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Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

Linn Exakt takes on Sonos and AirPlay

High-end music component company Linn is taking on Sonos along with Apple's AirPlay and other digital streaming systems with its new Exakt speaker technology, offering lossless connectivity. The Exakt system - which Linn rather hyperbolically says evolves speakers into "intelligent, connected, software-upgradeable products" - consists of the Klimax Exakt DSM and Klimax Exakt 350 Speakers, mixing together lossless hook-ups with various digital processing systems including crossover phase correction.

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Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Lexus GS450h F SPORT: The best hybrid Toyota won’t sell you

Toyota's best-selling hybrid car is the Prius; it's best hybrid car period could well be the Lexus GS450h F SPORT. While Toyota hybrids have capitalized on the earth-friendly, fuel-sipping potential of models like the Prius, over in the Lexus stable the addition of electric has been with more driver-friendly enhancement in mind, emphasizing the marque's legendary smooth drive with the lashings of quiet torque the technology can deliver. None represents that green madness better than the GS450h F SPORT, and so unsurprisingly we jumped at the opportunity to test out a car that had been specially shipped over to show us what the US is missing.

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Ferrari 458 Speciale teases record-setting power density

Ferrari 458 Speciale teases record-setting power density

Ferrari has revealed its latest supercar, the 458 Speciale, the Italian company's most aerodynamically-slippery model to-date, not to mention its highest power density road car. Mustering 605 HP from its 4.5-liter V8 engine, the Ferrari 458 Speciale can run the 0-62mph dash in three seconds (getting to 124mph only takes 9.1s) and can manage 1.33G of lateral force when taking corners seriously.

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Cadillac Elmiraj Concept wants to give BMW sleepless nights

Cadillac Elmiraj Concept wants to give BMW sleepless nights

Cadillac has taken the wraps off of the Elmiraj Concept, the company's latest design study, a luxury four-seater grand coupé borrowing design cues from the monstrous Ciel Concept. Over 5.2 meters long, with the sort of menacing styling Darth Vader might approve of, the Elmiraj Concept runs a 4.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 good for around 500HP, pushing its power through the rear wheels in what seems a direct - if only theoretical at present - challenge to BMW's 6-Series tourer, and wrapping the interior in backlit titanium and leather.

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Mercedes-Benz GLA Class crossover SUV takes on BMW X1 in 2014

Mercedes-Benz GLA Class crossover SUV takes on BMW X1 in 2014

Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off of its latest model, the GLA Class compact SUV, aiming to take on BMW's X1 crossover both on the road and in the rough stuff. The first in the German car company's range to be available with Mercedes' new permanent all-wheel 4MATIC drive system, offering fully-variable torque distribution, the GLA will be offered in up to 2.5-liter gas or 2.2-liter diesel engines, while inside there'll be Siri integration for iPhone owners.

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Jaguar XKR-S GT cracks Nurburgring record as ten more cars confirmed

Jaguar XKR-S GT cracks Nurburgring record as ten more cars confirmed

Jaguar's painfully powerful XKR-S GT has returned for another limited production run, with a further ten examples of the road-ready but track-prepared coupe set to go on sale. Following the thirty cars earmarked for North America at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year, Jaguar has revealed plans to bring the 545 HP Nürburgring-chomper to the UK for those with deep wallets and a taste for speed.

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Scientists’ luxury car hack warning faces injunction via Volkswagen

Scientists’ luxury car hack warning faces injunction via Volkswagen

A paper has been published by Flavio Garcia of the University of Birmingham which includes access codes for a number of luxury car brands, this resulting in the Professor being served an injunction from a UK court. The paper is being called dangerous as it would, according to the brands on the other side of this court case, allow criminals to drive away with the cars in question. The paper itself, on the other hand, warns against what Professor Garcia calls "weaknesses in security" which he suggests, in so many words, that criminals are already aware of.

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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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