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Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera spy photos

The Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera has been spotted by our spy photographers near the Arctic Circle in northern Europe. Visually, this prototype stands out thanks to a large cut out and extension box high up on the rear bumper housing a large set of temporary exhausts, hinting at the car’s tweaked engine setup. According to our […]

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Super Bowl 50: Christopher Walken Stars In Kia's "Walken Closet" Commercial: Video

With Super Bowl 50 just eight days away, we’re slowly getting to see some teaser spots for some of the commercials that will air during the game. One of the first teasers that have arrived is Kia’s commercial, featuring legendary actor Christopher Walken. The title of the add is “Walken Closet” – nice pun there, Kia – and just as the title implies, it features a man who goes into his walk-in closet to look for his socks. The only problem is that he instead finds Walken, sitting like a boss in one of those Godfather-like chairs, holding the pair of socks the man was looking for.

Here’s the thing about this ad: there was no mention of Kia or any of its models in it other than at the end where we find out that the ad will be promoting the all-new Kia Optima. The company did say that part of the ad’s objective is to showcase the Optima as a “vibrant alternative for those determined not to blend in”. Considering how that walk-in closet is literally full of suits of the same colors, I’d venture a guess that the man in the ad is the anti-thesis of the kind of consumer Kia is targeting with the Optima.

In any event, the treatment of the teaser offers a unique way of teasing the ad without showing the actual car. It’s an age-old ad strategy mean to drive up the curiosity level a little bit higher and, for what it’s worth, it works. I personally want to see what the commercial is going to look like in full form. Oh, and that whole idea of Christopher Walken sitting inside a walk-in closet? That was pretty funny too.

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Uber fined $1.3M for ambiguous driver training videos in France

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Uber gets in trouble in France for ‘ambiguous’ rules that its drivers use to pick up passengers.

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Super Bowl 50: Acura NSX – What He Said: Video

Previews of Super Bowl commercials from manufacturers are flying onto YouTube faster than ever. Here we have two commercials from Acura for your viewing pleasure. One is 30 seconds long, and the other is 60 seconds. The best part is that at the heart of both commercials is the companies soon-to-be-released supercar, the Acura NSX.

I’ve always thought of the NSX as more of a “she,” with those beautiful lines and loving soul, but it looks like the new NSX is slated to be a “he,” as Acura’s slogan for the NSX in these two commercials is “what he said.” Undoubtedly, Acura is speaking of that roar from the NSX’s 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 engine. That engine is said to put out 500 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and – in combination with the electric drivetrain – can put out a maximum of 573 horsepower and hit an approximate top speed of 191 mph.

Power and good looks aside, Acura is planning to let us start building our own starting on February 25, 2016. That in itself is more than enough to be excited for. Even if you don’t have the cheddar to buy one yourself, the NSX is bound to become one of the most lusted for vehicles out there, so quit wasting time and feed your desire by watching the two short videos. Fair warning: use headphones if you’re in a public place, and turn up the sound. You’ll want to absorb as much of that soul-rattling roar of the NSX as you can.

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Autocar Takes The 2016 Ford Focus RS On Road And Track: Video

A lot has already been said about the all-new Ford Focus RS and almost everyone I’ve talked to about the car shares the same sentiment. The Focus RS is the hot hatchback we’ve all been waiting for. Now I know that some might find that statement sprinkled with a bit of hyperbole, but the truth is, there was no need for any form of exaggeration.

One person who agrees with my assertion is Autocar Deputy Reviews Editor Vicky Parrott. Not that she actually told me that she agreed with me, but she did get the opportunity to take the new Focus RS out for a spin on the proverbial road and track combination and as expected, she had nothing but heaping praises for the hot hatch. I’m not going to spoil the full episode because Parrott makes some great points in her review of the car and I wouldn’t want to pre-empt any of it. It’s better if you watch the episode in full yourselves.

In the event that you’re in the market for a hot hatch and you’re browsing through countless websites trying to figure out which one to buy, you should also watch this video and trust me when I tell you, once you’re done watching it, the Focus RS will be on your short-list. Why, you ask? Well, let’s just say that there’s a reason why a lot of people, Parrott included, are calling this hot hatch the new benchmark of its segment.

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EVO Looks Back At The Lamborghini Countach: Video

In the annals of Lamborghini’s long and storied history, no car stirred the imaginations of children quite like the Countach. From its outlandish design (at that time) to its incredible 4.0-liter V-12 engine, the Countach was, and still is, the supercar of our dreams. Throughout the course of its life, the Countach spawned numerous versions, none more special than the 82-unit Series III LP400 S.

One of the 82 Series III LP 400 S models is now in the headlines because it’s set to be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s at its auction in Paris on February 3, 2016. It’s expected to sell for at least $490,000 and it’s history is as unique as the model itself. According to RM Sotheby’s, this yellow Countach Series III LP 400 S was originally built with a red paint finish for a customer in Switzerland. The car somehow found itself in the U.S. after that, before once again crossing the Atlantic, finding itself in the U.K. It’s had quite a globe-trotting experience, and yet, the mere sight of it is enough for bidders to feverishly make attempts at scoring the car in the upcoming auction.

But, before it finds a new owner, Evo Magazine found itself in possession of the car and, not one to let an opportunity like this pass, it went about and took it for a spin. By the standards of modern supercars, the Countach falls woefully short in a number of aspects. It’s a little harder to drive, the brakes aren’t as good, and the cabin design leaves a lot to be desired. But, none of that matters because this is the Lamborghini Countach, and this particular one is a rare example of the iconic model.

