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BY: Bix

Holden Boots An SS V Redline Ute Around The 'Ring In Record Time (w/Video)

The Thunda from Down Unda takes to the Green Hell.

Eeeeeeeverybody tests on the Nürburgring Nordschleife these days. Except, apparently, people who make "commercial and utility vehicles." Because when Australia's Holden went to see if they could crack the record for that category with their SS-V Redline Ute, they discovered the record didn't exist. (more…)
June 28, 2013 at 05:50 PM
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BY: omar

2014 Mazda3 Unveiled, Gets Rid of Smiley Face Grille

One of the more fun compacts gets refreshed.

Ladies and gentlemen,it's time to celebrate. Mazda has finally rid the Mazda3 of its happy face smiling grille and has opted for a more sportier and aggressive design that goes hand-in-hand with its KODO-Soul of Motion design theme (following the CX-5 and the Mazda 6). (more…)

June 28, 2013 at 02:30 PM
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BY: Bix

Mark Webber: "Screw You F1, I'm Going To Le Mans With Porsche"

Well, not in so many words.

Formula One driver and cleft-chin enthusiast Mark Webber will no longer have to play second fiddle to l'il Zebby Vettel after this year. No, starting in 2014, the amateur Henry Cavill impersonator will be joining up with Porsche to lead their assault on the LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (more…)
June 27, 2013 at 07:52 PM
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BY: omar

Five Concept Cars We Wish Would Enter Production

Cars this spectacular shouldn't be kept locked away forever.

Over the past couple years, some of the world's best luxury and supercar makers have teased us with concepts we wish would see the light of day. Now, we're pretty certain that none of us here at 0-60 will ever be able to afford such expensive pieces of machinery, however, the kid in us wishes these automakers would make our dreams come true and give us a chance of randomly running into one on the road—or driving one on a secret media event.

Check out our list of the top five recent concept cars we'd like to see produced, and then let us know in the comments if we missed any concept cars you'd like to see made real.

June 27, 2013 at 02:26 PM
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BY: omar

2014 BMW 4 Series Unveiled, Starts At $41,425

The 3 Series Coupe, now known by a new name.

For those that have been a little out of touch with automotive news, you might be wondering "What is a 4 Series?" Well, a little while back BMW unveiled what it calls the Concept 4 Series Coupe, a study that was scheduled to replace the popular 3 Series Coupe in BMW's lineup. "Why?" you might ask. "The '4' in its title headlines this new product line for the Coupe and emphasizes not only its stand-out design, but that any way you look at it, the new 4 Series Coupe represents something more than its BMW 3 Series cousins – 3+1, if you will," BMW says. "At the same time, as a true BMW Coupe, the new nomenclature brings the new BMW 4 Series Coupe in line with the larger 6 Series and 8 Series Coupes." With that in mind, it can be understood that every BMW that carries an even number will be a coupe or convertible, and every BMW that carries an odd number will be a sedan or SUV. Either way, BMW has made it official and the BMW 4 Series is now an actual series production model in the German automaker's lineup with U.S. sales to start as early as late summer. The 2014 BMW 4 Series will be made available in two trim levels including the BMW 428i and the BMW 435i. Both models will also be made available with all-wheel-drive, in which case they will carry the 428i xDrive and 435i xDrive badges. The BMW 428i is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine making 240 hp at 5,000—6,500 rpm with a peak torque of 255 lb-ft, available from 1,250 to 4,800 rpm. Those figures allow the 428i to go from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. The 2014 BMW 435i, on the other hand, is powered by a 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six making 300 hp between 5,800 and 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 300 lb-ft from 1,200 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed manual the BMW 435i is capable of going from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. If you swap out the manual for an 8-speed automatic, 60 mph will come in just five seconds flat from a standstill. Prices for the 2014 BMW 4 Series Coupe start at $41,425 for the 428i and $46,925 for the 435i. In comparison, the current BMW 328i Coupe starts at $38,200, while the 335i Coupe starts at $45,100. If you opt for the all-wheel-drive 428i xDrive Coupe, be prepared to depart with $43,425 or $48,925 for the 435i xDrive Coupe. While we absolutely love the stellar exterior looks and the beautifully designed interior of the new 2014 BMW 4 Series, we can't say that we're happy to see the 3 Series Coupe badge being put to rest. [via BMW]
June 27, 2013 at 01:59 PM
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BY: Bix

Jaguar C-X75 Lives On...Sort Of

The prototype is still going...and its powertrain might make its way to the F-Type.

We were crushed when we heard that Jaguar had decided not to build their gorgeous, fascinatingly-powered C-X75 concept supercar. Those lines were so compelling, so sultry, so powerful—and while combining that body with a micro-turbine power plant was too awesome to be true, the ultimate decision to go with a 1.6 liter supercharged and turbocharged inline-four that spun to 10,000 rpm was nearly as bold.

But alas, the C-X75 isn't to be. Jaguar killed it in response to Europe's tanking economy—something which doesn't seem to have dissuaded Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren from cranking out million-dollar hybrid supercars of their own, for what it's worth.

But maybe the C-X75 isn't quite 100 percent dead. After all, Jaguar's still out their developing it, improving the prototypes to the point that they're letting guys from Autocar and Auto Express take them for a lap. They're doing photo shoots with them. They're repainting and finishing them. They even released a video tribute to the C-X75 on their Facebook page. Is some faction in Jaguar trying to build a cult following around the car in order to convince the bigwigs to give the car the go-order? It's possible. Unlikely, but possible.

While the C-X75 seems to be in a Schroedinger's Cat-like state of being neither dead nor alive, its twincharged, high-revving powerplant seems to have a better chance of reaching production—in a range-topping Jaguar F-Type. We have done an R-S version with over 700bhp that will do over 200mph – it’s going to be insane," a source told Auto Express. The F-Type R-S would, according to the reports, come only in coupe form, and pack a total output of around 700 horsepower, thanks to a combination of the high-revving engine and a pair of electric motors. Consider it the first example of trickle-down tech from the latest generation of supercars when it shows up in 2016 or so. [via Jaguar, Auto Express]

June 26, 2013 at 05:50 PM
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How About A Weekend Driving A Race-Prepped Lamborghini Gallardo?

It'll just cost you $17,500.

For those ultra-rich who are passionate about racing, Lamborghini announced that the weekend fee for a shared season on the all-new Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in North America will be a cool $17,500 per driver for a race weekend—which consists of only four hours of track time. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that that’s $4,375 per hour! The Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo consists of five race series alongside the Grand-AM, ALMS and Indy Car series on some of the most iconic race tracks in the nation.  Drivers show up at any of the five venues for the turnkey package—which is, effectively, renting a monstrous V10-powered 570 horsepower, four-wheel-drive Lamborghini race car.  But that’s not all; they will also include the driver’s suit and of course hospitality to match the price. For those rich, talented drivers who are able to able to finish in top positions, there is an opportunity to continue racing internationally in the World Final in Vallelunga, near Rome, Italy, in November.   [Via Lamborghini]
June 26, 2013 at 03:16 PM
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BY: Bix

Volkswagen XL1 Could Spin Off Cheap, Super-Light Porsche 911 Fighter

Suuuuuuuuuure.

Perhaps you're familiar with Volkswagen's XL1. It's basically the anti-matter version of the Bugatti Veyron: a super-exclusive, spared-no-expense VW Group project masterminded by Dr. Ferdinand Piëch in pursuit of never-before-seen performance for a road car. Only where the Veyron chased after top speed records, the XL1 goes for efficiency. (more…)

June 26, 2013 at 01:22 PM
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