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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.

I have been given the opportunity to drive some incredible cars in some great places. I have taken a rally-prepped Miata to the top of Pikes Peak; I drove a GT-R from Miami to Knoxville in a day for Christmas; and I got to bomb down the Blue Ridge Parkway in a Porsche Cayman S . Still, I have never been given than chance to drive anything nearly as incredible as the F40.

In this latest episode of Inside EVO, we get a look at what it is like to drive a Ferrari F40 through the Alps for a day. What makes this video special is the great commentary. Rather than a traditional video with epic music and long sweeping scenery, Henry Catchpole talks about what the drive was actually like, including the highs and the lows. He talks about the car having a dead battery, bump starting it from a gas station parking lot and more.

Our jobs look glamorous a lot of the time, and it is really nice to get an inside look at what all can go on — and go wrong — when we are trying to get you guys the cool and amazing content that you deserve. I don’t want to spoil his entire story, so why don’t you give that play button a little click and just enjoy the video . I promise you that it is easily worth the seven minutes of your time.

Before it had introduced the 6 Series , built from 1976 to 1989 and then reintroduced in 2003, BMW had the New Six (E9) to fill the coupe gap in its lineup. Launched in 1968, the E9 survived for eight years, in which several versions were created with engines ranging from the twin-carb, 2.5-liter to the fuel-injected 3.2-liter. Stunningly beautiful in standard guise, the E9 spawned a downright aggressive, yet still gorgeous, race car toward the end of its life. Known either as the 3.0 CSL or the 3.5 CSL and often dubbed "Batmobile," this beefed-up monster marked the beginning of a very special era for BMW . One that would cement the automaker’s image as a race car manufacturer.

That’s because the race-prepped E9 went on to win more than 100 races throughout its career, which included several different categories. Making the E9 that more special is that it turned out to be one of the very few Bimmers to score important victories on U.S. soil by defeating Porsche at Sebring, Daytona and Talladega.

The Germans have just restored one of these IMSA-spec cars and snatched the class win at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The vehicle will return at Laguna Seca race track during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion starting August 14th, 2014 and we just couldn’t pass the opportunity of adding the 3.0 CSL to our catalog of reviews.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL.

Though we’ve already learned about the second Hellcat to join Dodge’s lineup, let’s not forget about the original. Shortly before revealing the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat , Dodge shot a video surrounding the Charger SRT Hellcat with a few members of the team that had hands in making this monster. The video dives into the details surrounding the process of coming up with this insane slab of metal and how hard it was to get the fun-killing bean counters to sign off on it.

Given the car was put into motion by the SRT team — one that is more concerned with power and speed than how much money it can make — it wasn’t hard to get the big-wigs to sign off on it. SRT has never been shy about building cars that really make no sense financially, but are a hell of a lot of fun to drive, and I love them for that. The Hellcat lineup, particularly the Charger, is a prime example of tossing caution to the wind and building something insane that could potentially end up as one massive fail (read: SRT Viper)

The jury is still out on whether the Hellcats will be successful or not, but if my drool-covered keyboard is any barometer of its success, chances are customers will be climbing over one another to get their hands on one.

As a reminder, the Challenger Hellcat carries a 6.2-liter, supercharged, HEMI V-8 with an unreal 707 horses and 650 pound-feet off tire-torching torque. This all routes through a standard six-cog manual or an optional TorqueFlight, eight-speed autobox en route to the rear wheels. It rips off 0-to-60 sprints in just 3.5 seconds and crushes the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds with street tires... Yeah, it’s bad-ass...

Check out the above video to learn a little more.

Introduced in 1969, the first-generation Dodge Challenger was more than just an awesome muscle car . Chrysler also fielded modified versions of the two-door coupe in various motorsport events, including the Trans Am Series. Although it failed to win against strong competition from Ford and AMC in 1970, the AAR-built Challenger finished the season ahead of Chevrolet , Plymouth and Pontiac , a fantastic achievement during one of the most disputed Trans Am seasons. In 2014, 44 years since its debut, the Challenger returns to Trans Am with the facelifted, third-generation model.

The Challenger joins the series mid-season, with only five of 11 races to go, as Miller Racing, last year’s champion in the TA2 class, switches manufacturers from Chevrolet Chevrolet to Dodge. The two Sublime Green-painted Challengers — they’re wearing the same livery as the 1970 entry — are driven by Cameron Lawrence and Tommy Kendall. 21-year-old Lawrence leads the TA2 class with a 35-point margin over second place and will retain his points. Kendall, on the other hand, returns to Trans Am, a competition he already won four times, after 10 years.

