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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.

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The Civic has been a mainstay in the small car category for the better part of 20 years. Its affordability and rock-solid reliability, combined with its racing culture and huge aftermarket parts availability, all make the Civic a respectable choice for fun transportation on a budget.

However, when Honda went about redesigning the Civic sedan for 2012, it apparently didn’t do its homework. The car was not well received which forced Honda to revamp it for 2013. The changing continues in 2014 with revisions yet again. The look steers the Civic toward a more masculine design and away from the low-budget, econo-box design of 2012.

The 2014 Civic Coupe gets updated as well, having missed the 2013 changes. Crisp, bold lines give the sheet metal a sportier, more athletic look. New wheel designs sharpen things even further. Inside, both Civic sedans and coupes receive an new instrument panel with plenty of chrome detailing. An impressive new seven-inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system is new with LaneWatch blind spot monitoring.

Under the hood, the standard 1.8-liter I-4 is still present, however, it can now be mated with a CVT transmission. The six-speed manual is available in the base model, but the traditional automatic is gone. Si models get an upgraded 2.4-liter I-4 i-VTEC with four extra ponies and pound-feet of torque, bringing its output to 205 horsepower and 174 pound-feet, thanks to a retuned exhaust system. The 1.8-liter produces 143 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is improved as well with the CVT-equipped sedan getting an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. The HF trim gets even better at 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. Base model LX coupes get 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway with the manual transmission while the higher trimmed EX and EX-L fitted with the CVT are rated at 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2014 Honda Civic

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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We all knew from the time BMW introduced the production i8 that it was going to be one of those cars that redefine the way we appreciate our loves. it’s that revolutionary, and not just by way of all the high-tech goodies it comes with.

But since we’re heading down that road, this is as good a time as any to shine the spotlight on one of the most innovative things about the i8. And no, we’re not talking about those laser lights that will be a first for a production vehicle. We’re talking about the keyfob, an otherwise unglamorous — yet extremely useful — piece of equipment used on a lot of cars these days.

We all know what keyfobs tend to look like: small, clunky and largely rectangular in shape that serve the sole purpose of having built-in authentication mechanisms, but this one’s unlike anything you’ve seen from a gadget like this.

Ordinarily, key fobs don’t do much in the way of cutting edge design. But the i8 keyfob is different in so many levels, it’s hard too imagine not getting caught up on what it can do.

It can start the BMW i8, that’s for sure. It can also serve to contain lock/unlock buttons, a trunk opener, and sometimes, its own alarm. But the i8’s keyfob’s function doesn’t just end there. It also contains a high-resolution display screen that’s similar to what you can see on a lot of instrument clusters these days. This screen houses some pretty useful information, especially for a hybrid sports car like the i8.

Based on the photo of the i8 keyfob, you can see the range of the sports car before recharging and re-fueling, pretty important information that will allow you to not overcharge your sports car too much. Look closer and you’ll also notice that all-important information on when the car was last charged and whether or not the key fob itself is connected to the i8. On those important capabilities alone, you can already surmise just how revolutionary this keyfob is. Or, as those familiar with those Japanese toys: a Tamagochi, it is not.

But it doesn’t just end there; the i8 keyfob also has a handful of buttons that can be customized specifically to the needs of the owner. It really is tantamount to a mini smartphone with its own re-programmable functions.

For the price it commands — a replacement key fob will cost at least $1,000 — you’d be wise to keep this small yet incredibly sophisticated piece of technology as close to you as possible.

That, in a nutshell, is how best to describe the BMW i8 key fob: small yet incredibly sophisticated...and really, really expensive.

Click past the jump to read about the 2015 BMW i8

Source: BMW Blog
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People around the world cook different animals and birds around the holidays, but no mater the meat you need to prepare, cooking can sometimes be very difficult. However, Youtube user Shmee150 found a very special way of cooking the Christmas turkey that is right up our alley.

