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Watch this 2,000HP Lamborghini spin out at 320 KM/H... into a pond

Posted Jan 28th 2015 1:00PM



While the video of exotic supercars tearing up a runway at near-lightspeed has been seen before, we have to admit watching this Lamborghini rip up the 1/2 mile from a standing start is pretty badass in itself. The part that really grabbed our attention was when the Lamborghini and its driver left the track at 320 km/h (200 mph) and promptly spun out, crashing into a nearby pond.

A factory stock Lamborghini can be a handful for many drivers. Just ask the drivers of these previous incidents involving Lamborghinis and their owners. So what's the most prudent thing to do if you wanna go faster? Take your Lamborghini Gallardo to hop-up shops like Heffner Performance to prove your mettle and bravery (Gallardo roughly translates to bravery) and transform your (at least) 520 hp Gallardo to a mind-numbing 2,000 horsepower straight line monster.

The owner of this particular Heffner Lamborghini built his car in order to compete in the annual wannaGOFAST event in Florida this past weekend. For those of you not familiar with wannaGOFAST events, check out their site here and come back. The TL;DR version - they set up awesome 1/2 mile races on runways for people with cars that cost more than more than most homes. It's rad.

Luckily there were no injuries to the driver or any bystanders. Damage to the custom Lamborghini Gallardo is unknown, but we'll update when we get more information. Check out the video below.

News Source: ThatRacingChannel via YouTube, Autoblog France

2017 Jaguar XE

Posted Jan 28th 2015 12:00PM

Pouncing On The Wide-Open Compact Luxury Sports Segment




For the first time in decades, the prize for the best-driving compact luxury sport sedan is very much up for grabs.

BMW's 3 Series, the segment's longstanding archetype, has grown a bit soft, distant and pricy. Its Japanese rival from Infiniti, the Q50, lost the plot thanks to its video game steering and dated powerplant. The Audi A4 is due for replacement and the fantastic Mercedes-Benz C-Class skews luxury over sport. The Cadillac ATS? With an excellent chassis hobbled by middling powertrains and the devil's own infotainment system, it isn't selling. Unlikely as it sounds, the Lexus IS is probably the segment's best driver, but you've got to learn to love those turn-to-stone looks.

So, where's a segment malcontent to look? Provided he or she is patient enough to wait for this car's spring 2016 arrival, allow us to recommend the 2017 Jaguar XE.

Let's be honest. Jaguar really needed to come out with guns blazing. The last time the British brand battled in the compact premium sport sedan segment, its much-maligned X-Type slinked into the underbrush, tail between its legs after just a single generation. While the X was in some ways a better car than history will begrudge it, there's no getting around that Jaguar brought a front-wheel-drive knife to a rear-wheel-drive gun fight.

Image Credit: Copyright 2014 Chris Paukert / AOL

Kia Sorento and Pierce Brosnan make The Perfect Getaway for the Super Bowl

Posted Jan 28th 2015 11:00AM



Automakers keep rolling out their Super Bowl ads online days ahead of the actual game, but the extended cut of Kia's commercial for the 2016 Sorento is probably the best of the batch released so far. The spot does a great job of combining action and humor into a tight package, while showing off the CUV in the snow.

The ad, titled The Perfect Getaway Vehicle, stars former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan as he is pitched for the Kia commercial. Brosnan tries to imagine it all, but given a career mostly as a suave action star, he misunderstands the slightly more realistic style that the brand is going for.

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News Source: Kia Motors America via YouTube

Image Credit: Related images copyright 2015 Matthew Askari / AOL

2016 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG Hulks out again, spotted snow testing

Posted Jan 28th 2015 9:00AM



The last time we saw Mercedes-Benz testing its camouflaged, lime-green G63 AMG, it was on the sunny roads of Germany. Perhaps recognizing that this was a tragic waste of its talents, Mercedes has now moved testing of its new brute to the windy, snowy tarmac of Sweden.

Besides being a far more suitable environment for its monstrous G-Wagen, Mercedes' arrival in Scandinavia gives us yet another look at its 6x6-inspired updates. Judging by the license plates, this is the exact same vehicle we spotted way back in November, which gave us our original look at the impending arrival of the G's hoisted-up ride height, more aggressively flared fenders and meatier off-road-ready tires.

As with our previous report, our spies are still arguing that the next G63 will be fitted with Mercedes' 5.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V8. That means as much as 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque will be on tap, and it'll all be dispatched via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The next G-Wagen is still on pace for a debut this year, although we still aren't sure where. Forced to put money on it, we'd bet on a European show, likely March's Genevan extravaganza or September's Frankfurt show.

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News Source: CarPix

Mercedes Super Bowl spot harkens back to tortoise and hare

Posted Jan 27th 2015 7:55PM



With just six automakers scheduled as advertisers during the 2015 Super Bowl, they sure aren't trying to keep things a surprise ahead of the kick off. After already teasing its spot days ago, Mercedes-Benz is the latest to fully reveal a minute-long commercial for the game. The whimsical ad modernizes Aesop's age-old fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare with a dose of muscle from the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S.

