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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.

Forget about the endless rumors and speculation; Rolls-Royce has officially confirmed the arrival of a new model by mid-2016. The announcement came by the tried-and-tested method of a press release, which is about as direct and clear-cut as you can get. The British automaker didn’t dive into the specifics of the model with Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös opting only to say that the new model will be an "exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer."

Based on that statement, you can rule out the rumored Rolls-Royce SUV as the model Müller-Ötvös is describing. Our best bet is that this model will be the Wraith Drophead, which not only fits the description, but has also been spotted in recent months doing some test runs while dressed in heavy camouflage.

The press release also said that the new car is undergoing prototype testing as it "enters its next stage of development."

It’s hard not to get excited about this announcement because we’ve been waiting for Rolls-Royce to expand its lineup for years, and the arrival of the Wraith in 2013 began that process. Hopefully, this new car will continue this trend.

Click past the jump to read more about Rolls-Royce’s future model.

Aston Martin began making a name for itself in the four-door, luxury sedan market as early as 1961, when the Lagonda Rapide was launched. Its successor — the iconic Lagonda — came 15 years later and survived until 1990 as one of the most expensive saloons in the world. It took Aston Martin nearly 20 years to develop a spiritual successor to the Lagonda, which was introduced in 2010 under the Rapide nameplate. Initially powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 rated at 470 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, the Rapide became the Rapide S in 2013, when a engine tuning, which was part of a facelift, increased output to 550 ponies and 457 pound-feet. Drivetrain enhancements also brought significant improvements in the performance and emissions department, further increasing the Rapide’s appeal. Although the sedan remained largely unchanged for the 2014 model year, a 2015 update brought important under-the-skin modifications and new color options inside and out.

Minor power gains and an all-new transmission account for a significant increase in performance, as both acceleration and top speed figures have been largely improved.

Update 8/6/2014: Aston Martin released information regarding the updated 2015 Rapide S. It has no real design changes of note, but it does see a massive upgrade in performance.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S and the changes introduced for the 2015 model year.

Bentley has been working on its upcoming SUV in increasingly public places, and this time, our spy photographers have captured the beast nearly void of heavy camouflage. Sure, the cladding this still there, but we certainly have a better idea of what to expect.

The Bentley SUV was caught in Southern Europe apparently hot-weather testing under fully loaded conditions. Check out how low the SUV sits sunken down. Perhaps Bentley engineers are testing its brakes and cooling capabilities on that twisty European road. Or maybe the SUV is tucking those large rims, thanks to an air suspension system designed to make the top-heavy truck perform like a Continental GT .

While Bentley has announced it’s bringing an SUV to market, its name has yet made its debut. Most speculation centers on the name “Falcon,” but other possibilities exist. We do know the Bentley SUV will share its platform with the Audi Q7 , the new Volkswagen Touareg , and the next-generation Porsche Cayenne . Also for sure is Bentley’s goal of a 200-plus mph SUV.

Getting such a vehicle up to 200 mph will require plenty of grunt, meaning either a twin-turbocharged V-8 or a massive W-12 engine. It’s likely both will be offered, with the V-8 being the standard mill and the W-12 the costlier engine upgrade.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Bentley SUV.

Mercedes’ AMG division has been a good source of performance variants for a lot of the company’s models. But recent moves by Audi and BMW into the niche between their base models and performance variants has Mercedes thinking of expanding AMG’s role within the company. Autocar is reporting that the German automaker wants to build a range of AMG Sport vehicles, to complement the C450 AMG Sport that we caught testing earlier in 2014.

In line with what we assume we’ll see from the C450 AMG Sport, expect this new line of AMG Sport models to features steady doses of exterior and interior upgrades to go with improved performance numbers. The company has made no bones about its desire to keep pace with both Audi and BMW and this is one avenue that Mercedes is keen on exploring.

This extended AMG range will feature models based on the Mercedes A-Class , C-Class , E-Class , and S-Class models, on top of sprouting new variants from the Mercedes SUVs like the GL-Class, M-Class , GLK-Class , and GLA Class . At least that’s the plan. Execution will likely be a bit trickier.

One of Mercedes’ most important objectives with this expansion is to create models that are unique from their standard variations, but do not encroach on their respective AMG models. This translates to modified chassis, new electronics, light engine tuning and AMG-inspired body kits on AMG Sport models. Additionally, these AMG Sport models may be available in gasoline or diesel versions, similar to the approach Audi and BMW have used in expanding their S and M Performance lineups, respectively.

The first two offerings from this new range appear to be the Mercedes C450 AMG Sport and M-Class AMG Sport Coupe. The latter is under development, although a launch isn’t expected until next year.

Click past the jump to read more about 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport.

Source: AutoCar

Mercedes-Benz has a long and storied history as an armored vehicle manufacturer. Be it Adolf Hitler’s bulletproof 770K limousine or the early, army-spec G-Class SUVs, the Germans have provided the world with some of the best ironclad rigs. More recently, Stuttgart has been developing and selling armor-plated automobiles through its Guard program, which already includes a generous range of sedans and SUVs, such as the E-Class and the M-Class . Going into the 2015 model year, the Stuttgart crew expanded its flagship S-Class lineup by adding the S600 model to the Guard program. The result is astonishing, as the segments most luxurious and comfortable limousine has also become the safest vehicle in the world.

