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BY: Bix

Sébastien Loeb Crushes Pikes Peak In 8:13 (w/Low-Fi Video)

Shaves a minute and a half off the old record.

Sébastien Loeb came to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to win it this year, and win it he did. The rallying master crushed the 12.72 mile course in 8:13.878. The previous record, set last year by Rhys Millen? 9:46.164. (more…)
July 01, 2013 at 07:12 PM
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BY: omar

Five Electric and Hybrid Sports Cars That Prove Going Green Isn't Boring

Sadly, they're all too expensive for us to buy.

When you think of hybrid and electric cars, you think of boring and awkward design matched with some not-so-exciting performance figures. The first cars that come to mind are the cheese-wedge shaped Toyota Prius and the eye-sore that is known as the Nissan Leaf. However, it seems like some supercar manufactures are jumping in on the electric and hybrid market with their own creations. Now while these cars may not be considered an 'everyday' option, they are still tapping into fuel-efficient technologies to prove that going green isn't always dull and boring. Many of the supercars listed here are being created for one of two reasons. First, they letting supercar manufacturers put their technologies on display and allow them to study what is possible when the world inevitably heads down the electrified and hybridized future. The other reason is reducing the overall fuel-economy of their full model lineup to help them save money on heavy government fines for producing "standard" gasoline-powered cars that don't meet CO2 emissions or fuel-economy standards. Each one of the supercars listed here is either in development and will be on sale in the near future, or on sale now. (But you probably can't afford them, sadly.)

July 01, 2013 at 09:34 AM
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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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