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Audi Sport Quattro Concept

With 2013 wrapped up, our eyes are all set on the months to follow. In 2014, car makers will congregate for the Detroit Auto Show amidst chilly winter weather. One car that could steal the limelight is the 2015 Audi Quattro .

CAR Magazine has voted it as the "Most Wanted Car of 2014." The publication has high hopes from Audi , which is set to revive an iconic car that had ruled the world rally circuit for years.

The Audi Quattro Concept was unveiled at the 2010 Frankfurt motor show. and soon after word spread about the Quattro being considered for production. Audi officials went on record saying that the public had appreciated the concept shown at Frankfurt and a limited-production run could be possible.

The Audi Sport Quattro Concept is the modern interpretation of the famous, championship winning machine from 30 years ago. We could see the first production prototypes at the Detroit show with sales beginning in 2015.

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Source: CAR Magazine
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Earlier this year, Volvo unveiled the Concept Coupe — the first of three concepts — based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture. The coupe was a design study commissioned to give us a glimpse of the future Volvo design direction.

Now under the watchful eye of Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President of Design, the Swedish car maker has unveiled the second concept dubbed the Concept XC Coupe.

Per Volvo’s naming convention, ’XC’ is the prefix used for all things SUV . So, the Concept XC is nothing but a showcase future Volvo SUV designs, and it will show its face at the upcoming 2014 Detroit Motor show . This being a concept, Volvo has not revealed any technical details as of yet.

Like all manufacturers, Volvo too is switching to modular construction in order to keep a tab on development costs. The company’s Scalable Product Architecture will underpin all future Volvo cars, including crossovers , full-size SUVs and sedans .

Update 1/8/2014: With only a few days before it does its full undressing in Detroit, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe has dropped cover and revealed a few details about itself. You can see more after the jump.

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Gazoo Racing from Japan is working on a couple of special cars for the 2014 Tokyo motor show . As you may already know, Gazoo Racing has been an active presence in the motorsport scene, as it has also raced in the Nurburgring endurance races among others.

Apart from the other concepts the team has produced over the years, Gazoo Racing will bring a very special, custom Toyota GT86 to the Tokyo auto salon.

The custom Toyota GT86 by Gazoo Racing will be revealed on January 10, 2014. We tried to snoop around for some more information about the upcoming sports car , but sadly, the company hasn’t provided any more details about it.

The Gazoo Racing concept will feature a large rear wing shown here in the teaser image. It could also get a full body kit and minor aerodynamic tweaks. Lightweight racing wheels with larger rotors for improved braking and handling performance.

We are waiting for Gazoo Racing to formally announce the 2014 Toyota GT86 concept, and until then, we could only speculate as to what upgrades could end up on the new car. We will be updating this story as and when the official information is out.

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Until recently, Lexus has released a couple of teaser images of their upcoming RC F coupe. The company has been cleverly revealing just bits of the car as a lead up to the official reveal. Today, we bring you what could be the first leaked images of the actual car. These pictures have appeared in a Japanese magazine.

The January issue of the Japanese Best Car Magazine reveal the 2015 Lexus RC F coupe in all its glory. That said, we’re are still not sure if it is a well executed digital render or a studio image of the actual car.

The front three-quarter image clearly shows a hood scoop, special F mesh grille, air ducts in the front bumper and side vents next to the front wheel arches. The headlights on the model shown here are of the HID type with two in each housing.

This is a car Lexus wants to pit against the all-new BMW M4 . The sports coupe does have a tough task at hand especially since keeping it company is the biggest name in the segment. Unlike the BMW M4, the Lexus RC F could use a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with over 400 horsepower on tap.

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Source: Club F
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Ever wondered, why the Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider has "California" in its name? Here’s why. A Ferrari dealer based out of the U.S. requested the company to make a car named after their biggest market and hence the name. The sunshine state of California has been the home of Hollywood for ages and money was never short.

Even today, the sheer number millionaires in the state is mind-boggling. That said, with the advent of the age of information and technology, a new generation of billionaires have emerged. Anyway, back to the California Spider. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider LWB will hit the auction block soon.

Experts suggest, the car could be valued over $8 million! One reason for such a high price is the fact that back in the days, Ferrari only built 50 examples of the California Spider. Now, the Ferrari 250 GT was a thoroughbred racer on which the California was based. The "LWB" stands for "Long Wheelbase". The market for old and rare Ferraris is huge. Only this year, RM Auctions sold an equally rare Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider for 25 million dollars!

And that’s not all, an even exclusive Ferrari 250 GTO fetched no less than $50 million. A short wheelbase version of the 250 GT California Spider also found a buyer recently. He apparently shelled out $11 million for the 250 GT California Spider SWB. The LWB California that is to be auctioned by RM Auction in Arizona is the 11th chassis (out of 50) produced by Ferrari and worked upon by the legendary metal worker Scaglietti.

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Not so long ago, Lamborghini revealed its Gallardo replacement in the form of the Huracan LP610-4 . The new supercar from Lamborghini looks strikingly similar to the larger and more powerful Aventador. But, the Aventador LP700-4 is a thing of beauty and hence we have no problems with the Huracan sharing a family face.

