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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 Nissan DeltaWing hit the racing circuit in 2012 as a collaboration between Nissan and DeltaWing Technologies. Since then, the two companies have had a falling out of sorts, leaving the latter to continue developing the car on its own. For 2014, DeltaWing Technologies Inc. has answered questions on what the DeltaWing race car would look like if the company chose to turn into a street-legal, four-passenger car.

Don’t be fooled by how the rendering looks because while it doesn’t fit into conventional styling, the design has a lot of purpose behind it.

According to the company, the street-legal DeltaWing still possesses that unique and innovative shape because of the continued focus on a design that’s light and more fuel efficient. DeltaWing made use of lightweight steel, aluminum, and advanced composite materials to drive home this point. This style that allows the car to be as economical as possible without compromising its performance levels.

The most unique design feature of the DeltaWing is its front end, specifically the narrow track and thinner tires. It’s not what you’d expect for a car these days, but the rationale behind it also played a big part in the decision to put the engine in the back, creating a rear-focused weight imbalance that not only increases the car’s efficiency, but also reduces rolling resistance. The end result is a prototype that should handle remarkably well, with particular importance being placed on its agility and functionality.

DeltaWing Technologies has a simple objective in creating this rendering. It wants to showcase that horsepower isn’t the be-all-end-all of performance. Design, technology, and efficient use of lightweight materials are all equally important elements in formulating a high-performance equation.

But don’t go thinking that the DeltaWing would be slow, as the manufacturer is shooting for a six-second 0-to-60-mph time and a top speed of 130 mph, all while delivering up to 70 mpg. Sure, those aren’t supercar number, but they are enough to compete with today’s smaller sports cars, like the MX-5 Miata and FR-S .

The company also has big plans for the prototype, the most important of which is to find a suitable mass-market automaker that can take what DeltaWing Technologies has created and bring it to the next level as a true street-legal sports car of the future intended for a global audience.

Click past the jump to read more about the DeltaWing race car.

Left without a proper compact after discontinuing the Skylark in 1997, Buick made a comeback to the segment by launching the Verano sedan in 2011. The vehicle quickly joined the Encore and Enclave crossovers in helping Buick’s growth in both the United States and China. In 2013, the Verano accounted for 20 percent of Buick sales in the U.S.

Although the current Verano is only three years old, Buick is already working on a brand-new model. The redesigned vehicle sits atop the same Delta II platform underpinning the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and the Euro-exclusive Opel Astra . Naturally, the new Verano shares many of its internals with the latter.

What the Verano doesn’t share with the Astra, however, is its styling. Slightly longer and wider than its Opel -badged brother, the Verano benefits from Buick’s trademark front grille — now wider for a more aggressive grin — and borrows a few cues from the larger LaCrosse model. The spy shots that arrived in our inbox straight from Germany suggest the sedan is keeping its sleek profile, while gaining a prettier rear end, with the taillights biting more into the fenders.

Things are changing under the hood as well, where an all-new, turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot replaces the old 2.4-liter Ecotec unit. Word has it General Motors is also looking to share the Chevrolet Cruze’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill with Buick. The latter delivers 151 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, while returning up to 46 mpg on the highway.

We expect the new Verano to break cover in late 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Buick Verano.

The upcoming Jaguar XE , the first BMW 3 Series competitor to come out of Britain, is still a long way from revealing its skin and engine lineup, but it appears the sedan is also in for a hotter version aimed at the more powerful M3 .

At least that’s the word from Auto Express, with the British outlet claiming the brawnier XE will carry an XER-S badge and a V-8 engine rated at 550 horsepower. That’s the same amount found in the F-Type R , which is motivated by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 mill.

Details are scarce at the time of this writing, but if that output proves to be true, the new M3 , which relies on just 425 ponies coming from a 3.0-liter, inline-six powerplant, will be in very big trouble.

Of course, we still have to take a look at the XER-S’ design before drawing any conclusions, but we’re expecting for a more aggressive body kit to come with that "R-S" lettering on the trunk and the extra power. There’s no word on when the XER-S is scheduled arrive, but we’re guessing it will hit showrooms by the end of 2016.

Updated 06/02/2014: Today we have created a very cool rendering for the upcoming Jaguar XER-S. Check it out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Jaguar XER-S.

Source: AutoExpress

The McLaren P13 is arriving sooner than we thought. While we already know that McLaren plans to put the P13 up for sale in September 2015, recent details have emerged surrounding the sports car’s official unveiling and price tag. The P13 will debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with a $210,000 price tag.

