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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 Lexus LF-LC Concept made quite an impact at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show . The coupe debuted with stunning looks and a rear-wheel-drive configuration motivated by a hybrid powertrain, making everyone fantasize about a more powerful and advanced successor to the almighty LF-A .

More than two yeas have passed and that scenario has yet to materialize, but rumors about the LF-LC’s purpose keep pouring in. A recent report coming from Japan, for instance, says the concept car won’t spawn a replacement for the LF-A, but a grand tourer that will bring the SC nameplate back to the Lexus range. The initial SC was discontinued in 2010 after only two generations.

If the report proves to be correct, the new SC will most likely benefit from the LF-LC’s carbon-fiber and aluminum construction, which means it will sit above the RC-F coupe in terms of performance. As far as styling goes, we expect the third-generation SC to blend cues from both the LF-LC Concept and the RC-F for a modern and aggressive result.

The production model will likely keep the aerodynamic and muscular shape of the concept car, but ditch the futuristic headlamps in favor of RC-like units. Slightly reshaped taillights and rear bumper are also imaginable, but expect the same spindle grille to dominate the coupe’s front end.

Engine-wise, Lexus is reportedly readying two distinct powertrains. A hybrid drivertrain combining gasoline and electric power will generate nearly 500 ponies, while the conventional 5.0-liter V-8 borrowed from the RC-F will send 475 horsepower to the rear wheels through Lexus’ 10-speed automatic transmission. Don’t get too excited though, the SC won’t show itself to the world before 2017.

Note: 2012 Lexus LF-LC pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Lexus SC.

Source: CarsGuide

A hybrid version of the Toyota GT86 isn’t part of Toyota’s future plans, putting to rest rumors that the company could use the technology to offer a different, higher-performing version of the GT86. The decision to set aside a hybrid GT86 was reportedly made because it didn’t make sense from a business perspective.

Toyota marketing director Fabio Capano told Autocar that the Japanese automaker has no plans of building a hybrid GT86 despite company engineers admitting that the technology is already at an advanced stage of development. If there were a business case to be made for the vehicle, Toyota would think long and hard about green lighting it. But like most companies, Toyota wants to prioritize its time and money in pursuing other projects and a hybrid GT86 isn’t on top of its "to-do" list. So why even bother, right?

If demand for a hybrid Toyota GT86 doesn’t justify the time and effort, then why would Toyota build it in the first place? Additionally, The GT86 prides itself on being an affordable sports car with adequate power behind it. Launching a hybrid version of the model could end up cannibalizing sales of the base sports car and other future endeavors, like the return of the Supra .

Instead, Toyota is focusing on using its "advanced" hybrid technology on a car that’s more suited for it. The long-rumored sports car collaboration with BMW is one such car that could make the most of a hybrid powertrain.

Source: AutoCar

Well, it didn’t take long for the highly anticipated Porsche Cayman GT4 to hit the Nurburgring track at full speed. Spotted on Germany’s public roads for the very first time last month (check out the photos and video if you missed them), the upcoming Cayman GT4 is rapidly moving up on the development ladder.

Judging by the license plate, the prototype that left some serious skid marks on the Nordschleife is the same GT4 that made us drool back in May 2014. Not much has changed since then, so we’re looking at the same aerodynamic front bumper, 911 GT3 -like rear wing, and lightweight wheels. There are a few new details though. The red brake calipers mounted on the front discs are slightly larger, signaling that Porsche is still busy in finding the optimum configuration for this track-ready sports car .

Although the Cayman GT4 is still a couple of years away, we expect very little modifications to occur in the visual department. Both the bumper and the rear diffuser are pretty much finalized, with only a few nips and tucks to occur here and there. The rear wing, however, needs more adjustments before receiving its final production shape.

Porsche is still mum on the details, but earlier reports suggest the Cayman GT4 will have as much as 400 horsepower at its disposal. The ponies are likely to come from a hybrid powertrain and travel to the wheels through a PDK dual-clutch transmission. Hopefully, Porsche comes to its senses before the GT4 breaks cover and adds a three-pedal option.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayman GT4.

Subaru’s got a lot of things on its plate these days, but that hasn’t stopped the Japanese brand from adding more projects to its name. Motoring is reporting that Subaru is planning on bringing back the SVX, the same two-door, grand-tourer coupe that Subaru sold from 1991 to 1996. It’s been quite some time since we last saw the SVX, which makes its surprising return that much more, well, surprising. But a source close to Subaru told Motoring that the company really has plans of bringing back the model as a high-powered hybrid sports coupe specifically earmarked for the U.S. market.

Should these plans come to fruition, Subaru will have a sports coupe to tangle with the all-electric Tesla Model S . That’s a pretty interesting competitor considering that Subaru and Tesla have never really crossed paths before. What’s clear, though, is Subaru’s intentions of becoming a bigger player in the U.S. Introducing a large, high-powered coupe that already has Subaru dealers around the country requesting it goes a long way in achieving that.

