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Mercedes-Maybach resurrects brand for uber-luxe S-Class

Mercedes-Maybach resurrects brand for uber-luxe S-Class

It's the luxury brand that refuses to motor off into the distance, with Mercedes-Benz resurrecting the storied Maybach name for a super-luxe version of its S-Class sedan. Set to launch later this year, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will step up the - hardly pedestrian - car to Bentley-battling levels, kicking off a new sub-brand that the German firm believes will go down particularly well in Asia. Meanwhile, Mercedes is also juggling things to hopefully make understanding which vehicle fits where more straightforward, addressing criticisms by some that the range has simply become unwieldy.

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R gets AWD to go jet baiting

2016 Jaguar F-TYPE R gets AWD to go jet baiting

Jaguar is adding all-wheel drive to its 2016 F-TYPE R Coupé, part of a range-boosting move that will see variations on the popular model double to twelve. Set to debut officially - along with the rest of the new lineup - at the LA Auto Show later this month, the new F-TYPE R will be good for 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, Jaguar says, and then romp on to a top speed electronically-limited to 186 mph. The big news, though, is the extra traction, which Jaguar tested by taking the new coupé to the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa and pointing it at a jet.

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Brikk 24k gold Lux Nikon Df goes on sale for $41,395

Brikk 24k gold Lux Nikon Df goes on sale for $41,395

Brikk, the luxury brand known for offering the iPhone and other smartphones covered in gold and platinum, has announced the release of a special edition Nikon Df camera kit finished in 24 karat pure gold. For an incredible $41,395, buyers will get one of 77 limited edition models, which includes the camera body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, and accessories, all plated in yellow gold.

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Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Behold! Audi’s most powerful production car ever

Audi has taken the wraps off of its most powerful production vehicle ever, the Audi R8 competition, the road-going cousin to the company's award winning R8 LMS ultra race car. Capable of 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 199 MPH, the R8 competition wraps a hefty 570 HP in lashings of lightweight carbon fiber and a host of new aero elements to help keep the limited edition car on the tarmac.

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This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

This is probably as close to inside the McLaren P1 GTR as you’ll get

Owning a McLaren of any sort is something most people don't get to experience, so we'll forgive you for trying to achieve the feeling of sitting inside the bespoke track focused racer by checking out these brand new interior shots and making "vroom-vroom" noises. McLaren revealed the P1 GTR's swooping exterior and crazy 986HP engine back in August, but had kept the driver accommodations secret until today. Perhaps the best part is the distinctive steering wheel, inspired by the McLaren MP4-23 that won the F1 championship in 2008.

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Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus prices up 2015 NX and RC F

Lexus has priced up its new NX baby-SUV for 2015, as well as putting a final tag on its slinky RC F coupe, as it prepares to take on its German rivals and shed what remains of its stuffy, anonymous image. The 2015 NX, which we drove back in July, distills the company's larger RX SUV into something a little more affordable as well as with a smaller footprint, though ramps up the distinctive - and polarizing - styling in the process, particularly on the F SPORT model with its even larger "spindle" grille.

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Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Barely two weeks after outing the Aster, Vertu is here again with another luxury smartphone for the affluent.. This time, however, it isn't doing it alone. Partnering with fellow British company Bentley, the Vertu for Bentley gives luxury car lovers a fitting mobile device to go with their Bentley car, which they presumably have. But aside from sporting trademark Bentley designs in addition to Vertu's own signature, the smartphone at least does have decent hardware that won't leave owners shortchanged for the price.

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Cadillac schemes plans to trample Tesla

Cadillac schemes plans to trample Tesla

Cadillac is planning a strike at Tesla, with a fully-electric luxury car on the roadmap that will see the company challenge the Model S as the GM-owned marque broadens its play for eco-friendly motoring. The all-electric car - the name of which has not been confirmed - will be one of a number of new models that includes the refreshed ELR plug-in hybrid and a luxury sedan now known to be the CT6. However, Cadillac is also considering a number of other models, including new crossovers and an even huger, uber-luxe sedan to take on the best of German rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.

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Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

Tesla’s wicked-fast P85D just drove me autonomously

I confess, I didn't really take Tesla's test driver seriously when he told me I needed to put my head safely against the headrest before he floored the new Model S P85D. Sure, EVs are torquey from a standing start, but 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds isn't unheard of in the sports car world. Then we accelerated down Tesla's LED-lit tunnel, a multi-colored birth canal for the fastest four-door sedan ever made.

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