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future cars

  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.

In general I like the cars that Mini makes, but I despise the iterative nature of its designs and its constant collection of “different” models and trim levels. Taking one basic car and turning it into one-hundred and eleventy different models is silly and annoying. That said, Mini’s latest concept creation, the Superleggera Vision Concept , is every bit as interesting as it is stunning to look at. It feels like the first true new Mini design since the brand returned in 2003. With a collection of retro cues and futuristic design touches, the car is a truly inspirational design.

I am not the only person who feels that this should be the new future direction of Mini design, and now rumor has it that Mini could actually build it.

The story comes from Automotive News, which cites information provided by Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer at the car’s unveiling. Schwarzenbauer said the car was created to see how well the Mini fans would respond to something that looked like a radical departure from the brand’s traditional design. His words were, “It has received overwhelming appreciation.” He also said he could see a production version of this roadster if the BMW board approves the project.

Here is to hoping.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept.

Note: Porsche 550 rendered here.

The rumors about Porsche’s baby-Boxster roadster are swirling up again with new reports coming out of Germany. This time, the news suggests the new car will surface for the 2016 model year and sport two versions of a flat-four engine. Dubbed the 718, this rumored roadster will slot under the Boxster in terms of price, horsepower, and weight, while still offering plenty of go-fast performance for buyers looking to spend less than the Boxster’s $63,000 asking price.

The report from Focus pins the 718’s two four-cylinders as displacing 2.0- and 2.5-liters with horsepower outputs of 282 and 355, respectively. Porsche will combine these engines with a DSG gearbox and manual transmissions that will drive the rear wheels. The combination of a lighter, mid-mounted, four-cylinder engine and a lighter chassis means the 718 will surely be a hot performer.

Rumors also claim that Porsche engineers are using a modified Boxster platform with a reduction in mass coming from extensive uses of aluminum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the new Roadster also use lots of carbon fiber, as the cost of CF production keeps falling and becomes more pervasive in the industry.

Though the official word isn’t out yet, experts say the car will cost roughly $53,000 — a solid $10K less than the base Boxster. That said, the 718’s upper trim level, which includes the 355-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, will probably only undercut the Boxster by a few thousand. Either way, we appear to be getting a more pure drop-top from Stuttgart by 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 718.

Source: Focus

The highly anticipated, next-generation Audi Q7 has yet to reveal its brand-new design, but a prototype vehicle spotted recently in Germany suggests development of the SUV is well underway, with no hurdles in sight. You probably remember Audi’s decision to send the SUV back to the design table because of its aggressive initial styling.

There’s a chance we’ll never find out the real reasons that prompted this setback, but the spy shots we just received in our inbox come to confirm the redesigned Audi Q7 isn’t something Batman would want to drive. And that’s because it won’t be out of this world when compared to its predecessor, and certainly not revolutionary in terms of styling.

Although the swirly camouflage keeps the details away from the eyes, we can clearly see the SUV is set to receive most of the styling cues seen on the smaller, facelifted Audis , including LED headlamps, large front grille and intakes, and reshaped front and rear bumpers. The big news is that the new Q7 will be a lot lighter, with the MLB platform rumored to help the vehicle lose at least 650 pounds.

The upcoming Q7 will receive four different powertrains, starting with the 3.0-liter TFSI and a revised turbodiesel unit. The range-topping SUVs will carry twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8s under their hoods, while a hybrid drivetrain will arrive to complete the lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the future 2016 Audi Q7.

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Ultra-luxury brands beware, another one of your comrades is falling down the shame spiral and building a - gasp - SUV! Sure that’s a little dramatic, but so are all of the people that are scoffing at the fact that Bentley has now confirmed a new SUV scheduled to hit their lineup sometime in 2015. If everyone remembers correctly, these are the same people that were horrified that Porsche decided to build the Cayenne and look how well that turned out for them.

Now, with a 37-percent increase in sales in 2011 (to 7,003 vehicles sold), Bentley is looking to double this number by the time this new SUV, rumored to have the name "Falcon Falcon " — comes out by making it "the world’s most luxurious 4x4" SUV and targeting growing SUV markets like the U.S. and China. The "luxurious" title will also match the price; rumors point to the starting price for this future SUV coming in at $271,000, making the $48,200 starting price of the Porsche Cayenne look like it belongs on a Kia Sportage .

