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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.

Porsche Panamera Coupe

Porsche’s future looks quite promising – according to its CEO, Matthias Mueller, at least – as it plans to expand its lineup even further. In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Mueller announced that the company plans to expand by at least four new models by 2018, with the first two to arrive being the 918 Spyder and the Macan .

One of the remaining two is a new sports car — rumored to be called 961 — slotted between the 911 and 918 Spyder. The final new model will be a new sedan that is smaller than the Panamera . A final decision on the new sports sedan will be made by the end of 2013, but, if approved, it will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MMB architecture, which will also be used for next-generation Lamborghini Gallardo and Audi R8.

As for the baby-Panamera, Mueller confirmed that it will target models like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The next-generation Panamera will also see a few more derivatives, including a coupe defined as a successor for the famous Porsche 928 .

Neither of the latter two models are close to production – neither is approved, actually – but stay tuned and we’ll bring you all of the information on these potential models as soon as we get it.


The new generation Volkswagen Beetle made its debut back in 2011 at the New York Auto Show and the cabrio version will arrive almost two years later at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales on the US market will begin at the end of 2012.

The third generation Beetle Cabrio features a sportier and more dynamic silhouette - just like with the coupe version and is equipped with a traditional soft-top that can be opened and closed just in 10 seconds at the push of a button at speeds up to 30 mph.

When compared to the coupe version, the new Cabrio will be distinguished by strengthened A-pillars and an "Automatic Rollover Support System" that offers better protection in case of a crash.

The US customers will have to choose between three different engines, two petrol and one diesel with power ranging from 140 HP to 240 HP. The three engines can be mated to with either a six-speed manual or DSG automatic.

UPDATE 11/29/12: Volkswagen has released the pricing details for the Beetle Cabriolet and all its trim models. Check out how much they’ll cost after the jump. We have added a series of new images and two new video.

BMW 1-Series Sedan

It looks like BMW is considering the adding a new M-Series model to its lineup. It will be based on the next-generation 1-Series sedan and will be a direct rival to the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Audi S3 sedan. However, do not expect to see it on the market until the latter half of 2015, at the earliest.

In an interview with AutoCar, a BMW insider said: "We are actively considering it. Do we think there is a potential market? Yes, and it is likely to grow rapidly. If we had the capacity, we would already be well down the road [to production] by now."

The new model will be built on the BMW’s new UKL platform and under its hood will be a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with at least 300 horsepower.

Until the new small sedan arrives on the market, we will see the new M235i based on the next-generation BMW 2-Series .

Source: AutoCar
Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept

From the looks of things, Audi’s lineup is set to grow exponentially in the near future. Earlier today we reported about a possible R10 diesel supercar and the possible TT GT3, and now we have news coming from the company’s SUV lineup. Audi’s current lineup includes the Q3 , Q5 and Q7 , so it doesn’t take a genius to piece together that the future could also bring a Q2, Q4, Q6 and Q8.

We already knew all about the Q6 , but the Q2 , Q4 and Q8 we knew very little about, until today. According to reports, the Q2 will be a three-door model sitting below the Q3, and will feature a striking new three-dimensional grille and a removable roof panel. It may have been previewed by the Crosslane Coupe Concept that we saw in Paris, but there is no confirmation of that.

All of the upcoming models above the Q3 are already confirmed as “under development.” This will start with the Q4 — a three-door model with a sportier appearance than the Q3. Above the upcoming Q6 and the existing Q7, Audi will add a Q8, which will take its styling cues from the Q7, but add a little more sportiness to it.

All four new models will be built on the company’s new MLB platform that will feature lightweight materials, which will help improve handling and reduce fuel consumption.

Source: AutoExpress
Audi TT-RS Plus

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Audi unveiled the TT-RS Plus — a faster version of the current TT-RS . It looks like the good news may not stop there, as according to Audi’s development boss, Wolfgang Durheimer, in the near future we may see a hardcore, super-light Audi TT . According to sources, the package would be almost like the package that Audi’s sister company, Porsche, uses on its 911 GT3 .

First details suggest that, if produced, this revised TT would be built on the usual MQB architecture, but it would combine steel, aluminum and carbon fiber in an attempt to keep its curb weight around 2,200 pounds. Under the hood, Audi would install a five-cylinder engine and pair it with its world-renowned Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

The project has yet to receive the green light from the bosses at Audi, but, according to sources, a final decision will be made next week. If it’s anything like the 911 GT3, we are prepared to be wowed all over again by the TT.

Source: AutoCar
Audi R8 V12 TDI

When Audi unveiled the R8 V12 TDI concept at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, everyone was impressed by its imposing design and hoped that the diesel supercar would find its way into Audi’s lineup. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen and the only V12 TDI model that remains is the Q7 SUV , which is only in the European market.

It looks like the idea isn’t completely off the table yet, as rumors are afloat that Audi is indeed working on a Le Mans-inspired hybrid-diesel supercar that will sit atop its lineup. Audi insiders have suggested that this new model could be called R10 and that it may be offered as a road-going version of the R18 e-Tron quattro .

