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Steven Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder To Go Up For Auction

Celebrity-owned American supercar could fetch a fortune

Four years after purchasing the first Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler is finally ready to let go of his baby after announcing his plan to auction off the Venom GT Spyder. Bids are currently being accepted with the minimum bid price set at $1.1 million, the amount Tyler spent to purchase the car back in 2012.

While there’s no indication that the car will be sold, it does have a couple of things going for it. One is that it was legitimately owned by Tyler himself, who admitted to FoxNews that he once took it up to 140 mph, a speed that’s the equivalent of a yawn for the Venom GT Spyder. Second and more importantly is the fact that the Venom GT Spyder is well and truly regarded as the fastest American-made supercar in the world. The Lotus Exige- based supercar is powered by a Chevrolet- sourced 7.0-liter V-8 engine that spits out an incredible 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers alone allow the Venom GT Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds to go with a top speed of 275 mph.

It’s unclear how many miles Tyler tacked on the Venom GT Spyder and the car’s overall condition could determine whether it gets sold or not. Neither Tyler nor his representatives released details on that regard so it might be best to contact the singer’s charity, Janie’s Fund, to get the actual numbers. Speaking of Janie’s Fund, the charity that helps support abused and neglected girls will be the sole recipient of the Venom GT Spyder’s sale.

Anybody who’s interested in the car and would like to know more about it are free to contact richard.shaw@janiesfund.org to get the full details. Bids on the car will also be accepted through the same e-mail address.

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Source: FoxNews

Lamborghini Huracán Becomes The First Supercar In The U.K. To Be Licensed As A Taxi

It’s not exactly the cheapest ride around town either.

Imagine calling for a cab and having a car that can do better than 200 mph show up in your driveway. Sounds pretty crazy, right? Well, it is, but it’s also a possibility if you live in the U.K. According to The Sun, the council that issued the private hire cab license has said that the car is the first supercar in the U.K. to be licensed as a taxi. Of course, if you do decide to hire the green Lambo as a taxi, don’t expect to pay your everyday cab fare. A 90-minute ride in this bad boy will set you back £349, or $504 at current conversion rates. That’s a pretty expensive ride to the grocery store, but hey at least you’ll get there nice and fast.

Before you lose your mind trying to figure out why someone would list something like the Huracán as a taxi, there is a pretty good story as to how the owner of the car got to this point. It all started out as a nothing more than the owner given her cousin a ride to her prom. Heidi Warke – the owner of the Huracán and co-owner of Special Wedding Cars—said, “We thought about taking customers to their proms and after looking into it realized you had to have a taxi license. It now means people can hire the car for whatever they like – if they want to come home from shopping in it, they can. Although I don’t think they will fit much in the boot!”

So, the owner of the car didn’t exactly set out to turn the Huracán into a taxi, but due to laws regarding cars for hire in the U.K., the car had to be licensed as a taxi. So, at least there is a good reason that the car is licensed as a cab. However, if you’re running late to your next big meeting or your flight out of town, you might want to call on Special Wedding Cars, as they can clearly get you there faster. For those of you who don’t know, the Lamborghini Huracán has a 5.2-liter V-10 that delivers 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. It hits 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 211 mph.

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Source: The Sun

2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra is sporty, efficient, and priced just right.

Small cars are hot right now, but none are hotter than the volume-selling market for entry-level compact sedans . Trying to stay one step ahead of its rivals in this highly competitive segment, Hyundai has introduced the next-generation Elantra sedan.

Even though the fifth-generation Elantra was introduced in 2010, it managed to stay fresh in the C-segment thanks to a trio of body styles and a minor refresh for 2014. There is no word if the Elantra will continue to get coupe and hatchback versions, but the new design has certainly made the 2017 Hyundai Elantra one of the more stylish offerings in its class.

The new Elantra has debuted at the LA Auto Show, and will go on sale in January of 2016.

Updated 05/06/2016: Hyundai has just announced pricing for the most fuel-efficient Elantra yet — the Elantra Eco. It achieves a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg and starts out at $20,650. Check out the "Prices" section below for all the details.

Continue reading for my full review of the new Elantra.

Jim Click’s Ford Performance Collection Headed To Auction

Prepare to break the bank for these legendary Ford racers

Auto dealership mogul Jim Click is considered as one of the foremost collector of classic Ford race cars in the world. The man’s collection runs deep, but as is often the case of collectors, there comes a point in time where they have to let go of some of their prized babies. That time has come for Click, who is now in the process of auctioning off some prized Ford racers that make up his Ford Performance Collection. The cars will go under the hammer during RM Sotheby’s auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this August.

