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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.

The GT version of the new BMW 3-Series has been caught testing many times, but each time the car was heavily camouflaged. Today, however, an image has surfaced on the internet and it appears to reveal the real 3-Series GT .

The 3-Series GT version will be about 15 inches longer than the standard model, meaning it will offer increased interior and cargo room. Unlike the 5-Series GT , the new 3-Series GT will drop the twin-door-hatch design in favor of a normal one-piece hatch.

Under the hood, the 3-Series GT will be offered with the same engine lineup as the sedan version, meaning customers will have to choose between four engines - two gasoline engines and two diesel engines- with power ranging from 163 horsepower to 306 horsepower.

If the image posted on a French forum turns out to be real, we should expect the official details in the upcoming days. Of course, this might also be just a Photoshop’d image…

Source: Forumpro

Rumors about a possible new BMW supercar have been circulating for quite some time now, but now those rumors are getting more intense. Add in the fact that a new model is all but confirmed for a 2016 debut — the perfect time to mark BMW’s centenary.

Until now, everyone believed the new model would be called the M1, mostly because of the M1 Hommage concept car unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, new details suggest that BMW’s new supercar will be in fact called M8 - a name adopted because it will share the carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis with the upcoming BMW i8 . Of course this doesn’t mean the next M8 will also be a hybrid supercar, but because of this lightweight construction it will deliver impressive performance numbers.

To get an idea on what to expect, you should think of a gasoline-powered i8 alternative specially developed for those to care more about performance figures than the environment.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M8.

Image Note: The above image is not of the rumored M8

A standard Mercedes C63 AMG develops a total of 457 horsepower (or 487 if you add the AMG performance package). In the Black Series version, this output is raised to an even more impressive 510 horsepower, so it’s no wonder why BMW is now considering doing something about it. After all, their BMW M3 delivers only 414 horsepower and the upcoming generation is not showing any signs of improvement.

The only "hardcore" M3 currently offered by BMW is the M3 GTS , but it comes with only 450 horsepower and it is not available in the U.S.

If rumors from BimmerBoost are true, it looks like BMW plans to unveil one or two special cars in the upcoming years, and they will be offered as a response to Mercedes Black Series model. The announcement was been posted on Automobile writer Marc Noordeloos’ Twitter account. Noordeloos also confirmed that both models will be offered on the U.S. market. Also cars like M3 CSL, GTS and CRT will be offered to American enthusiast.

We’re holding onto hope that this is true, but we’ll reserve our excitement until we see what Bimmer comes up with.

Source: bimmerboost
Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class

We have heard all kind of rumors about the upcoming Mercedes SLC . Initially, it was rumored that the model would be offered as a baby-SLS, but rumors are now pointing toward the SLC being the successor to the larger SLS .

Rumors from Car say that The SLC will be built on an updated version of the SLS’s aluminum space-frame architecture and will be offered with a choice of a V-6 or V-8 engine. Car also claims that base versions will get a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with an output of about 333 horsepower, while top versions will get a 4.0-liter V-8 twin-turbo engine with an output of about 485 horsepower. Also claimed it that there will be an SLC S version that will target the 911 Turbo S. It will get a high-output version of the V-8 engine, which will deliver an impressive 585 horsepower.

According to the report, the new Mercedes SLS will be unveiled in 2015 and will be priced from about £70,000 (around $110,000 at the current exchange rates).

With rumors like these, we have to take them with a grain of salt, but it is nice to see some word on this much-anticipated model. We’ll see just how true these really are.

Source: CAR
Lexus LF-CC Concept

Rumors of a high-performance sports coupe from Lexus could heat up after it was reported that the Japanese automaker has filed a trademark for the name "RC F" in the U.S. and Europe.

The "RC 350" name was actually trademarked back in November with the Australian Patent Office, setting off speculation that this new RC model could be car that’ll be based on the LF-CC Concept . Now that Lexus has followed that up with the trademark of "RC F," you can clearly see a pattern slowly developing akin to what the company already has with the IS and IS F models.

No confirmation has been made, but in the interest of full disclosure, Lexus’ "RC F" was filed under the United States Patent & Trademark Office #85770072 and the European Union #011314226.

We’ll be sure to update you on any new updates regarding this story. At the very least, it’s getting us really excited to see what Lexus has in store for all of us.

Source: Club Lexus

It looks like things are going pretty well at Whitley headquarters in the UK, as Jaguar has announced one new model after another. It’s true that after the new F-Type hit the market, we were waiting for some kind of confirmation on that long-rumored crossover. Not anymore, as the model has been pushed back and Jaguar will begin focusing on models that luxury buyers are clamoring for.

This new model will be a compact sedan that will be built not as a direct competitor to models like the BMW 3-Series , but rather one that Jaguar hopes will overtake it by offering an "lightweight aluminum construction and cutting-edge, super-frugal four-cylinder engines."