There aren’t a lot of details surrounding the returning SVX, but Motoring did secure an advanced sketch of the model and it shows a shooting brake-styled coupe that draws similarities to the Viziv2 Concept the company introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show .

The SVX sketch shows a more aggressive design than anything Subaru has in dealerships these days. The headlights and the grille are straight out of the Viziv2 Concept. Likewise, the low-slung roof extends to the back and creates the angular shooting brake style of the prototype. That’s as good a sign as any that the new SVX will be designed with sportiness and aggressiveness in mind.

It will also reportedly come with a retuned, 3.3-liter, flat-six engine that will work side-by-side with Lexus’ plug-in hybrid system to generate as much as 375 horsepower. That’s a sweet number that places the SVX in the territory of the Model S once the model heads into showrooms in 2017. The only issue is that this rumored SVX will still require dead-dino juice in its tanks, whereas the Model S runs on electric, but this is a step forward at least.

Note: Original Subaru SVX pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Subaru SVX.

Source: Motoring
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Brought to the United States as a 2008 model, the BMW 1 Series was billed as the answer to the question, "What happened to the 3 Series, and how did it get so big all of the sudden?" Only available here as a coupe or convertible, the 1 Series won praise for its small size, sharp handling, and especially in the case of the 135i, powerful engine. Following that first generation, the 1 Series left the US market, as BMW sold the second generation model exclusively in Europe. The third generation will be returning to the US, but some big changes are on their way.

If a BMW is front-wheel drive, is it really a BMW anymore? In a sense, this question applies to the i3 , but as an electric car, accepting that it’s going to be a bit easier than it would be if it had a traditional drivetrain.

The upcoming 2018 1 Series, however, is not an electric car . It actually does have a traditional, internal-combustion engine, and even though it’s relatively young, it’s traditionally been rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive came as an option later, but even though it was small and relatively inexpensive, the 1 Series has always been a very capable handler. Not content to make a vehicle that wasn’t still the ultimate driving machine, BMW produced a car that was nimble, well balanced, and a hoot to drive.

The third-generation 1 Series, however, is coming our way, and the news is that it’s going to be front-wheel drive. Is this an abomination? Should BMWs only be rear-wheel drive (or all-wheel drive)? Isn’t front-wheel drive something for those other family sedans? It looks like we’re about to find out because ready or not, a front-wheel drive BMW is coming.

Note: Upcoming revised BMW 1 Series pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 BMW 1 Series.

Source: AutoExpress

While the aging Pagani Zonda continues to receive one-off, special-edition models , the Huayra has yet to spawn one, not to mention that the Roadster version is still in the works as of June 2014. But fear not, the Huayara is soon to receive the love it deserves from Pagani in the form of a Nurburgring Edition.

That’s the word from a TeamSpeed forum user, who got the chance to sit down and talk to Pagani test driver Davide Testi. The Italian ace had no trouble in spilling the beans about the Huayra’s production plans, and, apparently, they include a limited-edition, track-focused version set to carry the Nurburgring Edition moniker. Only 15 to 25 units will be built, making it one of the rarest supercars ever created.

No additional details are available on this mysterious Huayra, including whether it will be track-exclusive like the Zonda R or not, but expect this rocket to wear a serious aerodynamic kit consisting of a reworked front fascia, a massive rear diffuser and a huge rear wing on the edge of its rear hood. Interior changes will most likely include FIA-compliant racing seats and harnesses, a race-spec steering wheel and even a roll cage.

As with most track-prepped cars, the Huayra Nurburgring Edition is also set to go on a severe diet, with both the chassis and body to ditch more than just a few pounds. Naturally, the beastly 6.0-liter, V-12 heart powering the wheels by means of 730 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque will become even more potent. Expect 0-to-60 mph times to drop below the 2.6-second mark and brace yourselves for a lightning-fast Nurburgring lap record.

Nurburgring Edition aside, the source also reveals that Pagani is looking to build 110 Huayra coupes and 110 roadsters. We have a hunch these will be followed by a bevy of special edition and unique versions.

Click past the jump to read more about the Pagani Huayra Nurburgring Edition.

**Note: the current Huayra is pictured here, not the Nurburgring Edition.

Source: TeamSpeed

The time is drawing nearer to when Apple’s CarPlay finally hits the streets in consumer vehicles. At the company’s recent 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, USA Today got an up-close look at the new in-dash iOS operating system inside a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This in-car demonstration shows just how familiar the software is to the usual iOS-powered devices.

Interestingly, Chevrolet has not made an official announcement concerning when CarPlay would be introduced into its product lineup. Chevy is listed as a “committed partner” with Apple in bringing the software to market, but the automaker has yet to announce any word on what vehicles will receive the system or what the roll-out timeline looks like.

Though it is possible Chevy will incorporate CarPlay into the Spark and other models late into the 2014 model year, it’s more likely the new technology will debut for 2015. We’re expecting General Motors to make quite the hubbub about the news once things are all confirmed.

