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)

2015 Subaru WRX STI Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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As Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays said in his critique, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI "packs a punch" performance-wise, though some buyers might find its $35,000 starting price a slap in the face. The even-higher-performance version of the high-performance WRX wears a rather dramatic rear wing, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and standard Alcantara-covered seats with red-and-black leather bolsters — racier accents above and beyond the regular WRX's quad tailpipes, large fenders and flat-bottom steering wheel.

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Click here for the full review, and check out the gallery below of the black STI we test drove; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | June 27, 2014 | Comments (4)

Photo Gallery: Jaguar F-Type Project 7

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Jaguar has confirmed that it intends to build 250 examples of the 2013 F-Type Project 7 concept car for sale to the public, using its Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations team to handle the assembly of the custom two-seat roadster. Inspired by the 60th anniversary of the LeMans-winning Jaguar D-type race car, the F-Type Project 7 features handmade carbon- fiber aerodynamic aids and a unique suspension, as well as the most powerful engine Jaguar has ever put in a car: a 575-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight- speed automatic transmission. Jaguar says it will propel the Project 7 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph, making it the fastest car Jaguar has ever produced.

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Several high-performance features will be standard on the Project 7, including carbon- ceramic brakes, a torque vectoring system and race-inspired seats. The only roof will be a stowable fabric strip that stretches from the top of the windshield and accommodates the D-type-inspired fairing behind the driver's head. It will be fully road-legal, however, and even features a trunk that holds 7 cubic feet of luggage.

The first examples of the new Project 7 will be delivered to customers in mid-2015, and it will make its public debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England on Thursday. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Check out the gallery below.

By Aaron Bragman | June 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Jaguar F-Type Convertible Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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A bout of sunny weather coincided with a bumper crop of test convertibles this spring — our drive of the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata was followed by a stint in the droptop version of Jaguar's newest car, the F-Type. We tested the 495-horsepower, supercharged V-8 model of the rear-wheel-drive soft-top roadster in eye-popping Italian Racing Red, matching its eye-popping $103,820 sticker price after options and destination. 

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Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder called this cat "a tour de force of eager power, engaging dynamics and head-turning looks." Click here for the full review and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | June 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Hits the Racetrack

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Forget kid in a candy store; these "kids" got to spend the day someplace much sweeter: the racetrack. The Cars.com Editorial team took its annual pilgrimage to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the Midwest Automotive Media Association's spring rally.

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With two days of track, street and off-road driving and nearly 100 cars available for testing, there were plenty of favorites from the event. Continue below for a gallery of the highlights.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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Spring has sprung in Cars.com's Chicago office, and not just in terms of the weather, but also the tops that are popping off of our latest crop of test convertibles. We recently spent some time in Mazda's fun, fling-able MX-5 Miata hardtop convertible, a car that's retained the same formula for the past 20-plus years: compact + affordable + uncomplicated = fun. We tested the Club model, which adds a front air dam and diffuser, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, Club badges and specific interior trim.

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Click here for the full review, and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mini Superleggera Concept Very Un-Mini (20 Photos)

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Spectators at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2014 classic-car contest in Lake Como, Italy, received a bilingual greeting of "All right?" and "Buongiorno!" as BMW introduced the Mini Superleggera Vision. The automaker described the electric-powered roadster concept car as "modern Britishness meets Italian flair," but the first thing you'll likely notice is its minimal Mini-ness. The Superleggera easily bears the least resemblance to any previous Mini model we've seen.

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The Superleggera combines Italian body construction with Mini's iconic British visual cues on the outside, and inside uses leather, aluminum and black chrome flourishes, according to the automaker.

What do you think of this Mini concept's blending of European cultural influences? Sound off in the comment section and check out the gallery of manufacturer's photos below.

By Matt Schmitz | May 27, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid: Real-World Fuel Economy

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The concept of a hybrid Subaru is a great one. Many Subaru owners love the outdoors and owning a greener car might appeal to these car shoppers. But the reality of Subaru's first hybrid is a tale of pretty unimpressive mileage.

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The 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid spent some time and hundreds of miles in the Cars.com test fleet recently and delivered less than stunning results.

By David Thomas | May 26, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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Dodge unveiled the most powerful V-8 in its history earlier in the week under the hood of the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat. We got to take a closer look at the supercharged, 600-plus-horsepower coupe this morning at the Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally in Wisconsin.

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

Click here for more on the model and check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | May 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

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