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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.

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Volkswagen XL1

During a recent during a lecture at the University of Vienna, Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech revealed the first details on very cool Ducati-powered XL1 sports car . The new model will be called XL Sport, and it looks a lot more aggressive than a base XL1 .

The new XL Sport will drop the usual hybrid powertrain found in the XL1 and will adopt a 1.2-liter, V-twin engine from the Ducati 1199 Panigale . This new engine will deliver a total output of 190 horsepower — a considerable increase over the 85 horsepower delivered by the stock XL1.

Along with a more powerful engine, the XL Sport will be distinguished by a more aggressive exterior look. It will get a huge front lip spoiler, a ventilated hood, extended fenders, motorsport-inspired graphics and a sportier set of wheels.

Up to this point, we have no idea if the XL Sport will make it to production or not, but it sounds like an intriguing concept regardless.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen XL1.

*Image Note: The above image is of a base XL1, not the XL Sport

Source: Bild

We have known for quite some time now that with the new-generation Mustang , Ford will replace the current Shelby GT500 with a new GT350 version. The Shelby moniker will also likely be dropped and replaced by the "Cobra" name.

Until now, everything we knew on the GT350 was pure speculations, but a Mustang fanatic at MustangG6 managed to catch what he claims is the GT350 on open road. If this claim is accurate, than it is the first time anyone has caught the GT350 on video. Even if this is not the GT350, it still bodes well for the upcoming Mustang lineup, because this thing sounds fierce!

There are few details on the new GT350 just yet, but rumors suggest it will drop the current supercharged 5.8-liter, V-8 engine that develops 662 horsepower in the GT500. Instead it will be powered by a 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 that will deliver about 450 horsepower. Sure, that’s a huge drop in output, but it will be more fuel efficient.

No mater what engine it uses, the sound is amazing, so enjoy the video!

Click past the jump to read more on the next-gen Mustang

Source: WCF
Lamborghini Urus

The long-rumored and often discussed future of the Lamborghini Urus Concept finally got a huge jolt in the arm courtesy of Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann.

Numerous rumors have indicated that the Urus will eventually hit production soon, but it wasn’t concrete until recently when Winkelmann put all the speculation to rest.

"We’re working on it [the production Urus] and it will come, which will be good for the brand," Winkelmann told Automotive News in Japan last week.

"We’re going low profile now. I can’t tell you much on details now, but when we get close to the launch, we will have more."

Those two statements, while falling short of exacting specific details about the production Urus, are as clear as any statement we’ve heard about the fate of the Lamborghini SUV since the concept made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show last year.

The mere fact that it came from Lamborghini’s CEO means that it’s about as credible a statement as it gets.

So if you’ve been pining to see the Lamborghini Urus hit production, you can rest easy knowing that Winkelmann has confirmed its headed there. At this point, the only question is "when?"

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Urus

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Bentley Continental GT Speed

It looks like Bentley has some big plans for the next six years, or so. Along with the new SUV that is penciled in to arrive in 2015, the new-generation for the Continental and the new Mulsanne lineup, the company also talking about a new, four-door coupe that will target models like BMW M6 Gran Coupe and Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.

The new Bentley is penciled in for 2018 as either a standalone model or as part of the Continental family. The new model will be similar in size to the Continental GT, and it will sit on Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform, which will see its first assignment under the next Porsche Panamera that will arrive in 2015.

This new platform will also be used for all the upcoming Bentley models — Mulsanne, Continental and the new baby-Bentley — and it has the advantage of making the cars lighter, and accommodating a wide array of engines, ranging from a base four-cylinder and to the mighty W-12.

If this new four-door coupe makes its way onto the market, buyers can expect a price ranging from €125k ($169k) to €150k ($200k).

Click past the jump to learn more about baby-Bentley’s competitors.

Source: CAR
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Despite Porsche unveiling the 911 Turbo Coupe earlier this year, Porsche decided to make us wait a little bit longer for the Convertible version. We’re not too sure why Porsche waited so long, but to no surprise, the convertible version features the same design language and features as the Turbo coupe .

Just like with the coupe, the new 911 Turbo Convertible will be about 1.1 inches wider than the base 911 Carrera 4 and will receive a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear-axle steering and adaptive aerodynamics. The main difference is, of course, the fabric top that opens and closes in just 13 seconds.

The new 911 Turbo Convertible will be put on sale early next year at a starting price of $160,700 for the Turbo version and $193,900 for the Turbo S version.

Updated 09/23/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible.

