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BMW’s M5 Competition Edition


BMW is producing a very limited run of M5s called the Competition Edition, but it won’t be offered to the North American market. The car will be made in a limited run of 200 units and will feature a number of improvements over the standard and very capable M5.

First up on the upgrade list is a modified engine that bumps the performance of the 4.4L V8 to 600hp and 520lb/ft of torque. That’s a significant horsepower bump over the standard engine which churns out 560hp and 500lb/ft of torque. With the engine power bump, you have to have some massaging of the suspension to handle the new found power. BMW added larger sway bars, sport springs and a sport tuned dampers, and tweaked the steering system to provide more feedback and more direct input for the performance sedan.

On the outside, the Competition Edition M5 will feature carbon fiber accents over either Carbon Black metallic paint, or Mineral White metallic. Both colors aren’t over the top, but maintains a traditional color palate which suits well for the design of the car. When the car hits European showroom floors, the price tag should just top $140,000.

BMW M4 GTS May Arrive on North American Soil

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BMW has historically always made a special edition of their M-cars. Following the M3 lineup, the Bavarian automaker has developed the 1988 M3 Evolution, the 1990 M3 Sport Evo, the 95 M3 GT, the 03 M3 CSL, the 2010 M3 GTS and then the 201 M3 CRT. Now to add to that lineup, 300 M3 GTS Special Edition will arrive in the US out of the 700 to be produced.

These special edition vehicles usually get a standard package treatment which includes more horsepower, tuned suspension, weight savings, and new aero all for the sole purpose of making a track ready street vehicle. The new M4 GTS is no different with power bumped to 493hp and 442lb/ft of torque which propels it to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds. The entire package together was put to the test at the legendary Nurburgring circuit where it clocked in a 7-minute, 28-second lap.

Lexus RCF GT Concept Debuts


The RC F GT Concept is a race prepped street car which is slotted between the production RC F and the RC F GT3 race car. The GT Concept will be powered by the 5.0L V8 that’s currently in the RC F, but will be slightly tuned with a performance exhaust and a modified lubricating and cooling system to keep things in check.

The RC F GT Concept will also go on a healthy diet shedding almost 800 pounds thanks to the use of carbon and composite materials throughout. According to Jeff Bracken, VP of Lexus, “The GT Concept shows the opportunities of the platform and powertrain that underpins our F models”

Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera on Track

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Lamborghini never seems to disappoint when they release the lighter weight versions of their very capable supercars. Spied on track, this may be the first seen pictures of the long awaited Hurcan Superleggera.

The tell tale signs of this being more than your typical Huracan is a raised exhaust exit at the back, and the much louder decibels belching out of the V10 motor as it races around the Nurburgring. Little is to be told from the body work, but expect the Hurcan Superlegerra have a more aggressive aero package when it goes into production.

No official information has been released about the performance of the Hurcan Superleggera. But following other Superleggera in the past, power output will be upped from the standard Hurcana’s 602hp. This Superleggera will likely pump out upwards of 620hp.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8 Spied Testing


Aston Martin’s latest Vantage GT8 was caught on camera stretching its legs on the Nurburgring. looks particularly mean in matte black with a nice big wing on the back.

The Vantage GT8 is a fully race prepped version of the V8 Vantage. Aero detailings include a new more aggressive front facia and a massive rear wing for downforce. The GT8 will follow use a smaller and lighter engine which will help with weight distribution. The engine will be a 4.7L V8 which will pump out a healthy 450hp. Continuing with the minimalist approach of most race variants of standard cars, the interior of the GT8 will likely only include the bare essentials.

The Vantage V8 continues the long going legacy of the Vantage line of vehicles from Aston Martin. Prospective buyers might already be a little late to the line as only 150 units will be produced.

All New Ford GT Goes on Sale

2017 Ford GT

The rumors surrounding Ford’s new approach to sales for their GT is true. Following in the foot steps of Ferrari, Ford will open up an online application process for prospective owners of the all new GT. From there, Ford will select the worthy customer and give them the privilege of owning the GT.

