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Jaguar Unveils XE SV Project 8 – Its Most Powerful Street Model Ever

“Performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar.”

by on Jun.28, 2017

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 can hit 60 in 3.3 seconds and tops out at 200 mph.

Long known for sports cars like the classic E-Type, Jaguar has been putting more muscle behind its sexy sheet metal lately, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 takes things to a new level.

Pouring out an impressive 592 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels, and capable of clearing 60 in just 3.3 seconds, the British maker is billing the Project 8 as its “fastest accelerating model ever.

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“We have really been able to unleash the potential of our engineering and design teams in specifying Project 8,” says said, Mark Stanton, director of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, or SVO, unit. “We are at the beginning of a very challenging and exciting development program which will see us focus on ensuring Project 8 delivers track performance on a level previously not targeted by Jaguar.”

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First Drive: 2017 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda aims to rule the "hot hatch" category.

by on Jun.14, 2017

The 2017 Honda Civic Type-R finally reaches U.S. showrooms after a two-decade wait.

Pity the poor American driver. Sure, they have plenty of options to choose from, but many of the most intriguing alternatives haven’t made it into U.S. showrooms. Until recently, that included some of the most exciting offerings in the hot hatch segment, like the Ford Focus RS and the Honda Civic Type-R.

We’ll have to wait a bit longer to get our hands on the Blue Oval’s entry, but we had the good fortune to spend a long weekend in Montreal, first sitting back to watch the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix and then logging some track time of our own behind the wheel of the Type-R, the first version of the Honda five-door rocket ever to reach the U.S. market.

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The latest and last entry into the largest line-up of Civic alternatives ever, the Type-R is also the most powerful, delivering a blistering 306 horsepower to the front wheels. From first glance, the five-door is also the most audacious, with the sort of aero treatment you’d expect on something specifically designed for the track. But it’s all functional, and despite some concerns about Honda’s decision to stay with a front, rather than all-wheel-drive layout, it all magically comes together. And with a starting price as much as $5,000 less than key competitors, this hot hatch seems destined to become a hot ticket. (more…)

Hyundai Set to Debut New “N” Performance Line

Frankfurt debut set; U.S. plans uncertain.

by on Aug.31, 2015

The Hyundai i20 WRC racer will be used to preview the Korean maker's new N performance line.

Hyundai is set to become the latest automaker to introduce a new performance-focused sub-brand.

The new Hyundai N sub-brand will make its debut during the Frankfurt Motor Show next month as the Korean maker lifts the covers off a modified version of its compact i20 model set to compete in the World Rally Car program. Another hint of what’s to come will show up in digital form as part of the popular Gran Turismo videogame.

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Hyundai insiders tell TheDetroitBureau.com they would “not be surprised” if the N line eventually comes to the U.S. market, but they said there are no immediate plans, and nothing is likely to be shown at the two big American auto shows in Los Angeles or Detroit in the coming months.

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New Hellraiser? Jeep Grand Cherokee to Get the Hellcat Treatment

Jeep to add 707-hp version of the Grand Cherokee.

by on Aug.27, 2015

Jeep will be adding a 707-hp Hellcat version of the Grand Cherokee it will call Trackhawk.

Things are going to hell at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Which is, apparently, a good thing considering the huge demand for the maker’s two Hellcat muscle cars, 707-horsepower versions of the Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe.

They’ll soon be joined by another Hellcat-powered model. Several FCA insiders have confirmed that the Jeep brand is getting ready to launch a 707-horesepower SUV that will be known as the Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk.

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Fiat Chrysler officials this week have been briefing dealers about plans to expand the Hellcat line during their annual retail get-together in Las Vegas. They’re also advising dealers that they’ve boosted production capacity for the Hellcat engine. Demand has been so strong that orders for the 2015 models had to be cut off well before the end of the model-year.

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Nissan Has Big Plans for Fast-Growing NISMO Line-Up

Sentra, Maxima may be next to get the high-performance badge.

by on Feb.13, 2015

Nissan's 370Z Roadster NISMO Concept is the latest to display the maker's high-horsepower badge, but not likely the last.

“Welcome to NISMO World,” proclaimed Nissan’s Darren Cox, as he stood on stage at the Chicago Auto Show surrounded by new models from the Japanese maker’s high-performance brand.

On one side sat the low and menacing GT-R LM P1 race car Nissan plans to campaign on the Le Mans endurance circuit this year. Off Cox’s other shoulder, the 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept that is all but certain to join the performance unit’s growing line-up in the next year or two.

