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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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Audi Sport Quattro Concept

Audi plans to expand its lineup in the near future in an attempt to strengthen its grip on the premium car realm. According to André Konsbruck, the director of Audi UK, in the future we could see a series of high-level cars based on the recently launched concepts , like the Audi Quattro and Nanuk .

While none of the two concept were officially confirmed for production, Konsbruck said that both of them have the production viability required to become reality. Also, he said that potential customers were invited to test and evaluate the two concepts, in an attempt to see "if there is a business case for them to be made."

"Every concept we show has production possibilities, and these cars are no different. I can see a future where we aim to deliver different, innovative premium cars that people aspire to own, such as these."

If the two concepts hit production, they will be offered as niche models, with a pretty high price, but they will "deliver on the brand image and build the desirability of the brand as a whole."

Click past the jump to read more about Audi Nanuk.

Source: Autocar
BMW X2

The folks over at BMW Blog report that sources close to German magazine Autobild say BMW’s got a couple new SUVs planned for the near future. Coming out first is the new two-door X2 scheduled for shipment in 2016. It’s said to be based on the UKL front-drive platform that will also underpin the second-generation X1 .

BMW Blog says the X2 will also share the X1’s powertrain lineup that includes a three- and four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. Keep in mind, the diesels will likely stay in Europe if or when they debut. A hybrid variant may well be on the drawing board as well. We suspect a hybrid X2 would make a highly respectable option for inner city customers looking to make a statement while cutting fuel costs.

Less is known about the possible X7 SUV . This is not the first time BMW Blog has reported on an X7 as they covered its initial media leak and then purported demise, as BMW supposedly didn’t feel the need for a large full-size SUV at the time. The magazine does however dive into the possibility of three different plug-in hybrid systems for all X Series models. Included is a three-cylinder offered in front-wheel-drive only; a four-cylinder engine offered in rear-drive X3 and X4 models; and a six-cylinder offered in four-wheel drive for the X5,X6, and possible X7. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on the topics.

Source: BMW Blog
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Acura NSX

We are still waiting for the official debut of the NSX , but it looks like Honda is already considering a roadster version for the upcoming hybrid sports car.

In a recent interview with the AutoCar, Principal Designer Jun Goto said that Honda is looking into offering a convertible version, but the execution of suc a vehicle is still a long ways off, so do not expect to hear any official confirmation of a production model for at least two years after the coupe rolls out, if ever.

Unlike the original open-top NSX , which featured targa panels, rumors point toward he future open-top NSX being a real roadster with either a hard or a soft top.

As for the coupe version, he said that the production version will carry over about 95 percent of the styling elements we saw on the concept version, but that the production model will be larger. As for the interior, according to Yuki Inamori, the NSX’s interior designer, it will be "even more exciting than what you see [in the concept]."

The production version Acura/HondaNSX will be likely unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Honda NSX.

Source: Autocar
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Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

The new F-Type Coupe made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the biggest surprise was the addition of a new R version . As the model was powered by the same V-8 engine used in cars like the XKR-S everyone believed that this will be in fact the alternative to the rumored F-Type Coupe R-S .

Well, that’s not true. During the show, Jaguar design director Ian Callum hinted that the new F-Type Coupe will get at least two additional versions, including the more powerful R-S and a track-focused version, just like the XKR-S GT .

According to Callum, "We now have a well balanced model cycle plan for each car, upward, downwards and sideways. With the F-type, the R-S is one of those possibilities." We are not very sure if this can be considered a confirmation, but during the summer it was rumored that the F-Type Coupe R-S will deliver about 700 horsepower. If this will really happen, then the R-S will easily pass the 200 mph barrier.

He did not offered any details on when the two models will arrive, but he did confirm there will be a one-year break between the launches.

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

Source: Autocar
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Shortly after Jaguar released the F-Type roadster, Design Director, Ian Callum, revealed that a coupe version would follow it. After testing it for a few months, Jaguar finally unveiled it at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

As no surprise, the new F-Type Coupe is nearly identical to the roadster version, except, of course, the fixed roof. There are a few changes regarding the engine lineup, as the base F-Type will only be offered with a V-6 engine — standard and supercharged, while the V-8 engine is offered only in the new, R version.

The new F-Type Coupe will be put on sale in early 2014, and prices will range from $65,000 for the base F-Type Coupe to $77,000 for the F-Type S Coupe. Unlike the Roadster version, the new coupe variant will also get a R version priced at $99,000.

Updated 11/20/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

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

Speculations have been running wild as of late in regards to the sixth-generation Mustang , and one of the biggest unknowns that has been speculated upon is its reveal date. Well, speculate no longer TopSpeed faithful, as Ford has backhandedly announced the 2015 Mustang ’s reveal date: December 5th, 2014.

