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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 Simona  

Ultra-luxury brands beware, another one of your comrades is falling down the shame spiral and building a - gasp - SUV! Sure that’s a little dramatic, but so are all of the people that are scoffing at the fact that Bentley has now confirmed a new SUV scheduled to hit their lineup sometime in 2015. If everyone remembers correctly, these are the same people that were horrified that Porsche decided to build the Cayenne and look how well that turned out for them.

Now, with a 37-percent increase in sales in 2011 (to 7,003 vehicles sold), Bentley is looking to double this number by the time this new SUV, rumored to have the name "Falcon Falcon " — comes out by making it "the world’s most luxurious 4x4" SUV and targeting growing SUV markets like the U.S. and China. The "luxurious" title will also match the price; rumors point to the starting price for this future SUV coming in at $271,000, making the $48,200 starting price of the Porsche Cayenne look like it belongs on a Kia Sportage .

So, what constitutes the jumbo price tag? Other than the supposedly tremendous amount of luxury built into the future SUV, rumors are swirling that a V-8 twin-turbocharged engine would be the standard powerplant and a W-12 engine is a possible option.

Bentley is taking a big step with its improving sales by giving an SUV a chance to flourish. Does the world need a strong competitor for the Porsche Cayenne? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that high-end customers with deep pockets won’t be writing out checks for a chance to wallow in the luxurious nature promised by Bentley.

Updated 05/27/2014: Bentley launched a new website for its upcoming SUV. The automaker will update the site continuously with details on the future model. Described as the "world’s most powerful and luxurious SUV," the new Bentley will put its new SUV on sale in 2016, with a plug-in hybrid option set to follow in 2017.

Updated 06/30/2014: In a recent interview with the British magazine AutoCar Bentley boss Wolfgang Dürheimer confirmed that the company’s future SUV will be the most expensive SUV currently available on the market. It will be priced at about £130,000 - or $220,000 at the current exchange rates. This is a lot indeed, but its less than initially expected: £200,000 - or $340,000 at the current exchange rates.

Our spy photographers confirmed last month’s rumor about Mercedes-Benz working on a brand-new C-Class to fill the gap between the C400 and the more powerful C63 AMG . This confirmation comes by way of a wagon version of the C450 AMG Sport stretching its legs in Germany.

Caught completely undisguised, the second-brawniest current-generation C-Class Wagon sports a more aggressive front bumper that doesn’t stray too far from the piece seen on the regular model and an AMG-style grille that carries just one horizontal bar.

Around back, the differences are less noticeable, with only a dual-exhaust system catching our eyes. The wagon also benefits from a different set of wheels that are similar to some we’ve seen recently from AMG. The "4MATIC" badge on the rear hatch suggests the C450 AMG Sport will arrive with all-wheel-drive.

Scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2015, both the sedan and wagon versions of the C450 will carry a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6. This engine puts out 329 horsepower in the C400 model, so it wouldn’t shocked us to see the hotter C450 AMG Sport carry more than 370 ponies.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes C450 Sport AMG Wagon.

Previewed by a concept vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the next-generation Mini John Cooper Works has been spotted testing Northern Europe since February. More recently, though, the Brits have moved their trials at the Nurburgring track, the perfect environment for a beefed-up hatchback .

Although the spy shots we’ve just received from our paparazzi show a vehicle that has lost most of its camouflage, we’re actually looking at a mule that wears a Cooper S body with a John Cooper Works front bumper attached to it. Still wearing the yellow wrap, the bumper has a more aggressive design and it appears to be identical to the one seen on the concept car.

The lighter, 18-inch aluminum wheels also carry a new design, but the upcoming hot hatch will receive more distinct features, such as a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser, roof spoiler and side skirts. These features are likely to find their way on the prototype as development continues this summer.

Motivation will be provided by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s expected to crank 231 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s 13 ponies more than the outgoing model and just enough for the vehicle to reach 60 mph from a standing start in less than six seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mini John Cooper Works.

