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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.

Ford ’s massive worldwide debut of the all-new 2015 Mustang was nothing short of spectacular. While the Mustang coupe stole the show, the convertible made its appearance but didn’t seem to make its presence known. However, Ford is pulling out the stops to properly introduce the redesigned pony. Just like it did 50 years ago, Ford is putting a Mustang atop the Empire State Building, parking on the observation deck along the 86th floor.

Unfortunately, Ford is running into the same issue it had debuting the first-generation Mustang — how to get it up there. A simple helicopter drop becomes impossible when considering the deck’s close proximity to the Empire’s tall spire. Rolling in a mobile crane would work except a crane that tall doesn’t exist. So, like the Mustang before, the new pony will squeeze into an elevator.

As you can imagine, the ‘Stang would have a hard time fitting in an elevator built for people. Just like in 1964, the car will be sliced into three sections before making the ascension. Ford’s team of engineers with then have a mere six hours to reassemble the car before its grand debut 1,454 feet off the ground on April 16, coinciding with the New York Auto Show happening below. The car will be on display for a short 54 hours before the process happens in reverse.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang and watch a video on the convertible top operation.

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Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? The joint development deal that was supposed to net two sports cars bearing the same underpinnings under the Renault and Caterham names is apparently over. We reported earlier that there was a riff between the two companies, and according to multiple sources, the two have decided to nix the joint-development deal altogether.

According to these reports, both the Caterham and Renault cars are still on schedule for a 2016 release, but there is no information on whether they will continue to share the same architecture. Earlier reports claimed that Caterham approved a design from Renault, but the French company later tried to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube after customers didn’t respond well to the initial design. The Caterham bosses didn’t take too kindly to this, but they were assured that the project would remain Renault’s No. 1 priority.

Well, with the 50-50 venture now completely off track Caterham is free to continue with its designing process completely free from Renault’s nervous trigger finger.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Renault will eventually pull the plug on its project altogether citing demand issues, and Caterham will modify the car to better match its current design language. This would be a sad ending to a promising campaign, but it seems like Renault lost interest at some point and Caterham really has no need for a sports car like this in its lineup.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on this topic.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault - Caterham joint sports car.

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In the automotive world you tend to hear the phrase “fire-breathing” and “explosive power” a lot when discussing high-end supercars . This video of a Lamborghini on the dyno brings those words to a more literal level.

The Lamborghini in question is no standard Gallardo . Rather this beast has been tuned by a group called Exelixis Motorsport in Greece, and they are claiming an insane 2,000 horsepower is being produced. Now unless I can see the dyno results for myself, I am going to take that claim with a grain of salt. That said, nobody can argue with angry sound and explosive nature of this beast.

As it sits on the dyno, this Gallardo burps, bellows and howls as massive fireballs explode from the exhaust. I understand that many cars have their bumpers removed for heavy dyno runs to improve cooling, but I can’t help but think that this one was simply melted off.

The video itself is not the greatest quality, but you get a good dose of angry V-10 noise and you can easily see the Lambo try to flambé anyone nearby. It’s a wonderful thing to see, indeed.


Had it not been for some silly rules, like needing 30 production cars to qualify and needing two back-to-back runs, the Hennessey Venom GT would have taken home the title as the "World’s Fastest Production Car" after its 270.49-mph run at Kennedy Space Center. But those rules are in place, and Hennessey couldn’t care less, as it is rolling out a special World’s Fastest Edition Venom GTs in very limited quantities.

There is very limited information on the World’s Fastest Edition, but we do know that it features a red, white and blue livery to match the American flag. We also learned that the model will come in at a price tag of $1.25 million.

According to what I can gather, the Venom GT WFE will carry the same 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 as the rest of the Venom GTs. This means that it pumps out 1,244 horsepower, and shoots the hypercar to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 186 mph in just 13.63 ticks. While the Venom GT only hit 270.49 mph at Kennedy Space Center, Hennessey claims it can hit about 278 mph.

I’m sure that Hennessey will announce more details on the WFE Venom GT, if there is more to talk about, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Hennessey Venom GT.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is a hulking ball of muscle with the agility of a ballerina. It’s hard to come up with enough praises to describe one of the most powerful and best-handling Camaros in history. Somehow, though, the folks over at Motor Trend have found a way to do just that.

MT’s resident racer Randy Pobst took some time to give the 2014 Camaro Z/28 a serious shakedown and by, did he come out singing the praises of the Chevrolet and Z/28.

Comparing the Z/28 to an Italian supercar doesn’t seem fair, but the Z/28 debunks that notion. Pobst found this out himself when the Camaro posted a figure-eight time of 23.6 seconds, right on par with the Ferrari 458 Italia. Pobst was also quick to praise the vehicle’s carbon-ceramic brake system, which allowed the Z/28 to consistently stop from 60 to 0 mph in fewer than 100 feet.

Those things, coupled with the car’s obvious power output, are what makes the 2014 Camaro Z/28 such a prized thoroughbred, enough, at least, to be considered as one of the best Camaros Chevrolet has ever built.

