This Week in Motoring: December 29, 2014

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, Google’s autonomous car, Cars and Coffee gets canceled, Hyundai wants a performance division and more.

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Hyundai Readies a Performance Division
Hyundai wants a performance division. No surprise there; these days, every automaker pretty much needs one in order to be taken seriously. But no one predicted that the Korean manufacturer would poach BMW M division chief engineer Albert Biermann. Biermann no doubt has a few secrets to bestow upon Hyundai’s performance cars, which will be designated as “N” models. caranddriver.com
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2016 Cadillac CTS-V
Cadillac’s CTS is the sedan America has been pining for. Sure, the Hellcat Charger has 707 horsepower, but styling and luxury count for something. The recently unveiled CTS-V boasts a near-Hellcat 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 185 mph. Cadillac isn’t aiming that Z06 engine at Dodge, though: for Caddy, it’s Germany or bust. roadandtrack.com
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Nissan Returns to Le Mans
Nissan leaked their plans to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Their contender will be unveiled during the Super Bowl: To the excitement of many, it’ll be an LMP1 based on the GT-R with a front-engine layout — notably, the last time a front-engine car won Le Mans was in 1962. jalopnik.com
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A Very Pretty P1
Depending on your taste, McLaren’s Special Operations wing is hit or miss. And even though there are liveries better suited for a McLaren P1, no one can deny that it looks good in classic Gulf colors. topgear.com
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Google: Ahead of the Game
Companies like Audi and Mercedes-Benz are taking a very cautious approach to fully autonomous driving. Google, on the other hand, has gone balls to the wall with a “fully functioning” model, which the company hopes to bring to the road within the next five to 10 years. wired.com
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Cars and Coffee Canceled
The original Cars and Coffee, based in Irvine, California, has been canceled — but not from under attended events. Quite the opposite: the last meet-up landed over 2,000 attendees (compare to the first event’s 350). Cars and Coffee has spawned more than a few iterations around the world, so its popularity may well allow a rebirth, perhaps in a better-suited venue. autoweek.com
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The 2014 Audi S4 Is a Supercharged Daily Driver
The Audi S4 is a sleeper hit: an undercover sports car that can go toe-to-toe with flashier opponents. gearpatrol.com

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