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Lexus ’ goal of becoming a player in the luxury market has received a shot in the arm with the arrival of the 2014 ES . Not only is it more dynamic looking, thanks to its adaption of Lexus’ new design ideology, but it also has all the luxury amenities and requisite technology to lock horns with the big boys of the market.

Say what you want about the 2014 ES 350, but you can’t deny that it has arrived and made its intentions known that it’s not going away anytime soon. The limited engine choices could be a drawback, given how versatile and generous other models are in in their drivetrain variety.

All that being said, though, the ES definitely qualifies as a true luxury contender. It’s revised looks and incredibly detailed interior is already enough to justify that billing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus ES 350.


Anytime you hear an upstart automaker promise the world and deliver little to nothing, you get disensitized with the hype these soon-to-be-unveiled exotics have. But something about Rezvani Motors is different, in large part because it’s set to debut a supercar with a ridiculously high bar attached to it. Rezvani is promising to shame other supercars with the Beast, an exotic we know very little about except for this one teaser photo the company has released.

Rezvani Motors has done a good job keeping the project under wraps, opting only to say that the Beast will make use of "lightweight racing technologies" to go with an engine that will "leave other supercars in the dust." Very, very strong words.

But if you’re thinking that Rezvani is drinking way too much hyperbole juice, the company remains unfazed about throwing out all these promises. After all, it has a car that, based on the teaser photo, appears to have the kind of sharp edges and ventilated components to make you wonder what exactly the Beast is all about.

We’re interested to see it, that much we can tell you. Whether it lives up to Rezvani’s claim that the Beast will be the "purest driving expericence" on the market today is still up to interpretation. Maybe with these claims, it’s not unreasonable to expect the Beast to put down around 1,000+ horsepower, right?

Updated 04/01/2014: Rezvani unveiled a second teaser image for the upcoming Beast supercar set to be unveiled in the upcoming months.

Click past the jump to read more about the Rezvani Beast.


Note: Future Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG pictured here.

The old adage, “no replacement for displacement” continues to hobble along on its last leg these days. And with no thanks to Mercedes , it seems the adage will be getting weaker in 2016. The next version of the C63 AMG will drop the beastly 6.3-liter V-8 for a smaller, more powerful, and likely more efficient twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 making almost 30 more horsepower, bringing the total count to around 480.

Power will still be sent to the rear wheels, though through a traditional automatic transmission and not the 7-speed dual-clutch techno-box in the current C63 AMG . The automaker cites lower costs and a lack of consumer demand for the switch, a Mercedes source told Leftlane News.

The new turbocharged powertrain helps poise the C63 directly against the BMW M3 and M4 pair. Upping the ante even further, Mercedes continued spilling the beans to Leftlane about a range-topping S version that will come with more power, upgraded brakes, and unique visual attributes.

The report continues, indicating the C63 will be offered as a sedan, coupe, convertible, and even a wagon. Of course, the AMG version of each will include performance add-ons, bespoke wheels, stickier rubber, and a sport suspension with a lowered stance. A performance-oriented cabin with heavily bolstered seats, a three-spoke steering wheel, and an AMG-specific instrument cluster will likely be present as well.

We’re expecting the C63 AMG to make its first appearance at the Paris Motor Show this October with sales beginning the last quarter of 2015 as a 2016 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG S.

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With Mazda and Nissan back into top-level U.S. racing with its own TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototypes, Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s North American racing company, has created a brand new Daytona Prototype race car .

Powered by a twin-turbocharged, race-spec version of the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine found in numerous Honda and Acura road cars and pickup trucks, the Daytona Prototype LMP1 machine will be run by Starworks Motorsport in this year’s TUDOR USCC series.

Honda declined to unveil the amount of power this new engine generates, but said that the unit utilizes numerous production-based components, including block and heads, crankshaft, direct injection fuel system, valvetrain components and alternator. Additionally, HPD also made use of Honda’s stock oil filter.

This is not the first time the Japanese manufacturer dusts off the J35 engine for motorsport use. Variations of the mill have been previously seen motivating race cars in Japan’s SuperGT Championship, the One Lap of America rally (created by Brock Yates) and the iconic Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

The new LMP1 one entry will join Honda’s efforts in the LMP2 category, where Extreme Speed Motorsports will continue to race two Honda ARX-03b vehicles this season.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda-Riley TUDOR Prototype.


Everyone expected the all-new Audi TT to arrive in its usual coupe and roadster body styles for 2016. Some even entertain the idea of Audi building a shooting brake version of the car — something like the Audi Allroad concept pointed to. But no one seemed to anticipate Audi’s next potential direction for the TT — a four-door coupe-like family sedan.

According to Audi Technical Chief Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker is “looking to see if there is more we can do [with the TT],” he says. “[The company] is working on future derivatives of the TT. Could the TT be extended as a family car?” If you have a look above at our rendering, it is really not too bad looking.

