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The Bentley Continental GT3-R made a lot of noise when it debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014. But as it turns out, Bentley is looking at the possibility of an even more powerful Continental in the future. Yes, more powerful than the 572-horsepower GT3-R.

Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke spoke to Autocar about the incredible demand generated by the Continental GT3-R. The company only released 300 units of the model and according to Donckerwolke, all 300 have been accounted for. It’s this incredible demand surrounding the GT3-R that leads Bentley to keep the door of a more extreme version of the sports car .

Donckerwolke also pointed out the incredible opportunity Bentley has in connecting to a younger market that might have become used to identifying the company as a luxury adult brand.

A car like the GT3-R showed that Bentley still has the chops to build models that celebrate its successful history in motorsports . But with a more powerful model, it can open itself up to establishing an identity with younger generations of buyers more like the one that surrounds Porsche and Aston martin .

Donckerwolke didn’t specifically divulge any details behind this potential British rocket, but we do know that the Continental GT3-R has set the bar on how fast and powerful the Continental can be. If a more powerful Continental GT3-R is in the works, anything less than 600 horsepower would be a disappointment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

Source: AutoCar

It appears that the future of gaming may be upon us and it wears the name “4K.” With four times the numbers of pixels on the screen, all your games are supposed to look extra crisp and all those little details will stand out in the distance. Imagine how much better a game like Forza Motorsports or Gran Turismo would be if they looked even better.

Two of the latest and greatest racing games out right now, Grid Autosport and Next Car Game, both are 4K ready, and I wanted to see if there really was a big difference in how it feels to play a racing game with a setup like this.

I was able to snag a 4K resolution monitor from the fine folks at Asus, and I got to work. With the cost of 4K monitors still high, is this something anyone should consider?

Check out the future of gaming in 4K after the break.

Lego has just announced that it is releasing an Ultimate Collector’s Series version of the Batmobile from the recent Dark Knight trilogy, the Tumbler. The Batmobile is awesome. Lego is awesome. When you combine the two, the result is an incredible explosion of epic greatness. That, or a really great way to spend an afternoon or two.

If you are unfamiliar with the Ultimate Collector’s Series models, they are the biggest and best that Lego offers. Not only is this Tumbler almost a foot and a half long, it is comprised of close to 2,000 pieces and features a fully detailed interior. Even the wings on the top adjust, just like in the movie. As an added bonus, you get minifigs of both Batman and Joker.

The set will be available starting in September 2014, and it will carry a price of $199 for all the U.S. buyers. If you are interested in the Lego model, or just the Tumbler in general, make sure to hit the jump. We have a video of Jay Leno driving a full size Tumbler , and Lego was kind enough to send us a second video that shows a 3D spin of the model so you can get a closer look at it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lego Batman Tumbler.

Source: Uncrate

It Starts!! With the impending release of a new racing game comes the slow release of the car and track lists, and Forza Horizon 2 is no different. While previously we had a look at some of the cars through the announcement trailer , now we are getting an official list. This announcement lists the first 100 cars of the more than 200 that are promised, and it actually features five cars that have never been in any Forza game.

The five new cars are the 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S, 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, 1945 Jeep Willys MB, 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe, and the 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE. Yeah a classic military Jeep a few legendary sports cars and the VW bus. This game is going to have quite the eclectic collection. If you want to know every car that has been announced so far, you can find the full list of 100 cars after the jump.

It also seems as though the team at Turn 10 and Playground Games have actually given us a 101st car announcement as well, but you need to know what to look for. In the large image we have here of all the cars, you will notice that there are some silhouettes below the new machines. While it is a simple repeating pattern of three cars, you may notice that only two of those cars are actually on the official car list; the Pagani Huayra and the McLaren P1 . The third car looks like an R35 Nissan GT-R to me. Considering the R35 is in Forza 5 it doesn’t come as a surprise to see it here, but it hasn’t been officially announced for the game yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the Forza Horizon 2 and get the full car list

Source: Forza

2014 has been a busy year for Bentley so far. The Brits have begun testing their upcoming SUV and launched the Continental GT3-R , a high-performance coupe paying tribute to the GT3 race car . The next few months will also see the introduction of the Mulsanne Speed , but apparently, Bentley won’t stop there. As we speak, the luxury manufacturer is developing a strategy to further expand its offerings.

According to Car & Driver, Bentley is focusing on two different fronts. The first one revolves around developing limited-edition models under the Mulliner badge. These vehicles would be aimed at wealthy customers and collectors to help Bentley enter a very profitable niche currently dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini . This idea has been floating around the company’s headquarters in Crewe for a while now, but it seems the Brits are finally ready to make the big step.

The second expansion lies on the other side of the lineup and involves the introduction of a brand-new vehicle to sit below the Continental. Bentley doesn’t build new vehicles too often, so this is obviously the bigger news of the pack. Stick around to find out more.

Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Bentley’s future entry-level model.

Source: Car & Driver

Getting into Le Mans prototype racing will be a bit easier starting 2015, as the Automobile Club de l’Ouest — the sanctioning body that governs worldwide Le Mans series — has just announced the LMP3 category. As the name suggests, the new class will slot right below the LMP2 category and above the LM GTE Pro.