A report from Edmunds confirmed these new details surrounding the British automaker’s new entry-level sports car . Speaking with McLaren Managing Director Mike Flewitt, the auto site managed to confirm the company’s plans for the P13.

For one, the P13 ’code’ won’t be used as the official production name of the sports car. Also, it will carry a similar size to the McLaren 650S and will have the same mid-engine, two-seat setup within a carbon-fiber body.

But according to Flewitt, the two McLarens will still be completely unique from each other, despite the shared components. "It’s difficult to style mid-engine cars to look different, not least for cooling reasons; side-mounted radiators dictate a lot of style," he explained.

As far as the engine is concerned, the P13 will use the same 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine as the 650S. The only difference is that McLaren will detune the former’s V-8 powertrain to somewhere between 400 to 500 horsepower, creating a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of about four seconds — a second slower than the 650S. Likewise, top speed is about 185 mph for the P13, compared to the 207-mph top speed of the 650S.

The McLaren P13 is expected to compete with the likes of the Ferrari California T , the Audi R8 V10 , and the Porsche 911 Turbo S .

In addition to the news about the P13, Flewitt also talked about another future McLaren: the P15.

Contrary to previous rumors, the P15 will not be the replacement for the P1 . Instead, the supercar, which will cost $500,000 to $600,000, will sit just above the 650S and launch in 2017.

That should still create a wide space between all of McLaren’s models and its flagship supercar — the P1 — which features the very best of McLaren technology to go with an output of 903 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque and a price of $1.15 million.

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

Source: Edmunds

In general I like the cars that Mini makes, but I despise the iterative nature of its designs and its constant collection of “different” models and trim levels. Taking one basic car and turning it into one-hundred and eleventy different models is silly and annoying. That said, Mini’s latest concept creation, the Superleggera Vision Concept , is every bit as interesting as it is stunning to look at. It feels like the first true new Mini design since the brand returned in 2003. With a collection of retro cues and futuristic design touches, the car is a truly inspirational design.

I am not the only person who feels that this should be the new future direction of Mini design, and now rumor has it that Mini could actually build it.

The story comes from Automotive News, which cites information provided by Mini boss Peter Schwarzenbauer at the car’s unveiling. Schwarzenbauer said the car was created to see how well the Mini fans would respond to something that looked like a radical departure from the brand’s traditional design. His words were, “It has received overwhelming appreciation.” He also said he could see a production version of this roadster if the BMW board approves the project.

Here is to hoping.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Superleggera Vision Concept.

Note: Porsche 550 rendered here.

The rumors about Porsche’s baby-Boxster roadster are swirling up again with new reports coming out of Germany. This time, the news suggests the new car will surface for the 2016 model year and sport two versions of a flat-four engine. Dubbed the 718, this rumored roadster will slot under the Boxster in terms of price, horsepower, and weight, while still offering plenty of go-fast performance for buyers looking to spend less than the Boxster’s $63,000 asking price.

The report from Focus pins the 718’s two four-cylinders as displacing 2.0- and 2.5-liters with horsepower outputs of 282 and 355, respectively. Porsche will combine these engines with a DSG gearbox and manual transmissions that will drive the rear wheels. The combination of a lighter, mid-mounted, four-cylinder engine and a lighter chassis means the 718 will surely be a hot performer.

Rumors also claim that Porsche engineers are using a modified Boxster platform with a reduction in mass coming from extensive uses of aluminum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the new Roadster also use lots of carbon fiber, as the cost of CF production keeps falling and becomes more pervasive in the industry.

Though the official word isn’t out yet, experts say the car will cost roughly $53,000 — a solid $10K less than the base Boxster. That said, the 718’s upper trim level, which includes the 355-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, will probably only undercut the Boxster by a few thousand. Either way, we appear to be getting a more pure drop-top from Stuttgart by 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 718.

Source: Focus

The highly anticipated, next-generation Audi Q7 has yet to reveal its brand-new design, but a prototype vehicle spotted recently in Germany suggests development of the SUV is well underway, with no hurdles in sight. You probably remember Audi’s decision to send the SUV back to the design table because of its aggressive initial styling.

There’s a chance we’ll never find out the real reasons that prompted this setback, but the spy shots we just received in our inbox come to confirm the redesigned Audi Q7 isn’t something Batman would want to drive. And that’s because it won’t be out of this world when compared to its predecessor, and certainly not revolutionary in terms of styling.

