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2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Chevy took the mid-engine Corvette and cranked it up to 11. The Z06 gets a race car-inspired V8 with a flat-plane crank, with 670 hp and an 8600 RPM redline. It does 0-to-60 in 2.6 seconds, has wider wheels and fenders than Stingray, and the Z07 package adds aero upgrades, carbon-ceramic brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Corso California RT

Corso California RT
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Corso Concepts’ single-passenger reverse trike is a track day beast. It has a steel roll cage and carbon composite shell, and a curb weight of just 1,000 pounds. Its rear wheel is driven by a Hayabusa motor that makes 175 hp and spins at 11,000 RPM. Not awesome enough for you? Let the in-car footage convince you.

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Inside the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Inside the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Performance carmakers test their vehicles on the Nürburgring. But did you know that Germany’s challenging 13-mile track is a public toll road that anyone can drive on? The rules of the road apply, though there is no speed limit. Tom Scott took a ride along with a pro driver for a look at the famed circuit and how they handle track safety.

Driven: 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance

Driven: 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance

Sitting atop of the Lexus IS line-up, the IS 500 F SPORT Performance is a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with a 5.0L V8 engine that makes 472 hp. We spent some time getting to know this powerful and refined luxury car, which looks especially awesome slathered in a rich Infrared paint.

10 Years of the World’s Greatest Drag Race

10 Years of the World’s Greatest Drag Race

Motor Trend has been producing its World’s Greatest Drag Race series since 2011. Now look back at a decade worth of amazing sports cars battling it out for straight line supremacy, from the original Nissan GT-R to the McLaren Senna to the Porsche 911 Turbo S. It’s worth watching just for the exhaust notes alone.

Win a Rare Cadillac CTS-V

In 2018, Cadillac built just 162 of the CTS-V Championship Edition sedan. It packs a 640 hp supercharged V8, and looks great in Crystal White with red mirror caps, and a red accented interior. One lucky entrant will win this amazing car, while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries for a limited time.

2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z

The new Nissan Z features a streamlined design that takes inspiration from the 280Z and 300Z, but still looks modern. Its notable upgrades are a 3.0L twin-turbo engine that makes 400hp and 350 lb-ft. of torque, an available 9-speed automatic, a new cockpit with a digital dashboard, and available two-tone leather trim.

Driven: 2022 Toyota GR 86

Driven: 2022 Toyota GR 86

We headed to Monticello Motor Club in rural New York to drive the new Toyota GR 86. The 2+2 sports coupe shares its powertrain and chassis with the Subaru BRZ, with unique Toyota styling and tuning. The latest version has a larger 2.4-liter Boxer engine that produces 228 hp and offers a much-improved torque curve.

BMW Performance Center M Experience

BMW Performance Center M Experience

There’s no arguing that BMW Performance Center Driving Schools are the premier performance driving schools in the country, offering a wide range of behind-the-wheel and in-the-classroom courses to make better drivers out of mere mortals with a driver’s license and $2,500-10,000 in fun money.

Tesla Model S Plaid @ Laguna Seca

Tesla Model S Plaid @ Laguna Seca

Hop on board for a fantastically fast and quiet ride around Laguna Seca in Unplugged Performance’s 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid aka “Dark Helmet”. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel, the car set an EV track record, with a 1:28.213 lap time. The tuned car has a stock drivetrain with upgraded aero, suspension, and tires.

Driven: 2021 Mercedes Benz AMG CLA45

Driven: 2021 Mercedes Benz AMG CLA45

The striking Sun Yellow exterior color may grab your attention at first, but putting the pedal down, hitting 60 mph in just 4 seconds will create a lasting impression. Mercedes-Benz has combined a luxurious cabin with AMG’s performance upgrades to make any drive an engaging experience.

Marc Philipp Gemballa Marsien

Marc Philipp Gemballa Marsien

Porsche customizer Marc Philipp Gemballa designed this gorgeous limited-edition supercar based on the Porsche 911 Turbo. The car rocks a futuristic carbon fiber body, and its flat-six engine makes 750hp. It has off-road tires, a desert-tuned suspension, and Akrapovic exhaust. Does 0-to-62 mph in 2.6 sec, with a top speed of 208 mph.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

2022 Hyundai Elantra N

Hyundai’s “hot sedan” is equipped with a 2.0L turbo-4 that makes 276 hp and 289 lb-ft. of torque. Combined with an 8-speed wet-clutch DCT, it zooms from 0-to-62 in 5.3 sec, with a 155 mph top speed. It has an electronic limited-slip diff, adaptive suspension, variable exhaust, performance brakes and tires, and chassis bracing.

