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Generally the S-Class finds itself more at home cursing along the Autobahn at high speeds or taking a leisurely drive along some posh suburban California road while the occupants enjoy the comforts afforded within. However, in this spy video above, Mercedes engineers have lit the afterburners in that upcoming S500 Coupe.

Still covered in camouflage, the S-Class Coupe squeals its way around hard turns along the Nürburgring in Germany. Power comes from a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 making 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the car accels quickly after exiting each turn. From the level of protest heard from the tires, it seems Mercedes still intends the S-Class Coupe to be a boulevard cruiser rather than a track star champ.

Conversely, The upcoming S63 AMG makes its short appearance midway through the video as well (1:34). With its suspension tuned, sticker tires in place, and a more powerful engine, the S63 AMG is the proper gentleman’s speed racer. Powering that car will be a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 making roughly 577 horsepower and a massive 664 pound-feet of torque. The car will likely be offered in both RWD and 4Matic AWD, with the latter making sprints to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

It is a little odd the S500 still wears its camo while the S63 AMG bears it all since the S500 has already been officially debuted at Geneva while the AMG isn’t due until the New York Auto Show, though the official images have already been released. We just count ourselves lucky while enjoying the spy video.

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As spring kicks in each year, Jeep and Mopar are gearing up for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, by creating some of the greatest off-roaders which, unfortunately, we can’t buy.

Last year, for instance, the Chrysler -owned brands have come up with the extreme Wrangler Sand Trooper II perched on 40-inch bead-lock wheels, the lightweight Wrangler Stitch , and the production-friendly Grand Cherokee Trailhawk II Concept .

For 2014, Jeep and Mopar are storming Utah highly-anticipated event with another half-dozen of unique climbing-capable machines. Among them, visitors will be able to get up close and personal with a more extreme take on the redesigned 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

Dubbed Cherokee Dakar, the crossover concept pays tribute to the grueling African (err, South American) safari rally with its off-road-spec suspension, massive sand-digging tires and flared wheel arches. From the teaser, it appears that the dark-grey body is complemented by a red window trim, while the two-tone rims benefit from the same contrasting hues. Additionally, the concept will get to keep the Cherokee’s standard red tow hooks.

There are no clues as to what might be hiding under the hood, but we’re not hoping for more than a 3.2-liter Pentastar V-6. Not that we wouldn’t love to see a Hemi V-8 in there, but the Cherokee’s bay is not roomy enough for a 6.4-liter mill

Updated 04/10/2014: Jeep unveiled the official details on the new Cherokee Dakar concept set to be unveiled on April 12 at the Jeep Easter Safari.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee Dakar.

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Do you own an iOS or Android device and want a really fun way to kill a few hours of time? Check out the new 650S Design Studio app from McLaren . The app is an easy to use, portable version of an online car configuration tool, but McLaren have added some extra touches to make it special.

Start with picking your car, Spider or Coupe , and then choose your favorite color, wheels and options to create the perfect personalized supercar. Once you finish choosing your options, the fun really begins.

The app has the ability to insert your newly designed 650S into any picture on your device. Take a picture of your garage, and you instantly get to see what it would look like to park a new McLaren at your own house. Make your Facebook friends jealous by putting the new 650S casually into your vacation photos.

To make sure things look as real possible, McLaren claims the app will alter things like shading and reflections to make the photos look as real as possible.

If you would prefer to photobomb yourself with the 12C or the P1 , you are out of luck. The app only features the newly announced 650S, but I see no reason why an app update later couldn’t add other cars.

I wonder if I can put the 650S into my wedding photos to make it look like I am marrying a car...

You can pick up the app for Android ’HERE->https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mclaren.McLaren650S]. or you can grab the iPad/iPhone app HERE

Editor’s Note: I personally tried the app on Android (my results above), and it works very well!

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren 650S Coupe and Spider.

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Few people can really afford a supercar like the McLaren P1 , which is one of the reasons why the British manufacturer decided to build only 375 of them.

