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How would you feel about spending half the cost of a 2015 Mustang GT on a slightly older Mustang that runs more than a full second quicker in the quarter-mile? How about an 11-second car that won’t lose a third of its value the first time you drive it, and will save you the cost of a decent 1990 Mustang GT every single year in insurance and financing costs alone? Sounds about perfect, right? One small caveat:
"Some assembly required."

The world would be a wonderful place if we could all afford to plunk down $40,000 to close to $50,000 on the latest and greatest Mustang. But here in the real world of potholes and mosquitoes, budget limitations do have a habit of slapping those ambitious prayers from our mouths. That’s okay, though. Because to paraphrase a certain country singer: Some of life’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers. The rest are half-priced Shelby GT500 "clones."

The new-for-2015 Mustang, code-named S550, is an objectively significant improvement over the "old" S197 chassis. Noticeably lower, wider and smoother-handling than its predecessor, and with 435 horses to boot, the S550 does seem well-tailored for epic battle with them Chivvy boys. It’s a great car — just not as great as the previous-generation Shelby GT500, or even a "clone" version of the same.

Even though the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe hasn’t been unveiled yet, as its official launch is expected at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the model’s 2017 AMG version has already started testing. A camouflaged, pre-production prototype was recently spotted near a Mercedes-Benz testing center in Stuttgart, Germany.

Despite the heavy camouflage, most of the extra design features are easily distinguishable, and if my eyes don’t deceive me you are looking at a pretty beefed-up C-Class, even compared to the C63 sedan. There is a touch of extra aggressiveness thanks to the lower suspension and the wider front fenders, while those with a keen eye can also check out the traditional, A-shaped, front bumper with larger air intakes, an oversized brake system with cross-drilled rotors, and a quad-tip exhaust system.

Oddly enough, the spied prototype features different front and rear wheels, with the front ones identical to those found on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and Edition 1 models. At first glance, the rear wheel-and-tire combo seems slightly larger than on the C63 sedan, where 265/35 R19 is the largest option. Like the sedan, the 2017 C63 Coupe will come in two flavors initially, both powered by different versions of the same powerplant — a twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 that is nearly identical to the one from the Mercedes-AMG GT. The "regular" model will deliver 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while the C63 S Coupe will feature 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, both versions making it the most powerful coupe in its segment.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

With the announcement of a production version of the 2012 A6 L e-Tron, Audi attempts to answer two problems posed by the Chinese luxury-car market at the same time. The first of these is something that the A6 L in its regular form already addresses, the Chinese obsession with rear legroom. But the more important issue is that of fuel economy, and this the new car does quite well. This economy comes at a bit of a price when it comes to power, but this is a car intended only for the Chinese market, and China very much has its own set of rules. The car was first shown as a concept back in 2012, and has received a few tweaks since then.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Audi A6 L e-tron.

With Mercedes all set to change its naming scheme across the board, the GLK will soon become the GLC. Along with this change comes the debut of a new niche SUV dubbed the GLC Coupe, which will battle with the 2015 BMW X4. Though these coupe-style SUVs don’t deliver traditional SUV-like hauling capabilities and they have limited rear headroom, buyers keep giving automakers reasons to build them. At the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show , Mercedes-Benz debuted a near-production-ready concept version of the GLC Coupe.

With Mercedes having already revealed the 2016 GLE-Class Coupe, it was easy to guess what the GLC Coupe will look like. However, guessing how it will stack up against its German rival requires a little more digging, with the production version still a few months away. The crossover we’ll eventually find in showrooms will likely debut at either the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show or 2016 Detroit Auto Show , but until that happens let’s take a closer look at the preview Mercedes unveiled in China.

Continue reading my preview of the GLC Coupe what I think it’ll offer.

The iconic Mustang celebrated half a century on the road in 2014, when Ford and numerous fan clubs organized a series of events throughout April, the month the first-generation pony-car made its debut back in 1964. A full year has passed since then, and Ford is once again celebrating as the nameplate turns 51. This time around there aren’t any "Mustangs Across America" drives, though. Instead, FoMoCo is releasing a special movies series on how the latest Mustang came to be. The first chapter is about the sixth-gen model’s design, which still is the subject of controversy among Mustang enthusiasts.

