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Mini JCW GP to be hatchback only

Posted by GearUp on November 15, 2012 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2013 Mini John Cooper Works GP is dropping weight and lowering its lap times, but one thing it won't be losing is its flat roof. Like the original JCW GP package, Evo says that despite the fact that sportier Mini Coupes have been caught testing, the new GP will only be offered in the three-door Cooper hatchback body style. And that's perfectly fine with us.

Evo spoke with GP development chief Jorg Weiding...

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Lamborghini Insecta Concept

Posted by GearUp on November 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Lamborghini Insecta Concept is a design study of a 2-seater mid-engined supercar created by Romanian Iulian Bumbu. The design combines the brand’s styling cues with elements inspired by insect exoskeletons.

As Iulian Bumbu explains "The idea was to create an extreme race-oriented supercar with a style that introduces softer and more organic lines and integrate them into the geometr...

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BMW M offers steering with intergrated computer & readout

Posted by GearUp on November 14, 2012 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

We see quite a few factory performance parts come through our inbox, but few warrant more than a cursory glance. That said, BMW grabbed our eye with its new M Performance steering wheel. Trimmed in carbon fiber and alcantara, the tiller is slick enough, but it also features two readouts to convey all sorts of vehicle information. Two color LED strips at 11 and 1 o'clock swing from green to red with engine rpm to ...

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Koenigsegg claims records, says Agera R goes 0-200 mph in 17.68 sec.

Posted by GearUp on November 14, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

We all know Koenigsegg makes blisteringly fast exotic cars. The latest hyper machine from Sweden is the Agera R, and Koenigsegg wanted to see just how fast its two-door toy could go. With the help of an (unnamed) third party to verify the results and a Racelogic VBox, the Koenigsegg team set out to make some high-speed passes at its Sweden-based proving ground.

The results... are amazing:

0-300 km/h (186 mph) ...

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Jaguar Land Rover to share platform

Posted by GearUp on November 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Jaguar and Land Rover are planning to share platforms. The two companies aim to rationalise seven largely unrelated platforms to just two or three.


The shared platforms will serve around 70 to 80 per cent of the marque’s core models by volume.


Land Rover currently offer models based on four distinct platforms: ...

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Mercedes -Benz SLS Black

Posted by GearUp on November 12, 2012 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sporting a series of aerodynamic and mechanical developments brought over from the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the headlining AMG model is the fifth in a series of limited production Black Series models.


As tradition dictates, the SLS AMG Black Series is outwardly distinguished by series of exterior styling changes that serve to provide it...

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Lambo unveils roudster Aventador LP 700-4

Posted by GearUp on November 12, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This morning, Lamborghini has announced the newest member of its supercar family, the stunningly sexy Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. With more than 1,300 Aventador coupes sold to date, Lamborghini believes it will find strong demand for the convertible version.

The Roadster's roof is a two-piece affair, made from carbon fiber and weighing in at just over 13 pounds. The roof pieces must be rem...

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Vw on new Taigun

Posted by GearUp on November 8, 2012 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

We didn't have to wait very long for recent reports of a new small Volkswagen crossover to come true... well, sort of. In a side note to our report on a seven-passenger VW CUV last week, we also mentioned the possibility of a new sub-Tiguan crossover, and we may have gotten our first look at such a vehicle courtesy of this Volkswagen Taigun Concept that is debuting at the São Paulo motor show.

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Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept

Posted by GearUp on August 2, 2012 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

When we saw the Volkswagen E-Bugster Concept earlier this year at the Detroit auto show, we looked closely at its hardtop and figured it was a not-so-subtle hint that a convertible Beetle was coming.

When the E-Bugster appeared roofless at the Beijing auto show a few months later, we were sure of it. But as it turns out, we were only half right: the E-Bugster Concept isn't just a previ...

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VW announces record profits

Posted by GearUp on March 16, 2012 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Volkswagen has revealed the goal of becoming the world's most ecological car maker, off the back of record results for 2011. At a press conference in Wolfsburg, Germany this morning it announced an operating profit of £9.4 billion, up more than 50 per cent year-on-year.

The profits were achieved against eight million car sales, which resulted in sales revenue that rose 25.6 per cent to £133bn.

"The VW ...

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