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BY: Bix

Lamborghini's Geneva Supercar Shocker Could Look Like A Shark

Or, if you prefer, like an Audi race car.

We know that Lamborghini will be bringing at least one exceptional new car to the Geneva Motor Show next week—what's believed to be a super-limited-edition supercar based vaguely around the Aventador. (more…)
March 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
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BY: Bix

Chevrolet Is Bringing The Corvette Stingray And The SS To The 'Ring

Along with a couple of wild cards.

If you're reading this and you happen to be an American ex-pat with a love of V8 Chevrolets living in Germany, well, we have some good news for you. (more…)
February 28, 2013 at 08:06 PM
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BY: Bix

Nissan Will Build A NISMO GT-R

Because you can always make a faster GT-R.

Nissan's practice of increasing the GT-R's performance every model year has been nice, but doing so means that there hasn't really been much need for special performance editions or the like. Until now, apparently. (more…)
February 28, 2013 at 04:04 PM
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BY: Bix

Test Drive - 2012 Jaguar XJL

The ultimate car for livin' large and in charge.

Story: Will Sabel Courtney

Model Tested: XJ Supersport LWB

Rating: 6 out of 6

The Jaguar XJL comes in six different variations, but if you’re looking for the top-level, mack-daddy, do-not-apply-unless-super-fly-or-a-super-spy King Kong of Jaguars, check the box for the XJL Supersport. The price tag is steep—a hundred grand still leaves you one Honda Fit short of the base price—but all that cash buys you the hottest Jag since the 1961 E-Type roadster. And that one’s earned a place in the Museum of Modern Art.

Unlike the E-Type, though, the XJL is a big car. The “L” in the name means this is the extended-wheelbase model, which measures 17 feet, 3 inches long. But it feels even longer—so much so, you occasionally mistake the hood ornament for oncoming traffic. Aluminum construction means this cat is light for its size, but there just ain’t no way around all that length…or at least you wouldn’t think at first.

But jam down the gas pedal and you’ll be wondering how Jaguar bribed the universe so they could sneak the Supersport around the laws of physics. With more than 500 horsepower available at the flex of an ankle, this metal Jag rips through speed limits like its flesh-and-blood namesake tears through cattle. And when the road turns windy, all five and three quarter yards of vehicle does a damn fine impression of a true sports car.

While there’s plenty to enjoy from the driver’s seat, this big feline is just as nice a place to be if you happen to be stuck in the backseat. A good chunk of the extended wheelbase shows up as extra legroom for the two rear chairs, both of which can recline and massage. If you get bored watching the world fly past you, you can pop in a DVD and watch on dual screens—or crank up the 15-channel, 20-speaker, 1,200-watt Bowers & Wilkins stereo and hear Mark Knofler as though you had front row tickets. (We're big Dire Straights fans, all right?) By the way, did we mention that all of this comes standard? Hey, when you stack it against the competition, this Jag starts to look like a bargain.

Specs:

Damage: $117,700

Power: 510hp, 461 lb.-ft.

0-60: 4.7 secs.

Gas Cash: 15 city, 21 hwy

Miles Driven: 40

February 27, 2013 at 06:43 PM
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BY: Bix

Chevrolet Planning Bargain-Basement Corvette?

A sub-Stingray base model with a smaller engine is possible.

Chevy's had great success building higher-performance, higher price versions of the Corvette over the last half-decade or so. (more…)
February 27, 2013 at 06:14 PM
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BY: Bix

Audi RS4 Avant Paintball May Be The Best Thing Ever (w/Video)

Now we want to try this.

When we saw a video called "2013 Audi RS 4 Avant :: 'Ultimate Paintball Duel'," we knew it was going to be good. We just didn't know how good it would be. (more…)
February 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM
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BY: Bix

McLaren Drops The P1 Specs. And, Well, Daaaamn.

You're gonna want to see this.

Give credit to the PR team at McLaren, everybody. They know how to work the system. While Ferrari's been witholding almost everything about the new "F150" supercar in advance of its Geneva Motor Show reveal, McLaren has been dripping new details about the P1 out on a regular basis, grabbing more and more of the all-important web traffic in the process. And today, McLaren released the details we were all waiting for: the performance and the price.

So let's get right down to it. The McLaren P1 will blast from 0-62 mph in less than three seconds, from 0-124 mph in less than seven seconds, and 0-186 mph in less than 17 seconds. Top speed isn't the point of the car, so McLaren's electronically governed it to 217 mph—the same speed the Lamborghini Aventador stops at, though a quick look at the acceleration charts suggest the P1 will get there an awful lot more quickly.

