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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.

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Nissan GT-R Nismo

We’ve known about the existence of a Nismo version for the sporty Nissan GT-R for quite some time now, but we never had the luck of seeing it out there testing. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch the car cruising the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, where Nissan engineers were pushing it to the extreme.

Rumors suggest that the Nismo version of the GT-R will be powered by a heavily updated version of the V-6 twin-turbo engine with an output increased close to 600 horsepower. This amazing output will allow the sports coupe to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in an unbelievable 2 seconds, embarrassing even high-performance supercars , like the Bugatti Veyron . The GT-R Nismo’s top speed is rumored to be close to 190 mph.

The new GT-R Nismo is rumored to be unveiled in November at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show . Sales are expect to begin in early 2014.

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Shocking news this morning from Volvo ! The 2013 Concept Coupe has looks to make a Camaro and M6 weep with envy, 400 horsepower via a plug-in, all-wheel-drive chassis, and gorgeous LEDs inside and out.

The Volvo cargo trucks will be loaded to the brim on the way to Frankfurt , as this is also the debut of the not-yet-seen XC90 replacement.

If the Concept Coupe’s intricate and taut surfacing, stunning proportions and cool new Maserati-style inverted grille make it to the XC90 : Volvo’s American showrooms have quite the sharp new seven-passenger crossover on its way.

The VCC’s styling is really fantastic. It is great news for all fans of Swedish cars, with beauty as deep and marvelous as the Roman statues of the press photos. It shows a number of important steps in one single image, and gives Volvo ’s semi-independent new company identity a goal at which to strive in the mainstream S60 segment, where the current model is lost in obscurity.

A feast of details about the VCC’s styling floods over you like the wave of relief, with a roof pillar layout that is almost as racy as the Nissan 350Z . A new portrait-style navigation system shows Volvo admires the Tesla Model S . Overflowing with good looks outside, the VCC is also quite potent underneath.

An all-new 2.0-liter engine up front is paired with a plug-in battery pack and a rear axle electric motor. Supercharged as well as turbocharged, the combined power outputs are 400 horsepower and 440 pound feet of torque.

Come see the future of Volvo after the jump, with a giant image gallery of the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe in all its glory.


Okay, so we all remember back in March when yours truly passed on the news the Nissan claimed the next-gen GT-R would "electrify" enthusiasts. That, in turn, sparked a fireball of rumors claiming that Nissan was working on a hybri d variant of the GT-R . Well, now we have a little more evidence of that project.

Car and Driver managed to dig up, from the U.S. patent office, an image of a new logo that points toward the hybrid GT-R. The badge reads "R-Hybrid" —don’t confuse that with the Yaris Hybrid-R Concept — but not just any "R," the same three-dimensional "R" that sits in the feared GT-R nametag.

Sure, that "R" has seen use on nearly every Nissan "R" model since the early 2000s, but this one falls right in line with the timing of a hybrid GT-R. We also understand that the next-gen GT-R is not due out until 2017, but there is a lot that goes into designing and manufacturing a super hybrid, so chances are that Nissan chose to get this trademark done quickly.

Alternatively, this rapid trademark could also mean that the hybrid GT-R is ahead of schedule and Nissan plans to reveal a concept of it very soon. Stay tuned for more details.

Click past the jump to read about the current GT-R

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Details about the new Jaguar XQ-type midsize crossover are emerging from Coventry ahead of the $45,000 model’s expected debut next month in Frankfurt . Exclusive TopSpeed renderings offer a speculative glimpse at the styling of this make-or-break next generation of aluminum models.

Twinned with the XQ-type is the Q-type sedan, which will be the smallest models in Jaguar ’s range outside of the F-type sports cars. The XQ-type aims for the sweet spot of the premium crossover market occupied by the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, each of which are formidable competition for Jaguar’s first American family SUV.

Fast-tracking the XQ-type’s ‘PLA’ code name aluminum chassis and body panels means this new compact benefits from both a nimble chassis and the best current and future components in the Jaguar Land Rover parts bin. Both the XF ’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the supercharged V-6 are expected, with the latter to offer Jag’s new Instinctive AWD as seen on both the U.S.-market XF and XJ.

A sporty bias for The XQ-type offers enough space between this model and the Land Rover SUVs, and the XQ is even likely to run as a rear-drive model in base configurations.

