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Jay is riding low in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage . Our legendary petrol-head host meets up with three low rider aficionados who take Jay through the ins and outs of low rider tech and history. The two beautiful low rider examples are a black, 1966 Chevrolet Impala and a pinstriped 1963 Chevy Impala Convertible. Both are completely customized with unique parts and outstanding chrome work.

Jay starts off talking with the editor of Lowrider Magazine, Joe Ray, about how the low-rider culture got its start back in the 1960s and how it’s spreading all over the world today.

After that, Jay talks with Chris Najera, the owner of the black 1966 Impala about why he kept a solid paint color and how he modernized a few key bits of the interior. Under the hood lies an absolutely beautiful V-8 drenched in chrome and brimming with power.

Brandon Brusca then shows Jay nearly every inch of his candy-colored orange 1963 Impala Convertible. Every single inch of the car is completely customized. The pinstriped paint job runs the entire length of the car and exemplified automotive artistic craftsmanship. A 409-cubic-inch V-8 burbles between pinstriped inner fender wells and is covered in chrome.

Jay continues to take a look at the ’63 Impala, but from the underside, where the craftsmanship and attention to detail matches that of the top side. There are even engravings on the chrome-plated link bars for the rear suspension. Every nut, every bolt, and every connector is shined to meticulous perfection.

The kicker to it all is the ’63 Impala’s air-suspension system. It utilizes air compressors originally built in the 1960s for U.S. fighter planes. The video might be long, but it’s worth your time, even if you’re not into the low-rider scene.

The Toyota FT-1 Concept was unveiled last January amidst a chorus of adulation coming from all corners of the auto industry. In a lot of ways, the FT-1 was more than just a concept. It was the reinvigoration of hope that the successor to the Toyota Supra was just around the corner. But what we didn’t know then was that Toyota may have bigger plans for the FT-1 Concept other than its intended showpiece purpose.

FT1Club moderator VH_Supra26 noticed something peculiar in an episode of Motor Trend’s Downshift series featuring the FT-1 Concept. In that episode, the concept’s designers talked shop about the concept, describing what it represented in the company’s future sports car plans.

But in one of the scenes during the episode, sketch boads in the background revealed a particular sketch of a heavily modified FT-1 Concept. At the very least, it looked a lot more aggressive than the "standard" concept version, leading many to speculate that the Japanese automaker is seriously thinking about introducing a concept racing version of the FT-1.

Toyota ] has given no indication on its end that such a car exists or that it has plans to build one in the future. But seeing the sketch of the concept, complete with the same color scheme of the G Sports Concept, makes us think that there will come a time in the not-so-distant future where Toyota will reveal the FT-1 Racing Concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Toyota FT-1.

Source: FT1 Club

Ladies and Gentleman, tomorrow is the TopSpeed Podcast day. Or Thursday as the boring people call it. We would love it if you would join us for the 21st Episode of our awesome podcast LIVE tomorrow at Noon (12:00 EDT).

This week I get to talk about the Nissan Versa Note , Justin had a Miata , and Mark played around with a Lexus IS convertible .

For the news portion of our show we have the Tesla Model III , spy shots of the upcoming NSX, and the chances that GM could be making a competitor to the Ford Raptor . Last week was a busy news week, so there is a lot more for us to cover, and I also have a lot of cool video game news to cover.

Of course, we wouldn’t forget to do viewer questions and Own, Drive, Burn.

Keep your eyes here and we will see everyone tomorrow!

It’s been five years since Jaguar introduced the current-generation XJ , and the large sedan is finally getting its first update. Paraded on public streets during testing since November 2013, the XJ is inching closer to production, as a brand-new batch of spy shots reveal . So what has been Jaguar up to these past six months? Nothing much really, as the sedan is only getting a mild facelift, but the updated XJ is starting to take shape.

Photographed while tackling the iconic Nurburgring track at blistering speed, the executive four-door has yet to ditch the black-and-white camouflage covering its front and rear fascias. However, we now have a few small details to ogle at before this Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8 fighter makes its way onto showroom floors. Are these new updates extensive enough to jeep the XJ fresh for a few more years with a brand-new S-Class on the market and redesigned BMW 7 Series underway? Stick around to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Jaguar XJ.

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz M-Class facelift just came out for a new testing session in Europe. Scheduled to break cover in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a 2015 model, the updated SUV was spotted wearing less camouflage than usual, albeit still hiding its revised front and rear fascias. The facelift brings significant revisions inside and out, as Mercedes-Benz is looking to build on the M-Class’ increasing popularity, especially in the United States.

The upgrades also come as a response to the recently launched, third-generation BMW X5 and the anticipated introduction of a brand-new Audi Q7 . The facelift is supposed to keep the third-generation M-Class fresh for three more years, until a redesigned version replaces it for 2018. But until that happens, let’s have a look at what these new spy shots have to share about the revised midsize SUV and revisit the details surrounding the upcoming M-Class.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes M-Class.

