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19th April 2014

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Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept heading to Beijing

 Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept heading to Beijing

Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept

Debuts on Sunday

Volkswagen has disclosed plans to show a radical Golf R 400 concept at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show which will kick off this Sunday.

The R’s days as the flagship model in the Golf range could be numbered as Volkswagen has prepared an appealing Golf R-based concept which will provide no less than 400 PS (294 kW) and 450 Nm (383 lb-ft) from a yet unknown engine. This makes it a full 100 PS (73 kW) and 70 Nm (51 lb-ft) more powerful than the Golf VII R which makes use of a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.

While the Golf R needs 4.9 to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) when equipped with the optional six-speed DSG, the Golf R 400 concept will do it in just 3.9 seconds and will allegedly be capable of reaching a maximum speed of 175 mph (282 km/h) compared to the Golf R’s electronically-capped 155 mph (250 km/h) top speed.

Aside from receiving a much more powerful engine, the Golf R 400 concept will also be wearing a matching body kit with beefier wheel arches, muscular bumpers and larger alloys. Based on previous reports, the concept could also feature a lighter roof made from carbon fiber along with a stripped-out cabin and carbon fiber body panels to lower the vehicle’s weight to around 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs), down by 76 kg (167 lbs) compared to the manual-fitted Golf VII R and by 95 kg (209 lbs) compared to the DSG-equipped variant.

We will have full details this weekend once the Golf R 400 concept will be introduced in Beijing.

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19th April 2014

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Beijing-bound Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept likely previews Golf/Jetta CC

 Beijing-bound Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept likely previews Golf/Jetta CC

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe concept design sketch

Shorter than Jetta, wider than Passat

Volkswagen will be showing starting Sunday at 2014 Beijing Motor Show the New Midsize Coupe design study.

Rumors about a Golf/Jetta CC have been swirling around the web for a couple of years and it seems it could actually happen as for this year’s Beijing Motor Show the German marque has prepared a design study of a four-door coupe which hints at a more stylish Golf-based model. They say it’s shorter than the Jetta while being wider than the Passat.

In charge of styling was Volkswagen’s brand design chief Klaus Bischoff who envisioned the concept with a low sloping roof, 20-inch wheels shod in 245/40 tires along with a chromed dual exhaust setup and a short rear overhang.

Other details are scarce at the moment but we do know power comes from a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter TSI engine outputting 220 PS (162 kW) which propels the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.5 seconds before topping out at 152 mph (245 km/h).

Check back this weekend for full details about the concept.

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18th April 2014

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MG Dynamo concept unveiled, has a 70 bhp electric motor

 MG Dynamo concept unveiled, has a 70 bhp electric motor

MG Dynamo concept

Could preview a production model

MG is celebrating their 90th anniversary by introducing the Dynamo concept.

Created at SAIC’s European Design and Technical Center, the Dynamo is an electric vehicle that “encompasses the latest in design and engineering technology.”  The company didn’t go into specifics but said the concept was created to ”fully understand European market demand for a small, electric MG.”

Despite the lack of details, we can see the concept is a three-door hatchback that has a front fascia which echoes the Nissan Leaf. The model also has LED fog lights, a sloping roofline and five-spoke alloy wheels.

Motivation is provided by a small electric motor that produces 70 bhp (52 kW) and 155 Nm (114 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the 1080 kg (2381 lb) concept to accelerate from 0-50 km/h (0-31 mph) in 5.3 seconds and travel approximately 80 km (49.7 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, it can be 80 percent replenished in 30 minutes or fully recharged in six hours.

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18th April 2014

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2015 Subaru Outback unveiled in New York [video]


Goes on sale this summer

Subaru has unveiled the 2015 Outback at the New York Auto Show.

Set to go on sale in the United States this summer, the redesigned model follows in the footsteps of the Legacy and adopts a hexagonal grille that is flanked by sweptback headlights. The model also has an aluminum hood, plastic body cladding, a more rakish windscreen and 8.7 inches (221mm) of ground clearance. Other notable highlights include a roof rack, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels.

The entry-level model isn’t terribly exciting but features power windows / locks, a tilt / telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning and an infotainment system with a 6.2-inch display.

Moving up to the Premium variant rewards buyers with a 10-way power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. The model also has heated front seats and an improved infotainment system with a 7-inch display.

