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Lexus LC F would be as potent as Nissan GT-R Nismo and Mercedes-AMG GT

Even before Toyota, or in extension Lexus, makes an official announcement about the arrival of the more hardcore version of the LC performance coupe, certain details are already circulating over the specs of this variant—the Lexus LC F. Just recently, a Japanese Web site has said that the new Lexus LC F is being geared to offer a performance level that would be at par with the Japanese monster Nissan GT-R Nismo and the German powerhouse Mercedes-AMG GT.

In case you missed it, there have been speculations that Lexus could be planning hardcore variant of the LC. But it’s highly possible that it’s already in the midst of developing such a model after it was reported that Toyota Motors Corp. had applied for the trademark of the names “LC F” and “Lexus LC F” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Lexus intended the LC to fully highlight its sporting credentials and its renewed focus on dynamism. Offering an F version that could take on some of the known performance cars would be a natural and logical step. Not only that, other Lexus coupes like the RC also had an F version. Thus, Toyota’s trademark application could serve as a vital clue to Lexus’ plans to offer an LC F.

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New generation Audi A8 sedan rendered as Coupe, Avant, S8 and RS8

After teasing the public for months with photos and videos of its new flagship model, Audi has finally unveiled the fourth generation of the brand’s flagship model -- the 2018 Audi A8 (D5). As introduced, the A8 is a luxury sedan. Nonetheless, it would not hurt to imagine other versions of the A8 sedan, namely as A8 Coupe, A8 Avant, S8 and RS8.

Definitely, it is a struggle to imagine how the new generation of the Audi A8 Sedan would look like when interpreted in other forms. However, thanks to a certain visual designer who goes by the name of X-Tomi Design, fans and enthusiasts don’t need to use their imagination so hard. After all, X-Tomi has made it much easier to visualize how good-looking the A8 would be if created as other vehicle types by rendering the sedan as a coupe, a full-size wagon (Avant) or as high-performance sporty models.

In its coupe form, the Audi A8 – using X-Tomi’s render -- would definitely look spectacular. Interestingly, the A8 Coupe by X-Tomi looks familiar; its styling was similar to the Audi Prologue concept that was unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This was all expected, as after all, the new design language that made its debut on the new Audi A8 sedan was actually born out of the Audi Prologue concept, a design study in the form of a coupe. While a coupe version of the A8 really looks impressive, there have been indications that the Audi Prologue Concept is a preview of the upcoming A9 flagship. Nevertheless, an A8 coupe is also a welcomed proposition, if there would be one.

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Genesis has filed GT Coupe and GV nameplates for upcoming models

Earlier this month, we were getting hints that Hyundai, along with its sister company Genesis, isn’t doing so well in the United States as well as in Europe. So this news may be a surprise for some. It looks like Genesis has plans on expanding its portfolio, and we mean adding many new models including the G70, at least one coupe, and an SUV.

Currently, the Korean luxury car maker carries the G90 and the G80 sedans in its lineup. And according to Motor Authority, Genesis has filed trademarks with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. Some of which are coupes under the names GT60, GT70, GT80 and GT90 - and all these have already been reserved for the company. It seems like they will be using “GT” for their coupes instead.

Back in 2016, the company had a leaked product roadmap that indicates their plan to release six distinct models by year 2020. And as of 2017, it already has three which are the aforementioned G90, G80, and the G70 sedans. This means that there will be three more that we should expect, and these are likely to be two SUVs (a small and a midsize), and a small sports coupe. The other coupes will have to wait until after 2020.

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Is a pre-owned 228i best BMW you can buy these days?

Looking for a fairly new BMW? Well, you can now own a used BMW 228i for 25,000 USD. Though basically considered as a small and modest coupe, the BMW 228i could bring big value for your money. Primarily because it has the perfect size that makes driving more fun. It probably is the best driver’s car around especially with the increasing number of big SUVs on the road.

Tipping the scales at 3,260 pounds, the BMW 228i is not only compact in size but is also relatively lighter. The dimensions are exactly what an everyday driver is looking for in a car because the 228i is neither too long nor too wide. One thing’s for sure, taking this coupe anywhere won’t be a problem since it’s much easier to get through a tight traffic if the car isn’t taking a lot of space to start with.