If you’re in the market for a new car and have roughly $1.4 million to spend, then your option list just grew by one. This Pagani Huayra is currently for sale in Greenwich, Connecticut and is one of the first — if not the first — Huayras to be sold inside the U.S. You’ll recall Pagani opened up the avenue for Huayras to make their way Stateside just a few weeks ago.

Hand-built in Modena, Italy, the supercar is flown to the U.S. for importation. Its allure comes from its AMG-sourced, twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter, V-12 engine cranking out 730 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed sequential gearbox controls the action. The mid-engine machine is capable of holding corners at 1.66 g of lateral acceleration and hitting 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Its top speed is an outrageous 230 mph.

This particular example is has its carbon-fiber body exposed for all to see and its interior is covered in red leather. With only has 35 miles on its odometer, this Huayra is ready for a long life of track days and garaged nights. Even with its high price tag, we can’t imagine it sitting on the dealer lot very long. These cars are outrageously rare, with Pagani only building a handful each year.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Huayra.

We love Ken Block’s Gymkhana series like everybody else, but we have to admit, this new video may have topped them all. Yup. All six of them. This new video, which we assume is being prepared as its own series, is called Boobkhana. The name pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

In it, Block finds himself in Nagoya, Japan to perform a unique take of his famous Gymkhana stunts. But there is something different about this particular tire-screeching, smoke-creating run. Actually, there are two things different about it, or maybe even four depending on what you’re actually counting.

A lot of elements of Gymkhana are there, but as an added treat, Block invited a pair of, shall we say, "well-endowed" Japanese models to join him on his run. The two beautiful ladies are Rui Kiriyama and Yukie Kawamura and yes, they’re the obvious reasons why this video was coined “Boobkhana!”

The video pretty much shows you what it’s all about. Block performs his trademark stunts, spinning and screeching his Ford Fiesta through the course. But you can’t help but be a little distracted by his beautiful passengers and their "assets." Trust us when we tell you: it gets really, really distracting.

In the end, everybody got what they came for. Block stoked his adrenaline juices. Kiriyama and Kawamura were shrieking and screaming as they should. And we got what was offered to us, and then some.

It seems that Honda’s constant back-and-forth on whether or not to build a new NSX is over, as we have spy shots of a production version making laps at the Nordschliefe.

I bet that last sentence just brightened up your day, didn’t it?

Covered in camo and blasting around the Green Hell, it appears that the NSX — branded as an Acura in the U.S. — with hit showrooms looking almost exactly as it did when it was first unveiled a few years ago. We expect the car to roll into dealers sometime in the summer of 2015 with a turbocharged, V-6 engine and one of the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems in the world. Considering that V-6 is supposed to make more than 400 horsepower, we might finally have a car with the potential to dethrone the incredible Nissan GT-R .

Now that we have production cars hitting the ‘Ring, there should be a LOT more info coming soon. Keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com for all the news as we get it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda (Acura) NSX.

Surely you’re familiar with the mighty Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and its raucous 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V-8 bellowing out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque through a proper, six-speed manual transmission to its massive rear tires. Yep, it doesn’t get much better than that. Well, the fine folks at Web2Carz have posted a rather entertaining video of a few hot laps around the Portland International Raceway in the new SRT Hellcat.

Grab the popcorn, turn the volume up, hit full-screen, and go HD for full experience. There’s plenty of V-8 noise and supercharger whine happening on the straights, while subtle tire squeal emanates from the Hellcat’s rubber through the turns. A smooth and quiet cruiser this is not; the visceral experience practically travels through the camera. Each upshift produces gobs of grunt and forward momentum while quick downshifts create some menacing growls and barks from the HEMI V-8.

The Challenger Hellcat is certainly a powerful street machine that appears to be just a confident tearing up the twisty track as it does tearing up a set of Pirelli P Zero Nero tires during gratuitous burnouts. The SRT Hellcat may not be the fastest around corners, it certainly makes up for that in sheer driving exhilaration.

2014 has been a busy year for Bentley so far. The Brits have begun testing their upcoming SUV and launched the Continental GT3-R , a high-performance coupe paying tribute to the GT3 race car . The next few months will also see the introduction of the Mulsanne Speed , but apparently, Bentley won’t stop there. As we speak, the luxury manufacturer is developing a strategy to further expand its offerings.

According to Car & Driver, Bentley is focusing on two different fronts. The first one revolves around developing limited-edition models under the Mulliner badge. These vehicles would be aimed at wealthy customers and collectors to help Bentley enter a very profitable niche currently dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini . This idea has been floating around the company’s headquarters in Crewe for a while now, but it seems the Brits are finally ready to make the big step.

The second expansion lies on the other side of the lineup and involves the introduction of a brand-new vehicle to sit below the Continental. Bentley doesn’t build new vehicles too often, so this is obviously the bigger news of the pack. Stick around to find out more.

Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Bentley’s future entry-level model.

Source: Car & Driver

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