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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.

It is no surprise that like most other uber-luxury car companies, Bentley is not too keen on changes. It’s buyers like a certain thing and it makes sure to deliver the goods year in and year out, no surprises. Well, Bentley is making the oh-so-rare changeup this year at the Geneva Auto Show , as it will debut the Flying Spur V8 as a complement to the existing Flying Spur W12 .

The V-8 power found under the hood is no stranger to us, as we’ve seen this 4.0-liter in various Bentley models, including the Continental GT . The purpose here is obviously to improve upon the company’s current corporate fuel economy, as the V-8 powerplant adds 2 mpg city, 4 mpg highway and 2 mpg combined to the W-12 engine’s numbers.

Additionally, the new Flying Spur V8 will put the model more in reach to top-line Mercedes , BMW , Jaguar and Maserati buyers. Sure, it’ll still cost way more than models from those manufacturers, but it will give fringe buyers something to think about.

Click past the jump to rear all about the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur V8.

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BMW X4

BMW has become the king of pointless niche-market cars in recent years and it doesn’t look like the Bavarians have any plans of stopping. No they haven’t announced a new 3 Series coupe, but we do have spy shots of the upcoming X4 soft-roader doing a bit of cold-weather romping through the snow.

The X4 is a swoopier version of the X3 much the same way that the X6 was a swoopier version of the X5 . This new, and very pointless, coupe-like SUV is designed to attract young and enthusiastic individuals who want the practicality that comes with an SUV without all that pesky ugliness that comes with having a truly utilitarian vehicle.

In these latest shots, we can see that the car has lost even more of its camo, and we have a nice solid look at the front end. It is pretty clear that the production X4 will look very similar to its concept version , not exactly a surprise.

I think the X4 is a pretty stupid idea, but the Range Rover Evoque has proved that there is a market for small, mostly useless SUVs. Of course the Evoque is supermodel attractive, and the X4 looks like the lump on Quasimodo’s back, so that may make a difference in when it goes on sale.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X4.

The Range Rover Evoque has blown plenty of minds since its debut in 2011; yours truly included. It’s sporty, sexy, stylish, fast, luxurious and just looks mean as hell. Things just keep on getting better each and every year for the Evoque, as today, Land Rover announced an new variant of the SUV that will hit dealers in time for the 2015 model year.

Meet the 2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Autobiography, which we will learn more about at the Geneva Auto show. I know, that is likely the world’s longest name, but it is well worth the length, with its higher-output engine, revised handling and bigger brakes in the Autobiography Dynamic model. Oh yeah, folks, this is no badge job that so many automakers are known for doing. Nope, Land Rover went all out in making this limited-edition Evoque one that actually adds a little extra sportiness to the lineup.

So, is the extra power and road-sticking ability enough to warrant a nice price hike?

Click past the jump to read all about Land Rover’s newest addition and find out what I think of it.

Hyundai Genesis

We all know that Hyundai and Kia both have been making huge strides in both volume sales and luxury cars. The latter of the two have been compounded, thanks to the Equus and Genesis Sedan from Hyundai, and it looks the Korean automaker has set its sights on slightly higher-volume luxury models.

First on the docket is a new 3 Series /C-Class competitor; a small, luxurious and (relatively) affordable sedan. According to a report from Auto News, this compact, luxo-rig is codenamed the "RK" and it was softly confirmed when the CEO of Hyundai America said "I think it’s fair to say that within a couple of years there may be another premium nameplate."

Also mentioned was a subcompact crossover to compete with the Juke , Kia Soul and Encore . Hyundai’s CEO is a little concerned about entering too many segments, but is "intrigued" by the B-segment.

For now, there is nothing confirmed, but the 3 Series competitor looks to be a sure thing. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Click past the jump to read about one of Hyundai’s current luxury car, the Genesis.

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Well that didn’t take long. Just a few weeks after BMW announced it was going to apply its Individual treatment to the new 4 Series Coupe and Convertible , it has now announced that the Gran Coupe model will be available with the same custom touch.

Aside from the asinine idea that the freshly made 4 Series is available in a Gran Coupe four-door when the model was created specifically to be a coupe only, the Individual program does make the new 4 a very desirable car. Some of the choices available with the Individual include multiple paint options, bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, Ash Grain White dash trim, leather covered dash and Merino leather for the seats. The leather is available in several colors with contrast piping and filigree stitching. The seat color in our photos here is Nutmeg.

If an Individual model 4 Series Gran Coupe is the car of your dreams, your local BMW can get you set up.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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The Land Rover Discovery is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and as is the case with vehicles hitting that mark, Land Rover has released a commemorative model to mark the occasion.

Low and behold, the company has dubbed it the Land Rover Discovery XXV Special Edition. Props to the genius who thought of that name.

On a more serious note, it really is a landmark occasion for the Discovery. After all, it’s been around since 1989; a time when nobody had heard of the Internet yet. More importantly, Land Rover has sold over one million models of this rugged beauty.

So with that in mind, the Discovery XXV Special Edition is as special as its name suggests. It has a choice of four exterior colors - Causeway Grey, Santorini Black, Fuji White and - to mark the jubilee - Indus Silver - each matched with a premium cabin that features Windsor leather on the door tops, instrument binnacle and fascia.

