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The BMW i8 has become a sales hit in the UK. Actually, it’s become more than a hit if you consider reports that it’s already sold out and that there’s already a 10-month waiting list to get your hands on the hybrid sports car . British newspaper Telegraph is reporting that the demand for the i8 has become so incredible that customers are even willing to pay "any price" for the display car in BMW’s i showroom on Park Lane in London.

It’s a dramatic turn of fortune for BMW , which initially expressed fears that the i8 wouldn’t command the same amount of attention as it had hoped. It was a gamble to build it in the very beginning, especially when the German automaker made it clear that the i8 would only feature a rather petite, 1.5-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor, combining to produce a total output of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

But even the £95,000 ($135,925 here in the U.S. as of 8/12/2014) price tag of the i8 couldn’t dissuade buyers from putting in deposits for the car as early as 2012, even before BMW announced that production for the hybrid would ensue. BMW Park Lane sales manager even told the Telegraph that the i8 has become the "biggest conquest car I’ve known as a BMW salesman."

Something tells me that BMW enjoyed hearing those words. At least more so now that the decision and subsequent risk it took in producing the i8 is turning out to be a stroke of genius at this point.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

Source: Telegraph

Car collecting has taken on a whole new meaning thanks to one British dentist who amassed the largest private collection in Britain with multiple warehouses stocked full of antique Jaguars , Bentleys , Austins, and Minis . However Dr. James Hull’s collection is now in the care of Jaguar Land Rover after the automaker purchased the entire fleet for an undisclosed amount.

The collection consists of 543 classic cars dating back to the 1930s and is estimated to be worth some £100 million, or roughly $168,346,500 U.S. dollars as of August 7, 2014. Among the collection are cars like Sir Winston Churchill’s Austin, Lord Mountbatten’s Mini Traveller , and even Sir Elton John’s Bentley.

Besides the sheer number of vehicles, the collection’s breath of variety is also intriguing. It ranges from million-dollar Jaguars down to the must humble Morris Minors, a plane-Jane economy car produced from the 1940s through 1970s.

Included are even pristine examples of a super-rare 1950s-era Jaguar XKSS and a D-Type worth more than $6.7 million together. Hull’s vehicles even include classic pedal cars dating back to the 1920s to present day. Perhaps the most special one is a Ferrari example that was hand-built in Maranello, Italy in the 1950s.

It’s unclear what Jaguar Land Rover plans to do with the massive collection, but it’s a sure bet that all 543 cars are in good hands. Perhaps those vehicles not wearing a Jaguar badge will end up at auction, possibly fetching a profit for the British automaker. Be sure to check out the video below the jump.

Click past the jump to learn more about this private collection.

Source: DailyMail

It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.

These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.

The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

The current-generation Honda Civic is enjoying great success in the United States, where it is offered in both sedan and coupe body styles, which are powered by gasoline, natural gas, or even a hybrid powertrain. On the other side of the Atlantic, however, the hatchback version of the Civic, which Honda has yet to bring Stateside, just had its cool factor enhanced by means of a menacing special-edition model.

Dubbed Black Edition and wrapped in a triple black exterior that would make a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner burst with anger, the new addition to Honda’s U.K. lineup is restricted to Great Britain, where it joins similar special-edition versions of the CR-V crossover and the Jazz hatchback (sold as Fit in the United States). Suddenly, it seems like the United Kingdom is a great place to be if you’re a Honda enthusiast.

But before we start feeling sorry for not getting it in the United States, let’s have a closer look and find out what the Civic Black Edition is all about.

Click past the jump to read more about the Honda Civic Black Edition.

There’s always a place for hot sports hatchbacks in the industry these days. The Volkswagen Golf isn’t an exception to that. This model is a certified seller for the German brand in large part because of its unique combination of hot aesthetic styling with its stellar performance capabilities.

But Volkswagen isn’t just keen on keeping the Golf stale. Sometimes, the company takes it a step further, introducing special edition models to keep the Golf fresh and appealing for its loyal fan base.

The launch of the Volkswagen Golf Match is proof of that. It’s been touted as a replacement model for the Golf SE with the added exception of it being more tricked out than the SE at no added cost. That’s incredible for fans of the Golf SE, a lot of whom already attest to the trim’s well-specified status.

