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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.

Ever since Aston Martin re-introduced the Lagonda name in 2009, the super-lux SUV has been stuck in limbo with no production plans set in the near future.

Widespread revulsion at its styling froze the crossover in its tracks from day one.

But even with the Lagonda’s future not certain, Aston Martin boss Dr. Ulrich Bez isn’t closing the door on both the Lagonda brand and the Lagonda SUV. Or at least not yet.

Speaking to Drive, Dr. Bez intimated that he still believes that the Lagonda has a production future, although a specific timetable can’t be disclosed just yet.

So, in short, Aston Martin still has hopes for the Lagonda down the road. It’s just a matter of finding the right time to do it. Dr. Bez did say that when the Lagonda does get its production date, one of its biggest draws will be the way its built. Despite being billed as an SUV, the Lagonda will be less "utility" and more "luxury", a straight reference to the kind of image Aston Martin has come to be known for.

That’s good news for those waiting for the Lagonda to return, but not as good as the string Dr. Bez threw out in saying that the door isn’t closed on the SUV and the model for that matter.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Lagonda SUV Concept from 2009

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Shortly after BMW unveiled the 4 Series Coupe , the first details on the Convertible version were also dropped. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , but BMW decided to stop making us waiting and came up with pretty much there was to known on the model.

The new 4 Series Convertible will be a cheaper alternative to the high-end 6-Series Convertible and the company hopes it will appeal to the younger crowd. The model took pretty much all its design elements from the coupe version, except of course the three-piece retractable hardtop that can be operated in only 20 seconds.

For the American market BMW will only offer two variants: 428i priced at $49,675 and 435i priced at $55,825. Sales will begin in the first quarter of 2014.

Updated 10/14/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming BMW 4-Series Convertible.

Source: BMW Blog
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Alfa Romeo’s never-ending soap opera continues with Fiat’s poorly-considered plan to fight with Chrysler’s labor union. If the 4C ever does arrive in the U.S. in 2014, its launch editions will be some of the only cars on the roads without the updates planned for 2015.

New headlights, a targa version and a more-hardcore performance model are all in the cards for 2015.

While on the U.S. market the Alfa Romeo 4C arrival depends on the Chrysler’s buyout, for the European market Alfa Romeo is already considering a few more alternatives.

According to a report coming from AutoEdizione, the next few years will bring some more interesting features for the new 4C: "There will be something to everybody’s liking, for example headlights which will resemble the ones we saw on the concept car in 2011."

The launch of the new 4C will be celebrated with one special edition called Launch Edition that will be focused on saving weight and getting the maximum performance out of the car. Next to this however, Alfa Romeo will also offer an even more sportier version built specifically for racing. There will also be an open Targa version, plus a few more interior updates and new headlights.

All we can say is that we’re really hopping that at least the standard 4C will arrive in the North American market. But with Fiat’s poor management and desire to empty Chrysler’s bank accounts, nothing is a sure thing yet.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C.

Source: Autoedizione
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Scion FR-S Sedan

The future of the Toyota GT 86 Convertible is very much "on ice" at this point, with pretty much no chances for it to be put into production.

Overall drop-top sales have plunged since the financial crisis of 2008, creating very little market for even the best cars like the Mazda MX-5.

But even better is what they are planning instead. Work is already well underway at Toyota on an affordable rear-drive sedan version. This rendering gives a good clue to the GT86 sedan .

Toyota officials confirm that the concept will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The new GT86 sedan will go on sale in late 2015, with Toyota perhaps not sharing this body style with Subaru and Scion.

The first details on the GT86 suggest it will be about 100 mm (3.93 inches) longer than the coupe version.

The four-door will also wear a few exterior updates, including a new “keen-look” grille design that appears to replicate the shape of a Japanese ‘katana’ Samurai sword.

Under the hood, the sedan will keep the usual 2.0 liter boxer engine for most trims.

A performance hybrid is also very likely. It is believed that this version will use Toyota’s current Hybrid Synergy Drive system that incorporates a one-motor parallel drive set-up and most likely F1-style KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) technology. This system delivers a total of 268 horsepower and improves fuel economy by about 10 to 15%.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Toyota GT86.

