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With 521 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque under the hood, the 2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 S is no slouch. However, it appears that the said model is about to be stripped of its range-topping status as Bentley was caught testing what looks to be an even hotter version of the Conti GT V8.

Although the Brits have yet to say anything on the matter, a slightly modified Continental GT V8 S was recently spotted at the Nurburgring, and this suggests that a more powerful version of the coupe — possibly an RS model — is on its way.

The photos that we received from our trusty spy photographers of this model testing reveal an aerodynamically enhanced V8 GT that takes to the track with a front splitter, a fixed rear wing and a lowered, and likely stiffer, suspension.

There’s no word as to how many horses might be pushing out, but we see it fit for the British manufacturer to have tuned the twin-turbo, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine to deliver at least 550 horsepower.

Is Bentley finally taking the know how from the Continental GT3 race car into a road-going model? Guess we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to find out. Then again, could this just be Bentley doing random testing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT V8 RS.


Things are getting pretty racy over at Ferrari , as the company has just confirmed plans to build a racetrack-only version of the LaFerrrari hypercar titled the LaFerrari XX and will see big changes with the suspension and aerodynamics setups in the production car.

The breaking news comes way of Antonello Coletta, Ferrari’s head of Sporting Activity Department, at the ongoing Ferrari Racing Days in Sydney, Australia. “Now we are working on the new hypercar for the circuit, the LaFerrari XX,” Coletta admitted to Drive.com. "I hope that the new car will arrive on the circuit in January or February of next year.”

Coletta says Ferrari realizes improving the car’s power will be a difficult challenge as the car already makes an impressive 963 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque with its 6.3-liter V-12 engine and two electric motors. Though the power will increase, the biggest changes are said to be within the suspension tuning, tire choice, and aerodynamics.

“It will be completely different the handling, because it’s normal that the handling is different for the circuit and the road, says Coletta. The difference will be the slick tires, the aerodynamics, the electronics, the suspension, the shock absorbers.”

Though the rumors still fly about Ferrari reentering Le Mans , Coletta and the Italian automaker still deny any definite plans. “Now, we stay in F1 … For now Ferrari will not be in Le Mans but we will see, but it is absolutely not sure,” Drive reports Coletta saying. Catching an odd, Le Mans-style, LaFerrari racer testing is only adding fuel to these rumors.

The track-only LaFerrari XX follows in the footsteps already laid by the Enzo -based FXX and 599 XX. The car is expected to launch in 2015 for a price even larger than the production LaFerrari’s $1.8 million asking price.

Click past the jump to read about the LaFerrari EVOXX that we envisioned

Source: Drive
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Right before the 2014 Geneva Motor Show kicked off in March we introduced you to the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430 , a special edition model that made the V8 Vantage more appealing with slightly more horsepower and a few extras here and there.

We were a bit disappointed that the British company was mum on details in regard to an U.S. version, but that’s no longer available, as Aston Martin has just announced plans to introduce the said model to its potential North American customers at the New York Auto Show .

The vehicle will be sold under the V8 Vantage GT moniker and, just like the Euro-spec N430, it will be offered in both coupe and roadster body styles. Making things even better, Aston Martin is offering the new special-edition model at a considerably lower price compared to the standard V8 Vantage.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT

Rumors about the Mercedes SLC-Class started awhile back and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, but hopes for an SLC are still not lost as Mercedes will indeed offer the SLC in an unexpected package.

The SLC-Class will actually be the baby brother of the SLS and will attack the likes of the Porsche 911 . Compared to the SLS, the future SLC will be lighter and slimmer with the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the SLC will be devoid of gullwing doors.

The less dramatic specifications of the Mercedes SLC have also given way to a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Expect to pay somewhere under €100,000 (about $145,000 at the current exchange rates).

As a reminder, the SLC name was first used as a market name for the Mercedes C107 from 1971 to 1981. These vehicles were sold in three different versions - 280, 380 and 500 SLC - and were powered by either an in-line-six engine or a V-8 for the top versions. The "SLC" name is expected to be revived sometime in 2014.

Updated 04/15/2015: German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport got its hand on the first set of images revealing the interior of the future AMG GT. Check them out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes SLC/AMG GT.

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The Land Rover brand is on the brink of renaissance; a future laid out with a structured purpose that includes no less than three sub-categories and levels of refinement and off-road abilities — and it’s all starting with this, the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

Just one day before the New York Auto Show officially kicks off, Land Rover pulled the covers off its newest design and road map for the company’s future. The overarching plan includes creating three sub brands with individual vehicles under each. It will be a lot like what the Range Rover brand has already done with its multiple models.

Range Rover will soldier on filling the luxury segment while the Land Rover Discovery lineup will fill the ‘leisure’-oriented rolls and a new lineup under the Defender nameplate will cater to the hard-core off-roaders and keep the Land Rover tradition alive of blazing trails in far-off regions of the world while (hopefully) being accessible to every market, including the U.S.

