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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.

I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.

These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.

Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s latest Nismo cars.

Posted on by Nico DeMattia  

If you aren’t familiar, Chris Harris is one of the better journalists out there. He’s made a name for himself by getting into arguments with Ferrari — and more importantly — destroying tires (or tyres since he’s English). The one thing that’s always great about a Chris Harris video review, is how well he can diagnose a car. He’s been in the game a long time and has driven everything from ancient, decrepit Citroen 2CV’s to hypercars like the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari . This makes him very diverse, and able to enjoy many different types of car, he doesn’t limit himself to old muscle cars with manual gearboxes or modern high-tech sports cars with all the newest of gadgets. He simply enjoys cars for what they are, he’s a proper gearhead (or petrolhead because again...English). So when he put out this video driving the i8, I payed attention.

The i8 is a technological powerhouse, using technologies and techniques not available on anything in its price range. It has a mid-mounted, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine, making 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 129-horsepower electric motor to make a combined power out put of 362 ponies. The benefit of electric power is the instantaneous torque, and when combined with the turbo three-banger, the i8 produces a whopping 420 pound-feet of it. All this is sent through a variation of the six-speed auto in the new Mini Cooper (the engine is also carried over from the Mini), and delivered to all four wheels.

The chassis of the i8 is a monocoque tub made from CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic), so it’s incredibly light for a hybrid with big heavy batteries. The i8 weighs only 3,378 pounds. This makes it heavier than both the Corvette Stingray (3,298 pounds) and the Porsche 911 Carrera (3,042 pounds), but since the chassis is made out of CFRP and the batteries are laid out down the spine of the car, it feels much lighter and more nimble than it’s weight would suggest. This is also aided by the fact that it has that 420 pound-feet of torque from almost the second you touch the accelerator. In the video Chris explains how it doesn’t feel as pure and organic as a 911 but it’s close, and with all of the new technologies, it brings new exciting elements to the table.

Then there’s the look of the thing. To these eyes it’s the most interesting looking car on the road today, if not the most beautiful. This gives the Jag F-Type a run for it’s money. It’s not beautiful in the classic sense, but it is stunning in a modern art sort of way. It looks like the future, and it sort of is. Sports cars need to become fuel efficient nowadays and the new i Division cars are paving the way for that green future. I’m not a fan of electric cars but this one has me intrigued and it intrigues Chris as well. Real gearheads can appreciate when something is new and innovative, when it pushes the ball forward, and that’s exactly what you see here in the i8 and exactly what Chris talks about while driving it. Watch the video, it won’t disappoint.

That is right, folks. The all-new Rolls Royce Wraith is coming to Forza Motorsport 5, and we have exclusive details and images. During today’s Gamescom press conference in Germany, Microsoft and Turn 10 announced that Rolls Royce is bringing the new Wraith to an Xbox One console near you.

Being the most powerful and dynamic Rolls Royce ever created, it does seem like the perfect candidate for inclusion in the latest and greatest racing simulation.

Not only is Forza the first to get the Wraith, but this is actually the first time Rolls Royce has licensed any car for use in a racing game. This is history in the making, and you get the chance to participate. The new car pack features the Wraith and five new cars for the game. Best of all, the pack is 100-percent free and if you own an Xbox One, you can download it, RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, I’ll repeat that for you. Free and available now.

Turn 10 decided that since TopSpeed’s readers are so amazing, they would give us a pair of exclusive images and chance for a sweet interview with themselves and with Rolls Royce. You can see our other exclusive image of the new Wraith and read both of the interviews after the break.

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Gran Turismo 6 is a car enthusiast’s dream. What GT6, or any Gran Turismo for that matter, offers is a chance to get as close as possible to the cars we love that we can’t drive in the real world. This is especially true for concept cars. Most concept cars never make it to production, and when they do, they usually end up resembling so little of the concept that it turns out to be a disappointment. Concept cars always look so much better than production cars because the design team has no boundaries or regulations to follow. The FT-1 is no different, as it simply looks fantastic. It was next to the Mercedes-Benz stand at the NYIAS and it stole most of the show-goers away from the German automaker’s. So when GT6 and Toyota announced that they would be making an FT-1 for the new game new game, with a 30 second teaser video, it obviously got all of us excited. It’s called the FT-1 Vision GT Concept, and it looks spectacular with it’s scoops, louvers and all that exposed carbon fiber. Let’s hope it drives as well as it looks, digitally of course.

