Sports Cars 

Mystery mid-engine Honda turns out to be a Vision Gran Turismo concept

The identity of the mysterious mid-engine Honda sports car that’s been surfacing in patent drawings over the past two years has finally been determined. Sadly, the car isn’t a concept previewing a potential S2000 successor, as many had hoped. Rather, it’s Honda’s entry for the Vision Gran Turismo program which challenges automotive design houses to come up with the ultimate grand tourer for the virtual world. Members of the forum VWvortex (via Motor1) spotted the car, whose name is Honda Sports Vision Gran Turismo, in a demo for the new “Gran Turismo Sport” video game…

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Germany’s Wiesmann back in business

A niche German sports car marque known for retro roadsters powered by modern BMW engines is making a comeback. Wiesmann, currently led by Mercedes-Benz veteran Mario Spitzner, is working on a new sports car and on Tuesday signed a deal to source V-8 engines from BMW M—most likely the BMW tuner’s 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. “Our co-operation with BMW AG is an important foundation for successfully developing and positioning Wiesmann Sports Cars,“ Spitzner said in a statement. “The exact date when the new Wiesmann model will go on sale will be…

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Nissan built a GT-R operated by a video game controller

The latest installment in the iconic “Gran Turismo” video game series, “Gran Turismo Sport,” goes on sale next week, but Nissan threw a celebration of its own ahead of the launch. The video game itself may have coined the “Real Driving Simulator” tagline years ago, but Nissan took it to a new level with a GT-R you can operate with a video game controller. That’s right. Just like a video game, you can operate the special GT-R, dubbed the GT-R /C, entirely with buttons and joysticks on the Playstation Dualshock…

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MICHIGAN RECLASSIFIES LICENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR AUTOCYCLES

Good news for open-air autocycle fans—Michigan is the latest state to reclassify its operator licensing requirements for freaky, three-wheeled vehicles like the Polaris Slingshot. Drivers no longer need a motorcycle license to operate one, but most bikers will still make fun of you when you they roll up on you. Newbies in states like Michigan can ride autocycles with a valid state driver’s license, though getting a motorcycle endorsement wouldn’t hurt, and it would most likely increase your chances of survival out on the road. 4 PHOTOS Michigan law defines an autocycle as “an enclosed…

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ASTON MARTIN DB11 VOLANTE PACKS TWIN-TURBO 4.0-LITER V-8

Aston Martin revealed the DB11 Volante today, and it’s more than just a DB11 coupe without the roof. The convertible receives a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 as the only engine option, leaving out the 5.2-liter V-12 that’s offered on the coupe version. The Aston Martin DB11 Volante makes 503 hp and 513 lb-ft of torque, producing the same hp but more torque than the coupe’s V-8. That’s a far cry from the V-12 coupe’s 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, but still nothing to sneeze at. The 4,134-pound convertible comes with a familiar eight-speed automatic transmission as well as…

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YAMAHA TO DEBUT CONCEPT CAR AT TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Yamaha Motor Co. is bringing a concept car to the Tokyo auto show later this month. The company best known for its motorcycles and powersports vehicles revealed few details other than that it will be an “automobile design concept,” but here’s hoping for a follow-up to 2015’s Sports Ride concept. The Sports Ride concept (pictured) was an ultralight two-seat sports car based around the iStream manufacturing process designed by Gordon Murray, the designer of the McLaren F1. That process features extensive use of carbon fiber and is said to dramatically lower the cost of…

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MERCEDES-BENZ G500 4×4 SQUARED ENDS PRODUCTION

The utterly ridiculous Mercedes-Benz G500 4×42 had no business heading to market, but we’re glad it did. Mercedes-Benz announced that production on the model is coming to an end, and if you want one, you have until the end of the month to place an order. Prices start at 231,693 euros. Inspired by the public’s strong reactions to a similar concept vehicle, Mercedes-Benz introduced the G500 4×42 in December 2015. The model later came to the U.S. market in 2017. Not only is the vehicle more than 7 feet wide, it’s 7 feet, 9 inches tall and…

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Porsche to release a fully electric sports car within 10 years

Porsche will make a fully electric sports car within the next ten years. In an interview with evo, Porsche’s board member for research and development, Michael Steiner, revealed that a fully electric car is imminent: ‘Today I would not like to tell you it would be in five years or seven years, but it’s definitely one digit.’ However, it’s unlikely the new electric car will be based on the marque’s perennial sports car, the 911. Steiner hinted the new car is likely to be smaller than the 911, ‘We did a…

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TVR Griffith sports car returns with Ford Mustang power

If you ever wanted a Ford-powered answer to the Dodge Viper or Chevy Corvette, TVR may have the car for you. The British brand is being rebooted after a decade-long hiatus, and its latest model is a high tech two-seat coupe powered by the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 from a Ford Mustang. Expand / Collapse  (TVR) The Griffith sports a classic long hood, short deck fastback style that wouldn’t look too out of place at a classic Ferrari dealership, but it’s lightweight carbon-fiber, aluminum and steel chassis a modern masterwork designed by Gordon…

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The Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe Is a Sportscar for the Super-Polite

Subtle, sleek, and hesitant to make bold moves on the road, it’s the perfect car for those who want to turn heads—just a little. By Hannah Elliott 12 September 2017, 20:16 GMT+5:30 The 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe is a very demure sports car. With a long, fluted body and clean, uninterrupted lines, it doesn’t shred the road like the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, but it will still earn you nods of appreciation from the sidewalk. Its 329-horsepower V6 biturbo engine is docile, though especially good around corners. The nine-speed automatic shifts quickly and…

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