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In 2006, Land Rover took a risk when it strayed from its off-road roots and released the Range Rover Sport . This was a direct shot at the luxurious and sporty SUVs from Bimmer and Mercedes . The debut Range Rover Sport had two 4.4-liter, V-8 engines available, a naturally aspirated one with 300 horses and 315 pound-feet of torque, and a supercharged one that pumped out 390 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. In 2010, The RR Sport moved onto a 5.0-liter V-8 that produced 375 horses in its base form and 510 ponies with a supercharged V-8. In 2014, the Range Rover Sport underwent a full overhaul that resulted in a new, more aerodynamic body and a 3.0-liter V-6 that put down 340 horsepower replacing the base V-8. As we head toward the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 27, 2014, Land Rover has unveiled the most powerful Range Rover Sport yet, the SVR.

Developed by the company’s newly founded Special Vehicle Operations division, the Range Rover Sport SVR follows into the footsteps of the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 . Stuffed with an uprated version of JLR’s supercharged, 5.0-liter V-8, the SVR is the most powerful Range Rover ever built.

As with all SVO projects, the Range Rover Sport SVR is also unique by design, carrying styling cues and interior features that are not available on the standard model or even the Autobiography trim. The SVR is a truly special vehicle in all departments, but to find out why you’ll have to check out our full review past the jump.

Updated 8/15/2014: Land Rover reveals that the Range Rover Sport SVR will go on sale in October 2014 and that deliveries will begin in early 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.

Famous for dropping more horsepower and torque in nearly every available Volvo model, ranging from the small C30 hatch to the V60 wagon, Polestar just added a new vehicle to its high-performance lineup. This time around, the Swedes got a hold of Volvo’s V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid wagon, turning it into a more powerful, yet still fuel efficient vehicle. Unlike other Polestar-tweaked Volvos, the hybrid wagon comes with minor, barely-noticeable exterior changes. On the flip-side, the powertrain updates are obvious enough to to make the package appealing to those in need of more horsepower and torque.

Polestar’s major achievement with the V60 D6 Plug-In Hybrid is that, although the wagon is slightly more powerful and quicker, mileage and CO2 emissions remain the same. That’s just about any driver’s dream and it says a lot about the company’s vast experience with Volvo engines. As expected, Polestar only touched the vehicle’s diesel engine, leaving the electric motor in its stock form. Read on to find out why the V60 D6 is the most powerful diesel model wearing a Volvo badge.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid by Polestar.

When it comes to track-day toys, there is no shortage of companies vying for your money. Lots of companies like Caterham make Lotus Seven clones, the Ariel Atom provides good looks and brutal performance and the KTM X-Bow puts motorcycle acceleration into a four-wheel package. But what if instead of making an all-new car and then fitting it with a hodge podge collection of parts, you took a car that was already great and just gave it an ultra-light track-toy body?This is the Exocet from Exomotive.

For all intents and purposes it is merely a Mazda Miata that has gone on a 1,000-pound diet. It has the same wheelbase, weight balance and seating position as the world’s favorite roadster, but thanks to a tube frame chassis it weighs less than a pair of large motorcycles. You still keep that same Miata handling and reliability, you just get a lot more speed and grip.

To put it another way, it’s F@#%&*@ epic.

Read on to find out more about the Exomotive Exocet built by Flyin’ Miata

The Jaguar F-Type was launched for the 2013 model as a spiritual successor to the iconic E-Type . Bolted onto a shortened XK platform, the F-Type was initially introduced as a soft-top convertible . The Coupe version arrived a year later and went on sale for the 2014 model year. Both versions are powered by supercharged V-6 and V-8 engines with outputs ranging from 335 horsepower to 542 ponies. As we approach the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we’ve learned that Jaguar will actually produce the F-Type Project 7 that it rolled out as a concept in 2013.

Shortly after releasing the F-Type Roadster, Jaguar created the Project 7 design study. The concept car paid tribute to Ecurie Ecosse racing team that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race twice with the Jaguar D-Type in the 1950s. The concept featured a D-Type -style rollover hoop behind the driver’s seat, as well as the race car’s white-striped livery. It showcased its astonishing looks at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed before going into history as one of the sexiest concept cars of the 21st century.

Coming into 2014, Jaguar commissioned its Special Vehicle Operations division to transform the concept car into a production vehicle. Thus the F-Type Project 7 ditches its auto show queen status and goes to wander the streets and tracks in all of its Le Mans-inspired glory.

Updated 08/15/2014: Jaguar has officially revealed the pricing details for the F-Type Project 7. Each of the 250 models will base at $165,925 including the $925 destination charge.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Jaguar F-Type Project 7.

I have been given the opportunity to drive some incredible cars in some great places. I have taken a rally-prepped Miata to the top of Pikes Peak; I drove a GT-R from Miami to Knoxville in a day for Christmas; and I got to bomb down the Blue Ridge Parkway in a Porsche Cayman S . Still, I have never been given than chance to drive anything nearly as incredible as the F40.

In this latest episode of Inside EVO, we get a look at what it is like to drive a Ferrari F40 through the Alps for a day. What makes this video special is the great commentary. Rather than a traditional video with epic music and long sweeping scenery, Henry Catchpole talks about what the drive was actually like, including the highs and the lows. He talks about the car having a dead battery, bump starting it from a gas station parking lot and more.

Our jobs look glamorous a lot of the time, and it is really nice to get an inside look at what all can go on — and go wrong — when we are trying to get you guys the cool and amazing content that you deserve. I don’t want to spoil his entire story, so why don’t you give that play button a little click and just enjoy the video . I promise you that it is easily worth the seven minutes of your time.

