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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.

Audi RS4 Avant

Europe’s stringent emission laws have forced some shuffling deep within some of the continent’s biggest automakers, a lot of whom have had to make sacrifices on killing off their eight-cylinder engines in favor of settling for the six-cylinder variety. BMW and Mercedes are two such companies that have already taken to downgrading the powertrain for their performance vehicles and now, it appears that Audi is following suit.

Word from Car and Driver seems to indicate that the German company will be using turbocharged V-6 engines on its RS-branded lines, including the RS4 . No longer will the company’s sports line hitting production V-8, instead the focus will now center on those turbo V-6s, smaller in displacement but no less powerful once you add those turbochargers into the mix.

That’s looking like Audi’s plan for the RS4, which really is as much a return to its previous form than it is a downgrade of sorts. After all, as recent as 2001, the RS4 Avant packed a 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, so it’s not like Quattro GmbH is venturing into unchartered territory when it comes to marrying the two sides together.

The important thing for the RS4 is to not cheapen its value relative to the new BMW M4 and the redesigned M3 . It wouldn’t look too good for Audi if it cut power from its prized sports wagon, so you can still expect the vehicle to generate more than 400 horsepower.

Anything less would spell trouble for Audi given that its predecessor already had 450 ponies and other manufacturers have seemingly integrated those turbocharged V-6s into producing stout levels of output.

Only time will tell what Audi has in store for the RS4, but if those twin-turbo V-6s carry their weight, nobody’s going to be crying a river over the loss of those V-8s.

Note: Current Audi RS4 Avant pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi RS4.

Source: CarAndDriver

Any self-titled crazed car nut such as myself will tell you, there’s more to cars than just rubber and metal. No, it’s far deeper than that. It involves a certain level of passion and fanaticism not appreciated by the casual onlooker. No, some folks just have gasoline running through their veins and 5W-30 oil in their heads. It’s a disease, really.

Chrysler ’s SRT division seems to have hit the nail on the head with its latest commercial. It’s all about the brand being more than a brand; it’s about being a legend, making a statement, and having a certain attitude. It embodies the essence of being a car junkie and stirs the souls of gear heads everywhere.

Besides a well-made commercial featuring some of our favorite vehicles, the commercial indicates Chrysler’s intentions of heavily promoting SRT as its own brand or division. It all started with the Viper ’s rebirth in 2013. Moving from under the Dodge branch, the Viper seemingly created its own niche label. Conveniently, the Viper immediately had similarly-badged SRT friends ready to join the party. Although they still sport their own badging, the group of SRT vehicles includes the Dodge Charger and Challenger , the Chrysler 300 , and the famous Jeep Grand Cherokee – all with monstrous V-8s thundering underhood.

With SRT’s growth and increasing recognition, it wouldn’t be unlikely for the division to grow its lineup. Perhaps a slew of SRT4 models would be appropriate — ya know, sporting turbos with crazy boost numbers, manual transmissions and rear-wheel-drive. We already know SRT’s CEO Ralph Gilles has been hearing the SRT fan base screaming for an answer to the Subaru BRZ /Scion FR-S twins. Perhaps commercials like this are our first indication Gilles has something up his gasoline-soaked sleeve.

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Arash , the tiny car company based in Cambridge, England that brought us the AF-10, has released some more teaser images for a new car. The photos are very misleading and don’t do much to explain the car, but we have deciphered as much as we can.

We can see in one of the shots what is clearly a carbon-fiber steering wheel, and a set of three blurred lights in the background. A few shots later, we see the three lights in succession and that leads me to believe that it is an arrangement for selecting a gear, like what Aston Martin offers. They could also be buttons for things like traction control.

There is also a shot of what appears to be a taillight with some nice milled-aluminum metalwork around it. There are also shots of the dash, which indicates 200 mph, and a shot of what looks like a seat headrest. Both the dash and seat photo feature yellow stitching.

The two strangest photos are the “yellow” one and the photo with the “gear toothing.” Based on the yellow stitching, it makes sense that the exterior of the new Arash supercar will be yellow, so I think the “yellow” photo is a close up shot of the engine cover. There is a slight chance it could be part of the front bumper, but the reflections don’t work right for that.

