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It’s hard to fill a pair of shoes owned by the Ferrari 250, arguably the most iconic Ferrari in history. The Ferrari 275 was given that task, and for the most part, it had the kind of success as a road car and a race car that the 250 would be proud of. Produced from 1964 to 1968, the 275 GTB was the first iteration to be released. It was also the first Ferrari to feature a four wheel independent suspension and a five-speed transaxle that helped the car improve its weight distribution.

Italian design house Pininfarina is largely credited as the design driving force behind the Ferrari 275, even though rival Scaglietti is credited as the hands behind the construction of the legendary grand tourer. The 275 also benefited from a 3.3-liter V-12 engine that produced between 280 to 300 horsepower. While the engine went through numerous updates during its time, the 275 pretty much relied on this one block during its life.

The 275 also had different iterations, including the aforementioned 275 GTB, as well as the GTB/C, the GTS, and later on, the Scaglietti-penned GTB/4 that became the first Ferrari to be offered without wire wheels. The GTB/4 was also different because its 3.3-liter V-12 engine came with a four-cam engine instead of the two-cam configuration of its producers, hence the “4” identifier on the car’s name.

Separately, a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder was also produced, albeit in vastly limited quantities and exclusively to American dealer Luigi Chinetti. Only 10 units of the 275 GTB/4 NART were built and its limited number made this particular model one of the most valuable Ferraris in history.

In fact, a 275 GTB/4 NART (chassis #10709) was sold for $27.5 million at the RM Auctions in Monterey on August 2013, making it one of the most expensive production cars ever sold.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari 275 Gran Turismo Berlinetta Competizione Scaglietti.

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German carmaker Audi joined the ever-growing SUV market in late 2005, when it unveiled the Q7 full-size crossover SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Audi launched the SUV in North America for the 2007 model year and since then it has received numerous updates and a host of gasoline and diesel powertrains, ranging from 3.0-liter V-6s to massive 6.0-liter V-12s. As we venture into the 2015 model year, years since the first-generation Q7 debuted, the Germans are introducing a redesigned version of the SUV.

Boasting brand-new styling, a revamped cabin and updated powertrains, the 2016 Q7 also marks the debut of the nameplate’s first ever plug-in hybrid version. It took Audi about nine years to turn the concept it showcased in 2005 into a production model, but it seems the Germans finally did it. The Q7 e-tron is that much more important as it’s the first plug-in hybrid from Audi with a diesel engine. What’s more, it’s also the world’s first diesel hybrid in the premium SUV segment. Read on for the full details on Germany’s new luxury hauler.

Updated 12/18/2014: Audi unveiled the first promo video for the new-generation Q7 SUV. Enjoy!

Updated 12/26/2014: Audi unveiled a new video in which it highlights the 3D sound systems inside the all-new Q7. The system includes one, or optionally two Audi tablets with 10.1 inch screens and is connected to the MMI navigation plus via WiFi. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi Q7.

Although many U.S. automakers went bankrupt during the Great Depression, some of them managed to survive and even flourish prior to and after World War II. One such manufacturer was Nash, who survived the Great Depression thanks to its "Give the customer more than he has paid for" slogan, along with a host of innovations that included a straight-eight engine with overhead valves, twin spark plugs, synchromesh transmissions, and automatic centralized chassis lubrication.

Nash also began streamlining the design of its vehicles in the 1940s, but its product line peaked in 1949 with the introduction of the redesigned Ambassador model. Featuring the company’s all-new Ayrflyte body style, the Ambassador became one of the first vehicles to boast enclosed front wheel, as well as fully reclining front seats that turned the car’s interior into a full-size bed. In 1950, the Ambassador also became the first non-General Motors vehicle to be equipped with GM’s Hydramatic automatic transmission.

Motivation was provided by a 3.8-liter, inline-six engine rated at 115 horsepower in its most powerful trim. Although the Ambassador lacked the V-8 present in most GM cars of the time, it was rather powerful given its size and weight, becoming one of the first automobiles to join NASCAR stock car racing.

