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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.

There is no denying the pony car wars are raging hotter than ever. With the Chevy Camaro boasting the ZL1 and new Z/28 , the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang coming to market soon, and Dodge presumably working on an outrageous halo engine for the Challenger, the segment is on fire. Well, things are getting a little less “presumable” for Dodge these days.

According to Allpar, one of their contributors shot a photo of a T-shirt worn by SRT staff members while at SRT’s annual Spring Festival of LXs. That shirt sported the menacing image you see above – and what is likely the logo for the new 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine.

Rumors suggest the Hellcat HEMI will crank out some 650 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, besting even the mighty SRT Viper’s 640 horses and 600 pound-feet. The Hellcat’s numbers make sense, considering the standard output of the current, naturally aspirated, 6.4-liter HEMI in the Challenger and both the TorqueFlite and Tremec six-speed manual transmissions are capable of handling even more power.

Though Allpar says SRT’s CEO Ralph Gilles told their contributor the Challenger would debut in just under three months, most suspect the new Hellcat-powered Challenger will appear at the New York Auto Show happening April 16th and 17th. It’s appearance will also likely usher in the next generation of Challenger, as we’ve caught them testing around the streets of Detroit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Source: Allpar
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Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? The joint development deal that was supposed to net two sports cars bearing the same underpinnings under the Renault and Caterham names is apparently over. We reported earlier that there was a riff between the two companies, and according to multiple sources, the two have decided to nix the joint-development deal altogether.

According to these reports, both the Caterham and Renault cars are still on schedule for a 2016 release, but there is no information on whether they will continue to share the same architecture. Earlier reports claimed that Caterham approved a design from Renault, but the French company later tried to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube after customers didn’t respond well to the initial design. The Caterham bosses didn’t take too kindly to this, but they were assured that the project would remain Renault’s No. 1 priority.

Well, with the 50-50 venture now completely off track Caterham is free to continue with its designing process completely free from Renault’s nervous trigger finger.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Renault will eventually pull the plug on its project altogether citing demand issues, and Caterham will modify the car to better match its current design language. This would be a sad ending to a promising campaign, but it seems like Renault lost interest at some point and Caterham really has no need for a sports car like this in its lineup.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on this topic.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault - Caterham joint sports car.

Source: AutoCar

The demise of the Jaguar XK doesn’t necessarily mean Jaguar is leaving a hole in its entire lineup. A new model is set to replace the XK and from the looks of it, the British automaker is looking to field a coupe version of its bigger Jaguar XJ with styling cues attributed to the F-Type .

Given how the F-Type has been an enormous success and is largely the reason why Jaguar decided to drop the XK, it’s a smart move for Jaguar to make the proposed XJ Coupe look similar to its current meal ticket. That appears to be the plan for Jaguar, as it continues to make aggressive move after aggressive move to be a player in the luxury performance market.

The reported arrival of the XJ Coupe also means that Jaguar won’t necessarily drop out of the 2+2 grand tourer market where models like the Bentley Continental GT and the new Mercedes S-Class Coupe reside. On the contrary, Jaguar is preparing the XJ Coupe to be a direct rival to these models. With that, you can at least expect the model to be bigger than the XK with a similar aluminum architecture as the F-Type.

Engine options will likely also be varied and could range from either a supercharged V-6 to a V-8, or possible both. A six-cylinder diesel is also expected to be in the mix.

Discussions on price will likely be shelved at least until there’s confirmation for the model, but reason dictates that the model could be priced somewhere in the neighborhood of at least £100,000.

Note: Sedan model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar XJ Coupe.

Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Things are heating up at Jaguar , and if CAR magazine is to be believed, the F-Type is going to get lots of fun, new models. From the start Jaguar wanted the F-Type to be a true competitor for Porsche’s venerable 911 . As such, the little F-Type lineup will grow to include an entry level four-cylinder model, an AWD model, an R-S Coupe with as much as 600 horsepower and a Speedster version. The Speedster version will be a special edition model that is loosely based on the bonkers Project 7 concept car Jaguar brought to Goodwood.

No word on a Targa model.

