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    Official: 2016 Jaguar F-Type debuts available manual transmission, AWD [w/video]
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    If you're like us, you fell in the deepest, darkest sort of love with Jaguar's F-Type the moment its voluptuous form first surfaced. The car's full-bodied engine specs only furthered our ardor, and the droptop Jag sealed the deal before we even turned a wheel – all it took was hearing its ...

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    Official: 2015 VW Golf R priced from $36,595* [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: An earlier version of this story indicated that pre-orders were already open for this model, but Volkswagen points out that they will only begin at a later date still to be determined. The text below has been updated accordingly. How much would you be willing to spend on a Rabbit? You're ...

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    Official: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V blasts into LA
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    The first details about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V recently hit the web ahead of the official debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the latest model to wear Caddy's high-performance V moniker is officially official, and the specs are even better than initial rumors suggested. The latest ...

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    Video: Sports 800 is a progenitor of Toyota performance
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    There's an automotive axiom that claims it's more fun to drive a slow car fast, than a fast car slow. If that's the case, then pushing a Toyota Sports 800 around must be one of the most exhilarating experiences behind the wheel in the world. With just 800cc of displacement from a two-cylinder ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.18.14
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    Big, topless Bentley sure is Grand It's been a while since we've had a properly huge, grand Bentley convertible in our market, following the departure of the Azure. But lo, Bentley has introduced the aptly named Grand Convertible, just days before the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's based on the new ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #406
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    Episode #406 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, and Chris Bruce talk about the Mustang Shelby GT 350, the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the Volkswagen Golf winning Motor Trend Car of the Year honors. We start with what's in the Autoblog Garage and finish up ...

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    Spy Shots: Porsche Cayman GT4 speeds back into view
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    We're all familiar with the succession of numbers that follow the letters GT on a hard-core Porsche 911: the GT1 that was Stuttgart's Le Mans contender in the late 90s, the GT2 that packs turbochargers but without the Turbo's all-wheel drive and excess weight, and the naturally aspirated GT3 ...

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    Video: Jay Leno rides the Lightning LS-218 electric motorcycle
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    Electric motorcycles are fairly proven tech at this point, with multiple options available to riders. The real challenge now is continuing to improve performance to add range, cut weight and boost power. Jay Leno is back on two-wheels again this week for a ride on the Lightning Motorcycles LS-218 ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Bentley Mulsanne Speed
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    Why does the Bentley Mulsanne Speed exist? Sam Graham, product line director for the Mulsanne, tells us Bentley's Western customers demanded it, many driven by memories of the Arnage T – the hotted-up version of the Arnage R. The Arnage T, you may remember, arrived in 2002 and threw down ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Golf R Variant is the hotter longroof we've been dreaming of
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    A couple of months ago, we brought you spy shots of a Volkswagen Golf R that had been stretched into a proper wagon shape. And now, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen has officially taken the wraps off what it calls the Golf R Variant – a proper longroof version of the oh-so-potent ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 11.17.14
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    Return of the Shelby GT350 The Shelby GT350 nameplate has quite a bit of history. Not only does it carry a legendary name on its hind quarters, it also holds the distinction of being one of the most track-capable Mustang models in Ford's history. In other words, this new Shelby GT350 you see to ...

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    Report: Car companies may need to start curbing model proliferation
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    Looking at the current automotive landscape, especially from German makers, you quickly get the impression that less definitely isn't more. BMW alone offers its 3 Series platform in practically every segment possible, including the regular sedan and 4 Series Gran Coupe, which would seem to be ...

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    Report: Are you the Porsche Pajun?
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    The prospect of Porsche building a smaller version of the Panamera has been an on-again, off-again proposition as the German automaker seems to go back and forth on the project. Last we heard, Porsche had pushed back the so-called Pajun (shorthand for Panamera Junior) until 2019 at the earliest, ...

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    Los Angeles: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a lean, mean, Z/28-fighting machine [w/video]
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    If there's one thing you can count on, it's that the renewed rivalry between the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro will never, ever cease. For every version of Ford's pony car, there's an equally potent Chevrolet. And so with the debut of the Camaro Z/28 earlier this year, Ford has responded with ...

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    Quick Spin: 2016 Audi S6
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    Minutes after spending time in the refreshed 2016 Audi A6 in Germany, we were tossed the keys to its enthusiast-tuned sibling, the Audi S6. In similar manner to its lesser brethren, the S6 has also been updated for the 2016 model year with a new look, a boost in power and additional ...

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    Report: Bob Lutz predicts Fisker-based VL Destino will world's fastest sedan [w/video]
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    Ever look at an EV or a dedicated hybrid and wonder what it'd be like with a conventional, high-output V8 under the hood instead of all those batteries and circuit boards? Bob Lutz and Gilbert Villareal did when it came to the Fisker Karma. The result is the Destino from VL Automotive – a ...

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    Report: Chevy SS successor and RHD Camaro plans axed?
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    If you need the extra convenience of four doors but don't want to give up the thrill of high performance, the Chevrolet SS represents a potent package. The exterior is understated and the design certainly doesn't scream about the 415-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 hiding beneath the hood. ...

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    Official: Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang is a track-day weapon with 500+ hp [w/video]
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    Ford promises more than 500 horsepower and a torque peak above 400 lb-ft. The wait is finally over. After months of spy shots, rumor and innuendo, Ford has officially pulled the wraps off its new Shelby GT350. Judging by the spec sheet and the promises being made – especially that the ...

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    Report: Why the Charger Hellcat can't be ordered with a manual transmission
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    Fans of truly irreverent amounts of horsepower will find lots to love in the form of the 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models. Both of them send 707 ridiculous horsepower to the rear wheels; the only question is whether you want your absurdity delivered with two or four doors. Oh, and ...

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    Video: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat en route to dealers
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    Get ready, world: The 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has officially been unleashed. But rather than just have the big coupes quietly arrive at dealers, Dodge has released this video, showing Hellcats loading up onto car carriers at Fiat-Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario plant. And yes, ...

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