Ian Callum's Jaguar Mark II

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What happens when Jaguar designer Ian Callum gets his hands on a Mark II? You get one stunning restoration and a Jaguar that by far is cooler than the current lineup it inspires. Callum called upon Classic Motor Cars Limited, a vintage Jaguar specialist who helped the designer create one of the finest examples of the Mark II out there.

18 months in development, the car swaps out the original engine for a modified 4.3L XK engine that's mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. It also gets an independent rear suspension and upgraded set of front brakes. The car is also 30mm lower and is equipped with 17" split rim wheels. Inside, the car gets a number of modern appointments including a Clarion entertainment system with studio-grade cabling and an interior swathed in red leather.

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Toyota Land Cruiser Model 70 Re-Release

Toyota is about to release one of the most exciting cars to the market and no, we're not talking about the FT-1 Concept. Before you get too excited, this one will be exclusive to our friends in Japan. Yes, they are getting a commemorative re-release of the Land Cruise Model 70 in both "Van" and Pick-up form.

Originally launched in 1984, the special edition Model 70 will be making its way back to Toyota showrooms for its 30th anniversary and will only be on sale for a year. Both styles will be powered by a 4.0L V6 and will have part-time 4WD and a 5-speed manual transmission. While most of the design stays true to the original, the anniversary model receives a few modern tweaks including a revised grille, a new instrument panel, and modern headlights with integrated turn indicators.

¥3,500,000-¥3,600,000, Toyota

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2015 Volvo XC90

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Volvo's got some big plans for the brand and to get things going they've unveiled the brand new XC90, the first of many launches that will jump start a whole new design and direction for the respected Swedish automaker. The new design language is confident yet perfectly Swedish in its minimalism.

Inside is a sleek new interior that truly shines while their competition continues to add more buttons and excess whereas Volvo takes the less is more approach and delivers one of the most elegant cockpits in its class. Under the hood is a 2.0L turborcharged engine in the entry-level AWD model while the flagship gets a 400-hp plug-in hybrid. When it comes to features the new XC90 will have the latest and greatest safety technologies, powerful Bowers & Wilkins sound systems, and a tablet-based center console where all the in-car controls are available with just tap of the finger.

From $48,900, Volvo

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Saleen Foursixteen

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Known for their hoppped-up muscle cars, Saleen brings its tuning expertise to a whole new category: electric cars. Revealed this weekend at Concours d'Elegance, Saleen's Foursixteen is based on the all-electric Tesla Model S giving potential consumers an interesting alternative to BMW's M or Mercedes AMG line.

Saleen's handiwork is evident throughout the whole vehicle, from the new front fascia to the carbon fiber diffuser at the rear and performance modifications that include a 3-phase, four pole AC induction motor and copper rotor, a 11.39:1 final gear ratio for enhanced acceleration, and an upgraded cooling system. you also get a track-grade suspension system and a redesigned interior.

$152,000, Saleen

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McLaren P1 GTR

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Now this, this is bedroom poster material. McLaren has just unveiled the P1 GTR, their most extreme interpretation of what the ultimate McLaren should be. The car is the first time McLaren has used the GTR designation since the 1995 when the McLaren F1 GTR won the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Available only to McLaren P1 owners, the GTR will begin production once the 375th and final P1 is built which is expected to happen in 2015. The engine will put out 986 horsepower and features an F1-derived rear wing and rear mirrors that have been moved to the A pillar to help reduce drag and get it closer to the driver's eye line. The monster pipes in the back are made of titanium and the car sits at a fixed ride height on a race-prepped suspension with Pirelli PZERO racing tires and alloy wheels. McLaren's Special Operations team will maintain the vehicles and customers will be able to take part in worldwide driving events on some of racing's most famous courses.

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Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo

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This is the Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, say that ten times fast. This hopped up, track-ready monster is based on the recently unveiled Huracán and will be a GT3-spec car that will be quickly creeping up into the rearview mirrors of its rivals very very soon.

The supercar's V10 will get a little bit of a tweak bringing in a total of 611 hp and a lighter overall bodyweight with a generous use of aluminum and carbon fiber. It will also ditch the all-wheel-drive setup for a rear wheel drive system and will make its public debut this weekend at the Quail Lodge in Carmel this Saturday.

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BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition

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BMW's hybrid-powered tribute to the M1 is getting a very special edition for the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach with an i8 wrapped in their stunning Frozen Grey Metallic paint scheme. The car will also get a special leather interior and will be signed by the BMW executive team.

The car will hit the block on Saturday at the Gooding & Co auction and if you're not familiar with the specs of the i8, the hybrid supercar is powered by an AWD powertrain that features a 1.5-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder gasoline powering the rear and an electric motor powering the front. This system lets the i8 drive up to 75 mph for 20 miles on electric power and once the gas motor kicks in you'll get 0-60 times of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

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Renovo Coupe

Look out Tesla, Northern California has a new electric car company and today they've made quite the entrance with a bombshell of an electric vehicle. Meet the retromodern Renovo Coupe.

Renovo is calling their coupe the quickest all-electric supercar on the planet and with 500 hp and a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds, it's definitely got some pick up. Built in Silicon Valley, the limited production vehicle will pack a massive 1000 lb-ft of torque from its electric motor which is a Twin Sequential Axial Flux that is powered by three separate lithium ion batteries that can be quick charged in just 30 minutes or 5 hours for a "level 2" charge. Renovo hopes to start delivering vehicles next year in 2015.

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Toyota FT-1 Graphite

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The car that grabbed everyone's attention the first time around is updated with a new graphite colorway and a luxurious interior update inspired by superhero fabrics, but all we want to know is when the hell are they going to build it.

The new version of the FT-1 refines the idea of the concept with a larger focus on luxury with its natural leather interior that takes its inspiration from high-end leather bags forgoing the usual stitched edges with painted ones. Like the red FT-1 concept the graphite car will make its way to Gran Turismo 6 on the Playstation and Toyota's CALTY design team also created an ultra high-performance version called the "Vision GT" which you can view in video form after the jump.

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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It's safe to say Detroit Muscle is officially back. Coming off the recent unveiling of the Challenger Hellcat, Dodge adds four doors to the mix with a new top-of-the-line Charger, the SRT Hellcat.

The Charger has received an extensive array of tweaks including updated body panels that have each been refined and re-sculpted, TorqueFlite heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission, 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, forged aluminum wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires, and an interior with a 7-inch digital gauge, 8.4 inch touchscreen, and UConnect Access. At the center of it all is the 6.2L HEMI V8 that produces 707 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque, and an incredible top speed of 204 mph.

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