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jay leno garage

Celebrities like Jay Leno have the kind of influence and financial means that they can pretty much get whatever car they want. If you’ve seen his collection, you’ll know that nobody rolls in the auto collecting trade better than Leno.

But every so often, even Jay has to come to grips that there are just some cars that are completely out of reach. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo is one of them.

Built exclusively to as a video game concept for Gran Turismo 6, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo is a beauty in more ways than one. It’s actually the second of Gran Turismo’s Vision Turismo lineup that will feature a whole bunch of concepts in the game.

Unlike the first concept that was announced — the BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept — Mercedes actually built a real life 1:1 scale model of its concept, and low and behold, Jay Leno managed to get his hands on it. In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage,

The first half of the episode actually has Jay talking about his 1,000-horsepower 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado before announcing that this ride has been added to Gran Turismo 6. Great, right?

Then, the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo shows up in his garage and on the rare instances that even Leno himself has to catch himself before talking, you know that he’s talking about something that in his own words, is a "pretty big deal".

Such is the effect of a car like the AMG Vision Gran Turismo. It turns avid auto nuts like Leno back into fan boys. And the best part about it? This is just one of many concepts that other brands will build for Gran Turismo 6.

(Cue the drooling).

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

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The 2002 Mini Cooper S is powered by a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with an output of 163 horsepower — a pretty high number for such a tiny car. That said, why be satisfied with just one 1.6-liter engine, when you can have two?

Like this particular Mini Cooper, which was prepared by Jacques Andres and reviewed in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. This car was specially designed to run the 25 Hour of Thunderhill Endurance Race and is powered by two 1.6-liter, supercharged four-cylinders sending power to all four wheels.

The two engines develop a total of 500 horsepower and each engine can be operated individually, or simultaneously, but each needs to be started separately.

Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks about this very cool Mini Cooper. As usual he pushed the car to its limits to see how good it really is.

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Jay Leno took a brake from all the supercars he reviewed lately and in its latest episode of his show he decided to take a look at the 1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano - a model that took best in its class at Pebble Beach 2011.

The car was brought to him by Jonathan Segal - the owner of this exquisitely restored Allemano.

What makes the Maserati A6G-2000 even more special - next to being a very cool classic car, is that only 21 units were ever built by coach builder Allemano. The A6G-2000 was the first sports car developed by Maserati after the World War II and was powered by a 2-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of about 140 horsepower.

Currently the A6G-2000 are very expensive cars, as there were a few units sold for a few millions at the current auctions.

Check out the video to see what Jay Leno thinks about the 1956 Maserati A6G-2000 Allemano.

Being Jay Leno comes with many perks, one of which is VIP tickets to the recently held US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. Whereas most of us will be probably get lucky scoring grandstand seats, Leno doesn’t roll like that. He goes inside, deep into the heart of the event, to talk to a variety of individuals who played big roles in bringing Formula One back to U.S. soil.

Leno’s first interview was with renowned German racetrack architect Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for designing what would eventually be known as the Circuit of the Americas. From there, the comedian spends some time with an engineer from McLaren to discuss the finer points of an F1 car. That’s a conversation we’d love to be a part of.

Finally, Leno meets McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey before getting a chance to ride shotgun on a McLaren MP4-12C around the track.

The perks this man gets as one of the world’s foremost celebrity gear heads is downright incredible.

Click past the jump to read about the McLaren MP4-12C

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In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Robert Tallini from "Road Race Sports" brought a pair of highly updated 500 Abarth racecars for Leno to test.

According to Tallini, the black 500 Abarth racer pushes out about 250 horsepower, thanks to a new turbo, intake, exhaust and other mods. Along with the engine modifications the two cars also offer a roll cages and some carbon-fiber body work that transform them into real race cars. The best part is that both of the Abarth racers are also street legal.

The stock Abarth 500 is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. With this amount of power, the Abarth 500 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 7 seconds and up to a top speed of 129 mph.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks about the two Abarth 500 race cars.