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That would bring to five the number of models sold by Nissan’s ultimate performance unit, but the party is likely to get even bigger in the near future, NISMO’s global marketing manager told TheDetroitBureau.com in an exclusive interview. (more…)

Nissan Goes Topless with 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept

What you see is likely to be what you’ll get.

by on Feb.12, 2015

Nissan is giving strong consideration to building the convertible version of the NISMO 370Z.

There was a time when concept cars were little more than fantasies in chrome, having little more to do with reality than the speeder Luke Skywalker manned in the original Star Wars film.

Well, the new Nissan 370Z NISMO Roadster Concept looks like it would be nearly as much fun, but if recent trends hold true, there’s a good shot you’ll be able to park one in your driveway sooner, rather than later. These days, automakers have a habit of testing customer response and teasing what they’re already planning to bring to market, few more effectively than Nissan.”

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That said, as “the ultimate expression of the brand,” Nissan wants to make sure the 370Z Roadster Concept is the right fit for its performance division, NISMO, stressed Pierre Loing, vice president of product planning.

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Ford Bringing New Focus RS to US for 1st Time

Performance hatchback will adopt new AWD system with dynamic torque vectoring.

by on Feb.03, 2015

The new Ford Focus RS will make "in excess of" 315 hp, possibly quite in excess.

Ford will be giving compact performance fans a new option, the maker today rolling out an all-new version of its hot hatch Focus RS – and confirming will come to the U.S. market for the first time.

Part of an ambitious plan to significantly expand its presence in the performance market, the new RS will be one of the fastest and best-handling models in the Ford line-up, company officials promised during a preview staged in both Cologne, Germany and at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

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“The RS is the next extension of our plan to bring out 12 (performance) vehicles,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, from the suburban Detroit end of the unveiling.

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Ford Forms New Global Performance Unit

New Focus RS set for global debut next year.

by on Dec.11, 2014

Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak will be the new head of the Ford Performance organization.

Ford Motor will introduce a high-performance RS version of its next-generation Focus line next year, with the maker expected to pull the wraps off the new model at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The new model will replace the top-performing version of the Focus line that was last produced in 2010 for the European market. Other than saying the new model will be available worldwide, other details are scarce. But the new Focus RS is all but certain to pump up from the 301-horsepower delivered by the old version.

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The 2016 Ford Focus RS is part of an expanding portfolio of performance products coming from the Detroit Maker, which recently introduced an all-new version of its popular Mustang pony car. And it will be one of the first products to debut under the new Ford Performance organization.

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Mercedes Pumps Up Performance with AMG C63

“Power spectrum” runs up to 503 hp.

by on Sep.24, 2014

Mercedes will deliver up to 503 hp with the new AMG C63 - along with 32% better fuel economy.

Mercedes-Benz wants to pump you up – at least if you’re looking to buy one of its new C-class models. With the addition of the AMG C63 line next year, you’ll be able to order a package that tips the scales at more than 500 horsepower.

That’s a far cry from the old Baby Benz, but the latest C-Class is larger and far more luxurious than ever, undergoing a number of significant changes for the 2015 model-year, as TheDetroitBureau.com has already reported. The AMG treatment takes it up a significant notch, both in terms of features and performance.

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What Mercedes describes as the “pinnacle” of the C-Class spectrum will be powered by an all-new biturbo 4.0-liter V-8. It’s a derivative of the engine that will be powering the maker’s new AMG GT sports car. Officially set to debut at the Paris Motor Show in little more than a week, the C63 will be offered with a “power spectrum” of choices.

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New Dodge Charger Getting Hellcat Treatment

Is this the world's most powerful sedan?

by on Aug.13, 2014

The Charger version shares the supercharged 6.2-liter engine first seen in the Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

For those who want more power – and two more doors – Dodge is slipping its new supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat engine under the hood of the 2015 Charger.

First introduced in an SRT version of the 2-door Challenger, the supercharged V-8 pumps out 707 tire-spinning horses and 650 pound-feet of torque, making the coupe the most powerful factory-built muscle car ever. Now, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will share that claim.

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Dodge has confirmed a quarter mile time of 11.0 seconds on street tires, with the Charger Hellcat’s top speed rated at 204 mph. That and the 3.7-second 0 to 60 launch come in about 0.2 seconds slower than the Challenger version.

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