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Stuff’s about to get real — in a digital sort of way — in the world of VW concept cars . At the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed that is set to run June 26th through 29th, Volkswagen will display the bad-ass GTI Roadster Concept for the first time on UK soil, but that is small potatoes to the next statement. At the 2014 Goodwood festivities, fans can also drive this phenomenal concept up the famous hillclimb course. Of course, this is all in the digital world of Gran Turismo 6 on a recreation of the Goodwood Hilclimb.

It would be so much cooler had Volkswagen actually offered the chance to drive the real car up the Goodwood hill, but I understand the reasoning behind keeping it all digital. Regardless, it will be a fun time, thanks to 503 PS (496 horsepower) and 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of twist traveling from its biturbo, 3.0-liter, V-6 engine through a DSG transmission and out to all four wheels. Digital or reality, this topless VW is sure to be a hoot to take up the hill. I only wish I was in the UK to "drive" it.

Click past the jump to read more about this opportunity and the GTI Roadster Concept.

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is embroiled in another controversy, only this time, he could be in a lot of trouble if claims made by the Daily Mirror that he made a racist remark during filming of an episode of Top Gear are proven true.

According to the British newspaper, Clarkson said the "n-word" when he was filiming a segment featuring the Toyota GT 86 and the Subaru BRZ in the third episode of the show’s 19th series. The scene never made it to the final cut, but a video of it has since surfaced and the Mirror claims that Clarkson can be heard saying "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by his toe, when he squeals, let him go, eeny, meeny, miny, moe."

We watched the clip in question repeatedly and while it’s hard to make out the words he said in the middle of the quote, because it was badly mumbled. However, the word did end with "er." Now, depending on what you are thinking of at the time you listen to the piece, you may just hear mumbling, "Tiger," "Tigger" or the "N-word." Clarkson quickly responded to the Mirror’s allegations, posting a tweet on Twitter saying "I did not use the n word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time."

This controversy is just the latest one that Clarkson has found himself wrapped up in. Just recently, he also caused a stir for using the term "slope" while filming the show in Thailand. In case you’re not familiar with the term, its an acronym meant to denigrate people of Asian descent. Clarkson issued an apology after that episode, but this time, he’s standing firm and denouncing the Mirror for claiming he said what a lot of people believe to be the most vile word in the English language.

We’re not accusing Clarkson of saying the word, but the Daily Mirror is equally holding ground on its allegations, even saying that it had hired a firm of audio forensic experts to analyze the clip, when it received confirmation that the word Clarkson said was the "n-word."

Shortly after his tweet came out, Clarkson issued another response (after the jump). In it, Clarkson goes into more detail about the circumstances surrounding that scene and admitted that while he tried to do everything in his power not to use the word, one of the three takes done on that scene made it "sound like" he did use it.

I take mild issue with him saying he "tried to do everything" not to use the word. If you really have to try to not say that word, then there must be some latent desire to use it. Having said that, after seeing the outtake, I just think he mumbled "tiger" and it sounds odd on the low-quality video.

Click past the jump to see the Daily Mirror’s video and article regarding this situation and Clarkson’s response video.

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The Morgan Plus 8 made its return in 2011 and since then, the retro-styled, modern-day sports car has seen its fair share of buyers. But don’t mistake the Plus 8’s looks as just a novelty because there’s a lot of history to it. In fact, Morgan has been building cars for 100 years, and it is paying tribute to that with the launch of the special edition Plus 8 Speedster.

There’s no denying that the Morgan Plus 8 Speedster doesn’t look like any other sports car these days. It’s looks come from a bygone era of stripped-down, road-going race cars and therein lies the appeal, as a lot of people will say.

You can call the Plus 8 Speedster eccentric, but what it really represents is a testament to the timeless nature of the model that can get imbibed with a buyer’s taste and preference, thanks to the comprehensive list of options Morgan is offering for its customers.

Oh, and don’t forget that the Plus 8 Speedster really does live up to its legend. It’s powered by a BMW -sourced, 4.8-liter, V-8 engine that produces 367 horsepower and 370 pound-feet, while mated to either a six-speed manual or a ZF six-speed automatic transmission. That much power translates to a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds to go with an electrionically limited top speed of 148 mph. Those numbers represent a 0.3-second faster 0-to-60-mph time and a 7-mph slower top speed than the base Plus 8 with the same engine output.

The Morgan Plus 8 Speedster is expected to hit production this coming June with the first cars available later this year. It’s a special edition model so understandably, it comes with a special edition price of £69,995, which is about $117,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the Morgan Plus 8.

Mitsubishi hasn’t had a major piece of the European market in years, but the Japanese brand is still churning out models there. It’s recent one, though, just may be what the company needs to get Europeans’ attention. Just for the UK market, Mitsubishi is unveiling the Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR Special Edition in time to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary in the UK.

Even if Mitsubishi has struggled to gain some traction in the business, the one model that has been its gleaming beacon of hope has been the Lancer Evolution X . So its no surprise that when it came time to celebrate something special, Mitsubishi tapped its pride and joy to do so with.

The Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR Special Edition comes with a modest amount of cosmetic changes. Outside, bi-xenon headlights, front fog lamps, new wiper blades, and a set of 18-inch, forged BBS alloy wheels are the only thing you’re getting.

Inside, there’s a few more new additions, none fancier than the Recaro-branded leather bucket seats and the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with an SD card-based music server. That should make it a sweet deal for audiophiles across the pond.

