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2014 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG: Take one luxobarge and add crazy

2014 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG: Take one luxobarge and add crazy

Mercedes-Benz's 2014 S-Class wouldn't be complete without a ridiculously powerful AMG version, and the tech-saturated new luxobarge has delivered on that with the S 63 AMG. Caressing up to 585 HP out of the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine, the new übersedan can get to 62mph in just 4.0s and barrel on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph, while transporting passengers in a leather-clad interior that has more LCD displays than your local Best Buy.

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Bentley Continental GT3 makes 600HP racer out of luxury barge

Bentley Continental GT3 makes 600HP racer out of luxury barge

Bentley has taken the wraps off of its new Continental GT3 racer, aiming to prove that it's not only Jaguar that can bring something beefy and British to the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend. Where Jaguar's achingly appealing Project 7 is a design study, however - albeit one which will do 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds - the Bentley Continental GT3 is headed to the racetrack, aiming to bring its monstrous 600 HP power to FIA Blancpain Series races in 2014.

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BMW M5 Nighthawk cranks M5 up to crazy

BMW M5 Nighthawk cranks M5 up to crazy

BMW's M5 already has a reputation as the company's most extreme sedan, but the Germans have turned up the "ultimate driving experience" settings another notch for the M5 Nighthawk, a super-limited special edition especially for the Japanese market. Squeezing 575 HP out of the M5's 4.4-liter V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine - 15 HP more than the "regular" car - the Nighthawk edition is good for a ridiculous 4.2s 0-62 mph dash (shaving an all-important 0.1s off the standard M5) while looking fit for the Yakuza.

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Jaguar Project 7 crafts one-off single-seater racer from F-Type

Jaguar Project 7 crafts one-off single-seater racer from F-Type

Jaguar's F-Type is arguably enough sports car for most, but that hasn't stopped the British big cat company from crafting a one-off, single seater racer variant, Jaguar Project 7, to take to the track at Goodwood this year. Described as a "project study" led by Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, Project 7 re-clads the F-Type in a new aluminum body with a bespoke carbon-fiber aero-kit, borrowing stylistic hints from the classic D-type, but throwing a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine tuned for 550 PS and 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

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Apple brings on the lux: Yves Saint Laurent, Vertu, and the iWatch

Apple brings on the lux: Yves Saint Laurent, Vertu, and the iWatch

This week the former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve has been suggested - then confirmed - to be working with Apple in the near future. This news comes with an assignment of "special projects" and a position reporting directly to Tim Cook, all of this dismissing the initial rumor that Deneve would be working as Senior Vice President of Retail for Apple.

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James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine goes up for auction

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine goes up for auction

James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine, one of the most memorable cars from the 007 movie franchise, is going up for sale in September. The car, which saved Bond - as played by Roger Moore - from a murderous helicopter gunship in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, will go under the hammer on September 8 at RM Auctions in London; it's actually one of seven different cars created to film the surprise submarine transformation.

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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante pushes the drop-top envelope

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante pushes the drop-top envelope

Aston Martin has taken the wraps - and the roof - off its latest sportscar, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, dubbed the ultimate grand tourer and the first of the British marque's drop-tops to feature a fully carbon-fiber skin. Packing the same AM11 V12 565HP engine as the Vanquish Coupe - good for a hair-messing 4.1s dash from 0-62mph - the Vanquish Volante has a soft roof, unlike some hard roof rivals, which drops in 14 seconds.

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iPhone 5S Sapphire Crystal Displays out: Apple and the Vertu factor

iPhone 5S Sapphire Crystal Displays out: Apple and the Vertu factor

Vertu COO Perry Oosting spoke this week on the company's past with Apple, noting how dealings with Sapphire Crystal Displays fell through. This British luxury phone company, Vertu, has itself created smartphones with just such displays working in a lovely manner - but for mass production, it seems, it just wasn't meant to be. According to this fellow Oosting, Apple's choice of Gorilla Glass 3 for future iPhones was a far more feasible choice.

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Lamborghini Sesto Elemento carbon-fiber monster makes track debut

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento carbon-fiber monster makes track debut

When a company like Lamborghini describes a car as "extreme" then you know it's going to be uncompromising; unsurprisingly, then, the Sesto Elemento takes no prisoners on its first trip to the track. Designed as a limited edition to demonstrate the Italian company's carbon fiber talents, the 999kg Sesto Elemento is capable of a 0-62mph run in 2.5s from its screaming V10 engine. And, as vesuvius TOH's video of the car's first meeting with the track shows, even in comparison to other Lamborghini cars, the racer stands out.

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Pagani Zonda Revolucion: 800HP of utter madness

Pagani Zonda Revolucion: 800HP of utter madness

As monstrously over-the-top supercars go, anything from Italian marque Pagani is going to pretty much count, but seldom do they get quite as extreme as the new Zonda Revolucion. Revealed this week, the carbon fiber beast is probably about as close to an F1 car as most (obscenely rich) people could afford, borrowing liberally from performance motor-racing to deliver on the promise of its €2.2m ($2.9m) price tag.

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