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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


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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BY: Bix

Dig The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Baby

565 horsepower of droptop naturally-aspirated V12 thunder.

Where an hardtop Aston Martin is now, a convertible version is soon to follow. (Like the lovely DB9 Volante we recently drove.) It's as inevitable as the tides—except for the Rapide, but there's not a lot of market in ragtop sedans. So we are in no way, shape or form surprised to meet the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. (more…)

June 25, 2013 at 08:23 PM
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Porsche Celebrates 50th Year Of The 911 With 100th Career Le Mans Class Victory

Porsche does what it does best: win.

This year's 24 Hours of Le Mans was a good one for Porsche, as the car maker extended its record at the famed endurance race with class wins number 99 and 100. On the Circuit des 24 Heures, the new Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Porsche AG Team Manthey with Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) won the fiercely competitive GTE-Pro class against strong opposition from Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Viper. In the second 911 RSR, their works driver colleagues Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) finished second, making the race car from Weissach perfect. In the GTE-Am class, the Porsche 911 GT3RSR run by the customer team IMSA Performance Matmut clinched victory with Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl-Vernay and Christophe Bourret. The victory comes at an appropriate moment for the car maker. In case you'd forgotten, Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 this year'. Since its introduction and competition debut, the iconic car has accounted for near-countless motorsport victories around the world. Of the 100 Le Mans class titles, 911-based racers have earned more than half. Porsche has stood on the top step of the podium at Le Mans overall 16 times. In 2014, Porsche will return to the overall prototype category. The 81st running of the long distance classic took place in changeable weather with constant showers and under the most difficult conditions. Amidst those celebrating the teams efforts stood Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG, and CEO Matthias Miller, as well as Board Members Wolfgang Hatz (Research and Development) and Bernhard Maier (Sales and Marketing) who had witnessed most of the race firsthand round-the-clock in the Porsche pits. In the first hour of the race, the 911 RSR made up positions at just its third outing in the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC, which yielded double points at Le Mans as the third round. With fast lap times and utmost reliability, the Number 92 in particular fought for victory right from the start. The pit stops were predominantly just routine: refuel, tires, driver change then back out on the track. Both works-run Porsche completed the entire distance without the slightest technical problem, apart from a rear light that had to be replaced on the Number 91 Porsche 911 RSR after being nudged by a competitor. The second racer fielded by Porsche AG Team Manthey was thrown back in the field shortly after the start when the safety car was deployed right in front of Joerg Bergmeister which cost the Porsche factory pilot almost two minutes. While some competitors struggled on the difficult and partly wet circuit, the 911 RSR made it safely through the night without any problems and underlined the intention to clinch its maiden victory with consistently fast lap times. Even when torrential rain fell an hour before the finish and its pursuers launched a final attack, Richard Lietz remained unfazed at the wheel of the 91 car. In the final race hours, the Number 91 also gained ground and slipped into second place ahead of the Aston Martin and Ferrari. In the GTE-Am class, at times three Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs ran at the front. At the flag, Raymond Narac, Christophe Bourret and Jean-Karl Vernay, who receives support from Porsche in his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign this season, brought home the victory. Porsche race driver Patrick Dempsey, one of an all-American driver trio helming the Dempsey Del Piero-Proton 911 GT3 RSR with Porsche works driver Patrick Long and Joe Foster, also held the lead at times. However, after he was blamelessly shunted off the circuit by a sports prototype he had to bury his dream of winning his first Le Mans outing with Porsche. The Le Mans race was overshadowed by the death of Denmarks Allan Simonsen. In the fourth race lap, the Aston Martin pilot crashed into the barriers in the fast Tertre Rouge corner and died from his injuries shortly afterwards in the Circuit des 24 Heures Medical Center. Race results: GTE-Pro class 1. Dumas/Lieb/Lietz (F/D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 315 laps 2. Bergmeister/Bernhard/Pilet (D/D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 315 3. Dumbreck/Mcke/Turner (GB/D/GB), Aston Martin, 314 4. Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor (DK/E/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 312 5. Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander (MC/J/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, 312 6. Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli (I/I/I), Ferrari 458 Italia, 311 GTE-Am class 1. Narrac/Bourret/Vernay (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 306 laps 2. Perazzini/Case/OYoung (I/I/CDN), Ferrari 458 Italia, 305 3. Gerber/Griffin/Cioci (ZA/IRL/I), Ferrari 458 Italia, 305 4. Dempsey/Long/Foster (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 305 7. Henzler/Gibon/Milesi (D/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 300 8. Ried/Roda/Ruberti (D/I/I), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 300 9. Collard/Perrod/Crubile (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 298 [via Porsche]
June 25, 2013 at 01:05 PM
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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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