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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.

If you happen to be a fan of slightly quirky Japanese cars with AWD, I have great news for you. It seems Subaru is finally spending the money to bring new platforms and engines to its lineup of cars.

The report comes from Automotive News, who is claiming that after six straight years of record-breaking growth, the Fuji Heavy Industries subsidiary is going to bring a new modular platform to market in a 2016. Along with this new platform that will underpin, the new Impreza and Outback as well as the Legacy and an unnamed three-row crossover , Subaru will add direct injection to every single engine it builds in an effort to improve fuel economy. Adding direct injection will also improve emissions and improve performance.

The goal is to make its models even more enticing to buyers by providing all the same Subaru greatness with even better fuel economy, traditionally a downside of Subaru’s love of AWD.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Subaru Impreza.

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Genty Automobile is a design company and is planning to step-in into the league of exotic high-performing supercars. The first vehicle to carry the Genty badge will be the Akylone , and the company is burning the midnight oil to make it a reality. Genty bolted a V-8 engine developed in-house, allowing the manufacturer to customize the engine and its output as it feels.

Two years after Genty Automobile introduced the Akylone in virtual form, the France based start-up company has revealed an updated version of the supercar with even more efficacious performance figures. Genty built the supercar around an idea of delivering a great power-to-weight ratio to compete with other supercars on the market, and the new breed of hybrid engines that are powering the futuristic hypercars.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Genty Akylone.

A mildly camouflaged, next-generation Audi R8 has hit the Nurburgring track again, revealing a few never-before-seen details. You’re probably anxious to ogle at its sexy, supercar -like body, but the fake body panels mounted on the front and the rear fascias blocked our paparazzi, yet again.

The good news is the folks over at Audi have brought with them a second prototype with a fully uncovered interior, a perfect target for our skilled photographers and their lenses. The most noticeable novelty is the introduction of a digital TFT instrument cluster.

The unit comes to replace the more conventional analogue gauges and represents a significant update for a sports car that has some tough competition to bark at. The dashboard is also new, and so are the steering wheels and the air vents, which feature chromed bezels.

Getting back to the outer shell, we’re expecting for the brand-new R8 to break cover with a set of smaller headlamps, a reshaped grille and a smoother front hood. Around back, we should see slimmer LED taillights, redesigned vents and rectangular exhaust pipes on each side of the diffuser. Overall, the next R8 will look flatter, wider and even meaner.

Audi will bolt the body on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan , which means the new model will shed up to 200 pounds compared to its predecessors. Both the 4.2-liter V-8 and the 5.2-liter V-10 powerplants will carry over with the regular horsepower updates. Naturally, these units will see improvements in the fuel efficiency department as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.

If you’re a regular listener to our TopSpeed Podcasts, you’re likely familiar with our affinity with high-tech halo cars and the benefits they bring to less expensive, more everyday cars by technology trickle-down. Well, it appears Porsche is planning to share a few of the 918 hybrid hyper car’s parts with an upcoming version of the 911 Turbo S, and the Panamera Turbo S.

Why add a hybrid system to a car as seamless as the 911? The benefits are numerous and often obvious, but sometimes can be more obscure. The easiest positive to recognize is more horsepower. Adding the 918’s 156-horsepower electric motor to the 911 Turbo S’ 560-horsepower flat six results in a possible 716-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. That would help the 911 run the ‘ring with the latest Lamborghinis and Ferraris out there.

On the more obscure side, adding a plug-in hybrid system would allow the 911 to drive within Europe’s future Zero-Emissions Zones where conventional engines are banned in congested urban environments. Switch to full-electric mode, and the car becomes legal to drive downtown.

What’s more, it shouldn’t be difficult for Porsche to tailor the e-Hybrid system for not just the 911 and Panamera, but for other vehicles in the future. It’s possible for the trickle-down to continue further into even more affordable vehicles like the Cayman and Boxster, but only after the development and hardware costs come down. This not only helps Porsche’s overall CAFE ratings, but helps boost horsepower ratings and performance standards as well.

It sounds like a win-win to us.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Source: MotorTrend

The hot hatch segment has become increasingly competitive these days with so many automakers fielding competitive models. Mazda has seen all the action taking place and has yet to release a performance version of the Mazda3 since unveiling its new design. Now it’s looking like a new Mazda3 MPS — closely related to the Mazdasoeed3 here in the U.S. — is near and it’s going to be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that may have 325 horsepower.

The news comes from CarsGuide, which reported the Japanese automaker is pushing ahead with plans for a Mazda3 MPS to join the growing hot hatch battle featuring the Ford Focus ST , the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Honda Civic Type-R , among other models.

A separate report from Japanese magazine Holiday Auto also suggested that despite repeated denials from Mazda, the automaker will turbocharge the new Mazda3 MPS, meaning that it stands to get an extra dose of power to be able to compete with its rivals.

The challenge for this new model is how Mazda can pair its SkyActiv engine range with a turbocharger, something it has had problems doing in the past. But a source in Japan told Holiday Auto the problem has "already been solved," clearing a hurdle in developing a turbocharged, new-generation Mazda3 MPS.

With that issue reportedly out of the way, Mazda has an easier developmental road in equipping its newly redesigned hatch with a drivetrain to compete with other hot hatchbacks currently on the market. The timetable for the car’s release is still anyone’s guess at this point, but there are those who believe the car should be ready to arrive in 2016. This gives Mazda two years to cover the entire development and production phase of the Mazda 3 MPS.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda3 MPS.

