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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.

It looks like Chevy decided that the new Corvette Stingray is going to be a little bit expensive for its usual customers, so, starting in the 2015 model year, a "low-cost" Corvette is going to be added to its lineup. First details on this new version suggest it will drop the new Stingray badge and will use the name Corvette Coupe to distinguish itself.

The Stingray is powered by an all-new 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but this upcoming version is rumored to house the all-new, all-aluminum 5.3-liter V-8 engine – the same used in the new General Motor trucks, like the 2014 Sierra . This engine will likely produce just under 400 horsepower.

Many rumors pointed toward this less-expensive `Vette using a boosted V-6 engine, but GM just couldn’t get it to produce the fuel economy numbers that it needed.

Also, when compared to the Stingray version, this new coupe model will feature a different front fascia, front fender and rear diffuser to further distinguish it from the Stingray models.

Now keep in mind that “low cost” is a relative term and in this case, we are likely talking somewhere just shy of $50K.

We’ll keep our eyes on this model and bring you updates as they come up.

Update 3/4/2013: We have just created a rendering of the Corvette Coupe and you can see that we expect it to drop pretty much all of the cool features of the Stingray, including the hood scoop, rear heat extractors and the removable top.

Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering, not an official image of the 2014 Corvette Coupe..

Source: Motor Trend

After much teasing and prodding over the past couple of months, Kia’s tiger-looking concept has finally broken cover at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show .

Apparently, it’s called the Provo Concept and, as you can imagine, it looks absolutely bonkers or at the very least, right up what Kia promised as a "racy new urban concept.” It sure wasn’t kidding, huh?

But the radical conceptual design of the exterior, particularly the eye-catching front profile, only tells part of the story of the Provo Concept. The interior is also awash in some fine and fancy suede and carbon treatments while the wheels, well, those ridiculous bad boys sure do speak for themselves.

It’s also worth noting that the Kia Provo Concept is looking like the Korean automaker’s answer to the growing crossover market, one that could have the likes of MINI in its crosshairs.

Find out more about the Kia Provo Concept after the jump

When word first broke out that Nissan was bringing back its once popular Datsun brand, the general feeling was a mix of intrigue and indifference. After all, it’s been a while since we last saw a Datsun out on the road yet the possibility of the return of the 240Z was too tantalizing to ignore.

Well, Nissan is dead serious about bringing back Datsun, so much so that they recently released the first teaser of the first model of the new Datsun. Unfortunately, Nissan has made it quite clear that Datsun will be an economy lineup for smaller markets, so don’t expect to see a 240Z revival any time soon.

The teaser doesn’t offer much in the way of giving us an idea of what the car is going to look like, but the first thing we thought of when we saw the teaser was that it resembled a Volvo Volvo . The angular headlights are there, as well as a vented hood and a small radiator grille with the Datsun badge attached to it.

About the only thing we’re interested in on this teaser is that Nissan is confident about turning Datsun Datsun into a brand with a strong independent identity. We’re not as confident as these guys are ,which makes it even more intriguing on how Nissan can pull this one off in time for Datsun’s expected 2014 return.

Everyone expects that once the all-new SRT Viper arrives on the market that more powerful versions will follow. SRT CEO, Ralph Gilles, already hinted that a Viper ACR version could arrive in the near future, but this announcement is not a huge surprise.

Unfortunately, we have no idea on what the ACR variant will bring to the already powerful SRT Viper, but we can take a few pointers from the previous ACR model. It’s assumed that SRT will offer a more aggressive exterior look, bigger brakes, adjustable dampers and a set of low-weight wheels with ultra-high-performance tires.

The most impressive update will be made under the hood. The engine will remain the same 8.4-liter all-aluminum V-10 engine found in the base SRT Viper, but tricked to deliver much more than the standard Viper . Considering that the previous Viper ACR offered an extra 100 horsepower over the standard version, you shouldn’t be too surprised to see the ACR model with output close to 750 horsepower.

The previous-generation Dodge Viper ACR impressed us with great results like a Nurburgring lap time of 7:12, so we expect the same from the upcoming SRT Viper ACR. We are pretty sure SRT engineers will not disappoint us.

Expect the new SRT Viper ACR to arrive sometime in 2014 .

Image Note: The above image is a TopSpeed rendering, not am official image of the Viper ACR

Hyundai Genesis

Even though the Hyundai Genesis was just refreshed for the 2012 model year, the company is already developing the next-generation .

While the first spy shots let us see the new Genesis out for some testing on European streets, this time the car was caught testing on an ice track in Northern Sweden.

The new-generation Genesis is codenamed "DH" and will be built on an updated version of the current rear-wheel-drive chassis. Thanks to a revised suspension, the Genesis will deliver a sportier drive, and for the first time, Hyundai will offer the Genesis with a four-wheel-drive system.

