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    Official: 2015 Audi S3 configurator goes live with all the black and silver paint you've hoped for
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    It has already been nearly a year since we completed our First Drive of the premium pocket rocket Audi S3, with official pricing for the car detailed earlier this summer. Those are facts, but facts won't help you while away your lunchtime in blissful, car-dreaming reverie, will they? No, for ...

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    Video: A Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 retrospective, by Gear Patrol
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    When we think of desirable Ferraris from the 1970s, the choices are somewhat thin. Obviously, there was the 365 GTB/4, better known as the legendary Daytona, but that was initially a product of the 1960s. Really, aside from the arrival of the stylish 308, the 1970s weren't a strong decade for ...

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    First Ride: Energica Ego
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    Throw EV enthusiasts into a room with diehard motorcyclists, and prepare to see sparks fly. The perfect storm of oil and water famously struck when electric bikes first competed at the Isle of Man TT, and the conflict continues every time a battery-powered two-wheeler crosses swords with one of ...

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    Official: Bentley reserves 99 Continental GT3-Rs for North America at $337k apiece
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    Whether they're powered by V8 or W12 engines, the Bentley Continental GT just keeps getting faster and faster. The new Continental GT Speed, for example, is the fastest road-going Bentley ever made, capable of reaching 206 miles per hour. And the Continental GT3-R is the quickest-accelerating ...

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    Video: Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 races Ferrari, McLaren and more at track day
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    Like the famously bizarre Lamborghini LM002, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 feels like a vehicle that shouldn't even exist. With 544 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 routing through all six wheels and five locking differentials, the 6x6 can take on just about anything offroad that ...

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    ETC: Nismo mashes it up with Sentra 370Z and Maxima GT-R [UPDATE]
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    Nismo was a tuning division once content (or required) to restrict itself to just one or two models at a time, but these days Nissan is taking the gloves off and allowing its motorsport department to tune just about everything's it's got. Now in its thirtieth year, Nismo tunes versions of the ...

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    Quick Spin: 2015 Audi S8
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    You've gotta hand it to the Audi A8. Last year, Mercedes-Benz launched the truly stunning S-Class, putting the rest of the high-dollar luxury flagship class on notice. With the brand-new S-Class turning heads and garnering all sorts of praise from the automotive press, classmates like the BMW 7 ...

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    Teased: Are you the 2016 Mazda Miata?
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    Tech nerds are spoiled. Every year, there's a new iPhone that arrives following months and months of breathless speculation and rumormongering. We car folk have a more difficult life, because vehicles with the iPhone's cult-like devotion and following, while plentiful, only receive hefty updates ...

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    Report: Aston Martin gets to work on DB9 successor
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    Introduced over a decade ago, the DB9 is by now the oldest model in the Aston Martin lineup. It predates the arrival of the V8 Vantage, outlasted the Virage and DBS that spun off from it, and outlived the One-77, V12 Zagato and Cygnet that have all come and gone over the length of its tenure. But ...

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    Report: Holden poised to build world's fastest ute, 577 hp on tap
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    While America has its ongoing performance war among the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, a similar battle in Australia might soon be going out with a bang. Both Ford and Holden are cutting back on local production in the coming years, but their performance brands are firing ...

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    Official: 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR unleashed with 550 hp for $110,475* [w/video]
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    Your options for a highly sporty luxury SUV have just become more complicated. That's because in addition to the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG and Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Land Rover has just busted its way onto the scene with this, the 550-horsepower, supercharged Range Rover Sport SVR. Land Rover has ...

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    Official: 'Q by Aston Martin' bringing unique creations to Monterey
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    Want an Aston Martin unlike any other on the road? You'll need to look to Q, and no, we're not talking about the inimitable Desmond Llewelyn. No, we're referring to Aston's in-house customization shop, a one-stop destination that can set your Vantage or Vanquish even further apart from every ...

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    Report: Lexus talks LFA successor
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    Did you just miss out on purchasing one of the 500 Lexus LFA supercars built between 2010 and 2012? "No big deal," you're probably thinking, "I'll just wait until the next time Lexus builds a supercar." Well, we're afraid that you'll be waiting quite a long time. And by long time, we mean about ...

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    Video: Forza Motorsport profiles courageous paralyzed racer
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    It's easy to look at racing video games as just a time waster or a hobby. In reality, though, they're often powerful tools for aspiring racers to learn tracks, race craft and how to set up a car in an easily accessible, risk-free environment. We aren't just talking about proper computer-based ...

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    Video: Jaguar XK and F-Type meet for final sibling faceoff
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    There's nothing that real, dyed-in-the-wool car geeks love so much as to say "Old Car X is actually a lot better than New Car Y." For reasons that defy both logic and science, we all (your author included) are able to, almost simultaneously, bitch about needed advancements in current vehicles and ...

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    First Drive: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R
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    Germany's automakers seem to get their jollies by watching us scratch our heads. Instead of sticking to traditional automotive bodystyles, they've been deliberately blurring the lines between them and inventing new terminology with which to classify their creations. So we're left with low-slung ...

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    Followup: Will Bugatti's Veyron successor be too fast to test?
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    As one of the fastest cars in the world, the Bugatti Veyron is an icon in its own time, but people are fickle and always want to know what's next. Bugatti needs to sell just 15 more examples before the Veyron reaches its 450-car cap. With the end finally in sight, a blindly fast successor may be ...

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    Video: Even 'Ring taxi drivers need to respect the Green Hell
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    The Nürburgring Nordschleife has the reputation as one of the most difficult tracks in the world to master – deservedly so. With 14 miles of roadway and about 160 corners over a massive amount of elevation change, the amount of grip can change from turn to turn. As the driver of the ...

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    Official: Aston Martin updates Vanquish, Rapide S for 2015 [w/videos]
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    For such a small company, Aston Martin certainly keeps busy. Having already previewed its new V12 Vantage S Roadster ahead of its Pebble Beach unveiling, the British marque recently confirmed the arrival of a new Lagonda super sedan. But now it's turning its attention to its two flagship ...

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    Report: Mercedes' AMG Sport line to spread across lineup
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    If you want a performance-oriented Audi but can't stretch to an RS model, you can go for an S instead. If you want a performance-oriented BMW but can't stretch to a full M car, you can go for an M Performance model instead. If you want a performance-oriented Mercedes but can't stretch to an AMG ...

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