2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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In addition to its new, more powerful twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6, the revised-for-2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, has had some cosmetic work done. The luxury five-seat SUV gets a revised front end inspired by the sporty Turbo model, along with red brake calipers, 20-inch Spyder wheels and GTS badging.

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Other new additions, not just to the GTS but across the Cayenne lineup, include standard bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and a multifunction sport steering wheel with paddle shifters. The GTS model is set to go on sale in February starting at $96,495 (including destination), a markup of more than $12,000.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Photo Gallery (49 Photos)

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Dial M for motorsports. BMW is introducing the race-ready variants of its X5 sport activity vehicle and X6 sport activity coupe this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, on track for a spring 2015 release. Consistent with their performance purposes, the X5 M and X6 M rock aggressive-looking racing cues such as enlarged scoops, 21-inch wheels, unique tiers, rear diffusers, quad tailpipes and monochrome blue or gray metallic paint.

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Both the M and M boast sweet interior flourishes, too. Sporty cues in the cabin include a unique steering wheel, paddle shifters and gauges, Merino leather seats with contrast stitching and M badging, a simulated Alcantara headliner, a Nappa-covered dash and plenty of aluminum trim. The X5 M starts at $99,650 and the X6 M at $103,050, including destination.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Photo Gallery (31 Photos)

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The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG certainly isn't ashamed that it's the high-performance variant of the C-Class. Racing cues abound on the luxury sedan, now making its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, from widened aluminum fenders and rear wheels to "power domes" on the hood to a trio of rear diffuser fins.

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Building on the regular C-Class' standard aluminum cabin trim, the C63 AMG adds performance seats covered in faux leather and microfiber. In Edition 1 models, the seats have black Nappa leather highlighted with a diamond pattern; plus there’s red contrast stitching on the badged performance steering wheel.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The progeny of Batman's Batmobile and Speed Racer's Mach Five

Defining characteristics: Cartoonishly futuristic body, "prone driver configuration," laser propulsion system

Ridiculous features: Let's be frank, the whole damn thing is one big ridiculous feature. (Did we mention that laser propulsion system?)

Chance of being mass-produced: In this millennium, or … ?

If Dr. Evil were to take up car racing, he would definitely drive the Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept car created for fans of the massively popular PlayStation 3 video-game series "Gran Turismo" and debuting this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. After all, it's got frickin' laser beams attached to its powertrain!

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Yes, this video-game vehicle incarnate uses a fantasy laser-based propulsion system, which Chevrolet says was inspired by "technology derived from advanced work targeted at space travel and future aircraft design." The automaker says it "features a mid-mounted laser, beamed-energy propulsion system, which pulses beams of light that focus in a shroud, creating shock waves that generate tremendous thrust." The 671-kilowatt laser uses a lithium-ion battery pack and an air-powered generator to create 900 boiler horsepower, rocketing the car from zero to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds on its way to a 240 mph top speed.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Photo Gallery (34 Photos)

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The muscle car so tough it refuses to date itself with a model year — hopefully dairies don't follow suit with cottage cheese use-by dates — debuted today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. A year after the redesigned-for-2015 Ford Mustang made its presence known to the world, the Shelby GT350 Mustang is ready to throw its weight around.

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The standard pony car's high-performance variant generally doesn’t stray far from the family tree, but distinguishes itself by ditching the 'Stang logo from the front grille and adding subtle carbon-fiber details to the lower bumper in addition to a double body stripe, Shelby cobra badging and 19-inch wheels. Inside the cabin are GT350-specific Recaro cloth racing seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and a toned-down gauge treatment aimed at minimizing driver distraction.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V Photo Gallery (26 Photos)

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The updated exterior style of the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V sedan and coupe — both making their debut now at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show — goes a long way toward injecting some magic into the meh of their predecessors. V-Series flourishes like flared fenders, aggressive-looking front- and rear-end style and additional performance flourishes flirt with the line between elegant and ostentatious.

