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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.

The BMW M3 has been tearing up racetracks and back roads since its introduction in 1983. Its small size, nimble handling, and powerful engines have propelled the two- and four-door sports car into the hearts of hotshoe drivers and hall-of-fames everywhere.

The M3’s many changes over the years have never seem to hurt its sparkling reputation, although some models are more sough-after than others. The outgoing 4.0-liter V-8, for instance – was something not quite befitting the M3 badge. Power? Yes, it had it, but delivery was never as smooth or predictable as the legendary 3.2-liter inline 6 cylinders of the E36 and E46 model M3s.

So when it came time BMW rework its premiere sports sedan, judicious marksmanship was needed to hit the intended target labeled ‘perfection.’ Follow along as we dive deep into the all-new 2015 BMW M3.

Update 12/17/2013: This review has been updated with all of the official specs and images.

Updated 01/15/2014: BimmerFestreports today that on the U.S. market the M3 will be priced from $62,000, not including $925 destination and handling. If these prices are for real, then the new M3 will priced pretty much identical to the old M3 sedan.

Hit the jump to read more about the future BMW M3.

When Mini launched the next-generation Cooper last month (in two simultaneous auto shows, no less), it was only a matter of time before a John Cooper Works version would show its face.

But even our expectations were thrown for a loop after finding out that Mini wasn’t wasting any time with debut of the John Cooper Works Concept , which is now penciled to arrive at the 2014 North American International Auto Show .

Thinking about it now, it does make perfect sense because Mini always earmarks its major debuts for major auto shows, and the next one on the docket is Detroit this coming January.

More importantly, the buzz generated by the debut of the next-generation Cooper is still circulating to this day, and nobody likes to play around with ’buzz’ more than Mini.

So yeah, it makes perfect sense, if you really consider the circumstances.

Oh, and the Mini John Cooper Works Concept is all sorts of awesome. That, alone, should be worth an extra jolt of anticipation in time for its debut in Detroit in a month’s time.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini John Cooper Works Concept.

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Tesla Model S

If electric car makers are to flourish in this highly competitive industry, then the cost of ownership needs to come down. Although, the electric car won’t replace conventionally powered cars any time soon, the high pace of the developments in electric car technology could one day allow automakers, like Tesla , to offer products at more affordable prices.

Tesla is now looking to spread its business into more mainstream cars for the masses, and this includes a midsize sedan that will be priced below the current Tesla Model S .

The new sedan, dubbed the Model, E will be revealed at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show with deliveries scheduled for early 2016. Chief designer, Franz von Holzhauzen, has told AutoBild that the midsized 3 Series competitor should be out in a years time. The new electric sedan is expected to be priced in the $30,000 to $40,000 bracket.

We are still awaiting more details about the upcoming Model E sedan. That said, we expect it to feature familiar Tesla styling with a wide oval grille and clean lines. The exterior and interior design would in all likelihood be influenced by the Model S which has now been widely accepted in the market.

Underneath, the new Model E could use a similar powertrain as the Model S. Batteries will be stowed away in the floor, and electric motors will drive the rear wheels. Tesla will almost certainly lower the output of the electric motor to help increase the overall range and lower the price.

Also helping lower the price, the Model E will likely have a few less interior features as the Models S.

We’ll keep an eye out for more information on the upcoming Model E, and bring you more information as it becomes available.

Click past the jump to read a brief overview of Tesla’s history.

(*Image Note: The above image is of the Model S, not the Model E.

Source: AutoBild
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Audi R8

We are witnessing the evolution of the electric car . With the world’s biggest players having entered the market, we could expect development in this field to happen at a brisk pace. BMW already has its i Series in place and Mercedes-Benz is still pondering over the SLS AMG Electric Drive . Audi, on the other hand, shocked the world when it announced the scrapping of the R8 e-tron.

As we speak, folks at Audi are reconsidering the decisions they made in axing the R8 e-tron program. Yes, Audi is currently looking at options to put the R8 e-tron in to limited production by the end of 2014. The Audi R8 e-tron was the latest zero-emissions concept coming out of the Ingolstadt factory and now a select few among us could even own one. In order to facilitate the production of the new two-seat electric sports car , Audi has made a number changes to its research and engineering divisions, spending lots of money in the process.

