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The brand-new BMW M3 is only one month away from going on sale in the United States, but it appears that the German manufacturer is still working on those final track adjustments. Late last month, no less than three BMW M3s were caught on film while being hooned on the iconic Nurburgring track and the footage has finally surfaced the Internet.

It isn’t clear whether or not BMW is still developing the car’s ability to stay glued to the asphalt, while taking both fast and slow turns, but this three-minute video is bound to keep potential customers on their toes. In fact, it doesn’t matter if the new M3 is on your list or not, this is a spectacle you can’t miss.

As a brief reminder, the 2014 BMW M3 will hit U.S. dealerships with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, inline-six engine under the hood. The sedan (the coupe is now sold as the M4 ) benefits from 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available, a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed automatic.

The vehicle starts from $62,000 and has enough boxes on the options list to take a well-equipped model into $70,000 territory.

We all know that Barrett-Jackson is no stranger to the rarest, meanest and sexiest the automotive world has ever seen, and we know that the auction house is also used to eight- and nine-digit takes at the end of each auction. Well, the 2014 Palm Beach Auction was no different than every other one, as it pulled in a cool $25 million. Sure, that is relatively small by B-J standards, but for Palm Beach, that is a pretty good tally. Surprisingly, there was only one true supercar in the whole lineup this year.

This trumps last year’s $21 million, and makes it the second-largest tally since the massive $32 million B-J did in 2007. In total, there were 509 cars sold, and seven of those cars had their proceeds go to charities. These seven cars netted a total of $2.35 million dollars for their respective charities. All of these totals are well and good, but we are here to talk about the cars that really lit up Barrett-Jackson’s coffers, like the incredible $1,000,000 that the 2015 Corvette Z06 drew in and the nine remaining six-digit totals that make up the top-ten highest sales figures at Palm Beach.

Click past the jump to see the entire list of the top sellers.

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Luxury manufacturer Infiniti has just announced it will be introducing two updates for the 2015 model year at the New York Auto Show this week, including a revised version of the QX80 full-size SUV , which remained unchanged for 2014.

With only a few days left until the big event begins, the manufacturer wasn’t too keen on sharing many details, but did say that the QX80 will gain modifications inside and out. However, you shouldn’t hold your breath for something big, as a brand-new model is probably being designed as we speak.

The more important news is that Infiniti is rolling out a new, ultra-luxurious version of the current QX80 in New York. The range-topping model will be sold as the QX80 Limited and, from what the company is telling us, it will be offered with special exterior and interior appointments.

These will include a "dark-accent trim" on the outside, special leather for the seats and high-grade, soft-touch materials. Additionally, the cabin will be fitted with a unique open-pore wood trim.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on the 2015 Infiniti QX80.

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Nissan is gearing up to be a major player at the 13th Beijing International Auto Show and it’s bringing the New Sedan Concept to showcase its commitment in the world’s biggest and most dynamic auto market. It’s not easy to impress a market as large and diverse as China . That’s why its of importance for a lot of automakers to put their best foot forward in presenting prospective vehicles that will enter the market. First impressions last, and that is no more important than among the Chinese.

That seems to be the approach Nissan is taking with the presentation of the New Sedan Concept. Following in the footsteps of the Friend-ME Concept that debuted last year at Auto Shanghai, the Japanese company wants to make an even bigger impression with the New Sedan Concept, largely because the prototype could very well translate into a production version if reception for the concept is as good as Nissan hopes.

Fortunately, Nissan Design China (NDC), the company’s newest global design center located in Beijing, did the work on the New Sedan Concept so at least it should have the market’s pulse in on it.

Updated 04/14/2014: Nissan unveiled a new teaser video of the future sedan concept that will be unveiled later this month at the Beijing Auto Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Friend-ME Concept.

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Nissan has a lot riding on the success of the Murano . That’s not an easy position to be, seeing as the Murano is considered as the halo vehicle for the company’s range of crossovers and SUVs, but also has such a polarizing look. So it figures that Nissan is using the New York International Auto Show as the event to introduce to the auto world the new 2015 Murano.

Far more than just a debut of the vehicle, the Murano’s attendance in New York will also serve as a showcase for the automaker to introduce its new design language, one that will be used on future production vehicles. Big stakes involved here for Nissan, if people haven’t already noticed.

As far as the 2015 Murano is concerned, the SUV’s new look isn’t the only thing that’s worth paying attention to. Far from it, actually. A spacious premium interior is also being offered, as are a host of new safety and connective technology features.

As we anticipated, this new generation for the Murano moves it away from its unconventional look of today and gives it a more mainstream look.

Updated 04/14/2014: Nissan unveiled the official details on the 2015 Murano - with just a few days before the car’s official debut in New York.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Murano.

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Although Saleen became famous for its aftermarket take on the Ford Mustang , the California-based specialist is more than just a muscle car tuner. Although its current lineup offers beefed up Mustangs, Camaros and Challengers, Saleen is also known for the S7 supercar .

It’s been nearly 10 years since the S7 was axed, but the manufacturer has already announced plans to return on the supercar battleground with a brand-new creation. Intriguingly enough, Saleen is also going electric and is currently busy making the Tesla Model S even more powerful than it already is. If you remember, we actually broke the story of Saleen going electric when our own Justin Cupler interviewed Steve Saleen.

