Toyota FT-1 Concept Goes Upscale (18 Photos)

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Toyota's bright red FT-1 sports car concept drew the excitable eye of everyone who attended the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit where it debuted. We haven't forgotten about the red and racy concept, and neither has Toyota, which just released a reimagined version with an upscale vibe more ready for a leisurely cruise down a coastal highway than carving corners on a racetrack.

Related: Toyota FT-1 Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

The pull-me-over red exterior is replaced with a graphite re-skin, and I think does a better job showing off the FT-1's curves. New interior touches are equally as minimalistic and work to great effect with saddle leather highlights and new textures providing a more Lexus-like experience than Toyota. Toyota's design team took inspiration for the interior from modern, high-tech superhero costumes and high-end leather bags.

By Joe Bruzek | August 14, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: First Look

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  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Chevrolet SS
  • Looks like: The meanest, baddest, kick-ass Dodge Charger ever built
  • Drivetrain: 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with eight-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2015

You knew it was coming. There was no way Dodge was going to make an engine like the Hellcat V-8, a 707-horsepower, supercharged monster motor, and limit its use to the 2015 Challenger SRT. Sure enough, Dodge proved the internet rumor mill right by unveiling the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat sedan today, christening it the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

What'll she do? Zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, two-tenths of a second quicker than a Challenger SRT Hellcat. The National Hot Rod Association has certified it as running the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds flat on street tires with a top speed of 204 mph. It's only 100 pounds heavier than the Challenger Hellcat, and it's faster than the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Aston Martin Rapide or any other sedan you can name.

By Aaron Bragman | August 13, 2014 | Comments (13)

2014 Ford Fiesta ST Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Ford Fiesta ST finished third in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "Everything about the ST is feisty and full of energy," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Fiesta ST up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo finished sixth in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "The Veloster Turbo isn't as big of a misfit among the competition as you may expect," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Veloster Turbo up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Kia Forte 5 Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Kia Forte5 SX finished fourth in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "Its suspension is surprisingly capable, and it looks the part of cheap speed with 18-inch wheels, dual-exiting exhaust and blackened exterior trim," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Forte5 SX up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS Photo Gallery

 Cheap Speed Challenge: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS finished seventh in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "For a crossover, it's a pretty poor execution, but for a performance car trapped inside a crossover body, this thing is pretty remarkable," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Juke NISMO RS up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Fiat 500 Abarth Photo Gallery

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The 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth finished eighth in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "The Abarth is an absolute joy on the road course, with unexpected levels of cornering grip and stopping power that give this weird little car surprising amounts of street cred," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the 500 Abarth up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Scion FR-S Photo Gallery

Cheap Speed Challenge: 2014 Scion FR-S

The 2014 Scion FR-S finished fifth in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "The FR-S has responsive handling that most in this group can only dream about," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the FR-S up close and on the track.

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Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster (10 Photos)

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Aston Martin just took the wraps off its fastest and most powerful convertible — the 2015 V12 Vantage roadster joins the V12 Vantage S coupe. Powered by a naturally-aspirated 565-horspower, 6.0-liter V-12 engine, Aston says the roadster sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 201 mph.

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The new roadster trades the coupe's aluminum-accented grille design for a carbon fiber one trimmed with black or titanium silver mesh. Aston Martin says the new look maximizes airflow and is inspired by the CC100 Speedster concept and its Vantage racecars. Inside, customers can choose a myriad of bespoke colors, trim, and materials through Aston Martin's Q customization arm.

Aston Martin said the car will arrive in markets around the world later this year; no word yet on a U.S. on-sale date. Check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Photo Gallery: 100 Years of Dodge

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The Dodge brand just celebrated its 100th anniversary by throwing a party at Meadow Brook Hall, a historic mansion built by the widow of one of the brand's founders in suburban Detroit. The media was invited to see where the brand has been during the last 100 years in preparation for the relaunch of the marque as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' North American performance brand

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On hand were a collection of Dodge's most notable concept cars from the last 20 years, as well as something truly special — another collection of just over two dozen historically significant vehicles from the company's own museum. Vehicles ranged from an original 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring car to a smattering of late '60s/early '70s muscle cars, right up to more modern cars like the latest Charger. Even more remarkable — they were there for journalists to drive on short loops around the mansion's grounds. Have a look through the photo gallery to get a glimpse of some classic Mopars.

By Aaron Bragman | July 15, 2014 | Comments (6)

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