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The Lexus LS is the crown jewel of Lexus’ luxury car lineup. It also belongs in a segment that includes the Mercedes S-Class , the Audi A8 , and the BMW 7 Series . That’s the epitome of competition right there. So how does Lexus separate the LS 460 F Sport from this three-headed German monster? Create a special edition line with TUMI, the ultimate lifestyle and accessories manufacturer, of course.

The collaboration between the Japanese auto brand and the high-end lifestyle and accessories company is called The Crafted Line. The good news is that the Crafted Line is available across a wide range of Lexus models. The bad news, at least in the case of the LS 460 F Sport , is that it has the fewest allotment of available models at just 750 units.

The LS 460 F Sport might feel slighted that the ES and the RX 350 F Sport both received 1,500 units of the Crafted Line, but look at this way, the LS 460 F Sport is the one model that can still stand out even without the goodies that come with the Crafted Line. That comes with the territory of already being a high-end luxury sedan.

The flip side to that is its exclusivity. With just 750 units available, we expect the LS 460 F Sport Crafted Line Edition to have plenty of interested buyers as soon as the model is launched in November 2014. In the meantime, look for the entire Crafted Line collection to be featured prominently at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus LS Crafted Line Edition.

Citroen’s collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics has produced some sweet DS 3 special edition models since the two companies decided to team up in December 2013. The one-off pink DS 3 was such a hit that it spawned an immediate successor in March 2014 inspired by Benefit’s "They’re Real!" mascara line. Then in July 2014, a third special edition DS 3, the DS 3 DSign Noire, was launched at the "Fast and Fabulous" race weekend at Silverstone. Now here we are, the fourth DS 3 collaboration between Citroen and Benefit Cosmetics has been unveiled. This time, the car is taking its design cues from yet another one of Benefit Cosmetic’s products: the ’Stay Flawless’ primer. I’m not sure exactly what a primer does, but I do know that the DS 3 DStyle by Benefit looks completely at home with its predecessors.

This particular DS 3 Cabrio comes with plenty of exterior and interior styling cues inspired by the San Francisco-based cosmetics company. I can best describe it as a stylish infusion of feminine pizazz and the Bay Area’s hipster vibe.

That’s a pretty slick combination if you ask me. Altogether, the DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit retails for £18,745, which is about $31,500 as of 8/5/2014.


Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Citroen DS 3 Cabrio DStyle by Benefit.

The 1950s and 1960s gave us the most exquisite sports cars and race vehicles ever built. The Italians had Ferrari and Alfa Romeo , the British had Aston Martin and Jaguar , while the French had Gordini and Alpine. Be it grand tourers, lightweight coupes and lightning-fast barchettas, these companies built them all. They showcased them on the streets and on the tracks, drawing the utmost attention during an era in which beauty and speed blended perfectly.

All these cars have grown into rare collectibles that fetch dollars by the millions. Most of them cost more than a brand new Ferrari, while numerous classic Ferraris are pricier than a mansion with a Bugatti Veyron in its huge front yard. It says a lot about the way these cars were built back in the day and the exclusivity that came with most of them. As much as we hate it, those days are never coming back. However, thanks to a number of small ventures around Europe, we can still see classic-inspired automobiles being built in the 21st century.

One of those companies is Fratelli Frigerio. It was set up by brothers Leonardo and Vittorio Frigerio in Vidigulfo, Italy with one purpose in mind: build an authentic grand tourer using coachbuilding techniques and a design inspired from the greatest Italian automobiles ever created. The result is Barchetta SS, an Alfa Romeo-powered coupe that bears an astonishing resemblance to the almighty Ferrari 250 GTO. Although only a prototype as of August 2014, the Berlinetta SS is definitely a project you need to check out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Fratelli Frigerio "Berlinetta SS".

