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The United States of America has never been a key market for Koenigsegg, thanks in part to stringent homologation requirements that are as complicated as they are expensive. But now, the Swedish automaker is finally ready to take the first step in becoming a player in the U.S. market, and it’s doing it in grand style. According to a post on its official website, Koenigsegg will officially begin production of the first fully homologated and road-legal Agera RS for the U.S. market.

The car, specifically identified as chassis #128, is being built for a U.S.-based customer. To make the whole building process more special, Koenigsegg will spend the entire duration of the car’s production documenting the entire build from start to finish. Considering how every Koenigsegg car is hand-made in its factory in Ängelholm, Sweden, the documentation of this build is going to take at least six months. The company didn’t say how much of the process will be shown to the public, but rest assured, it’s going to be the closest we’ll ever get to seeing how one of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars in the world is manufactured from the ground-up.

In the long term, the company appears to be optimistic that it can build a stronger presence in the U.S. market. It’s still subject to a lot of wheeling and dealing to get the cars up to homologation standards in the market, but if the automaker is as serious about finally going to the U.S. as it’s saying it is, then we can be optimistic to see Koenigsegg begin terrorizing the roads in America.

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Source: Koenigsegg

Although we’ve already seen spy shots of camouflaged prototypes and we know Bugatti has already presented teasers to those who have already placed an order, the upcoming Chiron supercar is still a mystery as far as its design and drivetrain go. However, with its official debut, rumored to take place at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, closing in, more details about Bugatti’s new hypercar have started to surface.

According to Dutch outlet Autovisie, the French company plans to offer the Chiron in at least one more body style besides the coupe. Unlike the Veyron though, the Chiron will reportedly get a targa version. What’s the difference, you may ask, given that Chiron will still have bodywork behind the seats? Well, it turns out that the supercar will have a bar connecting the windshield to the engine hood for extra structural rigidity at high speeds. Specifically, it will get a retro-style T-top with either one or two removable carbon-fiber panels.

The other big news that comes with the report is that the revised quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 engine, rumored to crank out around 1,500 horsepower, will be able to take the Chiron up to a top speed of 310.7 mph (500 km/h). If this turns out to be true, the new supercar will smash the Veyron’s record by a whopping 43 mph.

Granted, Koenigsegg and Hennessey won’t be happy about it...

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Source: Autovisie

Like the Super Series, which has included the 650S,650S Spider ,675LT and a few other peripheral variants, McLaren’s entry-level Sports Series is set to expand well beyond the 2016 McLaren 570S and Euro-only 2016 McLaren 540C Coupes. A folding-hardtop Spider is pretty much a given, but a more intriguing variant, speculatively called 570S Gran Tursimo (or GT for short) is also rumored to be in McLaren’s product pipeline.

McLaren pitches its Sports Series vehicles as ultra-fast, daily driver sports cars in the vein of the Porsche 911 Turbo — something you’d keep in your garage next to a BMW or Mercedes and drive to work on Fridays or on weekend back-road blasts. The 570S GT will retain those values, but it will be better suited for long, continent-crushing drives, thanks to a more up-scale cabin, elongated-panoramic roof and more luggage space.

Like the 570S and 540C Coupes, the GT will be built around McLaren’s MonoCell II carbon-fiber tub and use the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine. That’s about all we know for now, but let’s take a closer look at how things might shape up for the 570S GT.

Updated 11/26/2015: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming 570 S GT testing for the first time. Unlike the standard 570S, this prototype has a completely different roof line making us think that this could be indeed the rumored 2+2 seater version.

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After months of speculation and tons of spy shots including camo-free, pre-production models, the facelifted 991-generation 911, also known as the 991.2, has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

At first glance, the updated 911 confirms what we already suspected: updates inside and out are rather mild, while the highlight of this facelift lurks under the hood. Rumors about Porsche’s plans to turbocharged the entire lineup (save for the GTS and GT3, at least for now) have become official and the Carrera gained forced induction for the first time in its five-decade career.

Tubocharging aside, the new Carrera also comes with an updated chassis, improved dynamics, upgraded in-car technology, and rear-axle steering, an option previously available only with the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.

The 991.2 is set to arrive on U.S. soil in the first quarter of 2016 for the 2017 model year. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at its new features and performance figures in our review below.

Updated 11/26/2015: Porsche dropped a new promo video in which it highlights the latest generation 911. According to the new video while developing the new 911, the company started from scratch with just one goal in mind: to create the next 911, one that can do more, deliver more and consume less than ever before. Hit play to watch it!

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In 2014, our spy photographers managed to catch the next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring stretching its wheels on the Nurburgring track. Later that year, the next 5 Series was caught once again, when the sedan began testing in Europe. Come 2015, the new 5 Series is still covered in tons of camouflage and most details about the production car are still being kept in the vault.

Rumors suggest that the next 5 Series will lose some weight, thanks to the use of the next-generation 7 Series’ CFRP technology, as well as feature an exterior design inspired by the Vision Future Luxury Concept , and an interior stuffed with tons of safety gizmos. What I do know for a fact is that the next 5 Series will break cover sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, and that the engine lineup will include anything from four-bangers to V-8s, and possibly even a three-cylinder unit. Join me in my speculative review below for more details on BMW’s upcoming midsize sedan .

Updated 11/26/2015: British magazine AutoCar reports that the next generation BMW 5 Series sedan will be unveiled at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, with the station wagon and the GT versions set to arrive in early 2017. The model will be inspired by the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept car unveiled at the 2013 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance and will be built on an advanced new platform codenamed OKL that will make it about 220 pounds lighter.