The most notable of these cars – and the most expensive – is a 1966 Ford GT40, chassis number P/1061, that’s one of only 31 Mk 1 GT40s Ford ever created. It doesn’t have the same racing pedigree as another GT40 dominating the headlines these days, like the Le Mans- winning P/1046, but it does hold the distinction of being just one of seven GT40s Ford held on to for promotional use. That said, Click himself has raced P/1061 a handful of times since taking ownership of the car in 1992. Some 24 years later, Click is ready to part ways with his black and yellow GT40 with the car expected to go for at least $4 million.

A pair of Shelby 289 Cobras are also headed to the RM Sotheby’s auction. One of these Cobras, CSX 2473, has quite a history of its own, having been owned by Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) legend Dan Roberts. It also has one of the richest racing careers of any 289 Competition Cobras, a fact not lost on RM Sotheby’s car specialist Alexander Weaver, who described CSX 2473 as “one of the most successful 289 Competition Cobras in history.” Considering it’s status, it’s safe to say that its estimated sale price of $2.6 million is well deserved. The other 289 Cobra, CSX 2326, has been under the ownership of Click on three separate occasions, most recently in 2007. It’s not expected to sell as high as CSX 2473, but with an estimate price of $1.4 million, it’s still tipped to easily eclipse the seven-figure mark.

Other classics from Click’s Ford Performance Collection will join these three jewels in Pebble Beach, including a pair of Kar Kraft Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am Race Cars and a 1966 Shelby GT350, chassis number SFM 6S2363.

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2018 TVR T37

Set to arrive in late 2017

Once a successful company known for building some of Britain’s most exciting sports cars, TVR has had it rough over the last two decades, struggling to come up with new designs after the release of the Tuscan in 1999. Purchased by 24-year-old Nikolay Smolensky in 2004, TVR collapsed in a little more than two years, closing its factories and going into administration by December 2006. After six more years of speculation that the brand might return to the market, Smolensky sold his ownership of TVR to TVR Automotive Ltd, a British company led by Les Edgar, in 2013. Soon after that, Edgar announced that TVR will be revived as a pure British sports car brand with new vehicles to arrive by the end of the decade.

After two more years of silence, TVR slowly began to unveil details about its new product. Come 2016, and we already know that the next-generation TVR is being developed under codename T37, will use a V-8 powerplant, and will be offered with an optional carbon-fiber chassis. TVR also revealed that it the first-year allocation for its future sports car has been already sold out, which is an astonishing performance for an automaker that hasn’t built any cars in decades.

How is this possible when this brand doesn’t have an actual product to show its future customers? Well, while TVR might not be as popular as Ferrari or Lamborghini globally, it enjoys a cult following in Britain. Moreover, TVR enthusiasts seem to trust Edgar, the man who has finally given them something to be excited about.

Although much of the car’s design is still a mystery, a clay prototype displayed at the 2016 London Motor Show and a teaser photo released by company confirm that the new sports car will feature the traditional TVR styling of the 1990s with design cues borrowed from the Sagaris. The covered silhouette is displayed alongside a 1960s TVR Griffith 400, which means that the Brits are considering a revival of the Griffith nameplate.

Either way, we are thrilled to see that TVR is closer than ever to making a comeback, which is why we decided to take a closer look at its upcoming sports car.

Updated 05/06/2016: During the recent 2016 London Motor Show, TVR dropped a first teaser image for its upcoming supercar. Also, British magazine Autocar reports that the supercar could bring back the famous "Griffith" name.

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2017 MG GS

A Chinese crossover with a British badge
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The MG marque has been around for a very long time, first seeing use in the ‘20s. Throughout the course of its history, a variety of owners have come and gone, with the latest being the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corporation. And while most associate the brand with sports cars like the MGB, lately the automaker has focused on creating models that are a little more capable when it comes to padding the bottom line. In the U.K., that means hatchbacks (the MG 3) and sedans (the MG 6) , and now, there’s a third body style coming down the pipeline – a compact crossover. It’s called the MG GS, and although the brand is calling it new, it looks more or less unaltered from the MG GS currently sold in China.

We first saw the MG GS in concept form at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Back then, it was called the MG CS, and it showed a ton of promise, at least aesthetically speaking. Two years later, MG dropped a production variant at the very same show, consequently offering it as an exclusive product for the Chinese market. Now, it’s coming to the U.K., following a debut at the London Motor Show.

In addition to a highly affordable price tag and the availability of a new double-clutch transmission, the automaker is proud to advertise the MG GS as its first-ever SUV, undoubtedly piggybacking off the trend set by high-end makes like Bentley and Jaguar. And while the market is certainly eager when it comes to crossovers, it’s questionable whether or not the MG GS will have what it takes in a segment already overflowing with competition.

Official specs are scarce, but given the MG GS’ current availability in China, I feel confident about filling in the gaps. Read on for details.

