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 |  Aug 20 2013, 9:45 AM

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Can’t get enough of the BMW Concept M4 Coupe? You’re not alone.

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 |  Aug 19 2013, 11:58 AM

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BMW’s 3 Series Coupe is fading away. It’s soon to be replaced by the all-new 2014 4 Series, a car that’s powered by either a four- or six-cylinder turbo. But what about drivers that want even more performance than what’s provided by these base engines? There’s no need to call Scooby Doo and company because the Concept M4 Coupe is a pretty obvious clue as to what’s in the works.

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 |  Jul 26 2013, 10:03 AM

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Our regular Ask AutoGuide feature is all about helping distressed shoppers find the perfect vehicle, be it a cavernous crossover, a sensible sedan or something else entirely. Patrons send us a list of what they need and we get to work separating gold nuggets from gravel to generate a list of recommendations. But this week things are a little different. James forwarded us a message asking for guidance choosing between two different vehicles. Making things easy for us he’s done all the hard work, now all we have to do is share our opinion.

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 |  Jul 17 2013, 3:00 AM

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC

Its lighter, more powerful and ridiculously luxurious. Mercedes officially unveiled its 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic today ahead of its in-person debut during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

There won’t be any mistaking the 2014 S63 AMG when it reaches showrooms, even with its handsome new sheet metal. And while the brand’s biggest and newest performance sedan wears the same handsome styling as its relatively mundane siblings, the engineers behind Mercedes’ AMG arm have been hard at work proving the considerable prowess they hold in building athletic luxury products.

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After all, the most recent products from their training camp have been the A45 and CLA45 AMG models. Time for something a little more grown up, no?

“Following the successful launch of the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG, the new S63 AMG 4MATIC highlights our expertise in the automotive high-end segment,” AMG CEO Ola Kallenius said.

Starting skin deep, a series of changes improve the car over its predecessor. Body panels are crafted from aluminum, the brakes are lighter and buyers can choose optional carbon ceramic units. Carbon fiber is molded to cradle the spare tire and even the front end is made of aluminum. Mercedes even saves weight by using a lithium ion battery and in total cuts 220 lbs from the car. There’s more.

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A newly massaged version of the brand’s 5.5-liter biturbo V8 rests under the hood and makes 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent through AMG’s multi-clutch seven-speed transmission to the brand’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system for the first time in an S63. Collectively, that launches the car from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with 33 percent of the engine’s torque sent to the front and 67 percent to the rear. Top speed is electronically limited to 186 mph.

Mercedes says the car is also more efficient than last year’s model, although official fuel consumption figures haven’t been released.

An updated air suspension that can adapt more readily also promises a more comfortable ride while maintaining performance. Mercedes gave the new S63 AMG higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle, all of which are unique to the car.

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As an AMG model, the cabin gets specific changes as well. Those include a sport steering wheel and seats. Those buckets have been newly designed and Mercedes says they will offer improved support over the previous car. Finally, the cabin gets other touches like an embossed AMG logo on the leather arm rest above the center console.

Mercedes will unveil the car in person early this September during the Frankfurt Motor Show. The company didn’t announce pricing yet, but the outgoing S63 AMG starts at $140,000. Expect that number to climb considerably with the added all-wheel drive and improved materials.

GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Mega Gallery

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 |  Jul 14 2013, 2:32 PM

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This week’s installment of ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ includes three iconic American sports cars – one from each of the Big Three.

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Taking it to the Track

Sharpening our skills with the experts at Calabogie Motorsports Park

 |  Jul 11 2013, 11:35 AM

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We like cars and we really love driving them. But unless your name is Sebastian and you pilot an F1 Red Bull Infiniti, there’s always room to improve one’s skill behind the wheel. At AutoGuide, we are no exception to the rule and any time we get a chance to sharpen our talents, we jump at it.Calabogie-17.jpg

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 |  Jun 22 2013, 12:01 PM

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This week’s installment of AutoGuide’s interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’ pits three true exotic machines head-to-head.

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 |  Jun 16 2013, 1:37 PM

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We are back with this week’s installment of AutoGuide’s newest, interactive weekly feature ‘Commute, Toy or Destroy’.

