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Link Love From The Car Connection: VW Throws Off Porsche's Shackles, Peeking At The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing, And Hot Audi Concepts

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Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Panamericana

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Panamericana

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Audi 'Intelligent Emotion' concept

Audi 'Intelligent Emotion' concept

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If only -- Rumor has it that there's a new iteration of the legendary Mercedes 300SL Gullwing in the works. (Which is nice since the original ended production in 1957.) If produced, lucky buyers will be treated to a snazzy 370hp V8 engine, plus many of the design elements from the original--including the gullwing doors, of course. Please, Santa. Please? [WorldCarFans]

Fantasyland -- Audi recently backed a contest at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, asking students to design cars of the future. The results are fairly awesome, though we're not sure all of them will fit through the Taco Bell drive-through of the future. [AutoMotto]

Turnabout -- The power struggle between Volkswagen and Porsche has been brewing for some time. Though smaller than VW, Porsche steadily, stealthily clawed its way to majority ownership over the past three years or so. But now Porsche's in financial trouble, and the 'Wagen looks like it's ready to do some spankin'. [Autoweek]

Fog lifting? -- We mentioned recently that there are signs of light at the end of the economic tunnel.  As further proof, America's biggest auto dealer, AutoNation, has reported a...we think we have this right...a profit. And they're expecting things to improve later in 2009. We're letting out a tentative hooray. [CNN]

Cars on cam -- Have nothing to do all day? Then check out the webcam recently installed at the Nurburgring racetrack. It only refreshes once a minute, but hey, you might see something sweet. And what else are you gonna do on Friday? [Carzi]

"Fuel efficiency" -- Speaking of distractions: here's one of the dumbest videos we've seen in a long time. We have no further comment. [YouTube]

 
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