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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.

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The market’s current trend is to develop more and more hybrid models. Apparently Mercedes is going to follow this trend, but its current V-12 engines will still be offered for at least five or six years.

According to Mercedes-AMG Chairman Ola Källenius, AMG is going to unveil hybrid models, but not until the market is really ready for it. Until then it will work on improving fuel consumption by at least 20 percent by the company’s 50th anniversary in 2017. AMG is still unsure about the hybrid powertrain because the battery needed to provide power to the electric motor is very heavy and will add unnecessary mass to the car’s total weight.

As a result, until AMG will be ready to offer a proper hybrid model, it will work on getting more power from the current gasoline engines and has no intention of offering a powerful diesel engine anytime soon.

On the other hand, Källenius confirmed that the current V-12 engine is EU6 (emissions compliance) and is offered with start-stop technology, so it’s absolutely safe for years to come.

Source: Edmunds
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Rolls Royce Wraith

Back in 2012, Rolls Royce sold a total of 3,575 units. In order to increase sales even further, the company plans to add new niche models to its lineup.

The first will be a convertible version for the recently announced Wraith . It will arrive in 2015 and will most likely feature the same technology as seen in the coupe, including the car’s 624-horsepower V-12 engine.

The second model will be based on the Wraith, but it will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system and will be built either as a crossover or a hatchback, just like the 3-Series GT or 5-Series GT. The company is currently working on two different concepts of this size and, if approved, the new model will most likely arrive sometime in 2016.

This new model will be specially developed for major markets like Russia or China, while the Convertible Wraith will be built specially for the U.S. market.

Source: Autobild
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Porsche Boxster

The first rumors on a possible four-cylinder engine surfaced early in 2011. We initially thought it would be used on a new model placed under the current Boxster, but also on the future generations Cayman and Boxster . Though the third-generation Boxster has already been unveiled and it features no four-cylinder engine, the rumors continue to circulate.

According to a Porsche official, the four-cylinder engine is indeed being worked on, but it is still in "an early development phase." According to the same source, the development process will take about another three years, so don’t expect to see the new engine before 2016.

The new engine will share the same architecture with the six-cylinder engine used in the current models and should see use in the revised versions of the Cayman and Boxster set to go on sale in 2016.

With this news, we do need to add in a little clarity, as the Macan will be offered with a four-cylinder engine, but not the one that the source is referring to. Instead, it will use a 2.0-liter gasoline and a 2.0-liter common-rail diesel engine that Porsche fished from the VW parts bin.

Click past the jump to read more on the current Porsche Boxster

Source: AutoCar
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Chevrolet Code 130R Concept

When you think of Chevrolet muscle cars, the Chevelle is definitely the among first that comes to your mind. It was produced between 1964 and 1977 and now it looks like the company may have plans to bring it back onto the market. Or at least this is what can gather from GM’s last move — its application for the "Chevelle" trademark on December 4, 2012 in the "Exterior badges for vehicles" category of Goods and Services.

Also, starting March 22, 2013, the application’s status changed to "Non-Final Action – Mailed," meaning that others can object to GM securing the mark, so that the company can move to finalize the registration of the mark.

This move, along with the new rules that no longer allow companies to trademark without solid proof that the name trademark will be used, makes us believe that we are soon going to see a new Chevelle added to Chevrolet’s lineup.

It is very possible that this trademark means a production version of the CODE 130R concept will arrive on the market sooner than expected. We’ll see.

Source: GM Authority
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Tesla Roadster Final Edition

The first-generation Tesla Roadster enjoyed great success on the market with more than 2,400 units sold in 31 countries through September 2012. The final 15 units were sold as a special Final Edition , giving the Tesla Roadster’s initial run a suitable sendoff.

For the second generation, Tesla is promising even greater things. In an interview with AutoCar, Tesla boss, George Blankenship, said that the next Roadster will be something never seen before and will "push the envelope beyond what anybody else is doing."

According to Blankenship, the next Roadster will be considerably improved when compared to the first generation. The first Roadster went from 0 to 60 mph in under 4 seconds and offered a range of 200 miles, but the next model is promised to do even better than the 300-mile range that the Model S sedan offers.

The next Roadster will arrive in about five years, after the Model X SUV arrives in 2014 or 2015 and a 3-series-sized four-door in 2015 or 2016. We think it is safe to expect the new Roadster sometime in 2016 or 2017.

Click past the jump to read more on the Tesla Roadster.

Source: AutoCar
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Volkswagen Scirocco GTS

When Volkswagen announced the revival of the legendary Scirocco everyone was very excited. The third-generation Scirocco was quite an evolution over the previous model and now it has been reported that the fourth generation will evolve even more.

In a recent interview, Volkswagen Group head of design Walter de Silva said that the next Scirocco will adopt an entirely new body style. The model will arrive sometime in the middle of the decade and will revolutionize the industry.

