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Jun 30, 2011 12:54 pm | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Aston Martin Rapide in AlaskaDuring an epic, three-day trip an Aston Martin Rapide will venture through the harsh wilderness of Alaska to showcase the endurance and durability of the V-12 powered luxury sedan. The very first Rapide to ever be seen in the country’s northernmost state has already taken off from Anchorage and will travel to Fairbanks and as far as the...

Jun 30, 2011 02:40 pm | Nelson Ireson

Porsche returns to Le Mans for the 2014 seasonPorsche has officially thrown its hat back into the Le Mans prototype ring, with a newly developed LMP1 prototype racer in the works for the 2014 season. This video gives us a look at some past Porsche winners at Le Mans. Porsche, of course, has many winners to choose from in its history, having won overall at the legendary endurance race 16...

Jun 30, 2011 02:46 pm | Richard Read

2012 Ford Focus ElectricElectric vehicles have upsides and downsides. On the upside, they crank out far fewer pollutants than their fossil-fuel-swilling cousins, and they may help ease dependence on foreign oil. On the downside, they're quiet. Too quiet. While some of you might find that a good thing, EV's lack of sound poses a real threat for pedestrians, especially...

Jun 30, 2011 03:13 pm | Joel Feder

2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe first driveFor years BMW fans have longed for the return of the original M3 philosophy. That philosophy was a light weight sports car bred for racing and built for the street. The Current M3 is heavy and filled with technology. BMW feels it has answered its fans requests with the new 2011 1M Coupe. Depending on your definition of better, many will look at...

Jun 30, 2011 12:53 pm | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe with M Sports Package spy shotsYesterday we brought you spy shots of a prototype for the new 2013 BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, a car first previewed by the Concept Gran Coupe at the 2010 Beijing Auto Show and destined to go on sale in the second half of next year. Today, we have new spy shots of the same car, this time fitted with its optional M Sports Package. Looking virtually...

Jun 30, 2011 09:19 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed Sculpture Each year the UK’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is marked by the unveiling of an oversized sculpture centering on an automotive theme, and this year’s event, which takes place this week, will be no different. Last year it was Alfa Romeo celebrating its centenary and the year before that it was Audi. For 2011 Jaguar has taken it upon...

Jun 30, 2011 08:49 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

BMW front-wheel drive car spy shotsIn the early part of last year BMW confirmed it was working on a new front-wheel drive model to slot in below its current 1-Series and compete with the likes of the Audi A1 and next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Now, just one year onwards, we have what’s likely to be the first spy shots of a prototype for the entry-level BMW, which were...

Jun 30, 2011 08:54 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

BMW Vision EfficientDynamics (a.k.a. i8)The BMW i8 supercar, well, the working prototype of the luxury automaker’s future plug-in hybrid, has been spotted several times before on the set of the latest Mission Impossible movie, but now we have the first official trailer starring the prototype as well as the recently revealed BMW 6-Series Convertible. So far we’ve seen the i8...

Jun 30, 2011 07:35 am | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2013 Lotus EspritOnly a week ago we reported that Lotus was planning a turbocharged version of its new in-house developed V-8 engine for a high-performance ‘R’ version of its upcoming 2013 Esprit supercar, and now we have details that a ‘Superleggera’ flagship model is also planned. This super-light model is destined to be one of...

Jun 30, 2011 06:55 am | Anne Proffit

Dr Mario TheissenDr Mario Theissen retires as BMW Motorsport director, officially, on the final day of June while Jens Marquardt formally assumes sole responsibility for BMW's racing projects the following day. Dr Theissen has been with BMW for 34 years and leaves behind great successes and challenges overcome. "I have really enjoyed my years with BMW," he said...

Jun 30, 2011 07:00 am | Chris Weiss

Local Motors Rally FighterWicked awesome. That's how Local Motors (and much of the world) thinks of its first car, the Rally Fighter. In a new video from Translogic, CEO and co-founder Jay Rogers explains that when you open car design up to the masses, you're bound to get an overwhelming majority of amateurish rubbish (he didn't go so far as to say rubbish, but we're sure...

Jun 29, 2011 05:20 pm | Viknesh Vijayenthiran

2010 Volkswagen EosIf you’re in the market for a quality German engineered convertible but without the exorbitant pricetags normally associated with such cars, then the 2011 Volkswagen Eos may be for you. It features niceties found in much more expensive cars like an all-season automated folding hard-top, leather trim, a sporty turbocharged engine and a trick...

Jun 30, 2011 05:42 am | Nelson Ireson

2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.The first modern electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster stands as an icon despite sales of fewer than 2,500 units to date. Offering the speed fiend an alternative to gasoline, the Roadster is quick, stylish, and truly green. MotorAuthority gives it an 8. Based on a chassis built by Lotus and delivered to Tesla's assembly plant, it's no wonder the...

Jun 30, 2011 05:40 am | Nelson Ireson

2011 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMGLong a benchmark in the full-size luxury sedan class, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the varied ever. From the entry-level $90,000 S400 Hybrid to the high-performance, range-topping $200,000 S65 AMG, the S-Class spans a range beyond the scope of the competition. MotorAuthority rates the S-Class a 9 overall. Performance, like the range, varies...

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