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It seems Chevrolet has a hit on its hands. The new 2014 Corvette Stingray has posted some rather impressive sales stats during its first year in production. General Motors officially announced the C7’s sales numbers at the 2014 Carlisle event, quoting it had sold 37,288 Corvettes so far this year.

This represents a massive increase in Corvette sales over last year’s sales of roughly 11,392 cars. Granted, 2013 was the last year for the outgoing C6. The C6 hadn’t always had slow sales – in fact, the C6 still holds the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in Corvette sales history at 40,561 and 37,372 respectively for 2007 and 2005. The 1985 Corvette C4 holds second place at 39,729 units moved.

It’s also interesting to note that the majority of Stingrays sold were ordered with the Z51 performance package. According to Corvette Blogger, the Z51 accounts for 56 percent of all C7s sold. The six-speed automatic also won out over the seven-speed manual, accounting for 65 percent of sales. That number may actually increase for 2015 with Corvette adopting a new eight-speed auto unit.

All the details aside, the fact that Corvette is selling well again is great news for the “New GM.” The automaker certainly has a popular product on its hands and sales will only continue to grow as the monstrous Z06 coupe and convertible hit the streets for 2015.

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When you want the greatest combination of pure undiluted luxury and benchmark-setting off-road performance, the only name that comes to mind is Range Rover . Since it was introduced as the more luxurious alternative to the standard Land Rover , the Range Rover has been garnering fans and accolades the world over.

An all-new, fourth-generation Range Rover was released in 2012, but to create a vehicle that is even more spacious and luxurious than any Range Rover before a long-wheelbase version was released for 2014. To handle the extra weight, Every L model also comes standard with the supercharged V-8. More room and more power seems like a great place to start.

It certainly adds more room, but does a stretched version of a Range Rover really make it more luxurious , and does that longer wheelbase negatively affect the off-road abilities of this legendary machine.

Is the stretched model is worth the extra cash required to take one home, or has the longer length and added weight ruined one of the best machines to ever roll out of Britain?

I took a week to put the newest Range Rover through its paces and decide.

Read on to find out more about the 2014 Range Rover Long Wheelbase Supercharged

Naturally aspirated engines seem destined for the endangered species’ list as forced induction makes its way into nearly every mainstream category. The latest example is the new SL400 roadster Mercedes announced today. It’s a direct replacement for the SL350 roadster with the only real change centered around the new 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6.

The new biturbo V-6 might be down on displacement from its 3.5-liter predecessor, but it makes up for it with power — 26 extra horses and 81 extra pound-feet. Mercedes says 0 to 62 mph time will drop 0.7 seconds, doing the deed in 5.2 seconds on its way to its 155-mph governed top speed. While Mercedes does have a nine-speed transmission available for use, the German automaker decided the current seven-speed unit would suffice for the SL400.

The biturbo V-6 was first seen last year in the E400 sedan, though it made less power. Like that engine, the SL400’s mill features some pretty snazzy tech to create tire-turning torque while keeping the EPA (and customers’ wallets) happy. Its direct-injection fuel system features Piezo injectors that squirt fuel up to five times per power stroke for an even burn. The pressure at which they operate is varied based on engine mapping and certain conditions. Lighting the fuel is an ignition system that creates multiple sparks over during the same power stroke of each piston. Just like the fuel, the individual spark events are variable in their timing — all in an effort for the cleanest, most power-producing burn possible.

Mercedes says the SL400 will get 32 mpg while producing minimal tailpipe emissions.

Updated 08/27/14: Mercedes has released pricing details for the SL400. The model also has extra options that you can have installed at a cost.

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Our spy photographers have again caught Porsche testing the upcoming 911 Convertible , though this time things look a little more production-ready. As evidenced by the lack of major camouflaging, this test mule may actually be closer to a pre-production unit. What’s more, it’s painted a grey metallic color rather than Porsche’s always-black early test beds.

