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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.

It is not even a tiny bit of a secret that I love my Volkswagen Golf . I love its combination of good looks, practicality, and sporty driving characteristics, but how does it compare against something from BMW ? In this episode of Chris Harris on Cars for /DRIVE, Chris takes a look at the latest and greatest seventh-generation Golf R , and he compares it to the new darling from BMW, the M235i .

In usual Chris Harris fashion, there is a bit of wit, a bit of history, and just a dash of sideways. Strangely though, he doesn’t really come to a solid conclusion about which one is best. He just gives us what he sees as the pros and the cons, and leaves it at that.

Seeing as he never came to a full conclusion, I leave it up to you to make your choice. Hit up those comments and tell us which car you think is the better of the two. I’ll be back a bit later to congratulate everyone who I think is right, as well as chide all those who have yet to see the light and truth in this automotive universe.

Now hit play, watch the two cars do their magic, and get to commenting. I am waiting.

There’s been a lot of talk about Ferrari’s rumored plans to introduce a V-6-powered, entry-level sports car in the near future. It may sound awkward given the company’s tradition with V-8 and V-12 powerplants, but the Italians have done this before. It happened between 1968 and 1976, when Ferrari launched the Dino marque for models powered by engines with fewer than 12 cylinders. Once called the "lesser Ferraris," the Dinos carried 2.0- and 2.4-liter, V-6 units, as well as a 3.0-liter V-8 under their rear bonnets. The most iconic Dino was the 246 GTS , but the 308 GT4 received some attention as well.

Produced for eight years — four with a Dino badge and four as a Ferrari — the 308 GT4 featured a 2+2 coupe body and a wedge design penned by Bertone. The 3.0-liter eight-banger generated 250 horsepower at launch, but the engine lost 20 ponies when it crossed the pond to America due to slight modifications. Weighing in at about 2,500 pounds, the 308 GT4 wasn’t astoundingly fast, but it was quick enough for Elvis Presley to buy one. It’s actually one of the last car he purchased nearly a year before passing away in 1977.

40 years have passed since its official launch, and the 308 GT4 is finally getting the love it deserves from Ferrari aficionados as the company’s first production car to feature a mid-mounted, V-8 engine. Hit the play button above to watch a happy owner talk about his 1975 Dino-badged sports car in an enchanting Gear Patrol video .

It seems like video games are fast becoming the premier way for automakers to launch new and exclusive models in today’s tech-addled era. We have seen the McLaren P1 headline Forza Motorsports 5 , the new Lamborghini Huracán is the king of the upcoming Forza Horizon 2, and now it looks like Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with Sony to jump into the game.

The all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT is the upcoming replacement for the bonkers SLS supercar , and it is set to be formally announced next week on September 9th. Now Mercedes has come out and announced that after the car launches it will be available first in the new game DRIVECLUB from Sony Entertainment Europe.

The game is set to launch on October 8th, and for the first week of availability the new AMG GT will be a free download. There is no word on how much the cost for the new GT will be after the first week promotion is over.

If you want even more AMG fun in your video game life, DRIVECLUB comes with five other cars from the Mercedes stable; A45 AMG , CLA 45 AMG, C63 AMG Coupe Black Series, SL65 AMG and the father of the new GT, the SLS AMG Coupe Black Series .

If you want to play in this automotive party, you have just over a month to get your shiny new Playstation 4 to play it on.

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

The BMW i8 is the first sports car to come from Munich in a very long time. But is the hybrid a true sports car ? According to its output and performance figures, as well as its 3,200-pound curb weight, it is. It’s actually lighter than the Porsche 911 , the benchmark of all sports cars, but how does this German machine stack against its Stuttgart-built rival in a straight line? Well, that’s what the folks over at Evo wanted to find out by pitting the i8 and the 911 Carrera S against each other on an airfield.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the i8 weighs in at around 3,200 pounds and benefits from 357 hybrid horses and 420 pound-feet of torque, which travel to all four wheels. The Porsche, on the other hand, sits better on the horsepower front with 430 ponies, but it has deficiency of 100 pound-feet of torque when compared to the Bimmer. It’s also slightly heavier and has a rear-wheel-drive configuration. Sounds like a close call, and indeed it is. The winner is only 0.3 seconds faster in the quarter-mile and 0.8 seconds quicker in the standing-kilometer run.

We won’t spoil the outcome, so you just head above and hit the play button for a full-throttle, straight-line comparison.

The Lexus IS dates back to 1998, when it was introduced as an entry-level luxury car mainly in Japan and the United States. Initially launched as a four-door sedan and five-door wagon , the IS didn’t receive a two-door version until the second-generation model came in 2006. However, the Japanese only built a convertible , postponing the coupe for a few more years. The much-anticipated coupe has finally arrived for the 2015 model year, about 12 months after Lexus unveiled the third-generation IS. But unlike the latter, the coupe carries the RC F nameplate.

