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  A coupe is a car body style with a close-coupled interior offering either two seats or 2+2 seating (space for two passengers up front and for two occasional passengers in the rear). Through the 1950s convertible models were sometimes called convertible coupes, but since the 1960s the term "coupe" has generally been applied exclusively to fixed-roof models. Coupes generally, but not necessarily, have two doors, although automobile makers have offered four-door coupes and three- and five-door hatchback coupes, as well.

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.

Updated 04/16/2014: Mercedes officially confirmed today that its future sports car will be called AMG GT. Also, the company offered the first details on the AMG GT’s interior.

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

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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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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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The upcoming Mercedes-Benz AMG GT has just been spotted on public roads again, which means the highly-anticipated sports car is getting ever closer to finally losing its covers. Unfortunately, the reveal date is still a well-guarded secret, with rumors claiming the Stuttgart-based automaker could unveil the vehicle at any time over the next six months. The most optimistic scenario says it’ll hit the stage at the New York Auto Show this week, but we advise that you take that scenario with a pinch of salt.

Last time our paparazzi set their lenses on the AMG GT, the SLS replacement was wearing a crazy green wrap that made it look like it had been born in the Amazon jungle. Although the prototype we came across recently is less eye-stabbing, its body is still hidden under camouflage to further fuel our frustration.

Sure, we do know that the AMG GT will replace the SLS and thus it will borrow most of its styling cues from the latter. We’re also pretty sure it will carry a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine under the hood, with up to 500 horsepower set to motivate the wheels. But how about some skin, Mercedes ?

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

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Earlier this year, the first production 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was auctioned off for an impressive $650,000, which were donated to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. Today, the first example of the 2015 model year Z/28 will cross the block in Palm Beach, during a Barrett-Jackson sale.

This time, all proceeds will benefit the AARP Foundation and its Drive to End Hunger campaign that raise awareness and funds to address the problem of hunger among Americans age 50 and over.

The winning bidder will take delivery of the very first 2015 Camaro Z/28 and will get to choose from the five exterior colors the muscle car is offered in: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. We anticipate seeing it go for around $165,000 when the final gavel finally falls sometime after 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Camaro Z/28 remains unchanged for 2015, which means it will be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

We are live at the auction, so stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you the selling price and photos from the Palm Beach auction as quickly as our mobile WiFi allows us — hey, it’s better that carrier pigeons...

Updated 4/14/214: The gavel has fallen on the first 2015 Camaro Z/28, and the final price was far higher than we expected: $500,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

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With less than 50 units still available, the first-generation Bugatti Veyron is quickly nearing its market exit, and the luxury supercar manufacturer is obviously up to something. The Volkswagen -owned company has yet to reveal a timetable for a direct successor or any other details — although Bugatti CEO did say the next Veyron will be more powerful — but the new hypercar might be under development as we speak.

And with a pair of strange-looking, current-generation Veyrons recently spotted on the Nurburgring track, we have every reason to believe that Bugatti is indeed working on something new, be it a brand new iteration or yet another special edition version.

Anyway, our skilled photographers have just sent us a batch of photos depicting two Veyron mules being tested on the German track and a few details that hint toward the fact that we’re not dealing with regular versions of the said supercars . While the white mule, which we’ve already seen on video , carries a strange aluminum setup atop its engine, the black test vehicle features more extensive modification.

According to our spies, the latter sports wider fenders and a wider track, while rolling on a new set of wheels that look like they’re made out of carbon fiber. Also, an extra hole in the rear bumper reveals there’s a new radiator in place to help cool the huge engine hidden under the hood.

Little else is known about the next Veyron at the time of this writing, but more power, less weight and hybrid technology are the main characteristics behind Bugatti’s future multimillion dollar exotic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Successor.


Supercar manufacturers understand what the Chinese market can do for their bottom line so its becoming incredibly important to specifically cater to this market. Lamborghini knows this full well and at the Beijing Auto Show , the Italian automaker is presenting a special edition Aventador called the Nazionale.

