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Lamborghini apparently had such a tough time selling the three $3.9 million Veneno supercars it built this year that it's building nine more, chopping their tops off and selling them for $5.3 million. The bonkers Veneno Roadster is powered by a 740 hp V12, has a 220 mph top speed and that's with the roof open, because it doesn't come with one, it's always open. You can afford to bring a weatherman along for the ride.

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Koenigsegg one:1

Swedish sports car company Koenigsegg has announced plans for a 1,400 hp coupe that weighs just 1,400 kg. The mathematically named one:1 will feature a carbon fiber chassis and twin-turbocharged V8 capable of propelling it to 250 mph in 20 seconds and on to a theoretical top speed of 280 mph, which would make it the fastest car in the world. Ever. Only six will be produced. Pricing has not been announced, but the Koenigsegg Agera that it is based on starts at approximately $1.5 million. Nevertheless, the company expects the one:1 to be a loss leader.

Test Drive: Koenigsegg CCXR

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Audi Sport quattro Concept

A homage to the past and a possible look at the future, the Audi Sport quattro Concept celebrates the 30th birthday of the automaker's ground-breaking  Sport quattro rally car with a high-tech update. Under it's stubby, but powerful-looking upright form is an all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor that puts out a combined 690 hp, can accelerate the car to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, a top speed of 189 mph and operate in all-electric mode around town.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

The name says it all. With a boost in power to 597 hp, the 458 Speciale's screaming V8 can accelerate it to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds and 124 mph in 9.1 seconds. Movable flaps at the front and rear adjust aerodynamic efficiency on the fly, while a Side Slip Angle Control system helps control the attitude of the 458 Speciale allowing it to achieve a race car like 1.33 g in cornering maneuvers.

Video Test Drive: Ferrari 458

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Ferrari 458 Speciale

A relatively stripped out interior helps trim weight for maximum performance on the track, but don't expect to pay less. Pricing won't be announced until September, but the Speciale is expected to sit atop the 458 lineup and could cost more than $300,000.

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Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept

Built to celebrate the company's 100th birthday, the CC100 Speedster echoes Aston Martin's classic racing cars while offering a peek at its future design. Powered by a 600 hp V12, the carbon fiber two-seater is said to embody the soul of the British automaker through the embrace of its sporting heritage and adventurous spirit and ends up looking very cool in the process. Don't go looking for it at dealers, this car is a one-off made for the Aston archives, but elements of it's design could appear on production cars to come.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

This one's definitely turbo-tastic.

With it's 3.8-liter 560 hp flat-six engine, the latest 911 Turbo S can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds thanks to a 7-speed twin clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive, while four-wheel-steering should help the widebody ride be a terror in the twisties, too.

The $182,050 coupe hits the road later this year, but if that's too rich for your blood a standard 520 hp Turbo can be had for a mere $149,250.

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Lamborghini Aventador LP720-4 50th Anniversary

To celebrate what it calls "100 years of innovation in half the time" Lamborghini has unveiled a special edition of the Aventador with a boost in power to 720 hp, aggressive bodywork that improves downforce without increasing drag, and a Giallo Maggio (Yellow May, in Italian) paint job that references the automaker's most popular color and the month of its founding in 1963. Just 100 will be built. Why not 50? We guess the company likes green, too.

McLaren P1

The cat's out of the bag for the McLaren P1, and its ready to scurry in a hurry. The automaker has confirmed that the $1.15 million hypercar will have a 903 hp hybrid powertrain, comprised of a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 and electric motor, that will be good for a 0-60 mph sprint of less than 3 seconds and a limited top speed of 217.5 mph. If you're hyper rich and you want one, you'd better hurry, too. McLaren says it will only build 375 of them.

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Holden VF Ute SSV

The 2014 Chevrolet SS sports sedan is hot, but how cool is this? The Holden VF Ute is an El Camino-style version of the 415 hp V8-powered SS that's sold in Australia, where these types of vehicles remain popular. Before it went through bankruptcy, GM was planning to sell a version of this pickup "car" in the U.S. as the Pontiac G8 Sport Truck, but nixed the idea when that brand went out of business. Unfortunately, this time around GM President Mark Reuss says "it's a little bit late" to get the Ute in shape for America. But, how about a wagon version of the SS, instead?

