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For all the accomplishments Lexus has achieved since it broke into the luxury market scene in the mid 1980s, it still has trouble coming up with names for its paint colors. How else can you explain the company’s attempts to ask fans what to name the orange paint on the Lexus RC F Coupe ?

Ok, we’re busting Lexus’ chops here a little because if it really wanted to, it could come up with a name for this orange shade pretty quickly. But to its credit, the company wants to get its fans involved, sort of like giving them a say on company decisions.

Up until now, the RC F sports coupe has only worn a striking blue paint, but Lexus is adding this orange color into the mix. The bright shade is still unnamed, so that’s where we all come into the picture.

A quick look at Lexus’ Facebook page reveals a large number of impressive recommendations already posted. We especially liked Tangering Flame, Sunset Rage, and Fireburst, among other entries. But as far as what our suggestion is, how about Orange Symphony?

It’s not the catchiest of names, but it does reflect the fiery balance of an aggressive sports car with an aggressive color to match.

If you want to make your own suggestions, hop on over to Lexus’ Facebook page. Don’t forget to tell us what your suggestion is by leaving a comment below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus RC F Coupe

The General looks like it’s back to badge engineering these days, as the Chevrolet Trax treks across the state at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Though it might only be a reworked Buick Encore, the Trax is aimed at a completely different audience — one that is noticeably younger.

The Trax may be a new vehicle for the U.S., but it’s been sold in Canada and other markets around the world since 2012. Thought it’s not new, the Trax gets some needed updates before entering the U.S. market. The interior receives the majority of the updating with an upright dashboard, optional center touch screen and infotainment system, a Chevy Sonic- like gauge cluster, and a steering wheel copped from the Cruze .

The Trax seems aimed at those shopping for Sonics or Cruzes, but want something more high-riding and SUVish. That combination of small dimensions, an upright posture, and a large cargo hold (with the seats down) has worked well for Buick so far.

Like the interior, the drivetrain is rather familiar. Power comes from the 1.4-liter, turbocharged, inline four-cylinder making 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. While it’s a direct bolt-in from the Cruze, the Trax does offer an all-wheel-drive option. That combined with the higher ground clearance, and the Trax seems well suited for trudging through those pesky Polar Vortexes.

Chevy’s newest crossover offers plenty of standard features across its trim levels. Available in LS, LT, and LTZ, the Trax comes standard with a backup camera, StabiliTrak with ABS and electronic brake force distribution, and 10 airbags.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Trax.

Along with today’s announcement of the new 2015 QX80 SUV, Infiniti also dropped a very special Limited model. The normal QX80 is far from plebian, but the QX80 Limited is sprucing up the New York Auto Show as one of the most luxurious vehicles to ever come from the Nissan group.

While the started with a very solid canvas, what Nissan managed to create for Infiniti moves the brand on the territory of its competitors and into a new market of vehicles that haven’t even arrived yet. We know that Bentley is making an SUV , and that Aston Martin may have one on the table as well, but it seems that the QX80 Limited may have beaten both of those models to the punch.

With an unprecedented amount of standard technology, convenience and luxury features, the Limited edition of the QX80 is setting a very high bar for anything that comes afterwards. If you think it feels weird to hear Bentley and Infiniti Infiniti mentioned in the same breath, read on to see the sheer amount of class and refinement crammed inside of this rolling palace.

Volkswagen has unveiled all of the juicy bits for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI . Suffice to say, the MK VII Golf GTI has the refined power we all look for in a sports hatchback . The 2015 model not only has that in spades, thanks to a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, I-4 engine that packs 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, but it also has a lot of standard and optional features to choose from.

Even better, Volkswagen is set to offer a Performance Package for the Golf GTI later in the year. This package is expected to include larger brakes, a torque-sensing electronically-controlled limited-slip differential, and a 10 horsepower boost over the regular GTI, all for just $1,495. The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) adaptive damping system will also be available later in the 2015 model year on the SE and Autobahn models with the Performance Package.

Needless to say, there’s a lot to be giddy about with the 2015 Golf GTI and we won’t blame you for feeling the same way.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

This is the new Infiniti Q70, just announced at the New York Auto Show , and at first blush you may not peg it as a new or refreshed model. To be honest, not much has changed since it was still called the M Sedan . There have been some visual changes to distinguish the new 2015 model from the current 2014 version, but by and large this is the same swoopy and fluidic sedan Infiniti has been selling since 2010.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though, as I think the Q70 is one of the best looking cars in the class.

The big news for the 2015 car is the addition of new technology and the announcement of a long wheelbase Q70L, specifically created to cater to the booming Chinese markets. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy the idea of extra rear legroom, the Q70L will be coming to the U.S. and other important Infiniti markets. This isn’t a China exclusive like so many long wheelbase models tend to be these days.

To find out about all the changes coming to the freshly announced 2015 Q70 and Q70L hit the jump.

