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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.

Chevrolet Camaro SS

Note: Current Chevrolet Camaro pictured here.

It might be early, but we’re hearing the first rumblings about a refreshed Chevrolet Camaro set for showrooms in the 2016 model. The reports say the Camaro is destined for an evolutionary update verses an entirely new theme. What will be all new, however, is the Alpha platform underpinning the car.

The Camaro will be sharing that platform with the Cadillac ATS and the recently reworked CTS sedans. Still rear-wheel-drive, the updated platform will allow Chevy to better compete with the independent rear suspension setup underpinning the new 2015 Ford Mustang .

But The General can’t mess too much with success. The current Camaro is already selling like hotcakes to the tune of 80,600 units last year, besting the current-gen Mustang’s 77,200 sales figure and blasting the Dodge Challenger ’s 51,500 units sold. That’s why Chevy’s prodigious performance recipe needs to remain familiar.

"The difference between the existing and redesigned (Camaro) is not drastically different,” an industry insider who’s seen the new car told Edmunds. “It looks like a worked-over current-model Camaro. It is on a different platform, so that is a significant difference, but when they modified it to be on a different platform, the styling did not change that much."

We still expect to see obvious changes to the Camaro’s existing design, both inside and out. Perhaps Chevy will pour money into the cabin in an effort to surpass the new Mustang’s rather luxurious appointments. What’s more, Chevy may decide to offer a forced-induction four-cylinder in response to the Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. Seems convenient the ATS has a 2.0-liter turbo I-4 mill it could loan out.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

Source: Edmunds
Bentley Flying Spur V8

Bentley has always ranked among the upper echelon of luxury automakers with cars the epitomize wealth, success, and even perhaps over indulgence in excess. The same still holds true today, though Bentley may be looking into expanding its customer base with its latest introduction of the 2015 Flying Spur fitted with a V-8 where the massive W-12 normally lives and a rumored baby Bentley.

The V-8 Flying Spur is practically unchanged from its W-12 big brother , save for a handful of cosmetic bits that differentiates the two. Both versions will be on sale together, but prices for the V-8 will likely be considerably less. Why then is Bentley Bentley offering a less exclusive Flying Spur and pandering to a lesser wealthy crowd? Two reasons stick out: making the CAFÉ cut with improved fuel economy and attracting new customers. Granted, the V-8 Flying Spur will be no bargain at roughly $180 - $195,000, but the $20,000 savings over the W-12 does open up the Flying Spur to a few more folks. But will this be good for Bentley’s prestigious image?

Add to that the news that Bentley may be looking at releasing a £100,000 ($166,320) smaller car, and things are starting to get a little odd. Enthusiasts lost their minds when Porsche started releasing other models that fit different niches, though they still remained exclusive on the upper end. Never — save for the Boxster and Cayman — did Porsche cheapen its image, but this baby Bentley is a clear attempt to lower the price of admission to the Bentley brand to attract top-level Mercedes and BMW buyers.

Sure, driving a new S-Class is great, but driving a Bentley is a whole new ballgame that few ever experience.

Click past the jump to see what we think of the cheapening of Bentley.


If you thought we were a little smitten with Maserati ’s latest concept, the 2014 Alfier i, you’d be right. We’ve got every finger and toe crossed hopping the automaker pushes the Alfieri into production. But what could be better than a V-8-powered Italian supermodel with looks that kill? A roadster version, of course.

TopSpeed’s rendering genius sketched up this beautiful drop-top Alfieri concept to show what the possibilities might hold. Based on a shortened version of the GranTurismo and using its same 4.7-liter V-8 making 460 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, the Alfieri Roadster makes a perfect competitor to the Jaguar F-Type Roadster .

The Alfieri’s long hood, high rear haunches, and sloping rear deck look perfectly suited for roadster duty. The rear seats of the coupe’s 2+2 design remain and an integrated third brakelight peaks out from just behind them. The rear fascia looks much the same with its huge vents, thin taillights, and dual exhaust pipes. Not much has changed up front with that distinctive Maserati grille and Trident leading the way.

Since we’re already speculating, it’s safe to guess on the top’s construction. It really depends on how Maserati decides to market the Alfieri Roadster (if ever). Will it be more luxury oriented or performance minded? Like the Jaguar F-Type , it could employ a soft top and thereby saving weight and complexity or the Alfieri may use a convertible hard top like the BMW Z4 , cutting down on road noise and adding security. Either way, we’ve got a second Maserati to be wishing for.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Maserati Alfieri Roadster.

