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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.


In the world of supercars, you have many different players. Ferrari is the technological wonder child, while Lamborghini is that school bully that developed a bit of common sense with age.Aston Martin is the sophisticated gentlemen spy that can charm any living thing with a single word. Then, you come to Pagani, the new boy. These cars don’t feature any sophistication or old world charm. Yet, their radical designs and outrageous performance have placed them in the top tier of the supercar tree and now, we have a new version, the C9 .

In the world of follow-ups, this one is massive. Sort of like the Godfather II following the Godfather. The Zonda was the car that made Pagani into the company you see today. Automotive journalists loved it and the base version spawned many different special editions and one-offs like the Zonda F and Cinque . It was like nothing ever seen before. The Zonda’s development was evolutionary, but the C9 that will replace it will be revolutionary.

UPDATE 03/15/2013: Pagani has unveiled a new promo video for its Huayra supercar. Called simply "God of Wind" the new video is just an attempt to bring the supercar back to our attention. Enjoy!

Hit the jump for more details on the Pagani Huayra.


We haven’t heard any details on a possible Mazda RX-7 successor for quite some time now, but new details have surfaced on the internet suggesting that such a rotary-powered successor to the RX-7 could be offered as a competitor for the next generation Nissan Z.

The new RX-7 will sit atop the current Mazda lineup and, unlike the RX-8, it will not come as a four-door coupe. It will, however, again come in the same front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout.

Rumored to be called RX-9, the new sports car will likely be powered by a new rotary engine developed by the company and is set to be put into production within the next five years. This RX-9 will likely be initially offered in naturally aspired version, but a turbocharged version is also a possibility.

According to Mazda officials, a final decision hasn’t been made just yet because the company wants to investigate the economic situation before deciding if to offer the new sports car or not.

We’ll keep an eye out and let you know when we hear more details.

Source: AutoCar

Just the other day, Land Rover tossed us a bone by revealing a teaser image and video of its revised Range Rover Sport. Well, now someone at Land Rover has apparently decided to toss us the entire chicken by posting images of the 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport completely camouflage free.

When we saw the teaser image, we noted that the new headlights looked very similar to the Evoque and the larger Range Rover. If these leaked images are, in fact, of the 2014 Land Rover Sport, then our suspicion on the redesigned headlights is correct. What we couldn’t see in those teaser images was just how significant the redesign would be, but these leaked images show us that the redesign is extreme.

Front to rear, the Range Rover Sport is completely different. Gone is the flat front and rear ends, leaving a much sportier-looking SUV. In fact, these images look almost like the LR2, Range Rover and Evoque all had their DNA mixed up to make the ultimate hybrid.

Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to find out if these images are real or not, as the new Range Rover Sport will be unveiled on March 26th.

KTM X-Bow GT

It looks like the new GT version is just the first step into the future for the KTM X-Bow. At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, KTM CEO, Stefan Pierer, announced that in a few years the X-Bow will be offered with the same 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged engine you now see in the Audi TT-RS.

KTM is already running the first prototypes that carry 335 horsepower and it is expecting to upgrade the engine to a total of 480 horsepower - a significant upgrade over the current 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower – in the future. The engine will be combined with a new, twin-clutch gearbox.

KTM will initially test the new engine in a series of racecars, and, if the engine gets the production green light, a road-going version will follow shortly.

KTM expects to see around 100 X-Bow units sold in 2013, with the possibility to increase sales to around 200 units a year.

Source: EVO

We already brought you the first teaser image of the upcoming Land Rover Range Rover Sport , which LR is calling "the fastest, most responsive and agile vehicle to date." Though that teaser image showed us very little, it certainly piqued our interest. Well, it didn’t take Land Rover long to follow that up with a teaser video, which it just released today.

This early glimpse of the new Range Rover Sport shows us only limited bits of the new SUV, but you can clearly tell that there are some significant updates. The only real clear image we see is of the headlights, which will feature a wraparound effect, much like the 2013 Range Rover and Evoque.

Other than the headlights, the video offered little more clarity besides a sharp shoulder line that flows from front to rear. We’re holding onto hopes that the new Range Rover Sport will carry with it some updates to its 5-liter V-8 engine, but we haven’t heard anything about that yet.