The XQ’s performance will be closely benchmarked against its German rivals, with further R and R-S options on the table. The beauty of this chopped-length PLA architechture, which will also underpin the new XF and XK, is that even the compact models will be quite wide and should be able to fit the firm’s rorty supercharged V-8 under that shapely ’bonnet.’

Is this the dream Jag for sporty crossover shoppers? Click past the jump to stare into the future of the Jaguar XQ-type, which is a sure thing to be officially imported into the U.S. as a late 2015 or early 2016 model.

Motor Authority was at the Nissan 360 event this past week and managed to snap a few teaser images of a wildly styled sedan . This four-port car features a profile that is eerily similar to the GT-R , and the timing f these images leads us to believe that this may be a new Maxima concept will possibly make its way to the Detroit Auto Show in 2014.

Nissan refers to its Maxima as a "four-door sports car" and at one point, that classification was true, as early Maxima models outperformed nearly every other midsize sedan on the market. In recent years, however, the Maxima’s styling has become flabby and the CVT that hooks up to its powerful V-6 is not best suited for anything with "sports car" in the title. Yes, its 6.2-second run to 60 mph is still one of the best in its class, but the flab-tastic styling and droning CVT gotta go!

If these teasers at Nissan 360 bear conceptual fruit sometime in 2014, it means that the Maxima may well regain the looks and drivetrain to match its classification as the "4DSC." With a new bedmate in the GT-R — at least in profile view — this leads to the possibility of the Maxima ditching front-wheel drive in favor of a sportier all-wheel drive system or even a — GASP — rear-wheel-drive setup. That would make this the first non-front-wheel-drive Maxima since it switched from the Datsun 810 platform in 1985.

If this is all not just hyperbole, then we expect to hear an announcement of a new Concept Maxima — or at least a "concept sedan" — coming very soon, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Nissan Maxima and to see a Comparison image that shows the current Maxima, this teaser image and the GT-R.

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Cadillac seems to be just about done filling in all of the blanks in their popular CTS model , so it was high time for them to provide some definitive details on their next project: the ATS . Prepared to slide in right below the CTS and all of its variants, the ATS should be debuting in sedan form in 2012. That’s all fine and dandy, but we are much more interested in the variant following that unveiling with the ATS-V in 2014.

First rumored in 2008 , the ATS is ready to go and will be built on GM’s new Alpha platform with a rear wheel drive system. Its design will be inspired by Cadillac’s Art and Science design language which "incorporates sharp, sheer forms and crisp edges — a form vocabulary that expresses bold, high-technology design and invokes the technology used to design it."

The ATS-V was first thought to carry a 470 horsepower V-8 engine as found in the CTS-V , but worried that the car would then take sales away from its bigger brother, Cadillac opted for a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 that will produce around 380 horsepower. The engine will be mated to a six speed manual or automatic transmission and the combination will get the ATS-V coupe to 60 mph in under five seconds with a top speed of above 170 mph. This engine choice fits in nicely with the ATS-V’s biggest rival, the BMW M3 , but Cadillac may need to up the ante in terms of power for the competition to be a bit stiffer. The future M3 will produce around 450 horsepower and should get to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds, but top speed will be electronically limited to 155 mph.

The full line of ATS models should cover a sedan in 2012, the ATS-V and Coupe in 2014, and an ATS-V Convertible in 2015. Stay tuned for more details!

Update 8/23/2013: Per a report from Car and Driver, the new ATS-V will not use either of the two earlier rumored engines — 470-horsepower V-8 or a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6. Rather, this new lightweight performance sedan will carry the same 420-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V-6 powerplant as the CTS Vsport. Given the 321-horsepower V-6 engine sprints the ATS to 60 mph in a scant 5.7 seconds, we estimate the ATS-V with the turbo V-6 doing the same sprint in about 4.5 seconds.

We have known for quite some time now that Jaguar is hard at work on a coupe variant of its acclaimed F-Type model, which debuted only as a roadster. In fact, our spy photographers have caught the 2014 F-Type Coupe testing on multiple occasions, but this time around, we have something special for you to feast your eyes upon.

This little lady may look like the same old F-Type Coupe that we have caught testing before, but closer inspection will show you that this is anything but a normal version. If you take a close look at the brake system, you will notice some rather large, yellow calipers staring back at you. "Have a close read of what it printed on them: "Jaguar Carbon Ceramic." Also have a look at the rotors and you’ll notice that they are cross-drilled. Now, head to your local Jag dealer and ask for a 2014 Jag F-Type with the carbon-ceramic brakes and cross-drilled rotors; they’ll likely look at you funny because that is not an option.