Most of all, the 2 Series is a relatively new model range, which means, driving one of these won’t definitely ruin your style. It will literally take your driving to a whole new level because it feels more agile than most BMWs. Never mind that it doesn’t come with the M badge like those on the faster BMW models. In fact, the 228i has better suspension than say, a BMW M235 or an M240 because it offers superior comfort and better handling. In most cases, things can get out of hand if the car is too powerful or runs too fast. But certainly not for the 228i since the four cylinder provides sturdy driving force that does not compromise other parts of the vehicle.

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Were you once a fan of those really old Mustangs, the ones from the early 1960s? Because if you were, then Ford has something new that will definitely catch your attention. No, it is not a replica of the old model, but it is a refreshed 2018 Mustang that has been given an optional package they call the Pony Package. Cute name, huh?

Pony Package adds the good old pony back in its chrome corral on the front grille as a throwback from over half a century ago. However, this package can only be applied to the 2.3 liter turbocharged 2018 Mustang, sorry V8 buyers. If you still didn’t know, the naturally aspirated V6 has been discontinued. Before the 2018 EcoBoost model, it was just the 2015MY that had a similar look when Ford offered the anniversary package.

The package is not just about the badge if you are wondering. Ford will be adding a few more upgrades including a set of 19-inch polished alloy wheels and a tri-bar pony logo on the rear decklid. Stripes have been added on the lower side of the car’s profile, and finishing off the new look are the brighter beltline and window trim, which are only available for the coupe.

Read the entire article 2018 Ford Mustang’s new Pony Package is a an awesome throwback to the 60s

The 2018 Maserati GranTurismo has gotten a new upgrade, and we first witnessed it at the New York Stock Exchange on June 27 as the automaker’s CEO Reid Bigland arrived to ring the closing bell. The slight upgrade that was given to the GT is the company’s way of celebrating a full decade on sale.

Looking refreshed, the car definitely came from a weekend of relaxation at the Caribbean, and not from the plastic surgeon. It came out with a new front fascia featuring the hexagonal grille, instead of the oval-shaped one from the standard model. This inspiration came from the Maserati Alfieri concept. Though it does not fit the GranTurismo that well, this benefits the car in that aerodynamic drag will be reduced from 0.33 to 0.32. More conventional ducts have replaced the standard ones, which no longer sweep underneath the splitter. Changes have also been made around the rear of the car, with a new bumper and redesigned exhaust outlets.

The GranTurismo also gets an upgrade inside the cabin technology- and design- wise. Starting with the brand-new touchscreen and 8.4-inch infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Premium speakers from Harman Kardon ensure you get only good quality music. Driving modes are now easier to access as they are now located on the central console near the gearshift. For the seats, customers can choose between a combination of Alcantara and leather upholstery, or Poltrona Frau leather.

Read the entire article 2018 Maserati GranTurismo gains a new look, but has the same engine

Last month at BMW’s Abu Dhabi dealership, the company revealed the M3 in a San Marino Blue exterior finish, which received plenty of compliments. This month, the new M4 gets the same look, but comes with a sportier appeal.

First of all, the BMW M4 (F82) was fitted with the M Performance body kit, making it much more aggressive. Physically, it comes with a carbon fiber rear wing, carbon fiber front spoiler, mirror covers, and boot lid spoiler. A set of dual tone silver and blue wheels comes with the body kit. Meanwhile, the interior also gets some carbon fiber on the gear selector, handbrake level, the console and the dash. To match its sporty exterior, the M4’s cabin was given an upgrade with the orange leather interior.

As for the exhaust system, the M4 was equipped with a custom Armytrix exhaust. In fact, you can hear it roar online. It definitely sounds more powerful than the factory model vehicle.

Read the entire article 2017 BMW M4 (F82) looks even better with San Marino Blue finish

Jon Olsson, a Swedish professional skier, has owned a couple of quite impressive cars including an 800 horsepower Lamborghini Huracan, a 950 hp Audi RS6 Avant, a Rebellion R2K, and Murcielago SuperVeloce Winter Edition. Not just impressive, but powerful ones indeed. This time, Olsson adds his dream car to this lineup - a Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Olsson purchased the Wraith, which he named “George” six months ago. It was then shipped all the way to The Netherlands where Absolute Motors took over to tweak the machine. Initially, the Rolls-Royce coupe was supposed to be given a “crazy off road look” with a set of “cool winter wheels” to match the owner’s needs and personality. However, he ended up going for a simpler customization due to the lack of time, which included a lowered suspension, extra LED lights all over, and a camo body just like his previous cars.

