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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 2015 Ford Mustang is one of those cars that really doesn’t need too much advertising. It already stands out just by its presence, and there’s something about the Mustang badge that attracts buyers like a moths to a flame. People love the Mustang so much that there are those willing to spend money to have the muscle car appear in some pretty weird music videos.

Scott Winn and Derek Pueblo, together with a musical duo that call themselves Scott & Brendo, have created a music video of the latter’s song "Shimmy Fallon" in what looks like their entry to Ford’s #inamustang competition. The objective of the competition is to find the best Mustang story with the winner getting its entry used to inspire an actual film.

Directed by Winn, the music video has a pretty weird "80’s Aerobic Dance Battle" theme. But what’s even weirder, or funnier depending on how you view the video, is the sheer absurdity of the whole concept. 80’s aerobics? Really?

It’s so silly you can’t help but let out a few chuckles yourself. But it is entertaining in its own way, that much we’ll say.

The only comment we have is why the Mustang looks like its been relegated to the background.

Editor’s Note: Having grown up in the 1980s, this video scares me, and I will have nightmares for weeks now... Thanks...

Seen on various race tracks all over the world since 2012, in both LMP1 and LMP2 specifications, Honda ’s ARX-03 prototype will retire at the end of the 2014 season. The news comes straight from Honda Performance Development (HPD), who has announced that a new iteration will be introduced for 2015.

To roll out under the ARX-04b name, the LMP2 racer is built on the same successful HPD recipe, and comes with the HR28TT engine under its lightweight hood. The 2.8-liter, V6 unit is based on the J35 engine found in many Acura road vehicles and relies on a pair of turbochargers for extra oomph.

As with many motorsport updates, the new racer features a lighter body, improved aerodynamics and a gearbox that can be tweaked to support many track configurations. The fuel tank, which benefits from Honda’s innovative refueling safety interlock system, now has a capacity of 75 liters (19.8 gallons).

Naturally, the race car was built with the latest ACO LMP2 and IMSA regulations in mind, including a cost-capped chassis, and will be eligible for all competitions governed by the said bodies. Just like its predecessor, the ARX-04b was co-developed by HPD and U.K.-based Wirth Research, a technical joint-venture that has spawned numerous IndyCar, American Le Mans and World Endurance Championship achievements.

Customers that will rely on the ARX-04b LMP2 starting next season will also benefit from HPD’s technical assistance, simulator sessions and data-logging options, along with other additional features that will be available for purchase.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Performance Development ARX-04b LMP2 Coupe.

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The BMW X6 is no doubt one of the most successful models BMW has recently launched on the market. So, it should not surprise you the fact that more and more makers announced plans to develop their own version of the X6. After Audi has announced the Q6 , Mercedes has also revealed plans for an MLC Coupe-Crossover. Of course everyone saw that coming as there has always been a war between the three companies.

The future MLC will be built on the same platform as the M-Class, but it will be completely different. The exterior design will feature grille, headlights and tail lamps from the CLS limousine, while the general look will be a something similar to the X6. The model will feature the M-Class all-wheel-drive, but without the special off-road capabilities. Engine line-up will start from a standard 265 horsepower diesel version and will go up to a 544 horsepower one for the AMG model.

Updated 5//2014: We’ve created a new rendering of the MLC-Class based on the SUV Coupe Concept and spy shots that we’ve seen. See the comparison shots after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more on the upcoming Mercedes Coupe Crossover

Source: Autobild

The Subaru BRZ has good bones for an every-man’s sports car . Front engine, rear-wheel drive, manual transmission, and a low starting price help make the BRZ a great bang-for-the-buck choice. But a general consensus among enthusiasts agrees that the little two-door coupe lacks power. And sadly, it seams Subaru isn’t currently doing anything about it; that is, except for Subaru Australia.