This can only mean that this is a hopped up version of the F-Type Coupe , possibly an R-S variant. If this is true — please, car gods, let it be true — this means that this puppy pumps somewhere in the 550-horsepower range from a boosted V-8 powerplant.

Are you excited yet? We sure are... Stay tuned for more info.

Click past the jump to see the spy shots up close

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BMW revealed the concept X5 eDrive today ahead of its public debut at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show . This BMW -developed plug-in hybrid powertrain looks quite promising: it maintains the xDrive AWD system’s torque split ability to all four wheels even when running in hybrid or full electric mode.

Cabin space is said to be only marginally trimmed from the advanced Li-ion battery pack under the rear cargo tray area - but the real headline is a sprint time that is still under 7 seconds and an all-electric cruising range of 19 miles at speeds up to 75 mph.

This BMW eDrive concept is the second time a plug-in hybrid has emerged from Munich — the first being 2012’s Active Tourer — a front-drive MPV heading for launch in a few years.

Of course, BMW’s i brand also has some striking electrified models waiting in the wings with the i8 and i3 - both of which are scheduled for big launch news during the company’s Frankfurt press conferences.

The concept X5 eDrive tests the mood for a future plug-in hybrid luxury SUV, but brings numerous technological advancements so far unseen from the smash-hit Lexus RX450h and supercharged seven-seat 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid . As currently planned, the X5 eDrive will lag behind the main models to market by about a year - for a projected late fall 2014 arrival in American showrooms.

Click past the jump to read the full preview of the 2013 BMW Concept X5 eDrive and check out the image gallery of the full i8 -style makeover of this popular luxury crossover.

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Graphic artist, writer and futurist Daniel Simon is the current darling of both Hollywood movie studios and the top levels of the video gaming industry. Where this man’s wild brain goes, billions in potential commercial opportunities seem to follow.

His most groundbreaking work for car enthusiasts came with the founding of Cosmic Motors some years ago. Future cars from Cosmic Motors are often capable of flight, hypersonic speeds and include unimaginably advanced racing and weapons technology.

Away from the brutality of the interstellar race circuit, Cosmic Motors also produces a line of super-luxury coupes called the Galaxion. The Galaxion 3000 and 5000 personal luxury coupes present a luxurious way to warp to the 330 mph top speed inside a plush two-seat cockpit. A fusion cell provides the energy for unlimited lifetime use.

For comparison, the Galaxion 5000’s performance and style are a good mix of the Bugatti Veyron and the recent Cadillac Elmiraj concept - with more than a dash of Bugatti Type 57 S/C Atlantique for good measure.

The Cosmic Motors brochure opens a fantasy world thousands of years in the future - with all of the glamor and racing iconography intact. Even the Cosmic Motors booth babes are in full track suits - and are more than a little sexy in some of the renderings - while the dudes practice looking into the distance like brooding sunglass models.

Welcome to Cosmic Motors and the Galaxion 5000 Coupe.

Click past the jump for the full review of the model year 9086 Cosmic Motors Galaxion 3000 and 5000 Coupes.

Mercedes GLA45 AMG

Last week, Mercedes released the GLA250 to its U.S. customers, but we still have yet to get an undisguised look at the upcoming GLA 45 AMG . Since Mercedes decided to leave us in the dark on the powerful crossover, our spy photographers decided to hang out at Nϋrburgring Nordschleife in an attempt to catch the crossover lapping the famed course.

Well, their diligence paid off, as they managed to catch the GLA 45 AMG doing a few hot laps around Nϋrburgring. The AMG variant will, of course, feature the same basic shape as the standard GLA250, but with plenty of aggressive styling additions to give the GLA-Class a sportier look.

Under its hood, we expect the GLA 45 AMG to carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 350 to 360 horsepower on tap. We also assume the that AMG variant of this sporty crossover will carry the same transmission as the GLA250 with standard 4MATI all-wheel drive.

We anticipate the GLA 45 AMG coming in around €50,000 ($66,795) in Europe, but we’re not too sure if it will make its way across the pond to U.S. showrooms.

Click past the jump to read more about the model that our spy photographers caught testing


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