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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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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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Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac’s first 2014 ELR pulls off production line (but it’s not for showrooms)

Cadillac's first 2014 ELR hybrids have been snapped leaving the production line, though the "range-extended" car itself still isn't expected to arrive in showrooms until early in the new year. The initial ELR cars - which borrow much of their mechanical and technological magic from the Chevrolet Volt, but wrap it up in a coupe shell with various luxury extras - are destined for further testing, similar to the cold-weather conditions tests GM put the ELR through back in February.

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2014 BMW X5 revealed plus meaty M Performance diesel

2014 BMW X5 revealed plus meaty M Performance diesel

BMW has taken the wraps off of the new BMW X5, the company's third-gen full-sized SUV, complete with a more aggressive exterior, more luxurious interior, and a fresh range of personalization options. Set to arrive on forecourts in Q4 2013, the new X5 will come with a choice of gas or diesel engines (depending on country) and more in-cabin tech than you could feasibly play with, including Facebook and Twitter integration, speech-recognition for dictating emails and text messages, streaming media, and night-vision.

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