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future cars

  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.

Mercedes-Benz has released yet another teaser for the upcoming AMG GT . Nothing new here, as the Germans have been doing that for quite a few months, but this new video confirms the sports car will make its world premiere on September 9th, 2014. Other than that, the footage showcases the development of the AMG GT, which took 32 months of engineering and testing in no less than 15 countries. Impressive!

What’s more, the video confirms that the sports car will be available with two outputs at launch. The base model will benefit from 455 horsepower, while the range-topping model will come with 503 ponies on tap. Yes, I know the video above says "462 to 510 hp output," but like so many European brands, Mercedes is incorrectly interchanging PS and U.S. horsepower. Naturally, both will be powered by the all-new, turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8.

A spiritual successor to the SLS AMG , the AMG GT is aimed at the likes of the Porsche 911 . Smaller than its predecessor, the AMG GT will also be much lighter, due to extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber. Styling-wise, it is known the AMG GT will mirror the SLS with its Coke-bottle design. Teaser videos and spy shots hint toward a sleek and wide body, with a curved rear end inspired by the iconic 300SL Gullwing. Speaking of which, Mercedes has decided to drop the gullwing doors for the AMG GT, the only major departure from the mighty SLS.

The jet-inspired cockpit will feature acres of leather and soft-touch materials, alongside plenty of aluminum and carbon-fiber inserts. As with most Mercs, the AMG GT will be packed with convenience and safety features. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for the full details as we approach the official launch date.

The second-generation BMW X6 M has been spotted testing on public roads since February 2014. Fast-forward to August 2014, the beefed-up crossover is already stretching its wide wheels on the famed Nurburgring track. And the camouflage keeps disappearing off its muscular body, as revealed by a new batch of spy shots we just received in our inbox.

It took BMW only a few days to ditch some of the swirly wrap that’s hiding the high-performance crossover from our eyes. While the black prototype that was pushing it hard on the "Green Hell" earlier this month had its side skirts and rear end hidden under a thick layer of camo, the red-painted example our paparazzi spotted in Germany wears a more casual dress.

The redesigned side skirts are now in plain sight, while the revised rear fenders and the tailgate are no longer obscured. Sure, there’s plenty of camouflage BMW needs to peel off the X6 M, but for the meantime we’re grateful we can squint our eyes a lot less to catch the little details making this crossover special.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW X6 M

Things are looking rather grim for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution , as the automaker says 2015 will be the Evo’s last year in production. Though it is sad to see it go, Mitsubishi is giving the cult-classic rally car a proper send-off, though, with extra horsepower and other performance goodies bundled in a ‘Super Action Model.’

A report from Automotive News says the Evo MR trim will bite the dust in December, followed by the GSR further into 2015. Mitsubishi will also stop carrying the Recaro racing seats, but there’s no word on when exactly that will happen. It’s said that between 2,000 and 2,500 Evos are scheduled for production for the 2015 model year.

Things aren’t all bad new for Evo fans. Mitsubishi is adding a few features to the car for its last year, including a new Premium Package that comes with HID headlights, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, the FAST-key entry system, heated leather seats, sunroof, a new gloss-black front console box, and extra sound deadening. The MR Model is getting that same sound system and keyless entry package, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic windshield wipers, automatic headlights, the gloss-black center console, and a few exterior color-keyed pieces. All Evos get revised side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The Lancer Evolution’s death makes way for a redesigned Lancer sedan for the 2016 model year. It is possible the rally-ready Evolution trim could make a comeback, but Mitsu is remaining mum on the topic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

As is the norm with modern car production, slowly but surely we are eking out the details of an upcoming model, thanks to a collection of leaks and spy shots. The latest prey for our spy shooters lenses is the all-new 2016 BMW 7 Series . Every time we have seen this car before it has been under some very heavy camo, but now we at least have a pretty clear picture of the new headlamp treatment.

And to be honest, they look like they were swiped straight from the sexy new i8 .

It may not seem like that big of a reveal to some, but by seeing that the headlamps are following the new, and much more modern look of the i Series cars, BMW could be hinting that the new body style will be even more modern as well. I, for one, wouldn’t be upset to see a new and more exciting design direction for BMW’s standard model line.