In this 10-minute video, various employees talk about designing a Mustang for the 21st century that still harks back to the iconic first-gen model. "When you’re redoing an icon, like the Mustang, it’s a combination of a great honor and extreme fear. Because you don’t want to screw up an icon," said one of the members of the design team. And judging by the way the 2015 car was received — lots of praise on one side and severe criticism on the other — that statement is by no means out of place. As a vehicle that stands as a symbol of freedom and independence, the Mustang has a lot of fans with a lot of expectations.

Designing a new pony isn’t easy, and, as Pericak himself puts it, it requires a team of enthusiasts that "eat, sleep, and breathe" Mustangs. Find out more about that in the video above and stay tuned for the following episodes.

With a history that began in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 is one of the hottest-selling convertibles on the market. In its 21 years of history, the MX-5 saw three different generations, numerous design updates, and even more engine changes. However, the most impressive upgrade has been announced for the fourth-generation that debuted on September 3rd, 2014.

The Mazda MX-5 remains a rear-wheel-drive, compact sports roadster with an exterior design inspired by the Shinari Concept unveiled in 2010. With the new generation, the ND, Mazda focused on reducing the total weight to less than 2,400 pounds and implementing the SkyActiv technology that’s already available across the rest of its lineup.

Slightly shorter and lighter than its predecessor, the new Miata also received a new exterior design, which makes it unique among other Mazda nameplates despite featuring various cues from the company’s current KODO language.

Updated 04/20/2015: Mazda announced that the North America-bound 2016 MX-5 it is now in production. The company also confirmed prices for the entire MX-5 lineup.

Continue reading to learn more about the fourth generation Mazda MX-5.

Audi is no stranger to the crossover game, having the Q3, Q5 and Q7 models in its fleet. Nestled mid-pack is the Q5, a midsize crossover that blends the best of a luxury sedan with the high-riding, AWD nature of a SUV. The Q5 aims to please, offering three engine options and a hybrid model, along with three trim level choices and enough tech to make Bill Gates look old school. Included in the powertrain mix is the potent 3.0-liter TDI, bristling with 428 pound-feet of torque and a very un-crossover-like highway fuel economy rating of 31 mpg.

The Q5 got its start back in 2009. Sales started off slow here in the U.S., likely thanks to the sour economic times, but has grown steadily year by year. A facelift for 2013 helped boost sales by more than 11,600 units over 2012. That mid-cycle refresh brought an upgraded interior with refined controls and better materials, along with a revised exterior with upgraded lighting.

Things have pretty much stayed the same since then, with the Q5 enjoying sales of more than 40,000 units in 2014. To get an idea of how the Q5 is holding up, I spent a week with it. And more specifically, my tester was the TDI version, complete with its stump-pulling torque and quattro AWD.

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Though the upcoming TT will cross the pond to the U.S. in 2015 for the 2016 model year, the TT-RS won’t become available until 2017, given Audi decides to bring it to North America at all. That may be a long ways off, but it gives me enough time to paint a picture of what the next high-performance compact will bring to the table, at least until Audi unveils it to the European market. Details may still be a mystery as of 2015, but with the base TT already in the open, and based on what the previous TT-RS had to offer, speculating about the next-gen is actually simpler than it sounds.

The TT-RS saga began in 2009, 11 years after the Audi TT’s launch and three years after the TT Mk2’s introduction. Available as both a coupe and roadster , it climbed above the TTS in the TT range. The company’s first compact RS was powered by the legendary, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that produced 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist, and featured revised styling and a sportier interior. The TT-RS came to the U.S. in 2012, when the Plus model was launched. Fitted with an uprated version of the 2.5-liter turbo-five, the TT-RS had a cool 355 ponies and 343 pound-feet on tap. Coming into 2015, Audi had already unveiled the third-generation TT and began testing the second-gen TT-RS.

Updated 04/20/2015: While all we have so far on the future Audi TT RS is speculation, we decided to create a rendering of what we think the car will look like. We hope you like it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Audi TT-RS.


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