off the seventh-generation car: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

November 26, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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BY: Bix

2105 Acura NSX Powertrain Details: One V6, Two Turbos And Three Electric Motors

Finding replacements for displacement.

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The Acura NSX has never been about brute power or engine size. When it first appeared in 1990, it was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 making 270 horsepower and its power never really increased over the car's 15 year lifespan. By 2005, it was severely outclassed by the cars it had once fought as equals; 1990's Ferrari 348 made a similar 300 horsepower, but by 2005, Ferrari was on its great-grandson, the F430—and that guy made 483 horsepower.

November 26, 2013 at 06:39 PM
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BY: Bix

2015 Porsche Macan Is The Purist's Cayenne

We know what we're talking about.

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Bear with us here for a minute. Porsche purists have been—justly or not—bemoaning the, to pull a word from George Carlin, pussification of Porsche for decades now. The all-wheel-drive and Tiptronic 964, the water-cooled 996, the Panamera, and most notably, the Cayenne—they've all been among the reasons certain factions have used to complain that Porsche has lost the faith. (Even though each of them has gone on to be loved by many of these selfsame haters after they finally drive it, but whatever.) But now, Porsche's added yet another model to the lineup—and this is one that should make those purists smile.

Why? Because the 2015 Porsche Macan is basically a smaller, lighter version of the Porsche Cayenne. It's arguably more aggressive-looking than the Cayenne, which should please those who prefer their Porsches served raw. Unlike the Cayenne, it only comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission—no slushboxes or torque converters here. And because it's smaller and lighter, buyers get more bang for the buck than they do with the Cayenne.The base Macan, powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine making 340 hp and 339 lb-ft, goes from 0-60 in 5.0 seconds; the Macan Turbo, with its 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horses and 406 lb-ft, does it in 4.4 seconds. And remember, Porsche's numbers are usually conservative. With curb weights in the 4100-4500 pound range, we wouldn't be shocked to see the production cars shave a few tenths off those. (That said, can we have a moment of silence for the passing of the term "turbo" actually signifying turbocharged models at Porsche?) Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, Porsche Active Suspension Management, and all kinds of other expensive Porsche-branded options are either standard or available, allowing Macans to be built to anything from Beverly Hills boulevardier-spec to full-on back road crusher. And as with the Cayenne, AWD is standard.

Plus, with the 2015 Macan, Porsche is changing up their usual policy of making customers pay extra for everything except the drivetrain and doors. Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters is standard, as are 19-inch wheels, an power tailgate, and a high-powered stereo. It's a welcome change, one we wouldn't mind trickling up to the rest of the lineup. (Seriously, stop charging extra to get paddles on a $100,000 911.) We're looking forward to putting the Macan through its paces when the car arrives in 2014. And if you still don't care for this sort of car from Porsche, remember: the more Macans they sell (they're aiming for 50K a year), the more money they have to improve the 911.

[via Porsche; spec sheet here]

November 22, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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BY: Bix

Mercedes-Benz Reveals Final SLS AMG, Along With Its Futuristic Not-Replacement

Sci-fi and sadness.

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After years of bringing smile after smile to drivers, passengers and passers-by alike, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will say goodbye. Goodnight gullwings, goodnight naturally-aspirated V8, goodnight awkward headlight treatment that never quite jelled with us but we came to accept anyway.

November 21, 2013 at 08:38 PM
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BY: Bix

Shot Of The Day: Dirty Ferrari LaFerrari

Bringing you the finest shots found in the depths of the Internet

0-60 yellow Ferrari LaFerrari

The Ferrari LaFerrari is still undergoing Ferrari's factory testing, but we're glad to see Ferrari isn't afraid to take LaFerrari out in the wet. Or, apparently, to have a little fun with the road grime. [via Xavilin on Flickr]

Click here for the high-res (3110x1401 px) version.

November 21, 2013 at 06:53 PM
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BY: Bix

Subaru Cross Sport Design Concept Is A BRZ Done Ferrari FF-Style

Continuing the trend towards off-road sports cars.

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Don't look too closely—the Heisenberg uncertainty principle might kick in if you do and throw the whole thing off—but we think we're seeing the beginnings of a trend towards the off-road sports car.

November 21, 2013 at 06:09 PM
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