It’s the real definition of a legacy car that introduced Lamborghini to a new generation of car aficionados. I should know because I’m one of those who had posters of this breathtaking exotic in the walls of my bedroom back in the 90s.

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Motor Trend Lines Up The Mercedes-AMG GT S And The Jaguar F-Type Coupe R: Video

The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S and the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Coupe R are two of the most talked-about sports cars today. Not only do they look drop-dead gorgeous, but they also come with heavy-hitting engines. The F-Type may have the advantage in power – 550 horsepower to 462 horsepower – but the AMG GT S’s combination of unmatched handling and state-of-the-art tech has made it the quintessential sports car for the discerning enthusiast. Either way, both cars are great choices, making it more difficult to pick which of the two is the better sports car.

To help answer that conundrum, Motor Trend lined up the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R in its latest episode of Head 2 Head. MT Senior Features Editor Jonny Lieberman took up the task of giving a rundown of the two cars, including some new features for the new 2016 models. Here’s a little spoiler of sorts: the biggest addition in the F-Type Coupe R is so important it turned the entire script on the car’s driving experience. But, was it enough to convince Lieberman that the Jag is a better overall sports car than the Mercedes-AMG?

As usual, I’m not going to reveal the synopsis of the episode because it’s better if you hear the verdict from the horse’s mouth itself. Ok, just one more teeny-tiny spoiler. Lieberman did have his choice, but it was so close that he had to enlist the help of race car driver and Head 2 Head staple Randy Pobst to perform practical exams, including hot laps, on both the AMG GT S and the F-Type Coupe R at Willow Springs.

Check out the video to see which of the sports cars ended up getting the stamp of approval.

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Watch How The Aston Martin Vulcan Is Being Built: Video

Remember when I wrote about an Aston Martin Vulcan that’s currently up for sale for $3.4 million? Well, I don’t know if it’s a simple coincidence or a sign that I should buy the car, but less than a day after that Vulcan hit the news, out comes a video from Carfection that tackles the build process of the most powerful Aston Martin ever created.

Ok, I’m not really going the buy the car under any circumstances considering that I don’t have $3.4 million. But, it is funny to think about the timing of these two separate media items covering the same 800-horsepower track-day supercar. The video itself is pretty informative, and if my hearing serves me right, I think that’s XCar’s Alex Goy doing the voice-over in the video. In it, Goy talks about the nitty gritty details on the construction and development of the Vulcan, right down to the generous amount of lightweight carbon fiber used on the car and the incredible downforce it generates, thanks in large part to the rather massive aerodynamic components fitted into the track car.

It’s safe to say that the Aston Martin Vulcan is a clear departure from the company’s luxury meets performance reputation. I say that because the Vulcan is just a purely bred annihilator on the race track, the kind of car that can gleefully let other cars pass by and then catch up to them without even breaking so much as a sweat. And, as good as it looks – I mean, look at that piece of beauty! – the Vulcan is also largely defined by its thunderous 7.0-liter V-12 engine that pumps out in excess of 800 horsepower. It’s rather interesting that Aston Martin hasn’t released the full performance details of the Vulcan, but just hearing the spine-tingling roar of that V-12 engine at the end of the video is all we need to know about the track car’s breathtaking capabilities on any racing circuit it finds itself in.

If you just happen to be inspired enough by this video that you’re itching to own one, you can check out that Vulcan that’s currently up for sale over at Cleveland Motorsports. You’re going to need $3.4 million to own it, but who knows, if you can string up and save your money for God-knows-how-long, you could find out first-hand exactly why the Aston Martin Vulcan is everything it’s been hyped up to be.

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Land Rover Defender production ends ahead of new-generation model launch

The final version of the current Land Rover Defender has rolled off the assembly line floor in Solihull, England, ahead of an all-new version that will debut by 2018. The final model – a Defender 90 short-wheelbase Heritage Edition Soft Top variant with a canvas roof – rolled off the line on Friday in the […]

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video with the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupe: Video

As racing video games become more and more realistic these days, it’s become very important for game developers to come up with a feature that can differentiate itself from other games. That’s especially true for games like Driveclub, which doesn’t have the same amount of following as Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport.

On that end, Driveclub did just that by releasing its first-ever 360-degree video of a Mercedes-AMG S 65 Coupe racing around with its fellow Silver Arrows brethren. The video is fantastic for a couple of reasons, and the best part about it is how you, as a viewer, can rotate around using the direction buttons on the upper-left end of the screen.

Doing this lets you watch the race from a complete 360-degree angle, allowing you to look at the race from all conceivable angles. Combine that with the impeccable graphics and the all-too realistic environment and you have a unique video game experience that really brings the action to life.

It’s an incredible glimpse of what you can experience when you play Driveclub. Now, I’ve had my time with the game and I can attest to the incredible attention-to-detail it possesses. But, I’ve yet to try out this 360-degree view and, while it does seem difficult to navigate both the car and the camera angle, it’s something that I’m definitely excited to check out.

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Mazda CX-3 Akari v Fiat 500X Pop Star: Comparison review

You want to join the growing army of people moving into small crossover SUVs, but you aren’t necessarily the sensible family type. You want something a little more style-focused. What do you buy? For prospective buyers at this end of town — maybe trading up from their little city car into something bigger, or downsizing […]

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Skoda Octavia RS all-wheel-drive model ruled out for Australia

There will be no all-wheel-drive Skoda Octavia RS offered in Australia. The Czech brand’s new AWD version of its diesel-powered Octavia RS has launched in Europe, but local showrooms won’t see the new version, which adds rear propulsion over the standard front-drive model. The AWD model weighs more than the FWD version, but it’s quicker from 0-100km/h, […]

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