Surrounded by a two-inch-thick steel plate and bulletproof glass, the S600 Guard is certified for ballistic protection class VR9. That’s the highest ballistic protection class as of 2014 and makes the S-Class safe against anything from small fire arms to grenades. In fact, the S600 Guard is the first vehicle in the world to be fully certified as having VR9 levels of protection, a feat that’s likely to send it in the fleets of many heads of state.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard.

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An exciting M Performance Edition of the new BMW X4 is headed our way for the 2016 model year. Likely to be named the X4 M40i, and expected to offer an increase of at least 60 horsepower, courtesy of an official, M-branded S55 engine, along with suspension, brake, and styling tweaks, the M Performance upgrade will elevate an already sporty driving experience to an even higher level.

The M Performance package is already a smashing hit with the new 2 Series, and if the exciting ,new M235i — acclaimed by many to be the best-driving BMW in a decade — is any indication of just how fun to drive these tweaked models are, expect nothing less from the M Performance upgrade slated for the 2016 BMW X4.

The new BMW X4 is basically a trendy, four-door-coupe version of the hot-selling X3 crossover. Touted as a "Sports Activity Coupe," this design somewhat limits headroom and overall interior space, but the flip-side of this compromise is a much sleeker design.

Good looks and additional street presence are justifiable price premiums, and BMW wants $6,000 more than the base price of an X3 for the sharper-looking design. Based on the X6’s success, which is a similar coupe-like approach based on the X5 , we see no reason why fanatics won’t be lining up to purchase X4s in droves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW X4 M40i.

I had once the privilege of driving a buddy’s Audi S3 . It was a few years ago and while my memory’s admittedly hazy of the circumstances behind it, I do remember feeling a little woozy after that encounter. The S3’s a powerful little sucker that much I can tell you. I can only imagine how the S3 would feel like with this aftermarket program from MTM on the table.

The German tuner has a history of bringing out the best in Audis . Whether its the A1 or the R8 , there’s probably an MTM program for it. This time, though, it’s the S3 that takes the spotlight, thanks to a measured tuning upgrade that doesn’t pull any punches.

Don’t expect any aesthetic improvements here. MTM built the program with power and efficiency in mind so it’s all meat, bones, and all that dirty stuff under the hood. The good news is that the tuner’s kit will be available across all variants of the S3. Whether it’s the saloon, cabriolet, sportback, there’s enough MTM love to go around.

All together, an MTM-tuned Audi S3 will cost €62,000, which is about $83,000 based on the exchange rates on 8/4/2014. The kit itself retails for €13,000 ($17,400) so you can have the choice of paying just for that, or for the entire thing, S3 included.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi S3 2.0 TFSI quattro By MTM.

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The current BMW 6 Series is a hot commodity. With three different models — the two-door coupe, GranCoupe with four doors, and convertible version — BMW offers plenty of choices for consumers looking to drop some considerable change for this sporty, luxurious car. Engine offerings start with a 3.0-liter, 315-horsepower, twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six, dubbed the 640i. Next up is the 650i, with a 4.4-liter V-8, also featuring a twin-scroll turbo design, which is good for 445 horsepower. The mighty M6 Convertible comes with a more powerful version of the 650i’s V-8, producing an almost-crazy 560 horsepower. Performance is blistering, regardless of engine choice, and typical BMW luxury and top-notch fit and finish adorn the interior.

While the current 6 Series Convertible is certainly fresh, this isn’t stopping BMW from updating the lineup for the 2016 model year, and our spy photographers caught this facelifted model out testing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 6 Series Convertible.

The A7 is a tricky car to work on because it tugs in the directions of sportiness and luxury . Trying to determine where to angle your kit is half the battle in itself. But MR Racing holds a different principle. Instead of favoring one over the other, the company prefers having a happy compromise where both style and performance benefit from its programs. That’s evident in how the aftermarket company worked on the Audi A7. MR Racing went into the build with a clear purpose in mind: it wanted to give the A7 increased styling substance to go with subtle tweaks to the its performance capabilities. Even the interior was given its own share of new digs, not the least of which is the added entertainment value of having a portable DVD player hanging from the headliner.

If I had this sleek Audi sedan in my garage, I’d be really interested in getting MR Racing to make mine exactly like this. It’s still an ’if’ at this point, but trust me, I’m working my way to get there. I just hope MR Racing can wait, say, another 15 years?

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi A7 3.0 TDI By MR Racing.

Lexus has come a long way with its reinvention. It’s done a great job at establishing an identity of its own and has succeeded in stepping out of the enormous shadow of Toyota. The new Lexus NX is a great example of that, but even this new SUV needs some upgrades. That’s where Toyota Racing Development (TRD) comes into the picture. Toyota’s in-house performance team has a bunch of new accessories for the Lexus NX. It’s not going to take a lot to add more aggression to the already-menacing look of the NX, but at least TRD is giving us the option to do so if we wanted.

It’s a pretty comprehensive kit that provides an impressive visual upgrade to the NX, especially the SUV’s F Sport variant. That’s not really a tall order considering the aggressive look the NX already has, but adding some upgrades here and there does help out a bit.

The new NX F Sport TRD kit is available for either the NX 200t or the NX 300h. Unfortunately, however, it looks like this kit is offered exclusively in Japan.

We’re holding out hope that Lexus brings the TRD kit to the US, but only if it costs less than what it’s going for in Japan. $8,000 for a pretty simple TRD kit isn’t a purchase we’re inclined to make anytime soon.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus NX By TRD.

Source: TRD

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