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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.

Ever since the Land Rover’s Range Rover trudged over its first rough ground in 1970, the SUV has been leading the pack in terms of off-road ability and useful amenities wrapped in a utilitarian package. Originally only sold outside the United States, the Range Rover didn’t make its first official (and non gray-market) U.S. sale until 1987. Since then, the Range Rover has undergone three generational changes, with each becoming more luxurious than the last. The fourth-generation Range Rover debuted for the 2013 model year with a heavily revised and highly stylized design, and a more rounded, aerodynamic look.

I recently spent a week getting to know the Brit inside and out. My tester came nearly fully stocked with every conceivable option available from Land Rover, including the ultra luxury Autobiography Package. The list of amenities reads like a dream car wish-list. Full Semi-Aniline leather seats; rear seat entertainment package; 18-way power front seats with memory, massage, heating, and cooling; 1700-watt, 29-speaker Meridian 3D surround sound system; exterior Surround Camera System; Adaptive cruise control; Parallel Park Assist; four-zone climate control; and Adaptive front headlights. And that’s just the most notable of the optional extras.

The list of standard features is twice as long and includes things like the 12.3-inch TFT gauge cluster screen, the full panoramic glass roof, 21-inch alloy wheels, permanent four-wheel-drive with Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, and of course, power everything.

Speaking of power, the Range Rover had no shortage of it under its aluminum hood. Perched inside is a supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8 cranking out 510 horsepower and a rock-crawling 461 pound-feet of torque. Guzzling back the required premium gasoline, the massive 5,100-pound SUV sprints to 60 mph in a scant 5.2 seconds. To say the Range Rover Autobiography is an exercise in excess is an understatement, but for a select number of buyers, it combines the right amount of high-end luxury with the go-anywhere capabilities Land Rovers are known for.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Range Rover Autobiography

Things at Jaguar Land Rover have just gotten more interesting. The British car company has just announced its own skunk works department, called Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. The new division is charged with making high performance and ultra luxury editions of standard production Jaguar and Land Rover products on a bespoke, individual level.

Much like BMW Individual, Special Operations will build vehicles to specifications outside the normal assembly line ordering guide. Customers can order their choice of colors, interior amenities, trim packages, and add-on accessories. The shop will also handle the company’s limited-edition collectables that run with small production numbers.

Even more, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will work on vehicle restorations and servicing with parts gathered through salvage or recreation of specialized historic parts. The Heritage Team already has their first major project lined up. You may recall the six lightweight E-Types we reported Jaguar is building from parts left over from the 1960s.

The operation will be led by John Edwards and overseen by Dr. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Executive. Paul Newsome, formerly of Williams Advanced Engineering, is heading up the team of designers and engineers under Edwards. In the media statement after the jump, Speth says the new Special Operations division was created in an effort to “reinforce the global reputation of both Jaguar and Land Rover in building exciting and desirable products.”

The Special Operations division will be located in the company’s new Technical Center, located in the West Midlands area of the UK, just outside the corporate headquarters and will employ some 150 team members.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar Land Rover’s new Special Operations Division.

The Porsche Cayenne arrived in America for the 2003 model year in the S and Turbo trims, and the base V-6 model and the Turbo S followed them up in 2004 and 2006, respectively. In 2010, the second-gen Cayenne made its way to the market with a lower nose and a more raked D-pillar, giving is a smaller appearance. Despite the smaller look, it was actually slightly larger than the first generation — it also weighed 400 pounds less. As the years went on a hybrid model joined the team in 2011 and a diesel model in 2013. Rumors in June 2014 point toward the third-generation Cayenne hitting the streets in 2017, which will make it a 2018 model year in the U. S. of A.

According to the reports, which we translated from German, the third-generation Cayenne will not undergo a huge makeover, but it will receive some minor visual changes, some new colors on the inside and out, new wheel options, a new steering wheel, a more 918-like cabin, and an extra 20 horsepower for the GTS trim, taking it to 440 ponies.

One of the biggest changes will be the adoption of a new, high-floor Audi chassis that is called the MLBevo — it is essentially an enhanced version of the existing MLB chassis. This new underpinning will change the positioning of the engine, thus changing the weight distribution — hopefully not for the worse — axle-to-firewall distance, seat positioning and suspension kinematics. Unfortunately Autobild did not give us specifics as to what we can expect from these changes.

Porsche will also send the Cayenne to fat camp, where it will live on a steady diet of aluminum, dropping its curb weight by about 660 pounds.

