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Though we’ve already learned about the second Hellcat to join Dodge’s lineup, let’s not forget about the original. Shortly before revealing the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat , Dodge shot a video surrounding the Charger SRT Hellcat with a few members of the team that had hands in making this monster. The video dives into the details surrounding the process of coming up with this insane slab of metal and how hard it was to get the fun-killing bean counters to sign off on it.

Given the car was put into motion by the SRT team — one that is more concerned with power and speed than how much money it can make — it wasn’t hard to get the big-wigs to sign off on it. SRT has never been shy about building cars that really make no sense financially, but are a hell of a lot of fun to drive, and I love them for that. The Hellcat lineup, particularly the Charger, is a prime example of tossing caution to the wind and building something insane that could potentially end up as one massive fail (read: SRT Viper)

The jury is still out on whether the Hellcats will be successful or not, but if my drool-covered keyboard is any barometer of its success, chances are customers will be climbing over one another to get their hands on one.

As a reminder, the Challenger Hellcat carries a 6.2-liter, supercharged, HEMI V-8 with an unreal 707 horses and 650 pound-feet off tire-torching torque. This all routes through a standard six-cog manual or an optional TorqueFlight, eight-speed autobox en route to the rear wheels. It rips off 0-to-60 sprints in just 3.5 seconds and crushes the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds with street tires... Yeah, it’s bad-ass...

Check out the above video to learn a little more.

The Maybach brand may no longer exist, but Daimler is not willing to let it die altogether. Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, the moniker is set to make a comeback on an ultra-luxurious version of the brand-new S-Class. Specifically, the S-Class Pullman won’t be the only special-edition limousine , as an extended-wheelbase version of the S600 — the Maybach — is set to sit below the 250-inch-long Pullman beginning in 2015.

The upcoming S600 Maybach is still somewhat of a mystery, but various reports suggest it will sport a wheelbase that’s nearly eight inches longer than that of the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class. Spotted on public streets earlier in 2014, the S600 Maybach just traded the city’s narrow roads for the Nurburgring track. That’s right folks, this luxurious land yacht has sporty ambitions as well and the Germans are looking to sharpen its senses on the "Green Hell."

Granted, it’s rather awkward for a vehicle that’s longer than any other standard, full-size sedan to tackle the ’Ring at full throttle. And let’s face it, wealthy customers are more interested in the car’s sumptuous interior, massage seats and comfortable ride. However, Mercedes-Benz is known to have one of the most dynamic vehicle lineups on the market, and the S600 Maybach needs to fit in. Especially considering the $400,000 sticker that’s rumored to adorn its windshield.

Naturally, tackling the ’Ring’s tight corners at high speeds is somewhat of a struggle for the S600 Maybach, but the limousine fares quite well given its curb weight and elongated body. It’s a bit early to judge, but it seems Mercedes’ rival to the Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Phantom is impressively sporty.

Source: AutoCar

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In this week’s show we are down one man, as Mark is on vacation, but Justin and I held strong to deliver a great show without him.

For the Weekly Wheels segment we have the might Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X, the super-fast V-8 Miata “Elvis” and the track day special Exocet. It is quite the fun time. When we break into the real news we start with the Hellcat powered Charger and the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. We then move on to video games with a full list of announcements from Forza and the team at Turn 10 Studios. This includes some new cars that have been added to Forza Motorsports 5 as well as a full roster update for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2. We finish out the news with a little talk about the Ferrari F12 at the Nurburgring and the eye-watering price tag of the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

We didn’t have any questions this week, so we just wrapped up the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of very expensive two-doors.

Thanks for watching and listening. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions in the comments below. We hope everyone has a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday.

Mercedes-Benz USA has a potential problem on its hands with the 2015 GLA-Class . No, it’s not the kind of problem that can spell doom and gloom for the new crossover itself. It’s the kind of problem that spells doom and gloom for U.S. customers of the GLA-Class. That’s because the supply of GLA models headed to the U.S. could be scarcer than anybody expected.

Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon lamented on the potential dearth of GLA models headed stateside, telling Auto News that demand in other markets could cut off the allocation of the compact crossover in the U.S. Demand for the GLA-Class in China, for example, is as strong, maybe even stronger than the U.S. Even sales in Europe have rebounded to the point that models Mercedes-Benz USA usually receives from its European counterpart aren’t arriving this year.

All that points to the GLA being even scarcer than the CLA-Class compact sedan that went on sale in the U.S. last year. So if you were planning on buying the GLA-Class, it might be best to be that early bird that gets the worm. Otherwise, you might end up losing out on the GLA-Class when sales begin here in September 2014 for the GLA250 4MATIC.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes GLA.

With the Huracan having already replaced the Gallardo as Lamborghini’s entry-level supercar , it was only a matter of time before the Italians rolled out a Super Trofeo version of the 610-horsepower machine. Announced in July 2014, the Huracan LP610-4 Super Trofeo is finally here to showcase its racing suit thanks to supercar spotter Jeroen.

He stumbled upon the track-prepped Lambo while the Italians were busy with the official photo shoot. It seems we won’t have to wait for the pictures to be released, as the video above provides us with a comprehensive walkaround, and, more importantly, it gives us a taste of the vehicle’s piercing engine note.

The footage also comes to confirm the numerous aerodynamic updates the Huracan has gained in order to become a full-time race car . Notice the huge front splitter and side skirts, the sexy rear diffuser and the huge fixed wing. Modifications don’t stop here though. A bevy of winglets adorn both the front and rear fascias, while the regular engine and trunk bonnets have been replaced with race-spec units.

The louvered front fenders allow better engine cooling and optimize airflow over and around the car. Rounding off the Super Trofeo package is a simple, yet enticing livery. The grey-painted body features silver and white markings, while the carbon-fiber aerodynamic parts are highlighted by bright-orange accents.

No doubt the Huracan Super Trofeo is one mean-looking machine, but wait until you hear that 5.2-liter V-10 engine roar.

It has been a very busy few weeks for the team at Forza Horizon 2. The new game will be available in just a few short weeks and the list of cars coming to the game is growing quickly. We started with the first 100 a few weeks ago, and since then there have been 31 more cars made official. Yesterday, we noticed that an all-new trailer for the game showcased at least three other cars that had not been announced.

That is now only partially true, as Forza Horizon 2’s latest batch of official cars includes the Rally Fighter. Overall, we have 45 more cars to add the official list of the first 100, and there are some good ones here. From classic metal like the AMC Javelin and the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe , to legendary rally machines like the Lancia Stratos HF Stradale and the Audi Sport Quattro there is something for everyone. For the entire list of new additions, as well as highlights and photos for 11 cars form the list just take a look after the break.

Make sure to let us know which one of these cars is your favorite in the comments.

Continue reading to see the full list of new additions to the Forza Horizon 2 lineup

Even the wet forces of Mother Nature couldn’t keep the Mercedes S-Class Cabrio from doing a few test runs in Germany. That much appears to be the case with these fresh batch of photos our spy photographers sent to our inbox recently. As expected, the S-Class Cabrio remains hidden in a maze of camouflage, preventing us from getting a full peek at what the new top-end cabrio looks like. But neither rain nor camouflage can stop us from pulling out our magnifying glasses and do a little inspecting of our own.

It’s already been established that the S-Class Cabrio will feature a retractable soft top and a modified rear section, but these new photos also show what appears to be a different front grille from the new-generation design found on the coupe version. We don’t know if Mercedes will mimic the new design with the production version, but we’re confident that it will.

Speaking of that rear section, we’re a little curious about what those red markers to the inside of the taillights are all about. The coupe version doesn’t have that and we won’t be surprised if those are part of the convertible’s taillight configuration. Other than these little bits and those fancy set of wheels, the S-Class Cabrio is looking more and more like a close-to-identical version of its coupe counterpart.