That’s right, the above video, which you can find on the Mustang YouTube channel, doesn’t reveal too much, but the video’s description sure does clear up the date issue. The first line reads "On December 5th, Ford will take the cover off the all-new Mustang..." Mark the date, ladies and gentlemen, because this is the date that we find out if Ford will repeat the Mustang II remake or if it will be the model’s savior, like the Fox Body generation.

For you drama kings and queens that just can’t get enough speculation on the new Mustang, you can rest easy because Ford released no information on the new Stang, nor did it announce where it will unveil the sixth-gen Mustang. This gives us plenty to speculate on for the next 17 days...

Click past the jump to read more on the 2015 Mustang.

The 2013 LA Auto Show is upon us. Starting today, manufacturers will be rolling out new products and designs for the upcoming year. There’s plenty to cover from each automaker and this show preview gives a shallow glimpse into what we already know to be coming out.

We know Ford , Subaru , Acura , and Chevrolet will be unveiling never-before-seen vehicles for the first time, along with announcing smaller updates to current models. As the next few days roll on, we will bring you coverage vehicle by vehicle as the information becomes available with new cars literally being announced by the hour.

Scroll on down for our rundown on what details we already know, what vehicles will be seen in person for the first time, and even which ones have never seen the light of day.

Click past the jump for info on the 2013 LA Auto Show

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Peugeot 208 GTi

The CEO of Peugeot, Maxime Picat has confirmed to Autonews that the French car maker will make an even hotter version of the 208 hatchback . It will be called the 208 R and Peugeot will place it a notch above the 208 GTi.

Now, the 208 GTi isn’t just a throwaway grocery getter, so to speak, it is as mental as the GTi badge on its hatch indicates.The Peugeot 208 is among the smallest and lightest of the micro-hatchbacks, and the GTi takes it one step further by giving it some poke.

The 208 R would pack even more punch than the GTi, enough to spin its front wheels on demand. Having said that, we don’t expect Peugeot to give it monumental levels of power, or it would just understeer wildly and ruin the fun.

To put it in perspective, the 208 GTi makes use of a 200-horsepower, 1.6 -liter engine, and its top speed is pegged at 143 mph with a dash from 0 to 60 mph taking 6.8 seconds. We expect the 208 R could use the same powerplant as the GTi albeit with a tweaked ECU to push out an extra 20 to 30 horsepower.

Click past the jump for more speculative details on the 208 R

*Image Note: The above image is of the 208 GTi, not the future 208 R.

Source: Autonews
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Porsche 550

We heard the first details on the possibility of a new 550 shortly after Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen Bluesport concept . Back then, the 550 was believed to be one of the three production models rumored to be based on the Bluesport: one from Audi , one from Volkswagen would have joined Porsche. Unfortunately, that all ended when VW announced that the Bluesport would bot be produced.

Now, new details suggest that the 550 will instead be built as a new Speedster version of the new-generation 911. Reports suggest that it will be built as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder built from 1953 to 1957. The new model is rumored to be unveiled sometime in 2015, and will be limited to only 550 units.

According to AutoBild, the new 550 will feature hidden door handles — just like the classic 550 — a chopped-down windshield and a fabric top that will reside under a rear cover made from carbon fiber. This makes it possible for the fabric top to be used only when it is absolutely necessary.

Click past the jump to read more about the previous 911 Speedster model.

Source: AutoBild
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W Motors rolled into the 2013 Dubai Auto Show with the brand-new Lykan HyperSport . Now, just a few days later, it has already released the first teaser images of the upcoming SuperSport, which is set to arrive in 2015.

Just like the HyperSport, the upcoming SuperSport features an aggressive front fascia with LED headlights and massive air intakes, a ventilated hood, carbon-fiber side skirts and side air intakes. Around back, the SuperSport features a large rear diffuser and a quad-exit exhaust system.

W Motors remained quiet on the specifications, but it looks like the SuperSport will deliver "even better performance" than the HyperSport. This really gets our mouths watering, considering the HyperSport is powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 750 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and the speedo keeps climbing to 239 mph.

Unlike the Lykan HyperSport , the future SuperSport will drop the gold stitching in the seats, the diamond encrusted LED lights, the holographic central display HUD with interactive motion and tactile interaction, and the concierge service. These changes make us think that W Motors is aiming for the SuperSport to be a little more affordable than the $3.4 million Lykan HyperSport.

The W Motors SuperSport will be unveiled in 2015, and it will be limited to only 25 units — 18 more than the Lykan HyperSport. We’ll bring you more details when W Motors releases them.

Click past the jump to read more about the W Motors SuperSport.

Source: WCF

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