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One short year after McLaren Automotive launched its MP4-12C supercar, the British automaker is teasing the open-air version ahead of its scheduled July 3 debut.
Taking knowledge learned competing with its GT3 race car and bringing it to the street, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new 2013 SLS AMG GT.
Hinged on a technicality, the M135i concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show is based on a 1-Series hatchback layout exclusive to the European market. However, a recent interview between BMWblog and Nitschke revealed that an M135i tailored for the North American market will be available. Rather than a hatchback format, the American M135i will likely adopt a coupe or convertible layout.
No word on the official release date for the hot little Bimmer, but its arrival should come well after the standard second-generation 1 Series in 2013. BMW is refraining from revealing official performance numbers as well, but we expect the solid twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six to produce roughly 340 hp.
GALLERY: BMW M135i Concept
When you create the world’s fastest convertible with 1,200 hp, it’s hard to showcase just how magnificent it is. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse may require a lot more than just a video to do it justice, but this 2:28 clip does comes close.
The French automaker took its latest and greatest creation out to some of the world’s most scenic locations. Armed with a multitude of cameras and high-flying angles, the promotional video on the Grand Sport Vitesse features an epic soundtrack that embodies what the machine is all about — excess.
The Grand Sport Vitesse has 199-hp more than the previous Grand Sport and the 1,200-hp is backed by 1,106 lb-ft of torque thanks to its 7.9-liter W16 powerplant and four turbochargers.
For many of us that will never have the opportunity to ride in one, nevermind drive it, this video is all we have to enjoy.
Watch the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse video after the break.
Custom builders have been able to create some unique and exciting cars from Toyota’s dull model lineup in the past, so it only stands to reason that amazing things are happening as tuners tinker with the new Scion FR-S.
We’ve already seen an in-house performance build from TRD as well as a specially prepared 600-hp FR-S drift car, but tuner Cartel Customs, a California-based company, created the FR-S Speedster you see above.
Starting the FR-S transformation first by lopping off the top, Cartel left a lower windshield in place, installed sloped side windows and a double-bubble deck lid for classic speedster looks. Cartel repainted the car without a body kit to keep the FR-S from having body lines that were overly fussy.
Inside, they treated the car with a redesigned, vintage sports car inspired custom interior, featuring center stack gauge clusters, a bare-bones racer steering wheel and loads of stitched leather everywhere you can imagine — oh and the sound system is gone too.
In addition to a dramatic internal surgery, Cartel also made a few mechanical changes starting with an upgraded clutch, exhaust, and suspension. New brakes, wheels and a carbon fiber rear wing also went into the package.
Look for the Cartel Speedster FR-S make its official debut at the 2012 Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix.
GALLERY: Cartel Speedster FR-S
Absence from the New York Auto Show today didn’t stop the new Jaguar F-Type from stealing the show.
Instead of a traditional teaser, Jaguar poked fun at the spy photographers publications rely on by offering them a break from hanging out in trees. Instead, those attending the press conference saw a short video featuring plenty of footage with a “properly camouflaged” test mule flying around a track.
While mechanical details weren’t released on the F-Type, Jaguar global brand director Adrian Hallmark said during the conference that the F-Type would remain almost entirely true to the C-X16 unveiled last September.