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McLaren P1 Here

A car produced by a company with the most historic success this side of Ferrari in Grand Prix competition would aim for nothing less.

McLaren says this will be a range-topping version for its lineup, which includes coupe and spider versions of the MP4-12C. The company will use technology from that supercar—and advance it. Specs are not confirmed, but we expect the P1 will employ an upgraded version of the twin-turbo V8 fortified with KERS. Plus McLaren’s carbon-fiber monocoque will advance lightweight technology even further.

The 2012 Paris motor show, or as it is officially known – Mondail de l’Automobile – will take place Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, 2012. It occurs every two years alternating with the Frankfurt motor show in Germany. The Paris motor show is a spotlight for the latest in design, but automakers will also be showing off their latest concept cars, green cars and supercars.

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Lesula Monkey found in Africa – Look Familiar?

“Who does this remind you of? Respond in comments and I will post if appropriate.”

Researchers have identified a new species of African monkey, locally known as the lesula.

Read and listen to the story at NPR.ORG link:

http://tinyurl.com/9xsue8w

Audi S6 0-60 3.7 Seconds & Snake River Jump?

Nothing truly exhilarating ever really happens in a few seconds — until now. The new 2013 Audi S6 accelerates from 0-60 in a mere 3.7 seconds and was recently ranked “The World’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver over the M5 and E63. Warning: Your adrenalin may rise as fast as the speedometer.

There are a lot of things slower than an S6. Car and Driver recently clocked it running to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and named it the World’s Best Sedan—ahead of the BMW M5 & Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. What are some other things slower than our new Audi S6? Autoweek.com

Follow this link to the Car and Driver story http://www.caranddriver.com/comparisons/2013-audi-s6-vs-2013-bmw-m5-2012-merc…

Audi RS 5 Cabriolet – 2013 Official Pix

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Dynamic performance where the sky’s the limit – Audi introduces the RS 5 Cabriolet. The four-seat convertible with a cloth soft top entices with a unique combination of elegance and power. Its 4.2 FSI, a high-revving naturally aspirated V8 engine, outputs 331 kW (450 hp). It accelerates the high-performance sports car from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds.

Read much more here: http://tinyurl.com/cd5j9vx

BMW X1 Here, Now Configured!

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Willys-Overland Jeepster

All photos from autoweek.com

1960 Willys Four-Wheel-Drive Station Wagon

Kansas – Live in Omaha 1982 remaster [FULL SHOW]

Enjoy this full show by old era Kansas! I’ve digitally enhanced both sound and image (in 16:9) to make this 30 year old gem shine again. In 1981 Kansas was the top grossing live act worldwide and this recording from the following year clearly shows the reasons for that: unsurpassed individual musical skills and impeccably tight playing as a collective. Live the band sounded even better than on their studio albums. I mean, just compare the album version of a song like Crossfire to what you hear here… This is the original line-up minus Steve Walsh, who had left a few months before and had been replaced by John Elefante. Also helping out during the Vinyl Confessions live shows was Warren Ham, formerly of Bloodrock. He would later be asked to join Toto but went on and joined Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope instead to form the band AD. Interestingly enough, after Kansas’ initial demise in 1984 John Elefante was also asked to join Toto as their new lead singer, but he declined as well.

Lexus LF-LC Coupe Coming?

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The wild Lexus LF-LC coupe concept that wowed visitors at the Detroit auto show is on track for development, signaling a new direction for a brand that has fallen from first to third in the U.S. luxury sales rankings.

Toyota is on a mission to make Lexus sportier and more compelling to potential buyers–and it starts with the LF-LC, which was designed at Toyota’s Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif.

Company executives said in January that the flashy 2+2 sports coupe was not planned for production. But several Lexus insiders now say the overwhelming reaction means it almost certainly will come to market.

Lexus dealers recently were sent crystal sculptures with a 3-D laser rendering of the LF-LC etched inside the crystal. Inscribed on the crystal were the words, “2012 GS Challenge … 27,500 Sales.” The underlying message: Hit the sales target for the mid-sized sedan and get the cool coupe.

But the Lexus source said the LF-LC probably would be produced even if dealers don’t hit the GS sales target.

Lexus’ 11-year reign as the best-selling luxury brand in the United States ended last year as it slipped behind BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Lexus continued to trail BMW and Mercedes in the first half of this year.

Audi TTS Competition Special Edition – Lucky 13 (2013)

The Audi TT is neither ugly nor a race car, but that didn’t stop Audi from making a TTS competition special edition, a package of visual tweaks that turn the TT’s sporty looks up a couple of notches.

The competition special edition options package won’t do anything crazy to the car — it doesn’t add any power — but Audi made the car look a bit more aggressive. It accomplished this by adding special bumpers with a unique diffuser design, the fixed rear wing from the TT RS (finished in gloss black), and a smattering of S-line badges. The front grille is black on black, with matte black radiator grille surrounds over a matte black front license plate frame and front fog light grille. Audi buyers can specify their TTS competition special edition painted in samoa orange, glacier white, daytona gray, or misano red. For the competition special edition Audi lowered the TTS’s ride height by about 0.4 inches, and the whole package sits atop black, five-spoke, 19-inch wheels.