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 |  Jul 03 2012, 12:34 PM

Audi is giving its customers a reason to be happy by announcing its TT Coupe S line competition special edition, which combines two previously separate packages, cutting approximately 50 percent of the total cost out.

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 |  Jun 28 2012, 9:01 AM

It’s the most hard core Lotus ever, which makes news that it likely won’t ever go on sale in America that much more depressing.

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 |  Jun 27 2012, 7:32 PM

Aviation fans attending this year’s EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. will also see the latest in what has become a tradition of aviation-themed Ford Mustangs.

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 |  Jun 21 2012, 4:33 PM

New information on the 2013 Honda Accord is available thanks to one dealership with a “loose lips” marketing strategy that probably has the brand’s higher-ups on edge.

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 |  Jun 19 2012, 8:43 AM

Caught sliding through corners at the very limits of its All4 all-wheel drive system, a selection of spy photos reveals the near-production MINI Countryman Coupe testing on the Nurburgring.

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 |  Jun 18 2012, 6:09 PM

The 2013 Porsche Cayman, the company’s closed-top car based heavily on the Boxster, will make its first appearance at this year’s L.A. Auto Show in November.

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 |  Jun 12 2012, 2:45 PM

Driving an Infiniti IPL G Coupe, F1 star Sebastian Vettel set tires smoking and caught some serious speed racing around the New Jersey roads that will mark the Grand Prix of America course in 2013. 

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 |  Jun 06 2012, 5:45 PM

Known for modifying Ford products for improved performance, tuning house Roush just announced a new package for the 2012 V6 Mustang called the Roush Six, or “RS” package.

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 |  Jun 05 2012, 7:15 AM

Taking knowledge learned competing with its GT3 race car and bringing it to the street, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new 2013 SLS AMG GT.

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 |  Jun 04 2012, 6:02 PM

Evidently, a car Bill Gates owned is worth a lot more then the same car without the billionaire butt-impression in the driver’s seat. 

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 |  May 31 2012, 5:45 PM

Slated to go on sale in the U.S., Europe and other markets this fall, the special VW Beetle Fender Edition made the jump from concept to reality thanks to a warm reception after its debut in Frankfurt last year.

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 |  May 30 2012, 7:31 AM

Back by popular demand, the 2013 BMW M6 will sport an optional 6-speed manual transmission.

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 |  May 12 2012, 5:00 AM

Painted and styled much like the JCW Countryman we saw in Geneva, MINI has announced its John Cooper Works GP today.

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 |  May 10 2012, 3:45 PM

Forgoing its sometimes confusing naming structure, BMW decided to move its coupes away from the 3 Series badge, referring to future versions as a 4 Series instead. 

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 |  Apr 27 2012, 3:15 PM

A tiny car with big personality, Morgan CEO Charles Morgan announced that the radical Three-wheeler will be offered in the U.S. through the distribution channel of three select U.S. dealerships. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 27 2012, 2:01 PM

Aspiring Canadian racers have something to look forward to this summer as Scion announces its plan to sponsor motorsports drivers for the second year in a  row. 

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 |  Apr 27 2012, 12:11 PM

Iconic racing cars never retire. Having not seen competitive action for a decade, a special 1952 Jaguar C-type returns to racing for the 2012 Royal Automobile Club Woodcote trophy, and the racing Reverend Simon Butler will be behind the wheel. Continue Reading…

 |  Apr 27 2012, 8:45 AM

Honest business: 1, international crime syndicate: 0. Eric Blumberg owns Rent-In-Style, an L.A. based high end rental car company, which offers clients an opportunity to take out premium luxury and performance vehicles for a couple hours or even a week.

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 |  Apr 26 2012, 5:45 PM

Brace yourselves, the Ferrari hybrid is coming. Having first revealed its mid-engine HY-KERS development at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show, Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa confirmed that the future halo mid-engine hybrid supercar will officially debut in 2013.

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 |  Apr 26 2012, 12:15 PM

The new Acura NSX concept has been shown off around the world at Auto Shows since its original debut last January in Detroit, but all of the examples we have seen so far have shown up in one of the most boring colors: grey.