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That aesthetic extends to the interior, as well, with a faux-suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter and optional 16-way-adjustable and microfiber-covered Recaro performance seats. That's in addition to a Performance Data Recorder that captures high-definition video of the forward view for a post-race self-critique right on the car’s multimedia touch-screen.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

2016 Jaguar F-Type: First Look

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Competes with: Audi R8, Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche 911
Looks like: A 2015 F-Type with a new hood design and some distinctive body features for all-wheel-drive versions
Drivetrain: A 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, or a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 with the automatic, with output ranging from 340 to 550 horsepower and 332 to 502 pounds-feet of torque
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015

Following the addition of the rear-wheel-drive F-Type coupe for 2015, Jaguar is further expanding the exotic sports car's offerings with all-wheel drive, standard on F-Type R versions and optional on S models, as well as an available six-speed manual transmission for rear-wheel-drive versions. The top-performing R models, in coupe or convertible form, boast a 5.0-liter, direct-injected supercharged V-8, which puts out a roaring 550-horsepower and Jaguar quotes a 3.9-second zero-to-60 mph time; it succeeds the outgoing rear-wheel-drive-only F-Type V-8 S, which made 495 hp.

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The 2016 Jaguar F-Type is bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker says that in addition to new powertrain options, upgraded offerings include electric power assisted steering that improves efficiency and precision, a new suite of telematics and smartphone connectivity features, and more standard equipment.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 Cadillac ATS-V: Up Close

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The ATS-V coupe marks when the Cadillac ATS lineup found its look. To me, the regular ATS sedan is decent looking but not as interesting as the current- or previous-generation CTS sedan. As for Cadillac coupes, I've been hard to please. The regular one is too bland, though I've also criticized the CTS coupe as going too far - slab-sided, and with a rear end that's also a bit slabby and whose boat-tail shape is trying too hard.

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The V-Series treatment certainly makes the new 2016 ATS-V sedan look more interesting, but it's on the ATS-V coupe where the flared fenders, more aggressive nose and tail, and the various cooling and aerodynamic changes bring the canvas of blandness to life.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

Volkswagen Prices 2015 Golf R

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Volkswagen today announced pricing for the latest addition to its sporty hatchback lineup, the 2015 Golf R. The Golf R will arrive in dealerships early next year, initially available only as a four-door and with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Prices start at $37,415 for the base Golf R and $39,910 for the technology-loaded DCC and Nav trim; both prices include an $820 destination charge.

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VW says the all-wheel-drive Golf R is the fastest and most powerful Golf ever to hit the U.S. market. The 292 horsepower from the R's 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder represents a 14 percent power boost over the previous version, while torque is up 15 percent from the outgoing car's 243 pounds-feet. But those gains don't come at the expense of fuel economy; VW says the new R gets 30 mpg with the dual-clutch automatic compared with its manual predecessor's 27 mpg. Meanwhile, its zero-to-60 mph sprint improves by nearly 1.7 seconds to 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph.

By Matt Schmitz | November 19, 2014 | Comments (3)

Volkswagen Golf R Variant: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Fiesta ST, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Veloster
Looks like: An amped up grocery-getter
Drivetrain: A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission making 296 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque
Hits dealerships: Spring 2015 for Europe; U.S.-market release is unspecified

We recently said goodbye to Volkswagen's Jetta SportWagen and hello to the 2015 Golf SportWagen; Volkswagen unveiled a sporty variant of the compact wagon at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Don't be fooled by its mild-mannered appearance. The Volkswagen Golf R Variant compact wagon may look all Clark Kent on the outside, but it's wearing its red-and-blue Underoos beneath.

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Volkswagen is positioning the Golf R Variant as "one of the sportiest compact all-arounders," able to accommodate a family of five one moment and then take a few turns around the track the next.

By Matt Schmitz | November 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

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