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Alpina reveals Edition 50 models to celebrate 50 years of tuning BMWs in the UK
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BMW and Alpina go together like Jager and Bombs, one compliments the other greatly when combined.

And Alpina recently decided to celebrate its relationship with Munich’s finest, BMW, which turned 50 this year.

To commemorate this anniversary, BMW and Alpina teamed up once again for some limited production Edition 50 models.

The two Edition 50 models start life off as a BMW 5-Series or 6-Series Coupe. They’re then given the full treatment from the Alpina factory to become the B5 Bi-Turbo and B6 Bi-Turbo. The result is a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 massaged to produce 591hp and 590 lb-ft of twist.

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Spotlight: Road&Track gets a peak at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata engine assembly line

Lamborghini was once a small Italian luxury and supercar automaker that churned its cars out from a bunch of wooden shacks. But ever since they upped their game, especially with the help of Volkswagen AG, who acquired the brand in 1998, Lamborghini has since morphed into one seriously tip-top operation.

For instance, just look at Lamborghini’s Sant’Agata engine factory, where Road&Track got a sneak peak at what goes on behind those closed doors.

Head on over to Road&Track to check out the feature.

Source: Road&Track


Honda S660 roadster launches in Japan this week
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In an age when the United States is, at long last and after much pining, receiving some of Europe and Asia’s best performance vehicles – the brand new Focus RS springs immediately to mind – consistently being denied fun Hondas seems like an injustice that will never, ever be set right. As if not getting the bonkers Civic Type R wasn’t punishment enough, this week Japan (and Japan only) will see the launch of the S660, the company’s spiritual successor to the iconic Beat, as well of a long line of tiny roadsters dating all the way back to the S800 of the sixties.

What are we missing? Quite simply, the very injection of enthusiasm that Honda’s US range so desperately needs: a 660cc turbocharged three-cylinder mounted amidships, mated to the buyer’s choice of either a conventional six-speed manual or a seven-speed CVT, in a package that weighs well shy of 2,000 lbs. Output is exactly what you’d expect for a kei car at 63 hp, but rumor has it the company is planning a more powerful version, fitted with a 1-liter mill developing nearly 130 hp. If the S660 is eventually released outside of Japan, this is most likely the version we’d see.

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Report: Bentley to reveal a new hard-edged rear-wheel drive sports coupe next year

AutoCar reports Bentley is going to reveal a new high-performance rear-wheel drive sports coupe next year.

The new sports car is said to be based off of the Continental GT, rather than the new EXP-10 Speed Six Concept from Geneva. That could only mean the Continental GT3-R is most likely going to be the starting point for the news model.

However, unlike the GT3-R, which is all-wheel drive, the new one will be rear-wheel drive only.

Go-power should be provided by a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 with power rated at around 572hp while weighing in just 440lbs lighter than the GT3-R.

Production is expected to be very limited.

Source: Autocar


Meet the most luxurious Range Rover money can buy – The SVAutobiography
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Land Rover’s very excited about their new SVO operations with Jaguar, or Special Vehicle Operations. And this latest Range Rover is proof of that. Meet the most luxurious Range Rover money can now buy: the SVAutobiography.

If that name sounds slightly familiar, it’s because the Range Rover often featured a gussied up version also known as the Autobiography model. Think of this new SVAutobiography model as a successor, but from J-LR’s new SVO team.

With a price starting at $199,495, you’d hope it would be the most luxurious Range Rover ever. And that’s a lot more than the already-expensive, $180,000 Range Rover Autobiography Black version before it.

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Report: Is the Audi RS3 coming stateside?

Audi enthusiasts site, Fourtitude, reports that Audi could be bringing an RS3 sedan to our shores, which sounds like they’re just making the S4 completely pointless from a performance standpoint.

According to the report, Audi of America employees gathered in Maryland for a meeting, where sources were able to provide some hints at to this possibility.

Should this happen, the RS3 sedan would use the European hatch’s 2.5L turbocharged five-banger with around 367hp and 324 lb-ft of twist. Sitting in the transaxle is a seven-speed automatic with quattro all-wheel drive. The estimated result: 0-62 in just 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph or 174 mph.

Source: Fourtitude 


Report: Russia proposes to build world’s longest intercontinental highway between London and NYC

Russian Railways president, Vladimir Yakunin, recently announced his very ambitious plan to build the world’s longest highway, which would connect London to New York City, but not across the Atlantic Ocean.

Yup, you read correctly. The plan involves building a super-highway that’s some 12,400 miles long using existing roads in Europe and Russia. Around 6,200 miles of those roads will pass through Russia’s current network connecting the east and west border.

The plan also includes a 55-mile road built to bridge Russia and Alaska across the harsh Bering Strait.

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Report: More info about the Toyota-BMW potential Supra successor
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CARandDRIVER claims to have received more information regarding the highly-anticipated Toyota-BMW midsize sports car collaboration that has everyone excited about a possible and rumored Supra revival.

The new Supra will appear as a 2018 model and will not only rebirth the famed sports car from the 1980s and 1990s, it’ll also give birth to the next-generation Z4 successor.

C/D also heard the new coupe should gain a turbocharged inline-six sourced from BMW while the rear-wheel drive chassis gets all the tweaking and massaging in Munich.

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Lincoln reveals what could be the best looking modern model ever
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Lincoln has long suffered an image problem ever since the 1980s and from then on, have developed the reputation for being the vehicle of choice for black cabs and limousines all around the world.

But the luxury branch of Ford has been trying to rid themselves of that reputation for quite some time, only barely succeeding. Now however, they just might have found their chance.

Meet what could be the best looking modern Lincoln concept ever: the all-new Continental.

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Report: Aston Martin to adopt turbochargers for its next DB9

Aston Martin’s in the midst of giving their lineup and entirely and much-needed makeover.

And part of these plans include adopting forced-induction technology to help improve fuel economy without sacrificing power. That said, CAR reports Aston Martin should be adopting turbochargers for its next DB9 replacement, which could be called the DB11.

The plan is to stick with the same 6.0L V12 built at Ford’s Cologne plant in Germany, though it’ll be reengineered to feature turbochargers to allow for a power increase from the curren’t version’s 517hp and 458 lb-ft of torque.

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