In an interview with Motoring.com, Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior says his local division has been lobbying for an STI version of the car. But in the mean time, Subaru Australia has done its own modifications with items from the STI parts bin. Even though the parts are the same, the car cannot be labeled an STI without being developed by the actual Subaru Tecnica International team.

Subaru Australia’s modified BRZ S Pack went on sale Down Under in 2013 with STI suspension components for better handling and a few sporty cosmetic bits for a unique look.

While it’s hard to blame the blokes for spicing up their own BRZs while begging for an STI version, it’s understandable why Subaru and Toyota haven’t done major modifications to the car. It’s only a few years old and its first refresh is scheduled for 2016. Several reports have confirmed the BRZ and its Toyo twin — the FR-S — will be getting drop-top version in their next life cycle.

Could it be then that an STI version will come along too? We already know the speculation about the 2.0-liter turbocharged Boxer engine from the Forester is a no-go, as the engine simply won’t fit within the engine bay. Some other mode of increasing power would have to be used. While there’s no shortage of aftermarket turbo kits for the BRZ/FR-S, the STI team is quiet on the subject.

Surely Subaru will answer the outcry for a more powerful BRZ with a STI version while Toyota (Scion ) could do the same mods but with a TRD badge slapped on. Here’s for hoping as the time draws nearer for official words about the upcoming 2016 refresh.

Click past the jump to read more. Don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comments!

Source: Motoring

If you have paid attention to all the new videos and reviews of the new LaFerrari you may have noticed something awkward on the car’s steering wheel. There is a tiny badge that reads "F150." You can see it here in our screengrab from Sport Auto’s LaFerrari video .

The badge itself is to signify the car’s internal code designation, and to pay homage to the cars of Ferrari’s past.

Let us start with the past. The very first true Ferrari supercar of the modern era was the Ferrari F40 . It was name the F40 as the car was built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company. Then when its successor arrived, it received the name F50 . Not because it was Ferrari’s 50th birthday, but rather, 50 is bigger than 40. That trend continued again with the Ferrari Enzo , which had a designation of F60. Now when the LaFerrari was first in production, most people simply referred to it as the F70, so where the hell did the F150 come from?

That is a slightly different nod to history. You see, a long time ago, Italy was not a unified country. It wasn’t until 1861, and after much bloodshed, that the Kingdom of Italy became a united constituency. In 2011, Ferrari named its F1 car the F150 to celebrate 150 years of Italian unity. After some legal troubles with Ford over the name, the car became known as the Ferrari 150° Italia . Since the LaFerrari was under development at a similar time, it seems very obvious why Ferrari chose the "F150" code for the car.

You learn something new every day, eh?

Click past the jump to read a little more about the Ferrari LaFerrari

The arrival of the BMW 2 Series not only gave BMW a more versatile lineup, but it also paved the way for a powerful M2 variant in the future. Back in 2011, when details first surfaced of a possible M2, nobody had any idea on when the car would arrive. It’s been three years and still the M2 hasn’t arrived. But according to the 2addicts forum, BMW has finally given a specific timetable for the M2, which apparently will now hit production late next year, with deliveries expected to begin in early 2016.

Say what you will about BMW slow-playing the arrival of the M2, but if there’s any truth to these rumors that BMW has finally green lit the M2, the wait is going to be worth it.

Apart from the vehicle’s schedule, 2addicts also indicated that the sports coupe will use the company’s N55, turbocharged, inline-six engine, a slightly more powerful version of what’s found in the M235i Coupe’s engine bay. Whereas the latter was capable of producing 320 horsepower, the M2’s engine is tipped to be around 380 horsepower.

That should provide a little room for both the M235i Coupe and the M2 in the company’s 2 Series lineup to without encroaching on the other one’s sales numbers. It looks like BMW is confident that both models can co-exist with one another, but the company chose not to dive into more details about the M2. Despite the lacking details, we bet that the M2 will also get a more premium feel than the M235i, and a suspension closer to that of the M3 and M4 ..