I think CAR’s thinking and information is likely solid, but don’t expect full production runs of all these cars next year. Some of the models like the Speedster and R-S will likely be 2016 or 2017 at the earliest and will only be produced in very limited numbers.

With such a breadth of F-Type models, Jaguar has the room to kill off the XK and create a higher-end competitor to cars like the Aston Martin DB9 and Bentley Continental.

Overall, I think the plan is ambitious and very exciting. The F-Type is already one of the most exciting new cars on the road today, and having even more choices is only going to make things better.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Jaguar Project 7 - the concept that will inspire the Speedster version.

Source: CAR

There’s a lot of news coming out of Stuttgart these days, as Porsche has revealed a multitude of new developments regarding its future engine lineup. One, in particular, that has gathered a lot of steam is the recent confirmation coming from CEO Matthias Mueller that both the Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman are in line to receive a new 395-horsepower, four-cylinder engine.

Speaking with Auto Motor und Sport, Mueller the Porsche CEO specifically singled out the Boxster and the Cayman as two cars that will follow in this strategic downsizing of engines. Both models won’t receive the same four-cylinder as the 919 Hybrid because that one was specially modified for that particular vehicle.

Instead, the Boxster and the Cayman are expected to receive a new four-cylinder boxer engine that will reflect the company’s new engine direction, a strategy Mueller indicated was done to adhere to increasing industry practice of being more eco-friendly.

“We will not separate ourselves from efforts to reduce CO2,” the Porsche CEO said.

Mueller did not point to an exact number as far as the output that could be produced from these new four-cylinders, although he did say that the turbocharged engine could have in excess of 395 horsepower under its hood. That’s a significant increase from the current 3.4-liter, normally aspirated six-cylinder that powers the Boxster and Cayman, good enough to hit "only" 335 horsepower.

This, combined with the new GTS versions of the Boxter and Cayman, point toward just how important these two models are in Porsche’s future. These once-looked-down-upon models are primed to lead Porsche into the next generation of compact sports cars .

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche Cayman GTS.

Engine problems stemming from two incidents of Porsche GT3 models burning in Switzerland and Italy has Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller possibly pulling back on the planned deliveries of the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS . Apparently, Porsche wants to cover all its bases to ensure that the engine is working perfectly before committing to any launch dates.

Mueller made hints that the company is looking to delay the launch of the 911 GT3 RS in a conversation with Auto Motor und Sport. He didn’t give out a specific date as to when the launch is going to happen, although he did make it clear that it won’t happen until the company is sure that the engine has no more problems.

Mueller placed the blame on two screws coming loose in the engine as the reason for the fire, causing Porsche to recall 785 911 GT3 models that are already in dealerships.

"The problem was, in the broadest sense, an engine problem," Mueller told Auto Motor und Sport.

"We now know why this happened, and now [we’re] working out measures to prevent this in the future."

It’s a smart move by Porsche, and one that it has every reason of doing. It’d be a shame if the 911 GT3 RS — a car that’s high in the wishlist of a lot of Porsche fans — falls flat on its face when it hits the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche GT3 RS.

Source: AMS

When Toyota launched its FT-1 concept , the entire industry stood up and took notice of this new sports car . After further investigation, nearly all of us media folk drew a direct line between the new concept and the eventual return of the legendary Supra . We took the initiative to create a rendering of an FT-1-based Supra back in February, and what good is a new supra without the removable targa top that the model was known for having? So we are now adding a rendering of the convertible Supra to our repertoire today.

Once we created the coupe version of the our Supra rendering, the convertible version was pretty simple. All we needed to do was eliminate the center section of the roof, flatten out the rear section of the roof and add a frame just above the windshield. We also had to take some time to add in some seats to give it a more realistic look.

Just like with the coupe version of the Supra, converting the convertible model required revising the nose to lose that wild, F1 -like nose, add more traditional headlights, smoothen out some of the air intakes and add on a more Supra-like rear spoiler.

I suspect that the convertible version will arrive about a year after the Supra coupe.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Supra Convertible.

