(Video) Auto Talk:Watch the star-studded London rollout of Land Rover’s 2013 Range Rover

The opportunity to succeed an icon doesn’t come along all that often for automakers, and when it does, you’d best make a big fuss about it. That marketing message was well received by team Land Rover, who hosted a gala shindig for their 2013 Range Rover reveal in London on Friday night. A brace of the new SUVs rolled out to the assembled throngs at the Royal Ballet School in London’s Richmond Park, with the lead Landie wading dramatically through a deep pool of water and onto the main stage as klieg lights swirled and flashbulbs punctured the darkness. Funk Flex


Auto Talk: Bentley Mulsanne convertible expected to be greenlit this year

That was quick – it was only was only three weeks ago that the Bentley Mulsanne Vision concept, a droptop take on the brand’s flagship sedan, was sketched out for the Pebble Beach crowd. Now Autocar reports that a production version is expected to be approved later this year, with a launch something like two years away. And even though it hasn’t been officially given the go-ahead, it has a price: “at least £275,000” ($436,232 U.S.). That price would make for a £50,000 premium ($79,313 U.S.) – at least – over the current UK price of the Mulsanne sedan. Funk Flex


(Video) Auto Talk: 2013 Hennessey VR1200 makes the CTS-V seem slow

There are a handful of vehicles on this blue Earth that can warp one’s perception of speed. The Cadillac CTS-V holds a seat at that table of chieftains thanks to its brawny supercharged V8 engine. Now it looks as if the cats at Hennessey have decided to wring even more power from black sheep of the Crest’s stable. Funk Flex


Auto Talk: You think gas prices are bad here, Italians are paying $9.50/gal

Drivers in certain parts of Italy are currently shelling out a staggering $9.50 per gallon of gasoline, according to Bloomberg. The hefty fuel prices are largely the result of the European debt crisis. Italy has hiked fuel taxes in an attempt to get a handle on the country’s public debt, which has the dubious honor of being the fourth-highest in the entire world. Of course, the jump in fuel costs has only hurt consumer spending in the country, sending Italy even farther into a recession that continues to damage Fiat earnings. Funk Flex


Auto Talk: Audi debuts 450-HP RS5 Cabriolet

Audi has dropped the curtain on the painfully awesome RS5 Cabriolet, which will go on sale in Germany in Spring of 2013. Funk Flex


(Video) Auto Talk:Ford Mustang headed to Europe

We’ve known for sometime now that Europeans love the Ford Mustang. Gray market importers have made plenty of cash by shipping the ponies from the United States to the EU for years, but now it looks as if buyers will be able to sink their teeth into brand-new, factory-perfect examples of the next-generation Mustang straight from Ford. Funk Flex


(Video) Auto Talk: Dodge debuts second ‘How to build a…’ Dart ad

Dodge has released a second smash-cut “How to…” ad for the new Dart. Just like the last one, its full of a whole lot of stuff coming at you at once. Funk Flex


Auto Talk: Leaked Mini Cooper JCW GP specs suggest 218 HP, fully adjustable suspension

Mini officially unveiled the John Cooper Works GP back in May, but it has yet to release any official specs or details about its limited-production hot hatch. Fortunately, the folks over at MotoringFile.com have apparently stumbled upon some leaked spec sheets for the European version of the car. (Official U.S. specs and features are reportedly set to be released later this month). Funk Flex


Auto Talk: Mercedes bringing Aesthetics S Concept to Paris, hints at 2013 S-Class

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no ordinary car, so it gets no ordinary teasers. Instead of a single photo with a couple of artistic graphical strokes to whet appetites for the redesigned 2013 S-Class, we get the Aesthetics S sculpture and notice of a vernissage at the Paris Motor Show. Funk Flex


Auto Talk: Alfa Romeo’s version of Mazda MX-5 Miata to be costlier, offer own engines

If this comes to pass, it shouldn’t be a surprise in the least, but What Car? is reporting that the Alfa Romeo version of the roadster it is co-developing with Mazda will be more expensive than the MX-5 Miata upon which it is based. Alfa’s market perception alone would seem to encourage that scenario, but it sounds like intentionally avoiding competition is also be at play, as Mazda’s CEO has told the magazine that “the two cars were unlikely to be priced or positioned to compete against each other.” Funk Flex


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