Within days of its unveiling, the internet was flooded with artist renderings of the Huracan in various configurations including a Spyder version. What we have here is Evren Milanos idea of the Lamborghini Huracan Superleggera. The artists even goes on to predict the engine specifications adding the suffix "LP640-4".

These renderings seem very close to the real thing. I personally like the one in yellow. Anyways, the artist has added a large rear spoiler and full body kit to the Huracan. Wheels are of a different variety. The front bumper gets a more pronounced splitter element while at the rear is diffuser for added downforce. We also like the idea of a roof scoop.

Although, Lamborghini is yet to release details about the lightweight Superleggera version, Evren Milano’s design gives us an idea of how attractive and exciting it can be. That said, the Superleggera will be lighter and more powerful than the standard Huracan. Hence, the predicted 640 horsepower seems realistic.

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Source: Evren Milano
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Dubai is an oasis of hyper-expensive lifestyle in the middle of the Arabian desert. It is home to the tallest building in the world and the most expensive hotel suite, I would guess. Anyway, what this Emirate is also famous for, is its police squad. Renowned for its collection of supercars, the Dubai police certainly need them especially when there are so many privately owned high performance machines around.

Now, to keep a check on the ever growing population of millionaires and their supercars, the Dubai police have added a new squad car to their line-up. Dubai PD have taken delivery of a McLaren MP4-12C . So, if you have a need for speed, the 12C is the last thing you want to see in your rear view mirror.

Much to the relief of supercar owners in the region, the Dubai police use their supercars for promotional purposes and not to chase speeding boy racers. Like all the other cars in the squad, the MP4-12C gets the famous Dubai PD green livery over white base.

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It is that time of the year, when we at Topspeed like to look back and relive the best moments the automotive world had to offer in the year bygone. The 2013 calendar year brought a whole new range of interesting and exciting sports cars , luxury cars and even some odd hypercars, as the big names of the industry finally pulled the wraps off some very special automobiles.

Ferrari launched the 458 Speciale — the replacement for the F430 Scuderia; The La Ferrari succeeded the Enzo; McLaren and Porsche too launched the very complicated P1 and 918 Spyder , respectively; and Lamborghini showed the Huracan LP610-4 , which will replace the Gallardo. Additionally, the Aston Martin Vanquish proved to be one heck off a crowd-puller and Bugatti continued with more special editions of the Veyron.

Lot has happened in the last 12 months that we would love to talk about. Out of all those cars that were launched during the calendar year, we’ve picked ten cars that made headlines. Following is are finalists that made it into the top 10.

2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year Finalists
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
Alfa Romeo 4C
Jaguar F-Type Coupe
Mclaren P1
Ferrari La Ferrari
Porsche 918 Spyder
BMW i8
Cadillac CTS
Maserati Ghibli
Rolls Royce Wraith

So, the 2013 TopSpeed Car of the Year goes to... Read on to find out.

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Chargespeed Japan has launched an aerodynamic upgrade for the R35 generation Nissan GT-R . The aero-kit is now available in the U.S. as well. Unlike other aftermarket body kits available for the Nissan GT-R , the "Bottomline" by Chargespeed Japan has been designed to blend into the GT-R’s contours. The company also claims to have improved aerodynamic performance of the R35 Nissan GT-R.

Nissan has spent years perfecting the aerodynamic performance of the new GT-R , so it is already near perfection, so any improvements by this kit will only make the GT-R better.

The front bumper gets an add-on air dam to streamline the air hitting the front bumper. The side skirts have been lowered to prevent air from getting under the car and causing lift. The rear uses tiny guide vanes at the upper edge of the rear windshield to direct air onto the rear spoiler. A rear diffuser also helps channel air from under the car to create more downforce.

The Bottomline kit is a made specifically for Nissan GT-Rs built between 2009 and 2013. The company also offers individual components for those of you who want to build it piece-by-piece.

All the parts are made of fiber-reinforced plastics, but customers can also opt for "Hybrid" carbon-fiber parts, hand laid with a 1x1 weave. Chargespeed is also working on an all-carbon body kit upgrade.

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Source: Chargespeed
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The Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series went into production in 2007. Back then, Mercedes built a limited number of these high-performance coupes, hence the price tag was not what you would call "affordable." It was expensive, had a terrible ride and it had no rear seats, which did not help when it came to practicality.

However, the CLK63 AMG Black Series was never built to be practical or even comfortable. What it did best was to put a grin on your face whenever the "go-go" pedal was pressed.

Our friendly, neighborhood gearhead, Jeremy Clarkson, owned one, and he loved it. The recipe for winning over JC from TopGear was simple. What Mercedes-Benz did, is take a standard CLK-Class coupe, send it across to AMG, who would shoehorn a 6.2-liter V-8 into the engine bay and do some adjustments to the suspension, etc.

Mercedes would then send the finished car to its "Black-Ops" department, which would throw away the rear axle and replace it with an "industrial-strength" axle and stick a note warning drivers that turning the traction control off can cause loss of life/property and hence isn’t advised. So, it was a car for crazy people, basically. And now folks at City Performance Center, Australia have turned it a mythical creature that makes unicorns seem abundant...

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