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If there was ever any doubt why James Bond loves Aston Martins so much, these Vanquish Carbon Edition models will quell all of those misgivings. The British automaker finally pulled the covers off of its latest special edition creation only days after it dropped a teaser promoting its arrival. While I do think that Aston Martin needs to time its teasers better, I’m not complaining about what came out of it.

The Vanquish Carbon Edition is a thing of beauty and if you want to be really technical about it, there are actually two versions of this bad-boy. There’s a coupe and a convertible version, each of which can be dressed in either black or white. Pulling off a black or white car isn’t easy, but the Vanquish has all the sexiness it needs to wear these colors and look good doing so.

I’m not saying that I’m going to buy one as soon as it’s available, but there’s nothing wrong with staring at them with longing eyes, right?

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition.

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America’s original pony car will turn 50 in 2014, and Ford is celebrating the monumental birthday by taking its maiden voyage overseas. The 2015 Ford Mustang will find its way into right-hand-drive markets, such as England, Japan and Australia. Moreover, for the first time in the Mustang’s history, England and Australia studios will aid in the design of the new-generation muscle car. Add that to the fact that the 2015 Mustang will receive independent rear suspension for the first time ever, with exception of the Cobra version a decade ago, and the Mustang suddenly becomes a hot topic among enthusiasts.

With such dramatic changes in the geographical availability of the Mustang, as well as the move away from the cheaper live axle, not much else has to change in order for this new-generation Mustang to find its new niche in the 2015 model year. That being said, expect the updated muscle car to get a radical redesign while still staying true to its overall look and style.

Also, for the first time, the Mustang is offered with an EcoBoost engine and a series of new technologies that will push it on top on the market.

Updated 09/12/2014: Ford released mileage figures for the all new-generation Mustang, and the bad news is that the new model delivers worse fuel economy than the model it replaces. The 2015 Mustang GT delivers 15 mpg city, 19 mpg combined and 25 mpg highway when equipped with the manual or automatic transmission. The V-6 model delivers 19 mpg city, 22 mpg combined and 28 mpg highway when mated to a manual gearbox, while the automatic-equipped V-6 gets a 2-mpg boost in the city and a 1-mpg boost in the combined rating. The new Mustang EcoBoost delivers 22 mpg city, 26 mpg combined and 31 mpg highway with the manual version, and 21 mpg city, 25 mpg combined and 32 mpg highway with the automatic gearbox.

More details on the 2015 Ford Mustang after the jump.

The mid-engined Porsche Cayman was launched in 2005. Essentially a coupe version of the Boxster , the Cayman has become increasingly popular with customers as a more affordable and balanced proposition to the range-topping 911 . The first-generation coupe came with 2.7-, 2.9-, and 3.4-liter, flat-six engines with as many as 321 ponies and 273 pound-feet of torque. A facelifted Cayman was introduced in early 2009, while the redesigned model arrived in showrooms in 2013, this time powered by 275-, 325- and 340-horsepower engines. As we’re moving closer to 2015, the Germans are preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the still-new Cayman.

As with most Porsche facelifts, the Cayman will only receive minor exterior and interior changes. However, more important things are set to occur under the rear hood, where an array of four-cylinder engines are expected to show up. Details are thin as of September 2014, but Porsche is keen on improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions across the lineup and it seems both the Cayman and the Boxster will lead the way.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayman.

Rumors about the Mercedes AMG GT started as early as 2012, and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, as Mercedes and AMG have chosen the GT name for the sports car that comes to replace the aging SLS AMG as the company’s halo rig. Essentially the baby brother of the SLS, the AMG GT comes as a new competitor for the Porsche 911 just as we’re heading toward 2015. Compared to the SLS, the Mercedes-AMG GT is lighter and slimmer, making use of even more carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the GT is devoid of gullwing doors.

Less dramatic as far as design and power go, the GT also comes with a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Read on for the full details surrounding Stuttgart’s latest road-going "silver arrow".

Updated 09/12/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new video showing the new AMG GT in action at the "Circuit of the Americas." Enjoy!

Updated 09/22/2014: Mercedes unveiled the entire exterior palette for the new AMG GT. Check it out after the jump and let us know which color is your favorite.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes-AMG GT.

Well, well. It seems that when I predicted that the trademarking of the Zora name by GM would lead to a mid-engined Corvette , I wasn’t just full of hot air. Since I wrote my first piece and clamored on about the mid-engined future in the TopSpeed Podcast , both Motor Trend and Car and Driver have written pieces claiming this to be the truth. We already covered the piece by Motor Trend, but the details from Car and Driver are fresh.

Currently the only way to read the C&D story is to pick up their newest issue on newsstands, but the crazy kids over at Jalopnik have been kind enough to give us a rough rundown of the major points.

First off, we know for fact that Chevrolet is already actively developing the C8 Corvette. Second, the new car will be a mid-engined machine that wears the badge “Zora ZR1.” It will be positioned as flagship for the brand and will likely be the first C8-generation car to arrive. The car will be a very low-volume model that will carry a price that is estimated around $150,000. As it is today, the car will still continue to be powered by an aluminum, small-block, GM engine.

To make this new machine, the current frame will need some heavy modification, but C&D seems to think that current platform has the ability to be used for the job. On that same note, the robotic manufacturing that was setup to create the current C7 can be altered to create the new frame with what seems like little effort.

Expect more carbon to be used if this new mid-engine car makes it to existence. Currently GM uses the carbon stuff for items like the fenders and hood, but the doors are still fiberglass. This will change for the Zora ZR1 and a carbon composite of some sort will be used to decrease weight and increase strength in the doors. Suspension and braking components are unlikely to change too much from the current kit used on the Z06 .

