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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.

Posted on by Austin Taylor  

The Cadillac Escalade really doesn’t need an introduction. Even the most oblivious, non-car-enthusiast consumer could easily identify — and lust after — an Escalade . Car shoppers buy Tahoes and Yukons , which the Escalade is based on, because they need them to tow boats, carry gear, and haul large families around in. Other individuals buy the Escalade simply because they want it. Seeing as a loaded-out Yukon Denali can top $70,000, what’s the big deal to pay a few grand more for the Caddy? A nicely-equipped, four-wheel-drive model can be yours for $75,290.

The new-for-2015 Escalade has been well-received by critics. The undisputed king-of-bling in this segment, combining sharp, polarizing styling, a plenty-powerful, 420-horsepower V-8, and, finally, a gorgeous interior worthy of the price. Dealers will likely not be able to keep these on their lots.

However, that isn’t stopping Cadillac from possibly introducing a few new variants in the next year or so. Cadillac is reportedly considering a Vsport edition, likely powered by the 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6. Expect more than the current 420 horsepower it provides for the CTS Vsport. Even a turbodiesel V-6 could be in the works.

Note: Standard Cadillac Escalade pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac Escalade Vsport.

Cadillac was quite the busy bee this year, especially with developing its brand-new lineup of high-performance, V-badged sedans and coupes. A new CTS-V was long overdue, while the compact ATS was anxiously waiting for some extra power to be injected in both its sedan and coupe versions. The wait is nearly over, ladies and gentlemen, as the ATS-V Sedan showed up on the Nurburgring track for suspension testing and chassis tuning.

The ATS-V Sedan joined both the ATS-V Coupe and the CTS-V Sedan on the "Green Hell", as Cadillac stormed the iconic track looking to calibrate its most important weapons against the German big boys from BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Audi . The Nurburgring Nordschleife is the perfect environment to do just that, especially with the powerful and popular BMW M3 used as a benchmark. This isn’t the first time the ATS-V Sedan has shown its face in public, but this time we’re looking at a prototype that has ditched its heavy camouflage.

Unraveling some of the mysteries around the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan is now possible thanks to our trustworthy spy photographers.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan.

Ford gave birth to the Mustang SVT in 1993, shortly after establishing its high-performance, Special Vehicle Team division. The first model, based on the third-generation, Fox Body ’Stang, was only offered for 1993 as a range-topping muscle car slotted above the GT. Visual updates were minor, but the 5.0-liter, V-8 engine was tuned to deliver 235 horsepower, 30 ponies more than the Mustang GT. In 1994, the SVT switched to the fourth-generation Mustang, but kept the 5.0-liter Windsor unit under the hood. Starting 1996, the 4.6-liter V-8 was introduced, and output increased to 305 horsepower. By 2004, the last model year of the Mustang SVT, power had jumped to 390 ponies and many special-edition SVT Cobras, including the famous R, had been released.

After skipping a generation, the Mustang SVT returns to the Ford lineup on the sixth-generation pony. Developed as a successor to the Shelby Mustang , the SVT is scheduled to arrive in 2015 and reclaim its throne at the top of the Mustang range.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang SVT

As the Lamborghini Gallardo retired into history books to make way for the new Huracan as the company’s entry-level supercar , so did the race-ready Gallardo Super Trofeo . Still fresh off the assembly line, the Huracan LP610-4 is getting ready to dress its brand new Super Trofeo suit for the Lamborghini Accademia program starting this year, so we created a rendering of what we think it will look like (above).

Those of you that are not familiar with the initiative, the Lamborghini Accademia is part of the Lamborghini Squadra Corse program and provides customers with intensive driving courses at the Imola race track. It essentially prepares amateur drivers for real world racing by means of two programs. Customers who want to stick to weekend track days can attend the intensive course, while those willing to take it up a notch and race at a professional or pro-am level can do so by signing up for the advanced program with a team of experience racing instructors.

