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AddWeekly Recap: 2016 CTS-V gives Cadillac new momentum for the new year

Plus: Notes on the 1984 Audi Sport Quattro, Shelby Super Snake and VW Golf R

We curate the week's events with a focus on the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. Plus, other news and notes from around the car world.

2$1.3B worth of classic cars were auctioned in 2014

Collector car insurance company Hagerty estimates that $1.3 billion in classic vehicles crossed the auction block in 2014 in North America, up slightly from 1.2 billion in 2013. About a third of that was just during the Monterey Car Week.

5Shelby GT350 to be auctioned for charity at Barrett-Jackson in January

Ford is auctioning off the chance to own the very first production example of the latest Shelby GT350 Mustang at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17. There's no reserve on the sale, and all of the proceeds go to the JDRF, a charity that funds type 1 diabetes research.

12White Christmas: Miami Vice Ferrari Testarossa on eBay for $1.75M

Just in time for the holiday season, a seller is offering one of the two 1986 Ferrari Testarossas used in the show Miami Vice on eBay for $1.75M. It comes with Ferrari documentation, the full service history and just 16,000 miles on the odometer.

42Hear the new Cadillac CTS-V torture some tires

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V seems like the type of wonderful gift that Santa might cook up in his workshop for one extraordinarily good boy or girl. However, the first chance for most people to actually see the super sedan and its carbon fiber pieces in real life is at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January. As a stocking stuffer until then, Caddy has released this video featuring the latest V-Series roasting its tires better than any dinner for the holidays.

18Ariel Nomad revealed, will debut on Jan 9

The average Ariel is quite capable of conquering the track. Now the company is turning its eye to the trails with the new, 1600-pound Nomad off-roader. Offering up around 200 horsepower, it won't be "quite as quick as an Atom," but we doubt it'll be any slouch.

242015 Aston Martin Vanquish

Eight-Speed Transmission Doesn’t Hurt, Doesn’t Help

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a stunning machine, indeed. And for 2015, there's a new eight-speed automatic transmission mated to that massive V12. Does that help Aston's $300,000 range-topping grand tourer? We take one for a Quick Spin to find out.

291984 Audi Sport Quattro expected to hammer at nearly half a million dollars

A highly original example of Audi's prototypical homologation special hot hatch is going up for auction, expected to fetch between $350,000 and $475,000.

20VW Jetta GLI, Peugeot 505 are MotorWeek's 1986 Euro sport sedan alternatives

MotorWeek digs into its archives to unearth this showdown between two European sports sedans from the 1980s.

3Aston Martin recalls 7,000+ vehicles over seat heaters

Aston Martin recalls just about every two-door it's sold in the US since July 2006 because of a switch that may not turn off the seat heater.

31Hyundai poaches BMW M engineering chief to lead new performance division

Formerly Vice President of Engineering at BMW's M division, Albert Biermann has now been tasked with developing high-performance vehicles for Hyundai and Kia.

22Signature Edition Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake to get limited production run

With the new Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 on the way, Shelby American is saying goodbye to the old GT500 and the company's even more powerful Super Snake version with its new Signature Edition model. Limited to a total of 50 conversions, they package some of buyers' most common choices into a single vehicle with a few extra touches, as well.

722015 VW Golf R ready for your pre-order on January 8

If you want to be the first person on your block with Volkswagen's latest Golf R parked in your garage, you need to clear some time from your schedule on January 8. VW is opening the pre-order books for the first 500 Stateside examples, complete with some nifty accessories.

602015 Chrysler 300 [w/video]

V8, Fullsize And In A Class Of One

For the 2015 model year, Chrysler hopes that a more clearly defined purpose for its big sedan, combined with liberal dipping into the corporate tech toy box, will rekindle buyer interest. I grabbed the keys of the edgiest of the bunch, the sport-intended 300S, and found a big sedan that gives away some practicality to the rest of its segment mates. The trade-off for the dip in pragmatism is an uptick and driving fun and attitude that should make all the difference for the right buyer.

16Smart Fortwo Brabus drops most of its camo

A high-performance version of the new Smart Fortwo was spotted testing without much camouflage. But just what will provide the grunt – and will the Brabus version finally make it to US showrooms?

132015 Dodge Challenger crash test results slip from last year's model

The Dodge Challenger has netted a five-star overall crash test rating for 2015, but that's not the whole story, as the fullsize muscle coupe saw its front crash rating fall from five to four stars.

2822016 Cadillac CTS-V arrives with 640 hp, 200-mph top speed

Most Powerful Cadillac Ever Prepares To Storm Detroit Auto Show

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V arrives with a massive 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 engine, packing 640 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. This means Caddy's baddest V model ever can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 200 mph. Here's everything we know about the beast so far.

4Range Rover Sport SVR hangs its tail out at Rockingham

Land Rover's new performance utility gets off the old dusty trail and onto the racing circuit to show us what it's got in this minute-and-a-half-long clip.

13Polaris Slingshot now banned in Connecticut, too

Connecticut is the latest state to decide that the Polaris Slingshot is not a motorcycle and therefore can't be registered for the road there. It appears that the only solution is for Polaris to go to the legislature to create a separate designation for vehicles like its three-wheeler.

41Alfa Romeo takes Spider in-house, Mazda-Fiat roadster partnership not dead

Alfa Romeo will base its next Spider not on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but on the same Project Giorgio platform that will underpin other Alfa models, like the replacement for the 159. Mazda will, however, donate the MX-5 for an upcoming roadster from Fiat and Abarth, Alfa Romeo boss Harald Wester told Car.

302015 Audi RS5 Coupe Sport is one of 75

Audi has announced a limited run of its 2015 RS5 Coupe Sport, with just 75 of the customized, 450-horsepower two-doors being offered up to US customers. Prices start at $87,575, and add unique wheels and a completely reupholstered interior that's been finished in fine Nappa leather.

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