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future cars

  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.

British automaker McLaren has just confirmed that its next supercar will arrive in 2016. Although that’s not exactly news, given the company’s known plan to launch a new model each year by 2019, a McLaren spokesman revealed that the vehicle will sit above the 650S and below the P1 .

No actual details were unveiled, but we could be looking at a supercar that packs around 750 horsepower and carries a price tag of at least $400,000. With McLaren now focusing on sharing technology between models in order to save financially, it’s very likely that the new supercar will be built around the same carbon-fiber chassis found in the 650S and P1.

Power is also likely to come from the familiar twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-8 that motivates the existing lineup and spin the rear wheels with help from a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters.

Besides rolling out two new vehicles — the P13 and the aforementioned supercar — over the next couple of years, McLaren is also planning on adding another 20 dealerships by the end of 2014, raising its total to 70, and another 30 showrooms by 2016.

As stated last month by company CEO Mike Flewitt, McLaren will remain focused on building sports cars and has no plans to develop a much-speculated SUV .

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

The news surrounding the BMW i8 is relentless these days with information flowing in left and right. But sadly, the latest bit of news doesn’t hold much promise for those looking forward to a sportier version of the i8 or a replacement for the M1 coming from the i8 platform.

Our German friends over at Autovisie sat down with Carsten Pries, BMW’s head of Product Management M, for a recent interview. His issue lies with creating competition for its own i8 by flooding the already-small segment with low sales volumes. Not to mention the need to develop more powerful hybrid technology and a larger engine sized properly for an i8-like car. What’s more, the i8 was developed from the ground up to be an electric hybrid with only a small gasoline engine.

The lack of an outright M model based on the i8 doesn’t completely spell disaster. Friedrich Nitschke, the CEO of BMW M, says the fuel-saving technology from the i8 might wind up in future M models while the sportier aspects of the M Division might find its way onto future i models.

While these words came from BMW corporate heads, Pries and Nitschke may be bluffing about the existence of a high-performance hybrid supercar. Only time will tell, so stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking information.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW i8.

Source: telegraaf.nl

If you pay any attention to the TopSpeed Podcast , it will have become abundantly clear that we all like Porsches, and that the Cayman is top on our list for greatest driver’s cars. With the recent spy shots of the Porsche Cayman GT4 , we thought it was time we took a quick look at what makes the new potential Cayman special, and what it may mean for the rest of the Porsche family.

The birth of the Cayman was purely to fill a gap in Porsche’s lineup. It was an artificial car with artificial specifications. It had an engine, horsepower rating, top speed and price, that was exactly between the Boxster and the 911.

Thanks to its mid-engine design the Cayman has always felt like the better handling car, but Porsche refused to let it eclipse the power or performance of the 911. That seems until now, anyways. If the rumors about the GT4 Cayman are correct, it is positioned to be a better car than the base 911 Carrera , and potentially even the RWD Carrera S. If true, this could make the GT4 Cayman one of the best driver’s cars Porsche has ever created.

Read on to find out what makes the Porsche Cayman GT4 so special

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Rolls-Royce ’s all-new Phantom is rumored to appear at least three years from now, but the work on the sketches of the extravagant model have already led chief designer Giles Taylor’s team to start dreaming about what the model will look like when it’s all said and done. The new platform for the car, on the other hand, is yet undecided.

Rolls-Royce currently uses exclusive spaceframe chassis to build their vehicles but the think-tank at the parent company BMW is considering a new recipe for the architecture of the second-generation Phantom; one similar to the frame on the BMW i3 and i8 . The futuristic i3 uses carbon-fiber body shells screwed onto an aluminum chassis. This new construction would allow Rolls-Royce to lower manufacturing costs and take advantage of lighter body, which would also improve the efficiency of the car and allow the construction of pillar-less shells with wider range of Phantom models.

Also on the docket for the next generation is a plug-in hybrid Phantom to complement the traditional V-12-powered version. But what about pure electric?

