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    5 of the Fastest Cars with the Best MPG

    Owning a car is supposed to be fun. That’s why so many people go for fast, sporty cars. But these days, with gas prices as they are, many drivers must constantly consider this when burning fuel. That’s what this list is for: to provide speed lovers with fuel-efficient vehicle options. Check out some of these sporty, but money-saving, cars below.
    Mini Cooper S Coupe

    Mini Cooper S Coupe

    Probably not the first car that you expected to see on this list, the S Coupe has some serious acceleration power. It’s got a turbo-charged 1.6 liter 16-valve alloy engine pushing out 181 horsepower while still averaging about 30 mpg, partially thanks to the manual 6-speed transmission.

    The manual transmission also gets you from 0 to 60 in just 6.5 seconds. The car tops out at 142 mph. You can boost these stats by pressing the Sport button in the car, increasing the speed and acceleration in the process. The one drawback: You need premium gas to use the Sport feature effectively.

    Porsche 911 Carrera S
    Porsche 911 Carrera S

    Stepping it up a notch, the 911 Carrera S can go from 0 to 60 mph in a solid 4.1 seconds. Even with this kind of acceleration, the car gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It’s not the most gas efficient car around, but you have to admit that it’s pretty impressive for handling that kind of power.

    When you buy a car such as the Carrera S, you’re not only saving yourself money on gas, but you’re saving the environment from extra, unnecessary emissions that other cars (such as Lamborghinis or Aston Martins) bring. Pat yourself on the back for helping rid the air of excess carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane.
    Fiat 500 Turbo
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    This version of the Fiat 500 brings the horsepower to the table. This car remains small and fun to drive while still having the kind of power that we’re looking for. It takes you from 0 to 60 in 6.7 seconds with its 135-hp 1.4 liter four-cylinder engine and 5-speed transmission.

    Mercedes-Benz CLA250
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    Not as pricey as you would expect, the CLA250 starts below $30,000. Combine that with the fuel efficiency, and who ever thought that a Mercedes-Benz could be so affordable? You get a car with good performance, great gas mileage, and incredible leg room.
    This car runs on front-wheel drive and gets 26 mpg miles in the city and 38 on the highway; it averages out around 30 overall. It’s got a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 208 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque. You put that with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice all-around vehicle.

    BMW 328d Sports Wagon
    BMW 328d Sports Wagon

    You can get just about any style of car from the BMW 3-Series, but we’re looking for something with great gas mileage. The 328d Sports wagon has just that. And while it takes clean diesel fuel, it gets a fantastic 35 mpg average with 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg onthe highway.

    The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 180 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. This gets you plenty of energy at both the low end and higher speeds. It comes with an 8- speed automatic transmission.


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    Most of the cars on this list aren’t very pricey, but they still all sit about $25,000. If you’re looking for a more affordable vehicle, check out KBB fuel efficient cars. You can find several excellent vehicles for under $25,000.

    One of the most notable vehicles that you’ll find there is the Ford C-Max Hybrid. You don’t usually expect hybrids to come at such a great price, with fantastic mileage and good speed and in such a sporty form. This vehicle delivers a solid 141 horsepower while looking great and getting an average of 43 mpg. You might find yourself hard-pressed to find another vehicle that does the same.

    The market has never been better for buyers looking to get everything that they want out of a vehicle. Even if none of these cars tickle your fancy, you can find plenty more out there that move fast while still saving you on gas.

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  • News

    MINI Superleggera Vision Concept Is The Most Wonderfully Un-MINI MINI Yet

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    Under the BMW Group’s tutelage, the MINI brand has grown into something that only loosely resembles its truly pint-sized past. That’s not entirely a bad thing, however, as some of the newest MINIs are also some of the best. But the MINI Superleggera Vision concept is the most un-MINI MINI we’ve ever seen—and it might just be our favorite.

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    Built by MINI and Touring Superleggera as a concept for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, the MINI Superleggera Vision is a low-slung, vaguely MINI-themed two-seat roadster that MINI says blends “Modern Britishness” with “Italian flair.”

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    The bodywork is done in classic Italian style, hand-shaped and built to please the eye as much or more than any aerodynamicist. The driving theme behind the look is one of minimalism, stripping down the exterior and interior to its most elemental components, then building them back up with purposefully chosen style.

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    The cockpit is wrapped in leather, aluminum, and black chrome, with iconic MINI styling themes playing out across the dash and controls.

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    This passionate approach to design in a package that bucks all of MINI’s classically two-block forms makes us wish the Superleggera Vision weren’t a concept, but a production-destined look at the future of sporty MINIs.

