future cars

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.

Porsche Macan

Things are going really well for Porsche these days. At the opening ceremony for the new Porsche Macan plant in Leipzig today, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said he expects the automaker to break the 200,000-unit sales mark, partly in thanks to exploding interest in its small crossover, the Macan.

New for 2015, the Macan is based on the Audi Q5 and is Porsche’s second go in the SUV class. Its wildly popular Cayenne has been a great seller for the company since its introduction back in 2003. "We’re transferring the genes of the Porsche brand into a new market segment," Mueller said. "Porsche will remain a manufacturer of very exclusive premium cars."

What we take away from that quote is that Porsche will pander to the vogue SUV and crossovers of today, but will never abandon the classic sports car on which their brand, reputation, and faithful following is based upon.

To that end, Mueller continued saying in regards to future Macan models, "GTS versions have a tradition at Porsche. We haven’t made a final decision yet regarding the Macan, but I’m sure it makes a lot of sense." Sorta sounds like the Macan GTS’ first public teaser to us.

Until we hear more official words, we’re left to speculate. One thing is sure, however, and that’s Porsche’s certainty its all-new Macan will be a hit. Mueller continued in his speech saying Porsche is ready to push production beyond the 50,000 units currently being planned if demand for the sporty crossover continues in its skyward direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Macan GTS.

The wait is almost over as Ferrari teases us once again about their new car debuting tomorrow. The swooping line drawing above shows a few promenade features that all but promise us a new California .

Adding to the suggestion is Ferrari’s codename for the upcoming car: 149M. Like we said before, that codename is awful close to the California’s chassis code of F149 and in previous Ferrari updates, they’ve tacked on an M to chassis codes to represent “Modified.”

We’ve already reported this “modified” version of the California is said to be powered by a new twin-turbo, 3.8-liter V-8 making 560 horsepower. Outward appearances will change too, with a more F12-inspired look, including a more aggressive grille and headlights that recall something between an F12 and FF . The F12 look will continue out back as the rear fascia is said to share many of its characteristics.

The California’s new interior is also getting a healthy update in the infotainment department with rumors of Apple’s iOS In The Car making its appearance. Other changes to the cockpit will likely be rather dramatic, as Ferrari revamps one of its most popular (and least expensive) supercars for the last half of this decade.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you all the nitty-gritty information from Ferrari as soon as it becomes available.

Click past the jump for more on the Ferrari California

A lot of you may not be familiar with the name David Brown, but in a few months’ time, you’re going to get really acquainted with the name and maybe even have strong desire to buy what it’s planning to offer.

This coming April, the recently formed David Brown Automotive is set to premier a new sports car , that borrows technology from legendary sports car maker, Jaguar.

The vehicle, which has been tentatively christened "Project Judi", will also boast a classically-inspired exterior design that will perfectly blend with the best and newest in automotive performance, luxury , and technology.

Clearly, David Brown Automotive isn’t mixing words with the high expectations it has set for itself, leading us to believe that it is either preparing a sports car that will catch the industry’s attention, or it’s setting itself up for a massive disappointment.

We’d like to skew towards believing in the former, partly because we always support anybody with an enterprising eye towards making a splash in the auto industry. It’s got some good people in the fold, too, led by former Land Rover designer Alana Mobberley, who will be in charge of building the sports car.

Like everybody else, we’re looking forward to seeing what David Brown Automotive has under its sheets with the hope that it’s going to blow our expectations out of the water.

Update 2/10/2014: DBA has revealed the engine and chassis details on "Ptoject Judi," plus that it will make its debut on April 17, 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the David Brown Automotive "Project Judi"

Ferrari California

New Ferraris are always big deals and when we hear news about an updated model, we get excited. That’s exactly what’s happening here with information gathered from a Ferrari forum regarding the new California . The news comes via a Ferrari dealer conference in Maranello last November. Through a “spilling of the beans,” the public is hearing details about the new car.

For starters, the car will definitely still be called the California. It will also be powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 kicking out 560 horsepower. Sounds good so far.

The headlights are said to be a mix between the F12 and the FF , as they follow the edge of the bodywork, even sharing the same crease as the upper finder. The front will is more aggressive with larger side intakes at the grille. The hood will feature a single heat extractor, like on the F12, but much smaller.

The new California won’t get the awesome air bridge the F12 has, but will share a similar scallop in the door design. Out back, the taillights are said to be very similar to the current model’s. The exhaust below that, however, will look much more like the current F12’s save for the lack of the center aero sculpting. In its place, the lower black fascia will continue across the car’s rump uninterrupted.

The interior is said to be completely revised. An upgraded infotainment system will likely feature Apple’s new iOS In The Car integration. Not much more was said about the cockpit expect that the changes will be rather dramatic. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any and all breaking news on the new Ferrari California.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Ferrari California.

Source: FerrariChat
Aston Martin Lagonda

It is no longer a mystery that Mercedes -AMG is in cahoots with Aston Martin , but the link will be subtle and we will not see Astons cruising the roads with AMG badges any time soon — or ever for that matter. Things become rather interesting when we start talking about the rumored production of the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV. The only real reason that Aston has put off the Lagonda, which the company showed off in 2009 at the Geneva Auto Show, is because the British sports car builder didn’t have a suitable platform for it.

With Mercedes now working with Aston Martin, the former has access to several SUV platforms to sit the Lagonda atop. In fact, Dieter Zetsche, the head of Mercedes-Benz, made it clear to Autocar that he is open to sharing the GL-Class platform with Aston Martin.

