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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.

Japanese automaker Nissan has just released a teaser photo of an upcoming model that’s set to make its official debut on May 16th. The company declined to reveal any kind of details, but the darkened photo suggests we’re about to see an updated version of the 370Z Nismo . It appears the sports car will get a more attractive front fascia with a redesigned bumper, a larger air intake and individual daytime running lights mounted on the sides. A red-painted splitter and a Nismo badge mounted on the upped side of the grille are a clear indication of the car’s purpose.

Underpinnings are likely to be a carry over from the 2014 370Z Nismo , but we wouldn’t be surprise to see a few extra ponies shoved under the hood. The current model comes with 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque generated by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine and guided to the wheels by a six-speed manual transmission.

The new Nismo will break cover May 16th at 1:00 PM EDT at ZDayZ festival in North Carolina so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details. Until then, you might as well have a look at our 2014 370Z Nismo test drive .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

Although the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been fighting a fierce battle against the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 for about two decades now, it was only two years ago, in 2012, that the company finally decided to tackle its rivals with a proper coupe . But the fixed-roof two-door wasn’t followed by a much-needed convertible , with the Stuttgart crew opting to wait for the W205 C-Class to arrive. Now that the brand-new sedan is ready to meet its customers, the very fist C-Class drop-top is in the works and expected to go on sale sometime next year.

The Germans have been working on it since 2013, but development appears to have moved a huge step forward since September, when we last saw the C-Class Convertible prototype wandering the streets. Now spotted near the manufacturer’s R&D center in Sindelfingen, the vehicle lost the body cladding that made it look like an awkwardly chopped ride.

Its sleek appearance is finally starting to take shape, but to get a better idea of what we’re dealing with, we have to ignore the bulky piece that’s covering the soft-top. We also need to ignore the strange round taillights, as they’ll become more familiar once the camouflage is removed.

Like the car, the details around it are still under wraps, but we’re looking at a convertible that’s likely to be lighter than its rivals. That’s because Mercedes wisely decided to develop the model from the ground up and not by slaughtering the coupe and reinforcing it for additional strength.

The drop-top is expected to borrow the entire lineup of engine from the C-Class sedan, which means it’ll cross the pond with a 2.0-liter four-pot and a 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood, both with turbochargers attached to them. A C63 AMG is also likely to arrive, but Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm this scenario.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes C-Class Convertible.

If you’re in the market for an Audi TTS this year, you need to settle for a current-generation model, as the next iteration , which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , won’t go on sale until 2015. And that’s because the Germans are still busy working on the all-wheel-drive sports car , trying to figure out the best possible setup for optimum performance and handling. Due to its sporty nature, the TTS also needs a bit of track tuning, which is why Audi brought it to the Nurburgring track earlier this month.

The wet conditions weren’t exactly ideal for course testing or for an official lap time attempt, but that didn’t stop the company’s engineers from dropping the hammer on the Nordschleife. And in spite of its quattro system, the TTS was quite tail happy on the wet asphalt, showing that you don’t actually need rear-wheel-drive car to have some fun.

As a brief reminder, the upcoming Audi TTS sports a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, similar to the one found in the S3 . Rated at 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the unit produces 40 horses more compared to the current mill, and enables to vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

Oh Mini Cooper and its infinite number of look-alike models. It appears from these spy shots, the BMW sub-brand is further expanding its lineup with this five-door version of the standard hatchback, yet not to be a replacement for the Clubman. We say that because it’s seemingly parked next to a new, third-generation Clubman five-door.

This blue model coated in a yellow, swirly wrap still has its hatch-like trunk area, while getting the two extra side doors. It’s not clear what exactly separates the two side-by-side cars except their boots, but they are definitely being developed together. The car itself also appears to have gained some extra width with, surely helping its interior volume and passenger comfort.

Of course this new Clubman hatchback will join the slew of other Mini products in the coming months. It’s possible the cars will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show happening sometime in September, but that’s pure speculation. Just stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on Mini’s ever-expanding lineup of not-so-small cars.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper 5-Door.

