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Mercedes-AMG celebrates 50 years with special GT3

Mercedes-AMG is celebrating its 50th birthday with a limited-edition GT3 race car. The model gets a unique paint job, "50 YEARS AMG" stickers, and a plaque on the dash. Buyers also get a matching, limited-edition watch. Production is limited to five cars.   


Volvo begins shipping Euro-spec S90 from China

Volvo has started sending the S90 from its factory in China to Europe. The sedan is shipped across continents by rail, which is much faster than by train.   


Musician Gregg Allman dies

Musician Gregg Allman has died at 69 after a battle with liver cancer. While he's best known as a rock pioneer and a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, to gearheads he's remembered as one of the guitars behind the Top Gear theme song.   


Volvo quietly set 'Ring record

The Volvo S60 Polestar briefly became the fastest production four-door sedan around the 'Ring last year. "Being Swedish, we didn't want to shout about the record, just learn from the experience." The record has since been beaten by the Porsche Panamera and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.


Alonso's Indy 500 debut marred by Honda reliability woes

Formula 1 standout Fernando Alonso made headlines this weekend by skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indianapolis 500. Alonso was competitive late into the race until, with just 21 laps to go, his Honda engine failed, making him the latest victim of the supplier's surprisingly sub-par reliability in the the 2017 IndyCar series. Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay suffered the same fate.   


Mercedes compacts getting AMG lite treatment

AMG will offer mid-range variants of Mercedes-Benz's next crop of compact cars. The yet-unnamed models will be positioned between the regular Benz-branded cars and the full-blown AMG-tuned variants.


Final Indy 500 laps showcase Formula 1 talent

Former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato joined the ranks of brick-kissers Sunday after a late-race charge to first place. The final 30 laps of the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 saw stand-out performances by current and former F1 drivers including Sato, Fernando Alonso, Max Chilton, Alexander Rossi and Juan Pablo Montoya.   


Formula 1: the rankings after Monaco

The Monaco Grand Prix was a decisive race for Ferrari. The team now leads the constructor championship with 196 points, a 17-point advantage over Mercedes-AMG. Red Bull is in third place with just 97 points. Similarly, Sebastian Vettel pulled ahead in the driver championship with 129 points. Mercedes-AMG pilots Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are second and third with 104 and 75 points, respectively.   


Vettel wins Monaco Grand Prix

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won this year's Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. He finished just three seconds ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Third place went to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.   


Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 sells for $2.25 milllion

A 1993 Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.8 with just six miles on the clock sold for $2.25 million at an auction. One of just 51 examples built, the RSR uses a naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six engine rated at 350 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque.