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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 unique i8 hybrid sports car German automaker BMW built for the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance fetched $825,000 during Gooding & Company’s annual Pebble Beach auction. Sold ahead of the official vehicle U.S. sale date for about six time the sticker — set at $135,700 — the i8 Concours d’Elegance has set a record that’s likely to stick around for a few years.

Proceeds of the i8’s sale will go to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which raises funds for Monterey County youth. The foundation is known for awarding grants for arts, athletics, environmental sciences, educational organizations and community programs.

The winning bidder takes home a one-of-a-kind BMW i8 finished in a bespoke, Individual exterior color, and fitted with custom upholstery and trim accents. More importantly, he gets to drive the hybrid sports car long before it reaches North American dealerships.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 Concours d’ Elegance Edition

The Lamborghini Gallardo was a powerful milestone for the Italian company. It set new records for sales and production while simultaneously propelling the brand into a more mainstream audience. The Gallardo also marked Lamborghini’s return to one-make racing with the Super Trofeo series. Now that the record setting Gallardo has been replaced with the new Huracan, there is a large gap in the Lamborghini lineup.

Initial sales are strong, and it looks like the Huracan will quickly claim the top sales spot from its older sibling, and now Lamborghini has officially announced a Super Trofeo version of the new supercar to fill the race car slot as well.

Gentlemen racers, grab your helmets.

We knew it was coming, but now it is official, and we have all the details and information waiting for you after the break. With more power, a lighter weight and major drivetrain alterations, the new cars are promising to be much faster than the previous racing Gallardos could have ever hoped to be. You can find out all the new details about the engines, chassis aerodynamics and more after the break.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.

All in-person images from Monterey Car Week are courtesy of Carninja and are used with express permission.

Ever have nightmares about handing some shady valet character the keys to your ride? Apparently Corvette engineers suffer long, sleepless nights from the thought of their baby being joy-ridden around the parking garage. Well worry no more, as the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray now comes with an upgraded Valet Mode.

Sure, other high performance and luxury nameplates come with a valet mode and the 2014 Stingray did as well, but the 2015 Vette now offers owners some extra reassurance. The valet system now ties in with the Performance Data Recorder to record not only vehicle speed, engine revs and other vital stats, but also records audio and HD video of the driving event while you’re away.

Besides keeping watch over the car, Valet Mode still locks all interior storage spaces and restricts access to the infotainment system via a simple four-digit PIN entered to begin and end the Valet Mode session. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to limit the Corvette’s performance capabilities, so valet employees still have access to the 6.2-liter’s 460 horsepower, 465 pound-feet of torque, and its 190-mph top speed. It also doesn’t prevent that rookie driver from burning out your clutch while trying to squeeze your Vette between an SUV and minivan in the parking garage.

Check out the humorous video above Chevrolet created to showcase the 2015 Stingray’s new feature.

Rumors about the Mercedes AMG GT started awhile back and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, but hopes for an AMG GT are still not lost as Mercedes will indeed offer the AMG GT after the SLS AMG makes its exit.

The AMG GT will actually be the baby brother of the SLS and will attack the likes of the Porsche 911 . Compared to the SLS, the future AMG GT will be lighter and slimmer with the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the AMG GT will be devoid of gullwing doors.

The less dramatic specifications of the Mercedes AMG GT have also given way to a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Expect to pay somewhere under €100,000 (about $145,000 at the current exchange rates).

Updated 8/29/2014: Mercedes-Benz has revealed another video and confirmed that the AMG GT will debut on September 9th, 2014. It also highlighted that there will be two states of tune for the AMG GT, one with 455 horsepower and one with 503 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes AMG GT.

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If you’re one of those gearheads who has his fingers crossed for a mid-engined Corvette , then this report will likely keep your hopes up. According to Motor Trend, quoting "multiple sources" around General Motors , the next-generation Corvette will have its V-8 engine mounted behind the seats. What’s more, the report suggests a mid-engine Corvette could come as soon as the C7 -based ZR1 hits the market.

Just as we pointed out back in June 2014, when Chevy trademarked the "Zora " name, Motor Trend also hints that the said moniker will be used on a mid-engined Corvette. A move that would make sense, given that Zora Duntov himself created a mid-engined Corvette prototype in the early 1960s. Dubbed CERV II, the concept also featured a unique AWD system which, at the time, would’ve helped GM develop one of the most advanced supercars for the road.

Unfortunately, the CERV II never became more than just a concept and Chevrolet never offered supercar. But that could change in a few years if Motor Trend’s report proves to be accurate.

Now we know what some of you might be thinking; shifting the Corvette’s engine from the front to the middle would be a huge departure from the ’Vette’s 60-year-old legacy. Well, not quite. Motor Trend speculates that Chevy is considering a "Corvette family" for the next-generation, C8 model. Specifically, the lineup could include both a familiar, front-engine sports car and a mid-engine supercar .

Click past the jump to read about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Source: Motor Trend

The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1. In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 carries the same GTR moniker.

Besides featuring a host of aerodynamic and technical improvements, which also translate in more horsepower and improved performance, the P1 GTR also marks the introduction of McLaren’s full customer racing program. Just like Ferrari and Lamborghini , the Brits are upping the ante toward organizing private racing events on famous Formula One tracks, but not before the buyers receive private consultations with McLaren’s racing division.

The supercar has just been unveiled as a production-ready concept car at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . Read on to meet McLaren’s brand-new and utterly powerful race car .

Updated 08/15/2014: McLaren has released a final teaser image (above) of the P1 GTR ahead of its debut at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.

