New Porsche GT3 Won't Get a Dual-Clutch Transmission

Despite reports to the contrary, the next iteration of the Porsche GT3 will not get a dual-clutch PDK transmission. This news comes direct from Porsche CEO Matthias Muller in a recent interview with Motor Trend.

Read more
Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, GT3 Street Car Coming

It’s time to buckle up as Mercedes-Benz‘s  tuner AMG confirms that they are working on three halo projects for their halo SLS AMG.

Read more
Ferrari Enzo Crashes Into Atlantic Ocean at Targa Newfoundland [Video]

The Targa Newfoundland just got a huge boost in popularity, thanks to Zahir Rana and his Ferrari Enzo.

Any time a Ferari Enzo rashes it’s big news. It’s even bigger when the car crashes into the Atlantic Ocean during a sanctioned open road race. You can’t buy publicity like this. And you probably couldn’t afford to either, with the car worth well over $1 million.

Driven by ZR Auto owner and exotic car enthusiast Zahir Rana, the car is no regular Enzo, but rather a highly modified version by Edo Competition made to look like the ultra-rare FXX and sporting some serious performance modifications. In the past had received a transplant from an FXX model (exactly how Rana managed to get a hold of such an engine is a mystery). More recently it had been converted with a twin-turbo setup, although it’s not known if that was the engine being used during the Targa Newfoundland race.

Watch video of the crash, and the car’s recovery from the ocean after the jump:

Read more
Lotus Evora GTE Confirmed for U.S. Sale

It’s billed as the most powerful Lotus ever made. Based on the brand’s Le Mans racing car it’s also the most hard core. And now you’ll be able to buy one, in America!

Read more
Dodge Viper ACR Tops Lexus LFA, Sets New 7:12 Nurburgring Lap Record

Just a week after Lexus confirmed its LFA Nurburgring Edition had set a new lap record on the Green Hell, Dodge has one-upped the Japanese automaker. With a 7:12 time, the now out of production ACR’s time is a solid two seconds ahead of the $400,000 LFA supercar.

Read more
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale Video, First Look: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show [video]

As the most successful Lamborghini model ever, the Gallardo is getting a solid send-off, with a new limited edition model titled the LP570-4 Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale. Unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, it takes its styling and light-weight from the Gallardo Super Trofeo racing cars, the engine remains unchanged at 562-hp while the sub-3,000 lb. machine manages a 0-62 mph time of just 3.4 seconds.

Read more
Lotus Evora GTE Unveiled as the Most Powerful Lotus Ever: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

After being revealed in concept form at Pebble Beach, just a few weeks later Lotus has rolled out the production version of the Evora GTE Road Car at the Frankfurt Auto Show today. In many ways a road-going version of the Evora GTE race car, the road car holds the title of the most powerful Lotus street car ever, with a supercharged 3.5-liter V6 pumped up to 444-hp.

Read more
Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is a Bright Red Ferrari Fighter: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

It’s not every day you see a red Lamborghini. In fact, it’s likely you’ve never seen one; and for good reason. It seems that “other” Italian exotic automaker has pretty much cornered the market on that particular shade. Unveiled today at the Frankfurt Auto Show there’s good reason for the choice of the Rosso Mars color insists Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann, and no, it’s not just to piss Ferrari off. Rather, it’s used because red is the traditional color of Italian racing cars, and the new Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, is about as close to a race car as any Lambo street machine has ever been.

Read more
Lotus Exige S Reborn With Supercharged V6: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

Having been cut from the Lotus lineup only recently Lotus hasn’t wasted any time in bringing back it’s hard-core track superstar, the Exige. Looking remarkably similar to its predecessor, the new Exige S is a solid 10-inches longer and 2-inches wider than that car.

Read more
Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition Models Revealed: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

After the success of the limited edition DBS Carbon Black model, Aston Martin has revealed two new “Carbon Edition” versions. While essentially just the same set of add-ons but with two new exterior color options, any DBS news is news because, well, the car is stunning.

Read more
Lotus Exige Teased in New Video [Frankfurt Auto Show Preview]

Ahead of its Frankfurt Auto Show premiere of six new models, Lotus has released a perplexing video teaser of one of these new sports cars. But wait, the above screen shot, taken from the boxer-on-a-race-track Lotus Films production, hints that perhaps Lotus will reveal an all-new Exige in Frankfurt.

Don’t expect a production model, but rather a concept, likely powered by either the same non-existent 2.0-liter 4-cylinder as found in the Elise concept, or perhaps the 3.5-liter V6 shared with the Evora.

Previous reports have also suggested the Exige will be a race car intended for use in rally racing.

In addition, Lotus has promised a new Elise S supercharged model, an Evora S IPS (automatic transmission) model, as well as an Elise SPS – using some type of automated manual gearbox. The remaining two cars are expected to be the production version of the Evora GTE Road Car concept, as well as the special Evora S Freddie Mercury Edition.

Look for more details tomorrow at AutoGuide’s official Frankfurt Auto Show page here.

Watch the video after the jump:

Read more
Audi R8 E-Tron: A Step Closer to Reality With New Frankfurt Bound Concept

Think there’s a lot of build-up for a car like the Toyota FT-86? Just be glad you’re not waiting for an electric Audi R8. First introduced two years ago at the Frankfurt Auto Show, the German luxury automaker has now come full circle and will be unveiling the next version of the R8 E-tron in Frankfurt this week.

Read more
Audi TT RS Race Car Now Available to Purchase by Privateer Race Teams

Just as the end of racing season draws near, Audi announces the TT RS Race Car is available for private sale. Although it shares its name with the production car, the new race car is nothing like it.

Read more
Lexus LFA 7:14.64 Production Car Nurburgring Record Confirmed [Video]

A slap in the face to internet bench racers everywhere, Lexus has confirmed its 7:14.64 Nurburgring lap time. Whether or not this is the new production car record is up for some debate, but the LFA is certainly one of the leaders with the only other cars to post quicker times being obscure models like the Gumpert Apollo, or the Radical, which isn’t street legal in many countries. True, Lexus may only have built 500 LFAs and just 50 of these custom are Nurburgring edition models (like the record setting car), however, unlike those cars, the limited number of cars isn’t as a result of a lack of demand or production capability by the automaker.

Powered by the same 4.8-liter V10 engine as the “regular” LFA, the Nurburgring Edition makes 10 more horsepower for a total of 562-hp. Suspension and aerodynamic upgrades are also included. Priced at $70,000 more than the already expensive $375,000 model, just 50 of the 500 LFA models will be Nurburgring editions.

The previous non-obscure record holder was the Porsche GT2 RS.

Watch the proof after the jump:

Read more
Audi R8 to Make U.S. Racing Debut at 24 Hours of Daytona

After recently achieving its 100th victory in international motorsports, the Audi R8 will finally look to add to that tally on American soil. Audi has announced that for the 2012 season the R8 LMS race car will be homologated to meet racing standards for the Grand Am Endurance Series, with the R8 set to make its race debut at the 50th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 28th.

Read more