The “gear tooth” photo stumps me 100-percent. The black material on the right looks like it could be from a speaker, and the bolt nubs on the left make it look like it could be a wheel design.

One thing we do know is that all the waiting will end on February 28, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about Arash’s previous supercar, the AF10.

Source: Arash
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Subaru Legacy

With the announcement of the new Subaru Legacy at the Chicago Auto Show , the plucky Japanese company surprised absolutely nobody. The new sedan was less attractive than its preview concept, and the old four-speed automatic has been dumped for the new CVT. So business as usual for the last several new cars to come from Subaru .

Almost every piece of the running gear has remained exactly the same in the transition to a new generation down to the engines and even the wheelbase. If you were expecting new engines, more power or the return of a turbocharged Legacy, you were left with nothing but disappointment. If you believe the team at Car and Driver though, that is all going to change in a few years.

According to C&D’s sources, the current 3.6-liter flat-six will be dumped for a smaller six-cylinder around the mid-cycle refresh. This new engine makes sense, as Subaru is already in the process of getting rid of its older engines for newer more fuel efficient ones, and the new flat-six will see use in the upcoming Outback replacement.

While a new six-cylinder would be nice, the big news is that the new 2.0-liter turbo FA engine found in the 2015 Subaru WRX will also make its way into the engine bay.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Subaru Legacy.

Source: CarAndDriver
Hyundai Genesis

We all know that Hyundai and Kia both have been making huge strides in both volume sales and luxury cars. The latter of the two have been compounded, thanks to the Equus and Genesis Sedan from Hyundai, and it looks the Korean automaker has set its sights on slightly higher-volume luxury models.

First on the docket is a new 3 Series /C-Class competitor; a small, luxurious and (relatively) affordable sedan. According to a report from Auto News, this compact, luxo-rig is codenamed the "RK" and it was softly confirmed when the CEO of Hyundai America said "I think it’s fair to say that within a couple of years there may be another premium nameplate."

Also mentioned was a subcompact crossover to compete with the Juke , Kia Soul and Encore . Hyundai’s CEO is a little concerned about entering too many segments, but is "intrigued" by the B-segment.

For now, there is nothing confirmed, but the 3 Series competitor looks to be a sure thing. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more details.

Click past the jump to read about one of Hyundai’s current luxury car, the Genesis.

Toyota Supra

That’s right. On February 10th, Toyota filed the name “Supra” with the United States Patent and Trademark office, all but spelling out the conformation the sports car is headed back into production. Although Toyota hasn’t admitted it yet, the FT-1 concept seen at the Detroit Auto Show will likely be the staring place for the upcoming Supra. Above is our artist’s rendering of what we expect to see adapted from the original concept.

The newly re-registered Supra name will find itself attached to a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car that is likely powered by two drivetrains: a turbocharged I-4 in the base model and a 2.5-liter V-6 sporting hybrid technology that generates some 400 horsepower.

The reviving of the Supra represents Toyota’s return into the sports car category — a field it hasn’t played in since the Celica and MR2 last saw production in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

There is no official word on when (or technically if) the Supra will make its debut. Pricing is still undetermined, but expect it to fall just above the Scion FR-S ’s $25,000 base MSRP.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Toyota Supra.

Dodge Demon Roadster Concept

Note: Dodge Demon Concept Pictured Here.

Chrysler ’s SRT is an undeniably hot division within the Pentastar, but it seems the loyal fans are wanting more. Ralph Gilles, the brand’s CEO, let loose of some interesting information during a recent interview with AutoGuide. Gilles says SRT is receiving tremendous feedback about the brand’s need to build a competitor to the Subaru BRZ /Scion FR-S twins.

“I’m happy to see that a lot of our fans want that,” Gilles says. “They ask us about that a lot.” Whether or not SRT SRT will move forward with such plans is still unknown — and Ralph wasn’t saying much past acknowledging the hole in the vehicle lineup and the roaring customer demand.

Chrysler’s last major stab at building a small, affordable sport car was in 2007 with the Demon concept (pictured above). It was powered by a 2.4-liter in-line-four that made around 170 horsepower. The car never made production due partially to the “Great Recession” and Chrysler’s need for public assistance. However, times have changed and the possibilities for a new SRT-exclusive product are greater than ever.