Under the hood, the Cayenne will carry a 4.0-liter V-8 and 3.6-liter V-8, but Porsche will re-tune the latter to deliver more power and efficiency than the current version. You can also expect a fuel-sipping, 2.9-liter V-6 with a pair of turbos, and V-8 and V-6 diesel powerplants — I suspect the V-8 will be a Europe-only engine.

Speaking of fuel efficiency, the rumors also point toward a pair of plug-in hybrid drivetrains, one with a world-traveling 3.0-liter and one with a Europe -only diesel V-6. These will likely come a year after the debut of the third-generation Cayenne.

For now, these are all just rumors but they do come from a pretty reliable source. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more details.

Note: 2015 Porsche Cayenne pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Porsche Cayenne.

Source: Autobild

Former SNL cast member, 30 Rock star and one of my personal favorite comedians is in critical condition following a serious accident this past weekend. Tracy Morgan was riding in a Mercedes Sprinter converted into a limo as it traveled down the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County, NJ when it was struck by a Walmart semi truck .

According to the report, Morgan’s Mercedes was stuck in slow-moving traffic when the semi didn’t see the slower traffic and failed to avoid the limo. The semi struck the rear of the limo, spinning it around and flipping it on its side, critically injuring Morgan, harming three other passengers and killing Morgan’s long-time friend James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.

Morgan is currently in critical condition in the hospital, but is showing signs of improvement as of Monday afternoon. The complete rundown on Tracy’s condition is unknown at this point, but there are plenty of rumors running around.

The driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Reports claim that he had been awake for 24 straight hours when the crash occurred.

We’ll stay on top of this news and update you as more information comes out.

Click past the jump to see some of Tracy Morgan’s stand-up.

Source: CNN

The BMW 2 Series doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as it should. You can blame the 4 Series for that. The same can even be said for the M235i and the M4 , with the latter getting much more of the publicity. So thank you, Manhart , for giving the M235i some love. You didn’t have to do it, but you still did, giving the baby M a nice MH2 Clubsport program that features plenty of aerodynamic and performance upgrades to soundly accomplish its club sport capabilities.

A car developed for Club sport Racing needs to be treated delicately. Thankfully, Manhart is up to task with the M235i Coupe , outfitting with the kind of comprehensive program that not only gives it plenty of new aerodynamic components to make it lighter but to match it with a stout engine upgrade that significantly increases the car’s already impressive output.

There are a lot of incredible parts about the MH2 Clubsport program. It’s a testament to the incredible work put in by Manhart Racing to raise the M235i’s profile as a natural born racer.

The 4 Series and the M4 can get their accolades. Just don’t forget about the M235i, too. It’s every bit as good a pocket rocket as the best of the lot.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M235i MH2 Clubsport By Manhart.

The BMW X6 has been blurring the lines of SUV and sports car since its introduction in 2008. Things got even more strange when BMW threw a diesel engine under its hood and slapped an M badge on the side. Yes, BMW makes a diesel-powered M product. Unfortunately for those in the United States, the X6 M50d has been unobtainable. That trend sadly continues as the X6 rolls into its second generation for 2015.

The X6 can thank its second-generation upgrade to the X5, the SUV on which it’s based and shares much of its platform. For 2014, the X5 received a healthy makeover, including slightly larger dimensions for increased interior volume, a revised exterior, and a fresh interior.

The standard 2015 X6 is destined to arrive on U.S. shores likely sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014. While the M50d will be missing from our BMW lineup, our friends overseas will get to enjoy its torque-rich oil-burner. The M50d sports a straight-six construction displacing 3.0-liters and spooled up by two turbochargers. With an output of 381 horsepower and a tire-shredding 546 pound-feet of torque, the X6 M50d sprints to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds.

Even with all that power, the 3.0-liter, I-6 diesel still sips fuel like a Prius. On the European test cycle, the SUV returns a highly-respectable 42.8 mpg! Let that soak in while you click past the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X6 M50d.

BMW Individual has continued its torrent pace of releasing new programs for its models. Not even recent releases can stop the Bavarian automaker from unveiling a new one, this time for the BMW 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe .

This time around, BMW enlisted the help of Bang & Olufsen to give the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe a unique and luxurious sound system befitting the status of the high-end audiophile. But that’s not where the upgrades end.

