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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.

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

We have heard all kind of rumors about the relaunch of the Renault Alpine brand, including the possibility to develop a new sports car in cooperation with Caterham. Today, in an interview with AutoCar, Renault marketing boss Stephen Norman confirmed that a new Alpine sports car will indeed appear on the market inside of three years.

He described the new sports car as "not soft", but at the same time "not more hardcore than a Mazda MX-5 ." However, the new Alpine sports car will have the DNA of a French car and will be aimed at buyers who are “either French or Francophile."

The new Alpine will take aim at models like the Porsche Boxster and high-performance versions of the Audi TT . This means the model should deliver at least 250 horsepower and will be priced at less than £50,000 (about $80k at the current exchange rates). Expect the Alpine to arrive by late 2015.

Source: AutoCar

We have heard all kind of crazy stuff in the past few months, but this one is by far one of the craziest. It’s no secret that Lincoln is working to bring its fame back, but could the company indeed be planning a rear-wheel-drive sports coupe based on the Ford Mustang platform?

Apparently yes, at least according to FordInsideNews, who reports that Lincoln is preparing such a model as a "last chance" effort for the company. The model will be initially announced in late 2015 and it will be a 2016 or 2017 model year.

If the rumors are true, the model will feature a slightly larger wheelbase when compared to the Mustang and will be offered with a 2.9-liter EcoBoost V6 engine — a member of the company’s Nano engine family.

This new model is currently being developed only as a coupe, but rumors suggest that Lincoln is also considering a rear-wheel drive flagship sedan also based on the next-generation Mustang platform too.

No one is sure what name this coupe will carry, but a Mark Series name seems to be the right one.

We’ll keep an eye on this one, as Lincoln is inching closer to the do-or-die phase of its lifespan.

We have all been patiently awaiting more information on the spiritual successor to the 8C Competizione, the Alfa Romeo 4C, but Alfa has kept its information pretty close to its vest. Finally, after much speculation and wondering as to whether this much-anticipated model would ever actually see the light of day, it has been confirmed. Well, sort of.

Alfa has released an image that announces that the “Car to end all cars is nigh,” which we can only assume points to the 4C’s official release. The image also alludes to the fact that this new ride will roll into showrooms sometime in 2013, so the wait will soon be over!

Now, the question remains whether the 4C will make its debut before June and be a 2013 model year in the U.S., or will it arrive a little later as a 2014 model year. There are many more questions surrounding the 4C as well, like what engine will it feature? The concept model featured a relatively modest, yet powerful enough, 1,750 cc four-banger and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this 200-plus-horsepower powerplant make its way to production.

We’ll keep you updated on its exact debut date once Alfa releases it from its cold, dead fingers… Yeah, Alfa Romeo has no issue keeping secrets.

Mercedes C63 AMG

The current Mercedes C63 AMG is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 457 horsepower. Things will change significantly for the next-generation sports sedan, as Mercedes is planning to drop the current 6.2-liter engine in favor of a smaller, turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 powerplant, which is set to also see use in the upcoming SLC supercar.

The new AMG-built V-8 engine will share the same cylinder capacity, bore center spacing and other specific details with the upcoming turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine set to be used in the upcoming A45 AMG. This sharing of specifications allows this engine to carry a modular format, which can help save money too.

In its standard version the new 4.0-liter V-8 engine will deliver about 450 horsepower, but it could go as high as 600 horsepower in its high-output format. The latter of the two engines is rumored to replace the non-turbocharged 5.5-liter unit that Benz uses in the SLK55 AMG.

AMG boss Ola Kallenius all but confirmed the 4.0-liter powerplant at the recently closed L.A. Auto Show, but made sure not to let the cat completely out of the bag. We definitely got a glimpse of its paw though.

Source: AutoCar

When Audi announced the R8 E-tron has been dropped we were pretty disappointed, to say the least. But, to our surprise, it looks like Audi hasn’t entirely dropped the idea of offering a hybrid supercar because new rumors seem to suggest that in the next three years we will see a street-legal version of the German automaker’s very successful LeMans race car, the R18 .

The new model will be called the R20 and will be offered with the trademark full-length tailfin of an R18 LeMans racer. In order to help distinguish itself as an Audi model, the R20 will be equipped with a downsized, single-frame grille; stacked LED headlights; ventilated front and rear wings; and an adjustable rear spoiler. The best part is that the next R20 will likewise be offered with gulling doors, which will offer access to a highly equipped interior. It will offer a multi-functional black panel center display, active-contour seats with integrated four-point belts and tons of other technology features.

Under the hood, Audi will combine a 550-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine with two electric motors that will drive the front wheels. The R20 will also be equipped with brake energy recuperation, high-speed coasting, and a broader start-stop application.

The new Audi R20 will be unveiled in 2015 at the Pebble Beach event. Production will begin in the spring of 2016 and there will be only 100-250 units offered.

UPDATE 3/29/2013: Rumor has it that the model once known as the R20 will actually be called the R10. And with a new name comes an all-new rendering based off of design cues from the R8 and the R18 racecar.

