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  Luxury cars are expensive and come in all shapes: sedan, coupe or convertible. They offer all the comfort, luxury and performance but you will have to pay premium price. German cars like BMW or Mercedes are the first brand that come to our mind but nowadays nearly all car makers offer nice and comfortable models that enter in the luxury car category.

If you thought the new era of F1 with small, hybrid, turbocharged cars was a bad idea, listen up. Not only have Mercedes and Audi revealed new engines and cars that are using an electrified turbo system similar in function to the new F1 cars, Ferrari has jumped into the mix now too. According to a new report from 4 Wheel News, Ferrari is working on a new engine that features both a supercharger and an electronic turbo.

Now if you are a Ferrari purist, please put down the gun/torch/big stick and listen. The report clearly states that Ferrari’s high-end, V-12 cars will remain, and that the V-12 engines powering them will also remain naturally aspirated.

The supercharger will help provide lots of power with a small footprint, and the instant torque and boost from the electric turbocharger will reduce lag in the forced-induction system and help cut emissions and increase fuel economy.

We don’t have any information on what size or configuration the engine will come in, but considering the main goal of this engine is to cut emissions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see smaller V-8. A de-bored version of the California T’s 3.8-liter down to 3.6-liter wouldn’t be improbable. Ferrari could also go for a V-6 configuration. Whatever it chooses, expect power outputs to still be well above the 500-horsepower mark.

It is still a Ferrari after all.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future supercharged engine.

Source: 4wheelsnews

Kia and luxury once went together like bleach and ammonia, but as we creep into the 2015 model year, things are starting to change. It started with cars like the Optima and Sorento getting more luxurious digs, then came to a head with the introduction of the Cadenza . And now for 2015, Kia presents its K900, a luxurious sedan that shares a platform with its sister brand’s luxury rig, the Hyundai Equus.

Not only is the K900 the most luxurious car that I have ever seen from Kia, but it is also the most powerful, thanks to is 420-horsepower, Tau V-8 that is borrowed from Hyundai . As of July 2014, this Tau V-8 remains the standard engine in all K900s, but soon the 3.3-liter V-6 found in the Cadenza will make its way into the engine compartment.

In the Cadenza, the 3.3-liter engine produces 293 ponies, but I am willing to bet it will exceed 300 horses by the time it makes its way to the K900. And this tuning is likely why the V-6-powered K900 is not on dealer lots yet — a 293-horsepower V-6 is not suitable for a 4,600-pound lard yacht.

Fortunately, I got my crack at the K900 before the V-6 had a chance to ruin the fun, so I got to enjoy all 420 roaring ponies from this Korean masterpiece. But the real question is, can it actually hang with BMW and Mercedes this early into its life?

Find out the answer and read all about my time with the K900 after the jump.

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At the 2013 Auto Shanghai, Mercedes unveiled the GLA Concept — the initial preview for the company’s fifth SUV. Just a few months after, the production GLA will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

The production GLA-Class is built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines as the new-generation A-Class and B-Class . From the A-Class, the new GLA also borrows its engine lineup, but U.S. customers will only have one variant, the GLA250, which is offered in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4MATIC.

On the U.S. market, the model will be put on sale in the fall of 2014.

Updated 08/14/2013: The production Mercedes GLA will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Mercedes just released the first official details on the production version GLA.

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes announced that the all-new GLA-Class will be put on sale at a starting price of $32,225, while when equipped with the 4MATIC system, the price will raise to $34,225.

Hit the jump to read more about the production version Mercedes GLA-Class.

Swiss tuner Mansory has been in the aftermarket business long enough for it have established a reputation as one of the best to ever do it. It’s programs grace some of the best luxury and performance vehicles on the market that now includes the Porsche Panamera . Mansory’s program for the Panamera features an extensive list of modifications that bring out the best in the German saloon. We’ve seen many tuners work on the Panamera before, but there’s only a handful of them that can really claim to be on the level of Mansory.

For this program, Mansory worked on giving the Panamera a more refined appearance to complement its enormous engine upgrade. It’s actually nice to see the aftermarket company restrain itself from its usual over-the-top styling tendencies.

We can even make a case that the program’s combination of efficient aerodynamics and the massive engine upgrades make for an impressive kit that owners of the Panamera should consider when looking for an aftermarket modification for their beloved German luxury sports sedan . If I had a Porsche Panamera, Mansory would be near or at the top of my list. That’s how much respect I have for a company that has been doing its thing longer than some of us have been alive.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera By Mansory.

The Lexus IS series has been around since 2000 as was Lexus’ attempt at making a proper sports sedan. The Japanese automaker did a respectable job with the IS, as it produced 217 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque form its 3.0-liter V-6. A five-speed automatic sent that power rearward. The IS’ design was a striking one, even propelling the aftermarket and a few other automakers into the whole clear-lens taillight fad. Things changed in 2006, as the IS lineup received an updated look and a slew of V-style engines. Lexus offered two levels of power in the IS 250 and IS 350 versions. Then in 2007, Lexus gave us the IS F ; the 5.0-liter, V-8-powered BMW M3 rival. Though the IS lineup has moved to a new design theme for 2015, the IS C — Lexus’ hardtop convertible — remains looking as it did for 2013.