McLaren’s announcement that it was planning to launch one new model a year paved the way for the impending arrival of the company’s entry-level model, the P13 . It’s a segment that McLaren admittedly lacks presence in but recently, McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt bared significant details about the P13, shedding more light to what’s already shaping up to be an interesting "entry-level" sports car .

Speaking with Top Gear, Flewitt announced that the P13 will, in fact, be slotted below the 12C , and will cost only two-thirds of the 650S . Do a little calculating and you’re going to hit somewhere close to £135,000, which is about $226,000 based on current exchange rates. That ought to be good news for those looking for a McLaren but that don’t have the finances to afford the 12C or 650S. That also makes it about £7,000 ($11,727) less than the 911 Turbo S.

Another interesting revelation from Flewitt is that the P13 will carry a V-8 powertrain similar to the 650S, albeit one that will come with significantly less output than the 650S. Flewitt didn’t specify the number, but whispers in and around Woking lead us to believe that the final number will be between 400 and 500 horsepower. That should be enough to justify an entry level McLaren without impeding on the 650S and the 12C.

The P13 will also carry the same two-seat, mid-engine configuration that McLaren has been known for. In a lot of ways, the P13 will not be as small as people think. For one, McLaren has said that all its models except for the P1 will use the same carbon-fiber tub, dubbed the ‘monocell." Flewitt also admitted that once the engine is added into the equation, the P13 will have its own character and identity that will certainly lend itself as a model that can make a mark in its segment. At least that’s what the big boss of McLaren Automotive believes, proudly exclaiming that the P13 will be "the most engaging car in its segment" when it goes on sale in September next year.

Just don’t expect it to retain the ’P13’ nonmenclature. The company hasn’t come up with a name, but you can expect it to be at least consistent with how it’s named its other models.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P13.

Source: TopGear

We already know all the details in and around the 2015 ATS Coupe , Cadillac ’s main weapon against the new-generation BMW 4 Series , but we have yet to find out too much about the high-performance ATS-V version, which is supposed to give the M4 fits. And that’s because Caddy has been keeping everything under wraps, including the actual design of the car, leaving room for wild speculation. What we do know for a fact is that the brawny coupe will arrive in dealerships for the 2015 model year.

What’s more, a recent video coming from TFL Car suggests the production version is nearly ready to hit the assembly line. The heavily camouflaged ATS-V Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on a mountain road and it is widely known that high-altitude testing typically means the vehicle is very close to its production setup.

Although the camouflage manages to hide nearly every single detail on the car, the twin exhaust pipes are enough proof that there’s an actual ATS-V Coupe under the fake skin. The vehicle also appears to be very fast when the driver drops the hammer, with the TFL team having a hard time keeping up with it at the end of the video.

Speaking of velocity, there’s no word as to what might be motivating the new ATS-V Coupe, but our money is on GM ’s twin-turbo, 3.6-liter, V-6 engine, which should generate between 450 and 500 horsepower. The beefed-up two-door will borrow most of its cues from the 2015 ATS Coupe, but look out for a more aggressive pair of bumpers, wider fenders, a lowered ride height and performance tires.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details on Cadillac’s upcoming street rocket.

About a month ago French automaker Renault revealed plans to break the eight-minute mark around the Nurburgring track with a front-wheel-drive vehicle prepped by its performance arm, Renault Sport.

Our first thought went toward a beefed-up version of the Megane as soon as we saw the first teaser shot released by Renault . Now that the vehicle has been finally unveiled, we got confirmation that the French have been working on a new iteration of the RS Trophy .

Developed specifically to regain its Nurburgring record from the Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 , which lapped the iconic track in 7:58.4 minutes, the Megane RS 275 Trophy will be sold as a limited-edition hatchback with exclusive features and a slightly more powerful engine.

Renault has yet to announce whether the new Megane Trophy managed to restore its rule on the "Green Hell" and it appears we’ll have to wait for an official statement on June 16. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the hot hatch we won’t be seeing in the United States, where Renault isn’t likely to return too soon.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer may have been a disappointing appearance to most brand enthusiasts, due to its front-wheel-drive layout, but the Bavarian manufacturer hopes to score big with the compact MPV in both North America and Europe.