Even though it was an innovative car, the Nash Ambassador didn’t become as popular as the Cadillac Coupe de Ville of the era, probably because it lacked the brand cache of its competitors and a V-8 powerplant. We might not remember it as we should, but car enthusiast and collector Jay Leno has one of these classic rigs sitting in his famous garage. And as always, Mr. Leno is more than happy to talk about it and take it out for a spin for yet another history lesson. Check it out in the video above.

The Yaris is Toyota’s smallest and cheapest offering here in the United States, and it has long been a favorite of urbanites and college kids. With strong opposition coming from the Nissan Versa, the Chevy Sonic and an updated Ford Fiesta, Toyota decided that for 2015 the tiny hatchback would be getting a full visual refresh inside and out and to keep it interesting and desirable for buyers until the new car arrives in a few years.

Toyota wrapped the whole front in a new and interesting fascia that is closer to the family lineup, added more sound dampening materials to decrease NVH, and equipped every car with a new Entune stereo system. Our very own Mark spent a few days earlier in the year at the official press launch and came away impressed, but now it’s time for the real test. I have the new 2015 Yaris sitting in my driveway away from the glitz, glamour and watchful PR eyes of the press event. I have a full week on my local roads to give the new car a thorough test.

Are the upgrades enough to keep the car interesting in an increasingly competitive market? Read on to find out.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2015 Toyota Yaris

It’s been only a few months since the first 2015 Lamborghini Huracans were shipped to their owners and the Gallardo’s successor has already made its first appearance on the drag strip. If you were anxious to find out what this entry-level supercar is capable of on the quarter-mile, I have the perfect video for you.

The Huracan you’re about to see above is bone stock and pitted against two vehicles that are less powerful on paper. The first one is a 997-generation 911 Turbo that had its engine tweaked to generate 600 horsepower, while the second one an Audi TT RS with 530 horsepower at its disposal. For reference, the stock Huracan’s 5.2-liter V-10 cranks out 610 ponies and 413 pound-feet of torque for a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 202 mph.

It’s all good for the Huracan on paper, but is it enough against a pair of highly modified cars specifically designed for the drag strip? I’m not going to spoil the video, so you’re going it to have to watch it to find out. Be prepared for an unexpected outcome though.

Posted on by Alex Oagana  

As many of you know, the smart car brand was started after two different ideas from two very different entities had a baby. One of those entities was none other than Mercedes-Benz, who figured that since a Europe-wide study in the late 1980s found most people travel alone while in the city, there were a lot of people occupying extra real estate just to do their daily errands. The Germans’ solution was to create a hobbit of a car that can carry two persons and their luggage and be extremely nimble in a crowded city.

The other entity was none other than Swiss watch maker Swatch, who had an idea of a highly customizable city car that would be closer to a trendy fashion statement — kind of like their watches at the time. After first going for a collaboration with Volkswagen, where then newly elected CEO Ferdinand Piëch dismissed the idea because the brand was planing the Lupo, Swatch finally got into an agreement with Daimler Benz to create the smart brand from scratch.

Long story short, in the years that passed since the brand was thought out and its first product reached the market, Daimler bought Swatch’s shares and the company became a fully-owned subsidiary of Mercedes Mercedes -Benz. Some of the ideas from Swatch, such as changeable plastic body panels and a colorful interior, were kept over time, but the real fully customizable smart fortwo only arrived with the second generation of the model.

It was 2009 when Brabus, smart’s official tuning house, implemented the so-called "tailor made" program, leaving fortwo owners of the time to choose between myriads of exterior and interior color combinations and materials. In other words, customers could spec their car like it was a four-wheeled suit from Savile Row. With the third-generation fortwo now reaching European dealerships, Brabus Brabus is preparing a new "Tailor Made" program for its customers, with two concepts of what can be achieved having been presented at the 2014 edition of the Paris Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Smart ForTwo Brabus Tailor Made.

If you’ve been following us throughout December, then you’re already familiar with our Car Lover Christmas Gift Ideas that range from automotive apps and car-centric video games to scale model cars and rally school courses. We also scoured the automakers’ online stores for our favorite car-related Christmas items, including a pocket friendly Mercedes 300SL- shaped computer mouse and the incredibly expensive Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone. With Christmas nearly upon us, time has come to present you with our own TopSpeed Christmas wish list, which includes what our editors would like to find under the Christmas tree; or in some cases in the garage.