Mercedes-Benz seems to be preparing a bruiser version of its compact GLK crossover. We’ve seen the GLK strutting its stuff across European roads wile clothed in swirly wrap, but now there’s word about what will power this little AMG creation. Mercedes and its performance division AMG are building a new powerplant that will eventually be a ubiquitous sight throughout the AMG lineup.

Car & Driver reports Mercedes’ new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 destined for the 2016 GT will find its way into upcoming GLK 63 AMG . Of course horsepower and torque output numbers will differ from vehicle to vehicle, but we can expect at least 400-plus horses for the SUV .

The engine is a wonderment of modern technology. It features Mercedes’ first ‘hot V’ design with both its turbos packaged between the cylinder heads. That means the V-8 will have a reverse-flow design, bringing fresh air into the block through the outside of the cylinder heads. The major benefit lies with the short distance exhaust gasses must travel to spool the turbos. In this case, shorter is better.

The engine, codenamed M178, also has a dry-sump oil system and a ‘Nanoslide’ coating on the cylinder walls. Combined with high-performance internal components, the 4.0-liter will enjoy a redline around 7,000 rpm.

With nearly instant boost from such a stout engine, the GLK 63 AMG should post pretty impressive numbers at the track. Expect 60 mph to come in under five seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLK 63 AMG.

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It isn’t as hardcore as a Nissan GT-R , but it certainly is very sporty. The Nissan Z-cars have been around for a long time and the 2014 370Z is the latest iteration of a long line of Z-cars that have come and gone.

Last year, Nissan updated the 370Z Roadster with new features like daytime running lights, an updated front fascia without compromising on the looks. The coupe has nice high shoulder and confident looks. Chopping off the roof hasn’t ruined the handsome exterior of the 370Z either.

For 2014, the Nissan 370Z Roadster employs a 3.7-liter V-6 naturally aspirated engine with 332 horsepower on tap. The engine is capable of churning out 270 pound-feet of torque @ 5200 rpm. For driving enthusiasts, Nissan offers a 6-speed manual gearbox which comes with Nissan’s SynchroRev Match system, while a 7-speed automatic with paddle-shift is also on the list.

The 2014 370Z is capable of delivering similar performance as the 2013 model. Combined fuel economy figures released by Nissan confirm that the 2014 model is rated at 20 mpg and 21 mpg for manual and automatic version respectively.

Updated 08/08/2014: Nissan announced a series of updates and prices for the 2015 370Z Roadster. For 2015 the lineup received a new 370Z Touring Sport Roadster trim level, plus revised steering feel and suspension tuning on all models. Prices will range from $41,820 for the base model and will go up to $49,400 for the new 370Z Roadster Touring Sport 7AT version.

Click past the jump to read in detail about the2014 Nissan 370Z Roadster

We cover a ton of fast cars and torque-rich trucks here at TopSpeed, but sometimes we’ve got to examine what we’re up against — or what the bank robber who’s stolen a BMW 3 Series as a get-away car is up against. Take a look at the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit. The new police cruiser from Dodge gets all the updates the civilian Charger gets, but also comes with all the right stuff for nabbin’ perps.

Cops are very demanding of their cars; it’s their rolling office and has to be comfortable for an eight-hour shift, plus be ready for chasing suspects sideways down a back road or at 120 mph on the interstate. Dodge has brought the goods with the 2015 Charger Pursuit, retaining all the positive characteristics from the previous Charger, plus incorporating some new features that keep officers happy and Dodge competitive in the squad car category. Remember Ford and Chevy offer some stiff competition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

The Q by Aston Martin program really is something else, isn’t it? The personalization program has the ability to turn any Aston Martin into a real work of art. We’ve seen it happen time and time again since the program was launched in 2012. But we’ve never seen it to the extent of what Aston Martin is bringing to the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance . Four Aston Martin models, all dressed up by Q by Aston Martin. One of these models is the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante , a supercar that holds a special place in my heart because it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a supercar . Fast, powerful, luxurious, and gorgeous, all at the same time. That’s how I’d describe the Vanquish Volante in so many words.

