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Lexus LS 460 F SPORT Review

Lexus LS 460 F SPORT Review

You may not have heard of the Lexus F SPORT brand, but the Japanese luxury car company thinks models like the LS 460 F SPORT will change that. Taking every discrete executive's favorite sleeper-sedan and throwing some LFA-inspired sports magic at it, the LS 460 F SPORT may not give those in Mercedes-Benz's AMG division or their counterparts at BMW's M Sport labs sleepless nights quite yet, but it's still one of the biggest shake-ups to the Lexus brand since it expanded into SUVs. That, lest we forget, was a decision that did Lexus proud, so it would perhaps be a foolish car fan that dismissed this niche curio as nothing more than a gimmick. SlashGear slipped behind the wheel to find out more; read on for the full review.

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Xbox One plated in 24k gold shows up at Harrods

Xbox One plated in 24k gold shows up at Harrods

You can now get a gold-plated Xbox One for the hefty price of USD $9,773.99. If that's too big a number for you, you can always convert it to the British pound sterling currency of £6,000. That's the asking price at Harrods, the British luxury department store that is kind of like Macy's or Nordstrom's except not for low-lifes and ne'er-do-wells. The brick-and-mortar retailer is now selling the absurdly luxurious luxury item at its sole location in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London.

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Metawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designer

Metawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designer

The group known as Metawatch is now working with a man who formerly created designs for formerly Nokia-owned Vertu brand. This brand was notorious for creating massively-expensive devices made for those wishing to be extremely unique in their styling. Now the designer, Frank Nuovo, is bringing his same high-end tendencies to the little-known watch brand.

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Cadillac Elmiraj could spawn huge halo production coupe

Cadillac Elmiraj could spawn huge halo production coupe

Cadillac appears close to green-lighting a production version of the striking Elmiraj concept, the monster touring coupe pitched right at BMW's 6-Series, with GM president Mark Reuss saying it's "the car Cadillac needs." Elmiraj, first previewed back in August and then brought out to a broadly positive reception at a number of car shows, was initially seen as a styling exercise at most, given GM's luxury arm was seen as next building a flagship sedan to best challenge the high-end. However, the greater potential for a hyper-luxe coupe to grab mindshare seems to be giving GM execs second thoughts.

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Porsche Macan compact SUV revealed

Porsche Macan compact SUV revealed

Porsche has revealed its new 2015 Macan, taking on premium compact SUVs like Range Rover's Evoque and hoping to continue the success of its larger Cayenne sibling. Shown off at the LA Auto Show today, the new Macan will be priced from $49,900 for the entry-level car, though Porsche will also offer the Macan Turbo, which brings 911-style performance in the shape of 400 HP and a 4.4s 0-60mph dash.

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Cadillac ELR first-drive – Tesla gets competition

Cadillac ELR first-drive – Tesla gets competition

The Cadillac ELR is an important car for quite a few big reasons. Cadillac itself admits it has been playing catch-up in the luxury sedan market, pitching the ATS and CTS as more virile US alternatives to the typical options from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi, but with the electrified ELR it's finally an opportunity to strike at a niche where the Germans aren't playing yet. Borrowing the torquey electric drive of GM's Volt but leaving behind any sort of hair-shirt eco sacrifice, it's an angular slab of luxury that, thanks to its own onboard generator, promises to be the headache-free EV discerning drivers have been waiting for. Then again, it really should be: with a sticker price just short of $76,000, the ELR is firmly in Tesla territory. We grabbed the keys of one of the very first production ELR off the line to see if Cadillac has a potential winner on its hands.

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2014 Lexus RC coupe revealed

2014 Lexus RC coupe revealed

Lexus has previewed its new RC coupe, bringing the luxury two-door up to date with its aggressive IS-style grille and borrowing plenty from the Lexus IFA sportscar. Set to be officially revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, two versions of the RC have been prepared: the RC 360 with a more traditional 3.5-liter V6 engine, and a RC 300h hybrid with a 2.5-liter engine.

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BMW 2 Series Coupe gets official

BMW 2 Series Coupe gets official

BMW has officially taken the wraps off of its latest sports model, the 2 Series Coupe, promising punchy performance with a compact footprint and the promise of M Series power at the top-end. Differentiated from the existing 1 Series by its sharper cutlines, more aggressive grilles, and pronounced hood bulges, the 2 Series Coupe is also 11cm longer than its sibling, not to mention slightly wider and more aerodynamic. Under that curvaceous hood, meanwhile, will be a choice of five engines (depending on market) including the top-spec M235i Coupe pushing out 326HP and 323 lb-ft of torque from its 3-liter in-line six-cylinder with twin turbochargers.

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BMW 4 Series Convertible drops hardtop for luxury cruising

BMW 4 Series Convertible drops hardtop for luxury cruising

BMW has revealed its 4 Series Convertible, the drop-top version of the 4 Series Coupe launched earlier this year, with a retractable solid roof and an M Sport option. Wider and longer than the 3 Series Convertible, the new model will come with a choice of gas (435i or 428i) or diesel (420d) engines, location depending, for up to 306HP, though a four-wheel drive xDrive version won't be available until spring 2014.

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2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

2014 Cadillac ELR priced up (and pitched right at Tesla)

GM has announced pricing for the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the company's luxury extended-range hybrid coupe, and despite the similarities to the Volt under the bodywork, the eco-Caddy certainly won't be cheap. The two-door will have a sticker price of $75,995 including destination charge when it hits forecourts in January 2014, excluding tax and other fees, but GM points out that tax credits of up to $7,500 could bring that down to $68,495.

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