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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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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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