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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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When Porsche unveiled the 919 Hybrid , the race car that brought it back to top-level endurance racing after a 15-year hiatus, the company said it was named like that because it follows the tradition of the 917" and "acknowledges the embarkation into the hybrid future" with the 918 Spyder .

The three vehicles are obviously very different aside from the badge. They are powered by dissimilar engines and have different underpinnings. However, the 917, the 918 Spyder and the 919 Hybrid are all motivated by the same thing, Porsche’s passion for racing and track performance.

We knew these awesome machines would eventually meet face to face ever since Stuttgart established the link, and we were hoping to see the family reunite at the Le Mans track, before this year’s race. But Porsche brought all three cars together two months earlier to use them at the preview evening of the new Macan crossover in the United Kingdom.

Since we’re already familiar with the 918 Spyder supercar and the 919 Hybrid, which will be seen in action throughout the 2014 World Endurance Championship season, let’s have a closer look at the 917, the vehicle that introduced Porsche to Le Mans success.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Porsche 917

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Ferrari’s LaFerrari XX project has barely commenced, but it appears the Italians are already charging toward setting a new Nurburgring lap record for track-only vehicles.

Word has it the Maranello stable has already managed to run the famous course in 6:35, with an official announcement in the coming months. If the rumor proves to be true, the LaFerrari XX will become the fastest production-based, track-exclusive car around the `Ring, surpassing the Pagani Zonda R and its 6:47.50 lap.

Although the LaFerrari XX won’t be able to challenge the production car record, due to its track-only purpose, the track-only supercar will also be faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder , which clocked a 6:57 lap last September. The company has yet to announce a Nurburgring lap for the road-legal LaFerrari .

Additionally, the new racer will smash the records set by the Ferrari 599XX and the 312T, the Prancing Horse’s only race cars to have lapped the track in less than seven minutes. The former achievement was record in 2010, while the latter dates back to the 1975 Formula One season.

Click past the jump to read more about the LaFerrari XX.

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British-based owners of the Porsche 911 GT3 are banding together to demand compensation for costs incurred stemming from the recall of the sports car last February after two GT3s caught fire earlier this year. Customers behind the GT3 Worldwide Action Group aren’t too happy that GT3 owners from other parts of the world are getting compensated for their affected cars while those in the UK are getting nothing.

In a letter sent to Porsche AG senior management, the GT3 Worldwide Action Group is demanding a compensation of £145 ($243) per day payable from February 18, the day when owners were first advised by Porsche to stop driving the GT3 because of problems with piston-rod connectors that has forced Porsche to take the unprecedented step of replacing all of the car’s engines .

The compensation being sought by these owners is intended to cover lease costs, deprecation, reduced warranty, insurance costs and lack of intended use. On top of that, the group also wants Porsche to pay &euro100 ($138) a day for customers whose cars are still in production and 50 euros for owners who have paid a deposit but have yet to be given a build slot.

It seems like a fair deal given that according to a statement the group released, U.S. owners of the GT3 are being compensated $2,000 a month for the duration of the recall while owners in Germany are getting &euro175 ($241) a day, the same amount the group is seeking for British-based owners of the sports car. The UK’s Daily Telegraph has even corroborated these claims, saying that it had seen email from Dubai Dubai ’s official Porsche dealer confirming to one GT3 customer that it will pay the owner $12,000 in compensation for the recalled GT3.

But UK customers have so far received nothing in compensation from Porsche, and the group, which represents around 30 to 35 owners in the UK, are rising up to force Porsche to pay them up. “We are massively disappointed by the way the manufacturer has conducted itself with its lack of transparency and blatant discrimination between markets,” Sunil Mehra, the founder of the group, said.

Interestingly enough, one of those British-based customers who was forced to return the Porsche 911 GT3 was McLaren Automotive . Turns out, McLaren brought a GT3 and had plans to use it as it prepared to develop the McLaren P13 , the company’s two-seat sports car that it plans to launch as a direct competitor to the Porsche.

Click past the jump to read about Porsche GT3’s fire problems.

