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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.

On April 20, 2006, the world of super-light, street legal race cars became a lot richer. It was the day when the Caparo T1 was unveiled at the Top Marques auto show in Monaco. Developed by Ben Scott-Geddes and Graham Halstead, two engineers formerly involved in the creation of the McLaren F1 , the T1 was designed as a lightweight race car for the road and track. Tipping the scales at only 1,040 pounds, the Caparo, which blended styling cues specific to racing prototypes and Formula One cars, was bolted on a carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis, and fitted with a 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine. Generating as much as 575 horsepower at 10,500 rpm, the mill gave the T1 a power-to-weight ratio of 1,223 ponies per tonne, a figure that not even the most expensive production supercars can’t match. Performance figures are equally impressive. The incredibly light T1 needs 2.5 seconds to accelerate from naught to 60 mph and reaches a top speed of 205 mph. In 2014, eight years since its inception, Caparo is developing the T1 Evolution — a revised version meant to push T1 even further.

Details are scant as of August 2014, but Caparo has already opened the order books for the T1 Evolution. The Brits promise significant updates for the supercar, including revised aerodynamics and engines, as well as a redesigned and modern body.

Click past the jump to read more about the Caparo T1 Evolution.

Source: Caparo T1

Bentley has been working on its upcoming SUV in increasingly public places, and this time, our spy photographers have captured the beast nearly void of heavy camouflage. Sure, the cladding this still there, but we certainly have a better idea of what to expect.

The Bentley SUV was caught in Southern Europe apparently hot-weather testing under fully loaded conditions. Check out how low the SUV sits sunken down. Perhaps Bentley engineers are testing its brakes and cooling capabilities on that twisty European road. Or maybe the SUV is tucking those large rims, thanks to an air suspension system designed to make the top-heavy truck perform like a Continental GT .

While Bentley has announced it’s bringing an SUV to market, its name has yet made its debut. Most speculation centers on the name “Falcon,” but other possibilities exist. We do know the Bentley SUV will share its platform with the Audi Q7 , the new Volkswagen Touareg , and the next-generation Porsche Cayenne . Also for sure is Bentley’s goal of a 200-plus mph SUV.

Getting such a vehicle up to 200 mph will require plenty of grunt, meaning either a twin-turbocharged V-8 or a massive W-12 engine. It’s likely both will be offered, with the V-8 being the standard mill and the W-12 the costlier engine upgrade.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Bentley SUV.

Launched in 1998, the Audi TT had to wait for its second-generation model to arrive before receiving a true high-performance version. In 2009, three years after the TT Mk2’s introduction, Audi showcased the TT-RS , a beefed-up model, available in both coupe and roadster guises, that climbed atop the existing quattro Sport and the TTS in the TT range. The company’s first compact RS was powered by the legendary, 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine that produced 335 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of twist. Visually, the first-gen TT-RS benefited from revised styling, a lowered ride height, larger wheels, and improved braking system. Interior highlights included Recaro bucket seats and enough leather and Alcantara to add a luxurious feel to the sporty compact. The TT-RS came to the United States in the 2012 model year, when the Plus model was launched. Fitted with an uprated version of the 2.5-liter turbo-five, the TT-RS now has a cool 355 ponies and 343 pound-feet on tap. Coming into 2014, Audi has unveiled the third-generation TT and began testing the second-gen TT-RS.

As the upcoming TT won’t cross the Pond to the U.S. until 2015 for the 2016 model year, the TT-RS won’t become available until 2017. Of course, we’ll be able to have a look at the high-performance, two-door when Audi unveils it to the European market. Meanwhile, we’ll just have to settle for the spy shots and videos coming from different locations.

Note: standard Audi TT pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi TT-RS.

Much like the Mini Cooper , the Fiat 500 evolved from a tiny economy car into a full lineup of vehicles incorporating various body styles and engines. Crossover -like four-doors, sporty two-doors, and fuel-sipping diesels are some of the versions Mini enthusiasts did not see coming half a century ago. Same goes for Fiat , which is about to unveil the 500X , a small crossover aimed at the Mini Countryman and the Nissan Juke . More specifically, the 500X is the Italian version of the 2015 Renegade, Jeep’s smallest vehicle yet.

Built on the same platform as its American brother — yes, we know the Renegade is actually assembled in Italy — the 500X replaces the Fiat Sedici in Europe and joins a lineup that includes the 500 hatch, 500C, 500L, the peppy 500 Abarth , and the all-electric 500E. Based on a concept vehicle shown in 2012, the 500X is expected to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and cross the pond to North America for the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Until then, let’s have a look at the latest batch of spy shots we received in our inbox.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500X.