The unique Aventador was created by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam personalization program, and like every other model that was born from customer customization, the Nazionale is tipped to be as unique an Aventador as Lamborghini has ever built.

One can expect it to be as distinct as the Aventador LP720-4 50° Anniversario that Lamborghini proudly showed off at the Shanghai Auto Show last year. Remember, that model was limited to just 100 units so the Aventador Nazionale could follow in the same path.

Lamborghini hasn’t released any details on what the Aventador Nazionale will look like or what kind of power upgrades it could have, but anytime the company makes an announcement like this, you know its preparing something that’ll really get a lot of peoples’ attention.

More so now in the Chinese market, where these cars fly off the shelves faster than most people can write a check.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lamborghini Aventador (pictured here).

*Note: The above image is of a stock Aventador, not the Nazionale model.

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While we can’t argue its performance numbers, the Ferrari FF isn’t your regular Ferrari, thanks to its grand tourer setup with a shooting brake-like body and seating for four. And by "seating for four," we mean seating for four adults; not just an extra pair of cramped and nearly useless seats that force you to tuck your knees under your chin.

Somewhat criticized for its looks, the FF is about to lose its rear seats and hatch, and spawn a coupe version with a more conventional design. At least that’s what Car and Driver claims in a recent report, adding that the restyled FF could be arriving for the 2016 model year.

The coupe version will share everything with the already familiar FF, including its all-wheel-drive system and naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter, V-12 engine. The latter packs 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque and would probably push it from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed set beyond the 208-mph mark.

The possibility of having one more Ferrari on the way is great news, but there’s one thing puzzling me. An FF-based coupe will likely resemble the F12berlinetta . The only two differences in sight would be the F12berlinetta’s more powerful engine and lack of all-wheel drive, so it remains to be seen how Ferrari will market these cars.

Note: Current Ferrari FF pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ferrari FF Coupe.

Source: CarAndDriver

Everybody knows that the Nurburgring attracts automakers from all over the world with almost all of them using the track as a testing ground for their newest models. But there’s one company that rarely makes that that trip for that specific purpose, so it was pretty surprising to see Bugatti doing some test runs at the ’Ring with what can only be described as a mysterious looking Veyron .

This video of the strange Veyron was captured taking in some test laps at the famous German circuit, and from the looks of things, there’s something going on with the supercar ’s engine because the entire cover has been taken out. Clearly, Bugatti was doing some performance testing on the car, presumably making some tweaks and revisions to the engine in between these hot laps.

Could this be a new, special-edition Veyron that Bugatti has in store, or could this be a mule testing out the drivetrain of the promised second-generation Veyron?

Only time will tell, but if you ask me, this could be a special-edition Veyron that Bugatti is preparing ahead of the supercar’s exit. Besides, there’s still no timetable on when the successor is going to be launched, so in the meantime, Bugatti is probably preparing one special model to give the it the kind of exit it so richly deserves.

Click past the jump to see the spy video.

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Although many Aston Martin enthusiasts would rather have a DB9 or a Vanquish in their garage, sports car racing aficionados are more likely to go for the Vantage GT4.

Built to FIA GT regulations, which makes it eligible for the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge, the Vantage GT4 just got a racing series of its own in North America.

Open to just about anyone who can afford to purchase the sports car and pay the entry fees, the Aston Martin GT4 Challenge of North America will run its inaugural season over seven weekends. The gentleman racers will get a chance to prove their driving skills on famous U.S. track such as Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca, Road America and Sebring, but will also travel to Canada to hoon the GT4 on Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

2014 entrants will include IndyCar and prototype sports car driver Eliseo Salazar, who had driven for TRG-Aston Martin Racing in the past, as well as drivers that have less or no racing experience at all, such as Montreal Aston Martin dealer Joel Segal.

The inaugural Aston Martin GT Challenge of North America will commence on May 16th through 18th at Watkins Glen and will end on November 21st through 23rd at Sebring International Raceway.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.


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