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The Maybach brand may no longer exist, but Daimler is not willing to let it die altogether. Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, the moniker is set to make a comeback on an ultra-luxurious version of the brand-new S-Class. Specifically, the S-Class Pullman won’t be the only special-edition limousine , as an extended-wheelbase version of the S600 — the Maybach — is set to sit below the 250-inch-long Pullman beginning in 2015.

The upcoming S600 Maybach is still somewhat of a mystery, but various reports suggest it will sport a wheelbase that’s nearly eight inches longer than that of the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class. Spotted on public streets earlier in 2014, the S600 Maybach just traded the city’s narrow roads for the Nurburgring track. That’s right folks, this luxurious land yacht has sporty ambitions as well and the Germans are looking to sharpen its senses on the "Green Hell."

Granted, it’s rather awkward for a vehicle that’s longer than any other standard, full-size sedan to tackle the ’Ring at full throttle. And let’s face it, wealthy customers are more interested in the car’s sumptuous interior, massage seats and comfortable ride. However, Mercedes-Benz is known to have one of the most dynamic vehicle lineups on the market, and the S600 Maybach needs to fit in. Especially considering the $400,000 sticker that’s rumored to adorn its windshield.

Naturally, tackling the ’Ring’s tight corners at high speeds is somewhat of a struggle for the S600 Maybach, but the limousine fares quite well given its curb weight and elongated body. It’s a bit early to judge, but it seems Mercedes’ rival to the Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Phantom is impressively sporty.

Source: AutoCar

Tomorrow’s a new Thursday. That means a new TopSpeed.com Podcast. Join us for a live recording of the show on Thursday August 14. Scheduled start time is a little later than usual, 2:00 p..m EDT. As always, feel free to join us and chime in to the conversation. We love to have you.

This Weekly Wheels will be a bit one sided this week, I have three cars to talk about. I have the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and I am going to discuss two more cars from the Flyin Miata trip.

For news we have a lot of crazy and interesting things happening. There was a lot of Forza news I want to cover, Justin wants to talk about the Charger Hellcat , and both of us are excited about the Jag Lightweight E-Type . There is also some Ferrari news, and bit of commotion out of Bentley too.

It should be a fun show, and we hope you can join us for the live taping. It’s always a party.

See you tomorrow.

Mercedes-Benz USA has a potential problem on its hands with the 2015 GLA-Class . No, it’s not the kind of problem that can spell doom and gloom for the new crossover itself. It’s the kind of problem that spell doom and gloom for U.S. customers of the GLA-Class. That’s because the supply of GLA models headed to the U.S. could be scarcer than anybody expected.

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon lamented on the potential dearth of GLA models headed stateside, telling Auto News that demand in other markets could cut off the allocation of the compact crossover in the US. Demand for the GLA-Class in China, for example, is as strong, maybe even stronger than the U.S. Even sales in Europe have rebounded to the point that models Mercedes-Benz USA usually receives from its European counterpart aren’t arriving this year.

All that points to the GLA being even scarcer than the CLA-Class compact sedan that went on sale in the U.S. last year. So if you were planning on buying the GLA-Class, it might be best to be that early bird that gets the worm. Otherwise, you might end up losing out on the GLA-Class when sales begin here in September 2014 for the GLA250 4MATIC.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes GLA.

With the Huracan having already replaced the Gallardo as Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar , it was only a matter of time before the Italians rolled out a Super Trofeo version of the 610-horsepower machine. Announced in July 2014, the Huracan LP610-4 Super Trofeo is finally here to showcase its racing suit thanks to supercar spotter Jeroen.

He stumbled upon the track-prepped Lambo while the Italians were busy with the official photo shoot. It seems we won’t have to wait for the pictures to be released, as the video above provides us with a comprehensive walkaround, and, more importantly, it gives us a taste of the vehicle’s piercing engine note.

The footage also comes to confirm the numerous aerodynamic updates the Huracan has gained in order to become a full-time race car . Notice the huge front splitter and side skirts, the sexy rear diffuser and the huge fixed wing. Modifications don’t stop here though. A bevy of winglets adorn both the front and rear fascias, while the regular engine and trunk bonnets have been replaced with race-spec units.

The louvered front fenders allow better engine cooling and optimize airflow over and around the car. Rounding off the Super Trofeo package is a simple, yet enticing livery. The grey-painted body features silver and white markings, while the carbon-fiber aerodynamic parts are highlighted by bright-orange accents.

No doubt the Huracan Super Trofeo is one mean-looking machine, but wait until you hear that 5.2-liter V-10 engine roar.

It has been a very busy few weeks for the team at Forza Horizon 2. The new game will be available in just a few short weeks and the list of cars coming to the game is growing quickly. We started with the first 100 a few weeks ago, and since then there have been 31 more cars made official. Yesterday, we noticed that an all-new trailer for the game showcased at least three other cars that had not been announced.

That is now only partially true, as Forza Horizon 2’s latest batch of official cars includes the Rally Fighter. Overall, we have 45 more cars to add the official list of the first 100, and there are some good ones here. From classic metal like the AMC Javelin and the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe , to legendary rally machines like the Lancia Stratos HF Stradale and the Audi Sport Quattro there is something for everyone. For the entire list of new additions, as well as highlights and photos for 11 cars form the list just take a look after the break.