There’s been a lot of commotion around Ferrari ’s decision to turbocharge the California , one that created a new breach into the company’s naturally aspirated habits. If you’re among those that got a little upset over the forced induction treatment received by the California, despite huge torque gains, then you’d better buckle up because the Italians are planning yet another switch.

According to CAR, who got its ears on some precious info circulating around Maranello, the 458 Italia is the next Ferrari to benefit from turbocharging. Specifically, Ferrari engineers are no longer looking to squeeze more power from the familiar 4.5-liter V-8 unit, but replace it altogether with the 3.8-liter powerplant that debuted in the California T . Of course, the mid-engined Prancing Horse will receive more than just the 560 ponies powering the latter.

Word has it the next 458 Italia - reportedly dubbed the M458-T — will pack as much as 670 bhp (680 horsepower), meaning the Italians are trying to regain the precious crown they lost right after McLaren unleashed the staggering 650S . Since adding more than 100 ponies to twin-turbo powerplant via boost pressure shouldn’t be a problem for the sharp-witted folks at Maranello, we expect the upgraded sports car to be a lot faster than the current model, with the 0-to-60 benchmark to drop from 3.4 seconds to the high two-second area.

The M458-T will also benefit from the company’s latest developments in terms of technology, CAR adds without revealing any specific details, but expect some fuel-saving and turbo lag-eliminating tricks.

Scheduled to break cover in 2015, the turbocharged 458 must be undergoing extensive testing as we speak. With that in mind, it’s very likely that the mule our spy photographers spotted earlier this year had a force-inducing unit under its rear glass. Hopefully, we’ll find out more about that soon enough.

Updated 08/26/2014: A fresh set of spy photos of the Ferrari M458-T have made their way into our inbox. Check them out by clicking on the gallery! The M458-T is expected to be unveiled in March 2015 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ferrari M458-T.

Source: CAR

With less than 50 units still available as of 8/6/2014, the first-generation Bugatti Veyron is quickly nearing its market exit, and the luxury supercar manufacturer is obviously up to something. The Volkswagen -owned company has yet to reveal a timetable for a direct successor or any other details — although Bugatti CEO did say the next Veyron will be more powerful — but reports claim that the new hypercar appears to be set for a 2017 release.

And with a pair of strange-looking, current-generation Veyrons spotted on the Nurburgring track, we have every reason to believe that Bugatti is indeed working on something new, be it a brand new iteration or yet another special edition.

Anyway, our skilled photographers sent us a batch of photos depicting two Veyron mules being tested on the German track and a few details that hint toward the fact that we’re not dealing with regular versions of the said supercars . While the white mule, which we’ve already seen on video , carries a strange aluminum setup atop its engine, the black test vehicle features more extensive modification.

According to our spies, the latter sports wider fenders and a wider track, while rolling on a new set of wheels that look like they’re made out of carbon fiber. Also, an extra hole in the rear bumper reveals there’s a new radiator in place to help cool the huge engine hidden under the hood.

Little else is known about the next Veyron as of 8/6/2014, but more power, less weight and hybrid technology are the main characteristics behind Bugatti’s future multimillion dollar exotic.

Updated 08/06/2014: According to the British magazine Autocar, the future Veyron successor will be powered by a heavily updated, turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine combined with hybrid technology for a total output of 1,479 horsepower. This will allow the supercar to hit a top speed of 286 mph. The car is already in the initial conceptual engineering tests and will be unveiled in 2016. Deliveries will begin in 2017.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Successor.

Mercedes’ AMG division has been a good source of performance variants for a lot of the company’s models. But recent moves by Audi and BMW into the niche between their base models and performance variants has Mercedes thinking of expanding AMG’s role within the company. Autocar is reporting that the German automaker wants to build a range of AMG Sport vehicles, to complement the C450 AMG Sport that we caught testing earlier in 2014.

In line with what we assume we’ll see from the C450 AMG Sport, expect this new line of AMG Sport models to features steady doses of exterior and interior upgrades to go with improved performance numbers. The company has made no bones about its desire to keep pace with both Audi and BMW and this is one avenue that Mercedes is keen on exploring.

