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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.

Note: 1989 Lagonda pictured 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 06/20/2014: According to the British magazine CAR, the future Lagonda sedan will be developed by Q by Aston Martin and should be unveiled in a concept form in the summer of 2014. The magazine claims it will carry a 5,935-cc, V-12 engine with an output of about 600 horsepower and mated to an upgraded, eight-speed automatic transmission. Production will be limited to about 100 units.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan.

Source: Autoblog

The first CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake was released 2012, and for 2015, Mercedes Benz has already released a new and updated version of this pavement devouring wagon. The Shooting Brake is a wagon based on the CLS , and the 63 AMG signifies that this version has been fettled by Mercedes in-house skunk works division. It boasts more than 500 horsepower courtesy of a force-fed V-8, making it one of the most powerful five-door cars on sale in the world.

Coming into 2015 , the car sees increased luxury and technology features, and AMG also found a lot more power hiding in that 5.5-liter V-8 to make this thing even faster. Some of the upgrades include a nine-speed transmission and Multibeam LED lighting.

The CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake was already a dramatic and exciting wagon, but with the upgrades to the 2015 model, Mercedes-Benz is making sure that no other wagon in the world can compete with what the CLS offers. Audi and Cadillac , you have just been put on notice.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake.

Generally speaking, off-road performance and track performance are not realms that can exist together within one vehicle. But somehow, Land Rover has been breaking the laws of physics with its Range Rover Sport since its debut in 2005. Now it seems Land Rover has decided to abolish all traces of such forces that keep large SUVs from handling well around corners. Meet the upcoming Range Rover Sport RS.

Yep, RS. Land Rover is taking the already sporty Sport and turning up the juice for a more engaging, on-road experience thanks to a few key improvements, not the least of which is a more powerful engine. It’s highly likely the standard Sport’s 5.0-liter, supercharged V-8 will remain, but with the same 40-horsepower bump the Jaguar XFR-S enjoys. That brings the Range Rover’s normal 510-horsepower mill up to 550 ponies. Expect Jaguar’s extra 41 pound-feet of torque to transfer over as well, bringing that total to 502 pound-feet.

Click past the jump for more speculation on the Range Rover Sport RS

The Mercedes-Benz CLS was introduced for the 2005 model year and went on sale in the United States in January 2005. Based on the previous-generation E-Class , the four-door coupe started a whole niche in the automotive industry, soon to be followed by Audi and BMW . The first-generation model was offered with a bevy of V-6 and V-8 engines that delivered as much as 507 horsepower. The second-generation coupe arrived in 2010, but the U.S.-spec version didn’t arrive until the 2012 model year . Unlike its predecessor, the current model gained a 4.7-liter V-8 and a 2.1-liter, inline-four diesel to go with the already available 3.0-liter oil burner. The Shooting Brake body style was introduced in late 2012, but without being green lighted for the U.S. market. In 2015, the CLS is set for a facelift.

Four years since showing up in global showrooms, the current generation 2015 CLS is getting its well-deserved facelift. The update’s real focus is the interior, where a new color display is in place to put an end to an endless string of complaints in regards to the coupe’s infotainment system. A couple of new engines are also on the table, although at least one of them won’t be available in the United States.

Updated 6/19/2014: Mercedes-Benz has announced the UK pricing for the 2015 CLS Class. The Coupé starts at £46,500 ($79,180 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 220 BlueTEC and peaks at £86,500 ($147,293 as of 6/19/2014) for the CLS 63 AMG S. The same models in the Shooting Brake start at £48,080 ($81,871 as of 6/19/2014) and £87,000 ($148,144 as of 6/19/2014). There is no mention yet on the U.S. pricing.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes CLS-Class.

When it comes to press cars and review cars, there are few machines I know more intimately than the 2014 Audi A6 TDI . Last year I joined a collection of fellow lunatics and set out on a 48-hour cannonball run from LA to New York City to test out Audi’s new 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, and really test its real-world fuel economy. After 46 hours and nearly 3,000 miles, I had spent several hours in every seat, tried to eat, sleep, and work inside of its wood-filled interior, and used almost every gadget it contained to keep myself entertained.

I have made lots of big road trips in lots of cars including the Nissan GT-R and Porsche Cayman S , but this was a whole new experience.

After such an experience, I have lots of things to say about Audi’s full-size luxury sedan . From equipment and pricing to performance and fuel economy, the Audi made major impressions. But where all those impressions good, would I do the trip again, and do I think it’s a car worth spending money on?

All your answers await after the break.

The second-generation Range Rover Sport made its official debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show . It went on sale in a choice of four equipment levels, with the Autobiography sitting right at the top and an extensive choice of colors, finishes, and options waiting to be checked. Needless to say, the Range Rover Sport is one of the most customizable SUVs on the market.

However, the British seem to think customers could be persuaded to check even more boxes on the options list and are responding accordingly with a brand-new package. Surprisingly enough, the new pack doesn’t improve the vehicle’s interior in terms of luxury or technology. The new bundle is all about styling and advertises a subtle approach that may go unnoticed to the untrained eye.

