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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.

There are only a handful of people in this world who have the opportunity of sitting behind the wheel of a McLaren P1 and putting it through the paces.

Motor Trend’s Ignition web series got the opportunity to be one of those few lucky ones, and as you can expect, host Carlos Lago went to town with the P1, stretching it in ways very few supercars in this world are capable of.

Featuring some of the most advanced technology in the industry, including those derived from Formula One , the P1 has indeed risen to the top of the pecking order as one of the best examples of a car that has put all its tools and characteristics in the right place, in line with McLaren’s goal for the exotic to become one of the best driver’s cars in the world.

To be honest, we didn’t need Lago to tell us the things that make the P1 awesome because quite frankly, all of us knows them already. But it surely doesn’t hurt watching Lago get a chance to take the P1 out for three laps of scintillating fun with McLaren’s newest crown jewel. One thing Lago did do for us is sneak off to a runway and show us how fast the P1 hits 60 mph and 100 mph, and how quick it can run the quarter-mile.

If you’re in the market for an Audi TTS this year, you need to settle for a current-generation model, as the next iteration , which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , won’t go on sale until 2015. And that’s because the Germans are still busy working on the all-wheel-drive sports car , trying to figure out the best possible setup for optimum performance and handling. Due to its sporty nature, the TTS also needs a bit of track tuning, which is why Audi brought it to the Nurburgring track earlier this month.

The wet conditions weren’t exactly ideal for course testing or for an official lap time attempt, but that didn’t stop the company’s engineers from dropping the hammer on the Nordschleife. And in spite of its quattro system, the TTS was quite tail happy on the wet asphalt, showing that you don’t actually need rear-wheel-drive car to have some fun.

As a brief reminder, the upcoming Audi TTS sports a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, similar to the one found in the S3 . Rated at 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the unit produces 40 horses more compared to the current mill, and enables to vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

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When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan , a coupe and a station wagon . Now, the same recipe for success is being applied to the new ATS . Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales.

They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac finally revealed the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, and borrowed a host of features from the sedan version, except for the new body panels, the equally new Cadillac badge and the sedan’s two rear doors

The ATS Coupe is also built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and is offered with nearly the same engine lineup as the sedan: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 321 horsepower. The engines are combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.

BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.

Update 5/15/14: Cadillac has announced a starting price of $38,990, including the $995 delivery fee for the 2015 ATS Coupe.

Updated 07/25/2014: We added a new set of about 50 high res images to our ATS Coupe gallery. Check the new pictures in the ’Photos’ tab.

McLaren’s announcement that it was planning to launch one new model a year paved the way for the impending arrival of the company’s entry-level model, the P13 . It’s a segment that McLaren admittedly lacks presence in but recently, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt bared significant details about the P13, shedding more light to what’s already shaping up to be an interesting "entry-level" sports car .

Speaking with Top Gear, Flewitt announced that the P13 will, in fact, be slotted below the 12C , and will cost only two-thirds of the 650S . Do a little calculating and you’re going to hit somewhere close to £135,000, which is about $226,000 based on current exchange rates. That ought to be good news for those looking for a McLaren but that don’t have the finances to afford the 12C or 650S. That also makes it about £7,000 ($11,727) less than the 911 Turbo S.

Another interesting revelation from Flewitt is that the P13 will carry a V-8 powertrain similar to the 650S, albeit one that will come with significantly less output than the 650S. Flewitt didn’t specify the number, but whispers in and around Woking lead us to believe that the final number will be between 400 and 500 horsepower. That should be enough to justify an entry level McLaren without impeding on the 650S and the 12C.

The P13 will also carry the same two-seat, mid-engine configuration that McLaren has been known for. In a lot of ways, the P13 will not be as small as people think. For one, McLaren has said that all its models except for the P1 will use the same carbon-fiber tub, dubbed the ‘monocell." Flewitt also admitted that once the engine is added into the equation, the P13 will have its own character and identity that will certainly lend itself as a model that can make a mark in its segment. At least that’s what the big boss of McLaren Automotive believes, proudly exclaiming that the P13 will be "the most engaging car in its segment" when it goes on sale in September next year.

Just don’t expect it to retain the ’P13’ nonmenclature. The company hasn’t come up with a name, but you can expect it to be at least consistent with how it’s named its other models.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P13.

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If you just heard a collective groan between your ears, chances are you’re part of the collective masses that just heard about BMW’s plan to offer less than 500 i8 sports cars in North America. We already knew from the start that BMW had no plans of mass-producing the i8, but just 500 earmarked for North America?

But no matter how disappointing that is, it probably won’t dissuade BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch from adding more models in the NA inventory in the near future. That could change if the hybrid supercar sells like hot pancakes, but for now, it’s only sending 500 to North America.

So what’s the rationale behind it? Willisch didn’t elaborate on that so we’re assuming that BMW wants to test the North
American market first on how it receives the i8 when it arrives. It might be ridiculous to imagine why a car so lauded as the i8 needs to "test a market" but remember, BMW is essentially venturing into uncharted territory with this model, developing it as a hybrid that promises the best in performance and efficiency.

On top of that, the i8 isn’t cheap by any stretch of the imagination. Starting price is at $136,625, including shipping, so it’s not like people will just line up to buy the car when sales begin in August 2014.

Or maybe they will, which explains why it’s weird for BMW to limit the allotment of i8s to just 500 in North America.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

We already know all the details in and around the 2015 ATS Coupe , Cadillac ’s main weapon against the new-generation BMW 4 Series , but we have yet to find out too much about the high-performance ATS-V version, which is supposed to give the M4 fits. And that’s because Caddy has been keeping everything under wraps, including the actual design of the car, leaving room for wild speculation. What we do know for a fact is that the brawny coupe will arrive in dealerships for the 2015 model year.

