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  Future cars in the making. Should they be an innocent drawing, a fine computer rendering or real driving concept, they always preview the cars of the future in some aspects.

Launched in 2004, six years after the introduction of the ForTwo and one year after the Roadster went on sale, the ForFour became Smart’s third automobile. Unlike its previous offerings, the ForFour offered seating for five people and was only sold in Europe. Four engines were available at launch, including a 1.1-liter three-cylinder, a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter four-pot, all working on gasoline, and a 1.5-liter inline-three diesel. Transmissions included a five-speed manual and a six-speed semi-automatic. At the time, the ForFour was the only Smart car offered with a manual. Slow sales prompted the company to axe the ForFour in 2006, after only three years of production. Rumors about Smart ’s plan to revive the ForFour nameplate surfaced in 2012. Heading into the 2015 model year, the second-gen model is finally here as a longer, four-door version of the ForTwo.

Unlike its predecessor, the new ForFour borrows its styling cues and drivetrain layout from its smaller sibling. Once a front-engined car, the ForFour evolved into a rear-engined vehicle, while keeping its front-wheel-drive. Jointly developed with Renault , the new ForFour shares about 70 percent of its parts with the third-generation Renault Twingo, while its powertrains are shared with the 2015 ForTwo .

Click past the jump to find out more about the second-generation Smart ForFour.

The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.

When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change.

Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional 5 horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)

Note: 2014 SRT Viper pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Viper SRT.

We’ve already seen photos of the upcoming 2016 Mustang SVT lapping the Nurburgring, thanks to our paparazzi earlier this week. Now, time has come to have a more dynamic look at the high-performance muscle car as TouriClips released a three-minute video with two SVTs being trotted around the "Green Hell".

And boy what a video this is! Not only are the two coupes tackling the iconic German course at full throttle, they’re also doing so rather aggressively, having no trouble taking those tight curves at high speed. In fact, tire squeal is kept to a minimum, which says a lot about Mustang’s ability on the track, especially with that new independent suspension mounted in the rear. Speaking of tire screech, its absence also allows us to hear that wonderful V-8 growl better.

The engine sounds like there’s no forced induction, meaning the SVT is motivated by an updated, all-motor, 5.0-liter Coyote, maybe with a slight displacement increase. We expect output to sit in the 500-horsepower area — a bonus of at least 70 ponies compared to the range-topping Mustang GT. Naturally, the extra power will be backed by a lowered curb weight, a re-tuned chassis, and that mean-looking, aerodynamic body kit.

Details are still under wraps — or under camouflage if you will — but the prototype appears to be running on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. The aggressive stance is further enhance by the massive quad exhaust pipes integrated in the rear diffuser. All told, the 2016 Mustang SVT looks, sound and acts like a race car on the ’Ring. That’s reason enough to keep us excited and on the lookout for more details. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more info on this hot muscle car .

Looks like the engineers at Porsche are testing out the latest version of the mighty 911. This is likely the upcoming 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS . The test mule is sporting those signature 911 Turbo air intakes on the side fenders, the same wheels we saw on the 911 GTS RS scale model that leaked last month, and that massive rear wing.

Rumors suggest the 911 GT3 RS will have a turbocharged version of the 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder likely making just over 500 horsepower. A PDK transmission will also be a part of the GT3 RS, giving drivers lightning-fast shifts. With a 0-to-60-mph time estimated around three seconds and a top speed just under 200 mph, the RS version of the 911 GT3 will definitely be a superior performer.

This particular test mule is fitted with an internal roll cage and several layers of body cladding, the first designed to protect the occupants and the latter designed to preserve the new Porsche’s true identity. There’s no covering up that beautiful exhaust note, however. It bellows from the tailpipes with a fierceness as the PDK slams into the next gear.

Video evidence like this makes us look forward to hearing official words from Porsche on its upcoming model. Be sure to check out the short video above.

The Bentley Mulsanne ’s market launch in 2011 ushered in a new era for the British marque as a direct answer to the Rolls-Royce Ghost . The luxury limousine didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it was released, but a facelift to the 2015 model helped alleviate some of the Mulsanne’s design concerns. But a facelifted Mulsanne isn’t the only version in the works here. Turns out, a performance variant of the model is also in the pipeline.

Auto Express received word from Bentley insiders that the company is in the middle of preparing a high-performance Mulsanne that the automaker will likely name the Mulsanne Speed.

We don’t estimate the Mulsanne Speed to look drastically different from the limousine version. Maybe it’ll come with some tweaks here and there to make it a little lighter and give it a sportier look, but the overall design should be consistent with the facelifted 2015 Mulsanne .

That being said, the Mulsanne Speed is still being prepared as a performance model, so we expect some modifications done to the car’s chassis and suspension in order to improve its handling and driveability.