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In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, he had the chance to get behind the wheel of the Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept — a vehicle specially designed to celebrate Aston Martin ’s centenary. The concept was brought to him by Julian Jenkins, who is the Regional Director of Aston Martin.

Along with the CC100 Speedster, Leno also spent some time on the new Vanquish Volante , so the video is definitely a must see.

The CC100 Speedster was inspired by the classic 1959 DBR1 and is powered by the latest-generation, AM11 V-12 gasoline engine. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds and can hit a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks about this great CC100 Speedster. The video also includes an interview with Dr. Ulrich Bez — yet another reason to watch it. Enjoy!

Jay Leno’s clout in the auto industry is well established. That’s one of the perks of being a certified car enthusiast but in the comedian’s case, automakers trip over themselves to get featured in his own auto web show series, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Recently, Jaguar took its turn and it brought along its latest pride and joy, the Jaguar F-Type V8 S . Eric Johnson, vice president of Jaguar Western Region, presented the car to Leno and true to the script, the pair began by talking about the car before Leno does what he seemingly always does: take the F-Type V8 S for a spin. Obviously, a car of the F-Type V8 S’ stature deserves to have some kind of special attention given to it and Leno was quick to point out how impressed he was with its 5.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 495 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

In addition to the F-Type V-8 S, the episode also featured Leno’s drive of another one of Jaguar’s recent builds: the Project 7 Concept. Like we said, this guy really gets all the treats, doesn’t he?

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Jaguar F-Type Roadster

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We’re used to seeing Jay Leno behind s wide array of vehicles, including compacts, hatchbacks, sports cars, classic cars and supercars. For the latest episode of "Jay Lono’s Garage," however, he tested a rather strange car: Batman’s Tumbler.

The car made its way to Jay’s garage by way of Warner Bros. Transportation Coordinator, Hobart Lundt, who takes Jay for a super-fun look inside the custom-built Tumbler from Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Night Rises. What’s more, Jay gets a crack at driving this odd beast on public streets — with a police escort, of course — and boy is it an interesting rig.

It may not be nearly as fast as the Porsche 918 Spyder he tested a few weeks ago, but still it’s definitely rarer — only one running model remains — and just as cool. Check out the video to see what he thinks of this crime-fighting heavily customized vehicle and if he finds it easy to drive or not!

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We are all used to seeing Jay Leno behind the wheel of high-performance cars, like the Shelby GT500 . In the latest edition of "Jay Leno’s Garage," however, he decided to give a hot hatchback a try. And what better hot hatch than the Ford Focus ST ?

The car was brought to him by Chief Engineer, Jamal Hameedi, who offered a few details on the Focus ST. He explains the technology behind the new, 252-horsepower Focus and why it is considered a global performance vehicle.

After explaining the car in detail, Leno and Hameedi took the car on the road and gave it a moderate thrashing by Jay Leno’s standards. Jay, of course, did not have the space to push the Focus ST to the 154 mph it is capable of hitting, but even so, he still did a great job behind the wheel.

You can always count on Jay Leno to have some of the finest guests on his show. That’s par for the course when you’re the guy many consider one of the most hardcore celebrity car nuts in the world.

So when the recently unveiled Cadillac Elmiraj Concept made a stop at Jay Leno’s Garage, nobody was really surprised. After all, it was only a few weeks ago when the car turned a lot of heads at Pebble Beach when it made its debut.

So naturally, with the close proximity and all, the next stop for the Elmiraj figured to be in Leno’s web show.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno talks about the impressive characteristics of the Elmiraj while highlighting the noticeable styling influence of Cadillac’s new design language. Joining him was GM’s VP of Global Design, Ed Welburn, who proceeded to educate Jay on the design of futures on the Elmiraj while also taking the time to talk about how the Elmiraj will inspire future Cadillac models moving forward.

As is often the case, nobody can bring more life to cars than a guy like Jay Leno even with a concept that’s already as awesome as the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept


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