Such an investment could only mean, positive steps have been taken in order to make the R8 e-tron a reality. Being a Volkswagen Group entity, Audi also benefits from research and development being done by its sister company for the VW e-Up , e-Golf and the XL1 hyper-mileage car.

It’s pretty crazy how quickly things can change in the automotive world...

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 e-tron

Source: Autocar
Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

We have gone back and forth between "Huracan" and "Cabrera" as the name of the upcoming successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo , and Cabrera was pretty much the most accepted name. Well, we heard different from a few TopSpeed faithful and we even reported that it will not be named "Cabrera."

Now, according to Auto Express, Lamborghini has decided to name its new supercar the Huracan, the very same name it trademarked back in April 2012.

Initially, this name fueled speculation that it would be used for the production version of the Urus SUV Concept . Instead, Lamborghini apparently called an audible, choosing "Huracan" as the name of the successor to the Gallardo, an appropriate enough name, considering the word is Mayan for "God of fire, wind and storms" and later adopted by the Spanish to mean "hurricane".

With Huracan already accounted for, it’s beginning to look more and more likely that the production version of the Urus SUV Concept will be called Deimos , the other name Lamborghini registered around the same time as Huracan.

Nothing has been made official on the name, as the report is from an unnamed "source" and Lamborghini has been known to make quick modifications to its choice of names for its models.

That being said, it’s looking more and more like the supercar we’re waiting to be revealed later this month is actually the Lamborghini Huracan LP 600-4.

Click past the jump to read about the Lamborghini Huracan LP600-4

Source: Auto Express
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Audi Sport Quattro Concept

We’ve known for quite some time now that a new-generation Audi Quattro was a possibility, and we have also heard all kinds of rumors about it. Today, however, Auto Motor Und Sport gave us a little more on just how close the Quattro is to a return, during an interview with Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler.

In an interview with the German magazine, Stadler said that the Quattro concept we saw this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show was just testing people’s reaction and, as expected, it was very positive.

As a result of the positive feedback, a new Audi Quattro is now in a soft development phase with the possibility of a 2015 release.Stadler stopped short of confirming that the Quattro was indeed under development, as he stated "Nothing has been decided."

Despite the lack of confirmation, Ulrich Hackenberg, new head of development at Audi, has decided that the new Quattro, if produced, will not be offered as a limited-run vehicle, as Audi plans to produce it in large numbers.

Hackenberg also decided that the Quattro will be built a shortened A6 platform and, unlike previous reports, it will not be a hybrid . Audi will instead offer various engines, starting with the base 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 310 horsepower, with the possibility of power jumping to between 340 and 360 horsepower.

With this many details in place, it is easy to read between the lines an see that Audi is indeed planning on releasing a new Quattro, but it simply cannot confirm its return yet.

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

Source: AMS
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We’ve known for quite some time now that 2014 will be the final year for the current-generation Honda Ridgeline , but an official confirmation came today when Honda released the first teaser image of the next-generation pickup and announced that it is set to arrive "within two years."

According to Honda officials, the "next-generation Ridgeline will build on Honda’s role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment." Also, it looks like the next Ridgeline will play an important role in Honda’s future "product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."

The current Ridgeline enjoyed relatively decent success in a market that’s starving for midsize pickups. In fact, sales in 2013 grew by 29 percent, thanks in part to the addition of the new top-of-the-line Special Edition model for 2014, with sales totaling 16,160 units. This jump in sales can also be credited to a relative lack of competition in the midsize truck realm.That said, the Ridgeline will have an all-new, midsize Chevy Colorado to contend with when it does return in a few years.

Honda failed to reveal any information on what will power the new Ridgeline, but we suspect the same V-6 powertrain, but with output closer to the 300-horsepower mark. A four-cylinder setup is a possibility, given the Colorado has a four-pot offering, so keep an eye out for that too.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Honda Ridgeline.

With all of the teasers we’ve been seeing the past few days, it’s easy to drown in all of the intrigue and suspense.

