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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.

You find yourself holding the keys to two of the most-anticipated sports cars of 2014, and you just happen to be at one end of a long, straight and abandoned piece of asphalt. What are you going to do? Hint: the correct answer is “have a drag race.” In this new video from the The Fast Lane Car, they have the new 2014 Chevrolet Stingray Convertible and the BMW i8 down at the local track, and they are doing some straight-line speed runs.

We get to see a total of three runs, and the results are much closer than we expected. One thing to note, and the TFLCar team is quick to point it out, they film in Boulder Colorado. That means that elevation is a major factor in the performance of naturally aspirated, internal-combustion engines. Electric motors don’t suffer from any sort of power drop at higher altitudes.

The video is a little long at five minutes, but they make sure to give you some good details on the cars themselves, and you get to hear a good bit of exhaust noise. If you want skip all the pre-party stuff and just want to jump straight into the drag racing, skip over to the two-minute mark and enjoy.

You may have read the news last week that Lotus was killing its only remaining road-legal model here in the United States. There were a lot of sad faces around the U.S., but considering the car never sold well to start with, I didn’t quite feel the sorrow. Still, if you were one of the Lotus fans who spent the week crying into your ultra-lightweight driving gloves, I have good news for you. According to a report from Jalopnik, the Evora will be back as a 2016 model.

A statement was posted to Lotus Forums, and Jalopnik says that the CEO of Lotus North America, Arnie Johnson confirmed it to be true. "We would like to comment upon the rumours that are circulating on social media and online, Lotus is committed to the North American market and will indeed produce a 2016 Model Year Evora that will be fully U.S. compliant. We will not be producing a 2015 model year Evora, therefore, there will be limited availability of 2014 model year cars over the next few months."

So there you have it, the Evora will be returning, just not next year. Considering Lotus wasn’t going to revise the current car to use the “smart airbags” that would make it U.S. legal again, it is likely that the new Evora will be a highly revised model, if not a new-generation car.

As always, keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to pass on all the new as soon as we get it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Evora.

Source: Jalopnik

Chevrolet is getting bolder in testing its upcoming sixth-generation Camaro in public. The camo-covered car was just spotted outside the Nürburgring sporting five-spoke wheels, quad exhaust pipes, a rear wing, and what looks like heat extractors on its hood. While official details are still scarce, these spy shots afford us the best look so far.

The car as a whole looks smaller than the current Camaro. Its doors and rear deck lid appear to be shorter than before. Its roof looks lower as well — a fact that weekend track warriors might cringe at when thinking about dawning a helmet. Thankfully the pictures seem to depict a lowered driving position, likely alleviating any ergonomics issues. The car also looks more rounded. Check out the more curvy secondary side window and rear end.

There is some debate as to what performance level this Camaro falls into. Its quad exhaust and extra vents might suggest a ZL1, but its skinny tires and smaller brake discs suggest this will be the standard SS. Chevy will likely use a detuned version of the Corvette’s 6.2-liter, LT1 V-8. That engine is known for its breathing abilities, so the larger exhaust makes sense. The hood vents are likely a direct application of techniques learned from Corvette, with heat extraction and downforce being the two key advantages.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

Mustangs in France are sort of a rare thing. That won’t be the case once the all-new global 2015 Mustang storms Europe’s beaches; but until then, Vaughn Gittin Jr. and the Ford Racing Team decided to welcome themselves to France by hooning around a race track in Lohéac.

Oh, but before the shenanigans begin, Gittin grabs a few French baguettes for lunch. He and his custom Mustang drift car slowly cruise around the small French town, garnering tons of attention from the locals. It’s probably the most reserved that Mustang has ever been driven.

Things take a drastic turn once on the track. Billowing smoke burns off the rear tires as the Mustang’s tuned V-8 screams with every throttle input. The long billet aluminum handbrake lever helps Gittin keep the ‘Stang’s back end sideways, making stunts like bashing baguette possible.

The short video is a hoot to watch, so turn the sound up, click "HD," and enjoy.

Rumors about a 50th anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang coming to the New York Auto Show have been flying around for quite some time now, but the Blue Oval manufacturer remaining hush on the matter. Now the 50th anniversary edition Mustang became reality, as Ford took the wraps off the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition ahead of the aforementioned event.

Based on the brand-new 2015 Mustang GT that was unveiled last December around the world, the special edition 50 Year model will see only 1,964 examples — obviously a reference to the Mustang’s first year on the market — and fitted with numerous unique features inside and out.

Production of the 50 Year Limited Edition car will begin in mid-August, and although Ford has yet to announce when customers will be able to order one, we suggest you have them checks ready next month.

But before you start making any plans, let’s have a closer look at the anniversary Mustang and see what it has to offer compared to the regular pony.

Updated 09/29/2014: The final production unit of the 50 Year Limited Edition Ford Mustang was auctioned during this weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas for a whopping $170,000. All the proceeds will go to Get Your Heart Racing, a fundraising event supporting Henry Ford Health System’s Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition.

The Spa Francorchamps is not just a popular venue for the world’s most popular racing series; it’s also a track every sports and supercar enthusiasts dreams of driving on it at least once in their lifetime. That’s why I’m not at all surprised that some McLaren P1 owners brought their expensive hybrids to Belgium as soon as they took delivery. One of them was actually brave enough to have his vehicle delivered at Spa directly and take his first drive on the famed track. Talk about having a thrilling first experience with 903 horsepower at your disposal.