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 |  Jun 04 2013, 2:32 PM

1. Annoying Engine Stop-Start Feature


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It has power, style and surprisingly good fuel economy. If you haven’t guessed it, the subject of AutoGuide.com’s Five-Point Inspection is the 2013 BMW M6.

In case you didn’t already know, the BMW M6 has one hell of a powerful engine to play with. Its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 makes 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, all while singing up to a 7,200 rpm redline.

That is, if it ever gets there. Maxing first gear out on anything other than a highway on-ramp is grounds for jail time.

On the slower side of daily driving, you’re going to deal with BMW’s engine start-stop technology. Yes, it saves fuel. But it also means that jumping from a foot on the brake to the gas yields disappointing results.

The system is pretty good at starting the engine quickly, but there’s still a little lag time. It’s fun for the first day when the engine roars after every stop sign. Then it gets old faster than the M6 hits 60 mph…. which, by the way, takes just 4.1 seconds.

 |  Jun 04 2013, 12:31 PM

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Chevrolet just announced pricing for the U.S.-exclusive SS  sport sedan.

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 |  May 28 2013, 12:30 PM

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GM just officially announced that the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray will boast 460 hp: an output figure 10 hp greater than the initial estimate. 

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 |  May 22 2013, 7:31 AM

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Rumors of a Maserati supercar based on the Ferrari LaFerrari have been debunked, as the brand’s CEO has denied reports that the Italian automaker is developing its own version of the LaFerrari.

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 |  Apr 19 2013, 1:45 PM

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Chevrolet’s newest Camaro met mixed responses on March 27 when its silk slipped off during the New York Auto Show.

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 |  Mar 27 2013, 1:31 PM

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Chevrolet just revealed what will probably be the biggest surprise to come from the 2013 New York Auto Show, the revival of the Z/28 nameplate for the Camaro.

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 |  Mar 27 2013, 11:43 AM

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A sportier Jaguar limo has hit the New York Auto Show Floor, looking as dynamic and bad-ass as Jaguar intended. Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 26 2013, 12:05 PM

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Powered by Jaguar’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8, the Jaguar XJR debuted today at an event one day before the 2013 New York Auto Show media preview days begin. 

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 |  Mar 20 2013, 7:02 PM

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Maserati might once again be building its own version of the Ferrari halo car just as it did with the Enzo to create its MC12.

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 |  Mar 20 2013, 1:19 PM

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Change is in the works for Chevrolet’s pony car – something tipped two weeks ago in the New York Auto Show’s newsletter.

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 |  Mar 20 2013, 12:26 PM

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Jaguar is building on its line of R performance cars, adding the XJ flagship sedan, which will debut during the 2013 New York Auto Show next week.

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 |  Mar 06 2013, 12:44 PM

The Camaro is Chevrolet’s red, white and blue ponycar. It’s as American as gun ownership and obesity and it’s just been confirmed that a refreshed version of this rear-wheel-drive performance machine will debut at the New York International Auto Show in just a couple weeks.

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 |  Mar 05 2013, 4:22 AM

One of the stars of the Mercedes press conference at this year’s Geneva Motor show is a station wagon. Oh, but not any wagon; this is the CLS63 AMG S-Model 4Matic. It’s a lot of words, but this is a lot of car.

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 |  Feb 26 2013, 5:45 PM

Chevrolet made a big deal about the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 powering its new 2014 Corvette Stingray, but there will also be a smaller V8 option in 2015 if a new report is correct.

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 |  Feb 26 2013, 4:40 PM

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Few car companies are committed to all-out performance quite like McLaren. The boutique British brand is probably best known for its outrageous F1 supercar that set speed records in the 1990s. But the company is far from a one-hit wonder. Over the last decade and a half they’ve been active in racing, worked with other automakers like Mercedes-Benz to deliver some awe-inspiring vehicles and have even developed a successor to the F1 – the elegant looking but awkwardly named MP4-12C.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Geneva Motor Show Coverage

Pushing into the future, McLaren is set to reveal a new supercar at the Geneva Motor Show in just a few days, and believe it or not the P1 as it’s known is actually a hybrid. But don’t worry; it’ll still deliver absolutely crushing performance. Here are the Top 10 things you must know about this exciting new McLaren before it takes the stage next week.

 |  Feb 22 2013, 6:32 PM

General Motors president Mark Reuss will drive the Chevrolet SS pace car this weekend to begin the Daytona 500.

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