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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 Honda S2000 debuted in 2000 and harked back to Honda’s sports cars of years past, including the S500, S600, and S800. The S2000 was a tuner’s dream, as it weighed just 2,800 pounds, had 240 horses and a chassis that was on par with the Miata. The unfortunate side of the original S2000 was that the horsepower didn’t peak until 8,300 and it could only muster up 153 pound-feet of torque. By time the 2009 model year rolled around, the S2000 had run its course and went the way of the dodo bird, but not before Honda Performance Development decided to add a lot more displacement to the roadster’s engine compartment as an experiment.

With a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine HPD presents the creatively named S3700. This V-6 engine a production unit that was sourced from the Acura lineup. In its home engine bay, this engine developed 300 to 305 horsepower and 273 to 275 pound-feet of twist, depending on the application, but Honda failed to reveal what the output is for this Pikes Peak racer. I did learn that back in 2009 when HPD built the first S3700, it had a 9.55-to-1 power to weight ratio. Given the 2,825-pound weight of the original S3700, my math says that this engine produced 296 horsepower. It’s safe to assume that this version of the S3700 will retain that output.

We only have a single image to show you, but as you can see, this Pikes Peak racer dons a white base coat with a red racing stripe down the driver side of the car. Also present it a hefty bulge in its hood to make room for the larger, V-6 engine and large lip spoiler under the nose.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com and we’ll bring you new details as HPD reveals them.

It’s no longer a secret that the 2015 Mustang is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles to come out of Detroit. It also represents huge step in Mustang history and brings many firsts to the 50-year-old pony. The sixth-gen model is the first Mustang — sans the Cobra model in years past — to gain an independent rear suspension that promises to improve its handling on both the street and track.

The new suspension will also move the Mustang closer to European competitors like the BMW M4 , an important switch now that the muscle car is ready to hit the Old Continent on official terms. What’s more, the 2015 Mustang is the first pony to adopt a more familiar look in the Ford lineup, as the company’s trademark, trapezoidal grille makes its way onto the nose.

Then there’s the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Sure, this isn’t the first time a Mustang gets a turbocharged four-banger — it happened back in the 1980s too — but it comes in a era in which fuel economy and CO2 emissions are crucial in just about every market except the Middle East . And let’s not forget about the line-lock system , a gimmick that allows drivers to perform burnouts without destroying the car’s clutch. We also call this button the "warranty eliminator," as pressing it allows Ford to assume you raced the Mustang, resulting in dealers having reason to void your warranty.

As impressive as it may sound, the 2015 Mustang is set to receive even more innovative features, one of which is an industry-first on a production car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang Safety Systems.

Having 15 million Facebook fans is no small thing for an automotive company. Recently, Ferrari broke through that mark and as a sign of appreciation for its 15 million — and counting — Facebook fans, the Italian automaker decided to dedicate a lap in the Ferrari LaFerrari to all of them.

It’s not a typical hat-tip gesture, but it’s the kind that only a company like Ferrari can think of. The two-minute video was shot through Google Glass and gives a unique point of view on what a LaFerrari lap looks like when you’re riding shotgun and Rafaelle de Simone, Head of Development Ferrari Test Drivers, sitting behind the wheel.

Speaking of reaching 15 million fans, Ferrari is in elite company. We did a quick check on Facebook and discovered that of the major automakers in the world, only BMW has more Facebook fans (or ’likes," depending on how you describe it) at almost 17.77 million likes. Ferrari’s now at 15,021,085 likes so it still has a ways to go before it can catch BMW in that regard.

But hey, 15 million fans is an achievement in itself, and like only Ferrari can, it showed its love for its fans in about as unique a way as it could.

Creating Vision Gran Turismo concept cars has become quite the habit among automakers, as they rushed to showcase their design skills and advanced powertrains in the latest iteration of the franchise. This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed brought yet another futuristic supercar to the game, this time from British-based company Aston Martin .

Dubbed DP-100 and developed in-house by a team led by Design Director Marek Reichman, the concept car highlights a brand-new approach for the company, as its engine is mounted behind the seats. The Brits have yet to build sports cars in this configuration, except for the B09/60 Le Mans prototype co-developed with Lola, and the DP-100 comes to put an end to that. At least in the virtual world.

The DP-100 joins a large batch of virtual supercars created for Gran Turismo 6 this year, and will be available for gamers to download starting July 2014. There are no production plans waiting to turn this virtual racer into a vehicle for the real world, but the DP-100 is a concept worth looking into from a design and technological point of view.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo.

The brand-new McLaren 650S was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show as a replacement for the MP4-12C. The sports car debuted in Coupe and Roadster body styles with 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque on tap. Powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 seen across the entire McLaren lineup, the 650S comes to the market as a competitor for the Ferrari 458 and the Lamborghini Huracan. Coming into 2015, the British sports car is also getting a track suit with a 650S GT3 label on it.

Developed as a successor to the highly acclaimed 12C GT3 , the 650S will replace its forerunner in the Blancplain Endurance Series starting next year. Additionally, the new race car will get to showcase its skills in various GT races around the world hoping to match the success of its predecessor. Although it is essentially an updated 12C GT3, the 650S GT3 carries an array of newly-developed racing parts, which are supposed to make it faster and more agile on the track. Only time will tell if the 650S is worthy of the GT3 moniker, but, until then, let’s have a look at the technology behind it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 McLaren 650S GT3.