That should be in the cards if Bimmer wants its customers to appreciate the M2 as its own model. Moving forward, all of us can keep an eye out on the development of the M2, which according to 2addicts, will carry the codename "pyrat2," succeeding the "pyrat" nickname given to the 1M Coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the future BMW M2.

Source: 2addicts

By now, we’ve come to learn a lot about Ferrari’s priced beauty, the beast incarnate known as the Ferrari LaFerrari (read: "The Ferrari"). But even though we’ve read our fair share of textual reviews of the ultimate Ferrari, it doesn’t hurt to watch and listen to what Autocar and Evo think about the supercar while behind the wheel.

From what I can make of it, the LaFerrari received enormous praise until,its cup runneth over. (Autocar’s" review is by far my favorite, as the build up to the drive is organic and you can see the fear/excitement in the reviewer’s eyes. What’s more, he then proceeds to get things a little drifty, as he shows just how well the LaFerrari twirks in the twist. Not too bad for a nearly 1,000-horsepower supercar, huh?

Keep it here to see all the videos as they are released.

One more video after the jump.

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Aston Martin and True Motion Pictures worked together to conceive an exquisite, ethereal and vivid short film called “The Art of Vanquish,” highlighting elegance of the flagship model – Aston Martin Vanquish .

The super-luxurious Vanquish is filmed amidst the prime locations exhibiting the grandeur of the two-door coupe . It’s kind of hard to make out exactly the message the short film is trying to get across, but damn is that car sexy. In the background plays the mechanical sound of handmade V-12 engine along with few refined words igniting the deep sense and affection for the Vanquish.

Aston Martin Vanquish has a long history. The car replaced Virage in 2001, and the range expanded in 2004 when the company introduced Vanquish S and V-12. In 2007, the DBS replaced the Vanquish range, but the Vanquish’s hibernation came to an end when the model was revived in 2012 to replace the DBS, marking Aston’s 100-year anniversary.

There’s big news coming from Aston Martin these days, with the manufacturer revealing plans to develop a brand-new platform for its next generation of sports cars . The announcement was brief, with no specific details revealed, but a report coming from Auto Express claims the British automaker has chosen the DB9 as the very first model to benefit from the all-new underpinnings.

Likewise, the DB9, which is expected to be unveiled in 2016, will also get the Mercedes AMG-developed turbocharged V-8 engines, gearboxes and electrical systems as per the agreement signed by Daimler and Aston Martin last year. In return, the German group will receive up to five percent shares in the British company.

The aforementioned source adds that the upcoming DB9, as well as the next V8 Vantage, are likely to be motivated by AMG ’s brand-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. That’s a major change from the DB9’s current 6.0-liter V-12 powerplant . The said V-8 mill will make its debut in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT , due to be launched later this year with at least 500 horsepower on tap.

Note: 2014 DB9 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Aston Martin DB9.

Source: AutoExpress

With a $75,000 sticker attached to its windshield, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a muscle car very few people can afford. However, a lot more enthusiasts could afford to buy counterfeited parts and turn their regular Camaro (almost) into a Z/28 clone.

And since the entire Z/28 production for 2014 is already sold out , more and more people are likely to seek an aftermarket upgrade to get their Z/28 fix. To prevent that and keep their exclusive customers happy, Chevrolet plans to restrict 35 of the Z/28’s parts, which will only be available to driver that already owns the said vehicle.

At least that’s what GM Authority claims, quoting "dealer sources" and providing a list of components, along with their part number, that won’t be offered as performance or visual upgrades.

The inventory is quite extensive and hints that Chevrolet aims to protect an array of aesthetic, interior and powertrain parts ranging from body flares and aprons to seats, brakes and differential. Even the "Flowtie" front grille badge, which had its gold center cut out to improve airflow and lower coolant and oil temperature, has been barred.

Some Camaro owners will obviously lose their temper following this decision, but at least we won’t get to see any V-6-powered "Z/28s" wandering the streets.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and to see exactly what parts are restricted.

Source: GM Authority

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