Source: Motoring
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BMW M4 Coupe

BMW was established in 1916, so in 2016 the company will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To mark the event, the company will launch a hardcore version of the upcoming M4 Coupe .

While details on this new model are limited at this point, numerous BMW sources have indicated that the new M4 will be similar to the M3 GTS the Bimmer launched in 2010. It will get more power, weight less, feature just two seats and a manual transmission.

When compared to the 2014 M4 Coupe set to be unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , this hopped-up M4 will be about 220 pounds lighter. To achieve this drastic weight loss, BMW plans to use carbon fiber for the roof, trunk lid, hood and front wings, while the doors will be from aluminum.

BMW will keep interior equipment to a minimum, as it will remove the rear seats and replace the front seats with light carbon shells wrapped in lightweight Alcantara.

No details are available on the the engine just yet, but considering that the M3 GTS delivered a total of 450 horsepower (a 36-horsepower increase over the base M3), we expect the next M4 GTS to deliver around 465 horsepower from its brand new, six-cylinder engine.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3 GTS.

Source: Motoring
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Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

When Mercedes puts the brakes on the production of the SLS AMG in June 2014, its place will be taken by the new SLC , also known as the AMG GT or C190. However, the new AMG GT is not a true successor for the current SLS AMG.

According to former AMG CEO Ola Källenius, the SLS AMG will eventually receive a successor, but this won’t happen anytime soon. This is mostly because a car as unique as the SLS simple cannot be seceded by just any car.

Källenius said that the SLS AMG enjoyed huge success and requires its own "chapter in the automotive history." No matter when the successor arrives, it will be a true flagship supercar .

Until the day the SLS’ successor arrives, Mercedes will develop "another true AMG in an interesting sports car segment" — aka the C190 project that will arrive on the market in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes SLS AMG.

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Source: Motoring
Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

The co-developed, A110-50 Concept -inspired sports cars between Caterham and Renault -owned Alpine is quickly shaping up after the final designs for both models have been signed off by company execs.

The two respective models, one carrying a Caterham badge and the other an Alpine badge, are expected to give the two brands their respective stand-alone models. According to Autocar, the launch for both models have been penciled in for 2016 with Caterham even referring to its model as the "C120".

Unlike the Toyota GT86/SubaruBRZ/Scion FR-S trinity that all carried the same styling language, the Caterham Caterham and Alpine sports cars will not be rebadged models; both will actually have different bodies and interiors, something Renault design chief, Laurens van den Acker, alluded to when he said that both models will have "completely different impressions that will showcase the best of the two companies."

Performance numbers for both models will likely hit around 250 horsepower, although Caterham has indicated that it could bump its model up to 300 horsepower, all while using the same Renault engine that the Alpine version will carry.

It should get very interesting to see how both brands move forward with their respective iterations of this shared platform. What we do know is that the launch is going to take longer than it was initially planned, which only means that both companies have more time to blow out socks off.

Click past the jump to read about the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Source: Autocar UK
Volvo Concept Coupe

If there was ever a company that needed some infusion of energy to its lineup, it’s Volvo .

Well, after years of toiling on Planet Bland, the Swedish automaker is seriously considering launching its name into the stratosphere after a recent report by Auto Bild indicated that the company is seriously considering a production run for the recently unveiled Concept Coupe .

According to Auto Bild, the concept ’s reception at the Frankfurt Auto Show has made company execs enthusiastic about the idea of building a small run of production models for the concept vehicle that may or may not have the involvement of coach house Bertone .

Volvo hasn’t given any confirmation just yet, but you can expect a decision to come soon, possibly as early as the start of the next year. That should give Volvo plenty of time to consider the ramifications of ridding itself of the design complacency the company has been mired in for years.

We’re firmly aboard the belief that Volvo needs to take this plunge, if only to let its customers know that its serious about moving forward with a new design language that could usher in a new era for the brand and its models.