Sure, the $1.15-million hybrid sold out in a matter of months, a hint that McLaren could’ve produced more, but that doesn’t change anything — the P1 just wasn’t aimed at the average Joe.

Most of us will never get to drive McLaren’s ultimate hypercar, which is bound to make its way onto our long list of forbidden, outrageous vehicles that already includes the Bugatti Veyron and the Ferrari LaFerrari . Sounds pretty depressing, huh?

Well, not exactly. The fact that we’re not able to toss money around when it comes to utterly expensive cars shouldn’t stop us from enjoying and celebrating the supercar phenomenon. Who knows, maybe at some point we’ll be lucky enough to get a shotgun ride in a P1.

But until that happens, we’re here to twist the knife in your wounds with nearly three minutes of POV footage. The clip was shot at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in the United Kingdom, during a supercar meet, and shows an orange P1 flexing its muscles on a straight line up to 175 miles per hour.

Need more salt on that wound? Then you should know that the lucky passenger is an attendee that got the ride of his life after winning a charity donation event. So start donating folks!

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Scheduled to be unveiled sometime in the third quarter of the year, the 2015 Smart ForTwo is almost ready to go into production, as company engineers are conducting final road tests in different environments. Although our spy photographers have spotted the new tiny vehicle in all shapes and sizes, and stretching their legs in both warm weather and near-freezing conditionss, the ForTwo’s design is still a mystery. However, with the brand new Renault Twingo out in the open, we can imagine what the next Smart will bring styling-wise.

Why should we look at the Twingo to figure out more about the ForTwo? Well, it’s already common knowledge that the ForTwo and ForFour pair of Smarts have been developed in conjunction with the French car. All three will share a rear-wheel-drive architecture with an engine mounted it the back, while both the Twingo and the ForFour will wear a similar shell.

Because the two share about 70 percent of their components, they will be built at Renault ’s Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia. The ForTwo, which will sport the same body panels as the ForFour minus the rear doors, will continue to be assembled in Hambach, France, the tiny vehicle’s traditional home.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Smart ForTwo.

The world has been anxiously looking forward to BMW’s eventual launch of the M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe sisters, and now we’re one step closer. Both cars’ online configurators are now live. We dive deep into the option lists, paint colors, leather tones, and wheel and brake packages in a holistic overview.

But before choosing one of the eight paint options or nine interior color schemes, lets remember what comes standard under the hood: the twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder. Its two mono-scroll turbos, direct-injection fuel system, and fully variable valve timing with variable camshaft control help the mill kick out 425 horsepower between 5,500 and 7,300 rpm along with 406 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,850 all the way up to 5,500 rpm.

The 3.0-liter is mated to a honest-to-goodness six-speed manual transmission or the optional seven-speed double-clutch transmission can be had, at a slight additional cost, of course. Both transmissions lay down respectable times, thought the seven-speed techno-box squeezes ahead by a few tenths. The manual comes in a 4.1 seconds to 60 mph while the double clutch does it in 3.9 seconds. Top speed is governed at 155 mph. Interestingly, BMW reports these same performance numbers for both cars.

Keeping things under control is an upgraded suspension system. With comfort not even a consideration, BMW engineers designed the setups for maximum performance and track-worthiness. Play-free ball joints, elastomeric bearing, and rubber-free bushings keep things tight, while double-jointed spring struts, control arms, wheel carriers, and axle subframes are all constructed of lightweight aluminum, decreasing unsprung mass.

Be sure to check out our full coverage of the M3 Sedan here and the M4 Coupe here.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 and M4.}


If you’ve been a fan of the retractable hardtop on the Mercedes SL and, prepare yourself for some bad news. Apparently, the next-generation SL will be available only as soft-top models. The SLK, which will share its underpinnings with the SL in the next generation, will carry on with its hard top.

The changes are still significant enough that it could alter the look of the SL. But that’s the gamble Mercedes in trying to reduce the car’s weight. In some ways, that could be a boon for fans of the luxury roadster, as less weight means it will use its power more effectively.