The new LMP3 class is set to run in both the European Le Mans Series and the Asian Le Mans Series, two competitions that already include the LMP2 prototypes . Since the LMP1 category is only reserved for the World Endurance Championship, the top tier and LMP3 vehicle will only clash during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"From the base to the summit we want to make it easy for drivers, teams and constructors to enter for endurance," explained Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. "This LMP3 is the base of our pyramid devoted to the different LMPs," he added.

Needless to say, adding a lower prototype category can only benefit the sport. But, as with any other racing class, the LMP3 comes with its own set of rules regarding body configuration, engine, and building and running costs.

Click past the jump to learn more about Le Mans’ new LMP3 Class.

We haven’t been shy about the vehicles we admire here on Topspeed. The Lexus NX midsize SUV falls into that list. The arrival of the NX has given Lexus a model to compete against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 . But if the company really wants to make a statement, a smaller version of the NX should be on the horizon, right?

Lexus Europe Vice President Alain Uyttenhoven spoke with Autocar about the possibility of a smaller Lexus SUV . He wasn’t totally open but he also didn’t shoot it down, leaving us hanging with nail-biting phrases like “not impossible” and “makes sense”.

The man clearly knows how to evade leading questions, even if it comes at our unfortunate expense. But if you read between the lines, there is reason to be optimistic. For one, Uyttenhoven didn’t completely deny the possibility of a smaller, NX-based SUV. We’re going to take that as a sign that Lexus could be considering such a model in the future. For now, that’s a "win" in our book

Lexus does have a real gem in the NX SUV, and If it can use that as a basis for a smaller version, there will be no shortage of competitors sweating out the model’s arrival. Models like the BMW X1 , the Audi Q3 , and the Mercedes-Benz GLA should all be worried if Lexus does release a competing model.

The ball, it seems, is in Lexus’ court. What it does with it could change the landscape of the luxury , compact SUV segment.

Note: Lexus NX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus NX.

Source: AutoCar

We’ve always thought of the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV as being former CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez’s pet project. But now that Bez is out of the management picture over at Aston, it looks like the Lagonda SUV is heading out with him.

Aston Martin Director of Design Marek Reichman recently talked to Pistonheads about the state of the company in the post-Bez era and the discussion brought about an update on the state of the long-awaited SUV.

If you’ve been waiting for the release of the model, maybe now’s the best time to turn away. With Bez out as CEO, the Lagonda SUV is no more.

“That was a different time,” Reichmann told Pistonheads. “It was Ulrich’s time. And now we’re in a very, very different time, with a different plan and with a different projection of what that brand should become.”

Part of that plan is retaining the Lagonda brand. But instead of building it as an SUV, Aston is now setting its sights on turning the Lagonda into its own exclusive marque.

That means more attention to exclusivity and less on the idea of mass production, which was something that Aston initially planned for the Lagonda SUV .

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

Source: PistonHeads

Production of the insanely powerful 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat may be limited to only 1,200 units. That’s the word from Edmunds, citing a Chrysler Group person that did not want to be identified. Although the automaker has yet to confirm the said number, we won’t be surprised if this report turns out to be true. And for more than one reason.

First of all, it’s only natural for such a powerful machine to come available in limited quantities. The Hellcat is no regular Challenger and we don’t expect Dodge to keep it in production until the current generation model is phased out. At least not as a regular production car. Selling 1,200 examples each year for the next two to three years would make more sense. Sure, demand will surpass production and Dodge will have a lot of unhappy customers to deal with, but that’s what makes a muscle car like the Hellcat special.

Secondly, a limited run would bring more bad news to customers. As Hellcats will start disappearing from dealer preorder "lots," the $60,990 sticker (delivery included) will blow through the roof. Dealers win, Dodge wins, and customers will just have to fork more cash for the privilege of owning 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque in the shape of a Challenger.

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

Source: Edmunds

Now here’s an interesting turn of events in the luxury car world: Former Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen has been named global president of Cadillac . The man credited with building Audi into a powerhouse will take over as president of GM’s luxury division on August 1st. De Nysschen’s appointment comes as Bob Ferguson, who had led Cadillac since 2012, will return to Washington as senior vice president of global public policy to help improve GM’s image in the wake of the company’s much-discussed ignition switch recalls.

The 54-year-old de Nysschen joins a brand that has enjoyed tremendous success last year. Cadillac sales rose nearly 22 percent in 2013, while the ATS was the North American Car of the Year and the CTS was named MotorTrend car of the year. In 2014, however, Cadillac sales fell 2 percent through June, as GM struggled to build on last year’s momentum with brand-new vehicles, such as the ATS Coupe and the Escalade full-size SUV .

In spite of its recent success and the fact that it enjoys the strongest product lineup in decades, Cadillac still lags behind its German rivals as far as sales go. And this is exactly where Johan de Nysschen and its 21 years of experience with Audi and Infiniti will come in handy.

Click past the jump to read more about Johan de Nysschen.


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