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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 Mercedes news keeps on rolling in with the latest bits of information regarding the next-generation SLK roadster. Destined for debut as a 2018 model, it’s reported the new drop top will feature a hybrid powertrain similar to the new C-Class sedan.

According to AutoExpress, the new SLK will also ride on the modular sports car architecture (MSA), just as the larger SL roadster. The new underpinnings will allow the SLK to accept a larger variety of engine and transmission options not currently available. That, combined with the C-Class’ plug-in hybrid powertrain opens the possibilities for an all-wheel-drive option as well.

Living up to its name, the modular sports car architecture allows engineers to easily change the lengths, widths, and wheelbases. This will help differentiate the SLK from the larger SL-Class , while keeping engineering and manufacturing costs to a minimum. Even with the new platform, the SLK’s production will continue in the current factory in Bremen, Germany. The SL-Class will shift production to that location as well.

Mercedes’ crusade to improve fuel efficiency surely means some weight reduction over the current car. Weighing in at 3,163 pounds, the SLK is already a fairly light car, but could still stand to lose a few pounds. A reduced curb weight would also help it better compete again the Porsche Boxster and BMW Z4 Roadster.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2018 Mercedes SLK.

Source: AutoExpress

With so many models on offer these days and more to come in the future, you’d think that BMW has nowhere to expand anymore. I mean, how many niches can you invent?

Besides Smart -like city cars and pickup trucks , the Munich-based company covered just about everything so far. While trucks are definitely a "no-no", we wouldn’t be surprised is BMW rolls out three-cylinder-engined city car sometime in the future.

Meanwhile, it appears that the Germans are looking to expand their lineup in the opposite direction. As we’ve previously reported, BMW is about to get bigger at the Beijing Auto Show , where a concept car is set to preview the company’s upcoming 9 Series sedan.

It might seem like a crazy idea for BMW to launch a direct competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost . However the 9 Series is likely to open new market opportunities for the manufacturer, who’s obviously looking to give the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman a run for its money using a less audacious marque.

Expected to arrive sometime in 2016, the 9 Series will be underpinned by BMW’s new, lightweight G11 modular platform, which was initially developed for the next-generation 7 Series . Stretching it a bit for that mandatory extra room in the back won’t be a problem, as the Germans have plenty of experience with their previous elongated 7 Series sedans.

Design-wise, the new flagship will receive a number of styling features seen on the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept, but a few cues borrowed from the 7 Series are also in the books.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW 9 Series.

It’s still years away from launching, but as early as now, talks of the next-generation Mercedes SL-Class have begun to take shape. The biggest news, other than the fact that it will be an all-new model, is the advanced new platform the SL stands to receive together with the next-generation SLK .

According to Auto Express, the 2019 SL-Class will be significantly different from the one running around the streets of the world these days. The biggest change, it seems, is Mercedes ’ ratcheting up the efficiency of its new models. In the case of the SL-Class, that comes with the adoption of its MFA and MRA common modular architectures for front and rear-wheel-drive models, allowing a multitude of vehicles to be built on the same platform.

It’s an easier approach that should cut production costs for these vehicles. Granted, neither the MFA nor the MRA architectures will be used on the SL and SLK-Class, but rather a third platform, the modular sports car architecture (MSA), that will be used on both models.

The adoption of the MSA platform on both the SL and SLK will be a stark contrast from the current setup, specifically the exclusive use of a bespoke chassis platform on the SL. But once the modular platform comes into the picture, the manufacturing process for both models will also shift and become geared toward sharing elements like the front bulkhead and parts of the suspension. Also, don’t underestimate the convenience of both models being built in the same factory.

On the flip side, you can still expect some unique styling details for both the new SL and SLK-Class. Even with the shared platform, certain elements, like the dimensions of the both vehicles, will still be kept different. This allows both cars to still have that unique look about them that differentiates one from the other. Diversity will still be there, even though the skeletons for both models are going to be the same.

It’s a bold new direction that really shouldn’t surprise anyone given the commitment Mercedes has to the SL-Class as one of its most important models. But like we said, changes aren’t imminent so don’t expect anything drastic.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2019 Mercedes SL-Class.