We’ll keep an eye out for additional teaser videos and we’ll bring them to you as soon as Land Rover releases them.

Enjoy!

Ford Mustang

Last week it was rumored that the next-generation Ford Mustang will indeed receive a four-cylinder engine, but only the European customers are going to enjoy it. Things have changed since then, as it looks like the guys over Road and Track have a different story.

According to the magazine, the American market is going to receive the 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, but not in the base version. Ford is already offering such an engine on models like Fusion and Explorer, so why not also offer it in the Mustang as well? The four-cylinder EcoBoost is rumored to deliver over 300 horsepower, making it an improvement over the base 3.7-liter V-6 that delivers a total of 305 horsepower.

It is also speculated that the 2015 Mustang will be offered with a paddle-shift automatic transmission too.

However, it looks like things are just getting ramped up and we expect to learn more about the next Mustang in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned!

Tesla Model X Concept

So, we have been very patient with what may be one of the best crossover SUVs ever built: the Tesla Model X .
We were expecting to see the Model X released in late-2013 for the 2014 model year, but things are changing, as they usually do. According to a report by Los Angeles Times, the Model X’s production has been pushed to late-2014 with deliveries happening in 2015.

The reasoning for the delay is that Tesla has been so focused on improving the Model S that it chose to push the Model X back, as opposed to rushing through it. We’ll take that excuse at its face value, but that seems almost like a cop-out, as we haven’t seen any changes to the Model S since it was released, sans a significant price hike. Maybe there is a change to the Model S around the corner that we are not yet aware of.

So, those of you that are excited to get your hands on this crossover SUV that hits 60 mph in under 5 seconds while looking pretty sexy, you’re just going to have to wait a little longer.

We’ll keep you updated.

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

The expected arrival of the Alpine-Caterham sports car is still a few years away, but Renault boss, Carlos Tavares, has already made it known that the sports car will compete against the Alfa Romeo 4C and the Lotus Evora . Tavares did clarify that the Porsche Cayman may be a little out of reach for the brand.

“It would be arrogant to say we could go head-to-head with Porsche and win,” Tavares told Autocar. “But I think Lotus and Alfa are realistic targets.”

Tavares also hinted that Renault, Alpine’s parent company, will give the latter the freedom to "express themselves", something that it wouldn’t be able to do as much if Alpine had to go through Renault regarding specifics about the future sports car.

Meanwhile, Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s chief of design, is hoping that the future sports car, which will be based on the A110 Concept, will be a springboard that will re-launch Alpine as a brand that will soon build and develop a range of other sports cars. Clearly, a lot is riding on the success of this model.

“We all love Alpine within the company, but this first car will be a measure for us of how much other people love it,” he said.

“If it is a success, then yes I can see space for us to expand."

Source: Autocar UK
Spyker B6 Venator Concept

Spyker announced that its new B6 Venator Concept , which was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, is just the first step the company has made into its global resurgence. The company has plans to unveil a concept crossover model next year, with a production version to arrive later in 2016.

The new crossover will be based on the D8 Paris-to-Peking crossover , which was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, but it will be less extravagant, while still retaining Spyker’s reputation for exclusivity.

The same Spyker officials also confirmed that a production version of the B6 Venator Concept will be put on sale on the U.S. market in the spring of 2014 at a price somewhere from $125,000 to $150,000.

Once these changes are made, the company’s lineup will include three different models: the current C8 Aileron, the upcoming B6 Venator and the upcoming crossover. Once all three models are put on sale, the company hopes to sell around 2,500 units a year - up from the current 350 units.

Source: Edmunds

During the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Honda has announced a few details on its future plans, and we sure like what we have heard so far. The company has announced that the new generation Civic will also receive a station wagon version and a more powerful Type R derivation. As proof of this statement, they have also unveiled a teaser image of the wagon model.

A first concept version of the next Civic Wagon has been unveiled in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, with the production version to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.

The upcoming Wagon will look pretty much identical to the sedan version, except, of course, for a swooping roofline, bulging wheel arches, a roof-rack, and its capability to accommodate more luggage.

The car will be built on the same platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan, but we will also see a new 1.6 i-DTEC engine. A hybrid version could also be a possibility.

UPDATE 03/07/13: Honda has unveiled new images and video for the new Civic Tourer Concept unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.


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