The lack of heavy camo and a lighter paint color affords us our best look yet at the new 911 . Reshaped door handles, a more throwback style on the engine cover, and the conformation of air ducts aft of the rear tires are the three biggest fresh updates. These changes join other reshapings we’ve already seen, including a new front bumper with its active air ducts, new parking lights, and new LED taillights.

Since this is likely a few steps away from being production ready, we wouldn’t be surprised to find the new Porsche parked at the LA Auto Show come November. In that case, the new 911 will likely be slotted for release in the 2016 model year.

Also unconfirmed but harder to prove is the theory Porsche will use turbocharging on all its Boxer engines across the board. This would help the German automaker reduce emissions and while still making appropriate power. Also likely is a smaller, six-cylinder, turbo engine for the 911, along with a four-cylinder turbo for the Boxster and Cayman cars coming in the near future.

Lastly, rumors suggest Porsche will codename this 2016 911 the 992 rather than 991.2, as previously thought by some. Rumors are rumors though, so we’ll have to wait for Porsche to make an official move before we know anything solid.

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Although it doesn’t benefit from the same recognition surrounding the Ferrari brand, Renault is a big name in the world of motorsports. The French have been involved in top-tier racing for decades and, more recently, their World Series championships have helped numerous talented youngsters grow into professional racers. For 2015, Renault and its Sport Technologies arm have developed yet another racing division, one that comes with its own, exclusive race car.

Make no mistake though, this new racer is not another beefed-up Megane RS . The French have taken things up a notch with a vehicle that’s faster than the entire bunch of race-ready Megane RS and Clio RS hatches. Making things even more interesting is the fact that Renault’s new race car features a unique design, highlighted by a coupe-like shape with a fixed wing on the rear.

Updated 8/27/2014: Renault has revealed the new Renaultsport R.S. 01

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Aston Martin may have a savior knocking on its door, as Daimler is considering purchasing the flailing British automaker. Though it already owns a five percent stake in Aston Martin, reports suggest a 50/50 probability Daimler may purchase the remaining percentage of Aston Martin.

Aston Martin would be yet another feather in Daimler’s hat, joining Mercedes-Benz , Smart , Maybach , Freightliner , and Thomas Built Buses. The two automakers are currently in a partnership that gives Aston Martin some needed engineering help and technological innovations for its upcoming products. Since that partnership is just a year old, little Daimler influence is seen in Aston’s current vehicle lineup. However, that’s all going to change with both automakers’ next generation of cars.

If the deal goes through, we can expect to see plenty of Mercedes and AMG tech infiltrate Aston’s product portfolio, such as replacements for the aging VH platform, and the outdated V-8 and V-12 engines. It’s unlikely that the two automakers’ design departments will share notes, so we can expect Mercedes and Aston Martin to keep their looks to themselves.

Daimler is also in deliberating on purchasing a controlling share of the Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta . This comes on the heels of Audi buying up the famed motorcycle brand Ducati , which had previously worked with AMG. The new acquisition of MV Agusta would put Daimler back on track to compete more squarely with Audi in that respect.

Neither one of Daimler’s deals are official yet, but things are looking pretty good. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any developing information.

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It’s no secret we’re fans of the Lamborghini Huracán here at TopSpeed. It’s hard not to be with its screaming, 5.2-liter V-10 kicking out 610 horsepower at 8,250 rpm and 413 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. A seven-speed dual clutch transmission does the shifting in split seconds and a permanent all-wheel-drive system puts all that power to the pavement. It only takes the Huracán 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph. Give it 10 seconds and it’s blazing at 125 mph.

So when this video popped up online of the 2015 Huracán going for a top-speed run, we had to pause and watch. Pop some popcorn, folks, this video is good.

The Lambo’s straight-line performance is also on full display here, as evidenced by the beautiful digital gauge cluster. After adding about 4,500 revs to the V-10, the brake is released and the Huracán just shoots forward, hitting 60 mph just past second gear, the engine continues to scream as the speedometer climbs like a millisecond stopwatch. Things get a little concerning when a temperature warning light comes on for the all-wheel-drive system, however. We don’t know how many runs the car had done before this one, so perhaps the driver simply didn’t allow for a proper cool-down period.

