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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 Lamborghini Huracan has been turning a lot of heads since it was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show a few months ago. If anything, the reaction to the supercar has been expected, especially when you consider the enormous shoes it has to fill as the successor to the popular Lamborghini Gallardo .

Fast forward a few months and it appears that most scribes in the industry have formed their opinions of the Italian supercar , particularly on important talking points like its looks, power, and overall handling capabilities.

This time around, we have a pair of videos coming from Auto Express and Autoguide detailing their experiences on driving the Huracan. Good or bad, there are a lot of things to say about Lambo’s newest baby, and like the professionals that they are, the two auto sites pulled no punches on their analysis of the car.

Check out the videos and see if you’ve been swayed to either buy one or to just stay away from it.

Click past the jump for one more video.

We cover a lot of high-speed shenanigans here at TopSpeed, but this bit of news might take the cake for the fastest quarter-mile run we’ve seen in a long time. Then again, drag racing legend Don “Big Daddy” Garlits did set the world speed record for the fastest quarter mile time for an electric vehicle . Take a gander at the video above to see that ‘lectric sled complete the run in 7.258 seconds at 184.01 mph.

Through the shaky camera work, you’ll watch Garlits’ 2,000-horsepower electric dragster shoot from the starting line almost silently. With no exhaust noise, only the massive tires gripping the pavement is audible.

Making this possible is an array of lithium-polymer batteries comprised of four packs. The packs are divided up with two on each side of the car, with each pack containing 300 cells. The batteries produce 420 volts and 3,600 amps that feed six 7.5-inch series-wound DC motors. In total, the car produces 1,500 kilowatts, or roughly 2,000 horsepower.

Excluding those Top Fuel dragsters that rock massive hand-built V-8 engines snarling incomprehensible amounts of horsepower, this electric dragster might be the fastest thing on the planet. However, Garlits told Wired that he wouldn’t be satisfied till the car breaks the 200 mph barrier and drops the time into the six-second range.

Source: Wired

The folks over at Ultimate Auto are known for modifying a host of vehicles ranging from SUVs such as the Range Rover Sport to sports cars like the McLaren MP4-12C . They’ve been working on an enormous amount of muscle cars too, but their recent Camaro project surpasses anything they’ve created so far.

Unlike the stock-looking ZL1 project car the tuner built last year, the "Ultimate Sixty Seven" Camaro that just rolled out of their shop has undergone extensive modifications, gaining a unique ’restomod’-like appearance that blends modern and classic cues together.

As the name suggests, this pony was built as an tribute to the almighty 1967 Chevrolet Camaro , a muscle car specifically built to take on the popular Ford Mustang , but with a modern touch. And as you might have already guessed, it took a lot of effort to modify the body of a first-gen Camaro to make it suitable for hand-built parts and accessories, as well as interior and powertrain modifications.

Nothing remained unchanged on this vehicle, with Ultimate Auto performing some extensive metal and carbon-fiber surgery and making use of several 1967 and 1969 Camaro parts to obtain the final result. Even the drivetrain was ditched and replaced with a supercharged GM LS9 engine mated to a Tremec T-56 transmission.

Performance figures haven’t been revealed, but judging by the engine’s name and the tweaks provided by Mast Motorsports we must be looking at something beyond the 700-horsepower mark.

Click past the jump to read more Chevrolet Camaro "Ultimate Sixty Seven" By Ultimate Auto.

The current-generation Audi R8 is getting ready to enter its last year on the market as the automaker is already testing a redesigned version. However, the Germans haven’t given up on the current R8 just yet.

Starting this summer, customers will be able to acquire an even more powerful version of the V-10 variant which will carry the LMX name and sit atop the V-10 Plus . Besides a significant power bump, the LMX also benefits from extensive Audi Exclusive treatment with numerous bespoke parts added inside and out.

A unique blue paint job, new wheels, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic components, and a leather-wrapped cockpit are only a few of the features found on the new edition. But more importantly, the new sports car is fitted with Audi’s laser light technology, previously seen on the R18 e-tron quattro race car .

Although only 99 units are set to be built, the Audi R8 LMX will become the first production road-going vehicle to carry laser headlamps, snatching the achievement from German rival BMW who will launch a similar technology in the i8 sports car later this year. A sneaky move from Audi, who is probably introducing the LMX only to poke at the Bavarian company.

Updated 06/13/2014: Audi unveiled a very cool promo video featuring driver featuring Tom Kristensen driver pushing the R8 LMX to the limits. Enjoy!

Updated 06/18/2014: Audi unveiled the R8 LMX at the 2014 Le Mans and this was the perfect opportunity to release new images and video. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi R8 LMX.

If you want to know it means to be a true car enthusiast, you need to hear this story about Doug Demuro. Doug used to work for Porsche PR, but now he is a writer like all of us here at TopSpeed. Well, just like us except he also owns a Ferrari . This is where the story gets interesting.

You see, Doug hates people that own these amazing cars that only hoard them. You know the guys – if you look at their car wrong, they make sure you understand that it is their car and you are to come nowhere near it.

The problem with that is it’s cars like this that bring people into our automotive world. Kids don’t excited about seeing a Camry , but when they see a Ferrari, they suddenly know why cars are cool . Doug decided that the best way to share his automotive fortune would be to, well, share it. He found 20 different friends and let each one drive his shiny red Ferrari 360 Modena .

Best of all, he had the foresight to film the whole adventure. The car comes away 100 percent unhurt, so if you wanted to see scraped paint, look elsewhere. What actually happened is 20 people experienced a life-changing drive in a Ferrari, and it is beautiful.