Hybrid and pure-electric concepts are gaining a strong grip on the market, and the rival companies like Audi and Porsche have already indicated strongly that their future luxury models will feature electric-powered versions. On the other hand, BMW is still pondering upon an all-electric vehicle, but it seems unlikely as of now.

The new Phantom will not be a complete makeover visually. The next-generation Phantom will still carry the similar silhouette of the current Phantom with the angled C-pillar, which provides a lot of privacy to the occupants and is one of main ideas behind the Phantom. The all-new Phantom will carry updated front grille, headlamps and air intake.

Image Note: 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom shown here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Rolls Royce Phantom.

Source: AutoCar

Mercedes ’ aggressive company expansion isn’t slowing down any time soon. Already boasting of a handful of new models in its a number of its new models, Mercedes also appears to have an eye towards expanding of its oldest and most heralded lineups: the G-Class .

According to German newspaper Autobild, the German has set its sights on launching a more stylish crossover that will fall under the G-Class. Full details behind this proposed model are still sketchy, but it appears that the company plans to release this model in 2019 — a year after the next-generation A-Class arrives.

How is the A-Class relevant to this G-Class-inspired crossover? Apparently, the more lifestyle-facing G model will be built using the same platform of the next-gen A-Class. That’s an indication that this new crossover, which has been tentatively dubbed the "GLB", will have its own set of unique features. The most prominent, if there’s any validity to these rumors, is that the GLB will offer space for as many as seven people.

It’s a little confusing if you factor in those reports that next-gen A-Class’ platform will be used. Last we checked, the A-Class isn’t the big of a model, so it’ll be interesting how Mercedes uses that architecture on a seven-seat crossover, long wheelbase notwithstanding.

The new GLB, or Mini-G as Autobild refers to it, is also being touted as coming with front-wheel-drive system with an all-wheel drive version available as an added option. An optional on-or off-road package is also being prepared and last but not least, the GLB should cost slightly more than the GLA , which could retail at a base price of €29,000, just a little under $40,000.

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

Source: Autobild

It’s been only a week since we had a preliminary look at the BMW M2 Coupe , which was caught testing for the very first time, and now we are able to ogle once again at its drop-top brother, thanks to our skilled spy photographers stationed in Germany.

This is not the first time they’ve caught the compact two-door on the road, but these new photos provide us with the best look yet at the brand-new 2 Series Convertible as the Germans have stripped it of almost all of its camouflage.

Part of the bumpers, the badges, and the edges of the headlamps and taillights are the only elements that are still covered, allowing us to enjoy all of its lines and curves. There’s nothing left to take us by surprise once the last strips of camouflage disappear, so there you go folks, the 2015 BMW 2 Series Cabriolet is basically unveiled!

We can’t help but notice that there are a few nips and tucks that make it look different than the vehicle we’ve rendered a while back, but most of the important cues were spot on, including the twin five-spoke wheels.

If you’re wondering about what engines will pop up under the hood, BMW will most certainly opt for a full transplant from the 2 Series Coupe , which means U.S. dealerships will have two versions on offer. The 228i that will be motivated by a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the brawnier M235i that will carry a 3.0-liter inline-six that generates 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. The 2 Series Convertible will also get a diesel mill, but that won’t cross the pond to the United States.

The vehicle’s official launch won’t occur until fall 2014, while production is scheduled to commence in January 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Cabriolet.

The Volkswagen CC may not carry the same level of mainstream recognition as the Passat , but there’s a certain segment of the population that developed a certain level of affinity for the luxury sedan . Well, for those who fall under this category, good news has arrived in the form of a next-generation Volkswagen CC.

MotorTrend sat down and talked with VW of America president Michael Horn and among other topics that were discussed, the future of the next-generation CC was broached. According to Horn, the next-gen CC is already under development and there are talks within the company that the new CC could come in a radically new design that could have similarities with the Audi A7 .