The current-generation Porsche Panamera already has V-6 and V-8 engines, but for the next generation model, the German automaker isn’t sticking with these aging powerplants. Instead, the company will make use of new engines designed for the brand’s new MSB platform, and two of these power trains — a new V-6 and V-8 — will be used on the next-generation Panamera . We expect to see the next-gen Panamera in time for the 2018 model year.

According to Autocar, the new engines will be used exclusively in models using the new MSB platform. Other Porsche models, specifically the sporty and luxurious front-engined models with both rear and four-wheel-drive, are also expected to be underpinned by the MSB platform and there’s even talk that Bentley could be added into the mix, once it decides on what to do with its next-gen Continental GT and Flying Spur .

While this piece of news isn’t all that surprising, considering that Porsche’s current V-6 and V-8 engines already have some mileage to them, it does point to a groundbreaking technical evolution for Porsche that will affect its lineup in the coming years. At this point, the MSB platform, and the new V-6 and V-8 engines are being developed mainly for the next-generation Panamera, and will be engineered to meet performance and handling standards that Porsche is aiming for with its four-door saloon and its new line of models. We also expect these new engines to deliver slightly improved fuel economy.

Note: Current model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera.

Source: AutoCar

Infiniti is pushing hard to become a major player in a performance market heavily dominated by its German rivals. Over the years, the likes of the Essence Concept and the recently revealed Q50 Eau Rouge show that the Japanese automaker is serious about its intentions of competing against the Porsches , BMWs , and Mercedes ’ of the world. Recent whispers, however, seem to indicate that the company is also looking into building a flagship model that would be based on the popular Essence concept with an eye towards beefing up the company’s dream of a performance car division.

That much was revealed by Infiniti’s global chief Johann de Nysschen, who indicated to Motoring Australia that the mid-size Q50 and the slightly larger Q70 sedans aren’t enough for the company to take full advantage of its Eau Rouge high-performance unit. So therein lies hints that Nissan’s luxury brand is planning for more models to join in on the Eau Rouge family. Whispers of Nissan trademarking the names ’Q80’ and ’Q90’ also lend to the growing belief that a flagship model is in the pipeline.

As far as details surrounding this flagship sedan is concerned, there’s general buzz that the company is going to have two different engine units available, with one being a new hybrid drivetrain with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 that will produce close to 550 horsepower and a bigger 3.7-liter V-6 twin-turbo hybrid system that could produces as much as 700 horsepower on tap — not the 3.8-liter from the Q50 Eau Rouge.

Things are definitely heating up within Infiniti, and the company’s goal of becoming a serious threat to European brands could come to life with the arrival of this rumored flagship sedan.

No specific timetable has been set, but the timetable for the model could see it hit production sometime in 2017 or 2018 with a price of just under $200,000.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Essence Concept.

Source: Motoring

Ferrari has never been shy about its muscle-flexing tendencies so it comes as little surprise, at least to us, that Maranello appears to be building a special-edition LaFerrari. As if the LaFerrari isn’t special enough.

Apparently, Ferrari is tinkering with the idea of building a LaFerrari specialist because the exclusive supercar was pretty damn hard to buy. It sounds confusing but demand for the LaFerrari was so high that those who couldn’t buy one were all left clamoring for the company to make some more. Little did they know that Ferrari was already thinking about appeasing these people after CEO Luca di Montezemolo let the cat out of the bag at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

According to Autocar, Montezemolo said that a lot of Ferrari’s customers were "disappointed not to be able to own a LaFerrari," but quickly followed that up by saying "we expect to have something special to offer them soon."

So what is this "something," exactly?

The first car that came to our mind was the LaFerrari EVOXX . To be fair, the company has given no indication that it’s building a track-focused version of the already powerful LaFerrari, but we know Maranello’s tendencies, specifically when it comes to showing the world just how awesome it is. So we’re confident that an EVOXX is in the cards for the LaFerrari at some point in the future. Could this be what Montezemolo was alluding to when he talked about "something special?"

We won’t know until a confirmation is made, but we certainly won’t be surprised if the LaFerrari EVOXX comes to fruition. Until then, you can see our earlier rendering of what we thing the LaFerrari EVOXX would look like.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Ferrari LaFerrari.

Source: AutoCar

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