Before you say anything, the TopSpeed Wishlist isn’t just a list of the latest supercars. Sure, some of us have a better shot at becoming a Formula One driver than receiving what’s listed below, but compiling it was a lot of fun. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. Naturally, this wishlist isn’t complete without you, our readers, and your very own wishes for the Holidays, so make sure you add to our list using the comments box below. And don’t be shy about sharing your craziest wishes, most of ours aren’t exactly achievable to begin with. Genies and magic lamps don’t count though.

When it comes to classic American crime drama TV series, Miami Vice is arguably the most iconic show of the 1980s. The series drew heavily upon 1980s new wave of culture and music and it is recognized as one of the most influential television shows of all time. To gearheads, Miami Vice is particularly important for the large number of notable cars used on the set. Throughout the five seasons produced by NBC, the show featured Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Porsches, Corvettes and a host of muscle cars.

However, there’s a particular automobile that drew a lot of attention in Miami. I’m talking about the white Ferrari Testarossa Ferrari Testarossa that made constant appearances in the series, beginning with the third season. The Miami Vice Testarossa’s story is as interesting as the supercar itself. Ferrari donated two brand new 1986 model year Testarossa as replacements for the 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 365 GTS/4 kit replica based on a Chevrolet Corvette C3 chassis that the Italians had removed from the show following a lawsuit. From then on, the white Testarossa became one of Miami Vice’s main characters during the third season.

It’s been a little more than 25 years since the show was canceled and one of the two original Ferrari Testarossas used by Universal Studios is now up for sale on eBay. The Italian supercar has only 16,000 miles on its odo, and comes with full documentation and service history. The Testarossa is also documented by Ferrari North America, and, not surprising, it’s being offered at a massive "Buy It Now" price of $1.75 million. Granted, that’s a lot of dough for a car that fetches less than $300,000 in tip-top shape and, although this example was featured in a popular TV show, I have my doubts the seller will manage to sell it for $1.75 million.

Either way, we’ll be back to report on the outcome so make sure you keep it locked here at TopSpeed.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Testarossa.

Source: eBay
Posted on by Alex Oagana  

With most Tesla fans and owners getting a little bit tired with all the unkept promises that the American EV company has made in the last couple of years, one of Elon Musk’s recent Tweets will probably come as a huge surprise. The Tony Stark-like CEO announced that the many-times postponed Tesla Roadster update will finally arrive in the last week of 2014. While his single Tweet about the matter is about as full of suspense as a Hitchcock movie, Musk also revealed that "Several crisis issues w higher priority pushed this out longer than expected," leaving everyone to guess what actually happened.

Since the original news of the update came at the 2014 annual shareholder meeting, quite a lot of media outlets have tried to speculate on what the improvement(s) will consist off. Currently the best bet is on a retrofit kit for the Roadster, which should finally make it compatible with the ever-growing Supercharger network. This would allow even much more usage of the British-born and American-powered sports car, especially since most of them were sold in California, where Superchargers are all over the place.

The second bet, which would also be a rather significant update, is the availability of a new and improved battery pack that can allow the Tesla Roadster to drastically improve its EPA range of 244 miles. Naturally, both ideas could be implemented in the update, letting owners choose which one they want, if not both. Either way, Elon Musk promised something "fairly exciting," so it should be something much more than just a new software version. Maybe even more power?

Click past the jump to read more about Tesla Roadster.

Source: Twitter

Santa is making his trip around the world, and many excited children are fixated on NORAD’s Santa Tracker to see just how far he is from their house. However, there were apparently some rather slick folks in London who happened to catch Santa sans his typical sleigh and eight reindeer — or nine if you count the red-nosed one — and put together the above video. In the place of his sleigh was a mighty Nissan GT-R, in a shiny coat of red paint that matched his suit perfectly.

Given the limited time Santa has to spread his holiday cheer, it’s not surprising to see him in the 2015 Nissan GT-R. With 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque hailing from the depths of its twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-6, it’ll get him through the streets of London far quicker than his traditional sleigh.

We’ll continue keeping an eye on the news wire throughout the night and post if Santa is caught delivering toys in any other awesome cars.

Until then, all of us here at wish you and yours a Happy Holiday (whichever one you choose to celebrate)!

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