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As special edition-models go, Mercedes-Benz has proven that it’s more than capable of thinking outside of the bow with the arrival of a pair of special edition Merc models at the Geneva Motor Show .

One of these two models is called the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition, a surprisingly confusing name for an otherwise incredible car.

Notwithstanding that little peculiarity about this dark reaper of the night, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition features a wide range of upgrades to the body, interior and performance, although that last part doesn’t come with any boost in engine output.

Be that as it may, the SLK CarbonLOOK Edition lives up to its name as a real-looker, if only for the fact that all that black on a sports roadster makes it looks so spine-tingly...evil.

The SLK CarbonLOOK Edition is available for a variety of models, including the SLK 200, SLK 250, SLK 350 and SLK 250 CDI at an extra cost of anywhere between €6,426 and €6,902 euros (incl. VAT), depending on the variant. Based on current conversions, that equates to around $8,820 to $9,500.

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Infiniti’s new Q60 Convertible is set to receive a special one-off design that pays homage to the great Bobby Unser. That’s the news coming out of the Nissan sub-brand when it announced the arrival of the special edition Q60 Convertible at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Infiniti has had a presence at the gathering and this time, the company is making its attendance a memorable one. Dressed in the same livery as the car Unser drove to win the 1968 Indy 500, the one-off Q60 Convertible looks deliriously stunning dressed in that red, yellow, black and white special wrap that honors the Rislone livery found on Unser’s Offenhauser-powered Eagle race car .

Oh, and don’t forget the huge No.3 decals on the hood and the doors of the Q60 Convertible, which serves as another hat tip to the legendary race car driver.

Not much else is known about the one-off Q60 Convertible Bobby Unser Edition other than Infiniti’s plan to showcase the model at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance this weekend at the Infiniti Pavilion Display where it will sit next to the same car where it draws inspiration from: Bobby Unser’s 1968 Indy 500-winning Eagle race car.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Infiniti Q60.

Let’s be real here for a second. There are only a certain amount of things you can to the Fiat 500 to make it more appealing to customers. The car doesn’t exactly look like a million bucks, although its retro-themed design does appeal to a certain segment of the car-buying population.

So when Fiat comes out with a special-edition 500 dubbed the "500 Cult" and describes it as a top-of-the-range version of its 500 line that offers an "exclusive level of style, technological content and performance," nobody’s doing any backflips thinking that this baby can compete with even the tamest of sports cars .

But all that isn’t to say that the 500 lacks in any appeal. Like we said, a lot of people dig the bygone looks and the tradition of the vehicle, so much so that rolling out new duds for the 500 isn’t such a bad idea.

Essentially, that’s what Fiat is banking on with the 500 Cult, offering a plethora of new options for both the coupe and convertible versions that puts even more emphasis on the hatchback ’s trendiness.

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Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to make a supercar like the Lamborghini Aventador even more desirable. In some instances, though, even subtle modifications have a way of bringing out the Aventador’s uniqueness even more, which is exactly what Hamann did with its Geneva presentation of the Italian supercar. Dubbed the Lamborghini Aventador Limited, Hamann’s work on the raging bull consists of adding fancy two-tone color to go with a bevy of aerodynamic components and a nice performance bump. That’s the usual trifecta Hamann aims for when it comes to building programs perfectly suited for exotics in the class of the Aventador.

It’s no different this time, and the German tuner once again pulled it off, complete with extra doses of modification on the wheels and the interior.

All in all, just another day in the office for Hamann, which usually translates to tuning awesomeness for all of us.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador By Hamann.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2013 Toyota 4Runner , and while it missed Toyota’s 2014 mild refresh , it still had the guts of a true off-roader and honest-to-goodness sports utility vehicle. My 4Runner was decked out with the Trail package that included part-time four-wheel-drive, a locking differential and Toyota ’s KDSS suspension system with Multi-Terrain Select. With all the right option boxes checked, this 4Runner was set to live up to its name.

It was 1984 when the 4Runner began making its name known to Americans as the SUV adaptation of Toyota’s popular pickup. In fact, the 4Runner was basically a Toyota pickup, or Hilux as its known outside the U.S., with a removable fiberglass camper shell over the bed and a removable rear seat installed inside. It competed directly against the Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer and won a loyal following with its nimble size and bulletproof powertrain.

Over the years, the 4Runner has undergone many changes and became its own vehicle apart from the pickup. But that body-on-frame construction, four-wheel-drive, and nimbler size still lives on. Even in a time when the traditional SUV is becoming an endangered species, the 4Runner hasn’t lost its rugged appeal. The crossover crowd has the Highlander , and that’s just fine, as it leaves the 4Runner to cater to a more adventurous crowd who still use low range and the trailer hitch.

