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Video: Is the Bentley Continental GT3-R any good? Chris Harris finds out…

Bentley’s on a new mission of trying to inject more performance into its genes, which is totally OK since Bentley isn’t just about Buckingham Palaces on wheels and unabashed luxury to rival Britain’s other, Rolls-Royce.

Bentley actually has a very rich motorsports history and they’re trying to touch up on those roots again, case-in-point, the Bentley Continental GT3-R and even the new EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept.

The Continental GT3-R on the hand is the fastest, most potent Continental GT ever made, sporting a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 good for 572hp and 516 lb-ft of torque being sent to all four wheels.

So, how does it drive? Well, Chris Harris finds out on his own channel, Chris Harris on Cars.

Check it out after the jump.

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Report: Things at Volkswagen AG aren’t as pretty as you think

Volkswagen’s empire seems to be doing things well as their new cars can be seen in great numbers, providing transportation to hundreds of thousands of people. And the same goes for their luxury partner from Ingolstadt, Audi.

However, if you start doing some research on Audi’s or Volkswagen’s sales figures, you’ll actually be surprised to see that they’re not selling as well as some of their counterparts. For instance, Audi remains to trail in third place behind Mercedes-Benz and BMW in terms of total luxury sales figures, despite Audi celebrating its sixth year of record sales in the US through 2015, according to Fortune.

Even BusinessInsider reports Volkswagen’s having a massive sales crisis in North America, despite selling 6.1 million cars worldwide in 2014. Get this: less than 370,000 of those 6.1 million cars were sold in the US. That’s only six percent of Volkswagen’s total sales, a.k.a. no bueno.

Obviously, the higher-ups are not pleased and further exemplifying this is a recent report from AutomotiveNews, who are covering Volkswagen’s latest executive debacle where VW Group chairman, Ferdinand Piech, openly spoke against Volkwagen AG’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, reappointment for the position.

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Report: James May officially quits Top Gear, Executive Producer Andy Wilman also steps down

As if you thought the dust had settled surrounding the conflict with Top Gear UK, the BBC, and hose Jeremy Clarkson, you thought wrong as the ripple effect continues.

According to a new report from The Guardian, co-host James May officially announced his position, or former position, by declaring the end of his Top Gear career.

“Me and Hammond with a surrogate Jeremy is a non-starter, it just wouldn’t work,” stated May in a quick interview, “That would be lame, or ‘awks’ as young people say.”

So there you have it–James May officially hammered one of the final nails into the casket that houses Top Gear UK as we’ve known it for the past decade and more.

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Chevrolet ‘rings in racing season with C7.R-inspired special edition Corvette

What a wonderful time of the year we’re in. The racing season is in full swing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is (almost) just around the corner, and to commemorate it Chevrolet is rolling out a special edition of the Corvette Z06 dubbed the C7.R Edition, after their successful GT campaign.

Only 500 of these limited-run C7.R vehicles will be built, however you can have yours in either coupe or convertible form. On top of the Z06’s max 3LZ trim package, buyers will get their choice of Corvette Racing Yellow Tintcoat or Black sheetmetal fitted with Corvette Racing’s handsome skull graphics. Yellow calipers, Spectra Gray Metallic vents and grilles, and unpainted carbon fiber aero elements and trim all around complete the look.

The upgrades aren’t purely cosmetic however, as the C7.R Edition also comes with the Z07 Performance Package, adding Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires. Because stopping at the end of the Mulsanne straight is just as important as going as fast as possible on it.

Chevy says the C7.R Edition will be on offer sometime later this year. Follow the jump for a look at the press release.

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Report: Cadillac could produce a competitor to the CLA45 and more V models

Cadillac seems to be wanting to chase down Mercedes-Benz with the idea of sending all of its models through its high-performance branch for some work.

As with Mercedes, who likes to AMG-ify everything, Cadillac is rumored to have a desire to expand upon its V Series. So this could mean models beyond the CTS-V and ATS-V, according to The Detroit Bureau.

The outlet spoke with Cadillac’s chief engineer, David Leone, who said the company has even thought of a CT6-V. Further bolstering this is the fact that AutoBlog heard that news bit as well from GM’s Mark Reuss.

But further more, rumors of a possible Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG competitor from Cadillac also surfaced from this interview. This could also suggest that there’s even an entry-level front-wheel drive Cadillac in the works to compete with the CLA, Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series overall.

Source: The Detroit Bureau


Report: Bentley’s EXP-10 Speed 6 could hit production
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AutoCar recently spoke with Bentley’s CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, who revealed Bentley could produce the EXP 10 Speed 6.

Currently, the Winged B is gathering its market feedback from around the world and so far, it’s been positive enough to encourage Bentley to move forward.

Durheimer also shared he’s had numerous potential customers requesting that they don’t even “change anything, just do it.”

But of course, we all know that automakers can only do so much to make a production car look like a concept model before health and safety step in to make it ugly.

Source: AutoCar


Video: Watch BMW show off its new hybrid carbon-aluminum chassis for the next-gen 7-Series

A new BMW 7-Series is on the way and is rumored to be a segment leader in weight-cutting technology by extensively using CFRP or Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic and an aluminum chassis, with some bits and pieces of steel.

The result here is a weight-savings of around 286lbs for the next G12 7-Series.

This technology’s mainly been sourced from the i8 and the i3 cars, which use similar constructions.

Altogether, this represents BMW’s new mission to make carbon fiber and composite cars more readily available for mass production.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Report: Lincoln might actually use names instead of confusing monikers
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I tend to struggle naming Lincolns, and that’s because I find their current nomenclature theme a bit confusing. It was so much easier when you could just say, Town Car, Mark IV, or Continental.

Speaking of which, the Continental Concept hasn’t missed its fair share of criticism, if not more, for looking like a ripped-off Bentley Flying Spur.

Click here for our original post on the Lincoln Continental Concept from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Despite this however, the Lincoln is undoubtedly the best-looking full-size sedan to come from the brand since their glory days predating the 1973 Oil Crisis, which is about as oxymoronic as claiming to be unbiased.

That said, this implies Lincoln could be going back to naming their vehicles with actual words and AutomotiveNews agrees, after speaking with Ford’s President of the Americas, Joe Hinrichs, who said, “Without divulging the future, we’re very excited about the Continental name and the attention it’s gotten.”

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Audi teams up with Amazon and DHL who’ll deliver directly to your four-ringed German
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Audi, Amazon, and DHL all teamed up for a new pilot project called “Audi connect easy delivery,” where Amazon Prime customers who are simultaneous Audi owners can have their Audi as their shipping address for online orders.

How about that for convenience?

The way it works is once you send your order in, DHL Parcel receives GPS coordinates to the location of your Audi and will be granted access to your car’s trunk, where the deliverer leaves the package. Just don’t have any ties to the mafia if you sign up for this.

The sad part is that this pilot project only launches in Munich, Germany to boot. Depending on the success of the program there, Audi could expand the service.

Check out the press release after the jump.

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Report: Top Gear’s remaining episodes after the firing of Jeremy Clarkson to be aired

Remember Top Gear UK’s issue with Jeremy Clarkson and his “fracas” with a producer? Also remember there are unaired episodes of season 22?

Good, because RadioTimes reports the BBC will be showing the episodes sometime later on this year, according to BBC Controller, Kim Shillinglaw.

Additionally, Shillinglaw reportedly leaked of news regarding the next season of Top Gear, which is to debut with a “new form” that could feature a female presenter. No comments were made about Richard Hammond, James May, or Executive Producer, Andy Wilman.

Source: RadioTimes