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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.

Brace yourselves, folks, as Nissan is about to reveal what appears to be a lightning-fast and awesome-looking concept car . The vehicle won’t lose its covers until June 10th, but the company’s first teaser is here to set our imagination ablaze.

Although it shows nothing more than a silhouette concealed beneath a cover, the image suggests the Japanese are about to unveil a flattened, sleek and likely astoundingly fast vehicle. What could it be? Well, we could be looking at Nissan’s very own Vision Gran Turismo concept, a virtual car that will hit Gran Turismo tracks to take on similar creations from BMW , Mercedes-Benz , Volkswagen , and Mitsubishi .

Of course, Nissan wasn’t too generous with the details, but the purpose of this vehicle is more than obvious given the aggressive front fascia and massive air intakes that are visible in the teaser. What’s more, the car appears to be fitted with a huge rear wing, a race-bred piece that complements the flared wheel arches and the sculpted hood.

Making things even better is that Nissan’s mysterious model, which is seemingly dubbed NC2020 (at least that is what Nissan named the image file), may preview the next-generation GT-R . We expect the new GT-R to hit the streets in 2016.

Considering that the Gran Turismo franchise, which already includes 148 Nissans, is an important playground for automakers as far as new cars and future technologies go, it makes a lot of sense for the upcoming GT-R to showcase its abilities in the pixel environment.

We will find out more in less than a week, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details.

Click past the jump to learn what this new model could be.

The Toyota FT-1 Concept brought the house down at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. Toyota executives heard the overwhelmingly positive reception the concept received and is now doing something about it. In a recent issue of MotorTrend, the magazine has indicated that Toyota is planning on bringing the FT-1 Concept to life as a production sports car .

That’s big news, but not overly surprising news. We have suspected for some time that it would be the basis of the soon-to-be-revived Supra .

The attention the FT-1 Concept has received recently is justified and Toyota is already doing something about it. According to MotorTrend, the Japanese automaker has already begun work on a new, full-scale model of the concept, as well as a wide-body, racing version.

Toyota hasn’t specifically announced that a production model of the FT-1 Concept is arriving, but those decisions to build more prototypes is as good an indication as any that the automaker is seriously considering production .

This isn’t even the first time Toyota has taken this route. Remember the Lexus LF-LC Concept ? That model came with two different iterations (the LF-CC was the other one) and while the concept itself wasn’t mass produced, we all did see a lot of its design cues on the Lexus RC and RC F models.

So is it possible that the Toyota FT-1 Concept will evolve into the returning Toyota Supra ? That’s a question that should get a lot of people talking.

We know that there’s already been buzz of that possibility, and finding out that Toyota has some serious intentions about the FT-1 Concept only adds fuel to that fire.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Toyota FT-1 Concept.

Source: FT1 Club

When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a BMW 8 Series . It was that special of a car, different from the rest because of the way it looked. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the company’s flagship model first made me fall in love with it. But even today, the 8 Series still looks as sexy as it was back then. It’s a testament to the incredible design of the car, the angular lines, the large hood, and those retractable headlights. Oh those retractable headlights.

When it was first introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show , the 8 Series captivated a lot of people’s hearts. It became even more special when BMW decided to slap on a massive 5.0-liter V-12 under its hood, allowing it to produce 295 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque.

The 8 Series ended up becoming a classic when BMW decided to stop offering it in the U.S. in 1998. But to this day, the 8 Series is still held in high esteem, so much so that Bimmer took the time to mark the 25th anniversary for the coupe .

The company even prepared a commemorative video to celebrate the occasion, bringing in "BMW 8er: Power & HIghtech" author Niels Hamann to properly encapsulate the magnificence of this model.

There aren’t a lot of people who know the 8 Series more than Hamann, so when he says that the model remains the "most successful German 12-cylinder coupe ever", I’m going to listen to the man.

Often regarded as the benchmark for every sports car , the Porsche 911 classic — built between 1963 and 1989 — is arguably one of the most popular vehicles among enthusiasts, which is why these iconic models continue to gain value in today’s vintage car market.

None of them are actually affordable to the average Joe, but certain models can fetch hundreds of thousand of dollars, if not beyond a full million in the case of Le Mans-winning racers such as the 917 or the 956/962 , and a couple of 1,000+ horsepower Can-Am machines. Another track-conquering Porsche found on every wealthy collector’s list is the RSR, a heavily modified 911 developed for Group 4 motorsport purposes in the mid-1970s.

Each of the 54 units produced in Stuttgart have their own spectacular stories to tell, but there’s one specific model that can top them all: the Carrera RSR previously owned by Giorgio Schon, son of renowned fashion designed Mila Schon. Acquired in 1974 for the World Manufacturers’ Championship and wrapped in one of the most intriguing liveries to hit the race tracks , this fast and nimble race car tackled the famed Monza 1000km, Giro d’Italia, Targa Florio and the Mugello Ronde Rallye events between 1974 and 1976.

Sold to Patrick Pierron of Monaco in 1976, the Giorgio Schon RSR took part in various track competitions, before being restored a repainted in its original lime green color in 2009. Now, following yet another restoration, the race car gained its historic 1974 Monza 1000 km livery back.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche RSR Mila Schon racer.

If you’re one of those lucky people enjoying a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on a daily basis, then you’d better pick up the phone and call the GM recall hotline. The company has found an issue with the supercharger sitting atop the muscle car ’s 6.2-liter, V-8 engine and needs to check all models sold for the 2012 and 2013 model years.

The manufacturer says the defective superchargers may not perform as intended and, if left unrepaired, a contamination of the internal bearing shaft grease could cause the bearing to rattle when the engine is idling. In more extreme cases, the issue is known to cause bearing failure and severe damage to the point where the engine will no longer start.