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Despite its hefty, $75,000 price tag, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has been greeted with huge enthusiasm by muscle car aficionados, who purchase all 500 units scheduled to be built for the 2014 model year through April.

That’s the word coming from AutoGuide, who learned about the immense interest the track-focused coupe has spawned since its introduction straight from Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser.

With the 2014 models already commissioned, the main man behind GM’s iconic muscle car says Chevy will try and build on current success by expanding next year’s production to a projected 2,500 units, with more to be made if demand grows even further.

With that being said, Oppenheiser added that Chevrolet will open order books for the 2015 Camaro Z/28 in the next four to six weeks. And in case you haven’t found out yet, the first retail 2015 model has been already auctioned off by Barrett-Jackson for a staggering $500,000.

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

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It’s pretty safe to say that there are probably only a handful of cars in this world that can line up next to the Lykan Hypersport and not get intimidated by its presence. There’s nothing quite like a $3.4 million supercar that has that predator look about it, all while carrying 750 horsepower and 750 pound-feet of torque under its hood.

Speaking of its RUF-sourced twin-turbocharged boxer six crate motor, it’s one of those engines that you have to be able to hear up close in order to appreciate it. The sheer roar when you start it up does its ’Lykan’ name very proud, as this video from Marchinetto shows.

This is probably the best two minutes you’re going to spend today, and that’s not an exaggeration. Not only do you get to see the supercar in ways and angles you haven’t seen before, but you also get to appreciate all the work W Motors put into piecing this machine together.

From there, cap it off by closing your eyes, dialing up the volume, and just listen to it scream. And boy, it’s got that kind of piercing roar that just gives you goosebumps.

Honestly, we never thought the Lykan Hypersport would see production and we were prepared for a huge let down. But, here it is in all of its greatness and damn does it sound good.

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While unhappy Porsche 911 GT3 buyers are still waiting for their sports cars to be delivered following the much-discussed fire debacle , the said vehicle has been named the 2014 World Performance Car during a ceremony at the New York Auto Show .

The 911 GT3 grabbed the coveted award after defeating two equally prestigious sports cars , the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , which was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year, and the more expensive Ferrari 458 Speciale . The winner was determined by a panel of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries.

This is the third consecutive year that a Porsche -badged vehicle wins the World Performance Car title. The 911 GT3 follows the legacy of the Boxster /Cayman and the 911 Carrera , which were declared winners in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Needless to say, we can’t argue with the results of this year’s World Performance Car awards, but we can’t help but notice the irony of it all. As the fifth-generation 911 GT3 gains even more recognition for its fantastic abilities, current owners had to return their cars for an engine swap, while those that have already ordered one could wait up to six months to enjoy it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 fire fiasco.

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Although production of the 2015 Ford Mustang has yet to commence, the pony is attracting a great deal of attention as everyone, potential customers and enthusiasts alike, are champing at the bit waiting for final specs and pricing figures to come out. The wait shouldn’t last much longer, but if you already find it unbearable, we have some preliminary pricing and options information to keep you busy until the Ford spills the beans.

Specifically, some of the details the Blue Oval company has introduced in its dealer ordering system have surfaced on the Interwebz, via a batch of snapshots taken by a few willing folks. Pricing for the actual vehicle is not included, but don’t be disappointed, there’s plenty of stuff to chew on.

For instance, the leaked data comes to confirm that Ford will, once again, offer a pony slotted atop the Mustang GT for the 2015 model year. Although the documents do not reveal what sort of badge the vehicle will wear, its different body code suggests we’re in for more than just a polished GT.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mustang’s options and pricing.

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Ford ’s intentions with the brand-new, sixth-generation Mustang are more than obvious. The more European design, the independent rear suspension and the new tech behind it are there with one purpose, to make it appealing to a global audience.

Sure, the Mustang benefits from a 50-year-long history and its iconic, American charm, but Ford was aware that most non-U.S. costumers that haven’t been touched by the muscle car bug were more likely to choose other offerings, such as a BMW 4 Series, over the ’Stang. Hence the diluted recipe for the 2015 model, one that has been acclaimed and criticized as well since day one.

