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With the notable exception of homologation specials, classic race cars don’t usually sell for really noteworthy sums of money. This is partly because they often aren’t street legal, and also because they simply don’t offer the glamour or good looks of high-end sports or grand-touring cars. So when a race car does sell for several million dollars, it’s the sort of thing which gets our attention. At RM Sotheby’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, a 1952 Ferrari 212 Export Barchetta race car went for $7.5 million, a huge sum of money for anything, but especially a race car.

Though Enzo Ferrari had been involved in car making and racing for many years prior, the company as we know it today has only existed since 1947, so this 212 Export is a very early model. It is a rare model, with only 28 units made, and even the 212 Inter (the road-going model that the racer is based on) only had 82 units produced. And this particular car is a matching number example that is Ferrari Classiche certified.

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It’s not everyday you have the chance to buy a car from a living legend, much less an incredibly rare Porsche race car, but here we are. Built in 1961, this 1-of-14 Porsche 718 RS 61 is being sold on behalf of Sir Stirling Moss at the Bonhams Auctions event at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, where it’s expected to fetch a staggering $3 million.

Sir Stirling has quite a history with the Porsche 718. He shared a 718 RS 60 (the nearly identical predecessor to the RS 61) with Graham Hill at the 1961 Targa Florio, a race won by 718s in 1956, 1959 and 1960. Unfortunately, the car’s transmission failed while leading, just a few miles from the finish line. He teamed up with Hill again in a 718 RS 61 for the Nürburgring 1,000 kilometer race. Amazingly, it snowed during the race (as if the Nürburgring weren’t terrifying enough), but the lightweight Porsche handled well in the abhorrent conditions. The duo almost worked their way into the lead, when, again, it broke.

Despite, his lousy luck with the car, Moss liked the 718 so much that he bought an RS 61, chassis No. 718-070, for himself a few years ago and drove it competitively in historic events, including Le Mans Classic and the Goodwood Festival of Speed. You can do the same if you’re able to find a few million dollars in your couch cushions.

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It’s difficult to look at the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS without thinking that it exists solely because of Porsche’s obsessive need to make a car for every hyper-specific budget and taste. And the truth is that’s probably was why it was created, but that doesn’t matter, because Porsche has still made an excellent car. Slotting in between the S and the GT3, the GTS actually hits that sweet spot between race car and street car, which the S falls short of and the GT3 overshoots. But this is something that not a lot of people are aware of, thanks to the fact that not counting special editions, there are now 25 different variations of the 911 and you need to be quite the fanboy to keep them all straight.

Porsche has put out this video, seemingly just to remind us of just what the GTS is and why it exists. It’s the sort of thing that would be entirely unnecessary for a lot of automakers, but is a logical move for Porsche, and it’s not as though we could ever object to well-produced footage of a 911 on a race track.
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If you’re in the market for a Camaro Z/28, you might want to know about Chevrolet’s recent discount for the track-focused muscle car. Chevy is slicing the Z/28’s sticker for both the 2014 and 2015 model years. According to GM Authority, 2015 models get a $2,000 discount, while 2014 models can be had for $4,000 less. This means the cars now cost $70,350 and $68,305, respectively.

The discount is reportedly available for nearly 600 Camaro Z/28s parked in GM dealerships, two dozen of which are 2014 vehicles.

You’d better hurry though, discounts for both models are only valid through June 1st, which means you have less than a week to book one. What’s more, Chevy will only accept bank checks for this offer. No finance and no lease!

As a brief reminder, the Camaro Z/28 was launched for the 2014 model year as the most track-focused version of the fifth-gen pony car. Production was limited to only 500 units for the 2014 model year. For 2015, the Z/28s final year on the market, Chevy plans to assemble 2,500 examples.

The company has yet to confirm whether the newly released sixth-gen Camaro will spawn a Z/28 variant, but the nameplate’s return is more than likely. However, a new Z/28 might not arrive until 2017.

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Source: GM Authority

Already available in Europe, the third-generation Audi TT has yet to arrive in U.S. dealerships. And by the time the new coupe starts roaming North American streets later this year, Audi may have already launched the hot TT-RS version. The beefed-up compact just hit the streets for a new testing session, suggesting its debut is closer than ever.