Bentley Falcon

After getting so much flak when the first design of its SUV came out, who knew that Bentley would eventually have more than 2,000 pre-orders for the vehicle.

But somehow, probably through sheer will and determination, interest in the soon-to-arrive Falcon SUV has picked up significantly as we head toward its launch at the start of 2016. This development should be music to the ears of Bentley execs who had to deal with the backlash the EXP 9 F Concept received when it first came out in 2012.

The negative publicity forced Bentley to quickly return to the drawing board to come up with a new design, or at least something that didn’t remind people of a design that the folks at Lego could’ve built.

With a new exterior and interior look that, according to Autocar, is more "Bentley-like," the Volkswagen Group board is hoping that this new design is going to catch on well with the public that the EXP 9 F just couldn’t do.

Interest appears to be strong with so many pre-orders of the Falcon, and if those numbers hold true, it could aid significantly in the company’s target of selling 15,000 units per year by 2018. It’s still has a ways to go, seeing as 2013 sales amounted to "just" 10,120 units, so you can imagine how much is riding on the Falcon SUV being a sales hit.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Bentley Falcon.

Source: AutoCar
Maserati Alfieri

Anybody who got hyped for the Maserati Alfieri Concept — the car we named the sexiest at Geneva during out first-ever podcast — at Geneva this week has more reason to be excited now, as the sports car could hit production sooner than later. Although it seemed more like a formality than anything else, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne’s comments to Reuters pretty much cemented what everyone who salivated over the Alfieri Concept has been hoping to hear. In the event that Maserati green lights production of the Alfieri, as we expect it to do, Marchionne already has a production timeline in mind.

"The platforms and motors are there," Marchionne said. "Technically, production could start in 24-28 months."

That’s two years from now, giving a lot of us enough time to fill up those piggy banks in anticipation for that time. But for those who can’t wait the two years, Maserati has an alternative and equally attractive model with a shorter timeline: the Levante SUV.

According to Marchionne, production of the Levante is set to commence next year at the company’s Mirafiori plant in northern Italy, meaning that it’s likely that the Levante will arrive in dealerships sooner than the production version of the Alfieri Concept.

It does stand to reason that Maserati’s aggressive lineup expansion is more than just lip service. The company is shoving all its chips on the table and for all of us, that’s a beautiful thing.

Click past the jump to read more about the Maserati Alfieri Concept.

Source: Reuters

We’ve known this for quite some time now through rumors and industry rumblings, but it was never confirmed until now; Land Rover will create a new sub-brand called the "Discovery" and launch the new lineup to fill this sub-brand starting in 2015. To put this into perspective, this is precisely what the maker has done with its Range Rover lineup: Range Rover Evoque , Range Rover Sport and Range Rover .

We didn’t receive any real details on what’s in store for the new Discovery lineup, as Land Rover only confirmed its plans. Figuring out part of the plans, however, is not too hard. The Discovery lineup is going to be the more laid-back of the Land Rover lines, and will include the baby Land Rover that we’ve caught testing before — the likely replacement for the LR2 — a replacement for the larger LR4, and finally an Evoque-sized or smaller compact crossover .

The new Discovery lineup will ride on the Range Rover’s aluminum chassis that is resized to fit each model.

So, this means that we will soon have the Range Rover luxury line and the Discovery leisure lineup, but that leaves a big gap in the utility segment. Don’t fret though, because we hear that Land Rover is planning to use the Defender name for the utility-style models in its revised lineup.

This not only simplifies the Land Rover lineup for buyers, as they can now pick a Land Rover that precisely suits their needs, but it also puts all of the other luxury SUV makers on notice that Land Rover has the guns locked and loaded, and it’s coming for blood this time...

My only fear is that Land Rover may dilute its brand a little too much by releasing too many models, but by breaking things up into smaller sub-brands, it may be able to avoid the confusion caused when automakers release too many of one type of vehicle.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for updates on this Land Rover shuffling.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Land Rover Baby Discovery.

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After what feels like years of leaks, prototypes and teasers, the all-new Audi TT is finally official. Today as we rolled into the beginning of the Geneva Auto Show , Audi pulled the wraps of its latest small coupe , and things are pretty much as we expected. Even our renders where nearly identical to the real production car.

The new car may be an all-new, third-generation model, but from the outside it appears to be little more than a refresh. Audi does have a long history of making new cars that look a lot like the old cars though.

The big news is the interior and the drivetrains. The cabin of the new TT previews the cleaner design with its simplified layout that will make its way through the entire Audi family over the next few years.