It’s been a little more than four months since the Blue Oval took the wraps off the new Mustang , but new details around the pony are still to come. While we’re anxiously waiting for Detroit to release final performance numbers and pricing figures, the manufacturer introduced us to yet another brand-new feature that will come with the Mustang: electronic line-lock.

Don’t let the name confuse you, this is no groundbreaking technology set to improve handling or braking, but an electronic burnout-control system that enables the driver to burn rubber without risking damage to the clutch. To put it simple, when activated, the feature gains access to the stability control’s hydraulic control unit and locks the front brakes while releasing the rear brakes. This means the driver can do a burnout without having to worry about finding the perfect balance while keeping one foot on the brake pedal and the other on the throttle.

Now don’t go thinking that this new gimmick, which comes standard on Mustang GT models equipped with manual transmissions, was added so that customers can show off by creating a cloud of smoke in traffic. Ford clearly states that the electronic line-lock is intended for race track use, quoting the drivers’ need to prep their tires before pulling a quarter mile run. On the other hand, the automaker says that "racing the 2015 Mustang will void warranty," a statement that leaves up puzzled to say the least, and is in stark contrast to Chevy’s stance on the Z/28’s warranty and racing .

Ford also claims its electronic line-lock is an industry-first feature, but we know this isn’t entirely true, as BMW offers something similar — it’s called "smokey burnout" — on the new M3 and M4 models.

All told, this electronic burnout trick will be hard to swallow by muscle car purists, but we bet it will find a lot of fans among users that are looking for these kind of technologically advanced features. Now everyone can do a burnout without having to practice or worry about anything...

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang.

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As the 2014 New York Auto Show finally revealed all of its mysteries last week, you’ve probably noticed that the brand-new Mercedes-Benz AMG GT was not among them. Far from shocking we may add, as the NYIAS scenario wasn’t very likely in the first place.

And that’s because the Germans are still testing the sports car . In fact, they have recently switched from public road try-outs (check out our previous spy shots here and here ) to more enduring race course tests. Where? At the Nurburgring track, of course, the place where all sports cars go to prove themselves.

Having new footage with the AMG GT is great news, but the included video is exciting and somewhat disappointing at the same time. The good news is that we’re finally getting a taste of that new 4.0-liter V-8 engine. As expected, it comes with a throaty exhaust note as a strong argument that downsizing isn’t necessarily bad.

The bad news is that there’s no skin for us to ogle at, with the coupe still wrapped in its annoying camouflage. However, there is a tiny detail that shows up in the video: the engine’s radiator is now covered by Mercedes ’ signature grille with the three-pointed star right in the middle. We know it’s not much, but it’s nice to see some progress.

As we’ve previously reported, there’s no info as to when and where this sports car will be unveiled, but we have reasons to believe it will happen at the Paris Motor Show this fall.

MotorTrend has gotten very good at head to head video reviews, and their latest one is no exception. This time, the new BMW M235i goes up against the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. Both cars represent the smaller, more nimble side of each automaker’s lineup, but still pack a punch under the hood. Check out the video above to see who Motor Trend crowns the victor. The winner just might surprise you.

Staffer Jonny Lieberman starts out carving canyon roads in both cars. Turns out, he’s quite fond of the BMW’s power output from the 3.0-liter, inline-six and its eight-speed automatic. As a whole, the car looks better than the old 1 Series, as Jonny heralds it as having the best looking BMW front end in a long time. The BMW seems to have only one major drawback: its brakes. Though the do stop a few feet shorter than the CLA45 AMG’s, they tend to fade and have inconsistent pedal feel. Otherwise, the M235i appears to be a hoot to drive with its drift-happy rear end.

Conversely, the CLA45 AMG produces more power from its 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder, coming in at 360 horses and 331 pound-feet. Adding to its bag of tricks are its superb brakes with good pedal feel and fade-free stopping power. The car’s biggest downfall — dynamics-wise — is its understeer. Though its minimal compared to a regular sedan , the Mercedes just doesn’t grip the road in the same manner as the BMW. On a more subjective side, Jonny shares his distaste for the CLA’s coupe-like sloping roofline and stubby rear end.

Which one is crowned the winner? Click past the jump to find out.


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