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Mopar '13 Dodge Dart

The Dart is getting sharper. Chrysler's Mopar division is building a special edition of the compact upgraded for style and speed. The 1.4-liter tubocharged, six-speed manual model gets a performance exhaust system, lowered and stiffened suspension, unique wheels with low-profile tires and a body kit with rear spoiler and ground effects along with a Mopar Blue stripe on black paint job. Inside, a blue leather driver's seat stands out from the black chairs for passengers, reminding them who's boss.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but the Mopar Dart makes its debut at the Chicago Auto Show of February 7th and just 500 of them will be built. To make it even more collectable, each one comes with a numbered plate and a sketch of the car autographed by Mopar's chief designer.

Test Drive: 2013 Dodge Dart

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Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin's supermodel sedan has had a little work done. Now known as the Rapide S, it has a new, open-wide grille to go with the 550 hp available from the 6.0-liter V12 engine behind it, a bump of 80 horses over the old model.

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Aston Martin Rapide S

The $200G-plus four-door hatchback is now fitted with an active suspension to smooth out the ride and better coddle the passengers in its four bucket seats. New two-tone upholstery helps ratchet up the wow factor when they're not occupied.

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2014 Fiat 500e

It gets 116 mpg, but you'll have to fill it up along the way. Actually, plug it in.

The battery-powered Fiat 500e has a range of 87 miles per charge, and a "fuel" economy rating equivalent to 108 mpg highway, 122 mpg city and 116 mpg combined. No price yet, but it goes on sale in California only this spring.

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

Talk about a hair-raising experience. Bentley's latest drop-top has a 202 mph top speed (but a mere 197 mph top down) courtesy of a 616 hp twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder engine that makes it the fastest four-seat convertible in the world. It also comes in purple, just in case the cops don't hear you coming. As for the price, add three zeros to that top speed and you're still not there. Figure over $215,000.

Test Drive: 2013 Bentley Continental GT V8

2014 Cadillac ELR

Cadillac has unveiled the first image of its upcoming Chevy Volt-based plug-in hybrid ELR. The shaded profile shot shows lines inspired by the Converj concept of 2009, which was a precursor to this production car. Details are still fully under wraps, but the ELR is expected to use an updated version of the Volt's extended-range electric powertrain, likely offering either more performance or range or both. It is scheduled to make its public debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 15th.

Read: Cadillac 'Volt' production set for end of 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

GM's fully redesigned full-size pickups have been unveiled. The Silverado and Sierra sporting new sheetmetal, and an all-new engine lineup that includes a 6.2-liter V8 GM says will be the most capable in class. No surprise, as it's destined to be shared with the the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette.

Click here for a full report on GM's twin trucks

BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept

Lose two doors, gain one number.

When the next BMW 3-Series-based coupe comes out next year it will be called the 4-Series to better differentiate the model. This concept is a close look at what the production car will look like. Longer and lower than the current coupe, it gets more dramatic front end styling than the sedan, LED headlights, front fender vents and bulging rear fenders. It's finished in a special Liquid Metal Silver paint that highlights its flowing lines.

Test Drive: 2012 BMW 328i

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Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force Concept

Making the world safe for SUVs, or maybe the other way around, the Ener-G-Force is concept for an environmentally friendly, but menacing-looking replacement for Mercedes-Benz's ancient G-Class off-roader, which first debuted in 1979. The extreme-off road vehicle sports a tub on top to collect rainwater that's converted into hydrogen for its fuel-cell powered electric drivetrain.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition

Forget about flower power, this bug runs on rock and roll.

VW has teamed up with Fender Musical Instruments on a special edition Beetle that sports a unique black paint job, chrome mirror covers and "disc" wheels plus LED running lights for added showmanship. Prices start at $25,235 for standard models and $29,995 for the Turbo.

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2013 Volkswagen Beetle Fender Edition

Inside, the car gets a sunburst finish dash, just like the one on Fender's classic Stratocaster guitar, plus a 400-watt Fender-brand sound system designed with Panasonic that sports speakers named after some of Fender's famous amplifiers, including Fender Deluxe tweeters, Fender Twin speakers and a Fender Bassman™ subwoofer.

Unfortunately, there's nowhere to plug in a guitar, although VW did make a car like that once, so you'll have to check out Craigslist if you want one.

Hurst Edition Trans Am

Remaking "Smokey and the Bandit" would be a really bad idea, but this we can live with.

Custom car shop Trans Am Depot has teamed up with Hurst to turn the new Chevrolet Camaro into a modern iteration of the famous "Screaming Chicken" Pontiac Trans Am of the 1970's. It features a custom body kit with split grille, hood scoop and T-Tops, along with a fully redressed interior with Hurst shifter, Katzkin leather upholstery and retro gauges. The suspension is lowered and fitted with Eibach springs, while the Camaro's V8 can be upgraded with a choice of twin-turbos or a supercharger.

