Today we decided to take a break from all those New York Auto Show debuts and start the day with an awesome report out of Japan. Sources close to Toyota have informed GT Channel that Lexus is preparing to launch two new sports cars in the upcoming future. One of the two is codenamed “Project 777L” and is slated as a successor to the SC. The second one is known as the LC 550 (Luxury Coupe) and will feature design elements from the LF-LC Concept.
The future LC 550 will be built on the LS chassis and will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system. As for the engine lineup, sources claim that Lexus will have two different possibilities: a 4.2-liter V-8 engine or a hybrid version with the powertrain borrowed from the LC 600h.
Either way, the output is reported to be somewhere in the 500-horsepower area, while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will likely be less than 5 seconds. If the reports are true, you can anticipate a price tag somewhere in the $100k area. It will rival models like BMW 6-Series and Mercedes-Benz SL-Class.
Again, this is simply a report from a “source,” but GT Channel seems to put a ton of clout in this report. Stay tuned for more!
It looks like in the upcoming years, the Porsche 911 is going to gain a lot more competitors. The latest one will come from Maserati and will be revealed sometime in 2016.
Contrary to previous rumors, this new sports car won’t be a mid-engine model; instead, we are going to see "a front-engine model in a 2+2 configuration, with more compact dimensions than the GranTurismo." The new model is currently known as the "Shamal" (or GranSport) and will only be offered with V-6 engines. It will be priced somewhere in the $110-$150K area and will be offered as a direct competitor to the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-type and Audi R8.
The new model will be built on a lightweight modular aluminum structure and the base version will deliver about 300 horsepower, while the top version will go up to 400 horsepower. An MC Stradale version will also be offered with an output of about 450 horsepower.
The GranTurismo successor will be built on the same platform as the upcoming Ghibli sedan and will be a little bit lighter than the current generation. Under the hood, we will see a Ferrari- designed 4.0-liter bi-turbo unit with the output ranging from 460 horsepower in the base version and up to 600 horsepower for the MC Stradale version.
We have been expecting to see a Lexus GS-F sports sedan for quite some time now, but Lexus made no official confirmation into this direction. At least not until now, as Toyota has filed three different trademarks, one of them being the GS-F. The other two are “FT-HT” and “XSE” - the latest one most likely referring to a new concept car.
The new GS-F trademarked was filed on March 15, 2013 for "automobiles and structural parts thereof" and has been filed only in the U.S., but not in Canada.
Previous rumors suggest that the GS-F will be offered with an upgraded version of the 5.0-liter V-8 from the IS-F, developing around 450 horsepower. However, since Lexus decided to discontinue the IS-F, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a completely different engine offered in the GS-F.
Expect the new Lexus GS-F to arrive sometime in 2014 as a competitor for models like BMW M5 and Mercedes E63 AMG.
If you want to update a Chrysler model, then you have to head over to to Mopar and install some aftermarket parts. A good solution, sure, but wouldn’t be nicer to have these parts installed from factory? Chrysler seems to find this a better solution and is now considering of offering a high-performance RAM pickup truck that will target models like the Ford SVT Raptor.
Pat Dougherty, vice president-Mopar parts, said that the company is currently investigating how the Raptor does on the market. If customers start buying it up in high quantities, Chrysler will eventually decide to offer such a model. If the SVT Raptor falls on its face, the company "will continue to do it the way we do it."
RAM currently offers its customers the possibility to customize their models with blacked-out grilles and wheels, all-terrain tires, and a modified undercarriage. But all these changes are made by Mopar and not directly from the assembly line as Ford does with the SVT Raptor.
The Ford Mustang is turning 50 years old on April 17, 2014 and Ford is planning something big. The first step in this huge celebration is the creating a logo that signifies the muscle car hitting the half-century mark. After an internal design competition, Ford has chosen a logo to commemorate the event and it is that of designer Michael Thompson.
As you can see in the above image, the trademark galloping mustang graces the top of the logo with the phrase “50 YEARS” underlining it. According to reports, this logo will be used on various products, including: jackets, shirts, watches, pinball machine and much more. There is no mention on whether this logo will grace the 2014 Mustang, but we think it’s safe to assume that it will be there.