Even if SRT wasn’t able to materialize a small, front-engine, rear-drive car of its own, it still has a few options with modifying existing cars in Chrysler’s portfolio; namely the Dodge Dart . Rumors have swirled about the Dart getting its own SRT4 makeover since its launch in 2012, with some suggesting it will sport as much as 300 horsepower.

“The community goes deep,” Gilles says about owners of past SRT4 models. “[They] still care about what we’re up to.” We suspect the SRT team may have something fun up their high-performance sleeves.

Click past the jump to read more about Subaru BRZ.

Source: Autoguide
Toyota Tundra

Note: Current generation pictured here.

It appears Toyota will be the next automaker to adopt diesel technology into its full-size truck segment. According to WardsAuto, the Tundra will be getting a V-8 diesel powerplant when its next generation debuts in 2016. What’s more, word has it Tundra’s new oil-burner will be supplied by famed diesel builder, Cummins. And not just any Cummins at that…

It will be a version of the same 5.0-liter V-8 turbodiesel that rival truck-builder Nissan has slotted to power its next-generation Titan set to debut next year. Not only is this huge news for Tundra fans, it represents uncharted territory in diesel engine sharing on the light-duty level. Truck buyers are a fiercely loyal bunch, so it will be interesting to see where exactly loyalties fall — with the truck- or engine-builder.

There’s no official word on how the Tundra’s diesel will compare to the Titan’s, which is said to be rated at “more than” 300 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The only sure thing is the certainty of some very intense engineering meetings between the three companies.

The overriding reason diesels are catching headlines these days is the need for automakers to meet the impending CAFÉ standards that are tightening up on corporate average mpg ratings. The target: a company average of 54.5 mpg by 2025. Nissan and Toyota aren’t the first to go diesel. Ram , in fact, already has their 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel currently on sale in the U.S. Rated at 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the EcoDiesel Ram 1500 achieves a class-leading 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Toyota Tundra.

Source: WardsAuto
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The French automakers have a knack for creating some of the visually unique and interesting cars on the market. If you don’t believe that, take on look at the new KWID Concept from Renault . An exterior that looks like an angry, off-road hatchback is painted a hue of steel and covered in bright sunshine yellow accents. It has an interior that appears to be built by stretching massive rubber bands across the inside. It also comes with a remote controlled quad-copter.

Who the hell thinks of this stuff?

The quirky concept is design to shoot cupid’s arrow straight through the heart of the young and tech-savvy buyer. It is loaded with high tech wizardry, and even features a tablet computer built into the dash.

The KWID is aimed squarely at developing markets like India where new car buyers tend to be far younger than in other more developed car-buying nations.

Continue reading to find out more about this chunk of French madness.


According to new from Autoweek, it appears Mazda has a new RX-7 in the works with plans to power it with the famous Wankel-type rotary engine. Although it’s not fully signed off on yet, the Japanese automaker is working on the preliminary designs as you read this.

The overall design seems to hinge on one major aspect: lightweight. It is said the new RX-7 will share its platform and underpinnings with the all-new MX-5 set to debut at next year’s Chicago Auto Show. With a targeted curb weight of only 2,400 pounds, the MX-5 will be a featherweight. Comparatively, the RX-7 is said to be slightly larger, yet only weighing 2,800 pounds.

Rumors surrounding the powertrain reveal some uncertainty within Mazda’s engineering department. It’s unclear if a twin- or triple-rotor setup will be used, but according to one source, it’s likely to remain a twin-rotor setup. Displacement is said to be roughly 600cc per rotor, making the twin-rotor design a 1.2-liter engine. Targeted output levels are said to be 250 horsepower.

It appears Mazda has penciled the RX-7 for a 2015 or 2016 launch date with an expected price of around $30,000. That price lands the RX-7 smack between the more expensive Porsche Cayman and the less expensive Subaru BRZ /Scion FR-S twins.

An interesting tid-bit of notoriety: Mazda’s chief designer is Ikuo Maeda, the son of the original RX-7’s designer. Though his family blood runs through the car, he says it will not be a retro design, nor will it feature too many of Mazda’s current design language.

Click past the jump to read the history of the Mazda RX-7.

Source: Autoweek

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