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The BMW 1 Series M was an amazingly fun and agile car, but its limited two-year run from 2010 to 2012 resulted in the 1M being more of a unicorn than a track-slaying monster. BMW tried to bring some of the 1M’s charm back into dealerships with the M235i, but the performance-oriented coupe was too heavy and lacked the aggressiveness of its forerunner. Fortunately, the BMW M2 has finally arrived for the 2016 model year, bringing a similar combination of high power and lightness as its predecessor, while being produced in larger numbers for more track enthusiasts to enjoy.

Essentially an M235i on steroids, the M2 promises to be a true driver’s car. Although the 2 Series was only launched in 2014 as a successor to the 1 Series Coupe, BMW links the M2’s heritage to iconic Bimmers such as the original E30 M3 and the 2002 Turbo of 1973. It may seem a bit out of place to link the M2 to the E30 M3 with the M4 around, but the littlest M offering yet seems to have what it takes to be considered a worthy successor of the legendary mid-1980s coupe. Keep reading to find out why.

Updated 05/06/2016: BMW dropped a new video in which it shows the new M2 Coupe in action in Beijing, China. The video was show during the BMW M Night. Hit "play" to watch it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 BMW M2.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S by McChip

Modest upgrades for a modest price

The current Porsche 911 received its first official facelift in 2015 when the 991.2 was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 991.2 received a handful of updates, the most notable of which was Porsche’ s decision to drop the naturally aspirated engines in favor of a turbocharged version that came with modified compressor wheels, a specific exhaust system, and a revised engine management system. Needless to say, the updated 911 immediately became the apple of the eye of aftermarket companies.

One tuner that has taken a particular interest in the updated 911 Carrera S is McChip, the same tuning company that has developed programs for BMW, Audi, and Porsche sports cars. The obvious popularity of the new 911 made it a no-brainer for McChip to develop this kit, which puts on enough power to compete against similarly tuned versions of the BMW M4.

Granted, it’s not the most powerful upgrade in the market for the 911 Carrera S, but it still packs enough punch to be taken seriously. Plus, it’s cheap as heck, and ultimately, that’s the kind of thing that can trump whatever perceived misgivings customers may have for the program.

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Mountune Launches Phase 1 Tuning Kit For Ford Focus RS

The Focus RS gets some aftermarket attention from Mountune

The new Ford Focus RS is a hot hatch that is sure spawn a wide offering of aftermarket performance offerings ranging from cold air intake systems all the way to more extensive engine and transmission upgrades. Only being around for a short time, model-specific aftermarket performance options are far and few between right now, but Mountune USA has finally released a decent list of upgrades known as Phase 1, which undoubtedly means there will be more to come.

Each piece of the Phase 1 tuning kit can be bought separately. The upgrade list starts out with a Mountune high-flow air filter and high-flow induction hoses that are priced at $59.00 and $69.00, respectively. Next on the list is the ultra-high-performance silicone boost hose kit that retails for $315. More in-depth bolt on parts include a roll restrictor for $159, which is basically a stiffer rear engine mount that cuts back on engine movement during launch, shifting, and heavy acceleration. There is also a quick-shift upgrade which replaces the standard shift arm on the transmission for $199.

There are two other options, which are a little more expensive. First on the list is the OZ Leggera wheels, which as you can see in the attached video, offer just enough clearance for those large RS calipers on the front axle. The wheels are 3.7 pounds lighter than the stock OE wheels, are ET45 offset, and are 19-inchs in size. The wheels are priced at $485, but that doesn’t include tires, which are sure to set you back at least that much, if not more. The big news in the Phase 1 tuning kit is the $1,099 Quaife ATB differential that helps maximize traction, minimize wheel spin and torque steer, and is maintenance free. Mountune USA hasn’t announced an installation kit for the differential, but for the Focus ST, the installation kit runs $124.

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2018 Porsche Panamera

Porsche readies the Panamera’s next generation

The Panamera has been around since 2009 and has only one restyling under its belt, having been mildly reworked for 2013. That’s about to change for 2017 as Porsche is clearly working on its successor. Our spy photographers were able to snag several shots of the updated Panamera as it trotted over German roads wearing almost no camouflage.

The bare-bodied test mule affords us a rather unobstructed view at the Panamera’s future styling. Most of the changes are held within the front and rear fascias, as well as the side windows and character lines running along the doors. Its overall shape remains largely unchanged.

While Porsche is understandably shy with the details, rumors suggest a new set of powertrain options will be among the generational changes. The rumors, a year old at this point, speculate an all-new V-6 and V-8 powerplant will replace the aging engines in the current car.

We suspect the 2017 Panamera will make its official debut sometime in early 2016, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show. Pricing is likely to increase only slightly, keeping it competing against its current competitors.

Update 05/05/2016: Porsche has unveiled a new twin-turbocharged V-8 loosely based of Audi’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. The new engine will power the Panamera and likely the Cayenne SUV. Check the "Drivetrain" section for the full details.

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