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BY: Bix

Mercedes-Benz Wants You To See Their Secret New Sports Car

So they're handing out "official spy pictures."

The automotive journalism term "official spy photographs" sounds about as oxymoronic as "jumbo shrimp," though the product they describe isn't nearly as delicious. Manufacturer-released spy shots are a classic way for a car company to get ahead of a story, and the automotive equivalent of a photo-shoot selfie; instead of letting the Brenda Priddys of the world snap up pictures of prototypes with their pants down, the car company puts out a flattering image that shows just what they want you to see.

In this case, Mercedes-Benz and AMG want to show us that they are, indeed, working on a new sports car—one that, from the looks of it, shares the SLS AMG's general cab-backwards proportions in spite of being a bit smaller overall. From the looks of it, the car doesn't have gullwing doors, but if those proportions are any guide, it'll be a looker.

That's what we know for sure. However, the gang over at Car and Driver have their ears to the ground. They say the car will likely be called GT or SLC, and instead of being an SLS replacement, it'll supplement the bigger sports car in showrooms at a lower price point (figure in the low-to-mid $100,000 range). In spite of reduced usage of carbon fiber for cost reasons, the GT/SLC should still be a couple hundred pounds lighter than the SLS (off whose platform it's based). Power is expected to come from AMG's new twin-turbo 4.0 liter V8, making around 500 horses to start; subsequent versions, such as a Black Series model, will likely push that up towards or past 600 ponies. The AMG dual-clutch seven-speed automatic will handle the grunt en route to the rear wheels.

As much as we don't want to see the SLS AMG (or its naturally-aspirated 6.2 liter V8) pushed to the sidelines, the notion of a smaller, lighter sports car built on the same rock-solid platform fills us with a fair amount of glee. Plus, we're hoping this new car will give AMg a chance to rectify the SLS's biggest flaw: those really unfortunate headlamps. [via Mercedes-Benz, Car and Driver]

June 24, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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BY: Bix

2014 Corvette Stingray Is Almost As Quick As A C6 Z06

Or even a ZR1, depending on how you measure it.

Chevy's been drip-teasing the new 2014 Corvette Stingray for months now, ever since they revealed it on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show back in January. They've shown us the various colors, they've shown us the convertible version, they've shown us the option packages and revealed how much power its new smallblock V8 will make... (more…)

June 21, 2013 at 04:05 PM
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BY: Bix

Lamborghini Gallardo Replacement Coming This Fall?

At least in concept car form, perhaps.

If you're a Lamborghini fanatic looking to buy a mid-engined super sports car in the "rich people consider this reasonably cheap even thought it costs as much as a decent house" range, it's been a tough couple of years. (more…)
June 20, 2013 at 01:36 PM
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BY: Bix

Nismo Nissan GT-R Coming, Could Lap The 'Ring In 7:18

Will you have the balls to handle a 570 hp Godzilla?

Just about everybody knows by now that the Nissan GT-R destroys tracks the way its kaiju namesake destroys Japanese cities. Back in April 2009, a GT-R ripped around the Nordschleife in 7:26.7—and that was the O.G. R35 GT-R with its 478 horsepower engine. It's been upgraded multiple times since then, so a 2014 model could probably knock a few seconds off that time. But if you're looking for One GT-R To Rule The 'Ring, then hold on for the NISMO GT-R.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn spilled the beans on the NISMO GT-R earlier this year, when he said, "It would be unthinkable for us to develop a range of Nismo road cars without including the GT-R. The GT-R Nismo will be special." But we didn't know how special—not until the crew at Top Gear caught word from Nissan that the car will lap the Nordschleife in less than 7:18. That'd make it faster than all but two production cars—the Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition (7:14.64) and the Dodge Viper ACR (7:12.13). But the Viper's basically a street-legal race car, while the LFA Nürburgring, well, you're more likely to see Kanye West riding a unicycle down Rodeo Drive than you are to see one of them in the flesh. In terms of performance that's accessible and insane, the NISMO GT-R sounds like it'll be hard to beat.

Don't expect wild changes in the car compared to a regular GT-R. The power bump will be around 25 horses, to the 570 hp range, while the suspension will also be upgraded for improved handling. Oh, and Nissan says they pride themselves on making NISMO models look better than their regular counterparts; based on the transition from 370Z to NISMO 370Z, we'd say that means more air inlets, new spoilers front and rear at the very least. Look for the NISMO GT-R in the latter part of 2014. [via Top Gear]

June 19, 2013 at 07:36 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi May Be Building A 650 HP Sport Quattro "Concept" For Frankfurt

You may commence with the drooling.

The guys at Audi have taken pride in building prime daydream-worthy concept cars for decades now, but few of them received the acclaim that fell upon the Quattro concept of 2010. (more…)
June 19, 2013 at 03:14 PM
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Mercedes-Benz Sets A Nürburgring Lap Record With Electric SLS

No electric car has broken the eight-minute barrier...until now.

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive circled the Nürburgring Nordschleife in a record time of 7:56.234 minutes. Therefore,the electric AMG super sports car is at the same time the first electrically-powered series production vehicle, which masters the legendary race track in under eight minutes. The record time of the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive was certified. Two weeks after the first overall win for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, a further member of the SLS AMG family impressively demonstrates its potential on the most difficult race track worldwide. The currently strongest AMG high-performance car has four electrical motors with a total output of 751 hp and maximum torque of 738 lb-ft. The gullwing car is therefore advancing to become the strongest and fastestelectrically-powered series production vehicle in the world. The SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive accelerates from zero to 65 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds and can reach a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited). The car's agile response to movements of the accelerator pedal and the linear power output are a source of pure delight: unlike with a combustion engine, the build-up of torque is instantaneous with electric motors – maximum torque is effectively available from standstill. The spontaneous torque build-up and immense power delivery without any interruption in traction on the one hand are combined with completely vibration-free motor running characteristics on the other. [via Mercedes-Benz]
June 14, 2013 at 03:24 PM
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BY: Bix

Ferrari 458 Italia Replacement Will Probably Go To A Turbo V6

But relax-it shouldn't be for at least five years.

There's nothing quite like the crackling, roaring sound of a naturally-aspirated Ferrari V8 revving up to 9,000 rpm. Then again, there's really nothing like the sound of galloping horse feet, either, and that wasn't enough to save them from being replaced when technology moved along. (more…)
June 14, 2013 at 03:21 PM
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BY: Bix

Yo, What Up, All-New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG (w/Video)

Reassurance we didn't need, but still appreciate.

We were never all that worried that Mercedes-Benz wouldn't build an AMG version of the new S-Class. Seriously, c'mon—those AMGs are both cash cows and publicity gold for Mercedes, there's no way they wouldn't. But it's still nice to see this little video that shows the still-officially-unconfirmed 2014 (or 2015) S63 AMG is already rolling off the assembly line. Literally. (more…)
June 13, 2013 at 07:33 PM
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