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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.

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What has four seats under a dreamy soft top, a twin-turbo V-8 making over 400 horsepower and all the latest LED style from the new E63 AMG ?

The 2014 E550 Cabriolet, of course.

This car really stops the conversation, to some extent. Much as new cars get critiqued and reviewed from afar, only a few hours with the E550 Cabrio on a sunny day is all we — or you — will need to fall in love.

All the best parts of the soft new Mercedes-Benz aesthetic and brand appeal are present, from the high-tech full-LED option up front, to the AirScarf and embracing Sport seats inside that use active bolsters in the twist.

All that, with the breeze in your hair and 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. There is only one.

Click past the jump to enjoy the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E550 Cabriolet as much as we did on our brief test route.

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Mercedes posted a teaser video that reveals a new model set to be added to the company’s lineup in the near future. No details were revealed on this new model, but considering that we are all waiting to see the new=generation C-Class sedan , we are pretty sure this is the model we see in this teaser video.

The new C-Class will be built on the Benz’s new MRA platform, which will make it about 1.55 inches longer than the previous generation and about 175 pounds lighter. As the teaser video reveals, the new C-Class will adopt a design similar to what we have seen on the S-Class and an E-Class -inspired grille.

The engine lineup will include four-, six- and eight-cylinder variants, with the V-8 seeing use in the C63 AMG.

Expect to see the new C-Class sedan unveiled in January at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

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Rumors have been circulating for quite some time now that Mercedes will bring a new model to its lineup. And now those rumors are coming true, as the new V-Class set to arrive on the market sometime next year. This is the second time Mercedes-Benz will make use of the V-Class name — Mercedes still calls the Viano the V-Class in select markets around the globe.

The new V-Class will replace both the Viano and the wildly unsuccessful R-Class , and will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show . Sales will begin shortly after that.

The new V-Class — codenamed W447 — will receive a more aggressive design language when compared to the current Viano and a more luxurious interior. The first images reveal an interior with a removable touch pad on the upper section of the center console, and a premium cabin with wood inserts, chocolate leather upholstery and several metallic accents.

Under the hood, we will likely see gasoline and diesel engines, with the most powerful version delivering up to 190 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes V-Class.

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Meet "the most important car."

We’ve covered our fair share of rare and historic classic cars here at TopSpeed, but this 1931 Voisin C20 MyLord takes the cake. Its level of beauty and class is only overshadowed by its rarity and appraised value. It is truly a gorgeous thing to behold.

Powered by an innovative sleeve-valve V-12 engine riding on an underslung chassis, the two-door coupe was built in France by automotive and aeronautics pioneer Gabriel Voisin who was more well-known for his achievements in the air than on the road. He did, however, start Avions Voisin, one of the world’s most prestigious automotive brands of the day.

The one-off MyLord was only a concept vehicle and never saw full production, making this example the only one in existence. It was treated to a full restoration before heading to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance auction block in 2010. One fortunate bidder took home the MyLord, leaving a $2,750,000 check in its place.

Click past the jump to learn more about the Voisin C20 MyLord Demi-Berline

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The new CLA-Class is by far the coolest model launched by Mercedes in the past few years, so is no wonder that it is already enjoying a great success from tuners.

We have seen quite a few tuning kits ever since the model was dropped on the market, and the latest one comes today from the German tuner Vath Automobiltechnik.

As usual the kit offered by Vath includes updates to both the exterior and the interior of the car, but the most important one is being made under the hood. By remapping the engine electronics, adding a new sports exhaust system and installing a new air filter system the tuner managed to increase the four-cylinder’s output from 208 to 265 horsepower.

As a result the CLA 250 will now sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

An increased output requires a more aggressive stance on the road, so the tuner is also offering a club sports coilovers that allows lowering the car’s ride by 20 (0.78 inches) to 65 millimeters (2.55 inches).

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz CLA by Vath.

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How does the latest Lexus style look in the flesh? Pretty darn sexy, if you ask us.

Wearing almost the exact shame shade of maroon paint as the 2012 LF-CC concept, and headlights to match as well, the 2014 IS is quickly becoming one of the best-looking compact luxury models available.

The IS 350 AWD is priced from $41,700 and is the top version of the IS lineup, except of course the F Sport variants.

Lexus brought the IS onto the market in 1998 as an entry level model placed under the more powerful ES luxury sedan.

The second generation arrived in 2005 and the third one was unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in mid-2013 in both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions.

The IS 350 AWD comes loaded with tons of standard features, but customers interested in updating it even further have a lot of packages and options to choose from. The only problem is that these options are quite expensive and you can end up paying up to $60k for a highly equipped version.