The Limited variant goes a step further as it includes the aforementioned equipment as well as perforated leather seats, heated rear seats and a power passenger seat. There’s also a harman/kardon audio system and woodgrain trim.

Under the hood, two engines will be available. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 175 bhp (130 kW) and 174 lb-ft (235 Nm) of torque, while the 3.6-liter six-cylinder develops 256 bhp (191 kW) and 247 lb-ft (334 Nm) of torque. Both are connected to a Lineartronic continuously variable transmission which sends power to a symmetrical all-wheel drive system. Models equipped with the 2.5-liter engine are slated to return 25 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 28 mpg combined, while the 3.6-liter six-cylinder offers an improved fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city / 27 mpg highway / 22 combined.

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17th April 2014

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Daimler Super V8 LWB owned by Queen Elizabeth II headed to auction

 Daimler Super V8 LWB owned by Queen Elizabeth II headed to auction

Daimler Super V8 LWB owned by Queen Elizabeth II 30.7.2013 

Should sell for 25,000 - 30,000

Queen Elizabeth II’s 2001 Daimler Super V8 LWB limousine is going up for auction on August 31st.

The specially-built model was used by the Queen who drove it around Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Over the course of three years, the Queen managed to put 15,242 miles (24,529 km) on the odometer.

Since the model was built for the monarch, it features a number of special touches including a center armrest with a slide out section that holds a handbag. The car also has blue flashing strobes lights, non-functional communications equipment and a supercharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that develops 375 bhp (280 kW).

The car is being sold by Historics at Brooklands and is expected to fetch £25,000 - £30,000 ($38,275 - $45,935 / €28,815 - €34,580).

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17th April 2014

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Mysterious Lamborghini Gallardo prototype spied in Italy

 Mysterious Lamborghini Gallardo prototype spied in Italy

Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corsa spy photo 30.7.2013 / Supercarteam

Might be a new special edition

We’re eagerly awaiting the Lamborghini Gallardo successor, but the company appears to be preparing another special edition of their aging supercar.

The Supercarteam managed to snap a handful of photos of a mysterious prototype they’re calling the Gallardo Squadra Corsa. Little is known about the model but the website indicates it could be a facelifted version of the Super Trofeo Stradale.

Nothing is official but the camouflage suggests the model will come equipped with a new front bumper and revised side skirts. We can also see a prominent rear wing and a sporty rear diffuser.

Interestingly, the model bears a resemblance to the Gallardo GT3 Squadra Corse which was jointly-developed with Reiter Engineering. This could imply the Squadra Corsa name is a bit of a misnomer but hopefully we’ll find out soon enough.

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16th April 2014

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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 2015

Jaguar F Type R Coupe 2015 Car Pictures

The Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe, the most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever, has made a dramatic debut in Los Angeles at Raleigh Studios.

The Jaguar F-Type R Coupe's aerodynamic bodywork - gloss black front vanes beneath the shark gills and flat side sill extensions - aid its stability at the very high speeds. The window finishes are highlighted in bright anodised aluminium, with the grille surround and side air vents in bright chrome. The front splitter, side power vents, door mirrors casings, bonnet power vents and engine cover are also available in carbon fibre.

20” ‘Gyrodyne’ wheels in silver finish are standard on the F-Type R Coupe, while a dark grey and diamond-turned version is optional.

The R Coupe’s driver-focused cabin clearly conveys the car’s pedigree and sporting prowess, through a combination of taut, technical styling, involving interfaces and premium materials and textures.

The 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe is powered by the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine producing 550PS and 680Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 4.0-seconds and can reach a top speed of 186mph (electronically limited). It features Jaguar’s second-generation Electronic Active Differential to deliver enhanced agility and exploitable handling at the limit.

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16th April 2014

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Nissan Versa Sedan 2015

Nissan Versa Sedan 2015 Car Pics

Nissan unveiled the all-new face lifted 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan. The new Versa Sedan receives new front and rear fascias and interior refinements. The starting price is still pegged at $11,990, same as last year’s price.

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15th April 2014

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Bugatti Veyron Successor


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.

Bugatti Veyron Successor originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 14 April 2014 11:00 EST.

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15th April 2014

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Crossing the Barrett-Jackson Auction Block in Palm Beach


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.

2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Crossing the Barrett-Jackson Auction Block in Palm Beach originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 14 April 2014 11:30 EST.

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