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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.

Audi A9

The long awaited Audi A9 has been in limbo for the past couple of years with Audi seemingly taking its time to unveil its new flagship sedan. And that’s after word spread out that the German automaker trademarked the A9 and S9 names last year.

But there appears to be a groundswell of movement in Ingolstadt these days and according to Auto Motor und Sport, the A9 is expected to be launched in 2016.

Circle those calendars, fellas.

The date of the A9’s launch has changed multiple times, but the latest timetable seems to point to a more concrete expectation as to when the luxury sedan finally comes out and smiles to the cameras.

Another interesting tidbit surrounding the A9 involves the platform it’s going to use, which apparently is the same one that will underpin the next-generation Q7 . Now, that’s interesting, considering that the Q7 is a pretty large SUV.

Guess it’ll be interesting to see what the A9 is going to look like, but fortunately, we made a rendering of the luxury sedan (above). Read more about the A9 after the jump.

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Porsche 911 Turbo

It started with the 2014 911 GT3 , and a report from Road and Track claims that Porsche decided that the new-generation 911 Turbo will also be offered only with a PDK gearbox. So those of you who were hoping for a manual 911, you’ll have to hurry and snag one up in the current generation.

Along with the transmission shift, the report also claims the new 911 Turbo will offer lots of innovations, like a computer-controlled center differential, water-cooled Haldex unit and rear active steering for more maneuverability. Also, when compared to a base 911 , the new-generation Turbo will be about 2.8 inches wider and, for the first time, the car’s roof can either be painted or made in glass or carbon fiber.

The base Turbo model will deliver a total of 520 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while in the S version it will be increased to 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. Top speed will be limited to 196 mph, but if the tires could handle it, it could have been easily increased to 207 mph. Fuel consumption has also been lowered by 13 percent.

We have kept the best for last. The current 911 Turbo lapped Nürburgring in 7:39 (7:37 for the S version) and rumors now point to the new Turbo to coming in at way under 7:30. Could it beat Carrera GT’s 7:25? We’ll see.

Click past the jump to read more about the 911 model

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Rolls Royce Wraith

Two weeks ago it was rumored that the new Rolls Royce Wraith could also get a convertible version. Also tossed out there was that the company is also planning either a crossover or a hatchback. However, it appears that those rumors weren’t completely true.

Speaking at the British launch of the new Wraith coupe, Rolls Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, has confirmed that indeed the next model to be developed by the company will be a Wraith convertible, and at the same time he denied any possibility of an SUV.

In fact, he said that Rolls Royce never considered an SUV because it will be impossible to make it have the "gravitas or the effortless driving characteristics that make a true Rolls-Royce.” However, in the near future we expect to see an updated Rolls Royce lineup.

Rolls Royce hopes that the new Wraith coupe and the future convertible version will enjoy great success in the U.S. market and hopes it will sell around 1,500 units a year.

Click past the jump to read about the Wraith Coupe

Source: AutoCar
Mercedes CLA-Class

We brought you a rendering of a shooting brake version of the CLA-Class last year and now we have gotten a little confirmation of the car. In a conversation with What Car?, Mercedes’ design boss, Gordon Wagener, admitted that the company is currently planning to add a shooting brake variant sometime in the future.

With the CLS Shooting Brake receiving rave reviews for its careful mixture of utility, luxury and sportiness, and the CLA looking to add a little affordability to the mixture, a shooting brake model is nearly a no-brainer. For now, the report stops here, but we can say that this one is all but in the bag, considering the rather reliable source it comes from.

We’ll keep a close eye on this developing report and let you know as soon as Mercedes releases a little more confirmation.

Click past the jump to read more on the current CLA sedan

Source: What Car?
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McLaren P1 unveil at the Paris Motor Show 2012 Exterior "It is engineering design led. Yet it is a striking and handsome car. The P1 reflects McLaren’s core values. It celebrates aerodynamics, great packaging and light weight. It is all about innovative technology. At the very beginning, we sought to develop a car that you could drive to a racing circuit, then press a button and race it. Maximum speed was never a priority. It’s much more technically challenging, and more meaningful, to (...)
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The Rolls Royce Ghost was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, it received no major updates. However, it looks like parent company, BMW , has decided it is time for a small update. And when we say “small,” we really mean it.

As you can see, this prototype is wearing little camouflage and what it is wearing it only on the parts that are going to be updated. Expect to see new headlamps and a revised front bumper with a design inspired by the recently revealed Wraith. The exterior mirrors also seem to have received a new shape.
On the rear, the exhaust tailpipes are now hidden, giving it a cleaner look.

