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We love Motor Trend‘s annual World’s Greatest Drag Race video. Now back for its fourth appearance, the idea of lining some of the world’s fastest cars up for a ten-wide, straight-line, full-throttle run is, well… it’s pretty freaking badass.

The lineup this year boasts some impressively fast cars to be sure. The group of ten includes the following darlings: Alfa Romeo 4C, BMW i8, BMW M4, Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Fiesta ST, Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Nissan GT-R Nismo, Porsche 911 Turbo S, Subaru WRX STI and, last but not least, the Volkswagen GTI. Give us any one of those for the weekend, and we’re happy to take the keys.

It must be said though, that for a publication that draws as much water as Motor Trend does, there are some big cars that we might expect to be here instead. The Lamborghini Huracán or Ferrari 458 Speciale would have added some exotic flare to the list, and the omissions of the Chevy Corvette Stingray (for the second year in a row) and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat are real head-scratchers.

In any event, the 10-way blast-off really comes down to a two-car race, as you might expect. Hit that play button to get in on the fun.

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Worlds greates drag race 3 Watch the Worlds Greatest Drag race run without music, just engines

Perhaps you’ve already watched the World’s Greatest Drag Race 3, and after doing so wished the background music and narrator Angus Mackenzie (and his hat) would disappear and let you enjoy the sound of 12 high-performance engines uncorked at the same time for a quarter mile. Well, the people at Motor Trend have granted your wish and published an unplugged version of the drag race. And the sounds the cars make – now that’s music to our ears!

The race comes up at the end of the video after an unrelated, in-depth discussion between five Motor Trend editors about why the 12 vehicles finished where they did in the Best Driver’s Cars 2013 competition. While you can read about it online or in the magazine, or even watch the full hour-and-seventeen-minute video of the comparison, the discussion here is more of a highlights reel with commentary that is easily digested in a little over 20 minutes.

We included the video below twice, the first of which starts at the drag race. But the whole video is worth watching to get some of the Motor Trend editors’ individual opinions on many of the best high-performance automobiles on the market.

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Watch the World’s Greatest Drag race run without music, just engines originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:04:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Screen Shot 2013 09 06 at 3.28.59 PM Police arrest Fastest Lap Around Manhattan driver w/video

Don’t speed. Don’t drive recklessly. Don’t try to break the unofficial record for a lap of Manhattan. And if you go against this reasonable advice, do not, under any circumstances, record it and post the video on YouTube. If you do, you’ll end up like Christopher Adam Tang – under arrest and facing a bevy of charges relating to the video.

Tang posted the video, which showed him lapping Manhattan in 24 minutes last Wednesday, and it quickly went viral. Now Tang, who went by the online moniker AfroDuck, is in cuffs. According to a local CBS affiliate, he was picked up at his home on Wednesday evening by police, who also seized the car used in the video, a 2006 BMW Z4.

What isn’t clear is how Tang was caught. His video seems carefully done in that there are no outwardly visible signs that point to him, while the video itself is clearly sped up. While the NYPD hasn’t come out and said that Tang was caught due to its extensive surveillance systems around the city, police commissioner Ray Kelly did point out that the new systems “will assist in this type of investigation.” Let that serve as a warning to anyone that tries to break the 24-minute barrier. Scroll down to watch the full video.

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Police arrest ‘Fastest Lap Around Manhattan’ driver w/video originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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b865Screen20Shot202013 08 2320at201.54.2920PM Motor Trend holds Worlds Greatest Drag Race for the third time

As part of Motor Trend‘s Best Driver’s Car competition, the buff book has held its third iteration of the World’s Greatest Drag Race. With an airfield and a dozen of the world’s finest performance cars at its disposal (oh, and a helicopter), the MT team did what any good group of enthusiasts would do, and tried to figure what car could cover a quarter mile the quickest. World’s greatest drag race, indeed.

The contestants, as MT points out, cover a huge variety of engine types, drivelines, aspiration types and body styles, making for a genuinely varied and interesting field of competitors. Here’s the full list of cars taking part.