That really strikes us as odd, as the deal was initially only supposed to include electronics and a few bespoke V-8 engines. Now the deal is suddenly showing the potential to include an entire platform; so, how long until Mercedes backs off its AMG-badge stance and starts sharing that with Aston?

Hey, we can dream, right?

Click past the jump to read more about the future Lagonda SUV.

Source: Autocar

Audi is on the brink of releasing something new and they’ve been boasting about it though the short teaser commercial you see here. As we reported before, Audi is skipping the 2014 Chicago Auto show in favor of a February 12th debut in an undisclosed location.

As the plot thickens, the secrecy of the vehicle in question starts to wane. In this second teaser, we get a short glimpse of what Audi’s got planned. Around the 16-second mark, the side mirror, window, door handle, and belt line are visible for a brief instant. Careful examination of that video frame suggests it’s the Audi Q2 Crossover , but we cannot be 100 percent certain.

The Q2 looks to be a two door coupe -like crossover that would potentially compete against the Range Rover Evoque Coupe . Since the Q2 would be a smaller crossover, it’s likely powered by a four-cylinder already found in Audi’s stable — the 2.0-liter TFSI four-pot normally found in the A3 sedan seems to fit well. In that application, it produces a respectable 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is plenty for a small crossover.

The other discernible feature in the video is the quattro emblem at roughly the 14-second mark, meaning this little guy will posses an impressive all-wheel-drive system. The last, and perhaps most telling feature we could glean from this video is the six-speed manual gear shifter prominently displayed at the 13-second mark.

Leave a comment below with your ideas of what Audi’s got up their sleeve. And be sure to check back on February 12th for all the information when it becomes available.

Click past the jump to see the first teaser to Audi’s new mystery machine

Maserati Ghibli

Ever since Jaguar reinvented itself and turned into a major player in the automotive market, it hasn’t been afraid to show its claws and display its mean streak.

It did so a few months ago with Mercedes and its Magic Body Control system, and now, fresh off of a letdown of a Super Bowl commercial, Jaguar its taking a shot at a competitor looking to make some headway in the U.S. market.

As if picking up a fight with Mercedes isn’t enough, Jaguar’s taking some shots at Maserati and its new luxury sedan, the Ghibli . In a tweet that was posted after the Super Bowl, Jaguar intentionally wondered out loud to all its Twitter followers exactly what the word "ghibli" means.

Jaguar’s actual tweet: "Did you know that #ghibli means hot air? Seems appropriate."

Shots fired, indeed.

Give credit to Jaguar for injecting a little bit of humor into its shot at the Ghibli, since a quick Google search did reveal that ghibli is "a hot, dust-carrying desert wind in North Africa, somewhat similar to the foehn". Then again, we doubt that Maserati took it with the same good humor that we did.

We eagerly await for Maserati’s response.

Click past the jump to read about the Maserati Ghibli and you’ll realize that contrary to Jaguar’s shots, the Ghibli is actually all that...and maybe even more.

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Over the past few months, we’ve caught Ferrari testing what we thought was a revised version of the current California . Well, it now looks like the Prancing Horse will finally unveil this model on February 12th, 2014 — ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , on March 4th. The new model is expected to hit showrooms in May.

The initial teaser image (above) reveals that the project is codenamed "149M" and, considering that the current California is codenamed F149 and that "M" stands for "modified," than it’s pretty clear that we will see an updated version of the current convertible.

In fact, this is not the first time Ferrari offered an "M" version of a model. If you remember, the 550 was replaced in 2002 by the 575M Maranello , which was nothing more than an updated 550.

Click past the jump to read more about the Ferrari California.

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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

A while ago Bugatti announced that both a production version of the Galibier and the SuperVeyron were canceled. Now, in a recent interview with the British magazine AutoCar, Volkswagen Group chief Martin Winterkorn confirmed that this decision was made in order to focus all the company’s attention on the development of a direct successor to the Veyron .

Winterkorn offered no other details on this new supercar, nor did he offer an official launch date, but he said: "The Galibier is officially dead. We won’t do it. In its place will be a second-generation Veyron with more power."

So, what does this means for Bugatti? Pretty much nothing, except that we’re going to see a bit more powerful model than the current Veyron SuperSport , which delivers a total of 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet. Of course, don’t expect it to deliver 1,500 horsepower, like the SuperVeyron was supposed to, but it will fall somewhere between the Veyron SuperSport and the rumored SuperVeyron.

It wouldn’t hurt to see a completely revised exterior, but likely won’t happen, as Bugatti is not too open to change from what we have seen lately.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Bugatti Veyron.

Source: Autocar

Preparations are underway for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show , one of the largest auto shows in the U.S., as automakers fill the McCormick Place complex with their latest cars, trucks and SUVs. There seems to be a slight problem, however: NAIAS stole the show last month.

The crop of new vehicles set to be debuted is rather thin for Chicago. We know of a mere handful compared to the new releases that happened at Detroit. Show goers can take heart though as the healthy smorgasbord of vehicles from NAIAS will be paying a visit to the Windy City as well.

Among the reappearing are the Corvette Z06 , BMW M3 sedan and M4 Coupe , Cadillac ATS coupe , Chrysler 200 , Ford F-150 , Ford Mustang , Hyundai Genesis , Lexus RC F , and Toyota’s FT-1 Concept .

What’s more, the lack of new competition might play well for the automakers bringing all-new products to Chicago as the media’s coverage will likely be focused them.

Click past the jump for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show Preview


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