The regular 2 Series Active Tourer, which is powered by a tiny, 1.5-liter, inline-three unit rated at 136 horsepower, will be followed by an M Sport version with a plug-in hybrid model to arrive shortly after.

Unlike its gasoline-exclusive counterparts, which will require an xDrive option to get all four wheels moving, the plug-in hybrid will feature an all-wheel-drive setup by default. Although BMW has yet to reveal any details, the same three-cylinder engine is likely to be in charge of the front axle, while an electric motor will be added to take care of the rear wheels.

Total output is expected to sit around the 200-horsepower mark, with 136 horsepower coming from the conventional mill and the rest provided by the silent, battery-powered motor. As for mileage, the Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid should return at least 50 mpg when using both units, though it won’t be able to travel more than around 20 miles in EV mode.

Styling-wise, the hybrid version won’t be any different than the gasoline Active Hybrid, with only a few badges to highlight its greener nature. The MPV has already been spotted testing in Germany so we might see it in production form by the end of the year.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid.

A successor to the Lexus LF-A has been in the pipeline for quite some time now and while it remains unclear on when the supercar will be launched, Japanese magazine Best Car continues to stress that Lexus will have some help in building the successor to the LF-A. That help, apparently, will come from BMW . This rumor has been brewing for some time now, but if you really think about it, it’s hard to make any sense of it because Lexus and BMW BMW aren’t exactly bosom buddies. Sure, there’s a healthy amount of respect for the other brand, but at their core, the two consider the other as rivals.

Why would BMW help Lexus develop the new LF-A when it could compete directly with the i8 ? It just doesn’t make sense considering the lengths Lexus has taken in the past year to line up car after car to compete against German brands like BMW.

Maybe Best Car knows something that none of us do, which could explain why the magazine appears to be insisting that a BMW-Lexus collaboration is in the works. But call us skeptical on this rumor because we just don’t see the sense behind it.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8 - BMW’s current supercar.

The luxury SUV bug has bitten its share of automakers in recent years. In all that time, Rolls-Royce has been the exception. But the luxury automaker is reportedly thinking about building one of its own.

Better late than never, Rolls-Royce.

News of Rolls’ new-found interest in developing a luxury SUV came to light after design chief Giles Taylor told Autocar that his design team has began tinkering with sketches of a potential SUV, possibly to gauge the feasibility of building one in the future. That being said, Taylor was also quick to point out that the team is still in the infancy stage of an SUV design and that any talk of "proportions and three dimensions" are premature.

Essentially, the SUV project is in its embryonic stage and there are still a lot of things that need to fall into place before this proposed vehicle is even considered for production. Taylor, though, seems to be confident that the project could gain some steam in the future. In the meantime, his responsibility is to develop a proposal that doesn’t "undermine the Rolls-Royce brand," but also embraces Rolls’ character of luxury and functionality, wrapped in an SUV package that traces its lineage to the company’s Ghost family.

All signs seem to point to this project progressing smoothly in the coming years, especially now that parent company BMW has become more aggressive in developing new architecture for its top-of-the-range models. The proposed Rolls-Royce SUV could be one of the first recipients of this sophisticated steel, aluminum and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic architecture. That’s one development we all need to keep our eyes on, especially after BMW introduced the Vision Future Luxury Concept , a prototype BMW showed at Beijing last month to preview this new architecture .

On top of that, there remains a growing sense of confidence among Rolls-Royce’s big wigs that a future SUV could play well in an exploding market like China , which the company has targeted as one of its most important landing spots, thanks to the proliferation of Chinese individuals with deep pockets and a taste for luxury.

If anything, people interested in this Rolls-Royce SUV will need to have a whole lot of the former because estimates on a price tag for the vehicle has reached as high as £200,000 ($335,560) with the possibility of becoming more expensive if Rolls-Royce includes all the bells and whistles.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Rolls Royce SUV.

Source: AutoCar

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