On the exterior, the 2014 Genesis received styling cues that will provide the sedan with a more dramatic look. Up front, you can see full-LED headlights; a wide, hexagonal grille opening, featuring horizontal grille bars; plus LED day driving lights framing the headlights.

Under the hood, the Genesis will include with an updated version of the current 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines. At launch, the two engines will be offered with an eight-speed transmission and a 10-speed transmission will also be in the works for a later model year.

Track-oriented three-wheeled race cars are a niche market that belongs to a select few of vehicles, including the Campagna T-Rex 14RR , the Morgan Three-Wheeler, and the Can-Am Spyder .

If these recent U.S. Patent Office sketches are any indication, it looks like recreational automaker wants to join in on the party with their version, the Slingshot.

Considering that Polaris is regarded as an eccentric auto brand that has a penchant to build some wonky off-roaders, we’re not the least bit surprised that their next project is something along those lines.

The sketches reveal, first and foremost, a three-wheeled vehicle whose overall bodywork - minus the chassis configuration - resembles that of the KTM X-Bow. It might even resemble it a little too much; something we think KTM might even have a problem with should Polaris green light production for the Slingshot.

Regardless, that’s not our business to dive into. As far as we’re concerned, the Slingshot looks pretty cool and if it can have the same amount of power as its competitors possess - somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 horsepower - it should make for an awesome ride.

If the car ever reached production, it’d likely feature a 2.4-liter General Motors-sourced four-cylinder engine delivering just over 200 horsepower and mated to a manual transmission.

Just like the Morgan 3 Wheeler, the Polaris Slingshot will be driven by its single rear-wheel and even though no details have been released about a possible release date, this lightweight and most-likely affordable sports car is something to get truly excited about!

Jeep Liberty Arctic

We know that everyone’s attention is now focused on the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but right after that the New York Auto Show will open its doors. This is where Chrysler will unveil the successor to the current Liberty . We say the successor because the company still has to decide if the "Liberty" name will be kept or a new name will be adopted.

The new model will be smaller and lighter than the new Grand Cherokee, but it will deliver the same off-road capacities of its big brothers in the Jeep lineup. One of the major updates will include a new independent rear suspension system - as revealed by the prototypes that were caught testing.

Along with the new-generation Liberty, Chrysler will also unveil 47 all-new or significantly refreshed models over the next four years, six of which will come from Alfa Romeo. It is rumored that Jeep will contribute with a new-generation Wagoneer, plus an entry level model set to be produced in Italy.

Once the SRT Viper was launched onto the market, everyone knew that more powerful version are going to follow. SRT CEO, Ralph Gilles, already hinted that a Viper ACR version could arrive in the near future, and now new rumors suggest the model could debut sometime in 2014.

If you were wondering why the model is taking so long to arrive on the market, the answer is simpler than you have probably imagined. It’s not the cost, the engine or any other technical part, rather it’s SRT is having problems with the tires. It looks like SRT has signed an agreement to Pirelli to develop something other than the P-Zero Corsa the Viper already wears.

Along with the new tires, the new Viper ACR will also receive bigger brakes, adjustable dampers, a new aerodynamic package and lots of upgrades made to lower the car’s ride. The most impressive update, however, will be made under the hood, where the 8.4-liter all-aluminum V-10 engine will be tricked to deliver much more than in the standard version. We’ll find out in a few months exactly how much more power Fiat will allow SRT to squeeze out of the Viper ACR.

Source: Motor Trend

Nissan announced today that once its new factory is opened, Nismo motorsports — the Japanese automaker’s performance arm — will undergo some major changes. On February 26th, 2013 Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn will reveal a new direction for Nismo’s core mission.

Nismo has a tradition of more than 30 years in motorsports expertise and tuning for road cars and during its impressive life it gained millions of global fans. Thanks to the new plant, which replaces the old one in Omori, Japan, Nismo will now benefit from a larger showroom for up to eight vehicles plus a retail outlet.

After the Juke Nismo , which is set to go on sale this spring, and the 370Z Nismo , which will go on sale later in 2013, Nissan is expected to announce more Nismo-badged performance versions of its road-car products. Also, on February 26th (February 25th in the U.S.), Nismo will reveal more about its future motorsport activities.

Hit the jump for the press release.

Lamborghini Urus

Just a few days ago, the production version Lamborghini Urus was revealed by a set of leaked patent drawings . Today, new details suggest that indeed the Urus SUV is nearing production approval and it could also be the first hybrid model in Lambo’s lineup.

In fact, it has been pretty clear that the future Urus will be offered with a new powertrain ever since the concept version was brought onto the market, as its hood was too short to house either the V-10 or the V-12 engine currently used by the Italian maker.

Apparently, Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelmann suggested that the production version Urus could be offered with a plug-in hybrid setup. The model is believed to combine a 600-horsepower V-8 engine with an electric motor for a total output of 670 horsepower. Still, this looks to be just one of the powertrains proposed for the Urus. Unfortunately there are no details on the second option.

Source: MotorTrend

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