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Some people are willing to pay a pretty penny for luxury. Just look at the price of a first growth French Bordeaux or a tin of Beluga Caviar. These objects are for the rich, the very rich, and to go along with their high-end eats they need high-end vehicles.

We all know that the Bugatti Veyron is the most expensive car in the world, along with its many different variations, so we aren’t just going to do a list of the Bugatti’s, even though it sure would be easy.

Most of these machines are extremely high performance and they aren’t the sort of machines you will see hanging around the local Wal-Mart. In fact, many won’t see BMW’s around Wal-Mart, but that’s beside the point.

Years ago, we reported the top ten most expensive cars in the world as created by Forbes Auto. Well that list detailed how expensive these cars are to own, but we have always held the notion that if you afford these sorts of machines, you can afford to service them and if not, you need an accountant.

Hit the jump to see the list.

Source: Forbes Auto

The2011 Range Rover Evoque is scheduled to make its public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this year, but as is the case with new vehicles these days, you can actually catch images of these new cars milling around undisguised on the days leading up to the annual event.

0-100, a Romanian website was able to take some photos of an undisguised 2011 Range Rover Evoque during a supposedly top-secret event Land Rover was hosting for all of its dealerships and VIPs.

There’s no doubt that these photos - unless Land Rover has a wicked curveball up its sleeve - belong to that of a Range Rover Evoque prototype. And while the car’s not scheduled to be in Paris when the Paris Motor Show opens its doors later this week, these photos do give us the clearest look at both the exterior and the interior of the Evoque.

We’re pretty sure that given the painstaking lengths to keep this meeting top secret, these photos aren’t sitting too well with the folks over atLand Rover . Not that it should matter to these guys anyway, because in this day and age, spy photos like these come with the territory.

Source: 0-100

Superchips has not wasted any time creating another ECU remap, and this time it is for the Land Rover Discovery 4 and the Range Rover Sport HSE . Their new tuning packages for the LandRover models upgrade the performance of the 3.0-liter TDV6 engine by 35 HP and 51 NM of torque.

Since both models carry the same engine under their respective hoods, the performance boost translates into the exact same numbers. The Land Rover/Range Rover 3.0 TDV6 engine’s power output ends up at 282hp at 3632 rpm (compared to a measured 247 bhp as standard,) and 638 Nm (465 lb.ft.) torque (compared with a measured 587 Nm from the factory).

Superchips states that the increase in power will not affect the LandRover Discovery 4 or Range Rover Sport HSE TDV6’s fuel economy. They said that if these vehicles were "driven in a ‘like for like’ manner against the standard version, owners will experience noticeable fuel economy improvements due to the additional low rev torque delivered by the Superchips upgrade." You know people out there are going to test this theory so SuperChips better hope their calculations are correct.

Press release after the jump.

Kahn Design has unveiled a new tuning package based on the Range Rover Sport Autobiography. The package is called the RS600 and includes a new ten piece Kahn body kit and engine upgrade.

Thanks to the Kahn Intelligent Power, the Range Rover Sport now develops 600 HP. And what better way to enhance the boosted power than by adding the Project Kahn Super Sound exhaust system which takes the power from the engine and transforms it into a deep rumble that escapes from the back of the car.

The interior is decked out in leather as the front and rear seats, glove box, and dashboard get wrapped in a bespoke quilted leather. The steering wheel and gearshift are also covered in leather while the speedometer, rev counter, and clock receive an electric blue color. The entire package is finished off with an elegant Kahn 22” RS Alloy Wheel and Tire set.

If this tuning kit is starting to look a little familiar then you have a keen eye for duplicate packages. Kahn Design has actually already released this package for the 2010 Range Rover Sport back in February, but apparently they felt it was good enough to slap onto the Autobiography model as well.

Press release after the jump.

"Land Rover!" What is the first model coming to your head? We bet is not the Freelander , and not even the Range Rover . But for sure is the old, traditional Defender ! After all this is a model older than many of us, most likely having the same age of your grandpa, and it is unlikely that at some point in your childhood you didn’t take a short trip in your grandpa’s Ninety (this was Defender’s first name).

Tata Motors decided that a car with 62 years of history needs to go on, and will come with a new generation Defender in 2014. However, the "Defender" name will be dropped, but many of the original car’s looks and values could be used in the final production model. And while the original model has been built on the T5 steel platform chassis, this is much to heavier and it will also be dropped. Instead Land Rover will use the same Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD) technology used in the Freelander. According to Land Rover managing director Phil Popham, the new Defender will be adopt a more SUV look and will deliver more off-road power: "We’ll be really tuning up the versatility side and practicality side. That for me is the core of the Defender’s identity."

Source: Autocar

The Range Rover Evoque won’t be released out on the market until next year, but it’s already catching a lot of attention from anyone who’s ever caught the car making test rounds on the streets.

