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The August 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has unveiled an exciting, all-new fully electric supercar. The Renovo Coupe concept began life discreetly in 2010, and has been kept under wraps until the engineering nicks and knacks were ironed out, and now the car has been green-lit for limited production. Renovo touts its new Coupe as "America’s First All-Electric Supercar," and it’s about as red, white, and blue as one could get.

EVs are all the hype these days, with Teslas as common here in Los Angeles as sunny, cloudless, 75 degree days. The fact that we now have a legitimate supercar , with blistering looks, performance — and a price — to match is very exciting news.

Details are still somewhat limited, but we have received basic information and are excited to report on this car’s capabilities based on what we know so far.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renovo Coupe

Although we’re just dying to meddle with the upcoming Corvette Z06 in Chevy’s online configurator, we won’t be able to do that for a few more months, as the utterly powerful Vette won’t go on sale until early 2015. However, thanks to Corvette Blogger, we now have access to the supercar’s order guide and all the standard and optional features that come with it.

Besides revealing the Z06’s exterior and interior amenities, the order guide also tells us that the beefed-up C7 model tips the scales at 3,524 in Coupe guise and at 3,582 pounds with a fabric top. That’s quite a lot considering the vehicle’s lightweight, race-inspired aluminum structure, but explainable by the amount of technology it comes with. All told, the C7 Z06 Coupe is 349 pounds heavier than its predecessor, which weighed in at 3,175 pounds.

The extra pounds shouldn’t be a problem though, as the brand-new Z06 carries no less than 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under the hood, a 145-pony and 180-pound-feet bump over the previous generation model.

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Hey everyone. I hope you guys are having a happy hump day, but I wanted to remind you that tomorrow is Thursday. That means the TopSpeed Podcast is coming at you live again.

We Have Mark back with us for this episode, and we have a ton of cool news to cover. For Weekly Wheels, we have the 500c Abarth , diesel-powered Dodge Ram 1500 , and the Toyota RAV4 . So two pieces of awesome with a side of normal to keep things down to earth.

For news, we have a bunch of cool stories we plan on covering including the new Renovo supercar , the bulletproof X5 and some news regarding the Corvette . We also expect to talk about the potential Lexus RX competitor from Hyundai , the freshly teased Infiniti and the redo of Jag’s infotainment system.

Of course we have a pile of viewer questions to go over, and we have the fan favorite Own, Drive, Burn.

The show should be a good one, and it’s our 25th one, so that merits some sort of celebration. Who knows what we might come up with.

The show starts around noon Thursday. See you guys then.

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After months of speculation, spy shots and “leaked” 3-D images raising the anticipation level and the excitement of the fanboy in us, here it is folks, The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and yes, the iconic Stingray name is back since it was last seen in the ‘Vette C3.

As promised, Chevrolet has taken off the wraps of what’s arguably one of the most highly anticipated cars in 2013 at the Detroit Motor Show . This is the day we at TopSpeed have been waiting for since all of this C7 talk started about a year ago.

Rather than calling it the “Corvette,” Chevy boldly calls it the “New Corvette.”Calling it “New” is absolutely correct, as everything on the car is brand new. From a new design to a new powertrain to a brand new interior, Chevrolet has revolutionized every nook and cranny of the `Vette. But it still has that modern Corvette philosophy that has been retained for the past six generations, maybe even made it better.

Updated 08/20/14: The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is getting a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet has just announced this latest development makes the sports car faster and more fuel efficient than the six-speed automatic-equipped version.

Click past the jump to enjoy our full review and check out whether we were impressed by the all new ‘Vette or if Chevy could’ve done better.

Introduced in 1953, the Ferrari 250 quickly became the company’s most successful vehicle lineup. It included everything from road-legal grand tourers to the 250 Testa Rossa and 250 LM race cars. More importantly, the range spawned the iconic 250 GTO, currently the most expensive Ferrari ever auctioned (as of August 20, 2014). The 250 line came to an end in 1964, when it was replaced by two distinct families, the 275 and 330. While the 275 GTB/C stepped in to substitute the 250 GTO, the 275 GTB/4 took center stage as Ferrari’s new flagship model.

Introduced at the 1966 Paris Motor Show , the GTB/4 quickly became popular with sports car enthusiasts and celebrities, especially in the United States. Even Hollywood actor and motoring icon Steven McQueen ordered one of the V-12-powered grand tourers, receiving it on the set of the "Bullitt" movie. McQueens example became the most expensive GTB/4 ever auctioned in 2014, when it crossed the block for $10 million. Because of this huge auction sum, we decided to have a closer look at this enticing, berlinetta-bodied Ferrari.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti

When people talk about cars that symbolize America, they usually talk about trucks or muscle cars . For my money, though, there is nothing more American than a Jeep Wrangler . Born from the Willys MB that conquered the land during World War II, the modern Wrangler still embodies the same virtues of rugged simplicity from all those decades ago.