Source: AutoExpress

For a long time it was believed that the McLaren P13 would be the next sports car to come out of Woking. Details on the "baby" McLaren have been rather confusing, but now that the 650S is already in production, things are finally starting to take shape.

Aimed at the Porsche 911 , the P13 will go into production next year with a de-tuned, 3.8-liter, V-8 engine under the hood. The unit will deliver around 450 horsepower, which is nearly 200 horses less than the 650S . Pricing will be reduced as well, with the 911 fighter to retail for about $200,000, making it cheaper than the outgoing MP4-12C .

A smaller price tag also signals that the P13 will feature less carbon-fiber body parts compared to the 650S. According to Top Gear, the body will be mostly aluminum, although McLaren has yet to decide what processes will be used to make the vehicle’s panels.

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

Source: TopGear

Note: Current SL63 AMG shown here.

This week has seen some shake-ups with the SL-Class lineup from Mercedes. The German automaker’s latest announcement centers on the mighty SL63 roadster. In an apparent move to streamline the lineup, Mercedes is cutting the Performance Package option, but adding even more horsepower to the standard car.

With the current Performance Package, the 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 got a 27 horsepower bump in output over the standard SL63’s 529 horsepower. But all 2015 SL63s will come with 577 horsepower standard. Adding to that, a new mechanical locking differential will help put power to the ground more effectively.

It’s likely Mercedes is stirring the SL pot in hopes of drumming up sales. Though it’s only two years old, the latest generation of SL-Class hasn’t seen a major update since its release. The car has historically been a slow seller, focusing mainly on quality over quantity for those well off enough for those who can afford a $100,000, two-seat convertible. For 2013, Mercedes sold just over 7,000 units — considerably more than the 4,899 units it sold in 2012.

This news comes directly after Mercedes announced the axing of the Euro-spec SL350 in favor of the new SL400 powered by a smaller, yet more powerful 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6. Luckily, the U.S. will also be getting the new SL400, adding to the SL550, SL63 AMG, and SL65 AMG models already available here.

We’ll bring you more details on the SL63 AMG once Mercedes reveals them all, so stay tuned.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG.

Source: AutoCar

Details about a possible M2 model surfaced at the end of May 2011 when BMW confirmed that the coupe and cabrio version of the 1-Series would be sold as the 2-Series . Now, thanks to the British magazine, AutoExpress, more details are available on this new sports car.

The new BMW M2 will be built on the company’s F21 platform that will also be used for the next 2-Series model. It will be an entry-level sports car featuring a front-mounted engine mated to all-new DCT semi-automatic transmission. As of right now, the likely engine is the 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo delivering about 400 horses. One of the most innovative features of the upcoming M2 will be the intense use of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics first used in theM3 CRT and also announced for the upcoming BMW i8 .

In an interview with the British magazine, the M Division’s new managing director, Dr Friedrich Nitschke said: "In the 1M Coupe , we have a starter car for the M Division, and we are continuing to develop this project. Such models must be sporty, and offer extraordinarily low fuel consumption. This is something we could achieve with the M2. I think the 1M Coupe proves there is room for an M2, a coupe."

Although BMW feels there is room for an M2 model, don’t expect it to arrive until late 2015. At that point, models like the Porsche Cayman and the Audi TT RS may need a little jump-start to deal with the added competition.

Updated 04/07/2014: LeftLaneNews reports that the next BMW M2 will be powered by a twin-turbocharged variant of the 3.0-liter straight-six found under the hood of the M235i, and with the output increased to about 380 to 400 horsepower — 60 to 80 horsepower more than the M235i. This will allow the M2 to go from 0 to 60 mph in a little over four seconds. The M2 should be put on sale in 2016 at a price of about $55k.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW M2.

Source: AutoExpress

ATS Autosport’s purchase of the DeTomaso name last November has given rise to speculation that the company is planning to bring back the DeTomaso brand. Well, according to Autocar, ATS has bigger plans that apparently also include the development of two other sports cars .

The 1960s Italian automaker has set its sights on returning to sports-car manufacturing and a pair of sports cars are already being discussed. One is the ATS Sport — the two-seat, track-focused road car we first saw back in October 2012. With the building blocks already in place to revive this project, the £45,000 Sport is likely the easier one to build.

