This is the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro!

On Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, Chevy finally pulled the wraps off its next-generation Camaro — a hotly anticipated upgrade that GM has been teasing bit by bit over the past several weeks. It’ll go head-to-head against the recently revamped Ford Mustang when it hits dealers in the coming months.

In general, Chevy has hewn closely to the look and feel of the outgoing model, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing: the musclebound lines of the car have aged well over the past several years.

There will be six — yes, six — engines offered, ranging from a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V-8 all the way down to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four. An equally big story might be the new interior — unlike the exterior, the cockpit looks all-new, featuring something Chevy is calling “Interior Spectrum Lighting” that shines a light pipe in any of 24 selectable colors across the dashboard. (It looks awesome.)

There’s even a “show mode” that will randomly cycle through all the colors, just for effect.

There’s a reason that GM took to Belle Isle for this particular unveiling: besides the fact that GM headquarters can be seen a mile away on the Detroit skyline, Belle Isle is hosting a Grand Prix in two weeks’ time where IndyCar drivers will negotiate the twists and turns of the island’s road course.

This weekend, Chevy is using that same course to demonstrate the new Camaro’s chops on the track.


Ballon d’or Winner is: Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid CF and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has retained the FIFA Ballon d’Or, beating Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer to the world crown.

Ronaldo picks up the award for the third time, joining an elite group of only five players to have won it more than twice. It comes after another incredible 12 months for the 29-year-old. He plundered 62 goals in as many games for club and country,breaking multiple records including becoming the first player to score in two UEFA Champions League final wins – one of four trophies for the No7 in 2014.

“It has been an unforgettable year,” said Ronaldo after collecting the accolade from Thierry Henry. “To win a trophy of this kind is unique. I want to continue as I have and go on for more titles for the team and myself, to improve and get better with every day. I’d never have thought I’d pick up this trophy on three occasions. I want to be one of the greatest players of all time.”

Löw honoured
Germany’s FIFA World Cup-winning boss Joachim Löw was named FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s Football 2014, seeing off competition from Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone. “It is a huge honour to receive this award, the icing on the cake that was the World Cup,” said the 54-year-old.

“Those who know me know I don’t accept this as my own, though; I accept it on behalf of many others. The World Cup was the consequence of many years of hard work. I thank all German coaches who work with young players – I am nothing without good players. I thank the DFB [German Football Association] for creating the structures that brought this success, and the Bundesliga.”

The FIFA Puskás Award for goal of the year went to Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez for his remarkable volley for Colombia against Uruguay at the World Cup.

The FIFA/FIFPro World XI:
Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München); Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München), David Luiz (Paris Saint-Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF); Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid CF), Ángel Di María (Manchester United FC); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid CF), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München).

Nadine Kessler took the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year prize, with VfL Wolfsburg’s Ralf Kellermann honoured as top women’s coach.


​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It!

​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It

Porsche is out with two new Cayennes, and like every model in its stable, there has to be at least a half-dozen variants. Minimum. So it’s time to meet the Turbo-wannabe GTS and its base sibling, that – gasp! – no longer has a manual option.

There’s not too much new with the base model, with the 3.6-liter V6 – shared across the VAG line-up – still chugging along with 300 horsepower, and huffing and puffing to hit 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds (7.6 with the optional Sport Chrono pack). But for 2015, Porsche is dropping the manual option in favor of the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic, because we’re assuming the take-rate on the stick was -1 percent.

​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It

The new GTS is slightly more compelling, ditching the V8 found in the last model with the twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 putting out 440 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Porsche claims a 0-60 run of 5.2 seconds (nix a tenth for the Sport Chrono), and a top speed of 163 MPH.

The standard kit includes a sports exhaust, Turbo-repping air intakes and lighting, and flared wheel arches. The suspension has been lowered by 20mm and dropped over 20-inch “RS Spyder” wheels framing the Turbo’s larger 390mm front discs. It looks good until you get to the interior, which comes across as bit gauche with its red piping and GTS logo stitched into the headrests.

​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It

No matter. Porsche will sell another boatload, with pricing for the base model coming in at $58,300 and the GTS commanding $95,500. Buy up, people! And keep funding those 911s, Caymans, and 918s.


Spotted! This is the facelifted 2016 BMW 6-Series. Can you spot the updates?


The current-generation BMW 6-Series was all-new for the 2012 model year, so we’ll soon see the vehicle undergo its mid-cycle update. Today, we have the first spy shots of prototypes for the updated 6-Series coupe, which we expect to be revealed early next year, as a 2016 model.


Being a mid-cycle update, the changes to the car are minimal. However, we should see the changes appear across the 6-Series range, which means we should be seeing prototypes for updated versions of the 6-Series Convertible, 6-Series Gran Coupe and M6 models, too.


The camouflage gear on the prototypes suggests we’ll see new bumpers, new fender vents and revised lights. Changes are expected in the cabin as well, with the updated 6-Series likely to adopt BMW’s touchpad interface already found on some of the automaker’s vehicles.


It’s not clear yet what changes will occur under the hood, but it’s likely the current powertrain lineup will carry over with only minor tweaks. It’s also likely we’ll see some new electronic driver aids added to the car.


Stay tuned for updates as development progresses.


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