My hat is off to you, Doug. Oh, and the next time you want to try this, just give me a call.

Click past the jump for more info on the Ferrari 360 Modena

Of all the Lamborghinis ever built, a case can be made that the Diablo holds a unique place in the heart of the company and its fans.

Not only did it carry a name that lived up to its diabolical nature, but it also holds the distinction of being the only Lamborghini that was designed under the watch of Chrysler . We’re not going to dive into all those details now, but it’s certainly interesting to remember a day when the Raging Bull was owned by the Pentastar.

It was at that time when the Diablo was created as the successor to arguably one of the most popular Lamborghini models ever, the Countach . Talk about having huge shoes to fill.

Fast forward to this year and the Diablo is now treated with reverence and respect, especially by true car enthusiasts who appreciate everything the Diablo stands for.

Recently, Jay Leno got his hands on a Lamborghini Diablo owned by a buddy of his, Franco Barbuscia. He’s the owner of Franco’s European Sports Cars in Los Angeles and, as Leno claims, is one of a few men in this world who probably knows more about Lamborghinis than the car itself.

The two, together with Barbuscia’s son Damiano, spend 15 minutes talking shop about the Diablo, dissecting it from every conceivable detail and reveling on its place in history among Lamborghini models.

It’s an interesting to hear these guys share their combined knowledge about the cars and the iconic Italian company that built them. And besides, Leno gets to drive a Diablo. What’s not to like?

Once BMW confirmed that the coupe and convertible versions of the 1 Series would be marketed as the 2 Series , it was clear as daylight that a high performance M2 version is underway.

We’ve already rendered the successor to the cool 1M and strolled through plenty of details about the upcoming coupe, but the time has come to have a look at the real deal, as our skilled paparazzi have caught a prototype version of the M2 stretching its wheels somewhere in Germany .

Far from being a production-ready vehicle, this mule wears front and rear fascias similar to those seen on the M235i Coupe , but it appears to be fitted with wider fenders. Other details that highlight the vehicle’s ankle-biting nature are the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors paired with blue brake calipers.

As development continues, we’re expecting to see a more aggressive front bumper, a more pronounced rear diffuser, and quad exhaust pipes.

Naturally, the M2 will be the most powerful model in the 2-Series range, with its twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six to deliver around 400 horsepower. That’s about 80 horses more than the M235i, just enough to turn the M2 into a heck of a coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.

With all due respect to all other supercars in the world, there’s nothing quite like seeing a McLaren P1 dressed in all black and rampaging around a world famous circuit like the Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium .

That’s exactly the sight a hand full of people witnessed when McLaren decided to hold what looks a testing session or track day event at Spa. The P1 was even accompanied by a few other McLaren models out enjoying their time out on track. Even still, it’s the P1 that really got all the attention.

This video further confirms the P1 falls within the ranks of those vehicles that appear to be in motion while merely sitting still. Those swooping lines and curvacious body panels exude so much emotion and evoke such a spirit of speed. What’s more, the short film captures the P1 actually carving the track, proving that it’s just as at home on the circuit as it is inside a collector’s garage.

The P1 had some shaky twitches in the start, something we’ll pin as the driver’s responsibility, but overall, the car looked planted and totally controlled throughout its time on the track.

How it must feel like to get behind the wheel of one...

The BMW M4 Coupe is getting a ton of publicity mileage recently and from the looks of things, that’s not letting up anytime soon. Days after BMW launched the M4 Coupe DTM Safety Car set to live life as the official safety car of the 2014 DTM season, another racing series has turned to the M4 Coupe as well.

MotoGP has given is riders an incentive that makes qualifying a more competitive environment than it already is. That’s because the competition for the BMW M Award for Best Qualifier throughout the 2014 season has a pretty cool prize at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

A specially-designed BMW M4 Coupe.

This is the 12th year that the BMW M Award has been up for grabs and the setup has remained largely the same. Similar to the point system used in the actual races, the the BMW M Award classification will have its own version for the qualifying sessions where riders are awarded points relative to their positions in qualifying. Whoever scores the most points at the end of the season not only gets the title of ’fastest qualifier,’ they also goes home with a BMW M4 Coupe . That’s what you call a ’win-win’ situation.

The 2014 season already has four qualifying sessions under its belt and 2013 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez sits comfortably on top with 100 points, well clear of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa who both are tied for second with 62 points each.

It’s still too early to tell who gets to win the BMW M Award, but it’s beginning to like a title that’s Marquez’s to lose.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Coupe.

Source: MotoGP

Peugeot’s peppy little sports car , the RCZ , is getting a unique ’Red Carbon’ treatment. This special edition will be rather exclusive with only 300 united being constructed, with each one getting a host of features as standard equipment and bespoke features.

Before jumping into what the RCZ Red Carbon has to offer, we have to give props to Peugeot for continuing to tout its sports car. It’s not the sexiest or most powerful in its group, but it does have high amounts of both qualities, earning with it a real following among those chic trendsetters in Europe .

Ok, so the RCZ Red Carbon is, well, pretty special in its own right. It comes decked with plenty of exterior and interior upgrades that should bring out the sportiness of the RCZ even more. Likewise, the inclusion of Peugeot’s ’Vision Pack’ and ’Black Pack’ further highlights the exclusivity of the model, as if any more cosmetic changes could do that on an already impressive looking sports coupe.

The RCZ Red Carbon is available on a variety of powertrains, including Peugeot’s 1.6-liter THP engine that produces 200 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 0-62 mph in just 7.6 seconds to go with an impressive top speed of 149 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Peugeot RCZ "Red Carbon" Limited Edition.


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