As a new owner of a Ford GT, you will get to customize and personalize many aspects of your car. For those who can’t fork over the briefcase full of cash, there’s always the online configurator to tide you over as you dream about your GT. As of now, no official specs for the engine has been released. What we do know is that pricing will start around $450,000 and power estimates should be north of 630hp.

Volkswagen Polo WRC Sketch Released


Volkswagen engineers have been hard at work designing and putting together their all new Polo R WRC car for the 2017 season of the FIA World Rally Championship. In between all that hard work, they released the first renders of what the public can expect to see running down the tarmac and gravel stages.

The redesigned Volkswagen Polo R WRC is going to be a wider and shorter version of its predecessor. Sitting at a solid 2.0 inches wider, the 2017 car will also come in lighter by 55 lbs than last years car. To accommodate the wider arches, the front splitter is also wider and the aero continues to the rear of the car in the form of a large rear wing. The 2017 car will breathe better as well thanks to more flowing air restrictors which help bump the power output by 60hp versus the previous car.

Mercedes-AMG Quietly Facelifts the CLA45

With only 3 years of production under its belt, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 gets a minor facelift with subtle updates to make the CLA45 even better. We test drove and reviewed the original CLA45 over in Las Vegas a couple of years ago and have grown to love the little four door coupe from Affalterbach, and it’s great to see Mercedes-AMG continue to improve on what is already an excellent car.

Starting with the exterior, the CLA45 gets upgraded aerodynamics in the form of an upgraded front bumper with the classic AMG A-Wing design, rear diffuser insert with 4 vertical fins, as well as a lip spoiler on the trunk. An optional aerodynamics package adds a larger front splitter, additional winglets, and a lip spoiler.

Performance wise, last year’s upgraded drivetrain consisting of a 25hp bump (now to 381hp) along with the shorter gear ratios installed in the AMG 7 speed DCT improves on the original CLA45’s performance. 0 to 100km/h now arrives in only 4.2 seconds using the RACE START launch control system.

The 2017 CLA45 arrives in showrooms this fall. Check out our gallery below and let us know what you think of the upgrades.

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MINI Clubman ALL4 and JCW Convertible Make World Debut


The MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 and the John Cooper Works Convertible that were announced back in January both made their world debuts in New York at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The ALL4 all-wheel-drive system is a front-wheel drive system that will shift power from the front to the rear wheels whenever conditions warrant it. The power shift takes just a fraction of a second. The new ALL4 system is also lighter and more compact than previous all-wheel drive platforms for improved handling and fuel economy. Both the Cooper Clubman ALL4 and Cooper S Clubman ALL4 come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission but an 8-speed automatic is optional.

The MINI Convertible gets the John Cooper Works treatment with a stiffer suspension, redesigned body kit, 18″ wheels and red brake calipers. Under the hood on the JCW Convertible is a 2.0L turbo engine that pumps out 228 horsepower. Canadian pricing information is not available for these new MINIs but in the US the MINI Cooper Clubman ALL4 will start at $26,750, and the MINI Cooper S Clubman ALL4 will start at $33,330. The MINI Convertible John Cooper Works will start at $35,600.

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Spyker C8 Preliator Arrives in North America

The Latest iteration of the Spyker C8, the Preliator is on display here in New York at the 2016 New York Auto Show. You may be thinking, didn’t Spyker go out of business? Yeah you wouldn’t be wrong but they resurfaced from bankruptcy with the help of an electric airplane company. That led many to believe that the next project from Spyker would be a full fledged electric vehicle of some sort but everyone was wrong. The C8 Preliator is not an electric vehicle, and in fact it still has the same Audi 4.2L V8 under the hood except this time around it has a supercharged strapped to it boosting output to just under 520 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic gear box.

The entire vehicle has been overhauled and improved compared to its predecessor. The all aluminium space frame has been redesigned and is 10% stiffer, the wheelbase has been increased providing a more stable ride and the interior has been revamped.

The Preliator name, which means fighter or warrior in latin not only pays tribute to their aviation heritage (fighter jets) but symbolizes the rocky past couple of years in which Spyker has fought and won many battles only to come out stronger than ever.

The C8 Preliator will be limited to 50 units and will begin production once the remaining units of its predecessor, the C8 Aileron are complete.

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