What’s more, a recent video coming from TFL Car suggests the production version is nearly ready to hit the assembly line. The heavily camouflaged ATS-V Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on a mountain road and it is widely known that high-altitude testing typically means the vehicle is very close to its production setup.

Although the camouflage manages to hide nearly every single detail on the car, the twin exhaust pipes are enough proof that there’s an actual ATS-V Coupe under the fake skin. The vehicle also appears to be very fast when the driver drops the hammer, with the TFL team having a hard time keeping up with it at the end of the video.

Speaking of velocity, there’s no word as to what might be motivating the new ATS-V Coupe, but our money is on GM ’s twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, which should generate between 450 and 500 horsepower. The beefed-up two-door will borrow most of its cues from the 2015 ATS Coupe, but look out for a more aggressive pair of bumpers, wider fenders, a lowered ride height and performance tires.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on Cadillac’s upcoming street rocket.

The Porsche Cayman topic is hotter than ever with a new, range-topping GTS model getting ready to hit dealerships and an even more powerful GT4 version under development. Still shrouded in mystery, the latter has been been spotted earlier this week wearing its 911 GT3 -like rear wing and lower stance.

If the batch of spy shots sent to us by our skilled photographers weren’t enough to quench your Cayman GT4 thirst, then this new video that surfaced the web should provide you a lot more joy. Unfortunately, the sound isn’t too revealing in regard to what engine might be lying at the rear and the sports car was taking a leisurely stroll rather than attacking the Ring.

Details aren’t likely to arrive anytime soon, but word has it the GT4 will benefit from up to 400 horsepower. Word has it the oomph may come from a hybrid powertrain that will include either an updated 3.4-liter inline-six or a four-cylinder unit.

If the rumor proves to be true, Porsche will finally deliver a true mid-engine sports car that will step into 911 territory as far as performance is concerned. No need to worry though, the 911 won’t be rendered useless, as the iconic vehicle is also set to receive a hybrid version that will have more than 700 horsepower at its disposal.

This is starting to make us wonder if there is something in the mix for the Boxster too — the Cayman’s topless sibling.

This is it, BMW . Years of research, testing, and development has culminated in the upcoming release of the new BMW i8 . With the arrival of BMW’s first plug-in hybrid supercar drawing closer and closer, the German automaker has launched a global campaign to showcase the history of the i8, from its genesis as a concept vehicle all the way to its arrival in dealerships in August 2014. The campaign began on May 9th and will run the gamut of media platforms, ranging from TV spots and print ads, all of which tell the story of a car that has, in so many ways, become synonymous with BMW technology.

The unquestioned star of this campaign is the i8, putting the focus on the hybrid supercar ’s design, performance, and innovation. If anything, BMW is pulling out all the stops with this media blitz, enlisting Gus Van Sant, the man behind Oscar-winning films such as “Good Will Hunting," “Milk” and “My Private Idaho," to direct the three TV spots, namely "Genesis," "Powerful Idea," and "Attitude".

Complementing the TV spots will be a series of seven print ads that highlight the i8’s attributes as a real car for the ages. Like Van Sant’s work on the TV spots, these print ads carry the cache of being photographed by renowned photographer Uwe Düttmann.

If there was any question as to how important the BMW i8 is to the Bavarian automaker, the fact that the company is going to this length to promote the hybrid supercar tells you that the i8 could very well be one of those iconic cars that defines this BMW generation.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

A successor to the Lexus LF-A has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and while it remains unclear on when the supercar will be launched, Japanese magazine Best Car continues to stress that Lexus will have some help in building the successor to the LF-A. That help, apparently, will come from BMW . This rumor has been brewing for some time now, but if you really think about it, it’s hard to make any sense of it because Lexus and BMW BMW aren’t exactly bosom buddies. Sure, there’s a healthy amount of respect for the other brand, but at their core, the two consider the other as rivals.

Why would BMW help Lexus develop the new LF-A when it could compete directly with the i8 ? It just doesn’t make sense considering the lengths Lexus has taken in the past year to line up car after car to compete against German brands like BMW.

Maybe Best Car knows something that none of us do, which could explain why the magazine appears to be insisting that a BMW-Lexus collaboration is in the works. But call us skeptical on this rumor because we just don’t see the sense behind it.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 - BMW’s current supercar.

Although it hasn’t been developed as a road-legal car and very few people have access to it, the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione will always enchant us by putting all of its racing skills to good use on the track.

Whether it’s being hooned in the Challenge series or simply enjoyed by a customer on any course located in Europe or the United States, the 458 Evoluzione is a joy to watch - especially in race livery - and hear.

With 562 horsepower coming out of the 4.5-liter, V-8 engine, the 458 Challenge sounds like a proper, track-prepped sports car should and reminds us that the Italians haven’t forgotten about Enzo’s main dream — delivering the ultimate race car .

Built to 2014 Challenge specifications, the new 458 Challenge has already made its debut in the series in January, at Daytona, while the second race took place earlier this month at the Sonoma Raceway in California. Ferrari used this recent event to put together an awesome video with the race car lapping the track with Conrad Grunewald behind the steering wheel.

In case you’re wondering, Grunewald is the coach of Ferrari of Huston and a Formula Drift driver, meaning he’s more than qualified to drop the hammer on the 458’s gas pedal. The interesting thing about the video is that the pilot is also offering a brief tutorial on how to approach each and every curve on the Sonoma track in terms of speed and gearing. Enjoy!


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