Although the Huracan Super Trofeo is only available through Lamborghini’s Accademia for now, the supercar will soon take on the tracks in a series of its own, much like the Gallardo Super Trofeo did.

Updated 07/15/2014: Lamborghini unveiled the first teaser image (after the jump) for the future Huracan Super Trofeo and confirmed that the car is ready for its first testing session at the Vallelunga circuit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lambo Huracan Super Trofeo.

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These days, Hyundai is one of the top brands. With several very good — some excellent — cars, Hyundai is now a legitimate competitor with the big boys. A major contribution to the brand’s recent success has been the Genesis sedan and coupe, introduced in 2009 and 2010, respectively. While they share the same name, both cars are vastly different. The sedan is a large, rear-drive luxury model meant to take on the best mid-level offerings from Lexus , BMW and Mercedes-Benz , while the coupe, also rear-drive, is smaller and vastly sportier, intended to sway buyers away from the Mustang , Camaro , and Nissan 370Z .

Hyundai has updated the Genesis coupe recently, and now the 2.0T produces an impressive 274 horsepower, while the big-daddy 3.8-liter, V-6 version now puts out a whopping 348 ponies. Both a six-speed manual and Hyundai’s in-house eight-speed automatic transmission are available in both models.

However, according to Autoblog, the 2.0T version will be dropped for the 2015 model year. Apparently, Hyundai wants to convey a premium image, and feels the V-6 version is the only one that will cut it. I tend to disagree, as small, turbocharged (read: efficient) motors are the latest fad these days.

While the updated design for 2013, featuring upgraded power ratings and styling updates was definitely noteworthy, expect a full redesign for the 2016 model year, with V-8 power from the company’s proven TAU V-8 engine.

Note: Hyundai HND-9 Concept pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Source: Go Auto

The news about Toyota and BMW building cars together isn’t new, as the two companies finalized the partnership in January of 2013, but thanks to the Nikkei Asian Review, we’ve got some rumors as to what the two companies have been working on. Those plans revolve around the next-generation BMW Z4 and a revival of the famed Toyota Supra .

The Nikkei reports the two cars will share the same platform, manufacturing processes, and parts procurements. The two sports cars , however, won’t be sharing the same body style and will be sold under their respective brands. What’s more, these two cars could debut as early as 2017.

The report speculates whether Toyota would be able to adopt the same carbon-fiber-extensive construction style BMW has recently adopted, citing cost as the limiting factor. However, with the falling cost of carbon fiber and its exploding popularity, the material might be within Toyota’s reach. This is especially true for such a specialized sports car as the Supra.

The Nikkei report lacks further juicy details about the partnership or its planed products, but news seems rather certain. The 2017 date is still tentative, but the possibility still remains.

As far as powertrains, it’s anybody’s guess as to what will be found under hood. Perhaps BMW will provide a TwinPower, inline six-cylinder or maybe each automaker will supply its own powerplants. Only time will tell. One thing is for sure, with BMW and Toyota partnered together, the future looks bright with the addition of two exciting sports cars.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Supra and the current Z4

Students from the Technical University of Eindhoven and the Fontys University of Applied Sciences are in the middle of an ambitious project the likes of which we’ve never dealt with before. The group is collectively known as InMotion. Unlike those twister soda projects we occupied ourselves with in college, these students are doing a much bigger project. And it involves the Nurburgring Nordschleife. InMotion is developing a hybrid race car called the IN01. The goal is to break the lap record at the famous race track and by lap record, we mean the 6:11 lap record set by Stefan Bellof using a Porsche 956.

At least we know these students are ambitious. That’s a good quality to have, right?

From the look of the IN01, it does appear that InMotion has a good idea of what it’s going to take to eclipse the 30-year-old record. The design of the racer is dynamic enough to make you interested in the project. It has the pointed-nose design of Formula One race cars and the closed cockpit configuration of an LMP1 prototype. The dimensions are also there and its low height should help in improving the car’s balance. Even the rear section, with the blown rear diffuser, was designed to be as minimalistic as possible.