*Image Note: 2012 Mazda3 MPS shown here.

Source: CarsGuide

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed if it will sell a Golf R wagon in the future, but it appears its engineers and test drivers are busy developing a hot grocery getter. Now just in prototype form, the Golf R Variant showed up at the Nuburgring track to practice its skills and give us a taste of what we may be getting in showrooms. Not surprising, the wagon borrowed many body details from the hatchback , including the more aggressive front bumper, the 19-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile tires and a quad-exit exhaust fitted below the rear bumper. Some of these features set it apart from the mule we’ve seen earlier this year .

There are no badges proving the wagon we’re looking at is the Golf R, but our spy photographers have confirmed that Volkswagen is indeed testing it on the Nordschleife before giving it the green light.

If the Germans decide to go ahead with the project, the Golf R Variant will most likely be powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 290 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. The wagon should take fewer than six seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph on its way to a top speed limited at 155 mph. The 4MOTION all-wheel-drive and the six-speed manual gearbox will come standard, while VW will offer the six-speed DGS as an alternative.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant.

Mercedes-Benz is famous for inventing a lot of things, including the first series-production diesel passenger car, the first production vehicle with safety bodywork or ESP. More recently, the Germans made an impact for exploring new car niches with the launch of the CLS and CLA four-door, coupe-like sedans .

And it appears Mercedes is about to expand its ’tweener lineup even further with a C-Class -based, four-door coupe . At least that what company R&B boss Thomas Weber told Auto Express, adding that the Stuttgart crew is "intensively looking at remaining niches that will provide us with profitability and growth."

"There is room between the CLA and the CLS," he stressed, although without going into specifics, hinting that once the brand-new C-Class Coupe is out, a four-door version of it will follow. Of course, this is far from being an official statement, but it would make a lot of sense for Mercedes-Benz to come up with yet another sleek, aerodynamic sedan .

However, the new vehicle isn’t likely to show up before the 2016 model year, when the C-Class Coupe is rumored to hit dealerships.

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

Source: AutoExpress

“Wait, didn’t that headline read ‘Bentley’?” Yes, it sure did. At first glance, this is just an Audi Q7 mule out for testing somewhere in England. Look closer though, and a few things start to look suspicious. First up are those UK plates. Audi is German, but Bentley hails from the land of tea and crumpets. Those fenders are also looking quite wide compared to a standard Q7. Perhaps this is just a clever disguise by the Volkswagen Group to hide Bentley’s first-ever SUV .

Diving into the details of the pictures reveals larger air intakes below the headlights. Also expanded are those fenders that cover a larger and wider wheel and tire package. Why have larger air intakes and wheels? At the mule-testing stage, it isn’t a design feature but a mechanical one. A premium Bentley will require the biggest and best brakes to slow the roll from a massive engine not normally found in the Q7’s engine bay.

This isn’t the first time we’ve suggested VW Group might be putting the 6.0-liter, W-12 engine into the Bentley off-roader. Remember, that engine is twin-turbocharged, and large intercoolers will be needed to keep temperatures in check.

However, this is basically an educated guess as to what Audi/Bentley/VW Group is up to. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any further developments.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Bentley SUV.

There’s been a lot of action at the Nurburgring track this week, with both the 2016 BMW M2 and the Jaguar XE being spotted lapping the German course. The two have been joined by the upcoming Audi A6 Allroad , a vehicle previously caught testing in snowy conditions earlier this year, as well.

Although it hasn’t lost any of its camouflage since then, it’s more than obvious that the wagon has received a pair of new headlamps, while the front bumper and the large grille have been reshaped for a crisper appearance. The details are well hidden around back, but expect for the A6 Allroad to show up with redesigned taillights and a slightly updated bumper.

The only details that are out in the open are the large alloy wheels and the low profile tires; just a few more hints that the A6 Allroad means business in the performance department.

Speaking of performance, the existing gasoline engine will carry over unchanged, while the diesel mills will receive slight output increases, with the 3.0-liter TDI diesel to reach into 270-horsepower territory. Naturally, all units will burn less fuel and spew less CO2.

The new Audi A6 Allroad is expected to break cover at the Paris Motor Show in October, but make sure you stick around for further details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi A6 Allroad.

It’s been only two weeks since the brand-new BMW M2 Coupe was spotted stretching its legs on public streets for the first time , and the Germans have already taken the high-performance compact for a spin on the notorious Nurburgring track.

Although it wears different license plates, it appears that the vehicle spotted on the "Green Hell" is the same M2 we’ve seen earlier this month. The camouflage pattern is exactly the same, with no modifications whatsoever visible up front or around the back.

The wider fenders, the M-style wheels wrapped in Michelin tires and the cross-drilled rotors with blue calipers are evidence enough that we’re looking at an authentic M2, but we’re still expecting for a more aggressive front bumper, a larger rear diffuser and the quad exhaust pipes to show up. This will likely happen later in the car’s development, when the production-ready version will take on the street and track.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the M2 will arrive in dealerships with around 400 horsepower on tap, making it the most powerful and fastest model of the 2 Series lineup. The oomph will come from a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline-six engine and help push the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2 Coupe.


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