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Lotus Emira

Lotus Emira

The Lotus Emira is the UK sportscar maker’s new global coupe, and it looks amazing. It’s powered by an AMG 2.0L turbo I4 or Lotus 3.5L supercharged V6, cranking out 360 to 400 hp, with manual, automatic, and DCT options. The lightest model will weigh just 3097 lb, and its handling and aerodynamics are tuned to thrill.

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT

The most powerful Porsche SUV has a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 that makes 632 hp and 623 lb-ft. of torque. Combined with a modified 8-speed transmission and traction management system, it zooms from 0-to-62mph in 3.3 seconds, with a top speed of 186 mph, while carrying your family and cargo in style and comfort.

Win a Dodge Charger Hellcat + Durango Hellcat

How’d you like over 1500 hp in your garage? One very lucky winner will win BOTH a 2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye and a 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat. This dynamic duo of supercharged muscle car and SUV are both fully loaded, and ready to roar. Entries help support veterans and kids charities, and Awesomer readers earn 2x entries.

A Hot Lap in the Lexus IS 500

A Hot Lap in the Lexus IS 500

We were fortunate to be among the first to take a ride in the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance. Pro race driver Townsend Bell gave us a speedy tour of Texas’ Eagles Canyon Raceway, sliding deftly through the corners in the 472 hp V8-powered RWD sports sedan. The exhaust note sounds fantastic on this thing too.

Bussink AMG GT R Speedlegend

Bussink AMG GT R Speedlegend

The folks at tuning outfit Bussink will massage your already rare Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster into a roofless racer, while chopping 220 pounds from its weight. You’ll need to wear a helmet while you enjoy this windshield-less 2-seater which has an F1-like protective “halo” and a 4.0L bi-turbo V8 tuned to make 850 horsepower.

2022 Toyota GR 86

2022 Toyota GR 86

The new GR 86 has a more powerful 2.4L Subaru Boxer engine with 228hp and 186 lb-ft. of torque. The 2+2’s frame is more rigid for greater stability, while upgraded vents and aerodynamics improve handling. The cabin has a new digital display, and deep bucket seats with side bolsters and available leather and Alcantara.

Audi RS e-tron GT

Audi RS e-tron GT
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Sharing underpinnings from the Porsche Taycan, Audi’s performance EV produces 637 hp and 612 lb-ft. of torque, launching the AWD sportback sedan from 0-to-60 in just 3.1 seconds. The RS also has a lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof, matrix LED headlights, 20-inch sport wheels, and an upgraded interior.

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2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing

2022 Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing

Cadillac’s Blackwing sedans are all about performance. The CT5-V Blackwing has a supercharged 6.2L V8 that makes 668 hp and goes 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, while the CT4-V Blackwing has a 3.6L twin-turbo V6 with 472 hp and a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Gearheads will love that both come standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Driven: 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Driven: 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Nissan is just about to release an new 7th-generation Z, so we figured we’d take its predecessor, the 370Z, for one final ride. Tricked out in the Nismo trim, this 350hp, V6-powered 2-seater is still a blast to drive, loaded with performance upgrades, and as attention-grabbing as ever with its sweet red accents.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

Limited to just 100 units, this blacked-out edition of the Lexus LC 500 gets a carbon fiber roof, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, 21-inch black forged wheels, and a beautifully understated black and tan interior. In addition to its 471 hp V8, this model has a Torsen limited-slip differential and a rear performance rod for enhanced handling.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

Audi will make just 30 of the R8 Panther. The RWD R8 coupe features sexy Panther Black crystal paint, 20″ double-spoke black and red rims, racing seats with Crimson red Nappa leather, Alcantara trim, and plenty of carbon fiber. Rocking a 532hp 5.2L V10, it launches from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 sec. with a top speed of 201 mph.

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

2021 Jaguar F-Pace SVR

Jaguar’s potent SUV is faster than ever. Its 550 hp supercharged V8 gets a torque boost to 516 lb-ft, launching it from 0-to-60 mph in just 3.8 sec. Aerodynamics, braking, suspension, and steering have all seen refinements, and the interior is all-new, with luxurious materials, an 11.4″ curved glass touchscreen, and a new gear shifter.

Piëch GT2 Electric Sports Coupe

Piëch GT2 Electric Sports Coupe

Swiss sports car startup Piëch is showing off the design of its gorgeous GT2 sports coupe. The 2-seater clearly draws inspiration from Jaguar and Aston Martin, but embraces modern electrification tech. Their goal is a 0-to-62 mph time under 3 seconds, a 310-mile driving range, and an 80% charge time under 5 hours.

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