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The Lexus IS series has been around since 2000 as was Lexus’ attempt at making a proper sports sedan. The Japanese automaker did a respectable job with the IS, as it produced 217 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque form its 3.0-liter V-6. A five-speed automatic sent that power rearward. The IS’ design was a striking one, even propelling the aftermarket and a few other automakers into the whole clear-lens taillight fad. Things changed in 2006, as the IS lineup received an updated look and a slew of V-style engines. Lexus offered two levels of power in the IS 250 and IS 350 versions. Then in 2007, Lexus gave us the IS F ; the 5.0-liter, V-8-powered BMW M3 rival. Though the IS lineup has moved to a new design theme for 2015, the IS C — Lexus’ hardtop convertible — remains looking as it did for 2013.

A redesigned ‘organ-type’ accelerator pedal, the addition of Slacker Radio to the Lexus Enform system, and updates to iHeartRadio 4.0 are all that’s new with the IS C for 2015. While it is disappointing Lexus hasn’t updated the car’s internal and external appearance, it’s also disappointing that the powertrain remains unchanged as well.

However, if a luxury hardtop convertible is on your wish list, the IS C still offers plenty to love, including a 20-second fold time for the top operation and plenty of power for motivation down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus IS C.

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

Source: Car & Driver

The third-generation BMW X5 is finally getting its aftermarket dues. Kelleners Sport gets the credit for this impressive program, blending some aerodynamic goodies with new wheels and an extensive engine update.

It’s hard to downplay how important these kits are for SUVs like the X5. For the most part, tuners can only go so far with installing new components on these types of models. What’s more important is how tuners are able to improve on the performance end, which really is the heart of every tuning program. Kelleners Sport achieved that, thanks to a variety of engine kits designed to give various trims of the X5 the extra oomph some owners need.

This is by no means the most impressive kit we’ve seen on a BMW X5 , but when it comes to offering a comprehensive list of upgrades on all sections of the SUV, Kelleners Sport did a pretty good job of checking off many items on that list.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X5 by Kelleners Sport.

With 420 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque on tap, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most powerful luxury SUVs on the market. However, we’re aware that some drivers, would be happier with more ponies sent to the wheels. Those fellows have the option of supercharging the 6.2-liter V-8 with help from Hennessey Performance and its HPE550 upgrade.

The update adds many performance parts to the engine, including a high-flow intercooling system, gaskets and other hardware. But, more importantly, it takes its output up to a whopping 552 horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to push it from naught to 60 mph in about 4.9 seconds, nearly a two-second improvement over the standard Escalade. Needless to say, it should keep most power-addicted SUV drivers pretty happy.

We might have to wait a while longer to see one of these beefed-up Escalades in action, but in the meantime, Hennessey Performance has release some dyno footage with the SUV revved to its limit. If you need your daily dose of supercharger whine, you’ve come to the right place. Hit the play button above and pump up the volume.

The Volkswagen Golf has succeeded in ways very few of its contemporaries have. It’s in its seventh generation for crying out loud! That’s more than what other models can say for themselves. Ever since it was released in 1974, the Golf has built a reputation as the godfather of the modern-day sports hatch. But even with its age, the Golf is still a strong presence in the hatchback market, so much so that the model is still turning heads wherever it goes. The 2015 Golf TDI is the latest in a series of new Golf models that are now available in the market. Yes, it’s got a diesel engine but it’s a new diesel engine. That counts for something.

It was also the recipient of aesthetic tweaks that makes its design fit for the times. Some might even say that the Golf looks better than ever before, which is about as big of a compliment as you can give to the hatch that most people believe blazed the trail for its kind.

Click past the jump to read more about 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI

Cross-brand marketing is about as sure as it gets when it comes to hitting two birds with one stone. It becomes even more important when you have two brands that fall on different market segments. That’s the case with the recent collaboration between Ferrari and Oakley, and the release of the Ferrari-branded Oakley sunglass line.

We’re all familiar with Ferrari and Oakley, and both brands are household names. But the difference between the two is the disparately different market that each one caters to. One has products specifically for the super rich and the other is geared towards youth and adventure.

But here’s the thing; the two are so famous independent of each other that a collaboration stands to benefit both companies. The sunglasses themselves look awesome with the supercar builder’s badge prominently displayed on them. And its not like these sunglasses are of the cereal box variety, as Oakley’s some of the best in the business and Ferrari is Ferrari.

I personally have been a loyal customer of Oakley for the past 12 years, so you better believe I’m scooping a pair up as soon as I can. Likewise, I’m confident that a lot of you will be eyeing a pair, too, even if it means keeping the purchase on the down-low lest you want to be subjected to the objections of your significant other.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Scuderia Sunglasses By Oakley.

The Volkswagen Eos is nearing the end of its road, with 2015 marking its final year in production. To commemorate its passing, Volkswagen is introducing a ‘Final Edition’ Eos. The new trim level replaces the drop-top’s Sport trim level and the entire Eos lineup gets some new exterior colors and interior accoutrements.

New for 2015 are ‘Flash Red’ and ‘Pure White’ exterior paint colors. Flash Red comes available only on the Komfort and Executive trims, while Pure White is available across the board.

The Final Edition trim gets all the niceties from the Sport trim it replaces. Vicenza wheels sized at 18 inches, bespoke Cornsilk Beige and black two-tone Vienna leather with contrast stitching in the cabin, along with silver net interior trim. The Final Edition also gets a rearview camera and rain-sensing windshield wipers for added safety.

The Eos has been a slow seller for Volkswagen since its introduction in 2006. The hardtop convertible only moved 4,178 units in 2013 for all of America. Even in its best year, 2008, the Eos only found homes in 12,837 driveways across the U.S.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Eos Final Edition.

MTM Tuning presented its own program for the Audi RS Q3 a few weeks ago, and it was an impressive kit that played into the strengths of the German crossover . We applauded MTM then for its work not knowing that another noted German tuner was on its way to revealing its own program for the RS Q3. Enter ABT Sportsline, the same company that has made it a mission to improve every Audi model, using the sophisticated science of customization.

ABT Sportsline’s program for the RS Q3 doesn’t lack anything. Really, every aspect of the crossover was taken care of. Whether it’s the improved output numbers or the new set of 21-inch wheels, the German tuner didn’t leave any stone unturned on its way to decking out the RS Q3.

We’re not surprised by the things ABT Sportsline does. When it comes to versatile kits that offer a blend of everything, this tuner knows what it’s doing. That’s the case here with the Audi RS Q3, a sporty crossover that demands our attention. ABT Sportsline gave it that, and a whole lot more.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS Q3 By Abt Sportsline.

Lego has just announced that it is releasing an Ultimate Collector’s Series version of the Batmobile from the recent Dark Knight trilogy, the Tumbler. The Batmobile is awesome. Lego is awesome. When you combine the two, the result is an incredible explosion of epic greatness. That, or a really great way to spend an afternoon or two.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Collector’s Series models, they are the biggest and best that Lego offers. Not only is this Tumbler almost a foot and a half long, it is comprised of close to 2,000 pieces and features a fully detailed interior. Even the wings on the top adjust, just like in the movie. As an added bonus, you get minifigs of both Batman and Joker.

The set will be available starting in September 2014, and it will carry a price of $199 for all the U.S. buyers. If you are interested in the Lego model, or just the Tumbler in general, make sure to hit the jump. We have a video of Jay Leno driving a full size Tumbler , and Lego was kind enough to send us a second video that shows a 3D spin of the model so you can get a closer look at it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lego Batman Tumbler.

Source: Uncrate

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