One of England’s most iconic carmakers, MG has had a rather tumultuous history in recent decades. Owned by no fewer than six companies since the late 1980s, including BMW, the brand was revived by China-based SAIC Motor in 2006 and renamed MG Motor UK Limited. Several models followed, including a couple of SUVs, a first for the automaker. But SAIC also developed some daring concept cars, the latest of which is the E-Motion. Launched at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the E-Motion is MG’s "vision of the future" (oh boy, if I had a penny for each time I heard this phrase) and comes in the shape of a slender, sportback-style two-door coupe. Arguably the most appealing modern MG design to date, the E-Mission combines some of the company’s recent styling cues with several new features. There’s a big "starlight matrix" grille up front, a carbon-fiber splitter, and round headlamps "bringing inspiration from the London Eye," the giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. I dig the new face of MG, but I have to admit that I see some Mazda inspiration in there.

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2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The C7-based ZR1 is finally underway!

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette was unveiled in early 2013 and introduced for the 2014 model year. It replaced the nine-year-old C6 and essentially changed the way enthusiasts viewed the Corvette thanks to its significant upgrades. Besides the more angular and aggressive styling, the C7 also received a revamped interior that no longer made use of cheap plastics. The cabin was finally moved into premium territory, putting an end to decades of criticism. Under the hood, the ’Vette continues to use a naturally aspirated, 6.2-liter V-8 powerplant, but the old LS3 was replaced with the brand-new LT1.

While it spawned the usual supercharged Z06 and race-spec R versions, as well as a Grand Sport and numerous limited-edition models, the seventh-generation Vette entered its third model year without a range-topping ZR1 in its lineup. A successor to the most powerful version of the C6 was rumored ever since the standard C7 arrived in dealerships, but in three years we got nothing more than unconfirmed rumors and speculation. Actually, at some point GM did say that a ZR1 won’t happen, and then the upcoming mid-engined Corvette, likely called the Zora, caught our entire attention.

The supercharged ’Vette gained more traction in May 2016, when General Motors filed a trademark for the "ZR1" name. Although a trademark doesn’t necessarily mean the car in question is actually coming, the spy shots we received from our paparazzi in the second half of 2016 pretty much confirm there’s a new ZR1 underway. The high-performance coupe is expected to arrive for the 2018 model, meaning that its official debut could take place in early 2017. Keep reading for more info on the new ZR1, a couple of renderings based on recent spy shots, and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 04/20/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out for a new testing session at Nurburgring where the car was making a lot of noise. According to the photographers the car was making more than the 100 dB that is allowed during the Industry test session.

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So BMW finally unveiled the M4 CS. Big whoop! I simply cannot get excited about this glorified M4. And here’s why.

While the M4 is a great sports coupe that’s capable of great things on both the road and the track, it’s still far from being the iconic M3 coupe we all love. There are many reasons for that, but I’ll keep it short and mention the one that’s bugging me the most: it’s too damn heavy. This thing weighs nearly 3,500 pounds, only some 50 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Let me say that again: 50 pounds lighter than a four-door sedan that’s significantly longer.

So the M4 CS is a tad lighter (but not light enough for BMW to add the "L" for "lightweight" to the "CS" badge), the engine boasts an extra 35 horsepower, and it’s a tenth-second quicker to 60 mph. Let’s say it’s not that bad given how difficult it is to make performance cars increasingly quicker nowadays, but for all of the above, you have to pay the equivalent of an M4 and a half. So 35 horsepower, a tenth-second, a carbon splitter, and a decklid spoiler for an extra $30,000+ over the base price of an M4.

How is this possible? What kind of deal is this?

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When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

American tuner is going to build a program for the Challenger Demon and we’re already peeing our pants

The massive hype and anticipation surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon reached a crescendo when the muscle car was officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For all intents and purposes, the Challenger SRT Demon lived up to the hype, that is if you thought its 840-horsepower met expectations. But some people, myself included, actually thought Dodge would’ve swung for the fences with a car that packed 1,000 horsepower. In that regard, the Demon was a bit of a letdown, that is until we heard news that American tuner extraordinaire Hennessey is making things right with a package for the muscle car that will turn the beast into the demonic 1,500-horsepower monster we thought it would be.

See, news of Hennessey’s intentions for the Demon shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know what the tuner is capable of. This is, after all, the same company that makes a routine of developing massive aftermarket kits for America’s biggest and baddest muscle cars. It’s got kits for different iterations of the Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, all of which peak at four-digit power outputs. It even has programs for models like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford F-150, and lest we forget, this is the same company that gave the world the Hennessey Venom GT, considered as the fastest production car in the world as long as you’re not talking to Bugatti.