It’s hard to look at Saleen, who has always been about V-8s and gasoline power, as an electric car tuning firm, but times, they are changing, and Steve Saleen wants to roll out the company’s first ever EV later this year. Basically only a few months away from coming to fruition, the Saleen Tesla Model S is still under covers, with only a few renderings available for us to ogle at.

Powetrain updates? We wish we knew more, but something tells us Saleen’s sedan will outgun the range-topping Model S fitted with the P85 performance package. Specifically, expect the Saleen-badged EV to deliver nearly 500 horsepower and quicker 0-to-60 sprints and sport some interesting aerodynamic updates.

We’ll find out more in Summer 2014 when Saleen officially reveals the project.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Tesla Model S by Saleen.


Not to toot our own horn, but we did call this , didn’t we? Mini has officially announced the winner of the "MINI Originals” design contest and like we predicted, that Tron-looking Cooper, dubbed "DeLux" by creator Alex Coyle, was announced as the winner of the competition.

The blacklight-influenced Mini Cooper beat out some worthy challengers, but in the end, none were as popular to the Mini community as Coyle’s design, whose name he explained came from the word "lux," the "root meaning of the word ’light’".

As the winner of the contest, the young sophomore student studying creative advertising and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA will now have the distinction of seeing his creation come to life in the form of a limited run of Coopers carrying the ’DeLux" package.

Anybody interested in it can now place orders on MINIUSA.com and through MINI dealerships across the country. Be warned, though, Mini has indicated that there will only be up to 56 models of Coyle’s DeLux package so if you’re pining for one, better place an order before the units run out.

In the meantime, the DeLux Cooper will be in attendance at the New York Auto Show next week so that’s also a good a time as any to have an up-close look at this very unique Cooper.

Click past the jump to read more about Mini Cooper.

The BMW M5 is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and as you can expect, the German automaker is pulling out all the stops to make the car’s anniversary a memorable one. As arguably the most popular model to come out of BMW’s M division , the M5 has been lauded over the years for expertly combining all the luxury traits of BMW with the kind of spitfire performance that can go toe-to-toe with a lot of other high-powered performance sedans in the business.

The fact that the M5 has been around this long clearly shows just how popular the model has become since it first made its debut in 1984 at the Amsterdam Motor Show. The company actually has a special edition 30th Anniversary Edition M5 lined up just to show how much the model has meant to a whole lot of people over the years.

On top of that, BMW also produced this cool video as another birthday present to the M5 . The tag line "30 years of sheer driving pleasure" pretty much says it all, although if you ask fans of the M5, a lot of them will probably tell you that 30 years isn’t enough to justifiably celebrate what the M5 has meant to them.

And in case you’ve forgotten, the current generation M5 is still a hellacious screamer, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph thanks to its 4.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of twist.

Happy 30 years, BMW M5, and here’s to more years of awesomeness down the road!

Hit the jump for a quick rundown on the M5’s history

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Earlier this year, the first production 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was auctioned off for an impressive $650,000, which were donated to Detroit’s Cornerstone Schools. Today, the first example of the 2015 model year Z/28 will cross the block in Palm Beach, during a Barrett-Jackson sale.

This time, all proceeds will benefit the AARP Foundation and its Drive to End Hunger campaign that raise awareness and funds to address the problem of hunger among Americans age 50 and over.

The winning bidder will take delivery of the very first 2015 Camaro Z/28 and will get to choose from the five exterior colors the muscle car is offered in: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. We anticipate seeing it go for around $165,000 when the final gavel finally falls sometime after 5:30 p.m. EST.

The Camaro Z/28 remains unchanged for 2015, which means it will be powered by the same naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 engine that pumps 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque through a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission.

We are live at the auction, so stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you the selling price and photos from the Palm Beach auction as quickly as our mobile WiFi allows us — hey, it’s better that carrier pigeons...

Updated 4/14/214: The gavel has fallen on the first 2015 Camaro Z/28, and the final price was far higher than we expected: $500,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.

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With less than 50 units still available, the first-generation Bugatti Veyron is quickly nearing its market exit, and the luxury supercar manufacturer is obviously up to something. The Volkswagen -owned company has yet to reveal a timetable for a direct successor or any other details — although Bugatti CEO did say the next Veyron will be more powerful — but the new hypercar might be under development as we speak.

And with a pair of strange-looking, current-generation Veyrons recently spotted on the Nurburgring track, we have every reason to believe that Bugatti is indeed working on something new, be it a brand new iteration or yet another special edition version.

Anyway, our skilled photographers have just sent us a batch of photos depicting two Veyron mules being tested on the German track and a few details that hint toward the fact that we’re not dealing with regular versions of the said supercars . While the white mule, which we’ve already seen on video , carries a strange aluminum setup atop its engine, the black test vehicle features more extensive modification.

According to our spies, the latter sports wider fenders and a wider track, while rolling on a new set of wheels that look like they’re made out of carbon fiber. Also, an extra hole in the rear bumper reveals there’s a new radiator in place to help cool the huge engine hidden under the hood.

Little else is known about the next Veyron at the time of this writing, but more power, less weight and hybrid technology are the main characteristics behind Bugatti’s future multimillion dollar exotic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Successor.


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