GALLERY: Red Acura NSX concept


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 |  Apr 24 2012, 12:31 PM

From Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc and Grand Sport Vitesse to everything in between, there is no shortage of special edition Veyrons produced. A natural progression, Bugatti has joined the likes of the Jeep Wrangler Dragon and has unveiled a China-exclusive special edition vehicle for the 2012 Beijing Motor Show – the Veyron Grand Sport Wei Long.

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 |  Apr 23 2012, 8:02 AM

The latest Land Rover Evoque “Special Edition with Victoria Beckham” seems to possess all the right ingredients to become a proper special edition vehicle. The former “Posh Spice” member of the wildly successful Brit pop girl group Spice Girls, a stand-out BFA award-winning fashion designer, and wife of international soccer star David Beckham, Victoria has worked closely with the British Automaker in developing the latest model.

In its latest Victoria Beckham special edition offering, the Evoque features what Victoria described as a “masculine” treatment. Describing her process, Victoria Beckham explained, “When I first started working with the team I did a lot of research, and created mood boards to show the team my love of timeless and classic design. I looked at yachts, luxury jets and classic cars.”

The result is an exterior painted in a stealthy matte gray color scheme accented with a glossy black roof and trim pieces. The 20-inch wheels are black as well, each wearing 245/45 rubber, exclusive to this particular edition Evoque. Lending a softer “Posh” touch, Victoria sprinkled rose-gold accents, painted onto the wheels and plated to additional trim pieces inside and out.

As for the special Evoque’s interior, Victoria Beckham chose “vintage tan” semi-aniline leathers , finishing the seats with baseball stitching a composition that gets Mrs. Beckham to remember her family’s time in California. What’s more, Victoria also chose Mohair Carpets similar to those found in her father’s Rolls-Royce. Finally, no special edition is complete without a bespoke four-piece luggage set to go with the vehicle.

Mechanically untouched, the Evoque Special Edition with Victoria Beckham offers the same turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four engine producing 240-hp. Land Rover has decided not to tack on a bespoke “Special Edition with Victoria Beckham” badge onto the Evoque either, as a long and clumsy moniker won’t do the car any favors anyway. Instead, the limited examples will be distinguished by Beckham’s signature found inside the leather folder for the Evoque owner’s manual.

Only 200 examples of “Special Edition with Victoria Beckham” will be produced, beginning sales in the Chinese market first. Prices start at £80,000 to £90,000, or $130,000 to $145,000 after currency exchange. While a 200 percent mark up over a standard Evoque may seem outrageous, no price is too high for the well-heeled.

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 |  Apr 22 2012, 8:53 AM

Mercedes-Benz revealed images and a video of its latest Concept Style Coupe design study earlier this week, but the concept’s rollout accelerated as the Mercedes CSC exhibit headlined yesterday’s Transmission LA:AV Club at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

A 17-day art event featuring concerts, DJ nights, performances and installations, the Transmission LA:AV Club is curated by Mike D of the iconic Beastie Boys rap group. While the Mercedes-Benz CSC concept only officially bows at next week’s Beijing Motor Show, this LA sneak preview provided a welcome closer look at the car.

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 |  Apr 21 2012, 7:02 PM

Although BMW M division president Friedrich Nitschke emphasized earlier that the BMW M135i will not arrive to U.S. shores, later reports confirm that we will get the sporty small BMW after all.

Hinged on a technicality, the M135i concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show is based on a 1-Series hatchback layout exclusive to the European market. However, a recent interview between BMWblog and Nitschke revealed that an M135i tailored for the North American market will be available. Rather than a hatchback format, the American M135i will likely adopt a coupe or convertible layout.

No word on the official release date for the hot little Bimmer, but its arrival should come well after the standard second-generation 1 Series in 2013. BMW is refraining from revealing official performance numbers as well, but we expect the solid twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six to produce roughly 340 hp.

GALLERY: BMW M135i Concept

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