The good news is that GM is replacing all affected superchargers at no charge to customers, a campaign that will cost the company $2,095 and additional labor hours per car. What’s more, General Motors is extending the warranty coverage on the 2012 and 2013 Camaro ZL1s to 10 years or 120,000 miles.

In addition to the aforementioned Chevys , GM is also recalling all 2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V models, which are equipped with the same engine and blower as the ZL1. The affected Caddys benefit from the same no-cost supercharger fix and extended warranty.

So far, there is no official recall from the NHTSA, so it appears as if this is GM showing that it is on the ball following that ignition switch mess.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

McLaren Automotive has announced its financial results for 2013, posting record revenues of $477.90 million (£285.4 million) for the year. While this is great news for the company, the Brits unveiled something even more exciting for its customers: the rumored track-focused P1 supercar will hit race courses in 2015.

There is some bad new though, as the race-ready P1 will be available only to clients who have ordered one of the 375 standard and road-legal P1s. So unless you either have one parked in your garage or on its way, no soup for you! However, owning a street-spec P1 doesn’t necessarily mean you’re entitled to buy and hoon such a track beast. McLaren says this purposed vehicle will be its rarest yet, meaning only a handful of them will be built. Production figures have yet to be released, but don’t expect them to be assembled by the hundreds.

Although details about the track-prepped P1 are still under wraps, we have a hunch the Brits are working on an extreme aerodynamic body, and an upgraded suspension specifically tuned for the race course. An output update is also on the table, but we’re not betting on massive improvements in the horsepower and torque departments.

In addition to confirming the new track toy, McLaren also announced that the P13 sports car will become available in more than one version. No actual details were given, but the entry-level vehicle is likely to roll out in coupe and convertible guises, and, later in its life, with a GT suit as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

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It wasn’t long ago that Mitsubishi was known for producing some of the most desirable performance vehicles in the U.S. Lately, however, Mitsubishi has let that performance mantle slip, mostly selling not-that-bad crossover SUV s and a less-than-inspiring economy car . There’s been the promise of a next generation Evo for a while, but at least for now, it would seem then that Mitsubishi has lost its way, and the prevailing opinion seems to be that it’s only a matter of time before they fade away into obscurity.

While the fate of Mitsubishi may be uncertain, gamers may be getting a peek into the future with the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo, a car available exclusively in Vision Gran Turismo. Instead of just being a visual exercise though, Mitsubishi claims that this car was developed for the game by their actual design teams just like they would design a real life vehicle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

With the venerable Lamborghini Gallardo now out of the way, the brand-new Huracan LP610-4 has all the credentials to run the company’s entry-level supercar office and build on the legacy of its predecessor. Sure, replacing an omnipotent car like the Gallardo is not an easy task, but with 610 horsepower under the hood and performance figures that would make any Ferrari tremble, the Huracan is a machine no sports car manufacturer should ignore.

What’s more, this Italian bull is likely to receive numerous upgrades throughout its life and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a more powerful version roll out of Sant’Agata Bolognese as soon as 2016. Meanwhile, customers that aren’t satisfied with the 610 ponies and 413 pound-feet of torque available in the stock vehicle can have their Huracans enhanced by Wheelsandmore, a small venture known for adding more oomph to a variety of Ferrari, Maserati and McLaren sports cars.

Naturally, the Germans didn’t take too long to figure out how to increase the Huracan’s power even further and their all-new package is already up for grabs. As with most Wheelsandmore creations, the Huracan was also subjected to a wheel swap. Coming to replace the standard rollers are a set of race-inspired FIWE rims that feature a twin six-spoke design with central locking hubs. Measuring 20 inches at the front and 21 inches to the rear, the wheels are fully customizable and buyers can have the outer rim, the center and the small connecting screws finished in just about any color.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Huracan LP850-4 Lucifero By Wheelsandmore.

Technically, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is still the world’s fastest supercar . But if you really ask people in the industry what the real fastest car is, the answer will be the Hennessey Venom GT . Forget about those silly rules and technicalities that prohibit the Venom GT from being recognized for what it really is. This 1,244-horsepower demon is truly on a class of its own. But if you’re giving love to this hypercar, you need to give as much or more to the man behind the madness: John Hennessey.

After/Drive host Mike Spinelli spent some time with Hennessey to talk shop about a whole range of topics. As you can expect, the conversation eventually led to the Venom GT, his 7.0-liter V-8, twin-turbocharged beast.

There are over 28 minutes of video time in this episode. That provides plenty of time to get to know the man who changed the way we look at supercars here in the U.S. But most importantly, we get to learn more about the things that put Hennessey in the position that he is in now.

As always, it’s a fascinating episode from the guys at After/Drive. Be sure to spend time watching it.

If you watched the live podcast this morning, you are well aware that I am heading to Miami to take part in this year’s Gumball 3000. As you read this I am likely in the air on my way to the sandy beaches and hot cars of Southern Florida.

While there are more than one hundred cars on this year’s grid, the one I will be spending my time with is a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder . The car and team are owned by an online dating company called Anastasia Date, and two lovely ladies from the company are going to be the main pilots of the car on its 1500+/- journey to New York City.

The trip officially begins on Thursday, but there are lots of things to see and do on Wednesday, so expect to hear a lot from me.

After the jump I have included every social outlet I will be using, if you are interested in all the different ways to keep up with my live coverage. I have also included a photo of the lovely ladies who will be piloting the car along most of its journey. I was even nice enough to include some info about some of the other cool cars that are in the rally. Enjoy.

Feel free to Tweet in my general direction if you have any questions or comments about the car, the team, or the event. I may even try to do a live stream chat from the car if the cell signal holds up. Anything is possible.

Check the jump for the best ways to keep up with Moe during the rally, see some pretty cool people, and learn more about some of the teams.


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