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Video: Top Gear 2012 Nissan GTR Lap Time

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For the 2012 model, the GT-R gets a slew of updates, including a more powerful engine and more refinement throughout. The guys at Top Gear wanted to be the first to get their hands on the improved Godzilla. With the infamous Stig behind the wheel, they ran a test lap around their race track with some impressive results. The 2012 GTR achieved a 1:17:80 lap time, which is better than the vast majority of the cars — many of which are European exotics — tested by the crew. Watch the test run after the jump…

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Ford Mustang Gets Grabber Lime Paint In Tribute To St. Paddy’s Day

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime

Saint Patrick approves! Your friends will be green with envy at your.

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, Ford has introduced several new exterior colors for the 2020 Mustang, including Grabber Lime.

The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will also be offered with the high-impact green hue, complete with a metallic finish that causes the shade to change depending on sunlight. It draws inspiration from vintage Mustang colors of the 1970s is said to look more potent than kryptonite.

We think it suits the Shelby GT500 just fine, seeing as it’s the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle to date. A supercharged 5.2 liter V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower helps it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds.

“It’s lime green on steroids,” said Barb Whalen, Ford color and materials manager. “This color traces back to a Mustang heritage color while bringing it forward with more modern, dynamic pigments and bold new energy.”

Grabber Lime is just one of the new colors added to the 2020 Mustang lineup, with Twister Orange, Iconic Silver and Red Hot Metallic being the others. Their addition is part of broader set of updates for Ford’s popular sixth generation muscle car.

New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime, driving

New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Grabber Lime, Clover

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New Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Has A 180 MPH (290 KM/H) Top Speed

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New 2020 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

As much of a king the GT500 is, it won’t be the king of speed.

The is the most powerful road-going car ever made by Ford, but it’s not the fastest. A factory-installed speed limiter restricts its top speed.

Car and Driver was able to learn that the Blue Oval’s ultimate pony car will be quipped with a governor that limits top speed to 180 mph (290 km/h), meaning it won’t go as fast as top versions of the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger.

The 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is powered by a supercharged 5.2L V8 that produces more than 700 horsepower, allowing it to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the low 3 second range and cover the quarter mile in less than 11 seconds. Engineers likely chose to improve handling at the expense of top speed, tweaking aerodynamics for maximum downforce and fine-tuning the suspension and steering.

We think driving enthusiasts will have a thrilling experience at reasonable speeds.

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 goes on sale in summer 2019. Do you have an issue with its top speed?

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Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts

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Toyota Supra TRD Concept, Carbon Fiber Parts

It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.

Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.

Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.

Toyota Supra TRD Concept, New Carbon Fiber Parts

The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.

Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.

It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.

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