This extended AMG range will feature models based on the Mercedes A-Class , C-Class , E-Class , and S-Class models, on top of sprouting new variants from the Mercedes SUVs like the GL-Class, M-Class , GLK-Class , and GLA Class . At least that’s the plan. Execution will likely be a bit trickier.

One of Mercedes’ most important objectives with this expansion is to create models that are unique from their standard variations, but do not encroach on their respective AMG models. This translates to modified chassis, new electronics, light engine tuning and AMG-inspired body kits on AMG Sport models. Additionally, these AMG Sport models may be available in gasoline or diesel versions, similar to the approach Audi and BMW have used in expanding their S and M Performance lineups, respectively.

The first two offerings from this new range appear to be the Mercedes C450 AMG Sport and M-Class AMG Sport Coupe. The latter is under development, although a launch isn’t expected until next year.

Click past the jump to read more about 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport.

Source: AutoCar
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An exciting M Performance Edition of the new BMW X4 is headed our way for the 2016 model year. Likely to be named the X4 M40i, and expected to offer an increase of at least 60 horsepower, courtesy of an official, M-branded S55 engine, along with suspension, brake, and styling tweaks, the M Performance upgrade will elevate an already sporty driving experience to an even higher level.

The M Performance package is already a smashing hit with the new 2 Series, and if the exciting ,new M235i — acclaimed by many to be the best-driving BMW in a decade — is any indication of just how fun to drive these tweaked models are, expect nothing less from the M Performance upgrade slated for the 2016 BMW X4.

The new BMW X4 is basically a trendy, four-door-coupe version of the hot-selling X3 crossover. Touted as a "Sports Activity Coupe," this design somewhat limits headroom and overall interior space, but the flip-side of this compromise is a much sleeker design.

Good looks and additional street presence are justifiable price premiums, and BMW wants $6,000 more than the base price of an X3 for the sharper-looking design. Based on the X6’s success, which is a similar coupe-like approach based on the X5 , we see no reason why fanatics won’t be lining up to purchase X4s in droves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW X4 M40i.

Now that the third-generation Audi TT — due 2016 in the United States — has been unveiled, the Germans are busy working on more powerful iterations of the small coupe. The TTS, which shares a 310-pony, 2.0-liter turbo with the Audi S3 , is already underway with Nurburgring testing having commenced in May 2014. Now, Audi is upping the ante with the range-topping TT-RS model, which showed up on the "Green Hell" wearing a TTS disguise.

How can we tell this is a TT-RS mule and not the TTS we saw earlier in 2014? Well, that’s quite simple. The main clue is that the coupe’s exhaust note indicates the presence of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine under the hood. The super-powerful five-pot is reserved for vehicles such as the TT-RS and the RS3 , while the Audi TTS, whose body was bolted onto the mule’s chassis, is motivated by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-banger.

Yes, the next-generation TT-RS gets to keep its five-cylinder engine, but not without the mandatory upgrades that come with each new iteration. Expect output to increase to around 375 horsepower, 20 ponies more than the previous model, and 0-to-60 mph times to drop to four seconds, if not 3.9. Routing the power to all four wheels will be the same seven-speed, twin-clutch transmission. We figure fuel consumption will remain unchanged due to updated internals and a slightly lighter vehicle. The previous TT-RS returned 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, so expect to get the same deal.

Drivetrain aside, the TT-RS is also in for a redesigned body and interior, in line with the new-generation TT. The high-performance coupe will be unveiled by the of 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year. In the meantime, hit play to watch the TT-RS lap the Nurburgring track for the first time.

Honda introduced the CR-V in 1995. The crossover was based on the Honda Civic and came with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Built until 2001, the first-gen CR-V came to the United States in 1997 and had a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine rated at 126 horsepower. A 1999 facelift saw power increase to 147 ponies, as Honda responded to criticism that the crossover was underpowered. The second-gen model arrived in 2001 with extensive visual and technology upgrades. Three new engines were introduced, including a 2.4-liter inline-four. The CR-V was redesigned yet again for the 2007 model year, when production of the crossover began at the company’s new East Liberty, Ohio plant. The fourth-gen CR-V debuted at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale for 2012. In 2014, the vehicle is powered by a 2.4-liter, four-banger producing 185 horsepower and 163 pound-feet of torque. As we move into 2015, the current CR-V is getting ready to receive a facelift, which will arrive in dealerships for the 2016 model year.

Revised front and rear fascia, an updated interior and an enhanced engine are the main feats surrounding this mid-cycle upgrade.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Honda CR-V.


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