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It looks as if the new mid-engine Corvette is more than a collection of rumors on the Internets and thoughts in my head. Car and Driver has just released a large piece stating that their sources have all but confirmed that the next Corvette will be mid-engined. More than that, they are saying that the new architecture won’t be for just a single, range-topping model. Rather, every Corvette form here forward will adopt a mid-engine configuration. That places the base level car as a better competitor to something like the Porsche Cayman S, and opens the top-level cars to compete against things like the Lamborghini Aventador.

There is a lot in this article that seems very feasible and I agree with huge portions of it, but there are also a few things that seem a little out of the question; at least for now. Some of the more far-fetched ideas include a Corvette with an AWD hybrid system in as little as five years; with a V-6 engine no less.

Worse yet, Car and Driver seems to think that the only way Chevrolet can package a mid-engined car is to kill of the manual transmission and go to exclusively using a seven-speed dual clutch. As with all things that pertain to car models that are years and years away from production, take everything you read here with a big dose of salt.

If you are interested in a second view, we are currently working up our own renders and I am tracking down some other sources to see if I can find out any new information. We will be using all that to update our main Corvette Zora piece.

As always, keep those eyes right here on TopSpeed.com to get all the news and details about this crazy, new Corvette and any other new and exciting car that may be coming out soon.

Note: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Corvette’s future.

Source: CarAndDriver

Lincoln’s expansion is now in full swing after parent company Ford announced its plan to triple the luxury brand’s sales volume by 2020. That’s the long-term goal. The short-term goal is for Lincoln to continue its full-court press in China, which it hopes will account for the majority of its sales. The arrival of the new MKZ and MKC in China were the first steps. Now comes another step; the launch of the new MKX crossover.

The American brand gave us a glimpse on what the new MKX is going to look like with the debut of the MXK Concept Crossover at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show. Ford has said that the new MKX is due to launch next year, which follows the company’s expansion timeline for Lincoln.

The question now is how much of the production MKX will draw inspiration from the concept version. To be fair, the concept doesn’t look like a futuristic prototype in the vein of the Lincoln MKZ Concept that made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. We do expect some modifications here and there, but nothing too drastic.

At least that’s what we would do if we were Ford or Lincoln. It’s rare these days to see a Lincoln as aesthetically pleasing as the MKX Concept Crossover, so let’s hope the decision makers over at Ford understand that.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Lincoln MKX.

With all the praise and adulation being heaped on the Porsche 918 Spyder, you know it’s only a matter of time before Audi got into the picture. After all, rumors of the R10 halo supercar have grown in recent years. Nothing has come out of it, at least not yet. But Automotorsport.com begs to differ because it’s reporting that Audi management has given the green light to the R10 with an eye on 2016 for the start of production.

Granted, nothing has been made official but sources close to Automotorsport.com indicate that the R10 is a go and will sit above the R8 as Audi’s new flagship exotic. It’s expected to receive a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-10 engine that will pack as much as 850 horsepower.

That’s not even counting the addition of electric motors should Audi decide to take the hybrid route, similar to what Porsche, Ferrari, and McLaren have done with their million-dollar exotics. A pair of electric motors in the R10 could tack on another 150 horsepower to give it as much as 1,000 horsepower.

The same sources also said that the R10 will be heavily inspired by Audi’s Le Mans race cars as far as technological advancements are concerned. Should that be the case, that’s going to give the R10 a real racing pedigree, and a highly successful one at that.

Look for Audi to pull a surprise on all of us and launch a prototype version of the R10 soon, possibly at an auto show later this year. Who knows, that might even be at the 2014 Paris Motor Show this week. I’m not holding onto hope that it happens, but I won’t be shocked if it did.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Audi R10.