Chevy will be joined by Ferrari , Volvo , Hyundai , and Mercedes as the first crop of automakers to sell cars with hardware capable of running the iOS software. What’s more, from the video above, it appears the software will also allow owners to access tailored vehicle-specific menus. In the Spark’s case, it has a “My Chevrolet” application on its home screen.

For those with older vehicles, companies like Pioneer are developing CarPlay-compatible head units that work with nearly every vehicle. A 1965 Ford Mustang was on display at Apple’s WWDC to showcase the aftermarket potential.

Click past the jump for more about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

If you’re not familiar with Arrinera , it’s just one of those small manufacturers that came out of nowhere to build a fancy supercar of its own. The Polish brand surfaced a couple of years ago with the Venocara Concept , a Lamborghini -like study that was powered by a V-8 mill generating 650 horsepower.

The Venocara morphed into a better looking supercar about a year ago. It is known by the name of Hussarya , a moniker that pays tribute to Poland’s 17th century cavalry, the Hussars. Interestingly enough though, the Hussarya has yet to go into production. The company’s initial plan included a 2013 launch, but for some reason the supercar got delayed.

Now, after about year of complete silence, the Poles are back to announce that the Hussarya is inching closer to production, with final testing sessions to commence in October on race tracks in Poland and the United Kingdom. There’s no word as to when actual assembly will begin, but we expect for the first units to show up in 2015.

Speaking of which, the Arrinera Hussarya will step into the crowded world of supercars with a launch edition limited to only 33 examples. Arrinera is demanding €200,000 (about $272,800 as of 06/06/2014) for each car and is hoping to sell them mainly to customers in China and the Middle East . By comparison, the regular Hussarya costs €160,000 ($218,000).

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Arrinera Hussarya 33.

Audi introduced us to the awesomeness that was the A3 clubsport quattro concept at Worthersee in 2014, and mere days after that, Audi Australia confirmed — sort of — that the RS3 Sedan will snag design cues from the clubsport quattro concept. Now that’s a fast play.

Audi Australia product planner, Matthew Dale, confirmed the plan by telling Motoring at the Australian launch of the S3 sedan that the clubsport quattro concept is more than just an irrelevant prototype, but actually a preview of Audi’s RS lineup, specifically of the RS3 Sedan.

“The clubsport [quattro concept] is a view into the future of the RS,” Dale told Motoring. “The TT RS, RS Q3 and the previous RS 3 Sportback all use the 2.5 TFSI engine, and this [concept] shows you where it can go.”

This statement does more than just shed light on the RS3; it also clarifies speculation that Audi could opt for 2.0-liter power for its highest-output, A-segment vehicle ever. It does leave us wondering where the 309kW (414-horsepower), four-cylinder unit from Audi’s TT quattro sport concept , shown earlier in 2014, fits into the equation.

Dale also told the Australian auto news site not to expect the output numbers of the clubsport quattro concept to carry over to the RS3. The concept produced 525 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, and those numbers would be quite a stretch for the production RS3. At best, the RS3 Sedan could produce around 400 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. Even with those reduced numbers, the RS3 Sedan has the potential to be far more powerful than we thought it would be.

Updated 06/06/2014: We created a rendering for the upcoming RS3 sedan. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi RS3 Sedan.

Source: Motoring

As the development of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge is inching closer to production , the company is finally revealing more details about its upcoming super sedan . And there’s plenty of information for us to chew on coming straight from Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen.

Speaking to Motor Trend, de Nysschen confirmed the Q50 Eau Rouge will be aimed at high-performance sedans such as the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG , but stressed that the special-edition Q50 will be more exclusive than its German counterparts. Specifically, Infiniti plans to build between 250 and 500 units a year, making it one of the rarest high-performance cars in the segment.

But like in most cases, exclusivity comes with a hefty price tag, and the Eau Rouge, according to de Nysschen, could cost as much as $100,000. That’s nearly $40,000 more than the base BMW M3 and definitely more than what most people are willing to spend on an Infiniti, even if it’s a performance vehicle carrying a Nissan GT-R engine under the hood.

While paying in excess of $100,000 for an Infiniti doesn’t make much sense, it appears that the expensive sticker is also related to a short, two-year life cycle and a complicated assembly process that involves plenty of meticulous handwork.

"We are probably also looking at 250-500 units a year. So that’s low volume. And we probably have, in terms of my current expectation, only a two-year life cycle. So you have to amortize the development across that volume, and with a hand-built car, you have very high unit costs. Candidly, I assume, the current state of the business plan indicates that we will probably subsidize each car in order to keep it within reach," de Nyssche told Motor Trend.

When asked if the 560-horsepower engine borrowed from the Nissan GT-R will find its way into future Infiniti products, the representative said the VR38DETT mill could motivate "a high-end coupe , a real high-performance luxury 4-seater," and the upcoming Q60 . Needless to say, it all depends on the technical feasibility and the success of the Q50 Eau Rouge.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge.

Source: MotorTrend

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