It’s well known that Audi is planning a massive expansion of its product lineup, increasing from the current 49 models to 60 in the not-so-distant future. Creating a TT derivative makes sense from a planning perspective, at least. While the new TT will likely be a hit, the TT’s sales haven’t exactly been stellar in recent history, selling only 18,353 units in 2013.

What is selling, however, are premium compact cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLA , rising 24 percent in Europe last year according to JATO Dynamics. Stretching and adding two extra doors to the TT would instantly create a CLA-fighter and help offset development costs for the TT coupe and roadster. Both cars would target the same ‘affluent under-40s’ crowd.

Perhaps the biggest question Audi will have to answer is how a four-door TT affects sales of the newly refreshed A3 sedan — a car that essentially already fills the compact luxury family sedan niche. Like the CLA in relation to the C-Class , Audi could produce similar products with unique personalities designed for sales in highly specific market categories.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi TT.

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When talking about Volvo , safety is the first thing that comes to mind. The Swedes have been one step ahead, as far as safety is concerned, for decades now. But Volvo is more than that. Although it lags behind the German premium automakers like Mercedes-Benz , BMW and Audi in terms of sales, the Chinese-owned brand’s lineup is as luxurious as it gets.

With the U.S. having remained Volvo’s largest market in 2013, the automaker is bound to look toward improving its position in North America. Its first steps were the 2015 V60 station wagon and the introduction of the new Drive-E engine family, but now the Swedes have announced that the S80 sedan and XC60 crossover will receive an even more luxurious package for the 2015 model year.

Dubbed Inscription, the new range-topping trim level take the aforementioned vehicles up a notch by wrapping the interior in Sovereign Hide soft leather upholstery and adding a few more premium features inside and out. The exterior options, for instance, will include three extra body colors (White Pearl, Electric Silver and Ember Black) and 19-inch wheels for the S80 and 20-inch rollers for the XC60, both with a ten-spoke design.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo XC60 & S80 Inscription Package.

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With a little more than two months left until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil, the folks over at Mini are gearing up for the big sporting event — or should we say April Fools’ Day? — with the Paceman GoalCooper special edition.

Based on the John Cooper Works Paceman, the GoalCooper pays tribute to Brazil’s national soccer team by wearing a body wrap that combines the green, blue and yellow colors adorning the aforementioned country’s flag.

Inside, the football (err, soccer)-related theme continues with Astro Turf floor mats in a color the company calls Brasileiro Green, a similar mat to cover the entire cargo space when the rear seats are folded and a miniature table football set mounted on the center rail.

Additionally, a "floodlight" LED interior lighting package, a net attached behind the front seats and universal holder for smartphones give the GoalCooper "a stadium like feel" that fervent soccer fans are likely to enjoy.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Paceman GoalCooper.

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Although its domination at the 24 Hours of Le Mans already spans over 14 years, Audi has been struggling to win the manufacturers’ title in the German-based DTM racing series for a couple of seasons now.

Audi clinched the drivers’ championship five times the past seven seasons, but since BMW returned to DTM in 2012, Ingolstadt has yet to triumph in the constructor’s category. With the 2014 season opener just a month away, the Germans have unleashed the updated RS5 DTM racer that will take on both BMW and Mercedes-Benz .

Improving an already-successful track car is not an easy task, especially given DTM’s strict regulations, so Audi had to focus on redesigning the vehicle’s aerodynamic package. In other words, it’s all in the little details, especially those that are basically invisible from the outside.

But aside from these performance-enhancing updates, Audi also opted to add some production parts from the road-going 2014 RS5 , such as the honeycomb front grille and air ducts for the engine and the braking system, to its DTM race car .

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 DTM.

Supercars boasting incredible horsepower aren’t anything new in the auto industry. But that’s what Trion Supercars is promising with the Nemesis, an exotic that’s promising returns of unimaginable proportions to the tune of 2,000 horsepower.

That’s not so much as a misprint as it is a call for high expectations. Trion Supercars is laying down the gauntlet with a vehicle that definitely looks the part of a modern-day supercar, complete with some unique features that should allow it to stand out in a market that doesn’t have any shortage of stomach-churning performance and mind-bending technology.

One of the more unique features of the Nemesis is its apparent convenience for tall drivers, something not a lot of exotics take into the equation when building their own supercars. But the Nemesis is different, in large part because of an interior package that can comfortably sit driver 6’4" and above. There’s also a package for the hardtop that can accommodate 7-footers comfortably.

If Trion Supercars intended the Nemesis for professional basketball players, it sure hit that niche right on the mark. If for nothing else, that’s a market that it can dominate for as long as it holds true to its promise.

Click past the jump to read more about the Trion Nemesis.


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