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Not everyone knows at first glance what a Ruxton is, but it’s a car that few people forget. That’s just how its parent company New Era Motors intended it. In photos, the wild, multi-colored stripes make it one of the most instantly memorable cars to ever turn a wheel. When seen in person, the radical, low-slung body just adds to that impression. In addition to being innovative, the Ruxton Model C stood out in an era of cars that specialized in standing out.

That uncommon paint job (which is not a custom job; it was applied at the factory in St. Louis, MO) was chosen to put an exclamation point on a most uncommon car. The brainchild of William Muller, the Ruxton was a ridiculously long and low-slung front-wheel drive car in an era when front-wheel drive was almost unheard-of. The car was initially intended as a prototype that would convince a manufacturer to step up and produce it and named for an industrialist whom it was hoped would subsequently invest in the project (he didn’t and ultimately had nothing to do with the company whatsoever). When the search for a builder fell through plans were undertaken to put it into production independently. That’s the extremely simplified version: the car that became the Ruxton bounced around and was connected to a veritable who’s-who of 1920s American car manufacturers in its quest for production, including Hupp, Gardner, Kissel, Marmon and Moon. Ultimately, Muller and Wall Street wheeler-dealer Archie Andrews formed New Era Motors and bought out the Moon Motor Car Company. One hostile takeover (complete with executives barricading themselves in the factory) later, the Ruxton went into production in 1929.

Two things snuffed the Ruxton’s candle within a year: the stock market crash and the introduction of the Cord L-29. The front-wheel drive Cord, fielded by the much better-established Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg triumvirate, outsold the Ruxton handily, and arguably left a bigger impression on the automotive industry. After four months production was halted with just about 500 cars built. The Ruxton’s grand gesture was relegated to being a fancy footnote.

Although not often seen among the literal and figurative big boys of the 1920s and 1930s, a few Ruxtons have survived and been restored, making these candy-striped, odd-shaped sedans a rare treat.

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We first saw the Captur Concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, then in 2013, Renault gave us the production-ready Captur at the same show. The car went on sale in France shortly thereafter and has been produced ever since. Because it’s so new, it’s not surprising we haven’t seen a facelifted model yet, but our spy photographers recently caught a Renault prototype testing under heavy camo, and we have reason to believe it’s the new Grand Captur.

According to our sources, Renault insiders have confirmed that a longer-wheelbase Captur is in the pipeline. With that information and these spy shots, it’s evident we’re getting a first look at that new model. As you can see, the car in camo has a lot of the same design cues as the current Captur, but it’s clearly bigger. Given the fact the car is already this far into testing, we could see it in showrooms for the 2017 model year – about the same time we expect to see the facelifted Captur.

So, let’s quit wasting time and take a look at the Captur’s younger (but larger) brother.

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Nissan and Hoonigan have come together to make a drifting video in celebration of Black Friday. So what does drifting have to do with Black Friday, you ask? Well, nothing really, but in the video two Nissan 370Zs drift inside the Hawthorne Mall near L.A. I guess there isn’t much more to it than that, but it’s a good enough excuse to drive a couple beasts through an empty mall.

The two Zs are piloted by Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck as they drift in formation around the tight corridors of the mall property and parking garage. At one point, Chris Forsberg is only inches from a massive fail as he drifts uncomfortably close to a huge opening on the second floor. Had he lost control, he would have dropped 30 feet to what would be a rather harsh landing.

It’s a pretty cool video and definitely fun to watch. It’s too bad Hoonigan and Nissan didn’t take the time to clean up the mall a bit first, though. There was so much settle dust from nature taking its course that on-site staff had to wear respirators, and a lot of the video is a bit blurry. Still, it’s a good time, and make sure you turn up the sound – the echo of 2,000 combined horsepower is definitely something to be thankful for.

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Imagine for a moment that you’ve gone to an international car show, and on arriving discovered that John Deere has built a car. And not only that, but it is a super fast and exotic grand tourer, designed to take on the biggest names is GT carbuilding. You’d probably have to go home and lay down, but you would have also gotten an important insight into what it must have felt like to be at the 1963 Turin Auto Show. Because that is where Lamborghini, up until that point a company known for building tractors, unveiled the 350GTV. This was the prototype that would lead to the production 350GT, Lamborghini’s first production car.

The seed for the 350GTV was planted in 1958, when Ferruccio Lamborghini bought a Ferrari 250GT, the first of three 250s he would own. He liked the car, enough to own three of them, but he found the racing-derived machines to be lacking in interior amenities, and that the clutch would wear out far too quickly. The clutch was an especially big problem, since it required trips back to Maranello to have them replaced. Lamborghini tried to have this addressed, but Enzo Ferrari was famously too proud to listen to criticism, so Lamborghini decided to make his own GT car.

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Although the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV’ s market launch has been delayed by six months, that didn’t stop the Italian automaker from firing up the sedan’s U.S. configurator. According to a recent report, the car’s European launch has been six months to mid 2016, which means that the Giulia QV won’t arrive in U.S. dealerships any sooner than autumn 2016. That’s about ten months from now, which is quite a lot of time with Alfa Romeo enthusiasts waiting to storm showrooms with a fat checks in their wallets. But, it gives them enough time to have a closer look at the car’s options, and configure the Giulia QV of their dreams.

The new configurator allows potential buyers (and curious gearheads alike) to browse through the car’s exterior colors, wheel and brake caliper options, and interior trim. The exterior section also provides a 360-degree look at the vehicle to those eager to see how the sedan looks from several angles in a certain exterior configuration.

There’s also a "feature availability" section containing a long list of standard and optional features, as well as the packages and equipment groups to be offered for the car. To check it out, go to Alfa Romeo’s U.S. website here and hit the "Style" tab. Don’t be shy about showing the Giulia QV of your dreams in the comments box below.

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