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For my money, the Porsche 918 is one of the most exciting and important cars to be released in the last 25 years. Since it was introduced as a concept in Geneva in 2010, I have gobbled up every morsel of information and video of it in motion. The latest entry into my vault of Porsche knowledge is this video from the Nurburgring.

What we get to see is a track-side video showing a 918 wearing the Martini livery chasing after a new 991-generation 911 Turbo. It mates a 4.6-liter V-8 to a pair of electric motors for a combined power output of nearly 900 horsepower. The 991 Turbo is the latest in a long line of forced-induction 911s. the 2014 911 Turbo uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 560 horsepower, enough to launch the 911 to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds.

As this is a standard test session there are very few cars on track, and aside from one slow moving BMW , the video is pure Porsche.


The demise of the Jaguar XK doesn’t necessarily mean Jaguar is leaving a hole in its entire lineup. A new model is set to replace the XK and from the looks of it, the British automaker is looking to field a coupe version of its bigger Jaguar XJ with styling cues attributed to the F-Type .

Given how the F-Type has been an enormous success and is largely the reason why Jaguar decided to drop the XK, it’s a smart move for Jaguar to make the proposed XJ Coupe look similar to its current meal ticket. That appears to be the plan for Jaguar, as it continues to make aggressive move after aggressive move to be a player in the luxury performance market.

The reported arrival of the XJ Coupe also means that Jaguar won’t necessarily drop out of the 2+2 grand tourer market where models like the Bentley Continental GT and the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe reside. On the contrary, Jaguar is preparing the XJ Coupe to be a direct rival to these models. With that, you can at least expect the model to be bigger than the XK with a similar aluminum architecture as the F-Type.

Engine options will likely also be varied and could range from either a supercharged V-6 to a V-8, or possible both. A six-cylinder diesel is also expected to be in the mix.

Discussions on price will likely be shelved at least until there’s confirmation for the model, but reason dictates that the model could be priced somewhere in the neighborhood of at least £100,000.

Note: Sedan model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XJ Coupe.


After numerous starts and stops, Alfa Romeo’s return to North America now has a definitive date. The Italian automaker has cirlced the 2014 New York International Auto Show as the date when it finally touches down (again) on American soil with the presentation of the Alfa Romeo 4C .

Sans the very-limited 8C action.

And outside of the NAIAS , you can make a case that the New York Auto Show is as big a stage for Alfa Romeo to introduce the 4C in the American market. So there’s a lot riding here for Alfa Romeo, particularly how well it’s going to be received by a new client base, a majority of which are probably young enough not to remember the last time the company was catering to this part of the world.

This bit of news, plus the recent proclamation by Alfa’s head of marketing Alberto Cavaggioni that a new update is in the cards for the 4C every year for the next four or five years, should make for tremendous interest in the 4C in the US.

Click past the jump to read more about the Alfa Romeo 4C

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With 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the 2014 Camaro Z/28 is probably the purest Chevrolet -badged muscle car you can get nowadays. It has a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter powerplant (think 1968-1969 Baldwin and Yenko ) that will make most think that all hell is about to break loose each time the gas pedal hits the floor.

Sure, it has less power than the supercharged 2014 Camaro ZL1 , but Chevy built the LS7-engined pony with track performance in mind. Is the 2014 Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro yet? You bet! However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the sports coupe that lapped the Nurburgring in 7:37.40 minutes can’t be had with an extra kick under the hood.

No, Chevrolet is not rolling out an update just yet. The 2014 Camaro Z/28 fell into the hands of Callaway Cars , the Connecticut-based GM specialist that that has already meddled with the 2014 Corvette Stingray , the 2014 Silverado truck and the 2014 SS sedan .

Dubbed Camaro Z/28 SC652, Callaway’s newest creation sports an Eaton TSV2300 supercharger under the hood, as well as a few other enhancements destined to increase output all the way up to 652 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque. Specifically, Callaway added a liquid-to-air intercooler, a high-flow intake system and, as expected, a low restriction exhaust system.

The extra horses kicking inside the supercharged mill enable the SC652 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, about 0.3 seconds faster than the factory Z/28. Callaway claims the muscle car can complete the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds at 114 mph, which means you will not embarrass yourself at the drag strip in one of these machines.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 by Callaway Cars.

Of all the cars that have entered Jay Leno’s Garage, you can make a case that very few are as advanced technologically as the Porsche 918 Spyder . The hybrid supercar from Stuttgart recently paid a visit to the comedian’s auto lair and, as expected, Leno raised some serious hell with it.

But before he got a chance to take the 918 Spyder out on the road, Leno had a pretty interesting discussion with the 918’s Client Relations Manager, Daniel Eastman.

Among the many topics discussed by the two, some of the more pertinent highlights of the discussion centered on just how much of a technological marvel the 918 Spyder really is. Whether it’s the fact that it can hit 70-plus mpg or that it can still hit 900 horsepower, despite being that fuel efficient, the 918 Spyder is really the best of both worlds. It’s an achievement that flies in the face of those who believed you can’t achieve one without sacrificing the other.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of those cars that will be talked about decades from now; a true crowning moment for Porsche that will not be forgotten anytime soon.

And in case you’re wondering, Leno took the 918 Spyder for a drive with Eastman riding shotgun. Some guys are just blessed...


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