A redesigned ‘organ-type’ accelerator pedal, the addition of Slacker Radio to the Lexus Enform system, and updates to iHeartRadio 4.0 are all that’s new with the IS C for 2015. While it is disappointing Lexus hasn’t updated the car’s internal and external appearance, it’s also disappointing that the powertrain remains unchanged as well.

However, if a luxury hardtop convertible is on your wish list, the IS C still offers plenty to love, including a 20-second fold time for the top operation and plenty of power for motivation down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lexus IS C.

With 420 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque on tap, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is one of the most powerful luxury SUVs on the market. However, we’re aware that some drivers, would be happier with more ponies sent to the wheels. Those fellows have the option of supercharging the 6.2-liter V-8 with help from Hennessey Performance and its HPE550 upgrade.

The update adds many performance parts to the engine, including a high-flow intercooling system, gaskets and other hardware. But, more importantly, it takes its output up to a whopping 552 horsepower and 565 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough to push it from naught to 60 mph in about 4.9 seconds, nearly a two-second improvement over the standard Escalade. Needless to say, it should keep most power-addicted SUV drivers pretty happy.

We might have to wait a while longer to see one of these beefed-up Escalades in action, but in the meantime, Hennessey Performance has release some dyno footage with the SUV revved to its limit. If you need your daily dose of supercharger whine, you’ve come to the right place. Hit the play button above and pump up the volume.

For decades now Bentley has been a strong competitor to the likes of Rolls Royce. They offered machines like the Mulsanne that offered ultimate levels of comfort and luxury for the dignitaries, rulers and drug-lords of the world. But then Volkswagen Volkswagen rebadged the Phaeton to create the Continental and things changed forever. Bentley instantly swapped from a boring ho-hum brand of machines for the ultra-rich to a company that offered sporting luxury GT cars like Aston Martin and Maserati Maserati . Then Bentley went and made a faster, better version they dubbed Speed and it was good. Now Bentley is looking to once again inject a bit of speed and excitement into their lineup and they have made a new Speed version of the…

…Mulsanne?!

That is right, Bentley has taken its gigantic luxo-barge and crammed it full of engine and upgraded chassis bits to create the Mulsanne Speed. Despite record levels of power and performance for the brand, Bentley was smart to keep a rather subtle (or as subtle as a giant Bentley can be) exterior design.

Did Bentley just create the ultimate luxury sleeper? Read on to find out all the details and decide for yourself.

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

Although the brand-new Macan is already on sale in the United States, Porsche has yet to expand the lineup to include as many models as the Cayenne range. But that’s likely to change next year, as the Germans are testing what appears to be a more powerful iteration of the Macan. We’re obviously talking about the Turbo S, which was spotted in prototype guise on the Nurburgring track.

How do we know that? Well, although the crossover is slightly camouflaged, its quad, trapezoidal exhaust tips and front bumper design are of Macan Turbo origin. Then there’s the way the black Macan dances around the legendary course. The crossover acts like a sports car , attributes seen only in the case of Porsche SUVs, and slices through the curves with great precision and minimal slide.

The exhaust note also suggests we’re listening to a turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 engine. That’s the same powerplant offered in the Macan Turbo, but we expect the Turbo S to benefit from more than 400 horsepower. At least 430 ponies if you ask us, coupled with around 440 pound-feet of torque. Enough for the Turbo S to render its competitors obsolete, at least until BMW and Audi come to their senses and release M and RS versions of the X3 and Q5 , respectively.

Expect the Porsche Macan Turbo S to go on sale for the 2016 model year in the United States, with pricing set to start from around $90,000. Meanwhile, enjoy the Turbo S prototype stretching its legs around the "Green Hell" in the video above.

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

It’s been just a couple of days since Car & Driver revealed Bentley is pondering upon offering a brand-new model, and the British manufacturer has already confirmed a fifth vehicle will join its lineup by the end of the decade. However, it seems the said car won’t be an entry-level coupe, as suggested by the initial report, but one that will slot between the Continental GT and the Mulsanne as far as pricing goes. What’s more, Bentley is still undecided whether this new vehicle will be a two-seat sports car or a coupe .

Speaking to Auto Express, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed the rumor, but added that the company won’t make a decision until the Bentley Falcon SUV gets launched toward the end of 2015. "Our designers are extremely busy right now preparing designs for each of them and we are preparing business cases. We will make the decision when we have more information," he said.

A concept car for each idea is likely to hit auto shows by 2016, as Bentley will be looking to gather public reaction and assess potential profits each of the two might bring. The new model, which will be the fifth offering in the company’s lineup, won’t arrive until 2018, Auto Express adds. A decision as to the brand-new Bentley will be a sports car or a coupe will be made by mid 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about Bentley’s future models.

Source: AutoExpress

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