Apart from the customizations mentioned above, it comes with massive wheels perfect for tough winter days - a set of 24 inch Forgiato wheels. To make it more of a utilitarian vehicle, a bespoke roof rack has been added so Olsson can easily transport a carbon fiber jet-powered surfboard, weighing only at just 18 kilograms (40 pounds). A luggage set that matches his collection even came with the customized Wraith. All the windows had been given a dark black tint as well.

Read the entire article Have you ever seen a Rolls-Royce Wraith do burnouts?

Swedish professional skier Jon Olsson has always been known for his love of thrill as well as for his penchant for high-powered exotic rides. His latest ride? A modified powered-up Rolls-Royce Wraith with a jet surfboard.

Olsson’s rides, aside from boasting of mouth-watering power outputs, have always sported unique liveries distinct to his personal tastes. From his 800-hp Lamborghini Huracan and 950-hp Audi RS6 Avant to his Rebellion R2K and Murcielago SuperVeloce Winter Edition, Olsson’s has never failed to impress not only his fans, but also other people in the world and that includes us.

Now, Olsson is making waves with “George” – the moniker he has given to his new Rolls-Royce Wraith. According to Olsson, it has always been his life dream to own a real Rolls-Royce. So, six months ago, he shopped for a new Rolls-Royce and thought the Wraith would be suitable for personality. But as far as we know Olsson, he loves to customize. What he does is not just your typical customization, but he always tries to build something different. This can be seen on his other rides, none of which look like a typical model.

Read the entire article Skier Jon Olsson’s new ride is this unique 810 hp Rolls-Royce Wraith

We may remember the BMW Z3 M Coupe from 1998, but if you never got your hands on one, it will probably just stay as a memory for you - a memory you hope would come to life again. The coupe came in a powerful 3.2 liter engine, technology that was pretty advanced for its time, and a quirky design - a classic indeed. The sad part is that the Bavarian company only built 6,000 examples of the M Coupe and it was discontinued in 2002.

It truly is an icon, being in the market for only four years, the M Coupe got a number of recognitions from different people and companies from Automobile Magazine’s “Design of the Year” award, Car and Driver’s “Ten Best”, to Richard Hammond’s list of “Icons” on Top Gear - quite impressive for a car that was only around for a few years, and up until today, people remember it. So now, imagine if the M Coupe was never discontinued. How would a present-day M Coupe look, and what features will it give?

If you have asked yourself the same question before, then you are not alone. This Finnish artist, Esa Mustonen created a rendering of a modern interpretation of the iconic Z3 M Coupe, and all I can say is that is looks pretty impressive. His take on the classic coupe combines both the classic shape that we recognize from the past, as well as current BMW cues - pretty much the best of both worlds. Mustonen’s goal was to combine modern design while injecting elements from the i performance range, focusing more on the lines of the i8 and i3.

Read the entire article Modern BMW Z3 M Coupe looking classier than ever

Mercedes-Benz will release more premium edition variants of its latest models that are closely based on the same concept of the SLC RedArt and SL design Edition. The car in question is the new GLE Coupe OrangeArt Edition which offers a model-specific upgrade.

In a bid to attract more consumers, the German marque will be offering its pseudo SUV-coupe with the premium edition treatment. The new variant is offered in a couple of black shades as well as in white, gray or silver hues. But what is eye-catching is that the Coupe can be aesthetically known for its orange accents of the rim flange and front apron.

Various eye-catchers in Orange lend the coupe a sporty look, and with its striking contrast, they give the vehicle a stylish vibe. The OrangeArt Edition Coupe also flaunts 21-inch alloy wheels directly from AMG's portfolio and will be offered as standard with a black LED ring meant for the headlights. The exterior's upgrades are only up to here, sorry to burst your bubble.