The Vanquish Volante Q by Aston Martin is an especially attractive iteration of the Aston’s most powerful convertible supercar. It’s dressed to the nines the way a well-kept and tidy exotic should be. The silver and tan treatment on the body and cabin blends perfectly in a way that fits the aura of the Vanquish Volante.

Classy on the outside, aggressive on the inside. Just the way Aston Martin intended the Vanquish Volante to be.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante by Q.

Dodge is now rolling out yet another "Blacktop" edition vehicle, this time it’s the Dodge Durango . Characterized by a more sinister appearance, the Blacktop Package adds features like glossy-black wheels, black exterior badging, body colored fascia panels, and semi-smoked headlights. The 2014 Durango Blacktop will be no exception.

The new accent package will be available on the Durango SXT, Limited, and R/T models and will hit showrooms starting in October 2014. For SXT trim level Durangos, the Blacktop package will add gloss-black 20-inch wheels, a matching gloss-black crosshair grille, grille surround and side mirrors, black headlight bezels and exterior badging, dual rear exhaust with bright tips, and body-colored fascia and moldings where chrome would normally reside. It creates one of the boldest looks on any current SUV . For the lower-level SXT trim package, checking the Blacktop box will cost an additional $1,590.

Druangos with the Limited trim package get all the same gloss-blak bits as the SXT, plus swanky HID headlights and LED daytime running lights with the Blacktop Package installed. Checking the Blacktop box with the Limited trim costs $1,990, or $400 more than the Blacktop Package on the SXT, mainly because of the HID headlights.

The Durango R/T only gains $295 to its MSRP to upgrade to the Blacktop package and gets gloss-black 20-inch aluminum wheels, gloss-black crosshair grille with matching grille surround and gloss-black badging.

All three trim are available in one of five colors: Billet Silver, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Granite Crystal, or Redline Red.

Both the SXT and Limited trims come powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, which gains five horsepower from the new Blacktop Package’s exhaust, while the R/T model uses the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Dodge Durango.

What happens when you take the stiffest and most refined Miata ever built, and then have Flyin’ Miata cram a fire-breathing small block V-8 under the hood? You get one of the best cars I have ever driven. Period.

This is Atomic Betty and she has stolen my heart.

With more than 400 horsepower and an equal measure of torque, Atomic Betty takes the power and thrust of a Corvette , and cuts a few hundred pounds. The results are staggering to say the least. Despite the insertion of the large engine, very little of Betty has been altered, and from the exterior she looks like a stock NC Miata to 99-percent of onlookers. If you prefer the idea of a “sleeper,” Betty is about the best you can get.

Best of all, the weight balance has barely been changed and overall weight gain from the new engine is less than putting a full-size male in the passenger seat. That means that same handling and crispness of the Miata remains, there just happens to be almost three-times as much power at the call of your right foot.

Hell. Yes.

Continue to read more about Flyin’ Miata’s V-8 powered NC Miata Atomic Betty.

Earlier in August 2014, we learned about the updates prepared by Aston Martin for the 2015 Vanquish , and now the powerful grand tourer is set to receive the love it deserves from the company’s customization program, Q by Aston Martin. As if the numerous exterior and interior options available for the Vanquish weren’t enough, the Q by Aston Martin division jumped in with a brand-new program for the coupe, enhancing its appeal to a level even the most exigent customers can’t say no to.

Flashy colors, bold contrasts and an enhanced carbon-fiber pattern are now up for grabs to go with the coupe’s enhanced performance figures. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the 2015 Vanquish is a half-second quicker to 60 mph than the 2014 model, thanks to a slightly uprated engine and an all-new transmission. The 5.9-liter V-12 mill now generates 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, while the state-of-the-art Touchtronic III, eight-speed automatic makes sure the oomph is efficiently delivered to the wheels.

If you thought the Vanquish can’t get any better that it already is, then you definitely need to have a closer look at Q’s latest creation.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Q by Aston Martin Vanquish.


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