Live images from Monterey are courtesy of Carninja and are used with expressed permission.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is undoubtedly an awesome track-prepped machine, the ultimate fifth-generation Camaro if you will. But to my eyes, the 2014 model is no match to the original Z/28 , especially if we’re talking about a Trans Am-spec race car .

Chevy introduced the Z/28 option for the 1967 model year, promoting it as a "virtually race-ready" Camaro available at any U.S. dealer. Fitted with a 4.9-liter, small-block V-8 specifically designed to race in the Trans Am series, the Z/28 became a huge success by 1969, when it accounted for nearly 22 percent of total Camaro production of the year.

The Z/28 was off to a slow start in Trans Am, losing the 1967 championship to Ford and Mercury . However, the bowtie-badged muscle car went on to dominate the competition in both 1968 and 1969 with Mark Donohue behind the wheel. In two years, the Camaro Z/28 won 21 of 25 events, crushing Detroit rivals from Ford and its Mustang . The streak ended once the second-gen Camaro was introduced in 1970 and it took Chevy five more years to win another championship, this time with the Corvette .

Although the Camaro returned to the spotlight with seven Trans Am titles in the 1980s and 1990s, none of these vehicles managed to reach the fame of the first-gen Z/28s. Not at all surprising considering the stardom the first-gen Camaro so rightfully enjoys. There’s more than that, of course. The looks, the sound, and all the amazing things surrounding late 1960s racing. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to climb into one of those Trans Am beasts, but Motor Trend’s Jess Lang managed to hoon a 1969 Camaro Z/28 around the Laguna Seca . Hit the play button to find out why the first-gen Z/28 is one of the most enticing muscle cars ever built.

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Chris Harris is back again, making me jealous of his life. He recently spent some time in Maranello, testing the new Ferrari LaFerrari . The LaFerrari, despite having a silly name, is the hardcore, hybrid successor to the famous Enzo. It’s also the Italian answer to the Porsche 918 and the McLaren P1 . It’s also probably the most brutally fast hybrid production car ever made.

Chris got to test each of those aforementioned hybrid supercars and had nothing but great things to say about them. However, he seems to feel a bit different about this LaFerrari. It seems to be the only one of the three he actually loved. The reason for that is probably the fact that the LaFerrari hides it’s techno-wonder more than the others. The Porsche 918 is a unashamed nerd-fest (a very cool, very fast nerd-fest), and the McLaren is all business with its very serious, designed-in-a-wind-tunnel looks. The LaFerrari, on the other hand, is typical Italian pantomime and theater, it’s a celebration of colors and noise. I personally think it looks fantastic, I especially like the bug-antenna-style wing mirrors. It looks like a proper Ferrari, not just an exercise in aerodynamics and numbers. They each have their own character but the LaFerrari seems to have the most interesting one.

Combine all of this power, performance, handling prowess and looks, and you have possibly the greatest supercar the world has ever seen. Now go watch Mr. Harris give it "the full potatoes!".

Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that can get involved in the exclusive luxury watch business. Jaguar wants to get in on the fun and it tapped British watchmaker Bremont to create an ultra-limited edition timepiece in honor of the iconic Lightweight E-Type .

The two British brands actually have a history of collaboration, beginning with the development of the Jaguar C-X75 Concept back in 2010, specifically the analog dashboard clock found in the interior of the 778-horsepower hybrid supercar. Now, the two companies are back at it again with a new partnership that ties into Jaguar’s plan to finish the Lightweight E-Type project it started in February 1963.

The watch itself is a thing of beauty. It’s got a 43 mm (1.69-inch) white gold case with an aluminum center ring. This ring, it turns out, was made using the same material used int he construction of the Lightweight E-Type. How’s that for unique, right? Look inside at the black dial and you’ll notice that it was inspired by a Lightweight E-Type tachometer. A subtle "red zone" quadrant is also a prominent feature while at the six o’clock position, a specific car chassis number of the Lightweight E-Type is displayed, just above where it reads ’Automatic’ and ’Made in U.K.’ Meanwhile, the watch strap is made from Connolly leather, which is the same type of cover Jaguar used on the Lightweight E-Type’s upholstery.

Neither Jaguar nor Bremont has mentioned any pricing details for these six watches. What we do know is that they won’t come cheap. Not cheap at all.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type tachometer.

Remember when Kobe Bryant "jumped over" an Aston Martin back in 2008? We all know that the Black Mamba didn’t actually do it. Neither did stunt man Damion Poitier when he was enlisted by Sports Science to do the same thing in 2009. So it’s safe to say that jumping over a car is an impossible and dangerous task. Or is it?

Norwegian Niklas Strandbraten and his friends, electronic music duo Broiler, decided to give the old jumping-over-a-car stunt a little try. This time, the stunt didn’t involve an Aston Martin Vantage or a Lamborghini Gallardo . Instead, an Audi R8 was used, which, according to owner and Broiler member Mikkel Christiansen, is almost four inches taller than a Gallardo. Not only that, Strandbraten was tasked to jump over the R8 as the German supercar was moving at a speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). Pretty freakin’ stupid and dangerous, right?

The video shows that Strandbraten was able to clear the R8, but I don’t really know if its legitimate or not. I’ve seen too many "fake jumps" over the years, including Kobe’s, that has turned me forever skeptical on the stunt. Heck, if Sports Science couldn’t pull it off, then you know how difficult that stunt is.

If Strandbraten really did jump over it, then congratulations to him. It takes a lot of guts and mental faculties to be able to pull that of. But if he didn’t, chalk this one up as yet another fake jump for the archives.


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