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McLaren P1 GTR to Debut at Geneva

‘The McLaren P1 needs more power!” said no one ever about the already insane 903 bhp hypercar. Yet McLaren felt the need to turn up the dial up on one of the fastest street-legal cars on the planet. McLaren has just released a teaser video for the production version of it’s track special P1 GTR.

Continuing on the breathtaking racing liveried P1 GTR design concept from the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren has been hard at work refining and tweaking the car to be debuted at the 2015 International Geneva Auto Show in March. McLaren says that they have “further enhanced the cooling and aerodynamics over the design concept”. This is an amazing feat of engineering, considering that the “standard” P1 already has about 600 kg of maximum downforce.

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BMW M5/M6 To Get AWD

Since the 1970s, BMW has used the slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine” to describe their brand philosophy. Traditionally this meant that they kept their sedans rear wheel drive to give their cars a more sporting credential, and this is especially true when it comes to their all-out “M”, or Motorsport, cars. However, BMW has just announced that they will be adding all wheel drive to some of their most aggressive sedans.

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Your Going To Want This Lamborghini Smartphone

Automotive branded cell phones are nothing new, everyone from Porsche to Ferrari has had their logo plastered on special edition phones in the past. However, a new Tonino Lamborghini phone released at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show has blown the rest of these phones out of the water.

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2016 Cadillac CTS-V Boasts Monstrous Power

Not to be outdone by everyone else at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, General Motors have brought their own goodies to their Cadillac Booth. More specifically, everyone’s eyes are likely to be fixated on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan.

Aimed squarely at rivals such as the BMW M5, Audi RS6, and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, the Cadillac CTS-V takes the old, yet magical sports sedan formula of stuffing a monstrous engine under the hood of an otherwise unassuming luxury sedan. In this case, General Motors have decided to use a slightly detuned version of the engine in the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 , the 6.2 Liter Supercharged LT4 V8. The engine makes a whopping 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque in the CTS-V. That is more horsepower and torque than a Ferrari 458 Speciale!

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The Alfa Romeo 4C Goes Topless

Alfa Romeo has had a long, fairly unsuccessful past with North America, but they have promised to come back in full force. In keeping their promise, they have just announced the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider at the North American International Autoshow in Detroit.

To refresh, the Alfa Romeo 4C is a small, mid-engined, two passenger sports car made from a carbon fiber monocoque. It is powered by a heavily turbocharged 1.7 liter four cylinder engine, putting out 237 hp and 260lb-ft of torque. That may not sound like much these days, but the 4C is one of the lightest sports cars on the market. Alfa Romeo claims a curb weight of only 2,194 lbs (995 kg). For now, the only transmission offered is a six speed dual clutch gearbox operated via paddles. This means that the 4C will accelerate 0-100 km/h (0-62 mp/h) in 4.5 seconds and will eventually reach a top speed of 258 km/h (160 mp/h).

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F-Bomb: The all new Ford GT

Looks like this year’s North American International Autoshow is going to be an exciting one. On the first day, both the new Acura NSX and new Ford GT have been unveiled just hours apart. Although both are just as exciting, the NSX reveal has been slightly muted by the fact that we have seen it before. The new Ford GT however, has all eyes on it as a jaw dropping beautiful surprise.

When Ford decided to resurrect the GT nameplate in about a decade ago to pay homage to their legendary GT40 race car that not only beat Ferrari at LeMans, a race that they were dominating, but they also made a flawless 1-2-3 victory in their first race.  The previous Ford GT had a very prominent retro-theme to it, with an exterior and interior based off the design of the old GT40. This new one however, is a modern, even futuristic in it’s demeanor.

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The New Acura NSX Is Finally Here!

After years of teasing us with the new-generation NSX, Acura has finally unveiled the final production version today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It’s been 10 years since the last generation Acura NSX halted production, and Acura has delivered on their promise of an all new NSX. However, Acura is very tight lipped about final performance figures of the NSX for now.

The exterior of the new Acura NSX remains largely unchanged from the concept that Acura unveiled at the 2012 Detroit Autoshow. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it still looks very futuristic even today. It will be built on a chassis made from a mix of advanced materials, such as carbon fiber, an aluminum spaceframe, and high-strength steel alloys. Moreover, this is the first time that Acura has shown the interior of the car.  Dubbed by Acura as the “human support cockpit”, it looks to be a handsome interior with some styling flair to match the exterior, yet not overdone to the point of excess.

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Noble M600 Speedster Revealed

The Noble M600 is probably the most “old school” supercar on the market today.  It has no ABS, the brakes are barely assisted, and unlike some other cars, you can turn the traction control completely off. However, that doesn’t stop it from being one of the fastest supercars either. With a lightweight stainless steel and carbon fiber chassis, it has a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds, and a 0-100 mph time of 6.5 seconds, proving that old school doesn’t mean slow. Now Noble has released an open-top version, aptly named the Speedster, so that customers can feel the air slicing off their face as they accelerate past the 220 mph mark.

The Noble M600 Speedster will retain the coupé’s Yamaha-sourced 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 that’s revs all the way up to 7000 rpm. The M600 has a knob that allows users to choose how much boost, and consequently power, that the engine will make. The choices range from a 450 hp “Road” setting, to a 550 hp “Track” setting, to the frankly ridiculous 650 hp “Race” setting.

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2016 Lexus GS F: First Look

The fast executive sedan market has traditionally dominated by the Germans. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi have all handed over their executive sedans to their performance arm and they have all produced some serious metal. The Americans have been busy with the new Dodge Charger Hellcat and the Cadillac CTS-V. Until now, the Japanese have strangely kept clear from this market. However, Lexus wants to show the world that they too can make a fast sedan. Enter the Lexus GS F.

Powering the Lexus GS F is the familiar 5.0 liter naturally-aspirated engine that is found in their smaller performance car, the RC F. This engine makes 467 hp at 7,100 rpm and 389 lb-ft of torque between 4,800 and 5,600 rpm. Sadly there is only no manual option, only an eight-speed automatic transmission to send the power to the rear wheels. Lexus’ engineers have provided some tech that is supposed to help make the GS F handle better. It comes equipped with a “Torque Vectoring Differential” that optimally distributes torque to each rear wheel. This is done using a series of controlled multi-plate clutches, rather than using the brakes as some other manufacturers are doing. In contrast, the Lexus RC F uses a conventional Torsen-type Limited Slip Differential.

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