Even the cabrio’s expected engine lineup will be the same as the coupe, including a 4.7-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that packs 450 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, and a big-boy, 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 that churns out 622 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.

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

A mysterious Audi S3 was recently spotted doing some test runs at the Nurburgring and from the looks of things, it just might be the rumored Audi S3 Plus. Why do I have this hypothesis? For one, the new Audi S3 is already out on the market and it seems unlikely that Audi’s already developing a new one. It’s also not likely to be the Audi RS3 because the body doesn’t veer too far from, if at all, the look of the new S3.

So with those two cars out of the way, that leaves us with the possibility of a diesel-powered S3, but the sound of that engine isn’t very diesel-like. As an educated guess, I would say this is the S3 Plus, a car that’s been rumored to be in the works for quite some time now.

The S3 Plus has been touted as Audi’s response to the emergence of the Mercedes CLA45 AMG . Word has it that Audi is planning to use a modified version of its 2.0-liter, TFSI engine in the S3 Plus with an output of 375 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque.

That should make it easy for Audi to package it between the new S3 and the upcoming RS3, giving customers an option to choose from in the event they want a performance version of the S3 without the cost that comes with paying for an RS3.

What’s the going rate for a Ferrari LaFerrari these days? Turns out, it’s more than the £1.2 million (a little over $2 million) price tag Ferrari attached to it. A lot more.

Oracle Finance managing director Peter Brook revealed to Motoring Research that interested buyers of the LaFerrari are prepared to pay more than £1 million more than its original price tag. In case you’re wondering, that’s $1.6 million based on the exchange rates on 8/13/2014, which is a little north of the $1.3 million price tag of a Bugatti Veyron . Basically, these buyers are prepared to spend as much as £2.2 million, or about $3.3 million to get a piece of the 499 LaFerraris in existence today.

Brook revealed the incredible details in an analysis of the supercar market, highlighting the prevailing thought that demand for the LaFerrari has become so rabid that eager buyers are more than willing to spend close to double the amount Ferrari is asking for it.

“It’s a buying frenzy out there at the moment for Ferraris and nothing demonstrates that like the million-pound premiums we’re seeing for the LaFerrari,” Brook said. It paints a shocking figure one when a guy like Brook is even stunned at the premium buyers are prepared to pay just to get their hands on a LaFerrari.

Fortunately for the McLaren P1 and the Porsche 918 Spyder , demand for these two exotics is also high enough that both are attracting impressive premium numbers.

Oracle Finance says that the P1 has a premium of £300,000 ($500,856), while the 918 Spyder has a premium of £200,000 ($333,904). Still, those amounts are chump change compared to the staggering £1.2 million premium on the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari LaFerrari.

Microsoft had its big Gamescom conference today and announced some really cool stuff for its Forza series. The first piece of big news was the announcement of a new car pack that featured the Rolls Royce Wraith , and the second was some new and exciting footage for Forza Horizon 2. While watching the video however, I discovered a few things. New cars to be exact, and none of them have been officially announced yet.

Did they try to sneak one under our noses here?

The cars in questions are the Local Motors Rally Fighter and the KTM X-Bow . The Rally fighter is seen in two sequences in the distance as the player chases it. It can be slightly hard to make out, but it is very obviously the Rally Fighter. The scene we have captured here also looks as though the Bowler EXR S will be included as well.

The "driver’s" car in this shot of the Rally FIghter looks like a Range Rover sport , but it also bears a striking resemblance to the modified Bowler as well. I can’t tell definitively form this shot, but I am 90-percent sure we are looking at a Bowler.

The KTM was more prominently on display, but only if you know what to look for. There is an off-road scene that is being raced from the cockpit point of view. The open chassis car could be mistaken for the already announced Ariel Atom, but anyone who knows the X-Bow will recognize those fenders. You can see screenshots of both cars, comparison photos to their real life counterparts, and the entire video above.

We have reached out to Turn 10 and will update with their response.

Let me know your thoughts on all this in the comments below.

Continue reading to see the video and screen captures.


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