Exclusive: the Alfa Romeo 4C draws nearer

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We’ve just had an update on the Alfa 4C. It sounds like it’s going to be even more wonderful than they first promised. Its engineers are confident of getting the first prototype on the road for the middle of 2012, with the final car on sale a year after that. It will be distinctly exotic, but remarkable value. They’re still aiming for under $350,000, that's Porsche Cayman and BMW 1 M territory.

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The new Mercedes SL

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And then there were three. Perky, teeny SLK; slightly deranged mad uncle SLS; and now today, freshly facelifted paterfamilias of the Mercedes-Benz sports leicht family. No DNA testing needed here.

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Rhys Millen drifts his Hyundai Genesis

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We're calling this Rhyskana - it's a video of Pikes Peak mentalist and dorifuto enthusiast, Rhys Millen (you may remember him from this, that and the other), drifting his Genesis Coupe drift car through Hyundai USA's old HQ buildings in California.

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Official: Bentley's new V8 Continental

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As rumoured for some time, Bentley has finally confirmed a brand new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine for its Continental GT and GTC models.

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BMW reveals the 6 Series Gran Coupe

Large image_3First, there was the Mercedes-Benz CLS. And it was good. Then, the Audi A7. That was also good. Now, Internet, meet the third contender for the crown of ultimate luxo-four-door-coupe-thingy: the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.

 

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What a new Volvo P1800 looks like

Large image_2Volvo's design chief Christopher Benjamin is apparently a fan of the classic P1800. You know the one. Sir Wobbly-Eyebrow Moore drove a P1800 in The Saint.

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Honda confirms NSX concept for Detroit

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When we stopped looking at the Massive Gearlever of the Suzuki Alto at last month’s Tokyo motor show, we spent a very interesting hour talking to Honda. There, as regular TopGear.commers will remember, Honda told us a new NSX would appear at Detroit.

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This is a ten second Corvette

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Tuner Late Model Racecraft is a bit handy with a set of spanners. And they're not afraid of making the Chevrolet Corvette indecently fast. So here's a video to start your week featuring sheer, raw speed.

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Smart For-Us concept revealed

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This is a pick-up. No wait! It really is! Just look at it! People of the Web, meet the Smart For-Us. It is a zero-emission, roofless pick-up headed for next year's Detroit motor show, which kicks off on 14 Jan, 2012.

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Learning to drift in a BMW 1M Coupe

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Whatever you think you might know about drifting, chances are you'll be wrong. It's not about a lack of grip, or about using the throttle to control the direction of the car - no, the key thing to remember is that whichever way the front wheels are pointing, that is the direction you'll head in. It's almost best to ignore the slide, because that just confuses things.

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