While this logo is cool and the refreshed 2014 Mustang is awesome, we are still awaiting the official reveal of the next-gen mustang, which was leaked via some clay models a few days ago. All the experts, us included, expect to see the next-gen Mustang revealed on the `Stang’s 50th birthday.
So, until then, we are going out to pick up the cliché “Over The Hill” birthday cards.
The Ariel Atom is preparing to receive some big updates for the next generation. The company announced that the next-generation sports car will be built on a new, titanium chassis that will weigh about 40 percent less than the current tubular-steel frame, resulting in the whole vehicle weighing 8 percent less than the current one.
Next to being lighter, the future titanium chassis will be stronger than the current chassis and will deliver the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal.
The new chassis has been developed in cooperation with Frome-based Caged Laser Engineering and when the development is finished, Ariel will initially offer it as a limited-edition model. After that, the new titanium chassis will be offered as an option to the entire range.
Along with the new titanium chassis, the future Atom will also receive a naturally aspirated Honda engine and a few other light components that could help reduce the total weight to less than 500 kg (1,102 pounds).
It has been rumored for quite some time now that Blue Oval will be celebrating Mustang’s 50th anniversary with the launch of the muscle car’s sixth-generation. While the car’s final design is still a secret, a set of images of a clay model have surfaced on the Internet, revealing what the 2015 Mustang could look like.
As previously suggested, it looks like the next Mustang will adopt a more global design, but in the same time it will pay tribute to classic Mustang models. As we can see from the clay images, it appears that the 2015 model year will adopt a fastback appearance with wide hips - a tribute to the first-generation Mustang.
According to the guy who posted these images on Mustang6g Forums: "This clay design study model was confirmed to be of the next-gen Mustang (s550), although it may not be the final design settled upon."
Lamborghini’s long-awaited entry into the SUV market with the Urus isn’t set to happen in the foreseeable future. But, according to Audi boss Rupert Stadler, it’s still "on track" to arrive as a production model at various auto shows in late 2016.
That much was said by Stadler, who told Autocar that the production model of the Urus is expected to be green lit later this year with an eye towards a production-model debut in 2016.
“Lamborghini has to do it; because of the need to dovetail into production cycles, we should see the Urus in 2017,” Stadler said.
The Urus is set to be based on the same new-generation MLB platform as the rest of SUV’s under the Volkswagen umbrella. The only difference is that the Lamborghini will make extensive use of lightweight materials, possibly to differentiate itself as an ultra-luxury SUV.
Remember, the Urus is Lamborghini’s entry into an already crowded SUV market and while the rest of the lot don’t hold the esteem of the Lamborghini name attached to them, it’s still important for the Urus to be a step above its expected competition. That’s precisely why Lambo is expected to slap on a 4.0-liter twin-boosted V-8 engine that will pump out just about 600 horsepower with an estimated 700 pound-feet of torque.
Last week we heard the first rumors suggesting that Scion could develop more body styles for its FR-S sports coupe. A rumor was all we needed to start imagining what these models would look like. Yesterday we brought you a rendering of a FR-S sedan and today it’s time for something even crazier: the FR-S Shooting Brake.
According to Scion FR-S chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, such a variant will be specially developed for those big families that want to enjoy a great sports car. He added that every time he goes out, he wants to take all his five dogs with him, so you see why such a crazy model is needed, right?
If built, the FR-S Shooting Brake will most likely feature the same technology as the coupe. This nets it a 2.0-liter boxer-four engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.
However, we suggest not to start saving for such a model because we strongly doubt it will be even put into production. One thing is certain, the shooting brake is more likely than a sedan.
Nissan GT-R started destroying supercars twice its cost in 2008 and since then it has received minor updates each and every year since. The only major update, however, came in 2011 by way of a power bump from 478 to 520 horsepower. Now, new reports from “insiders” suggest that a second major update is planned for the 2015 model year.
The model will received a pretty significant facelift, but the most important updates will be made to the driveline in an attempt to lower the car’s 0-to-60 mph sprint time down from the current 2.8 seconds. For this, the current six-speed dual-clutch gearbox will be replaced by a new one featuring an extra gear. As a result, the insider reports that the sprint time will be improved by at least 0.1 seconds.
Along with the new transmission, the 2015 GT-R will also get improved brakes, new tires and, of course, a new record time around Nürburgring — Kazutoshi Mizuno hopes to take it down to 7 minutes 15 seconds.