The all-new, SRT-prepped Challenger makes its Trans Am debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 16th.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Trans Am.

With the Huracan having already replaced the Gallardo as Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar , it was only a matter of time before the Italians rolled out a Super Trofeo version of the 610-horsepower machine. Announced in July 2014, the Huracan LP610-4 Super Trofeo is finally here to showcase its racing suit thanks to supercar spotter Jeroen.

He stumbled upon the track-prepped Lambo while the Italians were busy with the official photo shoot. It seems we won’t have to wait for the pictures to be released, as the video above provides us with a comprehensive walkaround, and, more importantly, it gives us a taste of the vehicle’s piercing engine note.

The footage also comes to confirm the numerous aerodynamic updates the Huracan has gained in order to become a full-time race car . Notice the huge front splitter and side skirts, the sexy rear diffuser and the huge fixed wing. Modifications don’t stop here though. A bevy of winglets adorn both the front and rear fascias, while the regular engine and trunk bonnets have been replaced with race-spec units.

The louvered front fenders allow better engine cooling and optimize airflow over and around the car. Rounding off the Super Trofeo package is a simple, yet enticing livery. The grey-painted body features silver and white markings, while the carbon-fiber aerodynamic parts are highlighted by bright-orange accents.

No doubt the Huracan Super Trofeo is one mean-looking machine, but wait until you hear that 5.2-liter V-10 engine roar.

What’s the going rate for a Ferrari LaFerrari these days? Turns out, it’s more than the £1.2 million (a little over $2 million) price tag Ferrari attached to it. A lot more.

Oracle Finance managing director Peter Brook revealed to Motoring Research that interested buyers of the LaFerrari are prepared to pay more than £1 million more than its original price tag. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1.6 million based on the exchange rates on 8/13/2014, which is a little north of the $1.3 million price tag of a Bugatti Veyron . Basically, these buyers are prepared to spend as much as £2.2 million, or about $3.3 million to get a piece of the 499 LaFerraris in existence today.

Brook revealed the incredible details in an analysis of the supercar market, highlighting the prevailing thought that demand for the LaFerrari has become so rabid that eager buyers are more than willing to spend close to double the amount Ferrari is asking for it.

“It’s a buying frenzy out there at the moment for Ferraris and nothing demonstrates that like the million-pound premiums we’re seeing for the LaFerrari,” Brook said. It paints a shocking figure one when a guy like Brook is even stunned at the premium buyers are prepared to pay just to get their hands on a LaFerrari.

Fortunately for the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder , demand for these two exotics is also high enough that both are attracting impressive premium numbers.

Oracle Finance says that the P1 has a premium of £300,000 ($500,856), while the 918 Spyder has a premium of £200,000 ($333,904). Still, those amounts are chump change compared to the staggering £1.2 million premium on the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.

The BMW i8 has become a sales hit in the UK. Actually, it’s become more than a hit if you consider reports that it’s already sold out and that there’s already a 10-month waiting list to get your hands on the hybrid sports car . British newspaper Telegraph is reporting that the demand for the i8 has become so incredible that customers are even willing to pay "any price" for the display car in BMW’s i showroom on Park Lane in London.

It’s a dramatic turn of fortune for BMW , which initially expressed fears that the i8 wouldn’t command the same amount of attention as it had hoped. It was a gamble to build it in the very beginning, especially when the German automaker made it clear that the i8 would only feature a rather petite, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, combining to produce a total output of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

But even the £95,000 ($135,925 here in the U.S. as of 8/12/2014) price tag of the i8 couldn’t dissuade buyers from putting in deposits for the car as early as 2012, even before BMW announced that production for the hybrid would ensue. BMW Park Lane sales manager even told the Telegraph that the i8 has become the "biggest conquest car I’ve known as a BMW salesman."

Something tells me that BMW enjoyed hearing those words. At least more so now that the decision and subsequent risk it took in producing the i8 is turning out to be a stroke of genius at this point.

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

Source: Telegraph

I’m not sure if Nissan is simply toying with us or if it’s subtly giving us a preview of things to come within its lineup. While I do know that the former is the case, I’m holding out hope that the latter will come to fruition down the road. In the meantime, do check out these renderings of two models that the Japanese automaker doesn’t have in its lineup…at the moment.

