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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.

Note: Current BMW i8 pictured here.

There’s been a lot of talk about BMW’s plan to expand the i range beyond the current i3 hatchback and i8 sports car. A larger i5 to slot above the i3 , for instance, has been in the rumor mill since last year. More recently though, certain reports are talking about an i9, essentially a plug-in hybrid supercar , placed atop the brand-new i8. The new vehicle will arrive in 2016, German outlet Auto Motor and Sport reports, just in time to celebrate BMW’s 100th anniversary.

Reportedly developed as a spiritual successor to the iconic M1 built between 1978 and 1981, the i9 will be a beefed-up version of the i8 with a more aggressive design and a more potent hybrid drivetrain. Naturally, the i9 will benefit from the same 50:50 weight distribution as the i8, while extensive use of carbon-fiber and aluminum will help keep weight in the 3,300-pound area in spite of its larger gasoline engine and electric motor.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW i9.

It’s been five years since Jaguar introduced the current-generation XJ , and the large sedan is finally getting its first update. Paraded on public streets during testing since November 2013, the XJ is inching closer to production, as a brand-new batch of spy shots reveal . So what has been Jaguar up to these past six months? Nothing much really, as the sedan is only getting a mild facelift, but the updated XJ is starting to take shape.

Photographed while tackling the iconic Nurburgring track at blistering speed, the executive four-door has yet to ditch the black-and-white camouflage covering its front and rear fascias. However, we now have a few small details to ogle at before this Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8 fighter makes its way onto showroom floors. Are these new updates extensive enough to jeep the XJ fresh for a few more years with a brand-new S-Class on the market and redesigned BMW 7 Series underway? Stick around to find out.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Jaguar XJ.

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz M-Class facelift just came out for a new testing session in Europe. Scheduled to break cover in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a 2015 model, the updated SUV was spotted wearing less camouflage than usual, albeit still hiding its revised front and rear fascias. The facelift brings significant revisions inside and out, as Mercedes-Benz is looking to build on the M-Class’ increasing popularity, especially in the United States.

The upgrades also come as a response to the recently launched, third-generation BMW X5 and the anticipated introduction of a brand-new Audi Q7 . The facelift is supposed to keep the third-generation M-Class fresh for three more years, until a redesigned version replaces it for 2018. But until that happens, let’s have a look at what these new spy shots have to share about the revised midsize SUV and revisit the details surrounding the upcoming M-Class.

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

Afzal Kahn and Ant Anstead are joining forces but they’re not building custom vehicles. What they are building is an actual car, or to be more specific, a new two-seat, open top roadster called the Evanta Barchetta.

The retro-inspired Evanta Barchetta has the looks that can warp you back into the 1950s. The sweeping curves and the swept back headlights definitely hark to the motorsports of that era, something Ant-Kahn tried to convey in the design of the roadster. The hand-crafted, coachbuilt model also makes use of lightweight materials like a composite Kevlar body in order to keep its overall weight down.

The Evanta Barchetta isn’t all about its looks either. It also has the engine to be considered as a true sports car . Pop open the hood and you’ll see a Chevrolet -sourced, 6.2-liter, LS3 engine that produces 450 horsepower.

From there, it’s all about the math. Here you have a lightweight vehicle that produces that much engine output. You don’t need to be a genius to conclude that the Evanta Barchetta is going to be one fast sports car that should pay proper homage to its racing roots.

Ant-Kahn is set to debut the Evanta Barchetta at the Goodwood Revival Motor Show on September 12th, 2014. Only 20 models are going to be built per year and the waiting list is apparently filing up fast. If you’re interested, now is the time to let Ant-Kahn know about it.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more information on this upcoming sports car.

Updated 07/23/2014: Afzal Kahn tweeted a series of new images for the future Ant-Kahn Evanta Barchetta. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the Ant-KahnEvanta Barchetta..

Tesla has officially announced its next product: the Model III. Scheduled to debut in 2017 after the upcoming Model X SUV, the midsize Model III sedan has its sights set squarely on the BMW 3 Series . Tesla’s new car will slot under the popular Model S in both size and price.

Keeping with its unconventional business methods, Tesla announced the product in an interview with AutoExpress. CEO Elon Musk says the new car will cost $35,000 and have a range of 200 miles on a single charge. The candid interview continued with Musk mentioning he wanted the new car called the Model E, but ran into red tape with Ford , which apparently holds rights to the name.

To combat the nomenclature woes, Tesla will badge the new car with the Roman numeral “III.” We have to give pause to Tesla’s naming scheme, particularly because of the combination of the Model S, the Model E (err Model III), and the Model X. It seems the world can see Elon Musk’s rather interesting sense of humor.

While the Models S, III, and X are the main focus of Tesla’s future, the company is giving early adopters a substantial power boost. Musk continued in the interview saying Tesla will offer the original Tesla Roadster a replacement battery that extends its range to 400 miles while boosting power. Musk says, “which will allow you to drive from LA to San Francisco non-stop.”

Updated 07/23/2014: We prepared a rendering for the future Tesla Model III. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Tesla Model III.

