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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.

If you thought the new era of F1 with small, hybrid, turbocharged cars was a bad idea, listen up. Not only have Mercedes and Audi revealed new engines and cars that are using an electrified turbo system similar in function to the new F1 cars, Ferrari has jumped into the mix now too. According to a new report from 4 Wheel News, Ferrari is working on a new engine that features both a supercharger and an electronic turbo.

Now if you are a Ferrari purist, please put down the gun/torch/big stick and listen. The report clearly states that Ferrari’s high-end, V-12 cars will remain, and that the V-12 engines powering them will also remain naturally aspirated.

The supercharger will help provide lots of power with a small footprint, and the instant torque and boost from the electric turbocharger will reduce lag in the forced-induction system and help cut emissions and increase fuel economy.

We don’t have any information on what size or configuration the engine will come in, but considering the main goal of this engine is to cut emissions, I wouldn’t be surprised to see smaller V-8. A de-bored version of the California T’s 3.8-liter down to 3.6-liter wouldn’t be improbable. Ferrari could also go for a V-6 configuration. Whatever it chooses, expect power outputs to still be well above the 500-horsepower mark.

It is still a Ferrari after all.

Click past the jump to read more about Ferrari’s future supercharged engine.

Source: 4wheelsnews
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At the 2013 Auto Shanghai, Mercedes unveiled the GLA Concept — the initial preview for the company’s fifth SUV. Just a few months after, the production GLA will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

The production GLA-Class is built on the same front-wheel-drive architecture that features transversely mounted engines as the new-generation A-Class and B-Class . From the A-Class, the new GLA also borrows its engine lineup, but U.S. customers will only have one variant, the GLA250, which is offered in standard front-wheel drive and optional 4MATIC.

On the U.S. market, the model will be put on sale in the fall of 2014.

Updated 08/14/2013: The production Mercedes GLA will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but Mercedes just released the first official details on the production version GLA.

Updated 07/29/2014: Mercedes announced that the all-new GLA-Class will be put on sale at a starting price of $32,225, while when equipped with the 4MATIC system, the price will raise to $34,225.

Hit the jump to read more about the production version Mercedes GLA-Class.

The Bentley Continental GT3-R made a lot of noise when it debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014. But as it turns out, Bentley is looking at the possibility of an even more powerful Continental in the future. Yes, more powerful than the 572-horsepower GT3-R.

Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke spoke to Autocar about the incredible demand generated by the Continental GT3-R. The company only released 300 units of the model and according to Donckerwolke, all 300 have been accounted for. It’s this incredible demand surrounding the GT3-R that leads Bentley to keep the door of a more extreme version of the sports car .

Donckerwolke also pointed out the incredible opportunity Bentley has in connecting to a younger market that might have become used to identifying the company as a luxury adult brand.

A car like the GT3-R showed that Bentley still has the chops to build models that celebrate its successful history in motorsports . But with a more powerful model, it can open itself up to establishing an identity with younger generations of buyers more like the one that surrounds Porsche and Aston martin .

Donckerwolke didn’t specifically divulge any details behind this potential British rocket, but we do know that the Continental GT3-R has set the bar on how fast and powerful the Continental can be. If a more powerful Continental GT3-R is in the works, anything less than 600 horsepower would be a disappointment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

Source: AutoCar

It seems development for the upcoming Cadillac ATS V is moving along nicely. The 3 Series fighter was just recently seen viciously attacking the Nürburgring’s corners and hills. Though this ATS mule is still wearing its swirly white camouflage wrap, it seems the car is pretty well sorted.

While Cadillac has yet to announce anything official, it’s very likely the twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V-6 will be the V’s motivating force. That’s the same powerplant currently found in the larger CTS Vsport. In that application, the boosted V-6 makes a respectable 420 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, however, it’s possible Cadillac will crank up the wick, reaching closer to 450 horses and 450 pound-feet. Remember, this will be the top-dog V trim, a direct rival with the BMW M3 .

The CTS Vsport’s eight-speed automatic transmission is also likely to make the jump to the ATS-V. A manual-shift mode with paddle shifters will keep the driving excitement, while the quad exhaust reminds the driver of the two turbochargers spooling under the hood.

The video includes some pretty great action sequences, including some rally-like airtime over the Nürburgring’s Flugplatz, or ‘flight place’ section, at the 47-second mark. An uninterrupted sound bite of the V-6 occurs just 10 seconds into the video, as the ATS ATS -V casually accelerates up a driveway at low rpms. Other instances throughout the short video demonstrate the V-6’s screaming abilities.

The Cadillac ATS-V is due out for the 2016 model year and will likely make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show happening in November 2014. Expect to pay around $55,000 for the M3 fighter.

The line between cars and motorcycles is getting thinner every day. Morgan’s Three Wheeler is open topped and uses the majority of bike’s powertrain for proulsion. Track day toys like the Ariel Atom promise the same type of acceleration as superbikes, and KTM , a motorcycle company, even builds a competitor to the Atom called the X-Bow . On the motorcycle side Can-Am has the Spyder , which is essentially a reversed trike. For 2015 we can add one more name to the list of motorcycle-car `tweeners: the Polaris Slingshot . The Slingshot features a design similar to the X-Bow, complete with a side-by-side seating arrangement, but it brings in the three-wheel layout of the Can-Am and Morgan.

Propulsion comes from a 2.4-liter, Ecotec four-cylinder sourced from General Motors that sends 173 ponies to the pavement. Yes, it’s time to yell "at least!" The Morgan 3-Wheeler is finally getting a competitor that can be acquired on U.S. soil without having to worry about import taxes and other headache-inducing duties.