Despite the warning light, the driver pushes on to reach a tremendously fast 211 mph, hitting that speed in only 40 seconds. Amazing Besides the nerve racking warning light, the video is a thrilling example of what Lamborghini’s newest supercar is capable of. And if you’re keeping score at home, Lamborghini lists the Huracan’s top speed at greater than 202 mph. We guess Lambo listed it this way to avoid encroaching on the Aventador’s 217-mph top speed.

Audi has announced it will be adopting a 48-volt electrical system in its vehicles starting in the near future. The new high-power electrical system is said to give engineers the ability to make sportier, more efficient, and more convenient cars.

“We are using the full bandwidth of electrification in our drive principles strategy,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenbert, a Member of the Board of Management for Technical Devel Devel opment at Audi. “Running part of the vehicle electrical system at 48 volts plays a central role in this. It enables us to make more energy available.”

We’ve already seen two examples of Audi vehicles with the 48-volt system; the RS5 TDI and A6 TDI concepts. Both cars are fitted with an electrically powered compressor that gives extra boost to the engine, helping eliminate turbo lag. The compressor is a separate system than the engine, so there is no parasitic loss.

Boosting power won’t be the only benefit. Audi says the upgraded electrical system will help boost advancements in dynamic chassis control systems.

The 48-volt system will even work while the main engine is powered off. A small bank of lithium-ion batteries will supply the juice. A DC/DC converter then integrates the standard, 12-volt electrical system. What’s more, the battery pack also works in conjunction with a new efficiency-optimized alternator, basically turning the vehicle into a mild hybrid system.

Audi says the new system can save owners 0.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, or roughly 0.105 gallons over 62 miles.

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This partnership between Azfal Kahn and Ant Anstead just might be on to something. The collaboration between these two industry savants has paved the way for the creation of two new models, one of which is the Ant-Kahn Flying Huntsman. Unlike the Evanta Barchetta , the Flying Huntsman is based on an actual vehicle that Kahn Design knows a great deal about: the Land Rover Defender . But this isn’t just a simple tuning project for the Defender. The Flying Huntsman is being prepared as a completely new model that will have a more aesthetically pleasing identity than the utilitarian looks of the Defender.

The Flying Huntsman will carry a "long-nose" front section, which essentially means that it’s going to be a little longer than the standard Defender, thanks to the extra 400 mm (15.7 inches) of bodywork attached into the nose. That makes the Flying Huntsman look more sophisticated and dare I say, more aesthetically balanced than anything we’ve seen from the Defender.

Under its hood, the Flying Huntsman is powered by a GM -sourced, 6.2-liter, V-8, LS3 engine that produces 550 horsepower — far and away more powerful than anything a standard Defender was capable of.

The Ant-Kahn Flying Huntsman is still in its development stages so there should be more details about this vehicle once the first prototype is completed. The early information, though, has been pretty impressive.

Updated 8/27/2014: Ant-Kahn has released another image of the upcoming Flying Huntsman, this time wearing a more traditional paint job. Check it out above.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ant-Kahn Flying Huntsman.

Bugatti rocked the supercar world in 2005 by releasing the Veyron , its first production vehicle since the EB110, which was discontinued in 1995. Initially powered by a quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine that cranked out 987 horsepower, the Veyron was later updated and gifted with no less than 1,183 ponies and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. The French supercar is mostly know for being the fastest street-legal production car in the world, with a record sitting at 267.856 mph. Its roadster version, the Grand Sport Vitesse , holds the same benchmark for the world’s fastest open-top with a top speed of 254.04 mph. With only 15 units left to be built as of August 2014, Bugatti is sending the Veyron into the history books with yet another unique iteration, this time around created for an unnamed customer in Singapore.

Suggestively named "1 of 1," this bespoke Veyron was crafted using the same recipe that made Bugatti famous. However, there’s twist to the "1 of 1", which comes with more than a custom paintjob and a personalized interior. Not that these features are something to sneeze at, but it goes to show that Bugatti is capable of taking its customization program even further. Read on to find out why.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse "1 of 1"


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