As always, we will keep you up to date on all the news as we can get it.

Note: Standard Chevrolet Corvette Stingray pictured here, but our rendering team is hard at work creating a preview to the Zora ZR1.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora.

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BMW ’s modern history with compact cars began in 1993 with the liftback version of the 3 Series . Discontinued in 2000, the compact Bimmer returned for the 2005 model year as the 1 Series . Four different body styles were built until 2013, when BMW decided to invent a new moniker for the two-door coupe and convertible . The coupe became the 2 Series , while the three-door and five-door hatchbacks continued as the 1 Series. The second-gen hatchbacks were launched in 2011 and a refreshed model is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show . Meanwhile, BMW is working to expand the 1 Series lineup to include a sedan, giving it yet another way to compete against its long-time German rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Audi .

Created to go against the A3 Sedan and the CLA four-door coupe, the 1 Series Sedan has become more than just an idea as of September 2014. Scheduled to break cover sometime in 2016, the four-door is already being tested on the company’s new UKL platform. This detail is of great importance, as BMW is switching to front-wheel-drive, a configuration Audi and Mercedes have already embraced for the A3 and the CLA, respectively.

Updated 09/11/2014: We have prepared a new rendering for you showing the future 1 Series Sedan. It features the latest BMW design language, that includes the updated headlamp style that run into the grill. Check it out after the jump.

BMW announced its new 2 Series convertible, including the M235i and this 228i, in September 2014. While the M235i will be the choice of most enthusiasts and weekend track rats, the standard 228i and the 228i xDrive will be the ones found at Whole Foods and Macy’s, and will constitute the bulk of 2 Series sales. That’s not a bad thing, however, as the BMW’s latest drop top checks all the right boxes for topless automotive fun.

A high-strung, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes boosted by a twin-scroll turbocharger and is backed by an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters or a six-speed manual. The quick-shifting flappy paddle helps the 228i hit 60 mph in a surprising 5.7 seconds. What’s more, the 228i’s chassis share many of its designs and parts with the 228i coupe, giving it some street cred right out of the box.

The 228i xDrive brings an extra level of usability to the 2 Series Convertible’s lineup. With a normal torque split favoring the rear axle, the xDrive 2 has plenty of sport still in its chassis. However, when the weather turns rough, all four wheels grip the road. The xDrive system even makes itself useful in the dry, helping the 228i xDrive knock a tenth of a second off the 228i’s 0 to 60 mph time.

While the now-dead 1 Series may have been the first drop-top contender in the premium sub-compact segment, the new 228i and 228i xDrive take the legacy into the future. If 1 Series 130,000 units sold worldwide is any indication of the 2 Series Convertible’s potential success, BMW’s latest convertible will have no trouble finding homes.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2-Series Convertible.

With the lightweight Jaguar XE soon to start battling the BMW 3 Series , rumors about the British company planning to roll out an entire family of vehicles are flying all over the place. Although not officially confirmed, the move makes a lot of sense considering Jaguar is aiming to become a strong competitor to Germany’s finest. Naturally, this scenario got us all excited and thinking what would an XE Coupe and Sportbrake version of the look like. Our rendering team was quick to provide us with some answers in that aspect, and, with the coupe already online, we have returned to show you the XE Sportbrake.

Yes, that’s right, we’re 100-percent positive the station wagon version of the XE will carry the Sportbrake moniker. It’s already a tradition in the Jaguar family and the Brits wouldn’t have it any other away, considering the same nameplate is used for the larger XF. Read on to see what it takes for the XE to become a premium grocery-getter.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Jaguar XE Sportbrake.

Like most high-performance vehicles, the BMW M3 was the perfect platform for a dozen special-edition models throughout its history. Who can forget about the E36-based GTR and the E46-based CSL , or even the Cecotto and Ravaglia editions of the first-generation M3? Then there’s the GTS, arguably one of the best-performing M3’s in history. Launched for the 2010 model year and built in only 250 units, the GTS was a more powerful and lighter version of the E92 M3 . The coupe was powered by a 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 444 horsepower and weighed 300 pounds less than the standard M3. These specs made it incredibly fast in the 0-to-60-mph sprint, which took only 4.2 seconds, and quite popular with collectors. All 250 units sold immediately, despite a sticker of €115,000 ($149,000 as of 09/11/2014). The E92 GTS remained the sole GTS built to date, but it seems the Germans have a new iteration underway, this time around based on the M4 .

That’s the word from our skilled photographers, who spotted what appears to be a track-prepped version of the M4 set to carry the GTS moniker. And although BMW has done its best to parade it as a MotoGP Safety Car , we have reasons to believe this coupe is more than just a pace setter.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M4 GTS.

Subaru has another special-edition model for the BRZ . Raise your hand if you think it’s becoming a tad too much. I don’t mind that the company wants the sports coupe to improve its on-road presence, but there’s been a lot of these lately and none of them come with the upgrade we all really want. You know, that part about improving the car’s performance capabilities.

Granted, this BRZ Special Edition does have a few nice additions, especially those GT stripes that add an aggressive touch to the sports car . It’s also a different touch from what we’re used to. Heck, some people might think the stripes themselves are worth the "Special Edition" label attached to the model.

Add all the new exterior and interior upgrades, and they all combine to make a pretty appealing package that a lot of customers will definitely be interested in. But even with all those additions, there’s still that one little piece of the puzzle that’s missing, and we all know what it is (read: more power).

I’m not getting my hopes up, but then again, stranger things have happened.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Subaru BRZ Special Edition.


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