The fact the next-generation Camaro will replace the current model for the 2016 model year is no longer a mystery, but Chevrolet has finally made things official, confirming that 2015 will be last year on the market for the fifth-gen pony . The announcement, which came with a shorts list of updates — basically just one new color — for the 2015 Camaro , was quite brief and lacked any details on the redesigned model. However, previous reports have suggested the Camaro will get a new platform and an evolutionary styling that’s pretty familiar to customers.

Of course, the 2016 Camaro will get plenty of powertrain updates, with more horsepower coming out of its V-6 and V-8 engines, and possibly with the Corvette’s seven-speed manual transmission offered as standard. Interior revisions may include more soft-touch materials and premium surfaces, and loads of technology that will help the Camaro catch up with the 2015 Mustang .

As for the 2015 model, there are no horsepower improvements on the horizon, with all the current models to keep their respective specs and configurations. The main novelty is a new Blue Velvet Metallic color to the existing palette. With no significant updates on the table, pricing for the 2015 Camaro lineup is likely to remain nearly unchanged.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Chevrolet Camaro.

If you happen to be a fan of slightly quirky Japanese cars with AWD, I have great news for you. It seems Subaru is finally spending the money to bring new platforms and engines to its lineup of cars.

The report comes from Automotive News, who is claiming that after six straight years of record-breaking growth, the Fuji Heavy Industries subsidiary is going to bring a new modular platform to market in a 2016. Along with this new platform that will underpin, the new Impreza and Outback as well as the Legacy and an unnamed three-row crossover , Subaru will add direct injection to every single engine it builds in an effort to improve fuel economy. Adding direct injection will also improve emissions and improve performance.

The goal is to make its models even more enticing to buyers by providing all the same Subaru greatness with even better fuel economy, traditionally a downside of Subaru’s love of AWD.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Subaru Impreza.

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Genty Automobile is a design company and is planning to step-in into the league of exotic high-performing supercars. The first vehicle to carry the Genty badge will be the Akylone , and the company is burning the midnight oil to make it a reality. Genty bolted a V-8 engine developed in-house, allowing the manufacturer to customize the engine and its output as it feels.

Two years after Genty Automobile introduced the Akylone in virtual form, the France based start-up company has revealed an updated version of the supercar with even more efficacious performance figures. Genty built the supercar around an idea of delivering a great power-to-weight ratio to compete with other supercars on the market, and the new breed of hybrid engines that are powering the futuristic hypercars.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Genty Akylone.

A mildly camouflaged, next-generation Audi R8 has hit the Nurburgring track again, revealing a few never-before-seen details. You’re probably anxious to ogle at its sexy, supercar -like body, but the fake body panels mounted on the front and the rear fascias blocked our paparazzi, yet again.

The good news is the folks over at Audi have brought with them a second prototype with a fully uncovered interior, a perfect target for our skilled photographers and their lenses. The most noticeable novelty is the introduction of a digital TFT instrument cluster.

The unit comes to replace the more conventional analogue gauges and represents a significant update for a sports car that has some tough competition to bark at. The dashboard is also new, and so are the steering wheels and the air vents, which feature chromed bezels.

Getting back to the outer shell, we’re expecting for the brand-new R8 to break cover with a set of smaller headlamps, a reshaped grille and a smoother front hood. Around back, we should see slimmer LED taillights, redesigned vents and rectangular exhaust pipes on each side of the diffuser. Overall, the next R8 will look flatter, wider and even meaner.

Audi will bolt the body on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan , which means the new model will shed up to 200 pounds compared to its predecessors. Both the 4.2-liter V-8 and the 5.2-liter V-10 powerplants will carry over with the regular horsepower updates. Naturally, these units will see improvements in the fuel efficiency department as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.