So what sinister intentions does Hennessey have in store for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? A quick peek at the company’s website reveals a number of tuning programs for the muscle car that include power increases ranging from 1,000 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower. Other upgrades in store from the clinically insane tuner include new supercharger systems, new headers, parachutes(!), and an NHRA-legal roll cage for good measure.

Should Hennessey accomplish its intended goal for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s going to go a long way in firmly establishing the muscle car as the standard-bearer of its segment. Not that it is already, but c’mon, 1,500 horsepower is 1,500 horsepower.

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2018 BMW M4 CS

Munich revives name from the past for limited-edition M4

Introduced in 2013, the 4 Series is one of the company’s newest nameplates and marked the end of the 3 Series Coupe, which it replaced in the brand’s catalog. The renamed two-door also adopted a new, evolutionary design inside and out, and received a lineup of brand-new and revised engines. The high-performance version was also rebadged from the M3 Coupe to the M4 and ditched the naturally aspirated V-8 engine for a turbocharged, inline-six powerplant. The M4 also brought the GTS badge back into showrooms in the form of a more powerful, track-focused, limited edition model. In 2017, the German brand launched yet another limited-edition, high-performance variant, the M4 CS.

Rumors of a new beefed-up version of the M4 began to rise in 2016, as soon as the GTS model was sold out. The new coupe was rumored to slot between the standard model and the track-ready M4 GTS, but the name wasn’t yet clear. While some reports claimed a "CS" badge, others reported a "CLS" name. As it turns out, BMW went for the former.

This denomination dates back to the late 1960s, when it was used for a more powerful version of the then-new BMW E9. At first called the 2000 CS, it later evolved into the 2800 CS, 3.0 CS, and 2.5 CS. The 3.0 CS spawned the iconic 3.0 CSL, a lighter, homologation special that went on to become BMW’s most iconic race car.

The CSL name returned in 2004 for the M3 Coupe and it was once again brought back into the spotlight in 2015 with the 3.0 CSL Hommage concept car. Word has it that BMW dropped the L (which stands for Lightweight) from the badge since the CS isn’t significantly lighter than the standard M4 (a feature reserved for the GTS).

Looks for the new M4 CS to hit dealerships by the end of the year, but don’t expect it to be around for too long. Much like the GTS, it should be sold out in a matter of months, if not weeks.

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Virtually nonexistent outside Asia until 1990, the Chinese automotive industry has expanded dramatically in recent years and its the largest in the world since 2008. As a key market on a global scale, China benefits from many privileges, including exclusive models from several important automakers. For instance, BMW launched the 1 Series Sedan in China only and Buick designed most of its U.S. lineup with the Chinese market in mind. Now, Aston Martin is also looking to expand in the country and it built a bespoke V8 Vantage S as a marketing tool.

Called the Great Britain Edition (not exactly inspired, huh?), comes from the company’s already familiar Q division and is limited to only five units. Granted, it’s not the kind of car that will spend too much time in showrooms, but it should give Aston Martin a relevant answer to the question: will Q-made grand tourers sell in China? Based on what type of luxury cars are popular in China, the answer is yes, without the Great Britain Edition, but hey, Aston Martin needs a solid showroom at the Shanghai Auto Show.

So what exactly makes this car special aside from having its country of origin in its name?

For starters, it’s finished in Stratus White and has bright, metallic blue mirror caps and rear diffuser insert. It might sound plain, but it’s a gorgeous combination. Just look at the pictures. The exterior is rounded off by red, white, and blue fender badges, but more goodies can be found inside. From the deep Aurora Blue leather with bespoke Zagato wave quilting to the Anodised Blue rotary knobs and Union Jack embroidery, the cabin is as bespoke as it gets and it’s the perfect example of pure British craftsmanship.

Pricing for one of the five limited-edition model is set at CNY2,088,000, which converts to around $303,185 as of April 2017. Definitely not cheap, but we’re talking about a very exclusive car here.

The Brand-New BMW M4 CS Is a GTS without the Big Wing

And it’s 10 seconds slower on the Nurburgring

Last week we saw a bunch of great cars debut at the New York Auto Show, while this week we’re going to Shanghai, China, for more new vehicles. But, while carmakers unveiled their new products in New York and Shanghai, BMW took the wraps of its latest performance car outside these auto shows. Needless to say, it’s stealing the show because this new car is the highly anticipated M4 CS.

Designed to bridge the gap between the M4 with the Competition Package and the wild M4 GTS, this Club Sport-type coupe sports a number of custom features inside and out and a tweaked inline-six engine.

On the outside, it’s heavily based on the GTS, sharing almost the same aero kit and design, sans the big rear wing. However, the limited-edition M4 comes with an exclusive front splitter made from exposed carbon-fiber and a redesigned Gurney trunk lid spoiler. It also shares the OLED taillights and the carbon-fiber-reinforced (CFRP) engine hood and roof, which pretty much makes it an M4 GTS without the wing.