How do I know this is the TT-RS and not the milder TTS as suggested by the prototype’s body details? Well, the spy photographers that took these shots managed to take a closer look at the brake calipers and reported each has an "RS" logo painted over. Moreover, a sticker on one of the rear dampers carried the same lettering. The third hint lies in the bigger brake discs, which you can see in the photos above and below. Nice try, Audi!

While the next TT-RS’ styling isn’t much of a mystery — look for a slightly more aggressive TTS with aero updates front and rear — the engine Audi is working on is. Most reports claim the souped-up coupe could get either the familiar 2.5-liter five-cylinder found in the RS3 or a heavily modified 2.0-liter turbo-four, likely similar to the one in the Golf R400. If I were to take a guess, I’d say Audi will keep the five-pot and simply upgrade it to deliver around 400 horsepower. That would be a significant improvement over the TT-RS Plus and its 355 horses.

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About a month ago, a leaked document revealed prices for some of the options offered with the upcoming 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang. However, the leak didn’t provide any hints as to how much Ford will ask for a GT350 before options. The wait ends today with yet another pricing sheet that surfaced the Interwebz a bit earlier than FoMoCo probably wanted. The leak comes via the Mustang6G forum and quotes a suggested retail price of $47,870 for the Shelby GT350. The sticker doesn’t include destination and the gas guzzler tax, which would add an extra $2,125 for a total of $49,995.

For the more track-focused GT350R, customers would have to pay a $13,500 premium for the 920A equipment group. This means the GT350R would start from $61,370. Adding delivery and taxes would take the sticker to $63,495.

This new sheet lists prices for the black roof, over-the-top racing stripe, and Triple Yellow paint options too, but they remain unchanged from the previous leak. What’s new here is the optional car cover, priced at $375.

Another price list posted on the same forum says the base Shelby GT350 will cost $62,599 in Canada. For the GT350R, Canadian buyers would have to pay $79,499. Destination and delivery will add another $1,650 according to the leak.

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Source: Mustang6g

The Bentley Continental GT has been a huge hit for Bentley and Volkswagen AG since its launch in 2003, but the problem is that the car really hasn’t changed that much over the years. Sure, the facelift brought a tweaked styling, new V-8 and reworked interior, but it still takes a keen eye to spot the differences between the first Conti and those built after 2011. It’s likely that a $200,000 grand touring Bentley coupe/ convertible wasn’t a huge priority for VW coming out of a global recession, but now with high-end luxury cars back in full swing, the third-gen Continental GT is on the way.

Considering the Continental GT was just updated for 2016, the all-new model probably won’t debut until 2017 for the 2018 model year, which means it will be coming at a time when a lot of new customers are about to make their way into the Bentley showrooms thanks to the all-new Bentayga SUV. When it does arrive, expect the redesigned Continental GT coupe to eventually spawn the familiar lineup of models, including the GT Speed, Convertible and Flying Spur sedan.

Although there are still a couple of years before the new Bentley Continental GT is introduced, we’ve gone ahead and put together a rendering using the styling direction of the 2015 EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept revealed earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Currently the biggest carmaker in the world, Toyota is mostly known for its family sedans and capable SUVs . But in recent decades, the Japanese have built themselves a solid name in sports car manufacturing and racing through vehicles such as the Celica, Supra, , GT 86, the Le Mans-prepped TS lineage, and the Lexus LFA . Five decades ago, however, Toyota was still had the sober image of an econobox carmaker. This changed with the tiny Sports 800 in 1965, and, two years later, with the 2000GT, widely regarded as the first Japanese supercar.

Initially designed for Nissan by Yamaha, the project was adopted by Toyota after the Yokohama-based company refused the idea and started working on what would become the Fairlady Z (Datsun 240Z) . Realizing how the bold two-seat design would change its image globally, Toyota immediately approved the program. Production began in 1967, when the 2000GT would revolutionize Japan’s view on the automotive industry, with a sports car to rival offerings from the more famous European marques.

The 2000GT was built for only three years and in just 351 units, but its impact was huge. It was not only the first supercar to come from Japan, but also the only Japanese car to have been featured prominently in a James Bond film. Also, it is the most expensive Asian car ever sold at auction as of 2015.

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