Buford T. Justice really doesn't stand a chance against this one.

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ICON Dodge D200 Power Wagon Reformer

The latest creation from custom truck builder ICON is something old, something new and all kinds of awesome. Based on a 1965 Dodge D200 pickup truck, it's been modernized with a custom 5.9-liter Cummins diesel engine from Banks Power, Hutchinson lift kit and a free range bison leather upholstered interior. Price? Unpublished, but slightly more than the original...at least.

Read more: ICON working on 'new' 1965 Dodge pickup

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Bolt-performance Nissan GT-R

He is the quickest man in history, and it is one of the world’s quickest cars.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has teamed up with Nissan to create the Bolt-performance GT-R. The all-wheel-drive 542 hp coupe is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds.

The one of a kind gold-painted and trimmed supercar features Bolt’s signature and will be auctioned on eBay to support the Usain Bolt Foundation.

As the automaker’s new “Director of Excitement,” Bolt is also helping to develop a run of limited-edition GT-Rs tweaked to his liking that will be on sale soon. You may never know what it feels like to walk in his shoes, but the seat of his pants is a different story.

Caterham Superlight R600

Sure, it may look 55 years old, but that’s only because it is.

The Caterham Superlight R600 is the British automaker’s latest and fastest take yet on the Lotus Seven sports car of 1957. Weighing less than some motorcycles at just over 1,100 pounds, the low-slung roadster is powered by a 275 hp supercharged Ford four-cylinder engine and can hit 60 mph in a supercar quick 2.88 seconds or less on its way to a top speed of over 150 mph, the tarmac passing by so closely you can file your nails on it.

Alas, designed for a one-make racing series in the U.K., the $72,478 slick-tired two-seater is not yet available in the U.S., so you’ll have to settle for the 263 hp R500…for now.

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

Porsche is already heavily into the family car market with the Cayenne SUV and Panamera sedan, but now its gone all-in with what can only be described as a station wagon -- a very sexy station wagon.

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show the concept is a plug-in hybrid that can travel 18 miles in all-electric mode before a V6 gasoline engine chips in, delivering an overall European fuel economy rating of 67 mpg.

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Peugeot Onyx

This may be the world's first wool supercar.

The Peugeot Onyx concept is an aluminum, carbon fiber, PolyMethyl MethAcrylate and copper sports car powered by a an all-wheel-drive turbodiesel hybrid powertrain. It's interior is trimmed in wool felt and has a dashboard made from recycled newspapers compressed into a hard material. Try not to read the stories as you drive - they are reportedly visible.

If you want to buy one, sorry, Peugeot doesn't sell cars in the United States and its only a concept, set to debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

2013 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet

It won't be here until next summer (hopefully) but the Audi RS 5 Cabriolet should be worth the wait. The all-wheel-drive drop-top is powered by a 4.2-liter V8 that pumps out 450 hp and gets it to a top speed of 174 mph.

Pricing hasn't been announced, but the coupe version of the RS 5 starts at $69,795.

2014 Mazda6

Yea, it's just a midsize car, but look at it! The redesigned Mazda6 features the company's new Kodo design language, which it says captures the "soul of motion," a new lightweight chassis, and a suite of fuel-saving technology that includes a capacitor-based energy regeneration system that turns braking energy into electricity.

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2014 Mazda6

The interior of the Mazda6 features the same driver-focused style of its new CX-5 crossover, but with an even more upscale look and more room than the car that it replaces.

The Mazda6 is set to go on sale in the United States in early 2013.

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Tramontana XTR

What would Luke Skywalker drive? Well if he were from Catalunya instead of Tatooine, probably this.

The XTR is the latest effort from Girona, Spain-based a.d. Tramnonta. The carbon fiber, tandem two-seat super sports car designed to deliver racecar-like performance on the road.

Tramontana XTR

The XTR is powered by a Mercedes-Benz V12 engine that has been tuned to produce 888 hp that should be enough to propel the car well in excess of 220 mph.

The price? A suitably astronomical $514,000.

LS 460 F SPORT

Lexus has unveiled the latest edition of its flagship LS sedan featuring an updated look that incorporates the automaker's new signature "spindle" grill. The redesigned full-size sedan is powered by a 383 hp V8 and available for the first time with an F Sport package that has a stiffer suspension and more aggressive bodywork. A hybrid LS600h version is also available.