Adding new features to the Golf SE is no easy task and yet, Volkswagen successfully did it by adding even more features to the Golf that customers will undoubtedly appreciate. These new features aren’t your run-of-the-mill additions, either. A lot of them, like the front and rear parking sensors, front fog lights, and mirror pack, all serve their own functions. Those mirror packs, in particular, comes with automatically folding door mirrors with puddle lights and reverse-activated dipping on the nearside. Functions, baby!

The Volkswagen Golf Match is already available to order starting at a price of $33,750 for the 1.4-liter TSI all the way up to $41,300 for the 2.0-liter TDI. Deliveries of the models are expected to commence in September.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Golf Match.

Back in 2001, the Lexus IS 300 debuted to give the Japanese automaker a competitor for the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes C-Class. The IS 350 took its place in 2006 with a revised body and a new, 3.5-liter engine. The IS 350 received yet another redesign in 2014, giving it a more modern design to better handle the growing and changing luxury sedan realm. Markets other than the U.S. received a hybrid IS 300h for the 2013 model year (same as the U.S.-Spec 2014 model year) and at the tail end of 2014, the UK earns a new trim for the IS 300h dubbed the Executive Edition.

The Lexus IS 300h is the kind of car that already speaks for itself. It looks good, and it has an impressive and efficient powertrain. But every so often, a highly regarded car like the IS 300h is still subject to more improvements. Not that any of us are complaining because an even better equipped IS 300h means a more attractive model for customers. That’s what happened here after Lexus introduced a new Executive Edition model to the IS 300h range. The changes aren’t significant enough to completely change the model’s aesthetics, but it’s still significant enough to warrant our applause.

With all these add-ons, the IS 300h Executive Edition only costs £33,385, which is about $57,000 based on exchange rates (7/1/2014). That represents an increase of just £3,390 ($5,780), which is affordable enough for some new digs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lexus IS 300h Executive Edition.

Open top road/track cars have become the rage these days. That’s especially true in Great Britain where seemingly a new startup comes to life promising to take the segment to a new level. Elemental is the latest to try its luck and it has come out swinging, unveiling the RP-1 and promising to lay waste to the KTM X-Bow and the Ariel Atom .

It’s an awfully difficult segment to launch new products into, especially when it’s pitted against some very established competitors. But Elemental is undaunted and the British company is relishing the opportunity to prove its worth with the RP-1.

You can’t blame the company for at least being confident. After all, the RP-1 is being promised as an evolution of the road and track car and taking it to a new level with a package that includes a powerful Ford EcoBoost engine wrapped in a lightweight carbon fiber body.

In a perfect world, such proclamations are treated with wide-eyed admiration. But with so many of this kind of cars in the market, Elemental still needs to prove itself before it’s treated with the same reverence as a company like Ariel.

The company has gotten the ball rolling in that regard. Now comes the time where the RP-1 prove its worth.

Updated 06/23/2014: The first images on the Elemental RP-1 were revealed before the car’s official debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Elemental RP-1.

The Gumball 3000 is an exciting thing to be a part of , but when you get hundreds of nice cars together to go on a 3,000-mile road trip, there is bound to be some carnage and general mayhem . Sadly that often means that one of the cool and valuable cars entered in the rally will not be going home in one piece. That story rings true for this modified Shelby Cobra .

The car is said to be good for 800 horsepower, and it looked downright menacing with its matte-black vinyl wrap. At some point during what looks like the UK leg of the trip, the Cobra was involved in an accident that ripped most of the car’s front end clean off. Most of the suspension, wheels and body work are completely missing in the photos gathered by GT Spirit. There is no information on the cause of the crash, but thankfully it appears that all those involved are safe.

The car itself was a 1966 model and as entry number 113, it was the official car from Battery Energy Drink, one of the main sponsors of this year’s rally.

Epic road trips are lots of fun, I love them , but it is important to remember to keep it safe out there. Especially when piloting an 800-horsepower hot rod with no roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby Cobra.

Source: GT Spirit

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.

Source: Twitpic

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