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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.

The relative success of the first-generation Supra left Toyota with a huge task on its hands. It wasn’t enough to just build on the popularity of the sports car ; the company had to exceed it with the new version. So in a lot of ways, the second-generation Supra was created to make sure that it wasn’t a flash-in-the-pan model.

The model ran from 1982 to 1986 and in that time, the Supra evolved and underwent a handful of changes, resulting in the model that cemented the Supra’s place in history as one of Toyota’s finest sports cars .

In the North American market, the second generation Supra, which was still known as the Celica XX in Japan, came in two different versions: Performance Type (P-Type) and Luxury Type (L-Type). Both versions were roughly identical to each other, except for some noticeable changes to the aesthetics and the available technology contained in the models.

The success of the second-generation Toyota Supra turned a lot of people into fans of the sports car, elevating its stature in the eyes of many as one of the best sports cars of its time. It even caught the attention of Motor Trend and Car and Driver, two magazines that awarded the Supra with their own honors, including MT’s "Import Car of the Year" and Car and Driver’s "Top Ten Best List" in 1983 and 1984.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1982 - 1986 Toyota Supra.

The fact the next-generation Camaro will replace the current model for the 2016 model year is no longer a mystery, but Chevrolet has finally made things official, confirming that 2015 will be last year on the market for the fifth-gen pony . The announcement, which came with a shorts list of updates — basically just one new color — for the 2015 Camaro , was quite brief and lacked any details on the redesigned model. However, previous reports have suggested the Camaro will get a new platform and an evolutionary styling that’s pretty familiar to customers.

Of course, the 2016 Camaro will get plenty of powertrain updates, with more horsepower coming out of its V-6 and V-8 engines, and possibly with the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission offered as standard. Interior revisions may include more soft-touch materials and premium surfaces, and loads of technology that will help the Camaro catch up with the 2015 Mustang .

As for the 2015 model, there are no horsepower improvements on the horizon, with all the current models to keep their respective specs and configurations. The main novelty is a new Blue Velvet Metallic color to the existing palette. With no significant updates on the table, pricing for the 2015 Camaro lineup is likely to remain nearly unchanged.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Camaro.

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Genty Automobile is a design company and is planning to step-in into the league of exotic high-performing supercars. The first vehicle to carry the Genty badge will be the Akylone , and the company is burning the midnight oil to make it a reality. Genty bolted a V-8 engine developed in-house, allowing the manufacturer to customize the engine and its output as it feels.

Two years after Genty Automobile introduced the Akylone in virtual form, the France based start-up company has revealed an updated version of the supercar with even more efficacious performance figures. Genty built the supercar around an idea of delivering a great power-to-weight ratio to compete with other supercars on the market, and the new breed of hybrid engines that are powering the futuristic hypercars.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Genty Akylone.

Somewhere in Italy, there is a very lucky State Police Officer whose new cruiser is this Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 dressed in Polizia livery. In a ceremony held today in Rome, Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann handed over the Huracán’s keys to the Italian State Police.

This isn’t the first Lamborghini we’ve seen hit the beat with the Italian fuzz, but it is certainly the freshest, best looking iteration we’ve ever beheld. The new Huracán, and a second likely on its way, replaces the Gallardos used by the government since 2004 and 2008.

Though the Lambo is really going into active duty, the police will generally be using the $240,000 car to keep the peace and security on Italian roads by generating awareness for accident and crime prevention. And in a land where supercars are born, the Huracan serves as an important messenger to all those would-be crooks looking to break the law in a high-speed game of hot pursuit. With a top speed of 202 mph and a 0-to-62 time of just 3.2 seconds, there are very few cars able to outrun it.

Then again, no matter how fast the bad guys run, they can’t outrun a radio.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lamborghini Huracan.

A mildly camouflaged, next-generation Audi R8 has hit the Nurburgring track again, revealing a few never-before-seen details. You’re probably anxious to ogle at its sexy, supercar -like body, but the fake body panels mounted on the front and the rear fascias blocked our paparazzi, yet again.

The good news is the folks over at Audi have brought with them a second prototype with a fully uncovered interior, a perfect target for our skilled photographers and their lenses. The most noticeable novelty is the introduction of a digital TFT instrument cluster.

The unit comes to replace the more conventional analogue gauges and represents a significant update for a sports car that has some tough competition to bark at. The dashboard is also new, and so are the steering wheels and the air vents, which feature chromed bezels.

Getting back to the outer shell, we’re expecting for the brand-new R8 to break cover with a set of smaller headlamps, a reshaped grille and a smoother front hood. Around back, we should see slimmer LED taillights, redesigned vents and rectangular exhaust pipes on each side of the diffuser. Overall, the next R8 will look flatter, wider and even meaner.

Audi will bolt the body on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan , which means the new model will shed up to 200 pounds compared to its predecessors. Both the 4.2-liter V-8 and the 5.2-liter V-10 powerplants will carry over with the regular horsepower updates. Naturally, these units will see improvements in the fuel efficiency department as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.