Conspicuous or not, the Stealth Pack will benefit from a fancy debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed , where a properly equipped Range Rover Sport will showcase its new body features while climbing up the Goodwood hill.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Stealth Pack.

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After revealing the ILX Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January, Acura has quickly followed it up with the production version at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Carrying the same ILX name, the new sedan will be offered with a choice of two different engines, as well as a Hybrid version for those with a particular love for the environment.

The Acura ILX addresses the young buyers that are looking for their first luxury vehicle. Acura has promised the ILX will be a cheaper alternative to models like the Buick Verano and the Audi A3 .

"First-time luxury buyers tend to place a high value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues, and that’s what we have created with the new Acura ILX Acura ILX ," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."

Updated 06/17/2014: Acura announced prices for the 2015 ILX which continues to be offered with the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change includes a new Modern Steel Metallic exterior paint that replaces the Polished Metal Metallic.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013-2014 Acura ILX.

BMW is once again showing off its Individual program; this time with the revised X6 for the 2015 model year. Besides all the improvements and updates made to the X6, the Individual program allows owners to order their X6 — or any other BMW product — with a high level of customized features not normally available.

In this case, BMW is showcasing a Pyrite Brown Metallic X6. The special paint is compete with an extra level of metallic flake, adding luster to its looks. Rolling on unique 20-inch V-Spoke 551 wheels, the crossover SUV looks just different enough to be noticed, yet not scream for attention. Of course, a plethora of other colors are available as well.

BMW demonstrates four new colors for the interior, however. The choices include Criollo Brown, Nutmeg, Amaro Brown, and Smoke White. Other parts of the interior are customizable as well. BMW shows off a close-up of a dashboard finished in Merino Leather Taupe, Merino Leather Scotch, and an Alcantara headliner dyed in a Scotch Dark tone. Light Brown wood trim finishes the look off.

Another interesting and arguably more functional option is the BMW Individual Cooling Box located behind the rear bench. It attaches just aft of the center arm rest and is accessible though the center pass-through. Spaces for several bottles and other items gives passengers the opportunity to enjoy "in-flight refreshments." Of course, if you need the extra luggage space, you can remove the cooling box from the rear cargo area.

All of these limited-edition features and options are available though BMW Individual on the X6 and other vehicles across the BMW lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW X6 Individual.

Source: BMW Facebook

British design house Kahn Design may be known for its Land Rover -based projects, but its offerings aren’t limited to beefed-up Range Rover Sport and Evoque SUVs . In recent years, the Brits set their sight on a number of Audi and Porsche models as well, including the Q3 , the Q5 and the mighty Cayenne .

You probably remember 2015 Q5 Wide Track , a crossover that gained a more appealing body kit and a wider track for enhanced stability. What it didn’t get, however, was a more capable powertrain, being stuck with the same 2.0-liter TDI engine it came with from the factory. That’s actually a tradition for Kahn Design, who focuses on visual upgrades rather than power bumps.

Same goes for the recently unveiled Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S-Tronic Wide Track. Wait, what? Is this a re-release? No, it is not! It’s a totally different approach that replaces the elegance seen on the previous model with a menacing new look by means of a triple-black coating and a number of new styling elements.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Q5 2.0 TDi Quattro S-Tronic Wide Track By Kahn Design.

The first-generation Porsche Cayenne crossed the Pond to America for the 2003 model year. The S and the Turbo were the first versions to hit U.S. dealerships, while the base V-6 model and the range-topping Turbo S followed up over the next years. By 2006, the entire Cayenne lineup became available to U.S. customers. The second-generation SUV replaced the older model in 2010 and the lineup expanded to receive a hybrid model in 2011 and a diesel version in 2013. Rumors for the 2016 model year are pointing toward an X6-fighting coupe version of the Cayenne hitting the market.

2015 is set to bring a revised Cayenne to keep things fresh until 2018, when the next-gen model is scheduled to arrive, but a report coming from Auto Express says a new family member will hit the streets as soon as the facelifted model kicks in. We’re talking about the Cayenne Coupe , Porsche’s answer to the BMW X6 and the upcoming Mercedes-Benz MLC .

Stuttgart’s plan to come up with a coupe-like SUV isn’t new to us. A previous report introduced the Cayenne Coupe to the rumormill and forwarded a 2017 launch. On the flip side, the new report talks about a 2015 introduction, which would make more sense considering BMW just rolled out the second-gen X6 and that the Mercedes-Benz MLC will make its debut later this year. That being said, it appears Porsche wants to launch the coupe alongside the facelifted Cayenne.

It may sound like a rushed decision, but turning the Cayenne Coupe from a mere sketch to a production car shouldn’t be a major issue with Porsche, as the sporty SUV will look identical to its full-size kin, except for its sloping roof. Once the new roof is ready to take its place atop the Cayenne Coupe, Porsche will only have to focus the vehicle’s retuned suspension and steering.

Naturally, the coupe will borrow all the powertrains available in the regular Cayenne, including both naturally aspirated and turbo V-8s, as well as gasoline and diesel V-6s.

Note: Current Porsche Cayenne pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

Source: AutoExpress

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