Make sure to let us know which one of these cars is your favorite in the comments.

Continue reading to see the full list of new additions to the Forza Horizon 2 lineup

Even the wet forces of Mother Nature couldn’t keep the Mercedes S-Class Cabrio from doing a few test runs in Germany. That much appears to be the case with these fresh batch of photos our spy photographers sent to our inbox recently. As expected, the S-Class Cabrio remains hidden in a maze of camouflage, preventing us from getting a full peek at what the new top-end cabrio looks like. But neither rain nor camouflage can stop us from pulling out our magnifying glasses and do a little inspecting of our own.

It’s already been established that the S-Class Cabrio will feature a retractable soft top and a modified rear section, but these new photos also show what appears to be a different front grille from the new-generation design found on the coupe version. We don’t know if Mercedes will mimic the new design with the production version, but we’re confident that it will.

Speaking of that rear section, we’re a little curious about what those red markers to the inside of the taillights are all about. The coupe version doesn’t have that and we won’t be surprised if those are part of the convertible’s taillight configuration. Other than these little bits and those fancy set of wheels, the S-Class Cabrio is looking more and more like a close-to-identical version of its coupe counterpart.

Even the cabrio’s expected engine lineup will be the same as the coupe, including a 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that packs 450 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, and a big-boy, 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 that churns out 622 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Convertible.

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Lexus is famous for offering various special editions for its models. We’ve seen the LS400 Platinum Edition, the ES300 Coach Edition, and the SC430 Pebble Beach Edition in the past. It’s been a hot minute since the brand has had special packages such as these, and Lexus has announced that it will be offering a new, similar special edition for several of its models. The IS Crafted Line Edition, which will be offered on the 2015 IS 250 F Sport, is perhaps the most striking package yet, with gorgeous paint, contrasting trim, and a customized interior.

In usual fashion with these Special Edition Lexus models, all mechanics remain the same, but it’s the little bits and pieces that all come together to make these cars truly one-of-a-kind.

To ensure the highest level of exclusivity, Lexus is officially unveiling its Crafted Line Edition models at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS Crafted Line Edition.

Designed by automotive genius Colin Chapman and launched in 1957 under the Lotus badge, the Seven has become one of the most iconic sports cars ever built. Sold as a Lotus until 1972 and as a Caterham since 1973, the tiny, no-nonsense Seven has been offered in many configurations. However, the little roadster has yet to lose its classic charm, despite being fitted with modern technology and increasingly powerful engines. Although the Seven lineup has included at least four to five models over the last decade, Caterham has yet to bring it to the United States on official terms. The drama ended in January 2014, when the Brits reached an agreement with Superformance, and the first U.S.-spec Sevens appeared on the company’s drawing board. In August 2014, Caterham finally announced that the Seven will hit U.S. shores in part-built form.

Two versions are now offered Stateside, being set apart by the number of horses hiding under the hood. The base model is the Seven 360, similar in specifications with the Roadsport 175 currently sold in the United Kingdom. Hopefully we’ll get to drive one and share our impressions soon enough. Meanwhile, make sure you check out the in-depth review below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caterham Seven 360

A mysterious Audi S3 was recently spotted doing some test runs at the Nurburgring and from the looks of things, it just might be the rumored Audi S3 Plus. Why do I have this hypothesis? For one, the new Audi S3 is already out on the market and it seems unlikely that Audi’s already developing a new one. It’s also not likely to be the Audi RS3 because the body doesn’t veer too far from, if at all, the look of the new S3.

So with those two cars out of the way, that leaves us with the possibility of a diesel-powered S3, but the sound of that engine isn’t very diesel-like. As an educated guess, I would say this is the S3 Plus, a car that’s been rumored to be in the works for quite some time now.

The S3 Plus has been touted as Audi’s response to the emergence of the Mercedes CLA45 AMG . Word has it that Audi is planning to use a modified version of its 2.0-liter, TFSI engine in the S3 Plus with an output of 375 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque.

That should make it easy for Audi to package it between the new S3 and the upcoming RS3, giving customers an option to choose from in the event they want a performance version of the S3 without the cost that comes with paying for an RS3.

The Volvo XC90 is one of the best-selling and most critically well-received models from the Swedish brand. Since its inception in 2002 the XC90 has been praised for its incredible build quality and its family-friendly design. Despite its many great features, very little has changed for the XC90 in the last 12 years, and the car is starting to show its age. The refresh in 2007 and the updates over the last few years have been merely stop gaps for this; the all-new second-generation Volvo XC90 .

Volvo is slated to officially announce and reveal the car in the next few weeks, but it has been dropping lots of details over the last few weeks, and we now have a very good idea of what to expect. We know what engines are coming, what kind of architecture it is being built on, and we have tons of information. Basically, the only thing we don’t know for certain is what it will look like and how much it will cost.

There are no small changes here. The interior is completely overhauled, the underlying platform is all-new and represents a huge jump forward for Volvo going forth, and the engines are looking like to be some of the best in the class. This is a very exciting crossover for any Volvo fan, or any keeper of children.

So let’s jump right into it, shall we?

Updated 8/13/2014: Volvo has revealed more information about the new platform that underpins the redesigned XC90 and released a teaser image (above) that shows off the new "Thor’s Hammer" LED running lights.

Continue reading to find out about the all-new Volvo XC.


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