This particular white beauty was caught doing the rounds in London a few days ago, and, by goodness, the Evoque is gorgeous. From what we’ve heard, this particular Evoque was out on the road filming a commercial, although if you ask us, we don’t think that releasing an advert for Range Rover’s new pride and joy would be all that needed, especially considering that its launch back in July already drew it a ton of positive feedback.

Then again, there’s nothing wrong with covering your bases, either. And knowing how the brand is trying be aggressive in promoting not only the Evoque, but their entire brand portfolio, we’re not surprised that the fellas over at Land Rover are doing all they can to aggressively bring the Evoque into the public consciousness.

But since this video of still shots is what we have at this point, we’re going to play it as often as we can and wait for the day when the SUV officially goes on sale, at which time, our bank accounts would be ready enough to support the financial blow of scooping one up for ourselves.

Photo credit: sssshaun

Source: You Tube
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Land Rover is getting old. In fact, it just reached the big 4-0 and for their big birthday celebration, the company is creating the new 2012 Evoque . It is the lightest and most fuel efficient Land Rover in the company’s history, but it’s not like the other models set the bar very high in those departments anyway.

The car will be smaller than the LR2 and will be more of a sports machine than an off-road vehicle. Buyers will be able to choose from a two-door or a four-door model, both of which are close to their concept counterparts. The car will officially be called the Range Rover Evoque , as this model is more on the luxurious side of things.

There will be a front-wheel drive model - the first in the company’s history - and an all-wheel drive model available. There will likely be a diesel motor with start/stop technology, but no word on if that motor will be in the United States. Land Rover believes that this diesel motor should be able to deliver the same sort of economy as the base Mini Cooper.

We expect Land Rover to create a hybrid model as well and Land Rover has announced that it should come two years after its Paris Motor Show launch in September.

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Tata Motors Ltd., the owner of Jaguar Land Rover , came away with a nice chunk of change in the first quarter of the automotive fiscal year. Not to mention a healthy climb for its stock.

The company posted a $430 million profit, which helped the stock climb 5.6 percent to a 19-year high, according to Bloomberg. That is nearly twice the amount of profit that analysts – and we use that term loosely – predicted. Sales for the company increased by 64 percent to $5.8 billion.

Jaguar Land Rover played a big role in all this, posting a $370 million profit during the first quarter. Sales increased from 35,947 to 57,153. That sales jump can easily be attributed to their fantastic new cars, including the XF and the XJ.

Tata was even successful with their own car and truck division, as it saw a 48 percent increase to a total of 181,708 vehicles sold, which included 14,779 Nano cars. That growth can be attributed to the strength of India’s economy.

Source: Bloomberg

In what can only be described as an aggressive growth strategy by the Jaguar Land Rover Group, Range Rover is rumored to be working hard on introducing another vehicle into an already growing line-up of models for the brand.

It wasn’t that long ago when Range Rover unveiled the new Evoque SUV to the public, joining the Range Rover Sport and signaling a turning point in the company’s direction. Turns out, according to sources, Range Rover may not be done expanding its growing portfolio.

There’s no word yet on what exactly this model is going to be, but from what we’ve heard, it looks like it’s going to be slotted somewhere between the new Evoque SUV and the Range Rover Sport . Earlier this month, we caught wind of a new premium sedan that will be priced between $40,000 and $60,000 that was currently in the works from Tata and Jaguar, but we can only hope that this second rumor is about yet another model to add to their lineup. The more the merrier!

The rapid expansion of the brand is a stark difference from the problems it was facing last year when Tata Motors scooped up the then-beleaguered brand which, at that time, was experiencing plummeting sales and was in dire need of some serious resuscitation.

Now, they’re introducing new models left and right. What a difference a year – and a change in ownership – makes, right?

Source: Autocar
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Land Rover is taking a bold step with this new LR2 /Freelander 2 . The new machine breaks away from the norm, as Land Rover will offer a front-wheel drive setup. That’s kind of like Porsche offering an SUV; it’s just plain wrong. The front-wheel drive setup will be the only option on this diesel model. Of course, we probably won’t even see it considering diesel models never make it to our shores.

We should see these new vehicles in the UK by the end of September packing a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel with 150 horsepower. If you’re upset at the fact that the new Freelander will get front-wheel drive, take this fact in for a moment. With the diesel motor and a manual transmission, the Land Rover will be able to get 38 miles per gallon.

If you live in the United States and you want some of this front-wheel drive Land Rover action, then you’re going to have to wait for the Evoque .

The Land Rover will be offered with all-wheel drive as well, but at the penalty of around 5 mpg. There will also be a 190 horsepower petrol motor, but it will only be offered with an automatic.

On the outside, the LR2/Freelander 2 gets an overhaul in the looks department. There is a new bumper cap with redone fog lamps, a revised grille, and updated headlights and taillights. If you are having trouble noticing the changes, it’s not a big deal, we did too.

Inside, the Land Rover gets reworked gauges, seats, carpets, and storage. We were hoping for a bigger update than this, but it’s not bad.

Hit the jump for the press release.

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