The entire IS lineup was heavily updated for the new generation, and, just like with the GS and LS models it will feature an inverted trapezoidal upper grille, slanted lower grille and new headlights with LED technology.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Lexus IS 350 AWD.

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With falling sales and stiff competition from the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8 , Mercedes is looking to revamp its S-Class line for the 2014 model year. The model has been caught testing in many times and was teased even more, but today Mercedes finally unveiled in all its glory.

As expected, the 2014 S-Class adopted the same design language we have seen in all the recently launched Mercedes models, which was started by the 2010 Mercedes F800 Style Concept . Translated, this means the new S-Class received sharper lines, a sportier front fascia, a larger grille and a redesigned rear end.

The model grew in size, so it now offers improved interior room where the passengers can enjoy the highest-quality materials, luxurious wood trim, a metallic switchgear and stitched-leather accents.

UPDATE 05/15/2013: The new Mercedes S-Class finally made its world debut today at the Airbus A380 delivery center in Hamburg, Germany.

UPDATE 8/21/2013: Mercedes-Benz has announced the all new 2014 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid with its 94.2 mpg rating. See more after the jump.

UPDATED 9/9/2013: Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the full U.S. lineup and pricing details. We will only see S550 and S550 4MATIC variant here in the States, and the model will base out at $92,900.

UPDATED 10/15/2013: The new Mercedes S-Class made its debut today at dealerships across the country and on network television as part of an integrated marketing launch. Check out the two new commercial we have just added to the review!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes S-Class!

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Seeing a line of pristine Carrera White Audi ’s from across the paddock at Autobahn Country Club was almost enough to make a guy start jogging to get the first seat time. The brand-new S Q5 was on the pre-event list of attendees, and the new grille finish of the Q5 in brilliant white was very promising.

Within closer range, the “TDI clean diesel” script was visible on the side of almost all ten Audi ’s on offer for the car writers to sample. The A7 and A8 were common sights leaving the club gates, but at least one car writer was mildly disappointed.

Not only was the S Q5 not present, but diesel engines all around? Eek. One bright spot was visible: a gigantic white Q7 with some snazzy fender flares on anthracite grey alloys.

Also... a diesel, but this was more TopSpeed style.

A quick blast up to my gravel road photo spot was enough time to fall head-over-heels for the big Q7, even as its replacement is firmly on the horizon for 2014 or 2015.

This Audi is a creamy beast with torque for days even in the 3.0-liter TDI specification. The real clue to its fresher-than-average looks is the S-line trim worn by the tester, which brings along a host of sporty programming options and décor inside as well.

When a Cayenne is too bouncy, and an Escalade is too soft, look no farther than the Q7 TDI S-line for a seven seats and a ride that is ’juuusst riight’.

Click past the jump for all the beautiful sunny photos of the 2014 Audi Q7 TDI S-line, plus some first-hand observations on how the small-capacity diesel engine performs.


Ever since Aston Martin re-introduced the Lagonda name in 2009, the super-lux SUV has been stuck in limbo with no production plans set in the near future.

Widespread revulsion at its styling froze the crossover in its tracks from day one.

But even with the Lagonda’s future not certain, Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez isn’t closing the door on both the Lagonda brand and the Lagonda SUV. Or at least not yet.

Speaking to Drive, Dr. Bez intimated that he still believes that the Lagonda has a production future, although a specific timetable can’t be disclosed just yet.

So, in short, Aston Martin still has hopes for the Lagonda down the road. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to do it. Dr. Bez did say that when the Lagonda does get its production date, one of its biggest draws will be the way its built. Despite being billed as an SUV, the Lagonda will be less "utility" and more "luxury", a straight reference to the kind of image Aston Martin has come to be known for.

That’s good news for those waiting for the Lagonda to return, but not as good as the string Dr. Bez threw out in saying that the door isn’t closed on the SUV and the model for that matter.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept from 2009

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupè

While BMW is busy revealing the first details on the upcoming 4 Series Convertible , our spy photographers were busy taking some photos of the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe . And we are not talking about an ordinary 4 Series Gran Coupe, but one painted in a very cool Estoril Blue and featuring the M Sport package.

As you can see the prototype wears little camouflage and mainly in the parts that are going to be updated by the M Sport Package. Basically the 4 Series Gran Coupe will be similar to the series 4 Series Coupe , with a slightly longer roofline and the extra pair of doors.

Internally known as the F36, the 4 Series Gran Coupe will borrow pretty much everything from its coupe brother, including the exterior design language, the engines and transmissions.

The new 4 Series Gran Coupe is expected to be unveiled in 2014 with production starting after the summer.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 4 Series GranCoupe.


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