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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  

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.

A prototype of the Ferrari LaFerrari XX was recently spotted putting in some test laps around Ferrari’s famed Monza race track. It certainly looks the part of an ultra exclusive supercar, right down to its incredibly dynamic look and throaty growl that’s music our ears.

The three-minute video gives us a good look at how far Ferrari has progressed in the development of the LaFerrari XX, considered as the pinnacle of Ferrari engineering. Don’t blame us for being extra giddy about watching the LaFerrari XX in action. We’ve been waiting a long time for a video of the supercar putting in one test lap after another and this video certainly didn’t disappoint!

The first two minutes were nothing short of an eargasm. But at around the 2:20 mark, we witnessed something we never thought we’d see: the right rear wheel of the LaFerrari XX completely buckles, presumably due to some kind of suspension mishap. Watching in slow motion is even more incredible considering you see the top half of the wheel pop outside of the arches and resting diagonally while the other three wheels continue to rotate.

Supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari XX are always subjected to extreme testing, the likes of which normal vehicles aren’t treated to. Now we know the reason for that.

The Mazda RX-7 was introduced in 1978 as replacement for the Savanna RX-7. The sports car joined the company’s lineup as the second vehicle to feature a Wankel rotary engine, being sold alongside the Cosmo luxury coupe. Initially powered by a 1.1-liter unit, the first-generation RX-7 received a larger, 1.3-liter engine rated at 133 horsepower later in its life. In 1983, two years before the second-gen model was introduced, a turbo version of the 1.1-liter delivered as much as 163 ponies. A redesigned model followed in 1986. The 1.1-liter engine was dropped, while the 1.3-liter version received a turbocharger of its own. Power ranged between 146 and 202 horsepower, although the latter was only offered between 1989 and 1991. 1992 marked the introduction of the third-generation model and a hefty update to the already proven 13B rotary engine. Output now began from 252 horsepower and went up to 276 in the third-generation’s final years. The RX-7 was axed in 2002, as Mazda was working on the RX-8. As we move into 2015 and toward a completely redesigned Miata MX-5 , more and more rumors about Mazda’s plans to revive the RX-7 nameplate as a successor to the RX-8 and develop a new, high-performance rotary engine are starting to surface.

Note: Mazda RX-8 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Mazda RX-7.

Source: Motoring

Mercedes ’ much-needed C-Class Convertible is inching closer to production as the Stuttgart-based company continues testing the cabriolet throughout Germany. Scheduled to break cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the 2015 C-Class Convertible will be the first drop-top in the model’s 21-year history.

Our spy photographers recently caught the cabriolet C-Class stretching its wheels on public roads for the third time since September 2013. Things haven’t change much since May 2014, when the prototype was spotted testing with the same camouflage pattern covering its body, but a few new details suggest development is well underway.

Once it hits dealerships, the C-Class Convertible will join its sedan and wagon siblings, while waiting for the AMG-prepped versions to arrive. And yes, at some point, the convertible will benefit from AMG treatment as well, including the brand’s newly developed, 4.0-liter, V-8 engine and the enormous amount of power that comes with it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

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The BMW X3 has always been a popular all-rounder for everyday life. Combining versatility, efficiency, luxury, and BMW driving dynamics, it’s no wonder that it sells so well. Just refreshed for the 2015 model year, the model enjoys subtle styling upgrades to mimic the freshest BMW designs. Also, a new four-cylinder diesel joins the lineup. However, expect a full redesign for the 2017 model year. This redesign will entail upgraded power, a new modular design which should improve interior space and comfort, and the latest BMW technology. A plug-in hybrid is even in the works.The most exciting news, however, is the announcement that the X5 M and X6 M have a little brother on the way.

While the current 2015 X3 easily meets most peoples’ needs, expect the 2017 version to go above and beyond. According to the German publication Autobild, BMW wants to make sure that they cover all possible ground with the redesign, so in addition to the current, versatile model lineup now, look for an M-Performance model likely dubbed the X3M40i, with a 3.0-liter inline six producing upwards of 340 horsepower.

Do not confuse this with an official M car—but don’t worry; sources hint at an all-out X3 M likely due sometime after that, sharing the new screamer-of-a-mill S55 engine, good for at least the 425 horsepower it currently provides in the new M3 and M4. We speculate upwards of 450ponies for the 2017 X3. Expect a 15-horsepower increase in both of the the non-M gasoline models.

Note: Current BMW X3 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 BMW X3.

Source: Autobild

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