Speaking of power, the next-gen SL and SLK models are also expected to be offered with new engines, including four- and six-cylinders for the SLK, and a new 3.0-liter, inline-six for the SL. Performance numbers haven’t been announced just yet, but the four-cylinder in the SLK is likely able to produce around 240 horsepower, with the six-cylinder ticked significantly higher at around 335 horsepower to 435 horsepower. As for the SL’s new inline-six, that baby could have 365 ponies on tap.

With all these changes in tow, don’t expect these changes to happen soon, as a next-gen SL isn’t expected until 2021.

Note: Current Mercedes SLK pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLK.

Source: Autobild

So this is Subaru’s plan to promote the incredible 2015 WRX STI . It’s what appears to be a fake a trailer for a fake movie called "The Ride of Her Life," and it spends as much time promoting the WRX STI as it does telling the about of a condemned love story between a renegade and the sheriff’s daughter.

Pinch us if you’ve seen this before.

We have to give some credit to Subaru for taking this route in trying to build up the WRX STI. As far as we’re concerned, this is the one Subaru vehicle that doesn’t need any advertising. But hey, it’s Subaru’s show...or movie trailer...or whatever it is that it’s actually trying to pull off here.

We’re guessing that it’s a prelude of bigger things to come; not necessarily better, but we expect maybe a few more cheesy trailers with C-list, trying-hard-to-be-funny voice-overs.

From there, well, we have no idea what Subaru is planning with this "movie."


Part of Daimler AG’s new ownership stake in Aston Martin appears to be ajoint partnership between the two companies to develop a slate of sport-utility vehicles. Don’t look now, but the future of the long-awaited Lagonda SUV might just have gotten a lot clearer.

According to Bloomberg, the two brands are in the middle of talks on sharing the underpinnings of a new full-size SUV with Aston Martin, something the British marquee has planned for a long time but has yet to materialize.

But the recent alliance with Daimler opens up a whole slate of possibilities for Aston Martin , now that it has a technology partner that can provide it with the right blueprint to see to completion a project that has been in the works for a long time now.

Part of the discussion appears to be Daimler helping Aston Martin in shaping up the Lagonda SUV. The two have already announced another part of their deal that calls for Mercedes’ AMG division to help develop new V-8 engines that will be used on future Aston Martin models. So this latest news that the two companies are now working on the Lagonda can be construed as another significant step toward what’s shaping up to be a fruitful alliance between the two companies.

Daimler may not get anything out of it at the moment, but should Aston’s next wave of models, the Lagonda included, be sales hits, Daimler’s five percent stake in Aston Martin could very well prove to be very useful.

Click past the jump to read more about the long-rumored Lagonda SUV.

Source: Bloomberg

The hotly anticipated launch of the Jaguar XQ-Type isn’t expected until 2016, but as early as now, Jaguar is already started development of the "sports crossover" ahead of that timeframe. With its impending arrival, the folks over at Jaguar aren’t wasting any time in building the XQ, not when its expected rival, the Porsche Macan , is drawing closer and closer to its own launch date.

Fortunately for Jaguar, it won’t have to start from scratch in building the XQ as the SUV ’s basic aluminum architecture is set to be borrowed from the XE compact sedan. It’s no secret that Jaguar is targeting the younger buyers that have active lifestyles and it’s preparing the XQ to fit that bill. According to Jaguar’s global marketing director, Steven de Ploey, the XQ could also be prepared to cater to "women buyers and more customers with young families," a good indication that the market for the sports crossover will be different from the people the British company targets with its luxury sedans.

The XQ is still a Jaguar at heart, but its characteristics will be markedly different from cars like the XF and the XJ . Like with Porsche’s plan for the Macan, Jaguar is trying to establish a new segment of customers to complement the well-off adults that are already in its books.

“It is a Jaguar, but in a completely different form," chief designer Ian Callum explained when the C-X17 Concept was first show at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year.

By all intents and purposes, the XQ could be the vehicle that gives Jaguar a more diverse client base. That’s what the company’s aiming for, and we’ll know whether the plan pays off or not when the crossover arrives in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar SUV.

Source: AutoCar

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