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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.

According to new from Autoweek, it appears Mazda has a new RX-7 in the works with plans to power it with the famous Wankel-type rotary engine. Although it’s not fully signed off on yet, the Japanese automaker is working on the preliminary designs as you read this.

The overall design seems to hinge on one major aspect: lightweight. It is said the new RX-7 will share its platform and underpinnings with the all-new MX-5 set to debut at next year’s Chicago Auto Show. With a targeted curb weight of only 2,400 pounds, the MX-5 will be a featherweight. Comparatively, the RX-7 is said to be slightly larger, yet only weighing 2,800 pounds.

Rumors surrounding the powertrain reveal some uncertainty within Mazda’s engineering department. It’s unclear if a twin- or triple-rotor setup will be used, but according to one source, it’s likely to remain a twin-rotor setup. Displacement is said to be roughly 600cc per rotor, making the twin-rotor design a 1.2-liter engine. Targeted output levels are said to be 250 horsepower.

It appears Mazda has penciled the RX-7 for a 2015 or 2016 launch date with an expected price of around $30,000. That price lands the RX-7 smack between the more expensive Porsche Cayman and the less expensive Subaru BRZ /Scion FR-S twins.

An interesting tid-bit of notoriety: Mazda’s chief designer is Ikuo Maeda, the son of the original RX-7’s designer. Though his family blood runs through the car, he says it will not be a retro design, nor will it feature too many of Mazda’s current design language.

Click past the jump to read the history of the Mazda RX-7.

Source: Autoweek

Jaguar has been attacking the market just like the big cat that it’s named after for the past year or so. First we saw the mighty F-Type Roadster bow in with up to 495 ponies, then we heard rumblings of a 3 Series rival, and just recently we saw the unveiling of the F-Type Coupe and the 550-horsepower F-Type R Coupe .

Now Jaguar has its sights on the recently announced Porsche 911 Targa , as it is looking into a targa version of the F-Type. According to the head of design at Jag, Ian Callum, the model is under consideration, but not official yet, and that that Jaguar needs to make certain the low-volume targa model will not drain the coffers, as only about 10 percent of its sales would be targa models.

This targa model is rumored to feature a hardtop, unlike the 911’s "high-quality fabric," that will retract rearward to give the occupants a clear view of the sky.

With this information at hand, we turned to our artist to make us a rendering of what an F-Type Targa would look like. Let us know what you think about this potential model and our rendering in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar F-Type Roadster.

Source: AutoExpress
Toyota FT-1 Concept

Well it looks like we have some solid confirmation that the bonkers Toyota FT-1 Concept is actually going to be the next Supra . Yes, every person in the entire world has said that the FT-1 is the next Supra already, but that was all speculation, conjecture and plain old rumor mongering. What we have now is much more solid proof that the folks at Toyota are turning their drop-dead sexy coupe concept into the next Japanese supercar .

The confirmation comes from a man named Peter Lyon. If you are unfamiliar with his name, I am sure you have probably read his work at some point. He is a journalist living in Tokyo who specializes in the Japanese Auto Industry. He has had his work published in MotorTrend, Autocar, Evo and many more. If anyone has connections at Toyota , it is this guy.

According to a source “close to Toyota” the next Supra is a go, and it is well into production. The current target is a 2016 release.

Beyond confirming that the Supra is really coming, Lyon gives drivetrain details.

Read on to hear what he has to say, and hear our take on it as well.

Click past the jump to read about the Toyota FT-1 Concept

Source: 7Tune
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Audi A5 Coupe

The Audi A5 was initially released in 2008 and the only update it has received since was in the 2012 model year. It now appears that BMW’s decision to offer a 4 Series Coupe and Convertible has forced Audi into also developing a new-generation A5. The new A5 Coupe will arrive in 2015 and it will be followed by a Convertible version six months later.

First details on the second-generation Audi A5 suggest the model will be put on a strict diet, as Audi hopes to shave a total of 220 pounds from the car’s weight. This move will also help reduce the car’s fuel consumption, without needing to downsize engines to a 1.4-liter level.

In order to obtain this drop in weight, Audi will use lighter engine ancillaries, hollow-spoke wheels and aluminum panels. Under the hood, Audi will install the same engine lineup found in the current generation, but with an improved output level. For the S5, the V-6 will deliver a total of 340 horsepower - up from the current 328 horsepower, while the RS5 will drop the current V-8 in a favor of a new twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with an output of 475 horsepower. It is also rumored that the next A5 will be offered with an electric range for the first time.

Updated 02/13/2014: Car And Driver reports that the next-generation Audi A5 will be built on Volkswagen’s new MLB modular-longitudinal architecture and will include lots of aluminum to help reduce its weight by about 200 pounds. Audi will keep about two-thirds of the current’s powertrain lineup, but will add a series of new engines, including a new, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 for the RS5 in place of the current 4.2-liter V-8.

Hit the jump to read more about the Audi A5.

Image Note: The above image is of the 2012 A5, not the upcoming generation.

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After a series of leaked images published online, Mercedes has decided to finally take the wrap off their new flagship luxury coupe. While the official launch is still almost a month away at the Geneva Motor Show we sure aren’t complaining the early showcase.

The new model which will replace the CL at the top shelf of the German automaker’s shelf to streamline the manufacturer’s product range will be the first S-Class Coupé in almost 15 years with the last one belonging to the W140 series produced back in the 90s.

Based on the S-Class Coupé Concept which was showcased last year in IAA, Frankfurt, the production version retains the sensual design of the concept. Expected to reach dealerships in the second half of this year, the new car will showcase the best design, technology and luxury features the German marquee has to offer.

But will that be enough to fend off the competition? Read our full analysis to find out.

Updated 2/11/2014: Mercedes has revealed images and information on the S-Class.

Audi Sport Quattro Concept

In an interview with the guys over at TopGear UK, Audi chief engineer Ulrich Hackenberg made quite a few comments about the on-and-off again Sport Quattro GT . We’ve reported on Audi’s four-door sports concept before, but never has it seemed so close to a green light for production.

Hackenberg said that originally the Sport Quattro lacked a profitable business case and wouldn’t make the Volkswagen -owned automaker any money. However, things have seemed to change. By rethinking the car’s market, it suddenly makes sense to produce. By widening its range by adding less-expensive engines and lowering the selling price, the car would then pay for its own tool-up and overhead costs.

"We used a powerful powertrain to position it,” Hackenberg told TopGear. “But the potential is to have more volume. It needs a high investment so it makes sense to use other engines."

This means the new Sport Quattro GT will likely be slotted between the upcoming and completely refreshed TT and the current R8 . He also made mention of using the next-generation of modular longitudinal matrix platforms, which utilize a lot of aluminum and carbon fiber to cut weight. If the car gets a green light soon, Hackenberg said it would likely be a 2016 or 2017 model.

That seems like fairly certain speak about a car that may or may not move into production. Our bets are on. We say Audi will build the Sport Quattro GT and market it exactly where Hackenberg suggested it fit; right between the TT and R8. Stay tuned to TopSpeed to make sure we’re not eating our words.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi Sport Quattro Concept.

Source: TopGear
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

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