The biggest upgrades, though, come under the hood, which has more than enough to justify why the car has been priced at a pretty steep £50,000, which is about $82,900.

Click past the jump to read more about the engine upgrades on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR.

If you’re not excited about the fact that the Alfa Romeo 4C is coming to the U.S. this summer, than you should check to see if you still have a pulse. I, for one, am seriously giving thought to lumping down a nice fee to get one in my garage, if it’s not too outrageous by time it crosses the pond. Even if I cannot swing the payment, you had bet that I’ll get behind the wheel of one soon after it arrives.

Well, the folks over in the UK already can already get their hands on one and what better test for this track-tuned road car than the Goodwood Hillclimb?

That’s right, the 240-horsepower, 900 kg (1,984-pound) 4C took a lap up the hill with touring car legend Anthony Reid at the helm. After seeing how the new Alfa handled itself with a legend behind the wheel.

Check out the video to see what Reid loved about the 4C and a few things that he wasn’t too fond of.

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.

A lot of you may not be familiar with the name David Brown, but in a few months’ time, you’re going to get really acquainted with the name and maybe even have strong desire to buy what it’s planning to offer.

This coming April, the recently formed David Brown Automotive is set to premier a new sports car , that borrows technology from legendary sports car maker, Jaguar.

The vehicle, which has been tentatively christened "Project Judi", will also boast a classically-inspired exterior design that will perfectly blend with the best and newest in automotive performance, luxury , and technology.

Clearly, David Brown Automotive isn’t mixing words with the high expectations it has set for itself, leading us to believe that it is either preparing a sports car that will catch the industry’s attention, or it’s setting itself up for a massive disappointment.

We’d like to skew towards believing in the former, partly because we always support anybody with an enterprising eye towards making a splash in the auto industry. It’s got some good people in the fold, too, led by former Land Rover designer Alana Mobberley, who will be in charge of building the sports car.

Like everybody else, we’re looking forward to seeing what David Brown Automotive has under its sheets with the hope that it’s going to blow our expectations out of the water.

Update 2/10/2014: DBA has revealed the engine and chassis details on "Ptoject Judi," plus that it will make its debut on April 17, 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the David Brown Automotive "Project Judi"

There’s nothing like special-edition MX-5 s, but in the U.S., we so rarely get a crack at them. Another non-U.S.-bound, special-edition MX-5 is this Sport Venture model — this model will also be available on Mazda5 and Mazda2 .

The Mazda MX-5 Sport Venture starts off with your choice of two all-new colors — Titanium Flash and Chrystal Blue Mica — bright-silver mirrors, bright alloy wheels and exterior badges.

On the inside, this special model gets a high-performance navigation system with a 6.1-inch display screen and Bluetooth connectivity to help set it apart from the rest of the MX-5 lineup. It also includes a stone leather interior with heated sport seats.

Under the hood, the MX-5 Sport Venture is available with a 1.8-liter four-pot with 126 PS (124 horsepower) in its soft-top and hard-top variants, or an optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 160 PS (158 horsepower) in the hard-top model. Sure, that’s not a ton of power, but the MX-5 never has been about raw power.

The price for this special-edition MX-5 starts at £18,995 ($31,170 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mazda MX-5.

For the second time in its run, the Volkswagen Amarok is getting the Canyon special-edition treatment.

This time around, the Amarok Canyon makes its way to the UK market, where it will be sold in very limited quantities.

It’s based on the Amarok’s Trendline trim, which means that the pickup will carry a host of new amenities. After all, you can’t be called a "special edition" without these exclusive digs, can you?

In this particular instance, some of the most noticeable upgrades given to the Amarok Canyon include a choice of three different body colors — Deep Black, Reflex Silver and Copper Orange — as well as an exterior that now has a matte-black roll cover, a load area protective coating and a set of 19-inch Cantera alloy wheels.

Moving inside, the Amarok Canyon’s cabin is a picture of high-class amenities, a surprising move considering that the pickup is more well-suited to get down and grimy. But there it is, a cabin that not only has heated leather seats, but those seats have also been dressed in fine Nappa and Vienna leather. Likewise, the steering wheel also gets the fine-leather treatment with orange stitching, while the rest of the cabin boasts of a 6-inch color touchscreen display, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, and even privacy glass.

The Volkswagen Amarok Canyon takes its power from a 2.0-liter BiTDI engine that produces 180 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Those aren’t staggering numbers by any means, but enough to tow up to 7,054 pounds when the situation calls for it.

Only 350 units of the Amarok Canyon will be made available with 300 units earmarked with automatic transmission and a smaller set of 50 units for the manual transmission models. Expect to see a price tag of £30,720, which is about $51,000 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Volkswagen Amarok

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Until the new, lighter Audi Q7 hits showrooms, the British market gets to enjoy a new special-edition version of the current Q7. The new Q7 S Line Style Edition is built on the S line Plus trim and, despite tons of updates, it only includes a £1,500 ($2,500) price hike.

The new S Line Style Edition is offered with 21-inch wheels in a five-arm rotor design and painted a matte-titanium color. The model is further distinguished by stainless-steel underbody protectors and extended wheel arches, special bumpers with modified lower sections.

Customers can choose between seven exterior colors: Night black, Teak brown, Lava grey, Orca black, Graphite grey, Daytona grey or Scuba blue.

The new Audi Q7 S Line Style Edition is priced from £52,975 (about $88,000 at the current exchange rates) for the 245-horsepower model and up to £62,600 ($104,000) for the 340-horsepower version.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Audi Q7.


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