Click past the jump to continue reading our review of the 2013 Toyota 4Runner


The wait is finally over as Ferrari releases these official images and information on the new California T – the front-engine, hardtop convertible, grand tourer that’s the least-expensive prancing horse in the Italian automaker’s stable. The news drop comes weeks before the California T’s official live debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March.

The new California has undergone some drastic changes with this redesign. It’s still the same 2+2 sports car, but its appearance is much more striking. Sharper lines add a certain crispness to its exterior and new interior comforts make the idea of long weekends on the road even more enticing.

The big news, however, is what lurks under the hood: a turbocharged 3.9-liter V-8 featuring a host of power-adding, fuel-sipping technologies like direct injection and Ferrari’s Variable Boost Management. Producing a potent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque, the new California T will hit 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

It replaces a car that was frequently criticized for its softness and lack of Ferrari-ness. Debuting for 2009 , the California featured a naturally aspirated 4.3-liter V-8 that made 460 horsepower and 357 pound-feet of torque. Much of the commotion came over that engine’s placement – a mid-front position – which was a first in the automaker’s long history. Nevertheless, the car sold fairly well with its lower-than-average asking price.

With these new updates and its more aggressive styling, the new California T will likely appear to more Ferrari enthusiasts and remain a sales leader for the brand. Naysayers will assuredly find themselves in a cloud of turbocharged dust.

Updated 03/07/2014: Ferrari unveiled the first official video for the new California T. Enjoy!

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When Nissan introduced the Juke in 2011, its hip styling in a rather bland segment made it a near immediate hit. To this date, it is still the swan in a class filled to the brim with ugly ducklings. Add to that a base turbocharged engine that pumps out 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of twist that allows it to hit 60 mph in just 7.3 seconds, even with a cruddy CVT backing it up.

That was 2011 and now we are moving into the 2015 model year, so it is time for a mid-cycle refresh. And a refresh the Juke received, as Nissan unveiled the Euro-spec Juke at the Geneva Motor Show this week. Sure, a few of the engines won’t make their way to the U.S., but we did get a nice look at how Nissan added in its new design language and revised the only U.S.-bound engine: the 1.6 DIG-T.

Overall, the refresh is, well, refreshing. The Juke looks like a whole new car, despite sharing most of its sheet metal with the 2014 model. Unfortunately, the Juke’s interior is largely carried over, but the interior was never a complaint, except for cargo space, which was address with this refresh.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Juke.

The Fiat 500 has tons of history, as does the Abarth line. One of the most famous of the Abarths debut at the Geneva Auto Show all the way back in 1964. This 695 had a 699.5 cc engine with a "whopping" 30 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 130 km/h (36 mph). Well, now 50 years later, Fiat is revealing a new Abarth 695, which it dubbed the biposto, with just a tad more power and a much higher top speed.

The 695 biposto checks in with a healthy 30-horsepower bump over the standard Fiat 500 Abarth and uses the same 1.4-liter engine. It also features an insane dog box transmission that is rarely seen in anything other than race cars, and even those are hard to come by.

On top of the racing transmission, the Abarth 695 drops loads of weight, gets a stripped-down interior and a half roll cage.

On the surface, the 695 biposto look like a massive heap of awesomeness on the surface, but is it still as awesome when I drill down into all of the details?

Click past the jump to read more and find out.

It’s good to be the BMW 4 Series these days. It’s only been a few months since the model was released and already, it’s getting a lot of attention from racing teams and aftermarket companies. So it’s no surprise that theGeneva Motor Show was the scene for some tuners to showcase their first offerings for the 4 Series. Technically, BMW tuner extraordinaire Alpina already presented its program for the BMW 4 Series Coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show last year.

But nobody said anything about the 4 Series Convertible , right?

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: the Alpina B4 Biturbo Convertible.

Befitting its philosophy of tuning sophistication, Alpine put in serious work on the 4 Series Convertible, turning it into one of its own to go with its distinctive B4 Bi-Turbo name.

This all looks and sounds pretty impressive to us, but that’s no shock from Alpina.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW Alpina B4 BiTurbo Convertible

Source: Alpina

Every year, Italdesign Giugiaro comes to the Geneva Motor Show ; and every year it brings something completely loony (in a good way) to the party.

This time around, the Italian design house might have outdone itself completely with the unveiling of the Clipper, a peculiar-looking MPV whose eccentricity can’t be measured at least until you see what its fully capable of.

For a company that given us the Parcour and the Brivido in past auto shows, the Clipper certainly fits into that edgy design and sharpness that its two predecessors had.

But arguably the most interesting parts about the Clipper are its similarities with the Volkswagen Tex Concept it designed for VW at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. That, or our eyes are just playing tricks on us.

In any case, this is the Clipper MPV, folks. Chances are, you won’t see another one quite like it in the near future.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Italdesign Giugiaro Clipper Concept


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