A set of 20-inch, split-five-spoke alloy wheels is also a welcome plus, as are the special "XXV" badging on the tailgate and front doors, and a newly configured interior that now boasts of a twist pile carpet and a leather-covered wooden steering wheel.

The Land Rover Discovery XXV Special Edition is set to hit dealerships later this year at a price of £63,000, which is about $105,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the Land Rover Discovery, or as its called in the US, the LR4.

World-famous tennis star and Porsche Ambassador Maria Sharapova took a trip to her hometown of Sochi, Russia where the Winter Olympics are currently under way to show off her bespoke Porsche Panamera she helped design through the Porsche Exclusive program.

The Porsche Panamera GTS , appropriately named the Porsche Panamera “by Maria Sharapova,” is coated in a unique cream white paint accented by tinted exterior lights, black tailpipe covers, and 20-inch Panamera sport wheels also finished in black. The deeply tinted front LED lights include the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, or PDLS+ in acronym speak.

Inside, the custom Panamera features body-colored instrument gauges and a key fob while cream stitching weaves its way throughout the leather-lined cabin. Adding further levels of custom work, the front and rear headrests are embossed with the Porsche crest and the armrests have “Panamera GTS” logo affixed to them.

“Creating and specifying a very personal Porsche Panamera was such an exciting undertaking, Sharapova told the media in Sochi. “It opens the door to a whole new design sensibility and allowed me to bring my own personal aesthetic.”

From the press materials, her Panamera appears to be mechanically stock – and that’s not a bad thing. The Panamera GTS is powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 that kicks out 440 horsepower. Zero to 60 mph comes in a quick 4.2 seconds on its way to a 179 mph top speed. The base price for all that fun is $113,400, not including all the optional extras Sharapova put on her’s.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera GTS.

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Audi A5 Coupe

The Audi A5 was initially released in 2008 and the only update it has received since was in the 2012 model year. It now appears that BMW’s decision to offer a 4 Series Coupe and Convertible has forced Audi into also developing a new-generation A5. The new A5 Coupe will arrive in 2015 and it will be followed by a Convertible version six months later.

First details on the second-generation Audi A5 suggest the model will be put on a strict diet, as Audi hopes to shave a total of 220 pounds from the car’s weight. This move will also help reduce the car’s fuel consumption, without needing to downsize engines to a 1.4-liter level.

In order to obtain this drop in weight, Audi will use lighter engine ancillaries, hollow-spoke wheels and aluminum panels. Under the hood, Audi will install the same engine lineup found in the current generation, but with an improved output level. For the S5, the V-6 will deliver a total of 340 horsepower - up from the current 328 horsepower, while the RS5 will drop the current V-8 in a favor of a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an output of 475 horsepower. It is also rumored that the next A5 will be offered with an electric range for the first time.

Updated 02/13/2014: Car And Driver reports that the next-generation Audi A5 will be built on Volkswagen’s new MLB modular-longitudinal architecture and will include lots of aluminum to help reduce its weight by about 200 pounds. Audi will keep about two-thirds of the current’s powertrain lineup, but will add a series of new engines, including a new, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 for the RS5 in place of the current 4.2-liter V-8.

Hit the jump to read more about the Audi A5.

Image Note: The above image is of the 2012 A5, not the upcoming generation.

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After a series of leaked images published online, Mercedes has decided to finally take the wrap off their new flagship luxury coupe. While the official launch is still almost a month away at the Geneva Motor Show we sure aren’t complaining the early showcase.

The new model which will replace the CL at the top shelf of the German automaker’s shelf to streamline the manufacturer’s product range will be the first S-Class Coupé in almost 15 years with the last one belonging to the W140 series produced back in the 90s.

Based on the S-Class Coupé Concept which was showcased last year in IAA, Frankfurt, the production version retains the sensual design of the concept. Expected to reach dealerships in the second half of this year, the new car will showcase the best design, technology and luxury features the German marquee has to offer.

But will that be enough to fend off the competition? Read our full analysis to find out.

Updated 2/11/2014: Mercedes has revealed images and information on the S-Class.

Porsche Macan

Things are going really well for Porsche these days. At the opening ceremony for the new Porsche Macan plant in Leipzig today, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said he expects the automaker to break the 200,000-unit sales mark, partly in thanks to exploding interest in its small crossover, the Macan.

New for 2015, the Macan is based on the Audi Q5 and is Porsche’s second go in the SUV class. Its wildly popular Cayenne has been a great seller for the company since its introduction back in 2003. "We’re transferring the genes of the Porsche brand into a new market segment," Mueller said. "Porsche will remain a manufacturer of very exclusive premium cars."

What we take away from that quote is that Porsche will pander to the vogue SUV and crossovers of today, but will never abandon the classic sports car on which their brand, reputation, and faithful following is based upon.

To that end, Mueller continued saying in regards to future Macan models, "GTS versions have a tradition at Porsche. We haven’t made a final decision yet regarding the Macan, but I’m sure it makes a lot of sense." Sorta sounds like the Macan GTS’ first public teaser to us.

Until we hear more official words, we’re left to speculate. One thing is sure, however, and that’s Porsche’s certainty its all-new Macan will be a hit. Mueller continued in his speech saying Porsche is ready to push production beyond the 50,000 units currently being planned if demand for the sporty crossover continues in its skyward direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Macan GTS.


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