For the interior, Rolls Royce will offer an updated sat-nav and infotainment system.

We expect some smaller changes under the hood too, most likely in order to obtain more power and less CO2 emissions.

Click past the jump to read more on the revised Rolls Royce Ghost.

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The recently launched Maserati Ghibli is said to open a new chapter in larger premium models for both Maserati and Alfa Romeo .

The latest rumors suggest that Alfa Romeo could also unveil a new luxury sedan based on the same platform as the new Ghibli. The model could be named "6C" and while the Maserati model is more luxury-focused, the Alfa Romeo one will be a little bit sportier.

The new 6C is said to come two body versions: a four-door sedan and a two-door coupe. The sedan version will arrive in 2015 as a 2016MY and Alfa Romeo hopes to sell a total of 40,000 units a year.

Under the hood, the upcoming 6C will most likely retain the same engines developed in cooperation with Ferrari, which includes: a new twin-turbo V-6 and a 3.0-liter V-6 turbo-diesel. However, unlike the Ghibli, the new 6C will not be offered with a ZF eight-speed transmission. Instead, Alfa Romeo will get the same innovative dual-transmission all-wheel-drive system we have seen in the Ferrari FF .

Read more about the Ghibli after the jump

Source: CarAndDriver
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Audi R4

At the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, Audi technical chief Wolfgang Durheimer confirmed that, along with the Le Mans-inspired hypercar, Audi could still offer a Boxster-sized sports car. This statement puts the R4 back in the cards, after being up and down for quite some time.

Durheimer confirmed that Audi has space for two different sports cars in the lineup — one placed above the R8 and one under it. The smaller one will be about the same size as the Porsche Boxster and has already been in "design, packaging and evaluation," but the market wasn’t quite ready for it. Audi wants a mid-engine sports car added to its lineup, but it will have to deliver "perfect weight distribution and perfect handling" and in the same time offer it at an affordable price.

As for the one placed above the R8, Durheimer said that Audi still has to make a decision on it, but he has big hopes to create one. However, it looks like if built, the model will not be offered with a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, because keys markets like China and North America don’t have much support for diesel cars.

Hit the jump for more details on the Audi R4.

Source: AutoCar

When little-known supercar builder, Vencer , started teasing its latest creation, we knew there was something special going on at the Dutch automaker’s offices. The Sarthe remained a well-kept secret from its initial teaser image all the way through its debut in Top Marques Monaco , so much so that to date, Vencer hasn’t even released images of it .

Well, we managed to scour around the Interwebz and dig up some images from Top Marques Monaco’s Facebook page. We’re not too sure exactly what to think of what we saw at Top Marques, as the Sarthe is your typical supercar with no real surprises. This could be engineering genius or maybe a complete flop – that decision is ultimately up to those of you with the funds in the bank to buy one.

We already knew what kind of pop the Sarthe would have, as Vencer reveled all of that information pretty early on in the teasing process.

Click past the jump to see all of the images of the Vencer Sarthe.

UPDATE 4/23/2013: The Sarthe officially debuted at the 2013 Top Marques Monaco over the weekend. Some images of the production model made their way onto Facebook, and many of the official details have been revealed. See more after the jump

UPDATE 06/11/13: A new batch of photos of the Vencer Sarthe supercar have been released. Check them out by clicking the gallery!

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Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept

This year’s Shanghai Auto Show comes with great news, and not only for the Chinese market. In an interview with AutoCar, Audi technical chief, Wolfgang Durheimer, said that he is pushing to expand Audi’s SUV lineup with a new model placed above the current Q7 and a Q2.

The SUV placed above the current Q7 would likely be named Q8 and will "combine a Range Rover Sport-style sporting look with a very luxurious interior." Durheimer said that Audi has been inspired by Bentley Bentley ’s decision to offer a SUV and he is also "encouraging" Lamborghini to progress with its SUV – remember, Lambo is under Audi’s control.

If built, the three SUVs - Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini - will most likely be developed in the same time, because, according to Durheimer VW encourages internal competition, as long as the models don’t overlap one another.

Until we will see the Q8 on the market, another SUV has priority: the Q2. It was previewed by the Crosslane Coupe Concept and Durheimer calls is a “top priority” within Audi. Rumor has it that the Q2 could arrive sometime in 2014.

Click past the jump to read about the Crosslane Coupe Concept

Source: AutoCar

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