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WRX STI A-Line Type S

WRX STI A-Line Type S

Subaru’s WRX STI A-Line Type S is a JDM trim package, but that won’t dissuade Impreza fans; it boasts 18″ gunmetal rims, gold Brembos, Recaro seats and a 10 speaker audio system.

Gemballa Mig-U1

Gemballa Mig-U1

Gemballa’s Mig-U1 is a high-flying version of the Ferrari Enzo, sporting a jet-inspired widebody kit and 700 hp; the interior gets upgraded too with a 7″ touchscreen and 950 watt amp.

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MB Night & Grand Editions

MB Night & Grand Editions

Mercedes, the monochrome doth suit thee: the SL Night Edition sports a black matt finish with blacked-out lights, while the SLK Grand Edition features graphite paint with grey nappa leather.

Audi E-Tron V2

Audi E-Tron V2

Audi’s E-Tron V2 speeds closer to a 2012 launch with 204 hp and 1,955 lb-ft of torque at the wheels, good for 0-60 in 5.9s; it also gets an improved interior, heat pump, and regenerative braking.

VW Compact Coupe Concept

VW Compact Coupe Concept

It may not get your pulse pounding, but there’s no denying the clean, Audi-like lines of Volkswagen’s Compact Coupe Concept; the hybrid TSI/electric is roughly the same size as a Jetta.

Concept: GMC Granite

Concept: GMC Granite

GMC’s Granite is skinnier than the Fit, shorter than the xB, and lower than the Cube, but looks like it’ll eat all three for lunch; it’s made for tight city streets and sports a turbo 1.4L 4-cylinder.

2012 Ford Focus

2012 Ford Focus

Kinetic styling and 80% global parts make Ford’s 2012 Focus a C-segment contender; it’ll be available in sedan and hatchback with a 4-cyl 2.0L DI Ti-VCT good for 155 hp/145 lb-ft of torque.

2011 BMW Alpina B7

2011 BMW Alpina B7

With no M7 on the horizon, the 2011 Alpina B7 is as fast as it officially gets; BMW’s flagship sports a tuned 500 hp/516 lb-ft 4.4L V8 good for 0-60 in 4.5s and 21″ Alpina wheels.

2010 SMS 620 Camaro

2010 SMS 620 Camaro

Steve Saleen’s SMS Supercars rings in the New Year with the 2010 SMS 620 Camaro; it supercharges the SS’ 6.2L V8 to 575 hp/600 lb-ft., with an X model pushing 715 hp/700 lb-ft.

Concept: Chevy Aveo RS

Concept: Chevy Aveo RS

The Aveo RS concept may just make a dent for Chevy in the B-segment; the hot hatch will get a turbo 1.4L 4-cylinder good for 138 hp/148 lb-ft of torque and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Concept: Peugeot SR1

Concept: Peugeot SR1

Remarkably tame for a Peugeot, the SR1 concept is a green, AWD-capable Grand Tourer; it makes 313 hp and 48 mph thanks to a 1.6L turbo 4-banger mated to a 95 hp electric motor.

Ariel Atom 3

Ariel Atom 3

Now available: the Ariel Atom 3’s steel tube chassis exposes you to the elements, but it won’t take much time getting from A to B: it boasts a 0-60 of 2.9s and weighs just 1,375 lbs.

OnStar Mobile

OnStar Mobile

OnStar’s Mobile app for iPhone, Storm, and Droid literally plugs you into your Chevy Volt: start or charge the car, lock/unlock the doors, or check battery levels, range, and MPG.

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BMW M Power Meter

BMW M Power Meter

You don’t have to own an M to try out BMW’s M Power Meter for the iPhone and iPod Touch; the free app lets you calculate your own g-forces and 0-60 times–legally, of course.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Available summer 2010, Cadillac’s 2011 CTS-V Coupe joins their high-performance line with the same 556 hp V8 in the sedan, auto or manual 6-speed transmission, and Brembo brakes.

Challenger P.A. Package

Challenger P.A. Package

With a non-functional scoop, spoiler, and stripes, Mopar’s Performance Appearance Package for the Dodge Challenger may be the epitome of all-show and no-go; still, we like it.

Car Art: Michell Collet

Car Art: Michell Collet

Mitchell Collet’s sculptures aren’t just any old car parts; they’re slices of automotive history, including the side panel from a 1967 Honda R300 or the grille of a 1961 Aston Martin Zagato.

Racing Dynamics R50S/R35

Racing Dynamics R50S/R35

The 2011 5 Series isn’t out yet, but Racing Dynamics’ R50S and R35 already give BMW’s new sedan a beefy power bump; former nets 620 hp while the latter gets 410 hp/383.5 lb-ft.

Fighter Sidecar Mashup

Fighter Sidecar Mashup

Henrik Toth’s Fighter Sidecar Mashup may not be particularly road or air-worthy, but it’s one sweet flight of fancy; it features a mini-WW2 cockpit bolted on to a Yamaha Wild Star.

Pastrana New Year’s Jump

Pastrana New Year’s Jump

Watch as Subie-maestro Travis Pastrana rings in 2010 with a New Year’s jump over 269 feet of water in Long Beach with his WRX STI, breaking teammate Ken Block’s 171-foot record.

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Video: 2011 Mustang GT

Video: 2011 Mustang GT

Ford’s 2011 Mustang GT is official now, but nothing quite beats seeing it in motion: watch as Motor Trend takes its 412 hp, 390 lb-ft of torque 5.0L V8 for a test drive in the video above.

Jay Leno x Rendezvous

Jay Leno x Rendezvous

Jay Leno is the man: the talk show host offers up his own version of Claude Lelouch’s Rendezvous, driving us through Hollywood’s version of the Nurburgring in a 2011 SLS AMG.

WSTO BMW 135i V1.2

WSTO BMW 135i V1.2

The WSTO 135i V1.2 is tuner WheelSTO’s second iteration of their BMW 1er; it sports a US-spec quad exhaust, carbon fiber diffuser, matte black paint job, and a boost from 300 hp to 414 hp.

TPC Racing Cayman Turbo

TPC Racing Cayman Turbo

TPC Racing’s Cayman S Turbo Kit gives Porsche’s midship coupe the oomph that its owners have been lusting for; the intercooled kit boosts horsepower to 485 with only 5.5lbs of boost.

The Ultimate Triton

The Ultimate Triton

Described by designer Vincent Prat as Batman’s bike with a T-Rex fastback and Cat Woman’s curves, Ultimate Triton is all awesome; it’s an all-black, slim, and low-slung custom motorcycle.

Ford Mustang Boss 302R

Ford Mustang Boss 302R

Ford Racing’s Mustang Boss 302R ain’t no stripes and wheels photo-op; this is a Trans Am- or Grand Am-spec turnkey race car with a 5.0L V8, Brembos, race seats, and 25 gallon fuel cell.

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