Aesthetically, it looks like a million bucks. But how it’s going to fare against that 6:11 record lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife is a different matter entirely. That, after all, is the ultimate point of this project.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 InMotion IN01.

The Cadillac CTS-V was launched in 2004 as a high-performance version of the CTS sedan. Aimed at fast sedans like the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG , the CTS-V was powered by a 5.7-liter, LS6, V-8 engine in its first two years on the market. Shared with the C5 Corvette, the powerplant was rated at 400 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque. GM replaced the 5.7-liter with a 6.0-liter LS2 in 2006, but output remained unchanged, albeit the new unit brought a wider torque band. When the second-gen CTS-V arrived in 2008, Cadillac dropped a supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 in its engine bay. Based on the LS9 mill found in the Corvette C6 ZR1 , the LSA produced 556 horsepower and 551 pound-feet of torque. The second-gen CTS-V also saw the introduction of station wagon and coupe versions.

Going into 2015, Cadillac is rolling out the highly-anticipated, third-generation CTS-V. Based on the brand-new CTS sedan with a redesigned exterior and a roomier interior, the 2016 CTS-V brings more power, updated technology, and less weight to the table.

Updated 07/17/2014: Today we created a series of renderings for the future CTS-V. Check them out after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V.

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The new Audi Q3 will be released this fall as a 2015 model. A tad late to the compact, luxury-crossover party, mostly dominated by the BMW X1 , it should be worth the wait and give the Bimmer some legitimate competition. Based on the capable Volkswagen Tiguan , it shares the basic body but has its own unique Audi-esque styling cues, which include the familiar Audi grille , an attractive, coupe-like roofline, and a sharp character line that runs the length of the vehicle.

Other differences from the Tiguan include a lightweight aluminum hood, liftgate and suspension components. Power will come from the corporate 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four, netting 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, connected to a six-speed automatic. This configuration has proven more than adequate in every Volkswagen and Audi application, and should have no trouble here, either. Quattro all-wheel drive will be an option. Expect typical Audi luxury, with a sumptuous interior, and top-notch fit and finish.

While we are certainly eager to get our hands on the new Q3, perhaps what are even more exciting are the reports of the second-generation model, due out for the 2017 model year. The biggest news is that we have received confirmation that the next-generation Q3 will be inspired by the legendary Audi Quattro , released in 1980.

Note: Current generation Audi Q3 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi Q3.

There are tons of rumors floating around about the upcoming second generation of Audi R8 . Everything from five-cylinder engines to wireless charging capabilities for the R8 e-tron are being talked about for the car’s 2016 entrance into the U.S. market. Well, here’s one more for the rumor mill: a TDI version.

The idea may not be new, but it seems to be gaining some credence for the upcoming model. Volkswagen Group executive Ferdinand Piëch is reportedly itching to have a turbo-diesel engine under the R8’s rear glass. While a TDI-powered R8 won’t be likely until at least 2017, the possibility is still present.

What’s more, Volkswagen Group has two TDI options to choose from. The first would be to simply use the existing 4.0-liter V-8 TDI but spiced up with more horsepower and torque. The other option would be to utilize the 5.0-liter V-10 TDI Audi is currently developing for future Bentley models.

While we’ve got no firm estimates on horsepower and torque outputs for the V-10 TDI, we can always guess. Remember the V-10 turbo-diesel Volkswagen stuffed under the hood of its Touareg SUV in the late 2000s? With twin turbochargers spooling up, it made 310 horsepower and a stump-pulling 553 pound-feet of torque. Imagine what today’s clean-diesel technology and computer control systems could do for a performance-oriented V-10 TDI. Perhaps 500 horses and 800 pound-feet of torque? We can always hope.

While the TDI R8 remains a distant model at this point, we can count on some high-performance gasoline engines to power the mid-engine supercar . Expect the V-8 and gasoline V-10 to carry over, along with some nice output updates.

Note: 2008 Audi R8 V12 TDI pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the next generation Audi R8.


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