Read the entire article Mercedes-Benz goes zesty with its GLE Coupe OrangeArt Edition

Honda recently announced that the 2017 Civic Type R will be the first ever Civic Type R to make its way to U.S. shores, and it will be auctioned at "Bring a Trailer" site to a lucky guy for a good cause. Well, this time Honda may have a challenger that will also make its US debut soon. The vehicle in question is the 2018 Subaru BRZ tS, the US-spec version of which was officially revealed on June 8.

If you are an avid follower of Subaru Technica International, also commonly known as STI, you’ve probably been following news about this awe-inspiring model. The new WRX STI Type RA, as well as the U.S.-spec variant of the Subaru BRZ tS, finally had their wraps off.

The most recent teaser image of the tS revealed lightweight STI wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Tires, Brembo brakes and an upgraded aero package that comes with the hashtag #BRZts. The 2015 BRZ tS edition that was Japan-only unit model and only limited to 300 units, was released without the wing, but it was built with Bilstein suspension all around, an STI engine V Bar, carbon fiber look dash pane, Recaro bucket seats and Alcantara trimmings found throughout the cabin.

Read the entire article Track-Ready 2018 Subaru BRZ tS is unveiled

Here it comes, the much-awaited exclusive limited-run special-edition model of the new BMW M4. Filling the gap between the M4 Coupe with Competition Package and the track-focused BMW M4 GTS, the new 2018 BMW M4 CS is the latest of its successful M special editions.

This limited edition M4 model is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine, which thanks to the M TwinPower Turbo technology, could deliver 338 kW (460 hp) of max output at 6,250 rpm and 600 Nm (442 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available between 4,000 rpm and 5,380 rpm. Compared to the BMW M4 with Competition Package, the new M4 CS delivers more power with its additional 10 hp of output and 50 Nm (37 lb.-ft.) of torque.

With this level of power on hand, the new 2018 BMW M4 CS could dash from zero to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, on the way to reaching an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph). Power is sent to the wheels from the engine -- as standard -- through a seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M DCT) with Drivelogic.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M4 CS shows up in Lime Rock Grey Metallic color

The guys at BMW Abu Dhabi are notoriously famous for being unconventional in all sorts of things. These guys have this quirky way of customizing a car ---whether with the choice of color they apply, the aftermarket upgrade they use, or actually nearly every aspect of the vehicle that touches their hands.

Speaking of which, BMW Abu Dhabi recently unveiled an M-Performance-equipped BMW M2 at their showroom. Other than the carbon fiber aero kit, the BMW M stripe-wearing M2 gets an Akrapovic exhaust system with Akrapovic downpipes for better sound. As it goes, everything else here will get a taste of the wild carbon fiber treatment--- starting with the trunk lid spoiler, the skirt winglets, the front spoiler, and even the rear diffuser up to the M2’s side mirror casings.

To further highlight the M Performance package, the BMW M2 wears the hardcore M Graphics with black M wheels. This complements not only the kidney grille’s gloss finish but also the black accents along the exterior.

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Behold, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail! The Sweptail is probably the biggest two-seater car that has ever been built. It may look odd at first glance, and you may not be fond of its design, especially the front end of the car, but it’s true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This specific model was exclusively built for a “Rolls-Royce connoisseur” so it you aren’t one, then this car won’t probably be attractive to you.

We don’t know the identity of the person who made this car possible, but without a doubt he is powerful enough to have Rolls-Royce build him a single car with his own design in mind, and that he has at least nine zeros in his bank account. Though the company did not reveal who the individual was, we know that it is a guy because that’s what they said in the press release. He was described as a “connoisseur and collector of distinctive, one-off items including super-yachts and private aircraft”.

The buyer went up to the company and asked them to build a car that was inspired by the 1920s and 1930s Rolls-Royce, which explains the extravagant shape reminding us of a vintage Rolls-Royce Boat Tail speedster. The individual had worked with the company for years on the design of the car, turning the ride into a two-seater with a wood mid-shelf replacing the back seats that feature an illuminated glass lip. There is also a polished wood hat shelf with luggage rails covered by a teardrop-shaped glass roof, giving a bright and airy cockpit. On the front and rear ends, are polished “08” badges. We don’t know yet for sure what they signify.