Rumors about the Mercedes AMG GT started as early as 2012, and for a short period of time, it was believed that the new SLS AMG would be called the SLC. Obviously, this is not the case, as Mercedes and AMG have chosen the GT name for the sports car that comes to replace the aging SLS AMG as the company’s halo rig. Essentially the baby brother of the SLS, the AMG GT comes as a new competitor for the Porsche 911 just as we’re heading toward 2015. Compared to the SLS, the Mercedes-AMG GT is lighter and slimmer, making use of even more carbon fiber and aluminum. In a shocking twist of SLS insult, the GT is devoid of gullwing doors.

Less dramatic as far as design and power go, the GT also comes with a cheaper price tag compared to its brother. Read on for the full details surrounding Stuttgart’s latest road-going "silver arrow".

Updated 10/01/2014: Mercedes-AMG unveiled a new walkaround video for its new GT sports car. Check it out in the video section.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes-AMG GT.

The Lagonda name, previously used by Aston Martin for a hand-built, ultra-expensive sedan built between 1976 - 1990, returned under the spotlight about five years ago when the Brits introduced the Lagonda Concept .

Oddly enough, that concept had nothing to do with the four-door grand tourer, but rather a sporty SUV proclaimed to be a more luxurious alternative to the popular Porsche Cayenne . Rumors about a production version went back and forth with no relevant outcome, although the consensus was the vehicle might arrive in 2016.

But now we have to put the Lagonda SUV behind us, because it appears Aston Martin is actually planning to revive the iconic nameplate for a brand new sedan. Such a vehicle was spotted testing in the United Kingdom covered in camouflage. Our friends over at Autoblog think the Brits will slap a Lagonda badge on its trunk.

Details are scarce right now, but it’s safe to assume the four-door will be based on the Rapide S and ride on a stretched version of its wheelbase. Power is likely to come from the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 558 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. More details should become available later this year, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the updates.

Updated 10/01/2014: Aston Martin unveiled a new set of images, including the first interior pictures for its future Lagonda super sedan. Check them out in the picture gallery.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin Lagonda Sedan.

Source: Autoblog

The news that the sixth-generation Mustang no longer features a live rear axle came like a blow to the head for most drag-racing enthusiasts. That’s not to say we won’t be seeing the 2015 Mustang perform at the drag strip, but it’s now up to racing specialists and the drivers themselves to equip their muscle cars with a proper rear axle.

As the redesigned Mustang is getting closer to its on sale date, Ford has embarked on a mission to prove that the pony can still perform on the quarter-mile, even though it uses an independent rear suspension. To do that, the Blue Oval commissioned its Racing division to come up with a few benchmarks for the 2015 ’Stang on the drag strip.

Specifically, Ford Racing set out to build the first 2.3-liter EcoBoost model to do the quarter-mile in less than 13 seconds, the first naturally aspirated GT to run in the 11s, and the first supercharged GT to complete the same distance in the 10-second range. To do that, Ford Racing meddled with the internals of each car and added a few of its own performance parts, including a rear subframe kit, a prototype exhaust and a new engine calibration.

Additionally, the three ’Stangs received racing AlumaStar drag rear wheels wrapped in Hoosier tires and a Recaro race seat. One of the two GTs also gained a Roush supercharger kit.

Although Ford Racing didn’t release the new output figures, it did post a video showing all three Mustangs trying to achieve their goals. Needless to say, all attempts were successful in reaching their target. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost posted a 12.56-second run at 109 mph, while the GT stopped the clock at 11.77 seconds at 116 mph. Lastly, the first ever 2015 Mustang GT to carry a supercharger needed only 10.97 seconds to run the 1320 with a trap speed of 128 mph. The latter was a close one, which says a lot about the boldness of Ford Racing’s benchmark for a Mustang, be it a supercharged one.

That being said, hit the play button above for some action-packed Mustang footage and proof that an independent rear suspension isn’t necessarily a drawback on the drag strip.

It’s been a while since we last heard from Wheelsandmore. Actually, it’s been too long. But the German tuner knows how to make a comeback. Each and every time Wheelsandmore builds a program, you can count on it being comprehensive. The only thing different about this program is that it’s not limited to just one unit, but three; three Ferraris, to be exact.

