2015 Mercedes S600 Guard

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The ultimate in Mercedes protection gets a brand new model based on the new S-Class platform. The S600 Guard brings all the luxury and amenities from the V12-powered super sedan into discrete vault on four wheels that looks just like any other S-Class on the road.

The flagship of their guard line, the S600 Guard has their top of the line V12 engine that produces 530 hp, which is more than enough juice to get you out of a sticky situation. Alongside all the accoutrements are the important protective features such as certification for the highest ballistic protection in resistance class VR9, comprehensive explosive protection, underbody protection, emergency fresh air, and much more.

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Hennessey Venom GT F5

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Car builder and Veyron assassin Hennessey Performance is back with the announcement of a brand new hypercar, the Venom GT F5. This time the tuner isn't just aiming at just any set record, it plans on setting the benchmark with an aim to achieve a potential top speed of 290 mph.

Named after the the highest category of tornado power, the F5 will be powered by a 7.0L twin-turbo V8 and may produce more than 1,400 horsepower. It will also feature GPS traction control that can be set to specific race tracks around the world and the manual found in its predecessor will be switched out with a single-clutch paddle shift transmission to save weight. Hennessey hopes to begin production of the F5 in 2016 and 30 examples will be built at a price of $1.2 million dollars.

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ICON Previews the All-Electric Helios

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As much as we love Jonathan Ward's beautifully modified vintage Land Cruisers, his next project should prove to be one of his finest creations yet. Ward is in the early stages of creating an all-electric, Art Deco-inspired masterpiece called the Helios. Continuing their tradition of marrying vintage design with the latest and greatest the industry has to offer, they hope to utilize Tesla's upcoming Model X platform, complete with the 380 miles of range and AWD to be at the core of the Helios design.

Currently Ward is hoping to get some one on one time with Elon Musk to talk about his plans and we're hoping that all gets squared away soon because the world could use a car like this, not just one that makes a Lamborghini Aventador look pedestrian, but one that will hopefully spark a design renaissance in the automotive industry.

Icon (Via Jalopnik)

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McLaren P1 GTR

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Not that the P1 isn't already a racing-grade car, McLaren thought it could use a few more tweaks to make the ultimate P1 track car. At this summer's Concours in Pebble Beach, the company will unveil the concept for the most extreme, track-only version of the P1, the GTR.

What we know so far is that the car will definitely be built and will begin production in 2015 when the final 375th P1 has been built. The GTR will only be available to P1 owners and will feature enhanced aerodynamics, a wider track, slick tires, and a newly-tweaked engine that will max out at 986 horsepower. Buyers of the car will also get to drive on some of the world's most famous race tracks with a McLaren support team and you will even have access to McLaren fitness consultations and McLaren designer, Frank Stephenson.

£1.98m, McLaren

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Aston Martin Previews the Return of Lagonda

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Some of Aston Martin's best customers are going to get a special opportunity as the company is reintroducing the Lagonda nameplate to the Middle East due to specific market demand. The car will be created inside the building built exclusively for the One-77 supercar and will be hand built on Aston Martin's VH architecture.

The new Lagonda super saloon will be incredibly exclusive and sale of the car will be by invitation only. The car will be inspired by the 1976 Lagonda designed by William Towns and will have the latest Aston Martin technologies under the hood and as you would expect, the body will dripping in lightweight carbon fiber.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne

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Sure, the 2015 Cayenne is a refresh, but Porsche isn't treating it as such. They're launching an army of models with sharper duds, more comfort, and a brand new plug-in hybrid, the first in the luxury SUV segment.

On the exterior, the Cayenne gets a revised front and rear end with a new fender and hood, new "airblades" that directs air into the intercoolers, and a refined rear lighting system. The SUV will come in four models: The Cayenne Diesel with its 3.0L turbocharged V6, the Cayenne S with its 3.6L twin-turbo V6, and the Cayenne Turbo that is powered by a 520 hp V8 that can push the car to a top speed of 173 mph. The all-new Cayenne S E-Hybrid will make the most of its electric/gas powertrain with a total of 416 hp and a top speed of 151 mph.

$61,700-$113,600, Porsche

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2016 Smart Fortwo

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Mercedes' quirky little city car gets a next generation upgrade with a whole new design, an even tighter turning radius, and a brand new set of three-cylinder engines to power it.

Developed with their partners over at Renault, the new Smart car will feature three engine options which include a 60 hp option and a 71 hp and 90 hp three-cylinder option. The top of the line 90 hp model will be a turbocharged edition which is also fuel efficient and also features an automatic start/stop system. Each car can be equipped with a five-speed manual or a twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission. No word on which specific models will make it Stateside, but our European friends can expect the Smart Fortwo (and Forfour) models to hit showrooms in November.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

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Aston Martin has unleashed its fastest convertible to date, the V12-powered Vantage S Roadster. The topless supercar follows its hardtop sibling that debuted last year and puts down some impressive numbers you really can't ignore.

Available later this year, the V12 Vantage S Roadster will be powered by their AM28 6.0-litre V12 which produces 565 hp and will help take the car from 0-60 in an incredible 3.9 seconds while on its way to a top speed of 201 mph. Just like the coupe model, the convertible will share in its racing pedigree with CNC machined combustion chambers, hollow camshafts, and Sportshift III transaxle. It will also get a bevy of exterior refinements with carbon fiber bits throughout and optional customization from Q by Aston Martin. Video after the jump.

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Mercedes S65 AMG Coupe

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Mercedes adds a finishing touch to their S-Coupe line, an incredibly powerful V12 that'll be found under the hood of their new S65 AMG.

The range-topping grand tourer will have a 6.0L V12 biturbo that puts out 621 hp, a monstrous 738 lb-ft of torque, and will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and hit an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph. Also exclusive to the S65 are a set of 20" forged wheels, chrome detailing through the exterior of the car, and a heads up display + touchpad standard. The S65 AMG will be available for order this summer and will begin deliveries later this year.

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McLaren 650S GT3

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McLaren's biggest reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed continues their racing heritage into the future with a brand new race car, the 650S GT3. Based on the 650S, the track-ready racer features carbon fiber bodywork that gives the track-ready racer snarling, menacing lines that also aid in the car's aerodynamics.

The body features a 52mm wider track, a new set of wheels and tires, a new nose, tweaked intakes, and a fixed rear wing made from carbon fiber. Inside is a cockpit designed with driver comfort in mind with increased leg and headroom, a new racing seat, and better ventilation. Under the hood is McLaren's remarkably efficient 3.8L twin-turbo V8 which produces 493 horsepower and an upgraded ECU and a new six-speed gearbox. 15 650S GT3s will be built for the 2015 racing season and if you're lucky enough to have a team with the previous model, McLaren will offer an upgrade package to bring it up to the new spec.

£330,000, McLaren

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