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Experiment ZR012 puts some Wankel on your wrist

Experiment ZR012 puts some Wankel on your wrist

We all love a good Wankel, and crazy watchmakers MB&F and URWERK have put the spinning, meshing polygons to excellent use in the limited edition C3H5N3O9 "Nitro" Experiment ZR012 timepiece. Fronted by a unique Wankel-inspired movement that shows hours and minutes on a pair of eccentric rotating Reuleaux polygons, Experiment ZR012 will be released as a limited run of just twelve, hypnotic examples.

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Linn Kiko takes AirPlay up a level

Linn Kiko takes AirPlay up a level

Linn might not be the first name you associate with iPhone and iPad streaming, but the Scottish company is hoping that change all that with its "budget" Kiko media streamer. "Budget" for Linn means £2,500, mind (the company's hand-made kit usually comes in at around $70k) though you do get a fair amount for your money: while the Kiko system will play nicely with Apple's AirPlay, Linn has also custom built its own streaming hardware complete with audio upsampling whether you're listening to music on a phone or tablet, through Spotify or Netflix, or from your games console or Blu-ray player.

 

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2014 Jaguar F-TYPE official from $69,000

2014 Jaguar F-TYPE official from $69,000

We've known it's coming, but Jaguar's new 2014 F-TYPE convertible still wowed at its official debut at the Paris Auto Show, a two-seater slice of achingly handsome design and finessed performance. The road-going evolution of the 2011 C-X16 concept, the new Jaguar will be available in three models - the F-TYPE, F-TYPE S and the F-TYPE V8 S - delivering up to 495PS and a top speed of 186mph, with the 0-60mph dash in as little as 4.2s.

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Audi RS 5 Cabriolet pairs sun with sports performance

Audi RS 5 Cabriolet pairs sun with sports performance

Audi's latest sports droptop, the RS 5 Cabriolet, has been officially revealed, a 450HP sun-lover capable of a 4.9s dash to 60mph while simultaneously getting you connected to the mobile web. The new four-seater convertible packs a V8 FSI direct injection 4.2-liter engine handmade in Audi's Hungarian plant, routed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddles lurking behind the three-spoke, flat-bottomed wheel.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S official for 2013

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S official for 2013

Porsche has taken the wraps off of its latest 911 iteration, the 911 Carrera 4 and 4S, new all-wheel drive performance versions of the iconic sportscar headed to showrooms in early 2013. The new 991-series cars will each be available in coupe or convertible versions, extending the range beyond the current rear-wheel drive models, with up to 400HP and a new 7-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox for those unhappy with the standard 7-speed manual.

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Bentley EXP 9 F SUV goes (very slightly) off-road on way to showrooms

Bentley EXP 9 F SUV goes (very slightly) off-road on way to showrooms

Bentley's EXP 9 F SUV concept has a face only a mother could love, but that hasn't stopped the Crewe company from aiming its massive grille at showrooms. The pumped-up super luxury off-roader has made a new appearance, complete with a video showing its not-inconsiderable heft being thrown around roads - though it's perhaps telling that the majority of the "off roading" consists of the rough stuff at the side of the tarmac.

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McLaren MP4-12C Spider official

McLaren MP4-12C Spider official

McLaren has delivered on its new convertible promise, revealing the teased MP4-12C Spider and set to break some records (and some wallets) when it hits asphalt later in 2012. Built on the same underlying race-car technology as the 12C coupé, including the carbon MonoCell chassis, the 12C Spider introduces a folding hard roof that drops in 17s and can be operated while the car is moving at up to 30kph.

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Aston Martin Vanquish 2012 flagship revealed

Aston Martin Vanquish 2012 flagship revealed

Aston Martin has taken the wraps off of its latest supercar, the Vanquish, resurrecting the name for a new grand tourer with a 6.0-litre V12 engine. The hand-built flagship borrows styling details from the limited-edition One-77, managing to look both beautifully taut and proportioned while also including numerous passive-aerodynamic details for improved performance. It's capable of quite the turn of speed, too, funneling 565 bhp and 620 Nm of torque to the road for a 0-62 mph dash in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.

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