Here’s to hoping Volvo does the right thing and sign off on a production model for the Concept Coupe.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe

Source: Auto Bild

The Cadillac Escalade has always been a love-it-or-hate-it type of vehicle, thanks to its awesome styling but terrible fuel economy. Sales have been falling off lately and incoming CAFÉ regulations are really putting the squeeze on GM to increase the overall fuel economy of its sole luxury automaker. This led to talks of the Escalade getting the axe in coming years, but apparently GM is not ready to throw in the towel yet.

Reports are pointing to an all-new Cadillac Escalade arriving in 2014 as an early-2015 model year. Instead of Caddy going the direction that many other SUV builders have gone, it will keep the Escalade on a truck frame, whereas many builders are changing SUVs to sit upon car platforms. This means that the 2015 Escalade will ride on the same platform as the soon-to-be released new Chevy Silverado and Sierra.

Unfortunately, we have nothing to really offer except speculation on the incoming Chevy and GMC trucks, as we have only seen heavily camouflaged models. All we can say for certain is that the Cadillac will share the same platform as its pickup brethren. Some experts are anticipating a change in the Silverado/Sierra twins that rivals the 1996 space shuttle treatment that the F-150 received. If this is the case, we can also expect a vastly redesigned Escalade.

We also know that GM has to work on the fuel economy of this luxury SUV to help it meet CAFÉ regulations in the future and the 18 highway mpg that the 2012 Escalade gets is simply not going to cut it. Look for GM to develop an engine that rivals the Ford’s EcoBoost V-6, like the 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that has been mentioned, and toss it into the Escalade. The only other option would be to go turbo diesel, which may not sit well with Cadillac owners.

We will continue to bring you more information as it becomes available on the upcoming 2015 Escalade.

Updated 9/23/2013: Cadillac has unveiled a pair of teaser images of the 2015 Escalade, and it announced that it will reveal the 2015 Escalade on October 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. EST. You can see the reveal live, by clicking here. Additionally, Cadillac also released a series of teaser videos outlining some of the highlights of the model. You can see these videos after the jump.

Updated 10/01/2013: With just a few days before its official debut, Cadillac unveiled a new teaser image, this time revealing the interior of the 2015 Escalade. As expected the new SUV combines luxurious handcrafted elements with state-of-the-art advanced technology, this way offering the latest features in luxury, connectivity and safety for up to eight occupants.

Read more about the 2015 Cadillac Escalade after the jump

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The Nissan GT-R is by far Japan’s longest-running and most-talked-about supercar. Even in the face of an all-new hybrid NSX and the shrieking Lexus LF-A ’s V-10, the magic of the GT-R formula continues to fascinate and captivate car guys and gals across the world.

The latest R35 Nissan GT-R is the most accomplished in the family lineage by not only dominating the press in Asia and Australia — where the previous-gen cars were sold — but also taking headlines across America and Europe.

And the headlines are good. Not the standard "newcomer tries to beat Porsche , loses" we are all so familiar with. The GT-R is a machine that wins objective and subjective comparison tests against some of the absolute quickest and highest-tech machines in the world.

It has taken two generations of 911 Turbo models to get anywhere near the GT-R’s pace, and the $100,000 Nissan also regularly spanks Ferrari’s finest .

So much so that Porsche and Ferrari will no longer let one of their cars be in a comparo with the GT-R . Now that is an achievement.

So where to go with this legend of a race car? Keep the world-beating pace and all the latest component upgrades from the forthcoming GT-R Nismo , but improve the weight balance, center of gravity, aerodynamics and style.

A daunting task, to say the least. Luckily, the TopSpeed artists and graphic design team have created a few exclusive previews of where the GT-R’s styling will go in the next generations.

Tagged a 2016 Nissan GT-R, these renderings are purely speculative design studies. The ideas presented here are still quite interesting, with two distinct flavors of modern GT-R from which to select your favorite.

Click past the jump for a closer look at these TopSpeed exclusive previous of the next-gen Nissan GT-R.

Update 3/13/2014: A possible leaked image and insider information puts the 2016 GT-R at over 800 horsepower and gives it a whole new look. See more after the jump.


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