Read the entire article Rolls-Royce reveals one-off Sweptail, claimed to be the most expensive new car ever

BMW just keeps on getting bigger and bigger, in terms of their lineup I mean. Just after unveiling the 8 Series Concept, they are now teasing us with an M8 variant. As of now, the closest we have to the M8 variant are just camouflaged photos and a video since BMW won’t give out any information just yet.

The camouflaged variant looks similar to the 8 series in terms of design, but it comes with the signature trimming we have expected on the M’s go-fast models. Though we know that this isn’t at all close to the final production version, note that it has enlarged air intakes in the fascia, enlarged wheels with low profile tires, brake calipers finished in blue, and at the rear end are quad exhausts.

BMW M Division president, Frank van Meel, said that the upcoming BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and feature enhanced track ability and “generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility”. He added that it flows into a driving experience that has the highly recognizable BMW M hallmarks” and that meets the most challenging demands of its customers.

Read the entire article BMW confirms that an M8 and M8 GTE are on their way

If this design study leads to the eventual and much-awaited BMW 8 Series grand tourer, then we wouldn’t complain. After all, it looks so promising. It isn’t the final version yet, but the BMW Concept 8 Series that will be unfurled at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy officially and formally signals the emphatic return of the BMW 8 Series Coupe after around two decades of being left in the dust.

BMW confirms that the Concept 8 Series provides a good glimpse into a new BMW 8 Series Coupe that will be introduced to the auto market in 2018 as part of the carmaker’s biggest model offensive in its history. The BMW Group was tagged the new BMW 8 Series as the centerpiece of its “NUMBER ONE > NEXT” strategy that aims to dramatically increase both sales and revenues in the auto industry’s luxury sector.

Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, described the BMW 8 Series Coupe as a model that will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment while boosting the company’s claim to leadership in the luxury class.

Read the entire article BMW reveals Concept 8 Series at 2017 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

BMW is slated to reveal the much awaited BMW 8 Series Concept this coming weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. Not to be left out of this exciting event, Peisert Design renders its own version of the 8 Series Coupe right before its debut.

In the previous week, BMW officially released a lone teaser image showing only the silhouette of the concept. There isn’t much known about it, but the clues are enough to inspire Peisert to create its own rendition of the luxurious sports coupe.

Taking its cues from the spy shots and BMW’s official teaser photo, Peisert Design re-imagined the coupe with a long hood design, a sporty windshield with sloping roofline that extends seamlessly to the rear spoiler. The rendering also features this very distinct fenders with vents at the front while the large alloy wheels make the side profile more unique.

Read the entire article Peisert Design rendered the BMW 8-Series ahead of premiere

There is no doubt that the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 can perform. And not only can it perform, it can definitely impress a lot of car enthusiasts. But if you think the ZL1 can do a better job, you are indeed right about that. Chevrolet just announced the 1LE option package for the said model, to ensure that the muscle machine efficiently uses every bit of its 650 horsepower down to the road.

You can get the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE along with the track-focused equipment for a total of $69,995, which already includes the $995 destination fee, as soon as this summer. The 1LE option package has a price of $7,500.

The Camaro ZL1 that comes with the optional 1LE package is currently the range topper in the lineup. If you choose to get the said package, your Camaro will be given performance parts such as Multimatic’s Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve dampers - this will allow the driver adjust the ride height at the front. There is also a three-way adjustable rear stabilizer bar.

Read the entire article Range topping 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE starts at $69,995

BMW 2 Series gets a serious facelift, giving it more spunk. The Bavarian company just refreshed the not-so-new model with a limited M240i M Performance Edition. And though the differences between this model and the current model are very subtle compared to the 2 Series update, there’s nothing wrong with adding a few extra features in the special edition package. In fact, updates are almost always a good thing, right?

The company suggests that this M Performance Edition is meant to “express the athletic appeal of the sport coupe even more”. And a sportier car definitely means a faster one right? So let us start off with the upgraded 3.0-liter inline six engine that can yield up to 340 horsepower that is paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox - adding only an extra five horsepower over the standard 335 horsepower.

If they choose to get the xDrive all-wheel drive system, they won’t have a choice but get the automatic. Though the company promises that whichever one you get, the 2 Series will get you to 60 miles per hour in a little over four seconds.

Read the entire article Limited-edition BMW M240i M Performance Edition is looking great
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