So, what constitutes the jumbo price tag? Other than the supposedly tremendous amount of luxury built into the future SUV, rumors are swirling that a V-8 twin-turbocharged engine would be the standard powerplant and a W-12 engine is a possible option.

Bentley is taking a big step with its improving sales by giving an SUV a chance to flourish. Does the world need a strong competitor for the Porsche Cayenne? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that high-end customers with deep pockets won’t be writing out checks for a chance to wallow in the luxurious nature promised by Bentley.

Updated 05/27/2014: Bentley launched a new website for its upcoming SUV. The automaker will update the site continuously with details on the future model. Described as the "world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV," the new Bentley will put its new SUV on sale in 2016, with a plug-in hybrid option set to follow in 2017.

Updated 06/30/2014: In a recent interview with the British magazine AutoCar Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed that the company’s future SUV will be the most expensive SUV currently available on the market. It will be priced at about £130,000 - or $220,000 at the current exchange rates. This is a lot indeed, but its less than initially expected: £200,000 - or $340,000 at the current exchange rates.

Our spy photographers confirmed last month’s rumor about Mercedes-Benz working on a brand-new C-Class to fill the gap between the C400 and the more powerful C63 AMG . This confirmation comes by way of a wagon version of the C450 AMG Sport stretching its legs in Germany.

Caught completely undisguised, the second-brawniest current-generation C-Class Wagon sports a more aggressive front bumper that doesn’t stray too far from the piece seen on the regular model and an AMG-style grille that carries just one horizontal bar.

Around back, the differences are less noticeable, with only a dual-exhaust system catching our eyes. The wagon also benefits from a different set of wheels that are similar to some we’ve seen recently from AMG. The "4MATIC" badge on the rear hatch suggests the C450 AMG Sport will arrive with all-wheel-drive.

Scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2015, both the sedan and wagon versions of the C450 will carry a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6. This engine puts out 329 horsepower in the C400 model, so it wouldn’t shocked us to see the hotter C450 AMG Sport carry more than 370 ponies.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes C450 Sport AMG Wagon.

Previewed by a concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the next-generation Mini John Cooper Works has been spotted testing Northern Europe since February. More recently, though, the Brits have moved their trials at the Nurburgring track, the perfect environment for a beefed-up hatchback .

Although the spy shots we’ve just received from our paparazzi show a vehicle that has lost most of its camouflage, we’re actually looking at a mule that wears a Cooper S body with a John Cooper Works front bumper attached to it. Still wearing the yellow wrap, the bumper has a more aggressive design and it appears to be identical to the one seen on the concept car.

The lighter, 18-inch aluminum wheels also carry a new design, but the upcoming hot hatch will receive more distinct features, such as a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, roof spoiler and side skirts. These features are likely to find their way on the prototype as development continues this summer.

Motivation will be provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s expected to crank 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s 13 ponies more than the outgoing model and just enough for the vehicle to reach 60 mph from a standing start in less than six seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

The fact the next-generation Camaro will replace the current model for the 2016 model year is no longer a mystery, but Chevrolet has finally made things official, confirming that 2015 will be last year on the market for the fifth-gen pony . The announcement, which came with a shorts list of updates — basically just one new color — for the 2015 Camaro , was quite brief and lacked any details on the redesigned model. However, previous reports have suggested the Camaro will get a new platform and an evolutionary styling that’s pretty familiar to customers.

Of course, the 2016 Camaro will get plenty of powertrain updates, with more horsepower coming out of its V-6 and V-8 engines, and possibly with the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission offered as standard. Interior revisions may include more soft-touch materials and premium surfaces, and loads of technology that will help the Camaro catch up with the 2015 Mustang .

As for the 2015 model, there are no horsepower improvements on the horizon, with all the current models to keep their respective specs and configurations. The main novelty is a new Blue Velvet Metallic color to the existing palette. With no significant updates on the table, pricing for the 2015 Camaro lineup is likely to remain nearly unchanged.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Camaro.

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.


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