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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.


After much teasing and prodding, Lexus finally unveiled the third-generation IS sedan earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show .

Well, it looks like the Japanese automaker isn’t done with its IS lineup just yet.

According to What Car, Lexus is expected to launch a coupe version of the IS in 2014, which will be based on the IS sedan.

As far as styling goes, the IS Coupe will take inspiration from the 2012 LF-CC Concept that we first saw at the 2012 Paris Motor Show . Should that be the case, you can expect the IS Coupe to carry some of the concept’s design elements, including the large trapezoidal front grille, the contoured and aggressive looking profile, and the expansive use of LED lights.

As far as powertrain is concerned, the thinking within Lexus is to outfit the IS Coupe with the same 2.5-liter hybrid engine, which would only be available in Europe, Japan and other markets, if the coupe model stays consistent with the sedan. In this case, U.S.-bound IS Coupe models would likely arrive with the same 2.5 and 3.5-liter engines as the American sedan, which produce 204 horsepower and 306 horsepower, respectively.

Updated 05/30/2013: Today we have prepared a pretty cool rendering for the upcoming Lexus IS Coupe. We have started with a IS sedan and added a revised roofline and proportions inspired by the LF-CC Concept.

Click past the jump read about the Lexus LF-CC Concept and the upcoming IS Coupe

Source: What Car
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Caterham Superlight R600

Earlier this month, Caterham unveiled the Seven Limited Edition Pack - a model specially developed to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Now, it looks like the company will continue its celebration with the unveiling of a new entry-level version of the Seven.

According to the first details we have on the car, it will take the firm back to its roots and will pay homage to the brand’s DNA. Talking about the new model, Caterham Cars CEO Graham Macdonald said: "Colin Chapman designed the original Seven to be entirely ‘fit-for-purpose’ – a racing car for the road with the driving experience at its heart. With that in mind, the new entry-level Seven will be uncomplicated, easy to run and, most important of all, an intuitive and exciting drive."

The new entry-level Seven will be unveiled in the autumn of 2013 and will be priced at about £17,000 - or around $25,000 at the current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Caterham Seven.

Source: AutoCar
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Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

Mercedes is preparing to replace the current SLS supercar with a new SLC sports car that will also aim against models like Porsche 911. The current SLS will go out of production in 2015 and the SLC will enter the market in 2016 and it will offer a few major differences over the current SLS.

First it will offer no gullwing doors and will be lighter and slimmer with the use of plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum. Mercedes will offer a base version delivering about 485 horsepower and priced at about €109,000 (about $140k at the current exchange rates). Next there will be a S version delivering about 550 horsepower and priced at €145,000 ($186,000 at the current exchange rates). The most powerful version will be the Black Series which will deliver a total of 585 horsepower.

The next SLC will only be offered in coupe version with no plans for a roadster or a four-wheel drive version.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Mercedes SLS.

Source: Autobild
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Tesla Model S

Things are going very well at the Tesla headquarters now that the company did an early repayment for its loan from the U.S. Energy Department. In fact they are going so well that Tesla CEO Elon Musk is already considering a new model for the next three or four years.

The model will be offered as an entry-level version for Tesla’s lineup and according to the first details it will be "less expensive than the Model S and nicer than Nissan’s electric-powered Leaf."

Musk said that the world "really needs is a great, affordable electric car. I’m not going to let anything go, no matter what people offer, until I complete that mission."

As the current Models S is too expensive for most people, new model will be priced below $40k and will deliver a range of about 200 miles.

Note: Current Tesla Model S pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Tesla Model S.

Source: Bloomberg

If it wasn’t made evidently clear by a previous video teaser, Aston Martin has a mysterious car that it’s been teasing.

What isn’t clear is what car it actually is, although if you look at the second teaser, you get some glimpses of that seem to suggest that what the British automaker is keeping under the covers looks like a variant of the V12 Vantage . The air scoops you see ever so fleetingly in the trailer is a pretty indicative tell.

The teaser vid also makes good use of carbon fiber elements, which could suggest that this isn’t some kind of a road car but a possible race car with some serious attitude attached to it. It also helps strengthening that hypothesis that the driver is wearing a full racing suit.

We’re extremely intrigued to see what Aston Martin has in store for us with this new model. But even with the lack of details, we’ll venture a guess that this new car won’t be as insane as the CC100 Speedster Concept we saw Aston Martin unveil a few weeks ago.

Click past the jump to watch the first teaser video of this mysterious Aston Martin model

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When Ferrari launches a new-generation sports car on the market, everyone is well aware that they should expect at least three versions: a coupe, a spyder , and a Scuderia. We’ve already had our fill of the Ferrari 458 Italia Coupe and Spyder, but this new rendering of a Scuderia model got us thinking. What should we expect from Ferrari’s most fiery version of this aging model?

