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The 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman PDK Automatic breaks away from standards

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As many of you may know the Boxster and Cayman have recently received completely retuned chassis, upgraded brakes, and even a newly shared numerical designation—718—to help clarify that they’re simply two variants of the same model. But the most consequential changes by far were the replacement of the sonorous, naturally aspirated 2.7- and 3.4-liter flat-six engines with turbocharged 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter flat-fours in the standard and S models.

If you’re like us, you worried about how Porsche would maintain these cars’ ebullient characters, so much of which resided in those legendary, mid-mounted flat-sixes, with their peaky but delightfully linear power (above roughly 3700 rpm) and richly mechanized thrum emanating from just behind one’s ears.

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Royals attend the second day of Gulf Concours event at Burj Al Arab Terrace

Royalty attended the second day of the prestigious Gulf Concours event at the iconic Burj Al Arab Terrace, where the 2016 Bentley GT3-R won the “best bespoke limited edition” award. The winner of the “best modern bespoke” was the 2015 LaFerrari.

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The event, which celebrates automotive excellence with some of the world’s rarest and most valuable cars, attracted the region’s most discerning collectors and car enthusiasts from across the UAE during the first two days.

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More than 40 of near priceless, classic cars mixed with the ultimate in modern, bespoke luxury and supercars including Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited, Mercedes, and Ferrari, were assembled in the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Terrace.

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“We are delighted to invite some of the most bespoke brands to showcase the best and most iconic cars in the world,” said Rory Heron, Managing Director of Thorough Events Singapore, the event owners and organizers.

“Our aim is to bring people together from across the spectrum to indulge in their automotive passion, and we have no doubt that this event will become one of the most noted Concours d’ Elegance events around the globe.”

Gargash Enterprises showcased the exceptional AMG G63, AMG S 63 Cabriolet, and the 2-door 1958 Mercedes-Benz S 220 Ponton. This range of vehicles is a living testament to the Mercedes-Benz commitment of delivering best-in-class technology and performance time and time again.

Royals attend the second day of Gulf Concours event at Burj Al Arab Terrace

Gulf Concours is set to become one of the world’s most noted Concours d’ elegance events by attracting the wealthiest collectors and connoisseurs from within the region and the world.

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2017 Nissan Rogue takes over Los Angeles Auto Show with help from stormtroopers

Nissan unveiled the last of four new vehicles debuting at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition. The dramatic reveal featured a special interactive presentation of the Intelligent Safety Shield technologies available in the redesigned 2017 Rogue (known as X-Trail in the Middle East)  against a high-action video. The video was followed by a drive-out of a pair of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition vehicles accompanied by battle-ready stormtroopers.

Custom features of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition – the first production vehicle ever to include Star Wars-branded elements – include a unique badge, exclusive interior and exterior trim items and a full-size Death Trooper collectible helmet.

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Abu Dhabi Revs Up for World’s First Audi Sport Center

The Audi Sport Center, run by Ali & Son’s, the official Audi distributor for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, will showcase its most exclusive, high performance and innovative models under one roof for the first time in history. The all new futuristic showroom will give customers a unique insight into the commissioning of these top of the range models, with the opening set to cater for the growing demand for high performance cars in the region.

To mark the milestone, legendary racing driver and nine time Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen will be arriving at the event in an R8 LMS race car, which has been specially flown over for the opening. Kristensen, who holds the record for the most wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be taking part in a series of special events for the occasion. This includes giving one lucky VIP guest a masterclass in racing technique on the track, before heading to Abu Dhabi in style for the official opening of the Audi Sport Center.

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Here’s Your First Look at the Brand New Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

The AMG GT Roadster, comes with 469 horsepower (a modest jump from the 456 hp made by the base AMG GT coupe) and 465 lb-ft of torque from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 — that’s enough to get the car from 0–60 mph in 3.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 188 mph.

For those who want something a little bit more “turned-up-to-eleven,” Merc also has the AMG GT C Roadster, which gets more output and torque (550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft) as well as a wider rear end that makes room for larger wheels and an active rear axle steering system brought over from the AMG GT R that lets the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front. According to the Mercedes press release, it gives “significantly higher agility and increased driving pleasure with less steering input” — though the more usable benefit is a reduced turning circle.

Both convertibles have a fabric roof (available in black, beige, and a gorgeous red) that can open or close in around 11 seconds and it can do it while the car is going 30 miles per hour. Unnecessary and ridiculous? Probably. Awesome nonetheless? Abso-fricking-lutely. Also awesome? The Burmester sound system has a “special aperture in the right wheel arch” that holds a subwoofer and transmits the low notes throughout the entire car.

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The Audi R8 Spyder: Audi at its Most Extreme

540-hp mid-mounted engine, quattro drive with variable torque distribution, lightweight body of carbon fiber and aluminum, new performance mode – the Audi R8 Spyder offers the finest in high-tech, and its cloth top provides for first-class open-top driving enjoyment.

The Audi R8 Spyder: Audi at its Most Extreme The Audi R8 Spyder: Audi at its Most Extreme

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2016 Santana Row Exotic Car Show: Cars & Croissants on The Row

Santana Row partners with 100|OCT  to present Cars & Croissants on The Row, a monthly gathering for exotic car owners and car enthusiasts.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the 2016 Autoscommunity Car of the Year

The Chevrolet Camaro clearly deserved to win our 2016 Car of the Year accolade. Why’s that? Because the sixth-generation Camaro is based on General Motor’s awesome Alpha platform architecture, the same structure that underpins the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the latter being our 2014 Car of the Year. Additionally, we’ve long felt that the ATS has been a burbling V-8, a smart transmission, and an interior upgrade away from KO-ing the BMW 3 Series. Especially as you can absolutely make the argument that GM’s core competency is the small-block. Long story short, we have a history of loving the wondrous-to-drive, lightweight, aluminum- and high-strength-steel intensive Alpha platform. But man, have we been waiting for the General to offer a small-block with a manual transmission.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro is the 2016 Autoscommunity Car of the Year

Advancement in Design

Obviously, the sixth-gen Camaro looks closely related to the fifth-gen version. Since Chevy sells more than 80,000 Camaros a year, we understand why the automaker went for evolution as opposed to a revolutionary design. That said, the new Camaro design is excellent. “The surface handling is fresh, and the line work is great,” Gale, our legendary guest design judge, said. “The biggest area of visual change is likely the C-pillar and quarter window area for most people. Wheel to body, gesture, and overall graphics add to a very nimble appearance, especially the rear three-quarter view.”

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Best City Cars

 

‘City car’ can be a misleading term for cars in this class. It stems directly from their compact dimensions, which give them agile, nippy handling and the ability to make the most of tiny urban parking spaces. However, it doesn’t have to mean they’re not capable beyond city limits.

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The smallest cars on the market are becoming increasingly able on the open road, and city-car status doesn’t rule out using them for weekends away. The lengthy lists of creature comforts boasted by certain models means they’re easier to live with, while a surprising degree of practicality means some can do a lot more than just nip to the local supermarket.

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