Other than the new headlamps, there is precious little to gain from these photos. The car is still covered stem to stern in a disorienting wrap that goes so far as to even cover the rear-seat windows. We still even have the ugly aftermarket round rear lights instead of proper taillamps. Make no mistake; this car is still deep in the testing and refinement stage.

As always, keep your eyes locked here at TopSpeed.com and we will be sure to hand over every detail on BMW’s upcoming luxo-barge as we get them.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 7 Series

Porsche was quite the busy bee in 2014. The brand-new Macan crossover was launched in the second quarter of the year, while a facelifted Cayenne surfaced a few months later. Additionally, Porsche is testing several updated sports cars , including the Boxster/Cayman duo, the 911 convertible and the upcoming GT3 RS . More recently, Porsche also brought the Cayenne GTS to the Nurburgring , signaling that its facelifted SUV lineup will soon include another member.

While the Germans unveiled the revamped Cayenne in July 2014, there was no word on the mid-level GTS and the range-topping Turbo S. The latter is still a well-guarded secret as of August 2014 — though we know we’ll get one at some point — but it seems development of the former is well underway with a prototype spotted trotting around the Nurburgring.

Details are slim as of this writing, but the video reveals Porsche has slapped a new set of bumpers on the GTS, along with the revised headlamps and taillights already seen on the 2015 Cayenne. A new exhaust system is present on the prototype as well, but the big news lies under the SUV’s hood. By the sound of it, the GTS is no longer motivated by the naturally aspirated, 4.8-liter V-8 that we all know and love. The Cayenne S has already ditched the large unit in favor of a twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6, and it appears the GTS did the same thing.

The unit delivers 420 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque in the Cayenne S, so it’s only natural to expect some extra oomph from the GTS-spec V-6. As usual, the SUV will include a tweaked suspension and interior upgrades.

We already know everything there is to know about the second-generation BMW X6 , which was recently launched for the 2015 model year, but its high-performance version, the X6 M, is still somewhat of a mystery. What we do know about it, though, is that the Germans have been testing prototypes since early 2014. Now that yet another test vehicle has surfaced, this time around on the Nurburgring track, we know for a fact that development is well underway.

How do we know we’re looking at the upcoming X6 M? Well, that’s very simple, despite the fact that the SUV is still wearing a serious amount of camouflage. The first hint lies in the front bumper, where a couple of large air intakes can be spotted. Then there’s the rear diffuser, which isn’t available on the standard X6, and the redesigned, more aggressive side skirts. If you still have doubts, then the hostile exhaust note coming with the video above should convince you.

Speaking of which, the X6 M will retain the turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 currently residing under its hood. The unit is now rated at 547 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but it’s unlike for BMW to let those numbers untouched. Expect output to increase to around 560 ponies to keep up with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S .

Alongside an upgraded engine, the second-generation X6 M is also in for a revised aerodynamic body kit, the updated headlamps and taillights of the 2015 X6, and a revised interior with updated technology and new trims. The unveiling is expected to take place by the end of 2014.

Our spy photographers have again caught Porsche testing the upcoming 911 Convertible , though this time things look a little more production-ready. As evidenced by the lack of major camouflaging, this test mule may actually be closer to a pre-production unit. What’s more, it’s painted a grey metallic color rather than Porsche’s always-black early test beds.

The lack of heavy camo and a lighter paint color affords us our best look yet at the new 911 . Reshaped door handles, a more throwback style on the engine cover, and the conformation of air ducts aft of the rear tires are the three biggest fresh updates. These changes join other reshapings we’ve already seen, including a new front bumper with its active air ducts, new parking lights, and new LED taillights.

Since this is likely a few steps away from being production ready, we wouldn’t be surprised to find the new Porsche parked at the LA Auto Show come November. In that case, the new 911 will likely be slotted for release in the 2016 model year.

Also unconfirmed but harder to prove is the theory Porsche will use turbocharging on all its Boxer engines across the board. This would help the German automaker reduce emissions and while still making appropriate power. Also likely is a smaller, six-cylinder, turbo engine for the 911, along with a four-cylinder turbo for the Boxster and Cayman cars coming in the near future.