The Ferrari F12berlinetta, the Ferrari FF, and the Ferrari California are all part of the tuner’s new "La Famiglia" program and all received the same tender, love, and care from Wheelsandmore, the kind that we’ve all come to know from the German company. Each Ferrari received a new set of wheels, obviously, and modest performance gains.

A handful of cosmetic upgrades were also given to the three Ferraris, although you’d be hard-pressed to notice them outside of the traditional Wheelsandmore decal that runs along the length of each Ferrari.

Take a good, long look at these new Ferrari programs from Wheelsandmore. All three share the undeniable character and flair of the German aftermarket company, right down to the gnarly set of wheels and those subtle performance improvements.

Welcome back, Wheelsandmore. We missed you.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari Collection "La Famiglia" by Wheelsandmore.

The Altima is a hot item for Nissan, giving it competition in the midsize rink with The Camry and Accord for best-selling bragging rights. The stakes are high in this sedan segment, with average sales figures topping 350,000 units a year. None of the three automakers can afford a mistake here.

Nissan upped the ante for 2013 with its fifth generation Altima, a sedan that took on a more sculpted look, a refined interior, and two engine options that cater to those wanting good fuel mileage or sportier performance.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of the 2014 Altima. My tester came equipped with the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and the top-line SL trim package. It was loaded with nearly every feature available, including Navigation, blind spot and lane-departure warnings, Moving Object Detection, a moonroof, power everything, and a nine-speaker Bose sound system, among other things.

The Altima proved to be a competent daily driver with enough pep to maneuver through traffic while providing a comfortable ride and a no-nonsense demeanor. Its updated looks earned a few fans from my family members while its less-than-stellar steering earns a few gripes from my inner enthusiast.

For the full review and conclusion, click past the jump

Porsche announced plans to introduce a hybrid version of the Cayenne in 2005, three years after it had launched its sports SUV. A functioning vehicle was shown at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the production version, dubbed S Hybrid, arriving three years later. Brought to the United States in late 2010, the S Hybrid was motivated by a supercharged, 3.0-liter, V-6, gasoline engine and an electric motor that cranked out a total of 380 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. As the second-gen Cayenne received its facelift for the 2015 model year, the Germans announced the launch of the S E-Hybrid, a plug-in model set to replace the S Hybrid.

More powerful, fuel-efficient, and eco-friendly when compared to its predecessor, the S E-Hybrid is also the first plug-in hybrid in the premium-SUV segment. What’s more, the revised hybrid also enables Porsche to become the first manufacturer to sell three production plug-in hybrids. The Cayenne joins the plug-in version of the Panamera sports sedan and the 918 Spyder supercar.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid makes its official debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid.

You might be tempted to think that the 2015 Corvette Z06 is ready to hit the streets now that its configurator is online, but you’d be wrong. Refining a super-fast vehicle that’s based on a true-blue race car is a long and difficult task, and it seems Chevy is spending a lot of time doing that. With just a few months left until the first Z06s start rolling off the assembly line, GM’s halo sports car is being put through its paces on the Nurburgring track, the place where all high-performance vehicles go to hone their skills.

Thanks to YouTube’s BridgeToGantry, whose daily routine is to keep an eye on the "Green Hell" for any interesting car that may arrive to run a few hot laps, we’re able to watch the 2015 Corvette Z06 doing what it knows best. That’s taking fast turns and running fast straights on one of the world’s most challenging race courses. Naturally, the Z06 is by no means intimidated by the Nurburgring’s difficult configuration and has no trouble in tackling the track’s tight bends at high speed. The footage also provides us with yet another opportunity to hear the Vette’s enticing V-8 engine roar through its four-pipe exhaust.

There’s only one thing wrong with this video. It’s too damn short. Just hit the play button and you’ll understand why we need more than 53 seconds of Z06 footage.


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