Things are of the same variety inside the cabin, with the usual M4 interior complemented by race-oriented features like M sports seats trimmed in leather and Alcantara and pull loops on the door panels. The latter are made from compacted natural fibers and have a unique look.

Arguably the most important changes were operated under the hood, where the turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine roars to the tune of 460 horsepower. That’s 10 horses more than the M4 with the Competition Package, but 33 horses less than the M4 GTS. Hitting 60 mph with the standard dual-clutch automatic takes 3.8 seconds, a tenth-second less than the standard M4. The GTS remains the quickest at 3.7 ticks though. The top speed of the M4 CS remains locked at 174 mph, the same figure you get with the M Driver’s package. That’s 19 mph more than standard top speed of M cars, but its 15 mph below the GTS’.

The suspension of the new BMW M4 CS largely mirrors that of the M4 with the Competition Package, but the control systems for the Adaptive M suspension, DSC and Active M Differential have been modified. As a result, the M4 CS lapped the Nurburgring in 7:38 minutes, making it the second-quickest Bimmer on the ’Ring, after the M4 GTS, which is around 10 seconds quicker. The CS’ time is actually pretty impressive, making it as quick as the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. At the same time, it’s quicker than the McLaren Mercedes SLR and the previous-generation Porsche 911 GT3.

The exclusive, limited-run, M4 CS will be priced from €116,900 in Europe. U.S. pricing and availability is not yet known.

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High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.

This is Why The Dodge Demon Comes with Two Spare Tires

Donut spares prepped for double blowout after massive burnout

Dodge ain’t kidding about the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon’s ability to shred tires. Just check out those skinny temporary spare tires strapped in the trunk. The car even comes with its own hydraulic jack, for cryin’ out loud! Dodge must expect Demon owners to totally thrash those specialty Nitto cheater slicks to the point of destruction. But seriously, how thoughtful is that? Dodge doesn’t want Demons leaving the drag strip on rollback wreckers. That would kill Dodge’s image faster than United Airlines’ recent Battle Royale. Look even closer, and you’ll see an air compressor. Obviously, that’s to ensure these skinnies are perfectly inflated before heading home. Right?

Well, not exactly.

We’re well past April Fools Day, so we’ll drop the gag. No, these skinny tires aren’t compact spare tires. But you knew that. You’re a TopSpeed reader, making you smarter than the average bear. You know well and good these tires are for cutting weight. Dodge hasn’t announced the exact weight savings, but the pizza cutters certainly weigh much less than the 315/40R18 DOT-approved slicks.

But there’s more positives than just added lightness.

By swapping the 315-series front tires with the skinnies, which are technically called “front runners,” racers instantly gain another pair of slicks for the rear. That should help keep Demons racing while Nitto inevitably rushes to fill a backlog of Demon-branded slicks from ambitious owners. As for the jack, yeah, the Demon comes ready for a trackside tire swap. The air compressor will come in handy for adjusting tire pressures during the pre-check, too, should they be without a better source of compressed air.

And the results that quantify the front runners? These figures are probably ingrained into your subconscious by now, but the Demon hits 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds generating 1.8 G of force while carrying those tires above the ground for 2.92 feet on its way through the quarter-mile in just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. It’s the quickest and most powerful production car ever.

If you didn’t already know that, check out TopSpeed’s full run-down on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.

Are those sniffles we’re hearing? Do you need some tissue to wipe those tears away? It’s unfortunate, but we do understand how you’re feeling in this particular case. Sure, it was probably a pipe dream from the very beginning, but all those hopes and dreams of owning a Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar will remain in the state of longing. Sadly, it’s not going to happen anymore – not here in the U.S. at least – now that Mercedes-AMG has closed down applications for the hypercar.

News of Mercedes-AMG’s decision to stop compiling a list of prospective U.S. customers was on the rumor mill for quite some time, but one of the hypercar’s project managers, Melissa Witek, essentially confirmed the rumors at the New York Auto Show. This effectively shut the door on prospective customers who have yet to make their reservations for the multi-million dollar machine. Worse, a customer isn’t guaranteed a car even if he or she managed to squeeze into making a reservation for the car. The Project One’s limited volume means that only a handful of these customers will be lucky enough to buy one of the 275 units that Mercedes-AMG will be building. Considering that 275 is the total number of units of the Project One hypercar, expect America’s allocation to be significantly lower than that, possibly around 50 or so units, or maybe even less.

That makes the Project One hypercar all the more desirable, which largely explains why a lot of people are going stir-crazy over it, even at the cost of paying $2.4 million for the yet-to-be-officially-named performance machine. It’s a lot of money for a car that will end up costing at least two times that of the first trinity of hypercars. What’s that? The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder, of course. If the car lives up to the hype Mercedes-AMG is building up on it, then expect more people to start reaching for the tissues if they don’t end up getting their hands on one.

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