Besides announcing the new corporate structuring, Land Rover is heralding in its new design language with the Discovery Vision Concept. The new look still has lingering cues from the LR4 that it replaces and the more upscale Range Rovers, but overall, the look is totally fresh. Included under is silvery skin are acres of new technologies and innovative features that set the SUV – and the brand – on a level above. Such things as gesture controls, its ‘transparent’ hood, and the first ever remote-control drive.

Click past the jump for the full rundown on all the new features

A few weeks ago we reported that Ford was planning a daring reenactment of the 1964 Ford Mustang convertible launch atop the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. With only a few hours left before the big 50th anniversary celebration begins, Ford lets loose the details on how it’s pulling off the stunt.

Just like in 1964, the 2015 Mustang convertible has gone under the knife, getting sliced up into pieces in order to fit within the building’s elevators. Though the first Mustang was only sectioned into three pieces, the 2015 pony car had to be sliced into six. Each section is welded to a steel tube subframe that bolts together with the other sections, holding together the entire car. Even the suspension components are held in place by the steel tubing.

Despite the car’s divided ascension of the skyscraper, the car will look showroom fresh as it sits on the observation deck for 54 hours, while the New York Auto Show happens 1,454 feet below.

This isn’t the 2015 Mustang Convertible’s first public appearance, but it certainly is grander than the lackadaisical attention it was given when it was first seen along side the Mustang coupe when it debuted December 5th.

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Last time we heard anything about the next-generation Audi Q7, the Germans were pushing the SUV back into development to rethink its design and make it less aggressive than initially planned.

Now, about two months after Audi pulled the plug on testing, a new Q7 prototype made its way onto the streets, basically confirming that the large SUV could be ready to step in and replace its dated predecessor .

There isn’t much to see with the vehicle under heavy camouflage, but the front fascia will be dominated by a large grille flanked by LED headlamps above and air intakes of considerable size below. Around the back, the whirly wrap hides Audi’s signature taillights, a revised tailgate and a new bumper.

As it has been confirmed earlier, the new Audi Q7 will ride on Volkswagen Group’s MLB platform (also slated to underpin Bentley’s upcoming SUV ), which will help the vehicle lose more than 650 pounds compared to the model it replaces, due to the use of aluminum.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi Q7.

The success of the Volkswagen Jetta is unquestioned. After all, it doesn’t earn the distinction of being VW’s best-selling vehicle for nothing. That being said, it’s a little disappointing that the 2015 Jetta , which is set to make its debut at the New York Auto Show , didn’t receive as many upgrades as we had anticipated. But hey, Volkswagen seems to think that the modifications it did put in are enough to continue the Jetta’s path as its breadwinner. It’s hard to argue on that front considering that the variety of Jetta models that are likely to be offered in the market will run the gamut of customer preferences.

Be it an entry-level Jetta, or the diesel-sipping Jetta TDI, this Volkswagen sedan is as versatile as they come in the business. Oh, and it’s got a workhorse GLI model, too, just in case you’re looking for one that has 200 horsepower under its hood.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta.

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With the 2014 New York Auto Show just around the corner, Subaru is teasing us with a new high-performance model that’s scheduled to debut at the Jacob Javits Convention Center later this week.

The automaker refrained from sharing any kind of details on the new vehicle, but the included photo depicts what appears to be a 2015 WRX STI model fitted with a large rear wing.

Finished in a light shade of blue (looks like French Blue if you ask me), the wing includes a few bare carbon-fiber components and sits atop a trunk that’s also made out of carbon fiber. Other than that, we can notice that the WRX ’s body is painted in gray, which suggests Subaru might reveal some sort of prototype.

Judging by the large wing, this vehicle must be related to motorsports , but it’s specific purpose is not quite clear. My best guess is that the Japanese are developing a new contender for the Global RallyCross Championship.

Whatever it may be, make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details on this new vehicle. Subaru should spill the beans over the next couple of days.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Subaru WRX STI.

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Only a couple of months have passed since the brand new BMW 2 Series Coupe has reached U.S. dealerships, and the German manufacturer has already announced an update for the 2015 model year. And before you ask, we’re not talking about visual enhancements or power upgrades. The 2 Series just got a Track Handling Package.

Basically slotted between the standard 228i and the M235i coupes , the 2 Series with Track Handling Package comes with a number of M Performance parts and larger, unique wheels that are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.

The package can be added on any BMW 228i Coupe, fitted with either the six-speed manual gearbox or the eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission, built starting July 2014. Pricing for the Track Handling Package is not available yet, but the bundle should cost less than all four options ordered separately (about $2,500). Therefore, expect the 228i with Track Handling Package to start right below the $34,000 mark.

The new package will improve the vehicle’s handling, suspension and grip, making it suitable for sporty driving on twisty roads and ready for that weekend track fun some drivers like to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 228i Coupe with Track Handling Package.


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