    But then again, it might just be. Look out, 2016 Mazda MX-5.
    via Motor Authority

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  • Videos

    Fierce Crash Ends World’s Longest Car Jump Attempt (VIDEO)

    World's Longest Car Jump Attempt Ends in Crash

    French daredevil driver, skier, and rally racer Guerlain Chicherit’s Guinness World Record jump attempt was promoted all around the world last week. Chicherit was aiming to surpass Tanner Foust’s 332-foot record with a 360-foot jump in a modified MINI Countryman rally car.

    The jump, which took place this past Sunday, March 16, started well enough, with plenty of distance to clear the enormous gap. But the landing didn’t go so smoothly.

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    Toward the end of Chicherit’s flight, the MINI nosed down sharply, landing almost perpendicular to the ramp and cartwheeling down to a stop, resting on its side.

    The wreck looks scary–and almost certainly was from Chicherit’s perspective–but fortunately he emerged from the MINI under his own power and has since been cleared by a precautionary MRI. He’s fine, apart from a few minor injuries.

    Though the jump record attempt failed, Chicherit has already logged the world’s first “unassisted” car backflip–in another modified MINI rally car.

    via Motor Authority

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  • Top 10s

    Need For Speed Sucks – Here’s Our Top 10 True Petrol Head Movies

    So, the new Need for Speed movie is being panned by critics. What do you do now? Watch some decent driving movies, of course.

    It seemed like a strange first movie for Aaron Paul after finishing up with Breaking Bad, as it was never going to be a critically acclaimed masterpiece many actors strive to star in. Currently at 24% on Rotten Tomatoes, the plot seems brain dead, and the characterization is poor; which are pretty vital when it comes to cinema. Based upon the gaming series, it seems the only thing it shares is the name, and the concept of driving cars really fast. The action sequences seem to be the only redeeming factor, which is a real shame considering the potential that was there.

    So take a look at our top 10 alternative movies for real petrol heads, for the adrenaline fueled experience you truly crave.

    10. The Italian Job (1969)

    Don’t even think about the remake, as it is nothing in comparison to the glorious original. Minis, Minis, and More Minis, alongside classic quotes and the role that sent Michael Caine into super stardom.

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    9. Days of Thunder

    Trading his planes for cars, Tom Cruise attempts to take the NASCAR circuit by storm. It may not be an obvious choice, but still remains a good watch if you fancy some 90s driving action.

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    8. The Bourne Trilogy

    Perhaps not a car focussed film in essence, but it definitely has enough high speed chases to keep you fuelled on adrenaline. Combine this with a great plot, some immense action sequences, and Matt Damon at his finest, watching this trilogy is time well spent.

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    7. Cars

    Pixar came to the rescue of all fathers out there, sick of watching kids movies. A true homage to NASCAR and classic cars you will recognise, it’s a film that people of all ages can enjoy. Don’t be fooled by the childish exterior; it’s a pretty damn good movie underneath. Plus, Michael Schumacher makes a cameo appearance. Enough said?

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    6. Speed

    Keanu Reeves may not be everyone’s cup of tea, with expressionless acting, but this role landed him his more famous role as Neo. How do you keep a city bus at over 50mph to prevent an explosion? Speed answers all your questions.

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    5. Drive

    A recent entry, Drive has gained a cult status, remaining one of Ryan Gosling’s best movies. Starring alongside Carey Mulligan, Gosling puts on a great performance on his way to gaining a professional driving contract, but ends up being cinematic genius. Definitely worth a watch.

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    4. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    If you are a fan of Will Ferrell, why haven’t you seen this yet? After Anchorman (and maybe Step Brothers), this is undoubtedly one of his finest films. Chocked to the brim with his classic sense of humour, alongside many NASCAR-based jokes, it’s not one to be missed. It’s also a chance to see Sacha Baren Cohen of Borat fame in another hilarious role.

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    3. The Transporter

    Any film with Jason Statham in tends to be a thrill ride, that’s for sure. Don’t expect an intricate plot, but who needs decent storyline when you have Statham kicking bad guys Matrix-style, when he’s not out-driving them?

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    2. The Fast and The Furious (2001)

    I don’t think there’s any argument that this has been the quintessential racing series for over a decade, whether for good or bad when looking at the mediocre sequels. There is also no argument that the original entry was by far the best, capturing the true spirit of street racing, and coming before the over saturation in the market that Need for Speed is looking to capitalize on.

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    1. Bullitt

    A classic movie for every petrol head. This film led to Steve McQueen popularizing the Ford Mustang Fastback single-handedly, and also led to some of the most celebrated car chases of all time. McQueen became the epitome of cool through this role, and it’s not hard to see why.

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    What would you add to this list? Let us know @Carhoots 

     

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