Source: AutoExpress

It seems that Honda’s constant back-and-forth on whether or not to build a new NSX is over, as we have spy shots of a production version making laps at the Nordschliefe.

I bet that last sentence just brightened up your day, didn’t it?

Covered in camo and blasting around the Green Hell, it appears that the NSX — branded as an Acura in the U.S. — with hit showrooms looking almost exactly as it did when it was first unveiled a few years ago. We expect the car to roll into dealers sometime in the summer of 2015 with a turbocharged, V-6 engine and one of the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems in the world. Considering that V-6 is supposed to make more than 400 horsepower, we might finally have a car with the potential to dethrone the incredible Nissan GT-R .

Now that we have production cars hitting the ‘Ring, there should be a LOT more info coming soon. Keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com for all the news as we get it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda (Acura) NSX.

Launched for the 2013 model year, the Cadillac ATS sedan was developed as a luxury competitor to the BMW 3 Series , the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4 . Nearly two years later, the GM-owned brand expanded the ATS family to include a two-door coupe aimed mainly at the BMW 4 Series . Just like its sedan sibling, the ATS Coupe gained a turbo, 2.0-liter four-banger and a 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 272 horsepower and 321 ponies, respectively. Additionally, and much like the CTS range, the ATS family is set to receive the high-performance "V" treatment.

As we approach 2015, it’s becoming clearer that the ATS-V Coupe is the first model to have its engine injected with more oomph. The move will push the stylish two-door vehicle closer to BMW’s range-topping 4 Series model, the M4 , and into a market that also includes the awesome Audi RS5 . Will Cadillac stand a chance against the big guns of the industry? Let’s start our analysis by having a look at the spy shots we just received in our inbox.

Updated 07/22/2014: We created a rendering of the future ATS-V Coupe based on the spy shots we’ve seen so far. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe.

2014 has been a busy year for Bentley so far. The Brits have begun testing their upcoming SUV and launched the Continental GT3-R , a high-performance coupe paying tribute to the GT3 race car . The next few months will also see the introduction of the Mulsanne Speed , but apparently, Bentley won’t stop there. As we speak, the luxury manufacturer is developing a strategy to further expand its offerings.

According to Car & Driver, Bentley is focusing on two different fronts. The first one revolves around developing limited-edition models under the Mulliner badge. These vehicles would be aimed at wealthy customers and collectors to help Bentley enter a very profitable niche currently dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini . This idea has been floating around the company’s headquarters in Crewe for a while now, but it seems the Brits are finally ready to make the big step.

The second expansion lies on the other side of the lineup and involves the introduction of a brand-new vehicle to sit below the Continental. Bentley doesn’t build new vehicles too often, so this is obviously the bigger news of the pack. Stick around to find out more.

Note: Bentley Continental GT pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Bentley’s future entry-level model.

Source: Car & Driver

Although it received a much-anticipated facelift for the 2014 model year, the current-generation BMW 5 Series won’t be around for more than a couple of years. A completely redesigned version is being tested as we speak, and the Germans are readying for a 2016 launch. Much like every new generation, the upcoming 5 Series sedan will debut alongside a Touring brother, or as we call it here in the States, a station wagon. Both vehicles have been spotted in the past wearing swirly camouflage and prototype lights.

It’s been a few months since we’ve last seen a 5 Series and our spy photographers have stumbled upon the 5 Series Touring this time. Nothing has changed camouflage-wise, but this time the vehicle was riding on its own wheels and not on a truck. Actually, the photos show the wagon is already stretching its legs on the Nurburgring track, which suggests the Germans have reached a new development stage.

What’s more, our paparazzi also managed to snap some shots of the interior, a premiere in the case of the next-gen 5 Series. Read on to find out more about the newest details surrounding BMW’s upcoming midsize luxury car.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 5 Series Touring.

We haven’t been shy about the vehicles we admire here on Topspeed. The Lexus NX midsize SUV falls into that list. The arrival of the NX has given Lexus a model to compete against the likes of the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 . But if the company really wants to make a statement, a smaller version of the NX should be on the horizon, right?

Lexus Europe Vice President Alain Uyttenhoven spoke with Autocar about the possibility of a smaller Lexus SUV . He wasn’t totally open but he also didn’t shoot it down, leaving us hanging with nail-biting phrases like “not impossible” and “makes sense”.

The man clearly knows how to evade leading questions, even if it comes at our unfortunate expense. But if you read between the lines, there is reason to be optimistic. For one, Uyttenhoven didn’t completely deny the possibility of a smaller, NX-based SUV. We’re going to take that as a sign that Lexus could be considering such a model in the future. For now, that’s a "win" in our book

Lexus does have a real gem in the NX SUV, and If it can use that as a basis for a smaller version, there will be no shortage of competitors sweating out the model’s arrival. Models like the BMW X1 , the Audi Q3 , and the Mercedes-Benz GLA should all be worried if Lexus does release a competing model.

The ball, it seems, is in Lexus’ court. What it does with it could change the landscape of the luxury , compact SUV segment.

Note: Lexus NX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about Lexus NX.

Source: AutoCar

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