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Muscle car enthusiasts and collectors across the nation, gather ’round for this important news bulletin coming from Chrysler. The first production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat , wearing the 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN), will be auctioned off during the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction held between September 25th and 27th.

Following this event, the Hellcat will join the exclusive club of muscle cars that have been donated for charity, which now includes the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 , the COPO Camaro, and the brand-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang among other vehicles. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat set to go under the hammer at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on September 27th is more than just a regular Hellcat. The winning bidder will take delivery of a unique Hellcat fitted with an exclusive exterior paint, VIN documentation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Read on to find out more about these unique features.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001.

Some folks really like art. Others, including us, really like cars. Well, the two worlds can sometimes come together with dramatic results. Take for example the Lamborghini dealership in Miami, Florida and their collaboration with the world-renowned artist Duaiv. Together, the two have fashioned this, the Aventador Roadster known as “Project Duaiv.”

The $400,000 Italian supercar is wrapped in the same swirly colors and patterns as the original painting, seen perched atop an easel beside the roadster. Apparently, Duaiv has a thing for fast cars as he reportedly showed up to Lamborghini Miami in a similarly wrapped Ferrari . The report from the DuPont Registry says Duaiv has always wanted an Aventador, and now, has finally gotten his dream car wrapped in his own self-titled artwork.

With purple hair, a flowery shirt, skinny jeans, and purple combat boots, Duaiv strikes a pose next to his new ride. But things haven’t always been so flashy for the Frenchman. Born in 1952, he traveled the world in past days as a classical musician. His painting side also grew during that time. He’s known for using unique techniques to paint his masterpieces.

Besides the bespoke wrap, the Duaiv’s 2015 Aventador also sports a Novitec rear spoiler. The spoiler’s thin supports sort of mirror the thin black lines in the wrapped bodywork and almost continue the look past the sloping rear deck of the Lambo. Everything else remains stock, including the 6.5-liter V-12 making a respectable 690 horsepower and 507 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster.

The Bentley Mulsanne ’s market launch in 2011 ushered in a new era for the British marque as a direct answer to the Rolls-Royce Ghost . The luxury limousine didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it was released, but a facelift to the 2015 model helped alleviate some of the Mulsanne’s design concerns. But a facelifted Mulsanne isn’t the only version in the works here. Turns out, a performance variant of the model is also in the pipeline.

Auto Express received word from Bentley insiders that the company is in the middle of preparing a high-performance Mulsanne that the automaker will likely name the Mulsanne Speed.

We don’t estimate the Mulsanne Speed to look drastically different from the limousine version. Maybe it’ll come with some tweaks here and there to make it a little lighter and give it a sportier look, but the overall design should be consistent with the facelifted 2015 Mulsanne .

That being said, the Mulsanne Speed is still being prepared as a performance model, so we expect some modifications done to the car’s chassis and suspension in order to improve its handling and driveability.

The Mulsanne’s 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V-8 will be used in the Mulsanne Speed; that much appears to be certain. The output, though, is being tipped to increase from 505 horsepower to 550 horsepower to give it a little more oomph to go with its sporty nature. The higher output will also translate to better performance numbers, including a 0 to 62 mph time under five seconds and a top speed of close to 200 mph.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer didn’t specifically say when the Mulsanne Speed is going to make its debut, opting only to say that it’s arriving at an auto show later this year. Well, Frankfurt is on hiatus this year so the biggest one in Europe that’s still on the calendar is the Paris Motor Show in October 2014.

Updated 07/25/2014: We created a rendering of the future Mulsanne Speed, so until its official debut in Paris you can get an idea of what it may look like. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

Source: AutoExpress

Subaru is planning to introduce the 2015 WRX S4 in Japan on August 25. Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming. Don’t worry, you guys aren’t the only ones. The company has always been secretive when it comes to its vehicles, and is always careful not to leak out any information about them. Somehow, it managed to do it again because there’s little we know about the WRX S4 other than the assumption that it’s going to be a better-equipped version of the standard model.

The Japanese automaker did release a well-crafted press release, highlighted by a prevalent use of quotation marks that points to some clues about the WRX S4.
So the “S4” name apparently comes from the model’s four attributes, including "Sports performance", "Safety performance", "Smart driving" and "Sophisticated feel".

Combining all four elements into one car usually means that said car will be a premium model that makes good use of new technology to increase its appeal. In this case, the WRX S4 will come with the company’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. What we don’t know is whether it’s going to be an updated version or the system the current WRX employs.

The good news is that we won’t have to wait long to know all the details about the Subaru WRX S4. The company has made it clear that it’s unveiling the model on August 25. For now, all we need to do is wait for that day to come.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru WRX S4.