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Caterham AeroSeven Concept

During the unveiling of the 2013 AeroSeven Concept Car , Tony Fernandes, Caterham Group Co-Chairman, also revealed some of the company’s future plans. We must admit that they sound quite promising, and it looks like the Caterham name will undergo a huge transformation in the near future. .

The company plans a big expansion, especially into the Asian market, and Fernandes confirmed there will be a new crossover and small city cars, alongside a range of sports cars to meet a diverse global market.

The first step in this direction was made with the AeroSeven — a concept car that previews the company’s new sports car set to be developed in cooperation with Renault Alpine. The production version will arrive in the autumn of 2014.

However, when asked when the new models will be launched, Fernandes added: "We’re focused on developing the right products; with the right retail experience, in the right markets, at the right time. The sales will then come." Well, that is rather cryptic; so, we guess we’ll just have to wait...

Click past the jump to read more about the new Caterham AeroSeven Concept.

Porsche Cayenne

We are still awaiting our first "official" peek at the Porsche Macan , but all of the spy shots have pretty much given all of its details away. For 2015, it looks as if Porsche is preparing to debut another SUV in the form of a revised Cayenne . We don’t expect this to be a complete overhaul, but we do expect it to receive a healthy and much needed facelift.

The 2015 Cayenne , which we expect to see hit the show circuit sometime in 2014, will carry a nearly identical design as the Macan. The most notable of similarities, at least according to the spy shots, are the taillights. Much like its little brother — the Macan — the Cayenne has some stickers shaped just like the current Cayenne’s taillight covering up the revised taillights. What is it with VW products and wearing pasties over the goodies?

We anticipate the 2015 Cayenne to carry the current engine lineup into the 2013 model year, but we do expect a slight power increase across the board.

Click past the jump to see more spy shots up close

Ford Mustang

Okay, if you are a car nut, still have a pulse and are not excited or worried about the next-generation Mustang , then you may want to recheck your label as a car nut... I am not a big Ford fan and even I am on edge the edge of my seat about it.

This is a bang-or-bust redesign for Ford’s resident muscle car , as it has the potential to be either the Mustang II debacle all over again or the Fox Body `Stang that swooped in to save the model’s life. There is an ongoing debate on when and where the new Mustang will debut, and all of them are somehow centered around the model’s 50th anniversary.

We have whittled the possible debut locations down two the three most likely ones, and our reasoning for picking these three.

Click past the jump to find out the three possible locations and why we picked them

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Honda Civic Type R

The current Honda CR-Z was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit North American International Auto Show, and experts have greeted it with lukewarm approval. New rumors suggest that with the next-generation CR-Z, Honda plans to base it on the 2015 Civic Type R , which recently lapped Nurburgring in less than eight minutes.

This move could transform the CR-Z into a real competitor for models like the Toyota GT 86 and Subaru BRZ , just as Honda always wanted. According to a Honda insider, the next CR-Z will deliver "driving experience, good power, sporty look, low price and sizable global sales figures."

The model will be built on a a shorter version of the new Type R platform and will feature a design similar to the current CR-Z. Under the hood, it will likely get a a turbocharged 1.5-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an updated version of the current CR-Z’s hybrid system. This system could help it deliver somewhere in the 221-horsepower area.

Rumors suggest that the new CR-Z will arrive on the market one year after the new-generation Civic, so expect it sometime in 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Honda Civic Type R.

Source: Car Sales
Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept

It looks like Toyota is feeling a little left out in the performance-brand realm. Honda has long used the Si line, Subaru has the STI line, BMW has its M-Series , Mercedes has its AMG lineup and Infiniti has its IPL line, but Toyota has never really had its own performance lineup. It looks like things are about to change for the Japanese automaker, as Auto Express interviewed Toyota of Europe’s VP, Karl Schlicht, and he claimed that "We’re currently discussing sport lines for Toyota models."

There is no mention of exactly what this new sub-brand would be called, but we — and everyone else — assume it will carry the TMG badge, which is short for Toyota Motorsport Gmbh — Toyota’s racing division. There is also no mention on whether this is a Europe-only project, or if Toyota has plans to extend this sub-brand to the U.S.

What the Toyota Europe VP did make clear was that the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R super-hatchback will not make its way to production. That’s really no huge surprise, but it is still a depressing confirmation for Toyota’s star of the Frankfurt Auto Show .

We’ll deliver more information as it becomes available.

Click past the jump to read about the most recent road-ready concept that TMG released at the Essen Motor Show, the TMG Sports 650 Concept.

Source: Auto Express

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