 

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The highlight of the all-new interior is a massive 12.3-inch touch screen display that controls Lexus' cloud-connected app-enabled Enform infotainment system.

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When your car already looks like its from the future, you don't have to make too many changes to keep it up to date. Audi has unveiled its lightly redesigned 2013 R8 supercar, which featuring new head and tail lights, grille and additional carbon fiber body panels but retains its eye-catching profile.

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Still available as both a coupe and convertible, the R8 remains powered by a choice of V8 or V10 engines, the most potent one now pumping out 550 hp. The biggest mechanical change to the car is the adoption of a smooth-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission to go along with the 6-manual option.

Test Drive: 2010 Audi R8 5.2

2013 Camaro SS 1LE

The 2013 Chevrolet Camaro will be available with a performance package designed to take it from the drag strip to the road course.

A new liquid cooled transmission with shorter gears and high-capacity fuel pump are designed to survive the rigors of extreme track days, while new shocks, thicker anti-roll bars, strut tower brace and Goodyear Supercar G:2 tires aim to improve handling.

2013 Camaro SS 1LE

A matte-black hood, functional front splitter, rear diffuser and 20-inch black 10-spoke wheels borrowed from the Camaro ZL1 bring visual menace to the package.

Read: Test Drive: 2012 Camaro ZL1

2013 Shelby GT500 Supersnake

Because a 202 mph pony car with 662 hp isn't enough, Shelby American is in the process of turning the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 into a Super Snake.

The new car is set to debut in August, and details on specs are still under wraps, but the renowned speed shop has released photos of the build in progress. The last Super Snake, based on the 550 hp 5.4 liter V8 in the 2012 GT500, put out 800 hp, while the limited edition Shelby 1000 cranks out 950 hp on pump gas from the same engine. The 2013 uses a 5.8-liter motor that should pump out at least enough power to fall between those two.

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Aspid GT-21 Invictus

If Batman ever moves to Barcelona, they've got a car for him.

The Aspid GT-21 Invictus was designed in the Catalan city of Reus, Spain, where it's set to enter production in 2014. The aggressive machine featuring a racing-inspired look, with open wheels and aerodynamic "fences" unlike anything seen on other production cars.

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Aspid GT-21 Invictus

The lightweight 2+2 weighs just 2,200 pounds and is powered by a 450 hp BMW V8 capable of accelerating it to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Pricing has not been announced, but $150,000 probably isn't too far off the mark. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring it to the U.S. yet, so Gotham will have to live without it.

 

 

 

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2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Convertible

Aston Martin has introduced a convertible version of its V12 Vantage coupe. The roadster featuring a 510 hp engine and dressed with functional carbon fiber additions to its body to improve aerodynamics. It has a top speed of 190 mph.

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

The already exquisite interior of the V12 Vantage has been upgraded even further with unique touches including glass switches on its center console, fitting for a car with a $233,000 price tag.

2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spyder

McLaren has dropped the top and increased the power on its recently introduced supercar. The 616 hp MP4-12C Spyder capable of hitting a top speed of 204 mph.

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2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spyder

No softie, the Spyder features a retractable hard top that made from carbon fiber that can be raised or lowered in just 17 seconds and adds just 88 pounds to the lighweight supercar, but bumps the starting price to $265,750.

Test Drive: 2012 McLaren MP4-12C

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2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Ford's extreme off-roader gets tougher for 2013 with optional beadlock wheels. The feature builds on last-year's addition of a torsen limited-slip front differential and grille-mounted camera that enhanced the high-speed desert racer with serious rock crawling chops.

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

A 411 hp 6.2-liter V8 remains standard on both SuperCab and SuperCrew models, which can now be ordered with HID headlamps and the latest version of the MyFord Touch infotainment system. A new camouflage-inspired paint called Terrain has also been added to the Raptor's color palette.

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

Aston Martin has unveiled its next flagship coupe, or as the automaker likes to call it, its new hero: the Vanquish.

Featuring a modern interpretation of the classic Aston Martin style, the new supercar is wrapped in sensuous carbon fiber bodywork highlighted by long side strakes and a tight waist, slim fit design.

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

Its 6.0-liter V12 engine pumps 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque through a carbon fiber tube to a rear-mounted six-speed automatic transaxle. The package is good for a 4.1-second sprint to 60 mph and a top speed of 183 mph.

2013 Aston Martin Vanquish

Well-heeled ustomers can choose from either a 2 or 2+2 seat cabin layout, each dressed in the finest materials and featuring a sleek interior design inspired by the $1 million Aston One-77, all for the bargain price of just $300,000.

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