The engines in the TT have been replaced by the full line of updated powertrains from the Volkswagen group, including a new 2.0-liter TDI and a pair of gasoline-drinking 2.0 turbos. Power output between these engines ranges from 184 horsepower all the way up to 310 ponies.

Updated 03/24/2014: It looks like Audi decided that the new generation TT will have to wait for another year before arriving to the North American market. So customers interested will have to wait for the 2016 model year to get it.

Hit the jump to read more about the third generation Audi TT.

Audi Q7

Ever since the upper-management shakeup at Audi last year, details have been murky on when the new A4 sedan and Q7 SUV would make their debuts. Well, as Car & Driver reports, the two popular vehicles have been redirected back into development.

The A4 was originally on track for a debut later this year with its menacing new look, but Audi’s head of R&D, Wolfgang Dürheimer, was unexpectedly “moved to another position within the Volkswagen Volkswagen Group” for apparently ruffling too many feathers in the short 10 months he occupied the position. Now Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen ’s R&D former front man, fills the role. Hackenberg made the call to postpone the A4’s launch in order to rework its styling and fine tune its suspension and assistance systems to ensure everything meets Audi’s ever-increasing expectations. It appears the A4 is rescheduled for the summer of 2015 with a hybrid version coming as well.

An oddly similar story surrounds the Q7. Another Audi executive named Wolfgang — this time Wolfgang Egger, Audi’s chief designer — was canned and replaced by yet another Volkswagen employee, Marc Lichte. Now both new in their positions, Hackenberg and Lichte are reworking the Q7 at the design level. Car & Driver’s insider reports the new design will be softer and less aggressive than Egger’s original plans. This is the Q7’s second delay attributed to its exterior design. There’s no real word on when the Q7 will eventually see production, but at this rate, we’re expecting it to fly and cure cancer.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Audi A4 and Audi Q7.

Source: Car & Driver
Alfa Romeo Spider

We’ve already reported that Alfa Romeo is building a Spider version of its hotly-anticipated 4C Coupe , but the current rumblings in the rumor mill is the car will be powered by the Chrysler /Fiat 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder currently used in the Dodge Dart and Fiat 500 Abarth .

That engine produces a decent 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque in the Dart, and 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet in the 500 Abarth. Speculating that the Alfa Spider will want more gusto, count on a modest bump on both output numbers. Thankfully, that 1.4-liter will be mounted longitudinally for rear-drive duty and has a high probability of being mated to a manual transmission.

The rumors come way of Car & Driver, who report Alfa Romeo has partnered with Mazda in constructing the new convertible. It will likely keep much of its 4C roots, but will share many parts with its Japanese counterpart. It’s also said nearly all suspension components will be aluminum. Other weight-saving materials and techniques will be used to make the most of the four-banger.

What’s more, Alfa is said to be bringing the new Spider to the Geneva Motor Show going on March 4th and 5th with its body featuring a few cosmetic changes compared to the 4C. New, less alien-like headlights and new wheel designs are two of the prominent changes. Check back with TopSpeed for all the details.

Click past the jump to read more about the next Alfa Romeo Spider.

Source: CarAndDriver
Lotus Esprit

Lotus ’ on-again, off-again stance on the production of the since stalled Esprit V8 supercar has seen its fair share of fence-jumping.

But recently, a high-ranking Lotus executive brought new life to the Esprit V8, even if he stopped short of confirming that the company was going to build it.

Speaking to Motoring Australia during the recent launch of the 2014 Exige S Roadster, Lotus brand manager for Australia and New Zealand, Alastair Manihera, hinted that the company hasn’t completely abandoned the Esprit V8, or at least not to the extent that has been reported in the past.

"Contrary to popular belief the factory is keeping its options open," Manihera said, before adding that no timetable has been set on when or where the super car is going to be built.

While that’s far from a confirmation, Manihera did leave out the possibility of Lotus eventually building the supercar and that’s more than you can ask for given the spate of ever-changing directions the company has been having in the past few years.

What we do know is that there’s interest, both within Lotus and fans of the Esprit to see the supercar return for the first time since 2004. It’s no secret that the Esprit, specifically the concept version that was shown at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, has a future in the industry as a car that could be a nice alternative to more high-priced models out there.

So even if there’s still no commitment coming from Lotus regarding the fate of the Esprite V8, the mere fact that one executive is still optimistic about its chances is good enough for us to keep hoping and praying that the concept that wowed us in Paris back in 2010 will finally get to strut its stuff on the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the Lotus Esprit Supercar.

Source: Motoring

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