Meanwhile, the other model is billed as the ATS Leggera, a more retro-looking sports car that evokes memories of classic Italian supercars . The Leggera is expected to weigh just 650 kg (1,433 pounds) to go with a GM-sourced, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that could develop anywhere between 210 and 300 horsepower.

In addition to the two planned models, ATS is also looking at a potential relaunch of the DeTomaso brand with an eye towards possibly building a new Pantera sports car that would be based on the company’s existing ATS 2500 GT .

The DeTomaso relaunch probably won’t happen anytime soon, given the amount of work the company is planning to invest on developing its existing line. But never say never with that DeTomaso relaunch; after all, ATS didn’t buy those rights just for the heck of it, right?

Click past the jump to read more about the De Tomaso Pantera.

Source: AutoCar

The demise of the Mitsubishi EVO as we currently know it could have been the death knell that pushed Mitsubishi over the edge. But the company is determined not to let the circumstance of the EVO’s fate dictate its own. That’s probably why a lot of people are getting excited with recent reports that a resurrected — and hybrid — 3000GT could replace the current EVO.

According to Auto Express, a hybrid 2+2 coupe that will take its cues from the 3000GT could be in the cards for Mitsubishi. This future model, should it get green lit by Mitsubishi execs, could potential use a modified version of the all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid technology that’s currently being used by the Outlander PHEV .

Adding further credence to this rumor are talks that the next hybrid will be offered as a hybrid, something Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, alluded to when he told Auto Express that while no specific plans have been laid about the next EVO, there’s "interest and willingness within [Mitsubishi] to produce one", albeit one that will carry a hybrid powertrain.

"There is demand for a car which performs well and makes problem feel good for themselves in terms of its efficiency," Bradley added. "If we can do an SUV which emits just 44g/km of CO2 then we can do the same with a performance car.”

That’s likely where talks of bringing back the 3000GT, which we haven’t seen since 1999, comes into the picture. Back in its heyday, the 3000GT was Mitsbushi’s resident 2+2 sports car that matched wits with the likes of the Mazda RX-7 and the Nissan 300ZX .

Times are changing with more and more companies turning their attention to hybrid technology for their sports cars. The way things are shaping up over at Mitsubishi, it does look like the company is the next to follow in that direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI.

Source: AutoExpress

Much has being made about the BMW Concept X5 eDrive following its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Shortly after its debut, a prototype was seen testing out on the road. Now, a refreshed version of the concept is headed to the 2014 New York Auto Show .

Whether this is a production model labeled as a concept or simply another prototype is a question that only BMW can answer. For the most part, there have been a few changes from the first concept we saw back in September last year.

What we do know is that there appears to be a future for the Concept X5 eDrive at some point. It may not be in the coming months, but years down the line, we expect this vehicle to be out on the road. The hybrid, luxury SUV market is still growing, and its only a matter of time before BMW jumps into the picture and announces its plans to be a strong competitor in it.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW Concept X5 eDrive.

Things are already shaping up for the new 2016 Audi Q5 SUV set to debut in the U.S. in 2017, including a plug-in hybrid version. AutoExpress is reporting the new SUV will feature a much more angular style, departing from the rounded, almost curvy style of the current ‘utes. This plays into the styling Audi has already brought to market with the new TT.

The styling of the new SUV is said to include new horizontally-arranged grille spokes with the Audi rings predominantly displayed at top-dead center. The all-LED MatrixBeam headlights will be much smaller and have a more angular look as well. Down low, large air intakes help cool the powertrain and brakes while providing visual mass down low.

Also speculated by AutoExpress is Audi’s continuation of its virtual cockpit design first seen in the TT. The design allows for a minimal use of physical buttons, all replaced by a large TFT display.

It’s said the new Q5 will be based on the MLB platform also underpinning the upcoming next-generation A4 sedan along with the Q5’s big brother, the Q7. High-strength steels and aluminum materials help reduce weight while providing a more ridged structure than the current SUVs roll on. Both handling and fuel economy will obviously benefit from the added lightness.

The report further speculates about the Q5’s powerplants. Both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will be offered, along with a diesel powerplant. More importantly, Audi’s e-tron hybrid system is slated for inclusion, however it will be modified for use with all-wheel-drive and will be called e-quattro.

*Note: Current Audi Q5 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi Q5.

Source: AutoExpress

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