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The ATS-V is one of the more-anticipated Caddys since the completely redesigned CTS made itself seen at the 2013 New York Auto Show. It’s not too hard to predict what this M3/M4 fighter will bring to the party, but there is still a slight debate on what will power it. Essentially everyone agrees that the ATS-V will use the 3.6-liter, twin-boosted V-6 that we all fell in love with in the CTS Vsport, but there is some disagreement on how much power it will have. Some folks claim it sill carry the same 420 horses and 430 pound-feet of twist as the CTS Vsport , but some — myself included — think Caddy will boost its power slightly to better battle the M3 and M4 .

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, we will not have to wait much longer to find out what it’s packing, as the sedan version will debut at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The LA show kicks off for the press on November 19, 2014,meaning we will see it in just a few month’s time.

Unfortunately, only the four-door model will show its face in the City of Angels, as the two-door M4 fighter will wait until 2015 to make its debut.

We’ll bring you all the details on the greasy bits once GM reveals it, so keep it here at TopSpeed.com.

We already know everything there is to know about the second-generation BMW X6 , which was recently launched for the 2015 model year, but its high-performance version, the X6 M, is still somewhat of a mystery. What we do know about it, though, is that the Germans have been testing prototypes since early 2014. Now that yet another test vehicle has surfaced, this time around on the Nurburgring track, we know for a fact that development is well underway.

How do we know we’re looking at the upcoming X6 M? Well, that’s very simple, despite the fact that the SUV is still wearing a serious amount of camouflage. The first hint lies in the front bumper, where a couple of large air intakes can be spotted. Then there’s the rear diffuser, which isn’t available on the standard X6, and the redesigned, more aggressive side skirts. If you still have doubts, then the hostile exhaust note coming with the video above should convince you.

Speaking of which, the X6 M will retain the turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 currently residing under its hood. The unit is now rated at 547 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but it’s unlike for BMW to let those numbers untouched. Expect output to increase to around 560 ponies to keep up with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S .

Alongside an upgraded engine, the second-generation X6 M is also in for a revised aerodynamic body kit, the updated headlamps and taillights of the 2015 X6, and a revised interior with updated technology and new trims. The unveiling is expected to take place by the end of 2014.

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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

Well it is once again Thusday-Eve. That means we need to get ready for the next episode of the TopSpeed Podcast. Show starts at 12:00 p.m. EDT. This week will see the addition of the Range Rover LWB and the Scion FR-S to the Weekly Wheels, as well as a whole pile of news that will likely include Mark’s choice for top-five off-roaders, the potential for a 10-speed transmission in the Ford Mustang and the silly idea that Mercedes-Benz is testing its SUVs at the ‘Ring.

Other things we plan on talking about include the new Volvo XC90 and the potential future of pretty Volvos , the US trademark of the Eau Rouge name and a hollow BMW that someone thinks is worth $20,000. Don’t be surprised if we spend a fair bit of time talking about the upcoming Focus RS as well.

Our viewer Q&A is very full this week as well, so expect lots there. We are going to discuss used luxury cars , the future of the Mazdaspeed3, long term test-car dreams and the release of the new NSX. We will round out the show with an Own, Drive, Burn selection that is a trio of classic hot hatches.

We hope to see everyone there.

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.

Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes-Benz SL 400.

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Convertible

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

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Sport Trophy.

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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Daimler-Aston Martin partnership

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.


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