But this particular teaser really caught our attention, in part because we’ve heard next to nothing about the company that sent it out.

We checked Godsil Motorcars’ website and didn’t see a whole lot to give us any reason to believe that its been around for a while. But here they are, promising to build a line of "super luxury cars " that it will "bring glory back to the automobile – one Manhattan at a time."

That in itself is about an apt description as you can have for this mysterious model. It’s called the Manhattan and its going to be powered by a V-16 engine that will run on compressed natural gas , enough to make the industry stand up and take notice. But Godsil isn’t making any apologies, in part because it wants to make a statement. And what better way to do it than to drop a massive 16 on the engine block and let all those horses do the talking.

As far as the car itself is concerned, the teaser does give us hints that it will be a two-seat coupe with a sloping roofline, a long hood, and muscular wheel arches. We’re tempted to say that there’s a retro-feel to it, but until we see more of its dimensions, we’re holding off on that assumption.

What we can tell you though is that Godsil definitely has our attention. Then again, that’s par for the course for any company promising a V-16 engine on a car that definitely looks like it can back up all the hype.

Click past the jump to read about one of the few cars today packing a 16-cylinder engine, the Bugatti Veyron

There is plenty to know about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang , ranging from its all-new body, to engine upgrades, to suspension and chassis overhauls. Chris Nelson of Automobile Magazine has gone straight to the source and interviewed Dave Pericak, the chief engineer over the Mustang project.

Pericak talks about what systems received upgrades and how that plays into the overall performance of the car. Starting from the underside of the pony, Pericak emphasized the fact the Mustang is in fact all-new with nothing more than a few bolts and nuts being carried over from the current-generation car . The 107-inch wheelbase and the 3.7-liter V-6 are the only other carryover items, one being a mere measurement of distance.

Diving into the under hood details, the pair discuss the Mustang’s three engine options and what that means for buyers in the U.S. and abroad. Keep in mind, the 2015 Mustang is the first global edition of the famed pony car Ford has ever produced. Besides the 3.7-liter V-6, the 5.0-liter V-8 returns with all-new cylinder heads and upgraded lower components like its crankshaft that, if you read between the lines, will push it well above its current 420-horsepower rating.

The biggest news, however, is the addition of the 2.3-liter, EcoBoost in-line four. The engine was designed for the Mustang platform and features enough technology to produce over 300 horsepower, while still earning the best (estimated) EPA fuel economy numbers in Mustang history.

Click past the jump for more info on the 2015 Ford Mustang

For those looking to own a piece of a supercar without having to burn their pockets, a new Canadian kit-car manufacturer may have the answer.

Dubuc Super Light Cars, a straightforward name for a company if there ever was one, has officially unveiled the Tomahawk, a mid-engine kit car that looks the part of a sports car, albeit one that comes in a 2,000-pound package.

According to Dubuc SLC, the Tomahawk will come with a lightweight polymer body and a 300-pound aluminum monocoque. Both components have been bonded and bolted together, ensuring that the car’s overall dimensions aren’t compromised by the infusion of the two parts.

From there, prospective customers will have the choice of dropping any type of engine they want on the bay, including a gas engine or an electric motor. The suspension setup was developed using components from a C4-generation Chevrolet Corvette .

Owing itself to looking like a bonafide sports car , the Tomahawk also comes with a number of sporty components, highlighted by doors that actually open at a 75-degree angle. Even as a kit car, this bad boy also has door panels, an ergonomically-designed cockpit, a dashboard, console seats, a see-through Targa roof, side mirrors, and a DOT-approved windshield.

Given the dimensions of the cockpit, Dubuc SLC says that the Tomahawk can accommodate a wide range of body types, even somebody who’s 6’3" and weighs 275 pounds.

The Dubuc SLC is scheduled to make its debut at the Montreal International Auto Show this coming January. Once it goes on sale, the body and the frame kit will be priced at CAD$19,995, which is a little under USD$19,000 based on current exchange rates. All in all, the price for a complete bid is estimated to be around CAD$30,000, or somewhere in the USD$ 28,000 range.

Click past the jump to see more of this kit in detail


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