2014

2014

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.

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The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1. In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 carries the same GTR moniker.

Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which also translate in more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program. Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini , the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks, but not before the buyers receive private consultations with McLaren’s racing division.

The supercar has just been unveiled as a production-ready concept car at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . Read on to meet McLaren’s brand-new and utterly powerful race car .

Updated 08/15/2014: McLaren has released a final teaser image (above) of the P1 GTR ahead of its debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.

Live images from Monterey are courtesy of Carninja and are used with expressed permission.

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In 2006, Land Rover took a risk when it strayed from its off-road roots and released the Range Rover Sport . This was a direct shot at the luxurious and sporty SUVs from Bimmer and Mercedes . The debut Range Rover Sport had two 4.4-liter, V-8 engines available, a naturally aspirated one with 300 horses and 315 pound-feet of torque, and a supercharged one that pumped out 390 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. In 2010, The RR Sport moved onto a 5.0-liter V-8 that produced 375 horses in its base form and 510 ponies with a supercharged V-8. In 2014, the Range Rover Sport underwent a full overhaul that resulted in a new, more aerodynamic body and a 3.0-liter V-6 that put down 340 horsepower replacing the base V-8. As we head toward the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 27, 2014, Land Rover has unveiled the most powerful Range Rover Sport yet, the SVR.

Developed by the company’s newly founded Special Vehicle Operations division, the Range Rover Sport SVR follows into the footsteps of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 . Stuffed with an uprated version of JLR’s supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8, the SVR is the most powerful Range Rover ever built.

As with all SVO projects, the Range Rover Sport SVR is also unique by design, carrying styling cues and interior features that are not available on the standard model or even the Autobiography trim. The SVR is a truly special vehicle in all departments, but to find out why you’ll have to check out our full review past the jump.

Updated 8/15/2014: Land Rover reveals that the Range Rover Sport SVR will go on sale in October 2014 and that deliveries will begin in early 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.

The Jaguar F-Type was launched for the 2013 model as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type . Bolted onto a shortened XK platform, the F-Type was initially introduced as a soft-top convertible . The Coupe version arrived a year later and went on sale for the 2014 model year. Both versions are powered by supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines with outputs ranging from 335 horsepower to 542 ponies. As we approach the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we’ve learned that Jaguar will actually produce the F-Type Project 7 that it rolled out as a concept in 2013.

Shortly after releasing the F-Type Roadster, Jaguar created the Project 7 design study. The concept car paid tribute to Ecurie Ecosse racing team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race twice with the Jaguar D-Type in the 1950s. The concept featured a D-Type -style rollover hoop behind the driver’s seat, as well as the race car’s white-striped livery. It showcased its astonishing looks at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed before going into history as one of the sexiest concept cars of the 21st century.

Coming into 2014, Jaguar commissioned its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the concept car into a production vehicle. Thus the F-Type Project 7 ditches its auto show queen status and goes to wander the streets and tracks in all of its Le Mans-inspired glory.

Updated 08/15/2014: Jaguar has officially revealed the pricing details for the F-Type Project 7. Each of the 250 models will base at $165,925 including the $925 destination charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

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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.

The Hyundai i20 was launched in 2007 as a three- and five-door hatchback to sit between the i10 city car and the i30 compact. The i20 replaced the aging Hyundai Getz on most markets, but it didn’t make it to the United States, where the Korean manufacturer sells the slightly larger Accent hatchback instead. Underpinned by an all-new platform developed by Hyundai Europe, the first-gen i10 was available with a wide range of inline-four engines. The gasoline units displaced between 1.2 and 1.6 liters, while the diesel mills came in 1.1-, 1.4-, and 1.6-liter sizes. Output began from 74 horsepower and topped 126 ponies in the more expensive trims. Moving into the 2015 model year, Hyundai is finally introducing the second-generation i20, a completely redesigned hatch meant to spur the company’s presence in Europe’s crowded B-segment market.

Scheduled to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the 2015 Hyundai i20 was also developed at the company’s European technical center in Germany. Likewise, the second-generation supermini won’t make it across the Pond, where we will have to settle for the fourth-generation Accent, which is already a four-year-old model.