The spot, titled Fable, starts exactly as you would expect, with a forest full of animals congregating to watch the boastful hare race the steady tortoise. Although, this race apparently takes place in Germany because the turtle eventually stumbles upon the AMG factory and its latest twin-turbocharged sports coupe.

The commercial isn't quite as gripping as Mercedes' 2013 Super Bowl ad for the CLA-Class with Kate Upton and Willem Dafoe as the devil, but the new one might be an opportunity for much of the audience to see the GT for the first time. See for yourself, below.

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News Source: Mercedes-Benz USA via YouTube

Image Credit: Related images copyright 2015 Seyth Miersma / AOL

2015 Autosport International Performance Car Show

Posted Jan 27th 2015 7:29PM


If you are interested in racing, chances that you know the British magazine Autosport. Each year the magazine organizes Autosport International, one of the biggest high performance and race car shows on the planet in the city of Birmingham, England. When talking about race cars, the range of vehicles displayed at 2015 Autosport International includes literally everything from the simple karts all the way to Formula 1.

The annual event is often called the largest motorsport show in Europe and this year's event celebrated 25 years of its existence. A total of 700 exhibitors, representing all sectors of motorsports filled over 1-million square feet of sprawling floor space at the National Exhibition Centre with rare race cars, performance parts and amazing car collections.

It goes without saying that the British are highly passionate about cars and auto racing, as UK enthusiasts are known for their highly respected automotive culture that's been passed from generation to generation across the entire car crazy country.

Click here to take a tour of the incredible cars and highlights we spotted at the show, as we obsessively cover Autosport International 2015 in our full photo gallery.

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2015 Corvette Z06 and Viper TA square off at the strip

Posted Jan 27th 2015 7:00PM



There are many long-standing grudge matches among automobiles: 911 vs GT-R, Mustang vs Camaro, Ferrari vs Lamborghini... but as far as high-end American metal goes, it doesn't get much more legendary than Viper vs 'Vette. So after Chevy released the new Corvette Z06, we knew it was only a matter of time before it would have to square off against the Viper TA. And what better place to pit these two parallel pillars of American performance than on the drag strip?

Fortunately that's just what we have here. In one corner, the 2014 Dodge Viper TA, with its 8.4-litre V10 pumping out 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. In the other, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the supercharger on its 6.2-litre V8 more than making up for the discrepancy in displacement and cylinder count to produce 650 hp and just as much torque. But numbers don't tell the whole story, so watch the video clip to see which reaches the end of the quarter-mile first.

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News Source: To the Floor via YouTube

Rowan Atkinson selling his McLaren F1 for $12M

Posted Jan 27th 2015 6:00PM



Likely most associated in North America with his portrayal as the bumbling Mr. Bean, British comedian Rowan Atkinson has been quite an auto fanatic for years, making several appearances and at least one crash at the Goodwood Revival. When not racing or acting, he's known for driving a dark purple McLaren F1, but the supercar is now up for sale. Atkinson isn't just giving it away, though, with an asking price of 8 million pounds (US$12 million / CAD$14.9 million).

Atkinson bought the iconic McLaren new in 1997 but has crashed it at least twice since then. The first was a low-speed hit with an Austin Metro in 1999, but a shunt in 2011 did much more harm. McLaren Special Operations reportedly estimated the cost to rebuild the F1 at 910,000 pounds, and Atkinson's insurance company paid to have it done, according to the Western Daily Press in the UK.

Now, the McLaren is up for sale by broker Taylor and Crawley with 41,000 miles (65,900 kilometres) on it, though it's not pictured on the company's website, as of this writing. "Apart from the accidents, I think Rowan has enjoyed every minute with the F1 and I think he will have withdrawal when it is gone," said David Clark, owner of Taylor and Crawley, to the Western Daily Press.

The price of Atkinson's F1 is certainly eye watering. One sold in the UK for about $5.6 million in 2012 and a GTR version went for $5.28 million in 2014. Gooding and Company even estimated one at $12-$14 million during the Monterey Car Week.

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News Source: Western Daily Press, Taylor and Crawley via Jalopnik

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Volvo launching XC60 giveaway instead of Super Bowl ad

Posted Jan 27th 2015 5:00PM



Volvo won't be among the many automakers airing commercials during the Super Bowl this year. That could be because it's a relatively small automaker, in the grand scheme on things, and is channeling its cash into a massive product initiative. But it isn't ignoring the Big Game altogether.

Instead of spending big on a Super Bowl ad, the Swedish automaker will be giving away five of its XC60 crossovers as part of the Volvo Interception campaign. During the game, Volvo will be asking the public to nominate who they feel most deserves to be gifted the new car, and why, by tweeting their submissions with the #VolvoContest hashtag. After the nominations are in, the company will select five winners.

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