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The 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 is a classic, red-blooded, American muscle car . While the Mustang line was only three years old in 1967, this didn’t stop the legendary Carroll Shelby from injecting a healthy dose of his ingenuity into the redesigned, 1967 model. These Shelby Mustangs included powerful engines, race-bred transmissions, and strong rear differentials to create the ultimate drag racers. Impressive acceleration, great looks, amazing street presence, and glorious V-8 sounds were all standard equipment.

Sure, this muscular pony may not be as insanely powerful as some of the cars of today, but remember that this thing is all motor. There are no electronic gadgets and gizmos or crazy forced-induction systems padding its numbers. It truly is a fine example of classic mechanical engineering at its finest.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350.

The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1 GTR.

This new P1 is starting to take shape, as the British manufacturer has released preliminary details on the race-spec supercar . In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 will carry the same GTR moniker.

Updated 07/25/2014: McLaren unveiled a new teaser image for the future P1 GTR before the car’s official debut on Friday August, 15 at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.

The Lagonda name, previously used by Aston Martin for a hand-built, ultra-expensive sedan built between 1976 - 1990, returned under the spotlight about five years ago when the Brits introduced the Lagonda Concept .

Oddly enough, that concept had nothing to do with the four-door grand tourer, but rather a sporty SUV proclaimed to be a more luxurious alternative to the popular Porsche Cayenne . Rumors about a production version went back and forth with no relevant outcome, although the consensus was the vehicle might arrive in 2016.

But now we have to put the Lagonda SUV behind us, because it appears Aston Martin is actually planning to revive the iconic nameplate for a brand new sedan. Such a vehicle was spotted testing in the United Kingdom covered in camouflage. Our friends over at Autoblog think the Brits will slap a Lagonda badge on its trunk.

Details are scarce right now, but it’s safe to assume the four-door will be based on the Rapide S and ride on a stretched version of its wheelbase. Power is likely to come from the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 558 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. More details should become available later this year, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the updates.

Updated 07/25/2014: Aston Martin officially confirmed a bespoke product program for a new super sedan that will revive the Lagonda nameplate. The model will be put into production in 2015 and will be built in a strictly limited series, like the the One-77 hypercar and the V12 Zagato.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan.

Source: Autoblog

Vaeth continues to prove how much it loves working on Mercedes models. The German tuner has time and again created some of the best programs on the market. It’s easy to see why a lot of Merc customers who can’t afford to send their babies to Brabus opt for Vaeth instead. So here’s some good news for owners of the Mercedes A45 AMG ; Vaeth has built a program for the hot hatch, and it’s incredible.

One of the things we like about Vaeth is how it can create an impressive program without going too far with its kit. Some tuners are able to go that route but those programs are more about keeping with their personalities. Vaeth doesn’t do that because it sticks to function and purpose more than anything else.

The A45 AMG program is still comprehensive. It comes with aerodynamic updates, interior improvements, a new sports chassis, a new set of wheels, and of course, an engine upgrade.

But even with all those enhancements, the overall result doesn’t take away the A45 AMG’s hot hatch identity. That’s the mark of an aftermarket company that knows what it’s doing and doesn’t shy away from it just because others prefer style over substance.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes A45 AMG By Vaeth.

The Nissan Versa Note is the smallest and cheapest hatch you can get from Nissan . It was built to provide the highest level of space and equipment for the lowest possible price. The car has been a solid seller for Nissan in the past, but for 2014 it is all-new. A new exterior shape comes to the car , along with a fresh interior design and new gadgets that have been pulled from some of the much more expensive cars in the Nissan family.

With a new design, revised equipment levels, improved interior space and the promise even better fuel economy, the Versa Note is offering a lot. Has Nissan had to cut corners on build quality and refinement to hit a price target? Will the increased fuel economy come at the cost of driving fun?

I was handed the keys to a top-level model with every bell and whistle Nissan could throw at it. Would the cheap five-door win me over, or did Nissan drop the ball with its reinvented people mover?

Read on to see what we thought about the 2014 Nissan Versa Note.

The M4 is more than just the next hot thing from Bavaria. It’s also become the evolutionary bridge between the M3 and the M5 , combining elements of both models to become what some believe to be the best of both worlds. The M4’s stature has thus given BMW another reason to present the sports coupe with a new M Performance Aerodynamic package, making the model even more desirable than it already is.

This particular M4 with M Performance Aeodynamic Parts actually comes by way of BMW Abu Dhabi. That partly explains why BMW chose to spice up the M4, as people in that country are serious about their sports cars .

More often than not, stock models don’t cut the mustard there, hence the need to give the M4 unique upgrades to make it interesting to Middle Eastern buyers.

We don’t know how anyone could find the M4 not exciting enough, but I guess that’s of the biggest reasons why this M Performance Aerodynamic Parts package was unveiled in that part of the world. It’s safe to say that BMW knows its clientele very well in all parts of the world.

So, what doe the M4 with M Performance Aerodynamic Parts bring to the table?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 With M Performance Aerodynamic Parts.

Source: BMW Facebook

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