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Porsche 911 GT3 RS review

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Although the RS badge has a longer history, Porsche itself measures the Renn Sport versions of the 911 GT3 from 2003, when it stripped surplus weight from the 996-generation model and had its race-spawned Mezger flat six hyperventilating on ram-air ducts.

2016 Ferrari F12 Speciale – latest spy pictures

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The upcoming Ferrari F12 Speciale has been spotted testing on the streets of Maranello, close to Ferrari’s headquarters, ahead of its scheduled unveiling at the Geneva motor show next March.

2016 Nissan 370Z Coupe Test: An Analog GT for a Digital World

2016 Nissan 370Z

Other than swapping an ashtray for a cup holder and Datsun badges for Nissan medallions, the Z-car has harkened to the same formula for 46 years. A popularly priced two-seat GT with six-cylinders, a long hood, a short deck, a fastback roofline, and a rear hatch aptly describes both 2016 and 1970 models. That’s Corvette-caliber staying power. READ MORE ››

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2016 Nissan 370Z – Instrumeted Test

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Ford GT Test Mule Spotted on Detroit Freeway [Video]

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-YouTuber “Dr. Scandalous” caught a pretty amazing sight during what would otherwise have been an everyday Detroit commute: A gnarly looking Ford GT test mule cruising among regular traffic. This is something you don’t see every day—and something that pretty much nobody outside of Ford’s skunkworks has seen before.

As first reported by Patrick George at Jalopnik, the lucky YouTuber seems to have been in the perfect spot to catch Ford’s future hypercar cruising the streets in the two videos embedded below. The test car looks rough—check out those taillights, which look to be universal trailer lights found at any hardware store, not the intercooler-venting halo lights of the show car—but curiously the unfinished bodywork doesn’t seem to be wearing any camouflage at all.



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Can you imagine seeing this in your mirror on your boring drive?

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Our Detroit-based colleagues have tentatively identified this stretch of road as the M-39 Southfield Freeway, which runs just past Ford’s test track in Dearborn, Michigan. With the production vehicle slated to arrive in late 2016 as a 2017 model, we figure you’ll be seeing a lot more of them on this patch of road—and at racetracks worldwide.

 

This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com via Jalopnik.

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Nissan Juke-R 2.0 review

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You might remember that at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, former bicycle helmsmith Hoy had a small spot of bother at a corner called Molecomb, while driving a Nissan GT-R Nismo.

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 review

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The result of “a growing frustration at seeing other brands’ GT3 cars so well represented at track days”. At least that is how Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s design director, explains part of the thinking behind this, the new Vantage GT12.

The First Toyota 2000GT to Set a Tire in America Just Sold for $825,000

 The First American Toyota 2000GT Sold for $825,000

This is the first 2000GT produced for export to the U.S., and that makes it a very rare and special car.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

This is Toyota 2000GT chassis No. 10083, the first of its extremely rare breed that was built for export to the U.S.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

In total, it’s thought that America received 15 percent of the 351 or so cars produced. Rare, indeed.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

This one just sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction for $825,000 . . . pricey, but not the most expensive we’ve seen.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

When new, this car was sold in San Francisco and remained there for a while.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

Later, it was sold into a Japanese collection and stayed there for 20 years. In total, it’s covered just 42K miles from new.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

The seller claimed it’s never been in an accident and has never been “fully restored,” so we suppose that leaves partial restoration as a past possibility. Still, it presents honestly. Look at that dash!

1967 Toyota 2000GT

This appears to be a normal 2000GT, not the special MF-12 model. That means it packs a lovely 3M-code 2.0-liter inline-six making about 150 horsepower.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

The engine featured a Yamaha twin-cam head, the first of a long line of Yamaha high-performance heads fitted to sporting Toyotas.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

Even the original tool kit is included.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

It has been resprayed and the carbs rebuilt, but otherwise the seller claims it’s just an honest, well-cared-for example of the breed.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

These are said to be lovely cars to drive, and they’re much, much smaller than the Jaguar E-type they’re so commonly compared to. They’re small compared to a first-generation Mazda Miata, even.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

When new, it was $1000 more expensive than an E-type and considerably slower. That made it a tough sales proposition.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

The $1.5-million recent 2000GT sale seems to be an aberration, as good cars lately have been trading hands for prices closer to this example.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

Still, it’s nice (as always) to see the market pay these very special cars their due.

1967 Toyota 2000GT

And remember the important but unexpected connection to Carroll Shelby—yes, that Carroll Shelby.



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1967 Toyota 2000GT

Shelby prepped three cars for SCCA racing, and they finished second and third in 1968 before Toyota pulled funding. Which is a way cooler anecdote than that told-a-million-times James Bond one, isn’t it?

This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com.

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Another Expert in Self-Driving Cars Heads to Apple, This Time from Tesla

Apple Hires Self-Driving Car Expert From Tesla
-Former Tesla autopilot firmware manager Jamie Carlson has joined Apple’s Special Project division, according to Carlson’s updated LinkedIn profile.

Apple is said to be developing a self-driving car and this additional hire seems like a step closer in that direction. The company has been actively seeking a place to test its autonomous-car project, code-named “Project Titan.”

Apple has made a slew of new hires recently: specialists in the fields of driver-assistance software systems and automated-driving engineering. Reports claim that as many as 1000 Apple employees are working in the Project Titan barracks, including former employees of Tesla, NASA, and a whole spate of major automakers.



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No statement from Apple yet, but the evidence is clearly mounting: Apple seems to desperately want a piece of the autonomous-car market.

This story originally appeared on roadandtrack.com via Reuters.

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78,000 Chrysler 200 Sedans Recalled for Stalling, Engaging Neutral

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited FWD

Fiat-Chrysler is recalling 77,834 Chrysler 200 sedans that can stall or switch into neutral without warning, according to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

On 2015 200 models, a damaged connector inside the fuse and relay box can cause the check engine light to display and then stall the engine or put the gearbox into neutral. FCA said that its supplier, Android, had spread the pins on the connector during testing which can cause an intermittent electrical connection. The automaker, since it began investigating the problem in October 2014, knows of at least 90 reports of this condition. No injuries or accidents have been reported. FCA said the defect was not related to the ZF nine-speed transmission that has proven problematic in the Jeep Cherokee and in vehicles from other automakers.

Dealers will replace the entire transmission wiring harness on 2.4-liter four-cylinder models or splice the wiring and replace the damaged connector on 3.6-liter V-6 models. Parts are not yet available and interim notices will be sent to owners next month.



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The new 200 has been recalled four other times, including for software hacking, transmissions not engaging park, electrical shorts, and rear shocks that can detach from the body.

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