Aston Martin Vanquish
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Bentley Continental GT Speed
BMW M6 Coupe
Ford Focus ST
Jaguar F-Type V8 S
Mercedes-Benz E63S AMG Wagon
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series
Nissan GT-R Track
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
Porsche Cayman S
SRT Viper

Quite a lineup. The group includes one previous winner, the Nissan GT-R, which took the original World’s Greatest Drag Race, before being unseated by the Lamborghini Aventador last year. Let us know who your pick is to win in Comments, and then scroll down to watch the full video from Motor Trend.

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Motor Trend holds World’s Greatest Drag Race for the third time originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ceecScreen20Shot202013 08 2120at208.52.4820AM Gran Turismo 6 to get exclusive concept cars from Aston, BMW, Nike and more

Much like a real conflict, the console wars being waged between Microsoft and Sony spill into a number of different battlefields and theaters. Home to some of the fiercest fighting is the racing genre, which sees Microsoft’s Forza Motorsport series go head-to-head with Sony’s Gran Turismo series. While there’s been plenty of press about Forza, GT has just struck back with some news that we aren’t sure Turn 10 Studios and Microsoft can match.

When Gran Turismo 6 arrives on the Playstation 4 on December 6, it’s with the promise of a huge suite of free, downloadable content featuring some of the finest cars from manufacturers, design houses and brands from across the globe. The staggered release will see the free content distributed from 2013 to 2014, although it’s unclear just how many cars will be distributed in total or in each car pack.

Vision includes concepts from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, General Motors, Honda, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, SRT, and Volkswagen, along with vehicles from legendary design studios like Bertone, Italdesign Giugiaro, and Zagato. Following in the footsteps of previous GT games, global brands like Nike will take part as well. Conspicuous by absence are past GT partners Citroen and Red Bull, although we doubt that this is a comprehensive list. We’re expecting plenty of surprises when DLC starts arriving.

This news is a blow to the Forza series, which while impressive in its own right (and this author’s preferred title), has seemingly struggled to have the same degree of legitimacy and exclusivity inherent in the titles from Polyphony. Gran Turismo 6 is slated for a December 6 debut. Check back here for more info and a full write-up of the new game before then. Until then, scroll down for a trailer on Vision Gran Turismo and a complete press release from Polyphony.

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Gran Turismo 6 to get exclusive concept cars from Aston, BMW, Nike and more originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 21 Aug 2013 17:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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242cbmw m135i vs mb a45 amg screen 1 BMW M135i vs. Mercedes A45 AMG in Euro small lux throwdown

BMW and Mercedes-Benz – please, please, please bring the M135i and A45 AMG hatchbacks to North America. For as long as we can remember, buyers in the New World have been forced to look longingly at Europe and Great Britain and the excellent super hatches that are so routinely offered there. And while we’re quite content with the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI, having a 360-horse five-door with a premium, content-rich interior sounds quite nice.

Our envy for Europe has grown after watching the latest video from Drive, which stars Chris Harris, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and the BMW M135i. This latest battle between MB and BMW takes place on both road and track, with Harris providing a running commentary. If you’re interested in the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG, you should pay special attention to the section on the A45, as the two are essentially fraternal twins. While the video is a bit on the long side, it provides a comprehensive rundown of both cars, giving those of us in North America just a small taste of what we’re missing. Check it out by scrolling below.

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BMW M135i vs. Mercedes A45 AMG in Euro small-lux throwdown originally appeared on BMW Top News on Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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8d342012 bmw m3 gts vs bunny 1 Bunny couldnt out hop a BMW M3 on track

Driving a car is a dangerous hobby, and not just because of other drivers or poor roads. Sometimes, it seems like even the wildlife is out to get you, as evidenced here, here, here, here and here. Now, we can add one more unfortunate car-versus-animal encounter to the tally.

Perhaps believing that this bright orange BMW M3 GTS was a very fast, very loud carrot, an unfortunate bunny leaped into its windshield in a brutal accident at a Polish racetrack. Considering the M3’s speed at the time, 89 miles per hour, the passengers are lucky to be okay. Obviously, Bugs didn’t make it.

The BMW isn’t in such great shape, though. The windshield is in a bit of a state, with safety glass sprayed all over the passenger side of the cabin. There doesn’t appear to be any sheetmetal damage, at least from what we can tell from the video. Although there isn’t any blood, the hit is really hard. The initial point of impact is at 0:57. Check out the video below.

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Bunny couldn’t out hop a BMW M3 on-track originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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