He makes use of a car, of course, but not an ordinary car. He uses a Lamborghini Aventador with some cool updates from Oakley Design. Oakley’s updates include a full titanium exhaust system that adds another 60 horsepower to the car’s final output and a new rear spoiler that improves the car’s aerodynamic features.

Okay, so how do these updates help cook a turkey? Well, thanks the new exhaust system, the Aventador literally spits fire, so Shmee150 held the turkey to the flames as they shot from the tailpipe.

Of course, we are pretty sure that the turkey he ate in the end of the video is not the one cooked with the Aventador’s exhaust, especially considering the Aventaor isn’t the cleanest-running car on the planet at 370 g/km of CO2 emissions, but the idea behind this video is pretty cool.

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We received the first official details on the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 , which is the successor to the Gallardo , this past Friday and over the weekend, DMC already prepared a rendering of its first tuning kit for the new supercar . Its true, the upgrade kit is just virtual for now, but DMC said it previews a future product we’ll see in the upcoming months.

To be completely honest with you, we think the new Huracan is one of the nicest models Lamborghini has launched in a while, so don’t think it is in need of any updates; however, it looks like DMC doesn’t agree and wanted to give the Huracán a more aggressive look.

The upgrades announced by the tuner include a full carbon-fiber body kit, featuring a new front lip spoiler, new side skirts, a new rear wing spoiler, a rear deck lid and a huge rear wing. What we really hope is that the ugly roof scoop won’t make it to production.

We’ll bring you more details once DMC reveals the real kit.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4.

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For those of you who do not know, Singer Automotive is a design company specialized in restoring and modifying old Porsche models. One of its most famous car is the Singer 911 we saw back in 2011.

Until now, this car received no "real" review, but in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, we had the chance to see what a great car the Singer 911 really is. The car was brought to Jay Leno by Rob Dickinson, creative director of Singer. It was the last stop made in the U.S. before it will be shipped to its new owner in Dubai who paid about $350k for its new toy.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks it worth spending that amount of money just to restore a Porsche 964. We think it is well worth it, considering all the updates this 911 received, including bespoke carbon-fiber body work, a modified engine, updated interior and a very cool, Gulf livery.

Ferrari LaFerrari

How’s this for incentive?

It’s no secret that Ferrari is starving to win a Formula One championship after watching Red Bull dominate the series for four years now. Though they won’t admit it, signs of desperation are coming out of Maranello and you don’t need to look further than the team’s decision to bring back Kimi Raikkonen as the new teammate of Fernando Alonso.

Raikkonen and Alonso are without question two of the best drivers in the grid today and according to TheSupercarKids, Ferrari is giving the pair quite an incentive if they win the world championship next year.

If Alonso or Raikkonen take down Sebastian Vettel’s dynastic run at the top of Formula One, both of them will be given a Ferrari LaFerrari . Yeah, the same supercar whose production run is already sold out.

Then again, it seems that Ferrari is more than willing to let its engineers build a couple more for the occasion. Lord knows it’s an important year for the team in Formula One. It hasn’t won a title since Raikkonen in 2007, and if they come up short again next season, it would be seven straight seasons without any hardware to show for all the hard work.

That would also be the longest drought Ferrari has had since that 19-year drought from 1980 through 1999.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari

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Given a choice, I would choose the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta over the Lamborghini Aventador . However, there are a majority of folks who would fall for the brutal power and aggressive looks of the Aventador. No wonder then, the big Lambo is so popular. Given the high demand for this 700 horsepower supercar , owners are more keen to personalize their cars.

That’s where aftermarket tuners like Premier Autowerkz come in. They have recently launched upgrades for the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 . The extensive update includes a full body kit, fixed rear spoiler, new paint scheme and wheels.

