AMG CLK-GTR: MERCEDES-BENZ ‘BAHN-BURNER!

Nothing quite equals AMG’s magic formula for racing technology transfer  like the rare CLK-GTR roadster. Prior to signing a cooperation agreement with Mercedes-Benz in 1990, AMG, founded in 1967 by Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher, was a special vehicle tuning and motorsports pioneer in Germany. Its acquisition as a wholly owned Mercedes-Benz subsidiary took place in January 2005. The collaboration has resulted in a number of competition sports cars and ultra-high-performance ...
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2014 JAGUAR XFR-S: DEBUT AT GOODWOOD!

The hot new XFR-S will make its global debut on the famous Goodwood Hill tomorrow.  Jaguar's fastest ever sports sedan will be driven up the Hill by 1988 Le Mans 24-Hour  race winner Andy Wallace. First shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November last, the stunning XFR-S will be joined at the Goodwood Festival of Speed press day by heroes of Jaguar’s sporting past.  A ‘62 Jaguar Mk. II prepared by Jaguar Heritage Racing, and a ‘54 ‘short nose’ Jaguar D-Type – chassis...
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CADILLAC TWIN-TURBO CTS: MIDSIZE MUSCLE!

Cadillac will reveal its new 2014 CTS luxury-performance sedan - with Twin-Turbo  V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission – at the New York International  Auto Show next week. Cadillac will expand the performance portfolio of its CTS lineup with a new 420 horsepower Twin-Turbo V6 model that will be able to sprint to 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds  and top out at 170 mph. “The new Cadillac Twin-Turbo brings a new dimension of technologically advanced performance to the...
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GENEVA AUTO SHOW: SUPER CARS REVISITED!

European recession? What European recession? This year’s Un-Convention-Al Geneva show focused squarely on luxury and million-dollar Supercar  performance. Road Test Editor Howard Walker highlights  some of the showstoppers. Aston Martin Rapide Shooting Brake - Shooting Star  As to the Walker Car of the Show? That would be this automotive work of art created by the famed Italian coachbuilder Bertone for a dedicated Aston collector. It’s essentially a station wagon version of A...
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2014 MERCEDES-AMG SLS: BLACK & BAD!

CAR Magazine’s Ben Barry track tests the latest AMG Bad Boy from Mercedes-Benz – Black Series SLS – on the Circuit Paul Richard  in the south of France. Mercedes-AMG has just unleashed the most extreme version of the SLS, the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 racecar, the fifth Black Series model boasts a fascinating mix of breathtaking design, outstanding driving dynamics and uncompromising lightweight construction in line with the "AMG Lightweight Performance" str...
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2014 CORVETTE C7: LET THE SUN SHINE IN!

Drop-top C7 revealed in Geneva; next stop New York Auto Show for  North American Intro. Chevrolet revealed the ‘14 Corvette Stingray convertible featuring an all-new, fully electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car’s key fob, at the Geneva Motor Show. The top can also be opened or closed on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph. “The convertible has been a part of the heart and soul of Corvette since the very beginning in 1953,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of globa...
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ALFA ROMEO 4C: COMPACT SUPERCAR!

Powered by a turbocharged all-aluminum, mid-mounted, 1.75-liter Four, the lightweight 4C weighs under-nine-pounds-per-horsepower. The final version of the Alfa Romeo 4C will make its début at the 83rd International Motor Show in Geneva. This two-seat mid-engined rear-wheel drive coupé represents the true essence of a sports car and Alfa Romeo’s DNA. Designed by Alfa Romeo engineers and produced in the Maserati plant in Modena, the new compact Supercar will go on sale this year, marking the...
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