We’ve already seen a couple of P1s stretching their legs on said track, but it looks like P1 owners keep pouring in. During a late-September track day, no less than 10 British supercars gathered on Spa Francorchamps’ starting grid for what’s probably the biggest McLaren P1 race assembly yet. The landscape in which nine P1s are lined up on the grid for the photo shoot is breathtaking, with the supercars dressed in various factory colors. Yellow, red, orange, green, white and black; it’s like a bag of P1-shaped Skittles spilled on Spa’s tarmac.

Things get even better as the hybrid supercars begin lapping the track. There’s plenty of high-speed footage and thundering V-8 sounds coming from both the P1s and the smaller 12Cs that joined the fun. It’s like McLaren moved its headquarters from Woking to Spa Francorchamps for one day. Hit play for the full action.

The Lexus RC F Coupe is one of the hottest new models to hit the market and its popularity is continuing to grow. But now, Motoring Australia is reporting that an even hotter version of the RC F Coupe is on its way.

The auto news outlet recently had a conversation with Lexus chief engineer Yukihiro Yaguchi and the Japanese engineer divulged details on the possibility of an improved version of the RC F that will debut in 2015. Granted, he didn’t explicitly say that an improved RC F would translate to a more powerful RC F Coupe. That would be getting too ahead of ourselves. Instead, the model will likely be geared towards making it more “enjoyable to drive”.

That’s a nice way of putting it, but everyone knows that the RC F is a performance model first and foremost. It wouldn’t be enough to say that an improved new RC F would just be “more enjoyable” than the one that’s already on the market. Remember, the RC F already packs a 5.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and up to 168 mph. If Lexus really wants to make a statement, a 500-horsepower RC F Coupe would be the way to do it.

Fortunately, Yaguchi didn’t close the door on that potentially happening, telling Motoring that more power could be extracted from the V-8 without necessarily going the route of forced induction. The question now is if Lexus is planning to do that.

Yaguchi says Lexus is already thinking about it. Hopefully, Lexus moves past the thinking stage into the doing stage sooner than later.

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

Source: Motoring

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show holds a very special place in our hearts, largely because it’s a different take on what an auto show traditionally is. Instead of debuting production cars or unveiling concept cars, SEMA is the place where automakers show off customized versions of their respective production models. This year, Scion was one of the first to unveil its SEMA plans when it released the first details on its SEMA-bound models, including the Slayer-inspired "Mobile Amp" tC sports coupe .

The Slayer Mobile Amp tC is far from a sheep wearing wolf’s clothing. It’s an all-out assault to your senses, a living (albeit on four wheels) embodiment of Slayer’s aggressive and style of music. The exterior and interior of the tC sports coupe received equal amounts of details attributed to Slayer. The car is currently being built by Mike Vu of MV DESIGNZ.

No official pictures have also been released, but I can already tell you that this program isn’t for the weak of heart. If I know Scion like I think I do, the company’s not going to settle for anything less than to make Tom Araya and the rest of the band proud to have their names attached to it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC.

The Volkswagen Beetle holds a special place in the auto industry as one of the most recognizable cars in the world. The Beetle has evolved over the years and it’s even adopted a new design language that’s fit to the times. All of that is good but you’d be surprised that a lot of people still yearn for the Beetle of yesteryear. Well, Volkswagen heard your calls loud and clear because it’s unveiling a limited-edition Beetle Classic model that not only comes with plenty of retro touches, but also has a retro price tag! No, you can’t buy one for $500, which I assume the Beetle cost at one point in time, but you can get a Beetle Classic model for a price lower than the standard 1.8T automatic model.

The Beetle Classic will come in both coupe and convertible models. The Beetle Coupe Classic will go on sale in September 2014 with a price of just $20,195. The Beetle Convertible Classic isn’t expected to go on sale until the early part of 2015, but VW did say that it’s going to start at a price of $25,995.

Both models will also carry a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. That’s good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a speck under nine seconds to go with a top speed of about 115 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Beetle Classic.

Looking back on McLaren’s background with high-displacement engines for both race and road cars, it’s hard to believe the Brits have built an electric motor from scratch. We are talking, of course, about the unit used by the P1 hybrid supercar, which is identical to the power source motivating the entire Formula E grid. The motor generates up to 225 horsepower in a Formula E , as opposed to the 176 ponies delivered in the P1, but that’s just one of its outstanding properties.

Making the power unit that much more special is its size. This thing is downright tiny. It’s smaller than the transmission it mates to and weighs only 57.3 pounds, making it the smallest and the most power-dense electric motor ever built. The small size and low weight aren’t at all surprising. These specifications are what make it perfect for the P1, a supercar that needed a compact and light electric motor to go with its lightweight nature. And this compactness is exactly what made it suitable for Formula E where a low curb weight is essential to performance.

"We couldn’t find a motor in the marketplace that was good enough and small enough for what we wanted to achieve," says Peter van Manen, vice president of McLaren Applied Technologies. Hard to believe McLaren built its first engine — the 3.8-liter V-8 M838T — for road applications only five years ago. Hit the play button to learn more about the company’s first production electric motor.


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