The exterior is finished in a very attractive shade of blue and gloss black. The body kit consists of a carbon-fiber front bumper and splitter with a more aggressive front air intakes. A new carbon-fiber rear diffuser has also been added, and the exhaust system has been reworked for a unique Lambo howl. The standard retractable spoiler has been done away with and replaced with a fixed carbon-fiber piece.

PUR wheels adorn the large wheels arches on this Lamborghini Aventador . PUR RS05 wheels finished in metallic silver gives the car a sporty and distinct appeal. Brake calipers on this example are finished in a shade of gold. Under skin, the Aventador uses a the same 6.5-liter, V-12 with 700 horsepower and all-wheel drive. ’Launch Control’, thanks to the dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador

Source: Fidoklik

The constant race for innovation comes in its truest form in the auto industry with companies spending millions of dollars in pursuit of that one breakthrough that can redefine the business.

To its credit, BMW may have come to that road with its laser light technology.

Different from the popular LED lights that have become prevalent in the industry, laser lights are being propped as the next evolution in lighting technology, with promises of being safer and more efficient than their LED counterparts.
BMW is tapping into this new technology, which they will use for the first time on the 2015 i8 hybrid sports car , an appropriate choice if there ever was one because of the i8’s own place as its own technologically savant piece.

So why are laser lights safer and more efficient than LEDs? For starters — and this is going to a new level of geekdom, so strap on and try to keep up — laser lights are safer in a sense that they are more focused on what their shining on, which in this case is the road. What this does is reduce the strain caused to oncoming cars, reducing the possibility of angry drivers flipping you the bird as you pass them.

Light strength is another distinct advantage for laser lights, something BMW alludes to in the video above. Compared to light range of standard LEDs, an LED high beam equipped with laser lights is capable of extending that range to an incredible 600 meters (1,970 feet). By comparison, an LED low beam only has a 100-meter (328 feet) range with the high beam at 300 meters (985 feet). Significant stuff right there.

As far as efficiency is concerned, laser lights draw so little energy that they automatically reduce a car’s energy consumption. Laser lights also have smaller lighting diodes, 100 times smaller than the cells used in LEDs, giving BMW designers more flexibility and leeway in designing their lights setup, specifically the ones you’ll find on the i8.

Unfortunately, laser lights don’t come standard on the i8; instead, BMW is offering them as an option for the high-beam mode on the hybrid sports car.

Still and all, its a technology that we’re going to see and hear about in the coming years. That’s what happens when you’re dealing with something that has the potential to be a technological evolution.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW i8

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Ford Mustang

"They hide in the bushes, they fly over test tracks;" the automotive paparazzi are always on the prowl, looking to grab a shot of the most secretive automotive projects. Ford has now revealed the next-generation Mustang coupe, and in this video it explains how the art of camouflage helped it keep the 2015 Ford Mustang under wraps, quite literally.

The iconic Ford Mustang , has been around for 50 years and has a huge fan following. So, it’s no surprise that the amount of excitement and curiosity was high ahead of the official reveal. Before we all get to see the car, it is essential for any car maker to keep it away from prying eyes during the development and fine-tuning phase.

Ford managed to keep us guessing for sometime before the Stang’s official launch, so what did it do to protect the car’s identity? As camouflage experts at Ford explain, they prefer to use soft vinyl instead of hard plastics that bind to the surface of the vehicle. The soft vinyl covers better and hides the contours of the body which made it rather difficult for us lot to get a peek at the lines.

As it seems, a lot of work goes into wrapping the car in vinyl, Styrofoam and plastic. During the early stages, our auto paparazzi had brought us heavily camouflaged images of the Mustang. As the launch date was nearing, the vinyls and plastics were replaced with psychedelic wraps to reveal the front fascia, and that’s when the internet became flooded with renderings of the 2015 Mustang.

With the official unveiling of the 2015 Ford Mustang , the teams are finally relieved of trying to keep it under wraps. But, this cat and mouse game between the car makers and the paparazzi continues, as we are still awaiting some special-edition models.

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