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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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BMW Zagato Coupé is one-off automotive beauty

BMW Zagato Coupé is one-off automotive beauty

Custom cars seldom come as alluring as this, the BMW Zagato Coupé, a one-off, hand-crafted design study - which still manages to be road legal - in aluminum and glass. Created to mark the renewed partnership between BMW and coachbuilders Zagato, and set to debut officially at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este,

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ColorWare Beats by Dre Studio headphones bring the fancy for $1k

ColorWare Beats by Dre Studio headphones bring the fancy for $1k

Part of the appeal of the Beats by Dre headphones has always been their distinctive white or black color scheme, but ColorWare has a new, even more exclusive finish for those with bulging wallets. $1,000 gets you a pair of limited edition ColorWare Collection Illusion Beats by Dre Studio headphones with one of three iridescent color schemes, almost guaranteed to get you noticed.

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Lamborghini Urus official: 600hp sports SUV

Lamborghini Urus official: 600hp sports SUV

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Urus SUV, a "super luxury" model with room for four and styling evolved from the company's crazed sportscars. "Powerful, but not bulky" and "muscular and highly athletic, but also elegant" in Lamborghini's words, the Urus - codenamed "LB736" - is currently a concept but previews what the company expects to see hit the road in the next few years, bringing with it around 600hp and the sort of performance you'd hope for from the Italian bull.

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Mercedes Concept Style Coupé is all swoops, leather and evil eyes

Mercedes Concept Style Coupé is all swoops, leather and evil eyes

Mercedes-Benz's latest showpiece, the Concept Style Coupé, has been revealed, an "almost production-standard" design exercise likely to preview the next-gen CLS. A four-door with a riot of concave and convex surface detailing, the CSC features "powerdomes" in the bonnet and a diamond-finish grille, while the wheels are the usual concept frippery and the indicator lights manage to look like evil vampire eyes.

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Jaguar F-TYPE melts hearts and moistens loins

Jaguar F-TYPE melts hearts and moistens loins

Jaguar has confirmed it will be launching a production version of the silkily delicious C-X16 concept from late 2011, the Jaguar F-TYPE, set to hit roads and tracks in mid-2013. Shown so far clad in eye-mangling camoflage - as well as roaring round the racetrack, which you can see after the cut - the F-TYPE will launch as a two-seater convertible initially, with new petrol engines and all-aluminum construction.

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That’s not a flying car

That’s not a flying car

Terrafugia's Transition flying car has faced the press at its New York Auto Show debut and inevitably caught the attention of Jetsons-raised geeks, but let's face it: it's not really a flying car. The two-seater is capable of four hours of flight when airborne, having driven at up to 65mph to your nearest airstrip, but you don't have to take more than a cursory glance at the photos to see that this is more a folding plane than a car that flies. That brings with it plenty of headaches, though they're ones which work at Google, among others, could address in the future.

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