All that performance will cost you $1,150,000, and it comes fully loaded—the only options are a custom luggage set and whatever bespokery you want to perform on the interior through McLaren's Special Operations division. Only 375 McLaren P1s will be built for the entire world, though, so if you have the money (and we hate you if you do), go call the McLaren dealership right freaking now. [via McLaren]

Press Release:

McLAREN P1™: THE NUMBER CRUNCHER Feb 26, 2013 Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) provides astonishing acceleration: 0 to 300 km/h takes less than 17 seconds, more than 23 per cent faster than the legendary McLaren F1 Top speed electronically limited to 350 km/h To maintain exclusivity, production will be strictly limited to 375 units Pricing to start from £866,000 on the road; fully equipped as standard for road and track use Production model is almost unchanged from the original design study McLaren Automotive has released the final numbers, images and information relating to its phenomenal McLaren P1™ ahead of a global reveal in just a few days at the 83rd International Geneva Motor Show. The race-inspired Instant Power Assist System (IPAS) gives the McLaren P1™ astonishing performance. Zero to 100km/h will take less than 3 seconds, zero to 200 km/h under 7 seconds, and zero to 300 km/h will be achieved in no more than 17 seconds. Putting that into perspective, that’s 5 seconds faster than the legendary McLaren F1 road car. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h. McLaren has been engaging with potential customers actively in the last few months to get their views on the McLaren P1™, about the car’s styling. Their unanimous verdict on the styling was not to change the car presented last September in Paris. So unusually, the McLaren P1™ has translated to production form with very little change. In fact just one, the addition of LTR ducts ahead of each of the front wheels to further aid cooling and optimise downforce. McLaren has closely monitored demand so as to maintain exclusivity, and announced a production number of just 375 units – a figure that will ensure the McLaren P1™ will remain a rarity and, if spotted on the road, an unforgettable sight. McLaren has also announced that the car will cost from £866,000 on the road with a specification that fully equips the car for both road and track use. The company prides itself on designing performance cars that their owners can use regularly so the McLaren P1™ comes comprehensively equipped as standard with an array of colour and trim alternatives from which the customer will be able to choose as well as visible carbon fibre in the cabin. The options list is limited to only bespoke content that a customer might wish to add through McLaren Special Operations, and fitted luggage. As already announced, the McLaren P1™ will have the combined force of two highly-efficient powerplants, offering the optimum mix of superb throttle response, day-to-day drivability and top speed. A mid-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine is substantially enhanced featuring, for example, larger turbochargers and a highly effective electric motor, to give a combined output of 916PS (903 bhp) and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. This ensures instantaneous throttle response through the rev range, more akin to a naturally aspirated engine. Emissions of less than 200g/km on the combined cycle are reduced to zero in full electric drive mode, while the Formula 1-derived DRS and IPAS technologies offer an increase in straight-line speed and an instant boost of power. The tyres fitted to the McLaren P1™ are specially developed P Zero Corsas, which have been developed with McLaren’s technology partner, Pirelli. The team at Pirelli has been involved throughout the entire development programme, and this has seen the tyre testing phase integrated into the schedule, as a key performance component. The final compound and construction has been developed and optimised during testing, and the end result is a tyre that is finely tuned specifically to the performance and handling characteristics. To rein in the power produced by the twin powerplants, the McLaren P1™ is designed to offer braking performance more associated with a GT3 or sports racing car. Developed by McLaren’s Formula 1 partner Akebono, the system features a new type of carbon ceramic disc, which has previously seen service in space, but never before used on a road car. Stronger than conventional carbon ceramic, the material dissipates heat more effectively, giving the highly efficient braking system exceptional stopping and cooling capability. The system also boasts significantly reduced weight, and a bespoke ceramic layer coats both friction surfaces to give an attractive mirrored finish. One surprising feature is that the car can also be driven solely in electric mode. In city driving, with an average speed of 30 mph, this could mean up to a 20km range. More than enough for an owner to enter, for example, a city centre Zero Emissions Zone, have dinner and return home.

February 26, 2013 at 03:49 PM
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BY: Bix

SRT Viper ACR Is A Go, Probably For Next Year

But more power may not be in the cards.

The 2013 SRT Viper is barely off the trucks, but it's never to soon to start wondering about future versions of one of our favorite sports cars. Luckily for us, SRT CEO Ralph Gilles seems to feel much the same way. (more…)
February 25, 2013 at 08:44 PM
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