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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.

While we can’t argue its performance numbers, the Ferrari FF isn’t your regular Ferrari, thanks to its grand tourer setup with a shooting brake-like body and seating for four. And by "seating for four," we mean seating for four adults; not just an extra pair of cramped and nearly useless seats that force you to tuck your knees under your chin.

Somewhat criticized for its looks, the FF is about to lose its rear seats and hatch, and spawn a coupe version with a more conventional design. At least that’s what Car and Driver claims in a recent report, adding that the restyled FF could be arriving for the 2016 model year.

The coupe version will share everything with the already familiar FF, including its all-wheel-drive system and naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter, V-12 engine. The latter packs 660 horsepower and 503 pound-feet of torque and would probably push it from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed set beyond the 208-mph mark.

The possibility of having one more Ferrari on the way is great news, but there’s one thing puzzling me. An FF-based coupe will likely resemble the F12berlinetta . The only two differences in sight would be the F12berlinetta’s more powerful engine and lack of all-wheel drive, so it remains to be seen how Ferrari will market these cars.

Note: Current Ferrari FF pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Ferrari FF Coupe.

Source: CarAndDriver

Although Mercedes-Benz has yet to unveil the brand new C63 AMG sedan and its more useful Estate (wagon) brother, it appears that the Germans are planning on expanding their high-performance C-Class lineup by adding a coupe and a convertible version.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but a new report coming from Autocar suggests that the new two-door variants are scheduled to arrive within the next two years, most likely in 2016.

Naturally, the next C63 AMG Coupe will storm the market looking for the new BMW M4 and the Audi RS5 , while the drop-top will compete against the convertible versions of the same cars.

Just like the sedan and the wagon , the new pair of C63 AMGs will be motivated by a 4.0-liter, V-8 engine that will deliver about 450 twin-turbocharged horses.

Design-wise, expect a more aggressive front end, a quad exhaust setup around the back, an integrated rear spoiler, flared fenders, bigger wheels and larger brakes for improved stopping power.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes C63 AMG.

Source: AutoCar

Traditionally, Porsche doesn’t release the 911 Speedster variant very often. With the last Speedster debuting at the 2010 Paris Motor Show (and selling out soon thereafter), it didn’t look like the Speedster would be coming back anytime soon. But late last year, rumors of a new 911 Speedster gained ground, specifically on how it would be packaged as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder that Porsche built from 1953 to 1957. Now, it does look like the 911 Speedster is returning and will be built based on the current generation 911 and like its most recent predecessor, it will be a limited run model that will only be delivered to 550 lucky customers.

Whether Porsche is making the right move releasing a new 911 Speedster so close to the last one has become irrelevant at this point. Technology and innovation are moving at such a brisk pace that waiting decades for the new model to arrive doesn’t make sense anymore.

Add that to the popularity of the last one, and it only makes sense that with a new-generation 911 to build on, the return of the 911 Speedster is rightfully in the cards.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche 911 Speedster.

The Mercedes news keeps on rolling in with the latest bits of information regarding the next-generation SLK roadster. Destined for debut as a 2018 model, it’s reported the new drop top will feature a hybrid powertrain similar to the new C-Class sedan.

According to AutoExpress, the new SLK will also ride on the modular sports car architecture (MSA), just as the larger SL roadster. The new underpinnings will allow the SLK to accept a larger variety of engine and transmission options not currently available. That, combined with the C-Class’ plug-in hybrid powertrain opens the possibilities for an all-wheel-drive option as well.

Living up to its name, the modular sports car architecture allows engineers to easily change the lengths, widths, and wheelbases. This will help differentiate the SLK from the larger SL-Class , while keeping engineering and manufacturing costs to a minimum. Even with the new platform, the SLK’s production will continue in the current factory in Bremen, Germany. The SL-Class will shift production to that location as well.

Mercedes’ crusade to improve fuel efficiency surely means some weight reduction over the current car. Weighing in at 3,163 pounds, the SLK is already a fairly light car, but could still stand to lose a few pounds. A reduced curb weight would also help it better compete again the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 Roadster.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Mercedes SLK.

Source: AutoExpress

With so many models on offer these days and more to come in the future, you’d think that BMW has nowhere to expand anymore. I mean, how many niches can you invent?

Besides Smart -like city cars and pickup trucks , the Munich-based company covered just about everything so far. While trucks are definitely a "no-no", we wouldn’t be surprised is BMW rolls out three-cylinder-engined city car sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Germans are looking to expand their lineup in the opposite direction. As we’ve previously reported, BMW is about to get bigger at the Beijing Auto Show , where a concept car is set to preview the company’s upcoming 9 Series sedan.

It might seem like a crazy idea for BMW to launch a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost . However the 9 Series is likely to open new market opportunities for the manufacturer, who’s obviously looking to give the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman a run for its money using a less audacious marque.

Expected to arrive sometime in 2016, the 9 Series will be underpinned by BMW’s new, lightweight G11 modular platform, which was initially developed for the next-generation 7 Series . Stretching it a bit for that mandatory extra room in the back won’t be a problem, as the Germans have plenty of experience with their previous elongated 7 Series sedans.

Design-wise, the new flagship will receive a number of styling features seen on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept, but a few cues borrowed from the 7 Series are also in the books.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 9 Series.

It’s still years away from launching, but as early as now, talks of the next-generation Mercedes SL-Class have begun to take shape. The biggest news, other than the fact that it will be an all-new model, is the advanced new platform the SL stands to receive together with the next-generation SLK .

According to Auto Express, the 2019 SL-Class will be significantly different from the one running around the streets of the world these days. The biggest change, it seems, is Mercedes ’ ratcheting up the efficiency of its new models. In the case of the SL-Class, that comes with the adoption of its MFA and MRA common modular architectures for front and rear-wheel-drive models, allowing a multitude of vehicles to be built on the same platform.