Christmas is just a few days away and Ferrari decided to make us the coolest gift ever: more details on the upcoming Enzo successor - internally known as the F150 . First, Ferrari offered full details on the powertrain system set to be used in the F150, a walloping 740-horsepower, 6.3-litre V12 engine introduced in the new F12berlinetta combined with the latest evolution of HY-KERS electric hybrid system that we first saw at the Geneva Show in 2010.

This new HY-KERS system has been described as a "performance enhancer" and Ferrari has promised it will shave about 10% off the car’s 0-200 km/h (124 mph) time. At the same time, emissions will be reduced by 40%. The new HY-KERS system will also enhance the supercar’s torque vectoring system, traction control and brake force distribution that will generate kinetic energy to charge the batteries.

Ferrari also paid lots of attention to the batteries used in this system so that the electric motor/ancillaries/battery unit will deliver a weight-to-power ratio of one.

As previously reported, the next F150 will feature a carbon-fiber monocoque. For its development, Ferrari used a total of four different types of carbon-fiber - all of them hand-laminated and the cured in autoclaves, resulting in an increased torsional rigidity of 27% and beam stiffness by 22% compared to the Enzo.

The next F150 will be as tall as the 458 Italia and the interior will be fully designed around driver. The model will be offered with fixed seat designed according to the customer’s dimensions and with an adjustable pedal box and steering wheel.

Chevrolet COPO Camaro

The sixth generation Chevrolet Camaro won’t be revealed until late in 2016, but until then the company has a few more surprises prepared for us. A leaked GM service document has revealed that the 2014 Camaro will receive two additional engines: a 3.6-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo and a LS7 V8 engine.

The V6 version will be offered with an aluminum-block, direct injection and variable valve-timing. It has been rumored that this new engine will deliver about 355 HP. The second one, the LS7 V8, has been included in the engine list for the VIN key and listed as a possible engine for the Camaro, but Chevrolet did not revealed a name for this future LS7-powered Camaro. Could it be the previously rumored Z28 or just the 2013 version of the COPO Camaro ? However, this latest version is not being sold with a VIN number, so, unless Chevrolet has other plans for it, we can not tell for sure what specific model will get this LS7 engine.

Full details will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

Fiat 500X

Fiat unveiled a very cool teaser video for a possible Fiat 500 crossover earlier this year and now it has been officially confirmed that the 500X crossover will go into production in early 2014 at Fiat’s Melfi factory, incidentally the same plant where the company will also build a new baby Jeep SUV.

As previously announced, the 500X will be offered with a choice of three different engines: the new two-cylinder turbocharged TwinAir engine, a 1.4-liter and a 1.3-liter turbo-diesel. Likewise, the SUV will be based on Fiat’s new "Small Wide" platform, which currently underpins the 500L MPV. As for the new baby Jeep SUV, it will only be available in all-wheel-drive configuration and will be sold worldwide.

Starting in 2015 at the same Melfi factory, Fiat will manufacture the replacement for the current Punto, plus another 500L-based model starting 2016. The new plant required an investement of £810m and will allow up to 1600 vehicles to be built on a three-shift pattern.

Source: AutoCar
Nissan GT-R

The currentNissan GT-R is on sale ever since 2008 and since then a total of five upgrades were offered for the sports cars. While most of you were expecting the 2014 to be the last update offered, it looks like the model will receive another two and that the current generation will be on sale until late 2017.

But despite this announcement, it looks like Nissan engineers have also started to work on the next generation which will be offering impressive updates: a new aerodynamic package on the exterior that will further maximize downforce and high-speed stability, new headlamps design and of course a new powertrain under the hood.

Rumors suggest that the next GT-R will use "some electronic device" that will help it deliver improved fuel economy. There are several possibilities for these updates. The first will be a hybrid system similar to the one used in the Infiniti Essence concept that delivers a total of 600 HP; while the second one will be a "turbo compressor and generator setup" that is still being tested. This means that the next GT-R will be offered with "start-stop device as well as cylinder deactivation technology."

But 2017 is still far away and things can change significantly!

Source: MotorTrend

Just yesterday Infiniti has announced a new naming strategy and rumors suggested the possibility of adding a new flagship sedan to its lineup. Today, Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen posted an official letter on Infiniti’s Facebook account confirming that such a model is indeed under development and that it could deliver up to 550 HP.

According to de Nysschen this new sedan could use a potent forced-induction V6 engine with an output of 550 HP. The new model will be placed above the current Infiniti M56 - set to be named Q70 starting 2014 model year, and taking the company’s new naming strategy into account we believe the new model will be called Q80.

Infiniti chief also confirmed that the company’s new advanced technology engines under development will be smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient yet more powerful. This might be the explanation why a V6-powered sedan will deliver more than a V8 powered one which delivers only 420 HP.

Expect to learn more about the Infiniti’s new flagship sedan in the upcoming future. Stay tuned!

Source: Facebook

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