Although the Paris Motor Show is still a couple of months away, Hyundai has released preliminary photos and details of the redesigned i20. Read on to find out more about the second-gen compact.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai i20.

Introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , the McLaren 650S took center stage as a replacement for the aging, yet still enticing, MP4-12C . Available in both coupe and roadster guises, the sports car rolled off the assembly line with the proven, twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 behind its seats. Motivated by no less than 640 horses and 500 pound-feet of twist, the 650S quickly became the fastest vehicle in its segment, outgunning sports cars wearing both Ferrari and Lamborghini badges. Coming into 2015, the Brits are knighting the 650S a full-time race car by means of a GT3 iteration for the Blancplain Endurance Series and a Sprint racer. Essentially a successor to the 12C GT Sprint, the 650S Sprint is also a track-only model.

The race-ready sports car comes to bridge the gap between the road-going 650S and the endurance-spec GT3 by appealing to amateur motorsport enthusiasts that spend their weekends at the track. Blending technology from both, the 650S Sprint offers the plain looks of the street-legal car spiced up by racing upgrades and a FIA-approved interior. The 650S family just grew larger and we took a deep dive into McLaren’s brand-new racer. Read on to find out more about this spectacular, track-confined beast.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren 650S Sprint.

The Continental GT arrived for the 2003 model year as the first Bentley vehicle launched under Volkswagen ’s ownership. Sold in both fastback and convertible guises, the first-generation Continental GT got its juice from a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. Many special editions and iteration followed until 2011, when the second-gen model was introduced. The redesigned grand tourer keeps its W-12 mill, but a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine was finally added to the lineup. In 2013, Bentley unveiled the Continental GT3 , a race car that marked the manufacturers return to racing. And just a year after the track-only GT3 arrived, the Brits rolled out a special-edition GT3-R coupe to pay tribute to the track-exclusive machine.

To be sold as the GT3-R beginning with the fourth quarter of 2014, the new vehicle sits atop the Continental V8 lineup, boasting more horsepower than any of its brothers, and a bevy of exclusive features and technologies. It’s also the fastest-accelerating, and the most dynamic and responsive Bentley ever built, feats that will likely help sell the 300-unit production run like hot cakes.

Adding to the GT3-R’s appeal is the fact that all examples will be hand-built at Bentley’s headquarters in Crewe before being sent off to the company’s Motorsport division for the final touches. Now let’s see what makes the GT3-R so special.

Updated 08/11/2014: The new Continental GT3-R will make its North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2014 and will start at $337,000. Deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2015. Only 99 units will make it to the North American market.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin division has created some pretty delicious personalized models since it was launched in 2012. In a lot of ways, it’s become one of the best things Aston Martin has done in recent years. So when Aston Martin announced that four unique Q by Aston Martin models will be displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance , the excitement behind it is completely legitimate. The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is one of the models that will be given the Q by Aston Martin treatment. I’ve looked at all four examples headed to Pebble Beach and there’s no question in my mind that the DB9 Volante is a stunner.

It’s just a beautiful, personalized Aston Martin that exudes all the best things the brand is known for. It’s also unique enough that you probably won’t see another Aston Martin dressed in the same colors anytime soon.

That’s the beauty of the Q by Aston Martin division. It creates examples that are so unique and personally detailed that you can’t help but wonder why Aston Martin doesn’t release more of these models to the public.

The Pebble Beach-bound Aston Martin DB9 Volante Q by Aston Martin is a perfect example of that.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Aston Martin DB9 Volante By Q.

You know when you’re a kid in a toy store and you’re presented with four toys to pick from, but the issue is that you really want all of them? That’s what Aston Martin’s new lineup of Q by Aston Martin models feels like. Is it possible to just pick all of them as my favorite? I admittedly chose the DB9 Volante version, but the V12 Vantage S is tugging at my conscience.

Q by Aston Martin’s work on the V12 Vantage S, which is set to debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, deserves all the adulation it can get. It’s rich body color exemplifies Aston Martin’s luxurious image. The intricate detail of the interior is also a sight to behold, kind of like looking at a design masterpiece of the highest order.

Just looking at these models bound for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is tough enough on its own. I can only imagine how difficult it is for an Aston Martin customer to get their hands on a Q by Aston Martin-personalized model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S By Q.


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