If this rendering from Milanno ArtWorks is any indication as to the design of the Scuderia, then we can expect a much more aggressive design illustrated by the sharp edges of the bumper followed by the sharp edge design of the front lights. Since the Scuderia name is synonymous with weight reduction, expect a weight loss similar to that of the 430 Scuderia , which lost about 220 pounds compared to the standard model. This will be done with a mostly aluminum body, since Ferrari has already made it clear that it would stick to this material rather than using carbon fiber, like the competition.

Power for the newest Scuderia monster may come from a turbocharged V-8 that will push out anywhere from 590 to 700 horsepower. At one point, Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said that a 458 Scuderia would not be produced because the 458 Italia was just so advanced, so if rumors are circulating that a Scuderia will follow, then we expect to see a power output that will blow our minds. The only problem is, we won’t see it until at least the end of 2013.

Update 5/21/2013: According to Car and Driver, the long-awaited 458 Scuderia could finally show its face in Frankfurt, rounding out the 458 family. Sources also told Car and Driver that the 458 Scuderia could be inspired by the 458 Challenge race cars, which run around the track with smaller waist lines than the standard 458 Italia.

As far as power goes, the direct-injected V-8 that will power the 458 Scuderia is expected to reach an output of about 600 horsepower, significantly more than the 562-horsepower output of the standard model. Tweaks to the engine, including recalibrated ECUs could be partly responsible for the performance spike. (Car and Driver)

Click past the jump to read about the Ferrari 458 Italia

Source: TeamSpeed
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If you believed the 2011 Etherea concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was just a design exercise, you are about to be proven wrong. It looks like the concept was just a preview for a new crossover set to be launched in the next two years.

Talking about the future model, Infiniti boss Andy Palmer said it will be placed between "the Audi A3 and Audi Q3" and that this will be made possible by a new three-way adjustable ride height system.

The new crossover will follow Infiniti’s new naming strategy and it is believed to be called Q30. The model will follow in the footsteps of the Qashqai and Juke crossovers in terms of entering into established segments with new models. Palmer made it quite clear that despite the similarities, the Q30 won’t be "a copy of the Nissan Qashqai, but a car that can span established brackets within the market."

The model will differentiate itself with a unique styling and, of course, a more luxurious styling.

Updated 05/16/2013: Today we have created a rendering for the upcoming Infinti Q30. Click past the jump to see how it differs from the Etherea concept.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Etherea concept.

Source: AutoCar
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The 2014 P1 just dropped onto the market and McLaren officials are already talking about a successor for the supercar. McLaren sales and marketing boss Greg Levine confirmed in an interview with AutoCar that the company is planning a successor for the P1 but not for "at least ten years."

He confirmed that while developing the P1 project , McLaren wanted to develop "the best super sports car the world has ever seen until a successor is built." And, in order to remain exclusive, the P1 needs to stay on sale for a short while and after that the company "needs to step back from the market for a few years."

Talking about the P1, he said that the company sold about three-quarters from the 375 units that McLaren plans to build. Also, it looks like there are customers who have ordered two P1 units and that more than 30 cars have been fully customized by customers.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P1.

Source: AutoCar
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Audi TT

The third generation Audi TT (Tourist Trophy) has already been caught testing in many times and today, new details on the model have surfaced online.

As previously reported, the third-generationTT sports car will return to its original roots: its design will once again be inspired by the original concept unveiled at the 1995 Frankfurt auto show.

According to an unconfirmed report from Car and Driver, the U.S.-spec TT will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Volkswagen Group’s EA888 turbocharged and direct-injected technology – the same engine that was just added to the 2013 Beetle Turbo . In the base version this engine will deliver a total of 220 horsepower and the S version will receive an extra turbo to allow it to deliver a total of 300 horsepower.

Car and Driver also reported that the TT-RS version will continue to carry a five-cylinder engine tuned to produce a whopping 380 horsepower. That adds up to a 20-horsepower increase over the current generation’s 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. Audi will also offer both front and Quattro all-wheel drive systems on the TT-RS.

The new Audi TT will arrive on the market in 2014 in coupe form and in roadster form a few months later.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi TT.

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Jaguar XKR-S GT

Earlier this year at the 2013 New York Auto Show , Jaguar unveiled the 2014 XKR-S GT - a special edition initially intended to be limited to only 30 units, but due to high demand, increased to 50 units. Now, in an interview with Edmunds, Jaguar’s design studio director Wayne Burgess confirmed that the company plans to offer more R-S GT models.

Burgess said that the R-S GT line will become something similar to the Black Series models offered by Mercedes. He said that starting at this point, all the future models will get an "R" version, while the "R-S" version will be offered for more extreme enthusiast-focused variants. He added that the "R-S GT" badge will be used for for limited-run, hand-built special editions.

While Burgess offered no details on the next model to get the GT treatment, we expect to see it applied to either the XFR-S or the new F-Type roadster .

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XKR-S GT.

Source: Edmunds

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