The new compact sedan will be built on the same Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) aluminum platform as the next-generation XF and XJ, and will feature a "blend of performance and efficiency, as well as very sophisticated equipment."

The new model - set to be unveiled in the next three years - will be offered in numerous body variations, including: sedan, station wagon, coupe and convertible. It will also be offered up with different engine levels.

Before you Bimmer enthusiasts start scoffing at the thought of Jag overtaking the beloved 3-Series, keep in mind that the BMW 3-Series has become more and more expensive over the years, while offering fewer and fewer standard options. For example, the 3-Series comes standard with “leatherette” upholstery, which is fancy speak for high-end vinyl stamped out to look like leather. Name us a Jag that has fake leather… You can’t. This is the same attention to detail that Audi has paid to make a sizeable dent in BMW and Mercedes’ market shares lately.

Jaguar has an uphill battle because of its recent reliability and build-quality issues, but the idea of it at least trying harder to compete with the big boys is refreshing.

Source: AutoCar
Audi RS6 Avant

When Audi announced the TT RS Plus at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we got pretty excited, as it featured a sportier look and delivered an extra 20 horsepower over the standard TT RS . TheR8 V10 Plus followed later in 2012 with an increase of 25 horsepower over the standard R8 V10 and numerous weight-saving treatments.

Now it is time to get even more excited, as it looks like Audi will apply the same treatment to more models in its lineup and the next in line is the RS6 Avant .

First details suggest that, unlike the previous two Plus models, the RS6 Plus’ final output will be increased to an astounding 600 horsepower — up from the standard 560 horsepower in the RS6 Avant. The extra 40 horsepower combined with numerous weight-saving tactics will transform the RS6 Plus into a real beast.

The best part is that the model won’t be built in limited fashion, so if you want an improved RS6 this may be your chance.

We’ll update this review as Audi releases more info.

Source: CAR

Rumors about a possible collaboration between Caterham and Renault have been circulating for quite a few months now, and this month’s details about such a possible joint stronger.

As a result of this cooperation, Renault will have their Alpine brand brought back to life and Caterham will get a sports coupe that will rival models like Porsche Cayman .

The yet-to-be-named model, will be powered by a modified version of a Renault-sourced four-cylinder engine and will deliver about 270 horsepower. This power will be enough to sprint it from 0 to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, but knowing Caterham Caterham ’s history, we expect to see a more powerful version that will target high-end variants of the Cayman. The engine will be offered with a standard six-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic transmission as an option.

As you probably remember, when asked about this upcoming model, Caterham commercial director David Ridley confirmed that it will look completely different when compared to the Renault Alpine version.

With this in mind we have created a rendering of what we think this model will look like. Though Caterham claims that this new coupe will look completely different than the Renault Alpine, we think it will share the same basic shape, but with minor variances to distinguish it. The grille will no longer span the front end and the headlights will be more pronounced than the ones we saw on the Alpine concept.

We’ll see just how close we are once the Caterham coupe arrives – if it ever arrives…

Shortly after Kia unveiled the new generation pro_cee’d at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, everyone started to talk about the potential of a more powerful version of it. It looks like the talk was more than just lip service, as Kia has just unveiled the first teaser image and some details on its first-ever hot hatch.

The new pro_cee’d GT will be based on the standard 2013 pro_cee’d and has been described as "a hot hatch perfectly aligned with Kia’s sportiness and "fun to drive" positioning. An aggressive body kit highlights the aesthetic program for the pro_cee’d GT, particularly the addition of a new front bumper with larger air intakes, new LED headlamps, a honeycomb grille with a "GT" logo, larger side skirts, and a redesigned rear bumper. Adding to that program are a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels with a lower suspension and front brakes measuring 300x28 mm with rear brakes measuring 262 x 10 mm (10.3 x 0.39 inches)

Find out more about the Kia pro_cee’d GT after the jump

UPDATE 01/27/2013: The first set of photos of the pro_cee’d GT have been released ahead of its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

A few months ago, it was announced that Renault’s new Alpine sports car would be developed in cooperation with Caterham . Now with the partnership pretty much confirmed, it looks like Renault won’t be the only one to benefitting, as Caterham will also get its own sports car that will target models like Porsche Cayman .

The model will be powered by a heavily modified version of a Renault-sourced four-cylinder engine that will develop a total of 270 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The model won’t target those hardcore enthusiasts, but it will aim a much wider audience. In fact Caterham hopes to sell a total of 25,000 units during the car’s lifetime.

The engine will be mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission, and a paddle-shift automatic unit will be offered as an option. You shouldn’t expect the new Caterham sports car to feature the same design language as the Alpine, as Caterham commercial director David Ridley claims that the British car will look "utterly different.”

Expect to see the new Caterham sports car launched sometime in 2015 at a starting price of £40,000 (about $65,000 at the current exchange rates).

Source: AutoCar

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