These models are actually concept renderings done as part of Nissan’s #NISMOmashup program. One model combines the Nissan GT-R Nismo with a Nissan Maxima sedan and the other features a combination of the Nissan 370Z Nismo and a Nissan Sentra sedan. You probably didn’t recognize them at first, did you? Don’t worry, I didn’t either.

Of course, Nissan doesn’t plan on building these two models anytime soon, even though their reception has been incredibly positive. The 370Z/Sentra mashup, in particular, looks incredible with its beefier and sportier dimensions. I’m not as big of a fan of the GT-R/Maxima mashup, as it kind of looks like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI at first glance.

Hopefully, Nissan submits to public clamoring and builds these two models in concept form for an upcoming auto show — SEMA may be a good place to show them off. I’ve even thought of names on what the company can call them. How does the "370 SentraZ" sound? How about the "MaxiGT-R"?

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s latest Nismo cars.

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If you aren’t familiar, Chris Harris is one of the better journalists out there. He’s made a name for himself by getting into arguments with Ferrari — and more importantly — destroying tires (or tyres since he’s English). The one thing that’s always great about a Chris Harris video review, is how well he can diagnose a car. He’s been in the game a long time and has driven everything from ancient, decrepit Citroen 2CV’s to hypercars like the McLaren P1 and LaFerrari . This makes him very diverse, and able to enjoy many different types of car, he doesn’t limit himself to old muscle cars with manual gearboxes or modern high-tech sports cars with all the newest of gadgets. He simply enjoys cars for what they are, he’s a proper gearhead (or petrolhead because again...English). So when he put out this video driving the i8, I payed attention.

The i8 is a technological powerhouse, using technologies and techniques not available on anything in its price range. It has a mid-mounted, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine, making 228 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 129-horsepower electric motor to make a combined power out put of 362 ponies. The benefit of electric power is the instantaneous torque, and when combined with the turbo three-banger, the i8 produces a whopping 420 pound-feet of it. All this is sent through a variation of the six-speed auto in the new Mini Cooper (the engine is also carried over from the Mini), and delivered to all four wheels.

The chassis of the i8 is a monocoque tub made from CFRP (Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic), so it’s incredibly light for a hybrid with big heavy batteries. The i8 weighs only 3,378 pounds. This makes it heavier than both the Corvette Stingray (3,298 pounds) and the Porsche 911 Carrera (3,042 pounds), but since the chassis is made out of CFRP and the batteries are laid out down the spine of the car, it feels much lighter and more nimble than it’s weight would suggest. This is also aided by the fact that it has that 420 pound-feet of torque from almost the second you touch the accelerator. In the video Chris explains how it doesn’t feel as pure and organic as a 911 but it’s close, and with all of the new technologies, it brings new exciting elements to the table.

Then there’s the look of the thing. To these eyes it’s the most interesting looking car on the road today, if not the most beautiful. This gives the Jag F-Type a run for it’s money. It’s not beautiful in the classic sense, but it is stunning in a modern art sort of way. It looks like the future, and it sort of is. Sports cars need to become fuel efficient nowadays and the new i Division cars are paving the way for that green future. I’m not a fan of electric cars but this one has me intrigued and it intrigues Chris as well. Real gearheads can appreciate when something is new and innovative, when it pushes the ball forward, and that’s exactly what you see here in the i8 and exactly what Chris talks about while driving it. Watch the video, it won’t disappoint.

That is right, folks. The all-new Rolls Royce Wraith is coming to Forza Motorsport 5, and we have exclusive details and images. During today’s Gamescom press conference in Germany, Microsoft and Turn 10 announced that Rolls Royce is bringing the new Wraith to an Xbox One console near you.

Being the most powerful and dynamic Rolls Royce ever created, it does seem like the perfect candidate for inclusion in the latest and greatest racing simulation.

Not only is Forza the first to get the Wraith, but this is actually the first time Rolls Royce has licensed any car for use in a racing game. This is history in the making, and you get the chance to participate. The new car pack features the Wraith and five new cars for the game. Best of all, the pack is 100-percent free and if you own an Xbox One, you can download it, RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, I’ll repeat that for you. Free and available now.

Turn 10 decided that since TopSpeed’s readers are so amazing, they would give us a pair of exclusive images and chance for a sweet interview with themselves and with Rolls Royce. You can see our other exclusive image of the new Wraith and read both of the interviews after the break.

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