We’ve all done it — taken a wrong turn just to follow a Lamborghini or Porsche, just for a few more seconds of staring at its beautiful exterior and listening to its engine’s exhaust with our windows down. To see a rare car on the road is well, rare, but Tim Burton of Shmee150 got the chance to follow the LaFerrari, the latest in ultimate hypercar eye candy from Ferrari.

What’s more, Burton‘s vantage point happen to be a new F-Type R Coupe on loan from Jaguar as a group of motoring enthusiast traveled around the Italian countryside celebrating the Mille Miglia road rally .

In the video above, the LaFerrari mostly shows off its posterior as the line of cars wind up the curvy roads. Towards the end, however, the privileged driver of the Ferrari decided to pull a dumb and dangerous U-turn just shy of a corner on a two-lane road. While the move was questionable, it affords us the chance as candid video of the car’s side and front.

Though the LaFerrari has been out for nearly a year now, videos of sightings are still rare thanks to a 499-unit production run. That’s a sad limit for such a limitless performance car. Power comes from a 6.3-liter V-12 and two electric motors all packaged together in a 963-horsepower combination. With a 0-to-62-mph time of fewer than three seconds and a top speed of 217.48 mph, the LaFerrari is one of the best performers currently in production.

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast. We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo , the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip . We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type .

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum .

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars .

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

If you’re a regular listener to our TopSpeed Podcasts, you’re likely familiar with our affinity with high-tech halo cars and the benefits they bring to less expensive, more everyday cars by technology trickle-down. Well, it appears Porsche is planning to share a few of the 918 hybrid hyper car’s parts with an upcoming version of the 911 Turbo S, and the Panamera Turbo S.

Why add a hybrid system to a car as seamless as the 911? The benefits are numerous and often obvious, but sometimes can be more obscure. The easiest positive to recognize is more horsepower. Adding the 918’s 156-horsepower electric motor to the 911 Turbo S’ 560-horsepower flat six results in a possible 716-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. That would help the 911 run the ‘ring with the latest Lamborghinis and Ferraris out there.

On the more obscure side, adding a plug-in hybrid system would allow the 911 to drive within Europe’s future Zero-Emissions Zones where conventional engines are banned in congested urban environments. Switch to full-electric mode, and the car becomes legal to drive downtown.

What’s more, it shouldn’t be difficult for Porsche to tailor the e-Hybrid system for not just the 911 and Panamera, but for other vehicles in the future. It’s possible for the trickle-down to continue further into even more affordable vehicles like the Cayman and Boxster, but only after the development and hardware costs come down. This not only helps Porsche’s overall CAFE ratings, but helps boost horsepower ratings and performance standards as well.

It sounds like a win-win to us.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Source: MotorTrend

The Bugatti Veyron may be the world’s fastest production car according to the Guinness Book of World Records, but the Molsheim-built supercar is far from being the most powerful road-legal vehicle ever built.

The Hennessey Venom GT , for instance, is one of the very few machines that surpass the Veyron in terms of ponies. The American hypercar has no less than 1,244 horses pushing it from behind, while the Bugatti benefits from "just" 1,200 horsepower. Then there’s the amazing Koenigsegg One:1 , a 1,340-horsepower packed vehicle that threatens to obliterate all production car records.

But the Swedish supercar is no match to the Bentley Continental GT that’s ready to shake the Santa Pod raceway located in the United Kingdom this weekend. Don’t let its GT configuration and luxurious status fool ya, this is no regular Continental GT, but a heavily modified that’s hiding 3,124 horsepower under the hood.

As you might have already guessed, the GT is no longer sporting a Bentley powerplant under the, but a Chevrolet-sourced, 10.2-liter, V-8 crate engine with twin turbochargers. It also features a strengthened steel body shell and a lightweight interior consisting of several carbon-fiber parts that reduce the car’s overall weight.

Built in about eight months by a team of enthusiasts that spent in excess of $400,000 for the mods, the monstrous Bentley Continental GT will compete in the Street Eliminator class for road-legal vehicles, part of the FIA European Drag Racing Championship.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Bentley Continental GT.

Source: AutoCar

Back in the the 1970’s, the Celica was fighting the good sports car fight for Toyota as rival models, particularly the Nissan 240Z , burst into the scene. But it wasn’t until the latter part of that decade when Toyota decided to ramp up its efforts in the sports car market. That’s when the Toyota Supra was born. Based on the Celica until its third incarnation, the Supra became the sports car Toyota put up against some of the best its rivals had to offer. It’s popularity grew to such great lengths that the Japanese automaker even created a new logo just for the Supra.

The Toyota Supra may no longer exist and even with reports of its revival bubbling in the surface for years now, we can always look fondly at the first-generation Supra and say "that’s where it all began."

Click past the jump to read more about the 1979 - 1981 Toyota Supra.


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