Although the swirly camouflage keeps the details away from the eyes, we can clearly see the SUV is set to receive most of the styling cues seen on the smaller, facelifted Audis , including LED headlamps, large front grille and intakes, and reshaped front and rear bumpers. The big news is that the new Q7 will be a lot lighter, with the MLB platform rumored to help the vehicle lose at least 650 pounds.

The upcoming Q7 will receive four different powertrains, starting with the 3.0-liter TFSI and a revised turbodiesel unit. The range-topping SUVs will carry twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8s under their hoods, while a hybrid drivetrain will arrive to complete the lineup.

Click past the jump to read more about the future 2016 Audi Q7.

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Ultra-luxury brands beware, another one of your comrades is falling down the shame spiral and building a - gasp - SUV! Sure that’s a little dramatic, but so are all of the people that are scoffing at the fact that Bentley has now confirmed a new SUV scheduled to hit their lineup sometime in 2015. If everyone remembers correctly, these are the same people that were horrified that Porsche decided to build the Cayenne and look how well that turned out for them.

Now, with a 37-percent increase in sales in 2011 (to 7,003 vehicles sold), Bentley is looking to double this number by the time this new SUV, rumored to have the name "Falcon Falcon " — comes out by making it "the world’s most luxurious 4x4" SUV and targeting growing SUV markets like the U.S. and China. The "luxurious" title will also match the price; rumors point to the starting price for this future SUV coming in at $271,000, making the $48,200 starting price of the Porsche Cayenne look like it belongs on a Kia Sportage .

So, what constitutes the jumbo price tag? Other than the supposedly tremendous amount of luxury built into the future SUV, rumors are swirling that a V-8 twin-turbocharged engine would be the standard powerplant and a W-12 engine is a possible option.

Bentley is taking a big step with its improving sales by giving an SUV a chance to flourish. Does the world need a strong competitor for the Porsche Cayenne? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that high-end customers with deep pockets won’t be writing out checks for a chance to wallow in the luxurious nature promised by Bentley.

Updated 05/27/2014: Bentley launched a new website for its upcoming SUV. The automaker will update the site continuously with details on the future model. Described as the "world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV," the new Bentley will put its new SUV on sale in 2016, with a plug-in hybrid option set to follow in 2017.

Updated 06/30/2014: In a recent interview with the British magazine AutoCar Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed that the company’s future SUV will be the most expensive SUV currently available on the market. It will be priced at about £130,000 - or $220,000 at the current exchange rates. This is a lot indeed, but its less than initially expected: £200,000 - or $340,000 at the current exchange rates.

Our spy photographers confirmed last month’s rumor about Mercedes-Benz working on a brand-new C-Class to fill the gap between the C400 and the more powerful C63 AMG . This confirmation comes by way of a wagon version of the C450 AMG Sport stretching its legs in Germany.

Caught completely undisguised, the second-brawniest current-generation C-Class Wagon sports a more aggressive front bumper that doesn’t stray too far from the piece seen on the regular model and an AMG-style grille that carries just one horizontal bar.

Around back, the differences are less noticeable, with only a dual-exhaust system catching our eyes. The wagon also benefits from a different set of wheels that are similar to some we’ve seen recently from AMG. The "4MATIC" badge on the rear hatch suggests the C450 AMG Sport will arrive with all-wheel-drive.

Scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2015, both the sedan and wagon versions of the C450 will carry a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6. This engine puts out 329 horsepower in the C400 model, so it wouldn’t shocked us to see the hotter C450 AMG Sport carry more than 370 ponies.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes C450 Sport AMG Wagon.

Previewed by a concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the next-generation Mini John Cooper Works has been spotted testing Northern Europe since February. More recently, though, the Brits have moved their trials at the Nurburgring track, the perfect environment for a beefed-up hatchback .

Although the spy shots we’ve just received from our paparazzi show a vehicle that has lost most of its camouflage, we’re actually looking at a mule that wears a Cooper S body with a John Cooper Works front bumper attached to it. Still wearing the yellow wrap, the bumper has a more aggressive design and it appears to be identical to the one seen on the concept car.

The lighter, 18-inch aluminum wheels also carry a new design, but the upcoming hot hatch will receive more distinct features, such as a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, roof spoiler and side skirts. These features are likely to find their way on the prototype as development continues this summer.

Motivation will be provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s expected to crank 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s 13 ponies more than the outgoing model and just enough for the vehicle to reach 60 mph from a standing start in less than six seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.


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