Updated 08/14/2014: Toyota unveiled the official details and images on the FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo Concept set to be offered for Gran Turismo 6 users from September. Details after the jump.

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

Although it was launched about two years ago, the outrageously powerful Ferrari F12berlinetta has never posted an official Nurburgring lap time. That might come to an end soon, according to TouriClips, which just released a video showing what appears to be an F12berlinetta lapping the ’Ring with some measuring equipment on board.

The source claims the Italians showed up for testing at the German course and had the "Green Hell" to themselves for about half an hour, just enough to post a quick lap. TouriClips claims to have timed the F12berlinetta at 7:48 minutes, which, due to his positioning on the track, includes about 40 seconds of cool down time the Ferrari took between the T13 and Hatzenbach sections of the Nordschleife.

Simple mathematics suggest the F12berlinetta completed a full lap of the ’Ring in only 7:08 minutes, which would put it on par with the Nissan GT-R Nismo . As impressive as it may sound, TouriClips’ timing leaves room for a lot of error and we suggest you take the said benchmark with a grain of salt. Should Ferrari post on an official lap for the F12berlinetta, we’ll be right back to report it.

Meanwhile, the Enzo remains the fastest Ferrari-badged production car to lap the "Green Hell". The supercar achieved its benchmark in 2008, when Marc Basseng completed a lap in 7:25.7. As far as non-road-legal Ferraris are concerned, the 599XX needed only 6:58.16 minutes to lap the ’Ring in 2010.

Although the F12berlinetta’s presence on the Nordschleife is still a mystery, the video is definitely worth a watch. Be sure to pump up the volume, there’s a 6.3-liter V-12 waiting to pierce your eardrums.

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.

Sometimes, the best tuning programs are the ones that don’t carry performance upgrades. That might annoy some aftermarket enthusiasts, but it’s also true to a certain extent. Take this Audi R8 for example. It’s the work of German tuner xXx Performance, or Triple X Performance, depending on how you prefer to call the company. This R8 doesn’t have any overpowering engine upgrades; actually, the closest thing it has to a performance improvement is a new throttle system that serves a more complimentary purpose than anything else. What this R8 does have are aesthetic and wheel upgrades that help the Audi supercar blend the two-tone white-and-orange color scheme together nicely.

The program admittedly appeals more to the eyes than it does to the ears. It’s not for everybody, that much I’ll acquiesce to. But you can’t deny how incredibly explosive it looks, with the white body and the orange graphics and wheels. It also doesn’t mean you won’t be able enjoy the throaty roar of the R8’s 525-horsepower, 5.2-liter, V-10 engine. That element is still in place. It’s just that xXx placed more emphasis on turning this R8 into a can’t-take-your-eyes-off-of-it eye candy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 By xXx Performance.

Although most of us agree that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is awesome enough as it is, some tuning companies would rather slap their visual and output-increasing upgrades to the naturally aspirated muscle car. Renowned GM tuners Callaway Cars and Hennessey Performance have already done it with fantastic results, but it seems the list of shops looking to soup-up the Z/28’s 7.0-liter, V-8 engine up keeps getting bigger.

The latest company to join the pack is Geiger Cars, a German shop known for tuning American cars since 1979. Cadillacs, Chevys, Ford Ford s or Dodge Dodge s, you name it. Geiger Cars doesn’t care about Detroit’s silly wars. If its American, the tuner will modify it, and stuff extra ponies and torque under the hood. Although the Camaro Z/28 is already sold out for the year, Geiger managed to get its hands on the track-prepped muscle car to add some magic to that brilliant engine we all love to hear.

If you live in Europe and you were worried about not having a shot at buying a Z/28, then you’d better read on and get ready to pay the folks over at Geiger Cars a visit.

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

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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