While no details have been offered on the R10’s diesel engine, one thing is for sure; it won’t be the V-12, as it was deemed too heavy and its 700-plus pound-feet of torque was a little much for Audi’s existing line of transmissions.

Stay tuned for more details on this possible R10 supercar!

Source: AutoCar
BMW M1 Hommage

Everyone expects BMW to offer a new supercar sometime in the near future and previous rumors suggested that this new supercar will resurrect the company’s famous M1 name . New rumors, however, suggest that the car will be named the "M8" and that it will be unveiled just in time to celebrate BMW’s centenary in 2016.

The M8 will be one of the three supercars set to arrive from the German market in the coming years. This list includes the successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG and the second generation Audi R8 . Rumors are pointing to the M8 being built on the same carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis as the upcoming BMW i8 in an effort to spread the manufacturing costs across both models. Under the hood will be a V-8 engine that churns up concrete with about 600 horsepower.

Not only will using the BMW i8 platform reduce manufacturing costs, but it will also make the Bimmer supercar much lighter than originally expected.

We will have more details for you in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!

Note: 2008 BMW M1 Homage pictured.

New Images of the Future Ferrari F70

Ferrari decided it is not ready to bring the F70 to the Detroit Auto Show, but we have to admit that all the new details we have learned today make us believe it will be worth the wait anyway. According to British magazine AutoCar, the Enzo successor will feature a sophisticated carbon-fiber construction and will take "the driving experience even closer the fabled idea of a Formula 1 car for the road."

The car’s advanced construction has been inspired by the 2,200-pound Millechili technical concept unveiled back in 2007 and has been built around a compact central carbon-fiber monocoque that weighs just 150 pounds.

Ferrari has used four types of carbon fiber in developing this supercar, including one used in nuclear reactor construction. This will offer the car about 27-percent more torsional rigidity than the Enzo, but will also make it much more expensive at roughly £800,000 - or about $1,270,000 at the current exchange rates.

When speaking with AutoCar, F1 designer Rory Byrne said: "We can use different forms of carbon fiber according to the loads on areas of the chassis, ensuring strength where we need it but never more than we need. We have evaluated what the requirements are for each part of the car — weight saving, high stiffness and so on — and been able to apply different types of carbon fiber accordingly. No other car manufacturer has been able to do this.”

Source: AutoCar

As promised, today is the day that Lamborghini has dropped the official details on the new Aventador LP700-4 Roadster. The model has been described as "the most exciting series production Lamborghini ever built and the new benchmark in the world of open-top luxury super sports cars."

To no surprise, the new Roadster version features a design language similar to the coupe version , except for the changes any open-top model requires. For example, the rear pillar has been redesigned to offer total support for the removable roof and a new engine hood that features a central "spinal column" with two pairs of hexagonal windows connected at the sides.

The new Aventador Roadster is being offered with a two-piece roof made entirely from carbon fiber that can be stored in the front luggage compartment.

Under the hood you will find the same 6.5 liter aspirated V12 that delivers a total of 700 horsepower and mated to an ISR 7-speed gearbox. The Roadster version will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 217 mph.

In Europe the model can be already ordered and the price will start from 300,000 euro or about $380,000 at the current exchange rates.

UPDATE 11/15/2012: Lamborghini has finally announced the U.S. prices for its new Aventador Roadster, and we have to admit it’s a little bit more than we were expecting: $445,300, including the $3,700 gas-guzzler tax.

Hit the jump to read more about the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Spyder.

Back in September, Los Angeles Auto Show organizers announced the theme for this year’s Design Challenge contest: contenders needed to design a law enforcement car for the year 2025. Today, they have finally announced the six competitors coming from BMW , General Motors, Honda (two entries), Mercedes-Benz and Subaru .

BMW’s entry will be the E-Patrol (Human-Drone Pursuit Vehicle), which is a concept built on a modular structure with three different drones. In the case of a pursuit in heavy traffic, the patrol officer can deploy either the flying drone or one of the single-wheel drones to chase the suspect and report back to the officer.

General Motors entered the contest with a Volt Squad — a three-vehicle fleet designed around the concept of observe, pursue and engage. Honda has two entries for 2012: the CHP Drone Squad, a vehicle-based-system for 2025, which is designed to work efficiently and seamlessly in the harsh environment of California highways. Honda’s second entry is the "CHiPs" 2025 Traffic Crawler, a vehicle that has the ability to adjust to changes in the traffic environment.

Mercedes is entering the contest with Ener-G-Force, a vehicle based on the G-Class and designed as an environmentally friendly SUV. And finally Subaru’s entry is the SHARC (Subaru Subaru Highway Automated Response Concept) highway patrol vehicles. They are capable of providing an innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious solution for 24-hour highway monitoring, protection and rapid emergency response.

The winner of the contest will be announced on November 25.

Click past the jump to read the press release on each vehicle.


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