At least, that is how it looks from an exterior design point, but the newest Wranglers have satellite navigation, heated leather seats and even hard tops now. Has our march toward comfort finally taken the edge off the most capable off-road vehicle to come from an American company? Is the Wrangler still willing to get dirty and climb through mud and rocks to get somewhere?

I recently spent some time with a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X to find out. As the Rubicon , it has the most aggressive off-road equipment, but it has also been loaded with as many creature comforts as possible too.

So who broke first, me or the Jeep?

Continue reading to find out more about the 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X

Infiniti has just released a teaser image ahead of the Paris Motor Show in October, which will see the introduction of a brand-new model in the company’s lineup. The new vehicle promises to share a vision "on a scale not seen before" from the automaker, but other than that, and the familiar front grille shown in the photo, there’s isn’t much information to chew on.

However, based on past announcements and rumors, there are a few different possibilities we need to consider. We know for a fact that Infiniti has at least two new models in the works, including a crossover hatchback and a high-performance sedan , while a flagship four-door coupe has been churning in the rumormill for a few months now. What’s more, Infiniti isn’t necessarily teasing a production car. The Paris Motor Show could also bring a concept that previews an upcoming model. Read on to find out what Infiniti may have in store for us.

Click past the jump to read about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge

BMW is preparing to launch a new version of its popular X5 SUV, the F15 Security Plus. To the casual observer, nothing is amiss with the X5, but to a firearm-wielding criminal bent on theft or worse, the F15 Security Plus is a rolling safehouse disguised as a BMW .

BMW will officially debut the armored X5 at the upcoming Moscow Auto Show next week, though the original concept made its first appearance in Frankfurt last year. The F15 Security Plus is designed to meet the VR6 protection level, meaning attacks from small arms fire like the AK-47, AR-15, and most hand guns will have no effect on the passenger’s health (well, save for panic or heart attacks).

Ballistic panels and glass aren’t the only modifications BMW has done to the F15. The chassis has been strengthened while the electronic management systems and brakes have been upgraded to deal with the added weight. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 making 445 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque.

This isn’t BMW’s first in-house armored vehicle. The German automaker has been producing armored versions of its 7 Series for nearly two decades. Currently BMW is producing the VR7-rated 7 Series rated to protect against more lethal threats like explosives and higher-powered rifles.

BMW will also offer a lighter, VR4-rated X5 SUV for customers looking for basic protection but with minimal changes in vehicle driving dynamics. More details are slated for release once the vehicle debuts in Moscow.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 F15 Security Plus

While buying a Tesla Model S requires customers to fork out at least $69,000, owning one is more than affordable, given the fact that you don’t have to visit the gas station unless you need a sandwich and a soda. As of August 2014, current and future owners have one more reason to be happy with their all-electric sedan , as Tesla has extended the drive unit warranty for the 85 kWh sedan to match that of the battery back. Specifically, both the battery and the drivetrain now benefit from an eight-year, infinite-mile warranty.

The good news expands even further, as the rule doesn’t apply only to newly purchased vehicles. The warranty extension will apply retroactively to all 85 kWh Model S sedans ever produced. What’s more, the new warranty extends upon resale of the Tesla S too, no matter the number of owners, meaning the used-car market benefit from Tesla Motors’ gesture of generosity.

"If we truly believe that electric motors are fundamentally more reliable than gasoline engines, with far fewer moving parts and no oily residue or combustion byproducts to gum up the works, then our warranty policy should reflect that," Elon Musk explained in a statement.

The new warranty only applies to 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance models. The former comes with 362 horsepower and costs from $79,900, while the latter carries a $93,400 sticker and cranks out 416 ponies. The entry-level 60 kWh version benefits from the same four-year, 50,000-mile warranty as before.

Click past the jump to read more about the Tesla Model S.

Jaguar’s upcoming BMW 3 Series fighter, the XE, is reportedly getting a high-performance, supercharged SVR version. At least that’s what Auto Express claims, adding that the hot sedan is being prepared by Jaguar Land Rover’s recently established Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division. Although this is just an unconfirmed rumor, the scenario is very likely, as the XE lineup will require a more powerful sedan to compete against the range-topping BMW M3 .

The SVR-badged XE is reportedly set to arrive by early 2016, about one year after the regular model goes on sale. Although Jaguar has already confirmed a performance-oriented XE powered by the 3.0-liter V-6 fitted in the F-Type , Auto Express says SVO will be taking things even further and drop the company’s supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 between the front wheels. With 489 horsepower at its disposal, the XE SVR will need about four seconds to sprint from naught to 62 mph, while top speed will be electronically limited at 155 mph.

As things stand, BMW has plenty of reasons to be worried...

Note: Photo is a teaser of the Jaguar XE

Click past the jump to read about the Jaguar XE

Source: Auto Express

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