Although it borrows most of its styling from the IS sedan, the RC F features a more aggressive design, which is supposed to pay tribute to Lexus’ only supercar as of 2014, the LFA . The RC F, however, is not intended to compete with the likes of the Nissan GT-R , but rather take on the BMW M4 , the upcoming Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe and the Audi RS5 . Does it have what it takes to play with Germany’s main weapons for the sports coupe market? Read on to find out.

Updated 09/05/2014: Lexus announced full details and prices on the all-new RC F sports coupe which will be put on sale starting this fall. Prices will start from $63,325 including $925 destination charges.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus RC F.

The McLaren 650S has drained many wallets since debuting at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . That comes with the territory of buying a supercar that costs $265,000. It costs a lot to get your hands on one, but it costs even more if the 650S gets the McLaren Special Operations treatment, which is exactly the case for this thing of beauty right here.

MSO has been responsible for a handful of special-edition 650S models. This time, McLaren’s very own bespoke division created a unique example of the 650S specifically for a McLaren retailer in Paris.

The car itself doesn’t appear to be headed to a specific owner, but will instead be featured at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event this weekend at Domaine de Chantilly near Paris. It sounds like a fancy event and judging by the way MSO designed this particular 650S, I’ll venture a guess that it’s going to be well-dressed for the occasion.

Hopefully, this 650S finds an owner soon after it shows off for the cameras at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance event. It would be a travesty if nobody gets to enjoy the beautiful work MSO did to this saucy McLaren.

The McLaren 650S is powered by a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that produces 640 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The engine is bolted to a seven-speed DSG transmission, allowing it to hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 207 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Pearl White By MSO.

The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.

When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change, a five-pony power bump, and various, but minor interior and exterior upgrades.

Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional five horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)

Updated 09/08/2014: Dodge announced that the 2015 Viper will go on sale at a price of $84,995 - which represents a reduction of $15k over the previous year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT.

Launched in 1996 as a rear-wheel-drive, mid-engined roadster, the Lotus Elise replaced the aging Elan in the company’s lineup. Initially powered by a 118-horsepower, 1.8-liter Rover engine, the little roadster weighed only 1,598 pounds and was able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 5.8 seconds. More powerful iterations, including one that came with 190 horsepower on tap, were released until the first-generation model was replaced in 2001. The second-gen sports car came with revised exterior styling and a refreshed interior, while the Rover engine was dropped in favor of a Toyota -sourced, 1.8-liter four-banger. The second-gen Elise received a mild facelift in 2011, when an entry-level, 1.6-liter unit was introduced for the European market. As we’re moving closer to 2015, Lotus began testing a new version of the Elise on the Nurburgring track and, as it turns out, the Brits have launched yet another iteration of its iconic sports car. Dubbed Elise S Cup, the lightweight coupe is nothing more than a road-legal version of the Cup R race car that was launched in 2013.

In other words, it’s the most powerful road-going Elise ever built and it comes with everything you need for a fun-filled weekend at the races. Check out the full details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about the Lotus Elise S Cup

Chris Harris has done it again. He has found the ultimate classic car to test drive that makes us drool. This time around, Harris gets some time behind the wheel of the Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France . No, this isn’t some pace car used to lead segments of the famed bicycle race. Rather, this classic racer was once a long-distance race car that tackled asphalt and dirt roads with authority in the Tour de France Automobile.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter, 12-cylinder engine that produced 240 horsepower in its racing days, but closer to 270 horses after modern modifications were made. That isn’t much power by today’s standards, but back in the 1950s, when this car did its racing, that was a ton of power.

Also unimpressive by today’s standards is this car’s 165-mph top speed. But picture hitting this top speed on a dirt road with 1950’s tires and four-wheel drum brakes, and you can see why only a brave few could actually pilot this rig.

The blue beauty in this video is set to head to auction soon, but the current owner was kind enough to allow Harris to pilot it. And as always, he delivers to us a great review with plenty of classic 12-pot noise to satisfy the ears. Is it simply spectacular to hear that small-displacement 12-cylinder hum along.

If there’s one automaker that’s more exclusive than Ferrari , that would have to be Morgan Motor Company . Of course, the comparison is somewhat silly given the products that come from these companies, but Morgan is one of those manufacturers that builds less than 1,000 vehicles a year. What’s more, certain cars have a waiting list of up to six months. That’s because each car is assembled by hand, starting with the wooden frame and ending with the hand-formed, aluminum body. Sure, nothing’s cooler than a Ferrari Ferrari badge nowadays, but Morgan’s old-fashioned ways are darn impressive in my book.One less-known fact about this British company is that it has a Special Projects Division.

This means Morgan can build bespoke, one-off vehicles just like the big boys from Ferrari, Lambo and Jaguar Land Rover . They don’t do it very often, but you’d better be prepared to stand in awe when such an automobile comes out of Malvern, England. If you fancy the classy yet modern looks of the Aero Coupe, then Morgan’s latest custom vehicle will leave you impressed. Meet the Morgan SP1, essentially the production version of the 2009 LifeCar concept !

Click past the jump to read more about the Morgan SP1.


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