The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is set to take place Sunday, June 29th. We all know what that means. Some of the nuttiest performance-tuned sports cars will be making an appearance at the event, all with the goal of being the fastest to race up the treacherous 156-turn race course.

The Scion FR-S is one of those sports cars . Actually, it’s the second year in a row that the FR-S will compete at Pikes Peak, specifically in the event’s Time Attack 1 Division for production-based two- and four-wheel drive vehicles. This year, GReddy Racing is back with its Pikes Peak-tuned FR-S and it will have veteran racer Ken Gushi sitting behind the wheel of the race car . Gushi is no stranger to the twists and turns of Pikes Peak, having won the Exhibition Auto Class at last year’s event with the Lexus ISF CCS-R .

This year, Gushi takes his turn in a wonderfully dressed Scion FR-S that has been retuned to produce a staggering 500 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s the kind of upgrade we wish a production FR-S could have, but that’s a different issue altogether. For now we have to live with its standard 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

What’s important is how this GReddy-tuned FR-S fares at Pikes Peak this weekend. With 500 ponies on tap, we expect nothing less than a blistering time up the mountain.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion FR-S GReddy Racing Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

For the second consecutive year, McLaren Automotive has been awarded engine of the year, as it joins Ferrari as one of the winners of a 2014 Engine of the Year award. Ferrari won its awards in the "Above 4-Liter" class and as the "Performance Engine of the Year," while McLaren’s masterful 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine took home the award in the "3-Liter to 4-Liter" category, proving yet again that when it comes to engine innovation, the British supercar builder takes a back seat to no one.

The engine, technically named the "M838T," was designed and developed in collaboration with engine builder Ricardo. A big part of the M838T’s appeal is the way McLaren was able to modify its capabilities to produce a class-leading output of 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, the engine not only produces supercar-level output numbers, but it’s also a highly efficient engine, capable of returning 24.2 mpg on the EU combined cycle.

McLaren uses the M838T engine in the coupe and spider versions of the McLaren 650S , the company’s newest supercar. If you didn’t know by now, the 650S is a whole lot of awesome. A big reason for its awesomeness is this 3.8-liter, V-8 engine that is described as a "wonderful piece of powertrain engineering."

Winning engine of the year in the "3-Liter to 4-Liter" category at the 2014 Engine of the Year awards is living proof of that.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren M838T.

It may not come as much of a surprise to many of you, but Ferrari has won a pair of awards for the engine its 458 supercar uses. Every year a collection of journalists from more than 30 different countries weigh in on the best and brightest powerplants in the business and hand out multiple accolades to congratulate those that push forward the art of internal combustion.

Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 was chosen for two separate awards, the Performance Engine of the Year and the award for the Above 4-liter class. Ferrari has won these two awards every year since 2011, with the 4.5-liter taking both honors in 2011 and 2012 — the 2013 awards went to the V-12 engine in the F12 Berlinetta .

With an astonishing — and record-setting — specific output of 135 horsepower per liter in the 458 Speciale , this naturally aspirated engine is one of the most advanced units ever created.

Ferrari is not the only winner this year though, and competitors like McLaren are also racking up awards for their engines. Ferrari won’t just sit back on its laurels, and as the four consecutive wins proves, the Italians will keep pushing the art of high-power, high-revving engines.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s 4.5-liter V-8 engine.

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Volkswagen ’s dream of developing a 235-mpg car (1 liter per 100 kilometers) has finally been realized, as the new XL1 will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. To make things even better, the first details have been released today. Volkswagen describes it as "a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today."

On the exterior, the model remains pretty much identical to the concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, including those cool gullwing doors. Still, the car is a little bit better than VW hoped, because its fuel consumption goes down to an impressive 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 261 U.S. mpg.

The model will be unveiled next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the first production batch will consist of just 50 units, with any other unit being developed on demand.

Updated 6/27/2014: Volkswagen has announced that the XL1 is ready for launch, and the first car was delivered to a German buyer in May 2014. It is also now available in the UK at £98,515 ($167,736 as of 6/27/2014) on the road.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Volkswagen XL1.

McLaren Automotive is quite the busy bee at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed , where the Brits will introduce two very fast, limited-edition cars — the track-exclusive McLaren P1 GTR and the MSO 650S . But vehicles aren’t the only things on the company’s mind, as the McLaren Boutique will feature a new line of merchandising consisting of clothes, accessories and many collectibles, most of which are inspired by the design of the 650S sports car and P1 supercar .

Among these products, McLaren enthusiasts will find a pair of McLaren P1 scale models. These come in 1:43 scale, measuring about 4.2 inches, and replicate two very important P1s. The first one is the Ametyst Black version that marked the supercar’s debut at Goodwood in 2013, while the second one is the Supernova Silver example that completed a sub-seven-minute lap on the Nurburgring track. Can’t afford a real P1 or you do but can’t buy one because the supercar is already sold out? Than these replicas are your best shot at owning a P1-shaped collectible.

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


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