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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 8/26/2014: A fresh batch of photos of the Volvo XC90 have been leaked. There are a lot of them to enjoy so click on the gallery and see fanciest production Volvo we’ve seen in quite some time.

Continue reading to find out about the all-new Volvo XC90.

The Ram truck has been around since its nameplate was officially used on the 1981 Dodge pickup. Dodge trucks dating back to 1933 were known for their ram hood ornament, so the mascot went from decoration to the trucks’ name. Big news happened again in 2010 when the Fiat Chrysler Group moved the Ram lineup outside the Dodge umbrella, making the Ram its own brand. Now in its fourth generation, the Ram truck is breaking ground on uncharted territory. That uncharted ground includes innovations like dumping the traditional leaf-spring rear suspension design in favor of a smoother-riding, five-link with coil springs and introducing the industry’s first V-6 turbo-diesel in a half-ton package. The diesel aspect has garnered the Ram some notable attention from both the auto industry and the truck-buying public.

In fact, more than 8,000 EcoDiesel trucks were ordered by Ram dealers in the first weekend the books opened — a number than represents nearly half of the Ram 1500’s normal monthly production run. Since that February weekend in 2014, Ram EcoDiesel sales have exceeded the automaker’s expectations and have contributed to Ram’s overall sales increase over last year.

So what’s the big deal about a diesel, you ask? Well, I squeezed 33 miles per gallon out of my Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tester I recently had. Sure, that was with me babying the throttle down the highway, but by the week’s end, the dash still showed an average of over 24 mpg. That’s the big deal. Not to mention my tester was equipped to pull 9,200 pounds at the hitch and haul an impressive 1,620 pounds in the bed.

Skip on down fore the complete run-down of the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

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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

The X6 found itself a little brother when BMW unveiled the X4 at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. The X4 was everything the X6 was without the size or the price tag. Naturally, the SUV has gained popularity in the months since its debut. Well, it’s expected to be more popular now that Manhart Performance has developed a program specifically for the X4 .

The German aftermarket company created a tuning kit that should provide more driving pleasure for owners of Bimmer’s new coupe crossover, at least that’s my takeaway after perusing through the all the goodies of Manhart’s kit. The overall look of the Manhart-tuned X4 doesn’t deviate from the original version, which suggests that the tuning firm didn’t add as many aerodynamic upgrades as I would’ve hoped. Still, the lack in cosmetic improvements shouldn’t dissuade customers from purchasing the program. Manhart Performance does have a new set of wheels to offer, as well as a lowering kit and engine modifications that should provide ample improvements in the X4’s horsepower output.

Consider this one an introductory kit from Manhart Performance, because I think the tuner has something even more special down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X4 by Manhart Performance.

The Audi S1 is a spunky little sports hatchback , isn’t it? I like to think so, especially after Audi spent a great deal of time and resources promoting the model to anyone willing to listen. Well, I listened pretty intently and yes, the S1 is all sorts of awesome. But there are some folks, like German aftermarket company ABT Sportsline , that think being merely awesome isn’t good enough. So it did what any self-respecting tuning firm would do when presented with a car like the S1: it built a tuning kit for it.

ABT Sportsline’s work on the S1 follows a long list of impressive programs the tuner has created for Audi. Sure, it doesn’t have the same amount of unconscionable power as the R8 or the supreme luxury of the A7 , but the S1 does brim with the kind of confidence that attracts customers from all over the world to it. For its part, ABT sought to make the S1 more confident in its own skin. That’s why the German tuner prepared a comprehensive tuning kit for the sports hatch that includes new aerodynamic components, improved suspension capabilities, and an engine upgrade that increased the car’s output by an impressive 34 percent.

This is the kind of upgrade that ABT Sportsline has made a living developing. It’s got the perfect balance of style and substance that can bring out the untapped potential of a hot hatch like the S1. As if it needed it to be any hotter, this ABT-tuned S1 now has the makings of a scorcher on the road, just the way ABT intended it to be.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S1 by ABT Sportsline.

Just because the Lexus ES falls below the segment classifications of the LS , GS , and IS models, that doesn’t mean it can’t get the same amount of attention from the Crafted Line collection as the others received. On the contrary, the ES received more "love" than any other model in the Lexus lineup outside of the RX 350 F Sport.