Horn also teased that the new CC could come in more than just one version, which could include a fastback model that will draw comparisons to the A7 Sportback . If anything, using the A7 as a peg for the next-generation CC is as good an indication as any that Volkswagen has some big plans for its luxury sedan.

Other than the expected design overhaul of the CC, Volkswagen is apparently considering building the sedan closer to where a bulk of its models will land. Horn indicated as much, telling MotorTrend that rising production costs could compel the company to shift production in the US or in Mexico.

That’s as much as we know about the Volkswagen CC. At this point, we’re just excited to see that VW has serious intentions of smoothly bringing along the next-generation CC.

Note: Current generation pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Volkswagen CC.

Source: MotorTrend

Japanese automaker Nissan has just released a teaser photo of an upcoming model that’s set to make its official debut on May 16th. The company declined to reveal any kind of details, but the darkened photo suggests we’re about to see an updated version of the 370Z Nismo . It appears the sports car will get a more attractive front fascia with a redesigned bumper, a larger air intake and individual daytime running lights mounted on the sides. A red-painted splitter and a Nismo badge mounted on the upped side of the grille are a clear indication of the car’s purpose.

Underpinnings are likely to be a carry over from the 2014 370Z Nismo , but we wouldn’t be surprise to see a few extra ponies shoved under the hood. The current model comes with 350 horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque generated by a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine and guided to the wheels by a six-speed manual transmission.

The new Nismo will break cover May 16th at 1:00 PM EDT at ZDayZ festival in North Carolina so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details. Until then, you might as well have a look at our 2014 370Z Nismo test drive .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan 370Z Nismo.

Although the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has been fighting a fierce battle against the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4 for about two decades now, it was only two years ago, in 2012, that the company finally decided to tackle its rivals with a proper coupe . But the fixed-roof two-door wasn’t followed by a much-needed convertible , with the Stuttgart crew opting to wait for the W205 C-Class to arrive. Now that the brand-new sedan is ready to meet its customers, the very fist C-Class drop-top is in the works and expected to go on sale sometime next year.

The Germans have been working on it since 2013, but development appears to have moved a huge step forward since September, when we last saw the C-Class Convertible prototype wandering the streets. Now spotted near the manufacturer’s R&D center in Sindelfingen, the vehicle lost the body cladding that made it look like an awkwardly chopped ride.

Its sleek appearance is finally starting to take shape, but to get a better idea of what we’re dealing with, we have to ignore the bulky piece that’s covering the soft-top. We also need to ignore the strange round taillights, as they’ll become more familiar once the camouflage is removed.

Like the car, the details around it are still under wraps, but we’re looking at a convertible that’s likely to be lighter than its rivals. That’s because Mercedes wisely decided to develop the model from the ground up and not by slaughtering the coupe and reinforcing it for additional strength.

The drop-top is expected to borrow the entire lineup of engine from the C-Class sedan, which means it’ll cross the pond with a 2.0-liter four-pot and a 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood, both with turbochargers attached to them. A C63 AMG is also likely to arrive, but Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm this scenario.

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

If you’re in the market for an Audi TTS this year, you need to settle for a current-generation model, as the next iteration , which was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , won’t go on sale until 2015. And that’s because the Germans are still busy working on the all-wheel-drive sports car , trying to figure out the best possible setup for optimum performance and handling. Due to its sporty nature, the TTS also needs a bit of track tuning, which is why Audi brought it to the Nurburgring track earlier this month.

The wet conditions weren’t exactly ideal for course testing or for an official lap time attempt, but that didn’t stop the company’s engineers from dropping the hammer on the Nordschleife. And in spite of its quattro system, the TTS was quite tail happy on the wet asphalt, showing that you don’t actually need rear-wheel-drive car to have some fun.

As a brief reminder, the upcoming Audi TTS sports a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood, similar to the one found in the S3 . Rated at 310 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, the unit produces 40 horses more compared to the current mill, and enables to vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.


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