It’s an easier approach that should cut production costs for these vehicles. Granted, neither the MFA nor the MRA architectures will be used on the SL and SLK-Class, but rather a third platform, the modular sports car architecture (MSA), that will be used on both models.

The adoption of the MSA platform on both the SL and SLK will be a stark contrast from the current setup, specifically the exclusive use of a bespoke chassis platform on the SL. But once the modular platform comes into the picture, the manufacturing process for both models will also shift and become geared toward sharing elements like the front bulkhead and parts of the suspension. Also, don’t underestimate the convenience of both models being built in the same factory.

On the flip side, you can still expect some unique styling details for both the new SL and SLK-Class. Even with the shared platform, certain elements, like the dimensions of the both vehicles, will still be kept different. This allows both cars to still have that unique look about them that differentiates one from the other. Diversity will still be there, even though the skeletons for both models are going to be the same.

It’s a bold new direction that really shouldn’t surprise anyone given the commitment Mercedes has to the SL-Class as one of its most important models. But like we said, changes aren’t imminent so don’t expect anything drastic.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2019 Mercedes SL-Class.

Source: AutoExpress

For a long time it was believed that the McLaren P13 would be the next sports car to come out of Woking. Details on the "baby" McLaren have been rather confusing, but now that the 650S is already in production, things are finally starting to take shape.

Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the P13 will go into production next year with a de-tuned, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The unit will deliver around 450 horsepower, which is nearly 200 horses less than the 650S . Pricing will be reduced as well, with the 911 fighter to retail for about $200,000, making it cheaper than the outgoing MP4-12C .

A smaller price tag also signals that the P13 will feature less carbon-fiber body parts compared to the 650S. According to Top Gear, the body will be mostly aluminum, although McLaren has yet to decide what processes will be used to make the vehicle’s panels.

Click past the jump to read more about the McLaren P13.

Source: TopGear

Note: Current SL63 AMG shown here.

This week has seen some shake-ups with the SL-Class lineup from Mercedes. The German automaker’s latest announcement centers on the mighty SL63 roadster. In an apparent move to streamline the lineup, Mercedes is cutting the Performance Package option, but adding even more horsepower to the standard car.

With the current Performance Package, the 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 got a 27 horsepower bump in output over the standard SL63’s 529 horsepower. But all 2015 SL63s will come with 577 horsepower standard. Adding to that, a new mechanical locking differential will help put power to the ground more effectively.

It’s likely Mercedes is stirring the SL pot in hopes of drumming up sales. Though it’s only two years old, the latest generation of SL-Class hasn’t seen a major update since its release. The car has historically been a slow seller, focusing mainly on quality over quantity for those well off enough for those who can afford a $100,000, two-seat convertible. For 2013, Mercedes sold just over 7,000 units — considerably more than the 4,899 units it sold in 2012.

This news comes directly after Mercedes announced the axing of the Euro-spec SL350 in favor of the new SL400 powered by a smaller, yet more powerful 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6. Luckily, the U.S. will also be getting the new SL400, adding to the SL550, SL63 AMG, and SL65 AMG models already available here.

We’ll bring you more details on the SL63 AMG once Mercedes reveals them all, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

Source: AutoCar

Details about a possible M2 model surfaced at the end of May 2011 when BMW confirmed that the coupe and cabrio version of the 1-Series would be sold as the 2-Series . Now, thanks to the British magazine, AutoExpress, more details are available on this new sports car.

The new BMW M2 will be built on the company’s F21 platform that will also be used for the next 2-Series model. It will be an entry-level sports car featuring a front-mounted engine mated to all-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. As of right now, the likely engine is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo delivering about 400 horses. One of the most innovative features of the upcoming M2 will be the intense use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics first used in theM3 CRT and also announced for the upcoming BMW i8 .

In an interview with the British magazine, the M Division’s new managing director, Dr Friedrich Nitschke said: "In the 1M Coupe , we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe."

Although BMW feels there is room for an M2 model, don’t expect it to arrive until late 2015. At that point, models like the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT RS may need a little jump-start to deal with the added competition.

Updated 04/07/2014: LeftLaneNews reports that the next BMW M2 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged variant of the 3.0-liter straight-six found under the hood of the M235i, and with the output increased to about 380 to 400 horsepower — 60 to 80 horsepower more than the M235i. This will allow the M2 to go from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds. The M2 should be put on sale in 2016 at a price of about $55k.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2.

Source: AutoExpress

ATS Autosport’s purchase of the DeTomaso name last November has given rise to speculation that the company is planning to bring back the DeTomaso brand. Well, according to Autocar, ATS has bigger plans that apparently also include the development of two other sports cars .

The 1960s Italian automaker has set its sights on returning to sports-car manufacturing and a pair of sports cars are already being discussed. One is the ATS Sport — the two-seat, track-focused road car we first saw back in October 2012. With the building blocks already in place to revive this project, the £45,000 Sport is likely the easier one to build.

Meanwhile, the other model is billed as the ATS Leggera, a more retro-looking sports car that evokes memories of classic Italian supercars . The Leggera is expected to weigh just 650 kg (1,433 pounds) to go with a GM-sourced, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that could develop anywhere between 210 and 300 horsepower.

In addition to the two planned models, ATS is also looking at a potential relaunch of the DeTomaso brand with an eye towards possibly building a new Pantera sports car that would be based on the company’s existing ATS 2500 GT .

The DeTomaso relaunch probably won’t happen anytime soon, given the amount of work the company is planning to invest on developing its existing line. But never say never with that DeTomaso relaunch; after all, ATS didn’t buy those rights just for the heck of it, right?

Click past the jump to read more about the De Tomaso Pantera.

Source: AutoCar

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