Lastly, rumors suggest Porsche will codename this 2016 911 the 992 rather than 991.2, as previously thought by some. Rumors are rumors though, so we’ll have to wait for Porsche to make an official move before we know anything solid.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Convertible

Aston Martin may have a savior knocking on its door, as Daimler is considering purchasing the flailing British automaker. Though it already owns a five percent stake in Aston Martin, reports suggest a 50/50 probability Daimler may purchase the remaining percentage of Aston Martin.

Aston Martin would be yet another feather in Daimler’s hat, joining Mercedes-Benz , Smart , Maybach , Freightliner , and Thomas Built Buses. The two automakers are currently in a partnership that gives Aston Martin some needed engineering help and technological innovations for its upcoming products. Since that partnership is just a year old, little Daimler influence is seen in Aston’s current vehicle lineup. However, that’s all going to change with both automakers’ next generation of cars.

If the deal goes through, we can expect to see plenty of Mercedes and AMG tech infiltrate Aston’s product portfolio, such as replacements for the aging VH platform, and the outdated V-8 and V-12 engines. It’s unlikely that the two automakers’ design departments will share notes, so we can expect Mercedes and Aston Martin to keep their looks to themselves.

Daimler is also in deliberating on purchasing a controlling share of the Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta . This comes on the heels of Audi buying up the famed motorcycle brand Ducati , which had previously worked with AMG. The new acquisition of MV Agusta would put Daimler back on track to compete more squarely with Audi in that respect.

Neither one of Daimler’s deals are official yet, but things are looking pretty good. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any developing information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Daimler-Aston Martin partnership

Audi has announced it will be adopting a 48-volt electrical system in its vehicles starting in the near future. The new high-power electrical system is said to give engineers the ability to make sportier, more efficient, and more convenient cars.

“We are using the full bandwidth of electrification in our drive principles strategy,” says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenbert, a Member of the Board of Management for Technical Devel Devel opment at Audi. “Running part of the vehicle electrical system at 48 volts plays a central role in this. It enables us to make more energy available.”

We’ve already seen two examples of Audi vehicles with the 48-volt system; the RS5 TDI and A6 TDI concepts. Both cars are fitted with an electrically powered compressor that gives extra boost to the engine, helping eliminate turbo lag. The compressor is a separate system than the engine, so there is no parasitic loss.

Boosting power won’t be the only benefit. Audi says the upgraded electrical system will help boost advancements in dynamic chassis control systems.

The 48-volt system will even work while the main engine is powered off. A small bank of lithium-ion batteries will supply the juice. A DC/DC converter then integrates the standard, 12-volt electrical system. What’s more, the battery pack also works in conjunction with a new efficiency-optimized alternator, basically turning the vehicle into a mild hybrid system.

Audi says the new system can save owners 0.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers, or roughly 0.105 gallons over 62 miles.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi RS5 TDI Concept

This partnership between Azfal Kahn and Ant Anstead just might be on to something. The collaboration between these two industry savants has paved the way for the creation of two new models, one of which is the Ant-Kahn Flying Huntsman. Unlike the Evanta Barchetta , the Flying Huntsman is based on an actual vehicle that Kahn Design knows a great deal about: the Land Rover Defender . But this isn’t just a simple tuning project for the Defender. The Flying Huntsman is being prepared as a completely new model that will have a more aesthetically pleasing identity than the utilitarian looks of the Defender.

The Flying Huntsman will carry a "long-nose" front section, which essentially means that it’s going to be a little longer than the standard Defender, thanks to the extra 400 mm (15.7 inches) of bodywork attached into the nose. That makes the Flying Huntsman look more sophisticated and dare I say, more aesthetically balanced than anything we’ve seen from the Defender.

Under its hood, the Flying Huntsman is powered by a GM -sourced, 6.2-liter, V-8, LS3 engine that produces 550 horsepower — far and away more powerful than anything a standard Defender was capable of.

The Ant-Kahn Flying Huntsman is still in its development stages so there should be more details about this vehicle once the first prototype is completed. The early information, though, has been pretty impressive.

Updated 8/27/2014: Ant-Kahn has released another image of the upcoming Flying Huntsman, this time wearing a more traditional paint job. Check it out above.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ant-Kahn Flying Huntsman.


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