After Toyota North America filled trademarks for two new models — the NX 200t and NX 300h — it was not hard to figure out that these were upcoming Lexus models. The fact that they were SUVs was made simply by the "X" in their names. It was also not very difficult to understand that one trademark — the NX 200t — will be the turbocharged gasoline version, while the other one — the NX 300h — will be a hybrid model. The NX 200t will be powered by the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged AR engine set to launch in 2014, while the 300h will likely get the same hybrid powertrain as in the Lexus ES 300h : a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle hybrid engine.

The new Lexus NX will be placed under the company’s current RX and will most likely debut on the market sometime in 2015.

Updated 4/11/2014: Lexus has officially confirmed that the NX line will debut at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20th. The lineup will include the base NX 200, the turbocharged NX 200t and the hybrid NX 300h. Details are still limited, but we detailed as much as we could, plugs a look at the concepts that previewed the NX, after the jump.

The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my all-time favorite cars. It is an uncommon dose of fun and lunacy in our increasingly beige automotive world. What is a mildly eccentric Italian company to do after creating such a machine? Apparently the answer is to create an even faster and hard-core version to take racing.

Meet the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione.

Fiat already has an Abarth Assetto Corse for both the 500 and 695 cars, but this new Evoluzione model turns things up to 11. Power is up, weight is down, and in true race car fashion, there are a lot of minor improvements learned over the last few years of competition combine to make repairs and adjustments easier. The car obviously still retains the full complement of FIA-approved safety equipment.

If you already own one of the older 695 Assetto cars and want to stay competitive in the Trofei series, Fiat is offering the full Evoluzione kit as an upgrade.

Read on to get the scoop on all the new upgrades and enhancements.

During a recent trip to a Miami-area Porsche dealership, TopSpeed founder Philippe Daix found himself face to face with five 911 GT3s as they patiently await an engine swap. Porsche is reportedly testing a revised version of the GT3’s 3.8-liter, flat-six engine, but until the engine is ready and shipped to dealers, these brand-new cars sit covered in a layer of dust, blocked by other vehicles within the bowels of the dealer’s service department.

Porsche made the unprecedented move in February of notifying owners to stop driving their GT3s and ordered dealers to stop selling them until repairs are made. The announcement came after two seemingly perfect GT3s burst into flames as they meandered down European roads earlier this year.

The German automaker’s investigation into the fires revealed two piston rod screws became loose, causing all sorts of mayhem and catastrophe within the engine block. Thankfully, no accidents or injuries resulted from the fires, but the incidents were enough for Porsche to recall all 785 of the 2014 911 GT3 s produces. Until the cars are fixed, current GT3 owners have replacement Porsche vehicles.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.

Just like most Japanese-built luxury SUVs for the U.S. market, the Infiniti QX series has a foggy past and needed more than 10 years to fully mature. Roquefort, anyone?. Initially named QX4, the first-generation QX was a midsize SUV developed to take on Acura ’s SLX model and Lexus ’ larger LX .

The QX had grown into a full-size SUV about nine years later, when the Nissan Armada-based, second-generation iteration was unveiled as the QX56. Overhauled in 2010, the vehicle finally ditched its not-so-attractive design by borrowing styling cues from the smaller, sportier FX , which is now retailed with a QX70 badge.

The third-generation QX also got a new platform underneath, moving away from the Nissan Armada to become an ultra luxurious Patrol . As with the entire Infiniti lineup, the full-size SUV was also renamed for the 2014 model year, changing its ID to QX80.

Already in its fifth production year, the QX80 is likely to hang around for another couple of years. And although Infiniti wasn’t too keen on meddling with the SUV too much for 2014, the QX80 remains a force to be reckoned with in the full-size segment.

Click past the jump to read more about Infiniti 2014 QX80

Like its drop-top brother the Boxster , the Cayman has become a well-respected performer for Porsche since its introduction in 2006. Porsche has continued to update the car to keep it exciting, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. For 2015, both the Cayman and Boxster are getting a new range-topping trim level that adds power, better handling, and decades of heritage — the GTS package.

The GTS package adds all the right ingredients to Porsche ’s perfect recipe: more horsepower and torque from the 3.4-liter flat-six, better handling thanks to revised suspension components and the now-standard Sports Chrono package, and a unique look to set it apart from lesser Cayman trim levels.

Getting into the nitty-gritty reveals an added 15 horsepower and 7 pound-feet of torque bringing the total number to 340 horses and 280 pound-feet. Both the six-speed manual and seven-speed PDK transmissions are available. The normally optional Sports Chrono package and Active Suspension Management (PASM) on the Cayman S become standard equipment for the GTS. Still an option, but well worth it, is Porsche’s torque vectoring differential that uses a combination of braking and locking of the differential to actively put power to the ground. Click everything into sport mode and activate launch control, and the PDK-equipped Cayman will hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The Cayman’s top speed is listed at 177 mph for those equipped with the manual, however Porsche hasn’t released the PDK’s top speed figures yet.

Giving distinction between itself and the lesser Cayman and Cayman S models, the GTS features a number of dark-grey exterior accents, an interior that’s covered in Alcantara, and several GTS badges finished in the same dark grey.

Click past the jump for all the details on the 2015 Cayman GTS


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