The Mulsanne’s 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V-8 will be used in the Mulsanne Speed; that much appears to be certain. The output, though, is being tipped to increase from 505 horsepower to 550 horsepower to give it a little more oomph to go with its sporty nature. The higher output will also translate to better performance numbers, including a 0 to 62 mph time under five seconds and a top speed of close to 200 mph.

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer didn’t specifically say when the Mulsanne Speed is going to make its debut, opting only to say that it’s arriving at an auto show later this year. Well, Frankfurt is on hiatus this year so the biggest one in Europe that’s still on the calendar is the Paris Motor Show in October 2014.

Updated 07/25/2014: We created a rendering of the future Mulsanne Speed, so until its official debut in Paris you can get an idea of what it may look like. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

Source: AutoExpress

Subaru is planning to introduce the 2015 WRX S4 in Japan on August 25. Raise your hand if you didn’t see this coming. Don’t worry, you guys aren’t the only ones. The company has always been secretive when it comes to its vehicles, and is always careful not to leak out any information about them. Somehow, it managed to do it again because there’s little we know about the WRX S4 other than the assumption that it’s going to be a better-equipped version of the standard model.

The Japanese automaker did release a well-crafted press release, highlighted by a prevalent use of quotation marks that points to some clues about the WRX S4.
So the “S4” name apparently comes from the model’s four attributes, including "Sports performance", "Safety performance", "Smart driving" and "Sophisticated feel".

Combining all four elements into one car usually means that said car will be a premium model that makes good use of new technology to increase its appeal. In this case, the WRX S4 will come with the company’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. What we don’t know is whether it’s going to be an updated version or the system the current WRX employs.

The good news is that we won’t have to wait long to know all the details about the Subaru WRX S4. The company has made it clear that it’s unveiling the model on August 25. For now, all we need to do is wait for that day to come.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru WRX S4.

The P1 debuted in the 2014 model year with its hulking 3.8-liter V-8 and electric motor that produced a mighty 903 horsepower and approximately 1,100 pound-feet of twist. McLaren has already made it clear that there will be plenty of special-edition P1s, and in 2015 the first of these arrives in the form of a track-exclusive P1 GTR.

This new P1 is starting to take shape, as the British manufacturer has released preliminary details on the race-spec supercar . In a nod to the McLaren F1 that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1995, the track-prepped P1 will carry the same GTR moniker.

Updated 07/25/2014: McLaren unveiled a new teaser image for the future P1 GTR before the car’s official debut on Friday August, 15 at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 McLaren P1 GTR.

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 07/25/2014: Aston Martin officially confirmed a bespoke product program for a new super sedan that will revive the Lagonda nameplate. The model will be put into production in 2015 and will be built in a strictly limited series, like the the One-77 hypercar and the V12 Zagato.

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

Source: Autoblog

It’s been just a couple of days since Car & Driver revealed Bentley is pondering upon offering a brand-new model, and the British manufacturer has already confirmed a fifth vehicle will join its lineup by the end of the decade. However, it seems the said car won’t be an entry-level coupe, as suggested by the initial report, but one that will slot between the Continental GT and the Mulsanne as far as pricing goes. What’s more, Bentley is still undecided whether this new vehicle will be a two-seat sports car or a coupe .

Speaking to Auto Express, Bentley CEO Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed the rumor, but added that the company won’t make a decision until the Bentley Falcon SUV gets launched toward the end of 2015. "Our designers are extremely busy right now preparing designs for each of them and we are preparing business cases. We will make the decision when we have more information," he said.

A concept car for each idea is likely to hit auto shows by 2016, as Bentley will be looking to gather public reaction and assess potential profits each of the two might bring. The new model, which will be the fifth offering in the company’s lineup, won’t arrive until 2018, Auto Express adds. A decision as to the brand-new Bentley will be a sports car or a coupe will be made by mid 2016.

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

Source: AutoExpress

When the first NSX debuted, Honda was using it as a weapon to challenge the power of Ferrari on the track. For all intents and purposes, the new NSX will serve the same purpose, but I think Honda has taken it a bit too far. You may have noticed that there have been more than a few stories about Ferrari’s randomly bursting into flames around the world, and Honda was not going to be outshone. We now have news that the NSX prototype we just saw testing on the Nurburgring has also burst into flames.

Obviously, it is sad news that the NSX production mule has been destroyed, but it’s mildly comical when put into the context of the decades long battle against its Italian rival.

Thankfully it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt in the fire, but the NSX does look to be a complete loss. Most of the rear body work has been burnt to nothing and what is left doesn’t exactly look salvageable.

I sure hope Honda has a backup if it plans on getting enough testing done to have this car on sale by next summer.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Honda NSX.


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