According to de Silva, the next Scirocco must be completely different: "We don’t want to repeat the body style of the Scirocco, we want to change that." The next Scirocco is currently in its design stage and the company is working on "enhancing the sportiness of the Volkswagen portfolio with Scirocco."

Also, he confirmed that Volkswagen has no plans in expanding the current Scirocco lineup, but the next generation will get "all options."

Source: CarAdvice
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06

There has been plenty of speculation about the Corvette Stingray ZR1 and Z06. There was even a Motor Trend report that that the Z06 would get an updated 7-liter with 600 horsepower and the ZL1 would get a 700-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8. Well, apparently those “leaks” were intended to throw us off of the scent, as GM has just unveiled the powerplants and they are surprising, to say the least.

Under the hood of the Z06 , you’ll get an updated version of the all-new 6.2-liter engine with an extra 90 horsepower, thanks to a new fuel-injection system, new software, aggressive cams and titanium exhaust system with a freer flow. The Z06 will use a six-speed automated manual transmission with no mention of a full-manual option.

The ZR1 is far and away the most unexpected change, as it will be the first Corvette since the 1950s to feature a six-cylinder engine. This twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6 engine – yes, the same all-aluminum block found in the upcoming CTS Vsport – tuned to an incredible 640 horsepower.

While this 3.6-liter may sound like the same one that Caddy will use, keep in mind that the guts are fully modified to handle the 24 psi of pressure the turbochargers pump out. These modifications include: upgraded titanium pistons and connecting rods, revised software, updated cylinder heads and low-resistance bearings.

Just like the Stingray, all Chevy revealed with its first presser are the details on the engine. The Stingray Z06 and ZR1 will debut at the LA Auto Show, but we expect to see some leaked images as time goes on.

UPDATE: Sorry guys and gals, this one’s completely fake... I was completely responsible for both the article and the press release. C’mon, a V-6 in a ZR1, I don’t even know what I was thinking :). April Fools!!!

Remember back when the V-6 engine in the Camaro could barely move the neutered muscle car out of its own way? Well, if you had the “joy” of driving any of the early-model V-6 Camaros, you were likely rather surprised to see the new Camaro’s V-6 engine muscling out 323 horsepower. Well, a leaked image shows that GM is taking its V-6 engine to an all-new level.

That’s right, an image passed over to the guys and gals at Carscoops by a “GM insider,” shows a pilot brochure for the 2014 Camaro. In this brochure, it lists the V-6 engine at 354 horsepower – a 31-pony bump over 2013 – a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.2 seconds and an excellent 34 mpg highway. The latter represents a 4 mpg increase over the 2013 model year, which is mighty impressive to go along with the nice horsepower boost.

These are all unconfirmed reports from “insiders” that we don’t know personally, so we need to take this with a grain of salt. But, the above image sure does lend it a little credence to the report.

With this rumored bump in power, the revised body and the all-new Z/28 , Chevy is certainly making a huge push in the muscle-car realm.

Source: Carscoops
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Audi TT

We are still waiting for an updated version of the current-gen TT , but that’s not stopping Audi from testing the third-generation TT. Unfortunately, our spy photographers have only been able to snap images of the next TT’s test mule, but Walter de Silva - head of Volkswagen Group design - revealed in a recent interview that the next-generation TT will be a combine design elements from the first and second generations with some fresh design elements.

de Silva confirmed that the next TT will combine the strong elements we saw in the first generation with the elegance of the second generation and the resulting car will be one that "looks TT, 100 percent, but in a different way."

When viewed from the front, the TT will look like no other Audi, but the side and rear will retain the character of the TT. The new TT will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform, which is not only lighter and stiffer than the current platform, but it will also carry a longer wheelbase. This change will make the car lighter and offer a whole new lineup of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines that will deliver improved fuel consumption.

Expect the new Audi TT to arrive in 2014.

Source: CarAdvice
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The current Bentley Continental Supersports was released in 2009 and for the 2014 model year Bentley is working on a new high-performance flagship coupe, according to sources from Bentley. The new model will be placed between the current GT Speed that delivers a total of 616 horsepower and the upcoming road-goingContinental GT3 rumored to deliver a total of 675 horsepower.

The new Continental Supersports will feature carbon-fiber panels, stiffer suspension and a twin-turbo W-12 engine that will deliver around 650 horsepower. As you can see, the output will represent a modest increase of just 30 horsepower over the GT Speed model, but Bentley officials confirm that "Supersports wouldn’t be all about pure power."

The company will also focus on reducing the car’s total weight, revising the chassis settings and improving braking power. Rumors suggest that in order to reduce the car’s weight Bentley could also drop the rear seats, while the front ones will be made in lightweight composites.

Hit the jump to learn more about the Continental Supersports.

Updated 04/02/2013: Today we have created a very nice rendering for the upcoming Continental Supersports. Let us know what do you think in the comments section below.

Source: AutoCar

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