Before it had introduced the 6 Series , built from 1976 to 1989 and then reintroduced in 2003, BMW had the New Six (E9) to fill the coupe gap in its lineup. Launched in 1968, the E9 survived for eight years, in which several versions were created with engines ranging from the twin-carb, 2.5-liter to the fuel-injected 3.2-liter. Stunningly beautiful in standard guise, the E9 spawned a downright aggressive, yet still gorgeous, race car toward the end of its life. Known either as the 3.0 CSL or the 3.5 CSL and often dubbed "Batmobile," this beefed-up monster marked the beginning of a very special era for BMW . One that would cement the automaker’s image as a race car manufacturer.

That’s because the race-prepped E9 went on to win more than 100 races throughout its career, which included several different categories. Making the E9 that more special is that it turned out to be one of the very few Bimmers to score important victories on U.S. soil by defeating Porsche at Sebring, Daytona and Talladega.

The Germans have just restored one of these IMSA-spec cars and snatched the class win at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The vehicle will return at Laguna Seca race track during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion starting August 14th, 2014 and we just couldn’t pass the opportunity of adding the 3.0 CSL to our catalog of reviews.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL.

Though we’ve already learned about the second Hellcat to join Dodge’s lineup, let’s not forget about the original. Shortly before revealing the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat , Dodge shot a video surrounding the Charger SRT Hellcat with a few members of the team that had hands in making this monster. The video dives into the details surrounding the process of coming up with this insane slab of metal and how hard it was to get the fun-killing bean counters to sign off on it.

Given the car was put into motion by the SRT team — one that is more concerned with power and speed than how much money it can make — it wasn’t hard to get the big-wigs to sign off on it. SRT has never been shy about building cars that really make no sense financially, but are a hell of a lot of fun to drive, and I love them for that. The Hellcat lineup, particularly the Charger, is a prime example of tossing caution to the wind and building something insane that could potentially end up as one massive fail (read: SRT Viper)

The jury is still out on whether the Hellcats will be successful or not, but if my drool-covered keyboard is any barometer of its success, chances are customers will be climbing over one another to get their hands on one.

As a reminder, the Challenger Hellcat carries a 6.2-liter, supercharged, HEMI V-8 with an unreal 707 horses and 650 pound-feet off tire-torching torque. This all routes through a standard six-cog manual or an optional TorqueFlight, eight-speed autobox en route to the rear wheels. It rips off 0-to-60 sprints in just 3.5 seconds and crushes the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds with street tires... Yeah, it’s bad-ass...

Check out the above video to learn a little more.

Introduced in 1969, the first-generation Dodge Challenger was more than just an awesome muscle car . Chrysler also fielded modified versions of the two-door coupe in various motorsport events, including the Trans Am Series. Although it failed to win against strong competition from Ford and AMC in 1970, the AAR-built Challenger finished the season ahead of Chevrolet , Plymouth and Pontiac , a fantastic achievement during one of the most disputed Trans Am seasons. In 2014, 44 years since its debut, the Challenger returns to Trans Am with the facelifted, third-generation model.

The Challenger joins the series mid-season, with only five of 11 races to go, as Miller Racing, last year’s champion in the TA2 class, switches manufacturers from Chevrolet Chevrolet to Dodge. The two Sublime Green-painted Challengers — they’re wearing the same livery as the 1970 entry — are driven by Cameron Lawrence and Tommy Kendall. 21-year-old Lawrence leads the TA2 class with a 35-point margin over second place and will retain his points. Kendall, on the other hand, returns to Trans Am, a competition he already won four times, after 10 years.

The all-new, SRT-prepped Challenger makes its Trans Am debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 16th.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Challenger SRT Trans Am.

The Maybach brand may no longer exist, but Daimler is not willing to let it die altogether. Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, the moniker is set to make a comeback on an ultra-luxurious version of the brand-new S-Class. Specifically, the S-Class Pullman won’t be the only special-edition limousine , as an extended-wheelbase version of the S600 — the Maybach — is set to sit below the 250-inch-long Pullman beginning in 2015.

The upcoming S600 Maybach is still somewhat of a mystery, but various reports suggest it will sport a wheelbase that’s nearly eight inches longer than that of the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class. Spotted on public streets earlier in 2014, the S600 Maybach just traded the city’s narrow roads for the Nurburgring track. That’s right folks, this luxurious land yacht has sporty ambitions as well and the Germans are looking to sharpen its senses on the "Green Hell."

Granted, it’s rather awkward for a vehicle that’s longer than any other standard, full-size sedan to tackle the ’Ring at full throttle. And let’s face it, wealthy customers are more interested in the car’s sumptuous interior, massage seats and comfortable ride. However, Mercedes-Benz is known to have one of the most dynamic vehicle lineups on the market, and the S600 Maybach needs to fit in. Especially considering the $400,000 sticker that’s rumored to adorn its windshield.

Naturally, tackling the ’Ring’s tight corners at high speeds is somewhat of a struggle for the S600 Maybach, but the limousine fares quite well given its curb weight and elongated body. It’s a bit early to judge, but it seems Mercedes’ rival to the Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Phantom is impressively sporty.

Source: AutoCar

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In this week’s show we are down one man, as Mark is on vacation, but Justin and I held strong to deliver a great show without him.

For the Weekly Wheels segment we have the might Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X, the super-fast V-8 Miata “Elvis” and the track day special Exocet. It is quite the fun time. When we break into the real news we start with the Hellcat powered Charger and the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. We then move on to video games with a full list of announcements from Forza and the team at Turn 10 Studios. This includes some new cars that have been added to Forza Motorsports 5 as well as a full roster update for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2. We finish out the news with a little talk about the Ferrari F12 at the Nurburgring and the eye-watering price tag of the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

We didn’t have any questions this week, so we just wrapped up the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of very expensive two-doors.

Thanks for watching and listening. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions in the comments below. We hope everyone has a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday.


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