Update 7/28/2014: Polaris has officially unveiled the long-awaited Slingshot. Read more after the jump

Click past the jump to read a little more on the Polaris Slingshot.

Source: Polaris

The Lexus LF-Lc made its debut as just a lowly concept car at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Michigan and its reception was one that all automakers dream of. Not only did people at the auto show love it, but Lexus customers were clamoring to see a production model hit showroom floors.

Lexus all but told us that it would release a production model loosely based on the concept, but no release dates were ever talked about. According to a report from Automotive News, there are several Lexus insiders that are claiming that there will be a model identical or at least similar to the LF-LC and bearing the same name to hit showroom floors sometime in the next two years.

With this news, we figured it was time to start piecing together a review for our readers, so you can make an educated choice when the time comes.

Updated 07/28/2014: We created a rendering for the production version of the LF-Lc. Click past the jump for details.

Click past the jump to read all about the upcoming LF-LC and see how it stacks up against the competition.

Launched in 2004, six years after the introduction of the ForTwo and one year after the Roadster went on sale, the ForFour became Smart’s third automobile. Unlike its previous offerings, the ForFour offered seating for five people and was only sold in Europe. Four engines were available at launch, including a 1.1-liter three-cylinder, a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter four-pot, all working on gasoline, and a 1.5-liter inline-three diesel. Transmissions included a five-speed manual and a six-speed semi-automatic. At the time, the ForFour was the only Smart car offered with a manual. Slow sales prompted the company to axe the ForFour in 2006, after only three years of production. Rumors about Smart ’s plan to revive the ForFour nameplate surfaced in 2012. Heading into the 2015 model year, the second-gen model is finally here as a longer, four-door version of the ForTwo.

Unlike its predecessor, the new ForFour borrows its styling cues and drivetrain layout from its smaller sibling. Once a front-engined car, the ForFour evolved into a rear-engined vehicle, while keeping its front-wheel-drive. Jointly developed with Renault , the new ForFour shares about 70 percent of its parts with the third-generation Renault Twingo, while its powertrains are shared with the 2015 ForTwo .

Click past the jump to find out more about the second-generation Smart ForFour.

The Dodge Viper saga began in 1991, when Chrysler introduced the semi-supercar commonly known as the modern-day Cobra. The production model was based on a concept car showcased in 1989 and carried an 8.0-liter, V-10 engine under its long hood. Sold as a roadster at first, the Viper gained a coupe version in 1996, when the second-gen car was unveiled. Numerous upgrades were implemented until 2010, including a displacement increase to 8.3 liters and an output update to more than 500 horsepower, when the Viper was discontinued after four generations only to return as the SRT Viper in 2013. Heading into 2015, the SRT and Dodge brands have again become one, allowing the Dodge Viper SRT to return.

When the Viper returned under the SRT brand, it arrived with a redesigned body and a slightly larger engine. Enlarged to displace 8.4 liters, the V-10 powerplant delivered 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque, a figure that remained unchanged until 2014. Going into 2015, the iconic Viper remains pretty much the same, save for the name change.

Updated 07/28/2014: New details on the 2015 Dodge Viper report that the sports car will deliver an additional 5 horsepower over the 2014 SRT version. The only question is if the 645 horsepower will help boost the very poor sales of the sports car. (Road And Track)

Note: 2014 SRT Viper pictured here.

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

We’ve already seen photos of the upcoming 2016 Mustang SVT lapping the Nurburgring, thanks to our paparazzi earlier this week. Now, time has come to have a more dynamic look at the high-performance muscle car as TouriClips released a three-minute video with two SVTs being trotted around the "Green Hell".

And boy what a video this is! Not only are the two coupes tackling the iconic German course at full throttle, they’re also doing so rather aggressively, having no trouble taking those tight curves at high speed. In fact, tire squeal is kept to a minimum, which says a lot about Mustang’s ability on the track, especially with that new independent suspension mounted in the rear. Speaking of tire screech, its absence also allows us to hear that wonderful V-8 growl better.

The engine sounds like there’s no forced induction, meaning the SVT is motivated by an updated, all-motor, 5.0-liter Coyote, maybe with a slight displacement increase. We expect output to sit in the 500-horsepower area — a bonus of at least 70 ponies compared to the range-topping Mustang GT. Naturally, the extra power will be backed by a lowered curb weight, a re-tuned chassis, and that mean-looking, aerodynamic body kit.

Details are still under wraps — or under camouflage if you will — but the prototype appears to be running on 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. The aggressive stance is further enhance by the massive quad exhaust pipes integrated in the rear diffuser. All told, the 2016 Mustang SVT looks, sound and acts like a race car on the ’Ring. That’s reason enough to keep us excited and on the lookout for more details. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more info on this hot muscle car .

Looks like the engineers at Porsche are testing out the latest version of the mighty 911. This is likely the upcoming 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS . The test mule is sporting those signature 911 Turbo air intakes on the side fenders, the same wheels we saw on the 911 GTS RS scale model that leaked last month, and that massive rear wing.

Rumors suggest the 911 GT3 RS will have a turbocharged version of the 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder likely making just over 500 horsepower. A PDK transmission will also be a part of the GT3 RS, giving drivers lightning-fast shifts. With a 0-to-60-mph time estimated around three seconds and a top speed just under 200 mph, the RS version of the 911 GT3 will definitely be a superior performer.

This particular test mule is fitted with an internal roll cage and several layers of body cladding, the first designed to protect the occupants and the latter designed to preserve the new Porsche’s true identity. There’s no covering up that beautiful exhaust note, however. It bellows from the tailpipes with a fierceness as the PDK slams into the next gear.

Video evidence like this makes us look forward to hearing official words from Porsche on its upcoming model. Be sure to check out the short video above.


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