If you’re a regular listener to our TopSpeed Podcasts, you’re likely familiar with our affinity with high-tech halo cars and the benefits they bring to less expensive, more everyday cars by technology trickle-down. Well, it appears Porsche is planning to share a few of the 918 hybrid hyper car’s parts with an upcoming version of the 911 Turbo S, and the Panamera Turbo S.

Why add a hybrid system to a car as seamless as the 911? The benefits are numerous and often obvious, but sometimes can be more obscure. The easiest positive to recognize is more horsepower. Adding the 918’s 156-horsepower electric motor to the 911 Turbo S’ 560-horsepower flat six results in a possible 716-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. That would help the 911 run the ‘ring with the latest Lamborghinis and Ferraris out there.

On the more obscure side, adding a plug-in hybrid system would allow the 911 to drive within Europe’s future Zero-Emissions Zones where conventional engines are banned in congested urban environments. Switch to full-electric mode, and the car becomes legal to drive downtown.

What’s more, it shouldn’t be difficult for Porsche to tailor the e-Hybrid system for not just the 911 and Panamera, but for other vehicles in the future. It’s possible for the trickle-down to continue further into even more affordable vehicles like the Cayman and Boxster, but only after the development and hardware costs come down. This not only helps Porsche’s overall CAFE ratings, but helps boost horsepower ratings and performance standards as well.

It sounds like a win-win to us.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Porsche 911 Turbo S.

Source: MotorTrend

The hot hatch segment has become increasingly competitive these days with so many automakers fielding competitive models. Mazda has seen all the action taking place and has yet to release a performance version of the Mazda3 since unveiling its new design. Now it’s looking like a new Mazda3 MPS — closely related to the Mazdasoeed3 here in the U.S. — is near and it’s going to be powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that may have 325 horsepower.

The news comes from CarsGuide, which reported the Japanese automaker is pushing ahead with plans for a Mazda3 MPS to join the growing hot hatch battle featuring the Ford Focus ST , the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Honda Civic Type-R , among other models.

A separate report from Japanese magazine Holiday Auto also suggested that despite repeated denials from Mazda, the automaker will turbocharge the new Mazda3 MPS, meaning that it stands to get an extra dose of power to be able to compete with its rivals.

The challenge for this new model is how Mazda can pair its SkyActiv engine range with a turbocharger, something it has had problems doing in the past. But a source in Japan told Holiday Auto the problem has "already been solved," clearing a hurdle in developing a turbocharged, new-generation Mazda3 MPS.

With that issue reportedly out of the way, Mazda has an easier developmental road in equipping its newly redesigned hatch with a drivetrain to compete with other hot hatchbacks currently on the market. The timetable for the car’s release is still anyone’s guess at this point, but there are those who believe the car should be ready to arrive in 2016. This gives Mazda two years to cover the entire development and production phase of the Mazda 3 MPS.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda3 MPS.

*Image Note: 2012 Mazda3 MPS shown here.

Source: CarsGuide

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed if it will sell a Golf R wagon in the future, but it appears its engineers and test drivers are busy developing a hot grocery getter. Now just in prototype form, the Golf R Variant showed up at the Nuburgring track to practice its skills and give us a taste of what we may be getting in showrooms. Not surprising, the wagon borrowed many body details from the hatchback , including the more aggressive front bumper, the 19-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile tires and a quad-exit exhaust fitted below the rear bumper. Some of these features set it apart from the mule we’ve seen earlier this year .

There are no badges proving the wagon we’re looking at is the Golf R, but our spy photographers have confirmed that Volkswagen is indeed testing it on the Nordschleife before giving it the green light.

If the Germans decide to go ahead with the project, the Golf R Variant will most likely be powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 290 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. The wagon should take fewer than six seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph on its way to a top speed limited at 155 mph. The 4MOTION all-wheel-drive and the six-speed manual gearbox will come standard, while VW will offer the six-speed DGS as an alternative.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant.


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