Both the 6 Series and the M6 Gran Coupe received a new Sophisto Grey metallic paint finish, further driving up the class of both luxury models . The Opal White, fine-grain Merino leather adds a nice complement to the black exterior while the Alcantara headliner and piano black interior trim pieces provide the latest touch of luxury. BMW Individual continues to be identified as a division that can really make something good and turn it into something great.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW announced prices for the new 6 Series Bang & Olufsen Edition which will be limited to just 100 units. Prices will be $116,240 for the 650i version, $119,240 for the 650xi version and $152,423 for the M6 version.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW Individual 6 Series And M6 Gran Coupe.

Source: BMW Facebook
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BMW released the X6 in 2008 and revealed a revised version in the middle of 2012. These changes were the last the first-gen SUV would receive because, starting 2015, BMW begins selling the second-generation X6. The BMW X6 has quickly become a successful model mostly due to the fact that it doesn’t have much competition. That won’t change too soon, but Mercedes-Benz is prepping coupe SUVs of its own.

With that in mind, BMW focused on improving the X6 in just about every area, including a 20-pound diet. Sure, that’s not much considering the X6 tips the scales at over 4,600 pounds, but it’s a worthy achievement for a vehicle that’s longer and wider than the one it replaces. Besides gaining a crisper appearance that blends many cues already seen on 2014 model year BMWs, the coupe SUV also boasts updated technology and a slightly roomier interior.

Engine-wise, only one engine available in the United States has been uprated. Unfortunately, BMW is still stubborn enough not to send a diesel mill over the Pond, so you’ll have to settle for the 3.0-liter gasoline version if you’re looking for something more efficient.

Updated 06/06/2014: BMW released today the official details on the revised X6 SUV which will be put on sale on the North American market in late 2014.

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

The brand-new BMW 2 Series Convertible has been roaming the streets almost undisguised for nearly a month now, but we have yet to see it with its soft-top folded behind the seats. Well, that ends today thanks to a new batch of spy shots we just received from our trustworthy paparazzi.

Unlike the previous test vehicle , which was painted in a rather dull shade of light grey, the 2 Series depicted in our new photos wears a more attractive shade of white and sports a number of different features. For instance, the bumper has a more aggressive design, while the wheels carry fancier, twin five-spoke styling.

Around back, the diffuser-like piece mounted beneath the bumper is painted black and incorporates single exhaust pipes on each side. The previous 2 Series had the regular twin exhaust configuration on the left side of the apron. In fact, all these modifications are similar to the ones seen on the M135i , meaning there’s a big chance this test car is actually the M235i Convertible that will sit between the regular model and the brawnier M2 .

Either way, both the 2 Series Convertible and this slightly meaner version share the same camouflage pattern, with sticky stripes covering the upper part of the front bumper and the edges around the headlamps and the taillights. For some unknown reason, the BMW badge placed above the kidney grille is also tucked away.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible.

Toyota introduced the Avalon to the U.S. market way back in 1995 as its more upscale, full-size sedan slotted between the Camry and more luxurious Lexus brand. It originally rode on a stretched version of the Camry’s platform and even shared its 3.0-liter, V-6 engine. Generational changes in 2000, 2005, and again in 2013 have kept the Avalon fresh with revised looks, interior appointments, and updated drivetrains.

I recently spent a week getting to know a 2014 Avalon in its most well-appointed form. My Limited tester came coated in a really beautiful dark-blue color Toyota calls Parisian Night Pearl. Its interior came awashed in soft-touch, tan leather seats with contrasting Parisian Night Pearl stitching and accent pieces. Equipped with the Technology Package, my Avalon came fitted with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, and the Pre Collision System. Also present was Toyota’s innovative Qi Wireless Charging system (pronounced "Chee") that works with like-enabled electronic devices.

Though those were the only two main extra-cost options, the Limited trim package took care of checking the other option boxes in one fell swoop, netting nearly every conceivable amenity desired on modern sedans. Heated and cooled leather seats with 10-way adjustments, moonroof, navigation, HID headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a laundry list of standard safety equipment.

Speaking of safety, the Avalon comes rated with five stars across the board from the NHTSA, except for the driver-side frontal crash, which earned a still-respectable four stars. Its other government ratings aren’t bad either. The EPA rates the Avalon at 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 24 mpg combined.

The Avalon might not be the most exciting product Toyota builds these days, but it fulfills its intended purpose of passenger comfort very well. Out of all the cars I’ve piloted lately, the Avalon would be my pick for a long-haul roadtrip with the family.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Toyota Avalon


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