Even with its standing in the lineup, the ES received the same level of customization and attention-to-detail as its big brothers. That begins with the Ultra White color of the sedan , and is accented by a contrasting Obsidian splashes on various sections of the body.

Like the rest of the Crafted Line collection, the Lexus ES Crafted Line Edition will be on display at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance before its launch in November 2014.

Don’t underestimate the selling power of the ES, especially when you’re looking at one of just 1,500 examples of the Crafted Line Edition. It’s still one of the cheapest models in the entire lineup line, so expect those who won’t be able to afford the GS 350 F Sport and the LS 460 F Sport to turn their attention to the ES 350 Crafted Line Edition.

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

Oh, look. There’s another German aftermarket company that has prepared a program for the BMW 4 Series . At this rate, we’re probably going to see enough aftermarket programs to fill up an entire catalog. Not that it’s a problem, given the 4 Series is nothing short of awesome. This is exactly why so many tuning firms are jumping all over it. And now we have the German aftermarket company Best-Tuning, which is known for its works on Bavaria’s finest.

Since its founding in 1997, Best-Tuning has created a laundry list of tuning kits for cars and motorcycles. Its latest work on the 4 Series follows up on that tradition, even though the lack of any aesthetic upgrades won’t win it any style points from us.But who thinks the 4 Series lacks so badly that it actually needs aesthetic enhancements?

Even without the styling upgrades, this program is far from a dud. Actually, it’s got some nice qualities to it, although not to the extent of what other aftermarket firms have developed for BMW’s newest eye candy.

Best-Tuning did do some serious work improving the 4 Series’ performance capabilities, including a mild engine tune and some chassis upgrades.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 435IX By Best-Tuning.

I don’t think I’m the only one who has been disappointed with the underwhelming aftermarket programs given to the Subaru BRZ . I’m not expecting anywhere close to the level of a Nissan GT-R , but somewhere with equally impressive performance gains relative to its power wouldn’t hurt. The same disappointing trend continues with the BRZ "Albino Rhino" by RallySport Direct.

To be fair, the BRZ Albino Rhino does have impressive aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades. I have no issues on how the BRZ looks because it looks incredible. The blue alloy wheels, in particular, are a perfect combination of saucy and sexy.

The issue here is the engine upgrade, which isn’t really much, if I’m being honest. RallySport Direct added a Vortech supercharger, which sounds really nice, but at the end of the day, even the supercharger upgrade wasn’t enough to give the BRZ "Albino Rhino" the kind of power its animal namesake is famous for.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Subaru BRZ "Albino Rhino".

Source: FT86 Club

The 2015 Ford Mustang hasn’t even hit showrooms yet, but the aftermarket performance scene is already preparing for upgrades and modifications. Legendary Mustang modifier Roush Performance is among the first on the scene with a silhouette teaser of its upcoming creation. Roush posted the image on its Facebook, saying more information would be slowly revealed over the next few weeks. As of August 1, 2014, the picture and pure speculation is all we have to go on.

Roush is famous for offering different stages of performance boosts via bolt-on parts, namely superchargers. It’s very likely this trend will continue with the new Mustang. Remember, the ‘Stang’s 5.0-liter V-8 isn’t changing all that much for 2015, so Roush already knows what it is dealing with.

Roush’s current supercharger offerings include Stages one through three. The Stage 1 kit bumps power up 155 horses and 115 pound-feet to total an impressive 575 horsepower and 505 pound-feet. What’s more, the Stage 3 kit pushes power to 675 horsepower and 585 pound-feet of torque. Those are stout numbers, to say the least.

Of course a Roush-upgraded Mustang wouldn’t be complete without a body kit. No doubt Roush will add aero bits like diffusers, spoilers, and chin splitters to the new pony car.

But hang on, the 2015 Mustang has a new performance-minded engine under its hood: the 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Perhaps Roush is planning performance upgrades for the four-pot. A bigger turbo? Larger intercoolers? Upgraded fuel injectors? Maybe Roush will push the 310-horse EcoBoost closer to 400 horsepower? For now, it’s all speculation, but stay tuned as Roush debuts its plans for the all-new Mustang .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

Source: Roush

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